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Education
4:18 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Missouri House endorses quicker intervention in schools

State education officials could step in quicker to assist failing Missouri school districts under legislation backed in the House.

Districts that lose state accreditation currently are given two years to improve before the state officials can intervene. The new legislation removes the waiting period.

When the state Board of Education revokes a district's accreditation, it then would decide whether to set conditions for the local school board to remain in place or determine when an alternative governing system for those schools would take effect.

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Agriculture
4:12 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Missouri Senate rejects farm tax increases

 Missouri lawmakers have rejected a plan that would have increased property taxes on the state's best farmland.

Property taxes for farms are based on the land's "productive value." Farms are divided into eight categories based on land quality. The State Tax Commission recommended increasing productive values for the four highest grades.

The Senate voted 19-8 on Thursday to reject the proposal. The property tax changes were for 2013 and 2014.

Politics
11:06 am
Thu March 1, 2012

House members debate day care bill

Legislation cracking down on unlicensed day care providers evoked emotional testimony in a House committee hearing.

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Business
10:54 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Missouri January unemployment numbers dip

Unemployment numbers in Missouri fell to 7.5% in January
Tim Patterson Flickr

Missouri ‘s unemployment rate fell by half a point to 7.5 percent in January - the lowest level in over 3 years, according to the latest state report.

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Weather
10:40 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Meterorologists determine size of southern Missouri storms

Storm teams with the National Weather Service spent much of Wednesday studying storm damage in Southern Missouri.

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Business
5:05 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Soybean association seeks fewer restrictions on crops from europe

Almost all American soybeans are grown from genetically modified seeds, which are generally banned in Europe.
Kevin Dooley Flickr

The American Soybean Association is pushing for U.S. trade representatives to negotiate better trading terms with Europe, looking for the European Union to ease the strict restrictions it imposes on genetically modified soybeans. The group petitioned a U.S. trade representative who is part of a new working group with the European Union to work on its behalf. 

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Education
4:51 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Nixon releases additional education funding

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is releasing more than $5 million that had been withheld from public education because of budget concerns. 

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Weather
4:42 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Missouri reports three fatalities from severe storms

Gov. Jay Nixon's administration says three people have been killed in severe storms that swept across southern Missouri.

Nixon cited the three fatalities in a news release as he headed to view the damage.

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Business
4:30 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

NBAF opponents gaining strength

Some worry that the proposed NBAF site at Kansas State University puts students at risk.
Laura Ziegler Harvest Public Media

Opponents of a controversial Kansas lab designed to study and combat biological diseases have recently found new momentum, as work on the Department of Homeland Security project stalled.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

US Senate candidate Steelman chooses Tilley as campaign chairman

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Steelman has recruited the speaker of the Missouri House to serve as her campaign chairman.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:15 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Bill would require coverage of eating disorders

Annie Seal testifies before a Senate committee yesterday in Jefferson City.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

In 1995, Rick Stream's 18-year-old daughter died in bed. For several years she'd been struggling with bulimia and that night her heart finally heart stopped beating, weakened from low potassium levels. Now, Stream is a state representative, and he's sponsoring a bill in the Missouri House that would require health insurance companies to cover treatment for eating disorders -- treatment he says could have saved his daughter's life if his insurance had paid for it.

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Weather
9:25 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Branson hospital treats over 30 after tornado

A hospital in Branson treated 32 people in the hours after a tornado hit the tourist destination.

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Business
9:16 am
Wed February 29, 2012

New student apartment complex may come to Columbia

Home to thousands of college students, Columbia may see more apartment complexes sprout up around town.
File KBIA

Plans for more student aimed housing in Columbia are being discussed.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Candidates flock to Jeff. City to file

File photo

Candidates for the Missouri General Assembly, for Governor and for other statewide offices can now file to run.  Hundreds flocked to Jefferson City today and lined up outside the doors of the Secretary of State’s office to file their paperwork.

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