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8:59 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Politicians divided over support for Akin

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Former Senator and long-time Missouri politician John Danforth has announced his support of Ed Martin, the Republican challenger to Chris Koster in the state attorney general campaign - but the two politicians are split on one issue: Whether or not to support Congress member Todd Akin.

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Business
6:12 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

State fines Aetna over autism, abortion coverage violations

Aetna violated a 2001 state law when it provided coverage for contraceptives without allowing employers to opt out.
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The Missouri Department of Insurance has issued its largest penalty to date, to health insurance company, Aetna. 

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Weather
6:02 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Storms cause outages, damage in St. Louis area

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Strong storms are blamed for power outages, hail and lightning damage in Missouri.

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Politics
5:53 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Santorum, DeMint endorse Akin in Mo. Senate race

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Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin has won two high-profile Republican endorsements a day after guaranteeing his candidacy would continue.

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Arts and Culture
5:46 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Branson mourns loss of singer Andy Williams

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Performers and officials in Branson are mourning the loss of singer Andy Williams, who has died at age 84.

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Business Beat
2:07 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Should dairy farmers cut cow tails?

This cow is getting a hair cut on her tail so her milker won't get whacked in the face with manure.
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To dock or not to dock? That is the question.

Well, that’s the question some Midwest dairy farmers are debating now that the National Milk Producers Federation has taken a stand against the widespread practice of cutting off cow tails -- or tail docking. It started decades ago as a method to stop the spread of disease because the tails often becomes slimed with manure. Recent studies suggest the practice isn't necessarily effective, but many dairy farmers still employ the technique to avoid a face full of slimy cow tail.

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Business
1:13 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Mizzou apparel, Mizzou office supplies... Mizzou chocolate bar?

A farmer holds dried cocoa beans in his hand.
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A new chocolate bar developed with the help of MU Students goes on sale this week.

Students in MU’s Food sciences department have teamed up with an independent Columbia Company to create the new chocolate bar. “Mizzou Crunch” was part of an extra-curricular project headed by MU Food Science professor Azlin Mustapha working with Patric Chocolates. She says the project that allowed students to experience not only the development of the chocolate bar, but also everything it takes to get it to the shelves.

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Business
12:58 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

State Auditor: Mo. DED didn't follow proper procedures leading to Mamtek failure

Governor Jay Nixon announcing the Mamtek plans in 2012
Rebecca Wolfson KBIA

A state audit released Tuesday says that the Missouri Department of Economic Development could have done a better job of screening applicants for tax credits for the failed Mamtek project in Moberly.

Two years ago the small northeast Missouri town issued $39 million in bonds to get the company to build an artificial sweetener plant.  Mamtek later missed a bond payment and construction halted, and Moberly’s bond rating was downgraded as a result.  State Auditor Tom Schweich says the due diligence procedures used by the DED were woefully inadequate

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Politics
12:40 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Student veterans sue MU over tuition costs

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
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The University of Missouri is being sued by three student veterans who claim that the University has unlawfully overcharged them for tuition costs.

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Politics
12:28 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Mo. drunk driving case headed to U.S. Supreme Court

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A Cape Girardeau drunk driving case is going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court will decide if police can give a blood test without a warrant.

After Tyler McNeely failed a field sobriety check and refused the breath test, a Missouri State Highway Patrol Officer took him to hospital where he had a blood test.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri represents McNeely. Legal director Tony Rothert says the officer infringed upon McNeely’s fourth amendment protection from unreasonable search by drawing his blood without a warrant.

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Politics
12:21 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Dropout deadline passes, and Akin's still in

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Republican congressman Todd Akin has made good on his promise to stay in the Missouri Senate race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.

Tuesday's final deadline for Missouri candidates to remove their names from the ballot came and went at 5 p.m. as Akin continued a bus tour across the state. It's a final confirmation that he's resisting calls from within his own party to drop his bid.

10:21 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Help us map the drought

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The skies have been cloudy this week but a little rain can't erase the effects of this last summer's drought, widely considered to be the worst in decades. Like most things, some fare better than others and some even worse. Help us map the drought What does your farm and rangeland look like? How has your year been? Are you going to survive the drought? Send us some details and a picture by clicking below.
Parts of the Midwest got a reprieve from the drought this week, according to the latest US Drought Monitor report released on Thursday. The report found
Politics
8:51 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Residents asked to give opinions on a proposed Columbia park

Boone County residents are being asked their opinions on a proposal for a new park. Columbia Parks and Recreation is proposing building a park in the 30-acres known as Jay-Dix Station in Boone County just southwest of Columbia. The funding for the $125,000 project was approved as part of a 2010 park sales tax approved by voters.

Columbia Parks and Recreation Department Director Mike Hood says this is something Columbia residents have been asking for.

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Politics
8:21 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Farm bill remains stalled in the House

The current bill expires at the end of this month and House Speaker John Boehner acknowledged this week that the full House won’t take up the bill recommended by its agriculture committee. That means as farmers work through harvest and begin to think about next year, they don’t know what’s coming. Chris Clayton is an agriculture policy editor for the news service DTN Progressive Farmer.

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