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Health & Wealth Update
7:05 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Missouri Medicaid expansion up in the air

"A victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it."
whitehouse.gov

After last week's Supreme Court decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama declared victory. But there was one major gray cloud -- or silver lining, depending on your point of view -- leaving open the question of Missouri's participation in the expansion of Medicaid envisioned by the federal health care law.

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Weather
5:36 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Forest Service reports progess on Mo. fires

Federal officials say two fires in southern Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest have been contained, but new ones have broken out.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Mo. to get nearly $32 million from drug settlement

The Javorac Flickr

Missouri will receive nearly $32 million as its share of a nationwide settlement with British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court suspends St. Louis attorney

The Missouri Supreme Court has suspended a St. Louis attorney who previously pleaded guilty in federal court to funneling contributions to the Missouri Democratic Party in a scheme that involved a former governor.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Mo. ends fiscal year with higher than expected revenues

David Shane Flickr

Missouri closed out its 2012 fiscal year with slightly better than expected revenues. But that doesn't necessarily translate to a budget surplus.

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Agriculture
8:55 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Crops hurting in dry, hot weather

molamoni Flickr

High heat and a lack of rain have taken a big toll on Missouri corn and soybean crops, with nearly half of both reported in poor to very poor condition.

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Politics
8:53 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Fire department says goodbye to battalion chief

Columbia Fire Truck
Abby Spudich KBIA

The Columbia Fire Department bid farewell to Battalion Chief Steven Sapp at a public reception Friday afternoon.  More than 40 people came to City Hall to honor Battalion Chief Steven Sapp for his 22 years of service in the Fire Department.

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Crime
8:32 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Arson suspected cause of large Mark Twain fire

Arson is the suspected cause of a fire that burned about 620 acres of the Mark Twain National Forest.

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Politics
8:19 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Mo. returns record amount of unclaimed property

Clint Zweifel
Office of Treasurer

The Missouri treasurer's office says it returned a record amount of lost property to people in fiscal year 2012.

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Business
4:51 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Economy slowing in 9 Midwest, Plains states

Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

A new monthly survey suggests the economy in nine Midwest and Plains states will continue to slow down but continue growing even as Europe's woes persist.

The region's overall economic index dipped to 57.2 in June from May's 57.6 and April's 60. Any score above 50 suggests growth.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says businesses in the region are still benefiting from healthy farm income and exports, but the activity is slowing.

Global economic problems are hurting export orders.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Mo. job incentive program comes up short

Tom Schweich
State of Missouri

A new audit says Missouri officials have overstated the economic impact of the state's main job incentive programs.

The report released Monday by Auditor Tom Schweich focuses on the Quality Jobs program, which provides tax breaks to businesses that add jobs with decent wages and health insurance.

Schweich says the projected jobs and investment reported by the Department of Economic Development has significantly overstated the amount of jobs actually created and the amount of money actually invested by businesses to improve facilities and equipment.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Occupiers camp out in Columbia for conference

Robert Abel KBIA

Members of the Occupy Missouri movement have wrapped up a three-day gathering in Columbia.

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Politics
10:31 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Rick Perry endorses Ed Martin for Mo. AG

Rick Perry
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Texas Governor Rick Perry visited Cape Girardeau on Friday to drum up Republican support for Attorney General candidate Ed Martin.

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Politics
10:20 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Nixon to sign job-training bill for veterans

File photo KBIA

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is preparing to sign legislation intended to help more military veterans receive on-the-job training for private-sector employment.

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Education
10:17 am
Mon July 2, 2012

MU Medical School focuses on LGBT health

Health for the LGBT, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender population is expected to become a focus of the MU Medical School.

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