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Agriculture
9:06 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Mo. conservation officials to address deer disease

Missouri conservation officials are holding a public meeting Saturday to discuss a disease affecting deer in the northern part of the state.

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Education
8:23 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Retired Boonville school placed on endangered building list

The advocacy group, Missouri Preservation announced Wednesday that Boonville’s Central Elementary School was on its Most Endangered Historic Places List for 2012.

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Politics
8:20 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Columbia group aims to recall first ward councilman

A Columbia group wants to collect signatures on a petition to remove First Ward Councilman Fred Schmidt from his post.
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The group Keep Columbia Free has started a campaign to recall First Ward Representative Fred Schmidt.

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Agriculture
5:34 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Calm before the corn

Clay Masters Iowa Public Radio

Corn has been good to farmers. Helping fuel a boom in the ag sector. And as this year’s record corn forecast indicates, Midwestern farmers can’t seem to plant enough of the grain. Even with concerns growing about the effectiveness of today’s high-tech genetically engineered seeds, farmers aren’t backing down.

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Education
5:14 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Missouri higher education officials plan conference

Officials of Missouri colleges and universities will gather next week for a day-long conference on issues including finances and academic quality.

The state Coordinating Board for Higher Educations is sponsoring the June 7 meeting in Columbia. It's expected to draw about 100 top administrators and members of governing boards, along with leaders of national organizations.

Politics
5:11 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Wisconsin Senator Johnson aids Brunner in Missouri campaign

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is in Missouri hoping to help a man with a similar background score a similar victory.

Johnson was attending a fundraiser and campaign event Wednesday for John Brunner, one of three prominent Republicans seeking to challenge Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill in November.

A Brunner spokesman said the campaign hopes to raise $50,000 from the fundraiser in suburban St. Louis.

Business
4:45 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Missouri Gaming Commission chairman to step down

Jim Mathewson, the chairman of the Missouri Gaming Commission will step down Friday. Matthewson chose not to stay for a second three-year term in order to spend more time with his family.

During Mathewson’s tenure with the Gaming Commission, Missouri’s 13th casino license was awarded to developers in Cape Girardeau and disassociated gamblers were provided a pathway to reinstatement.  He says the main challenge now is raising enough revenue to help K-through-12 schools.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Missouri Legislature officially ends its 2012 session

Missouri's annual legislative session has officially come to a close.

Lawmakers stopped debating and passing legislation on May 18 in compliance with a constitutional deadline.

But the session officially ended Wednesday, when leaders of the House and Senate signed the bills that passed, delivered them to the governor and banged the gavel for the final time.

A total of 114 bills and proposed constitutional amendments passed the Legislature during its 2012 session.

Gov. Jay Nixon has 45 days to sign or veto legislation.

Politics
4:37 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Missouri veterans nursing homes to get casino fees

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation redirecting casino fees to nursing homes for military veterans.

The legislation signed into law Wednesday provides a dedicated funding stream for the state's seven nursing homes that serve about 1,300 veterans.

Casinos already pay a per-person fee to the state. Most of that money has gone to early childhood programs. But the new law redirects the bulk of those fees to veterans homes.

Business
4:25 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Columbia activists fight urban blight label

A city of Columbia's effort to classify certain neighborhoods as blighted to help businesses secure tax credits continues to draw fire from local activists.

The "blight" label is required by the state Department of Economic Development to create Enhanced Enterprise Zones. The zones are distinct areas where businesses can receive tax breaks in return for adding new facilities or jobs.

Opponents say the label will lower property values and could make it easier for local government to seize property under eminent domain laws.

Business
9:03 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Columbia poverty rate above national average as Matthes delivers state of the city report

Columbia's poverty rate stands at 23 percent--nine percent above the national average.
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The latest Columbia state of the city address reports mixed emotions about the city’s economic situation.

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Education
8:57 am
Wed May 30, 2012

School districts get annual state aid estimates

Columbia public schools received a decrease of 1.4 percent in state funding.
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The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has informed each school district in the state of its annual aid estimates.

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Education
8:30 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Mo. student loan default rate lower than national average

The University of Missouri reports a student loan default rate at 2.3 percent.
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The latest U.S. Department of Education figures show Missouri’s average student loan default rates are lower than the national average and institutions paired with the Missouri Department of Higher Education have even lower rates.

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Politics
8:26 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Bill before Nixon criminalizes disturbing religious services

Nixon needs to sign the legislation before it becomes state law.
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Among the 115 bills sent to Governor Jay Nixon this year is one that would make it a crime to deliberately disturb worship services in Missouri.

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