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Missouri governor uses state aircraft the most

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  An investigation by Missouri's state auditor has found that Governor Jay Nixon is the biggest user of the state's aircraft.

The audit, released by Tom Schweich's office, states that 80 percent of state plane travel is conducted by the governor's office. Nixon said he had not seen the audit but said the plane helps him visit every part of the state.

Nixon plans improvements to veterans' services

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  Governor Jay Nixon told a packed room of Missouri veterans that he's working to make sure the state's veterans’ homes will continue to serve their needs.

The governor said he's not only committed to renovating four of the state's existing veterans homes but also wants to secure funds to build a new home for those still looking for care.

"For every veteran receiving quality medical care and services at one of our veterans' homes, there's a veteran on a waiting list because there's not enough space," Nixon said.

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  The Missouri secretary of state is pushing a bill that would allow the state to keep human trafficking victims' addresses secret.

Secretary of State Jason Kander on Tuesday announced legislation that would expand the Safe at Home program to cover those victims.

The program gives confidential addresses to survivors of domestic violence, rape and some other crimes. The aim is to prevent the victims' assailants from tracking where they live and potentially harming them again.

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Parts of the east coast were clobbered with more than two feet of snow. But is it a national story or a regional one? From live reporters standing waist-deep in fallen snow to the CNN Blizzardmobile driving around New York City during a statewide travel ban, we'll break down the coverage.

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  St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman says he is running for attorney general in 2016.

Zimmerman announced his candidacy Tuesday, setting up a potential Democratic primary against state Sen. Scott Sifton of St. Louis County, who already has entered the race.

The Missouri attorney general's office will be open next year because Democratic incumbent Chris Koster is running for governor.

Today Paul Pepper visits with SHELLY SILVEY, Executive Producer of KOMU-TV's "No One Left Behind," an hour-long documentary that follows three veterans from enlistment to homelessness. The special airs tomorrow night at 7:00 on KOMU. January 27, 2015

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  Two more cases of a deadly deer disease have been found in Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Conservation on Monday reported that a Macon County adult buck and an adult doe in Adair County tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

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  Lobbyists for banks and credit unions say an exemption from a state consumer-protection law is needed to prevent excessive lawsuits against financial institutions.

Missouri Credit Union Association lobbyist David Kent said during yesterday’s legislative hearing that without a change, there could be a chilling effect on loans in Missouri.

Afternoon Newscast for January 26, 2015

Jan 26, 2015

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  • University Village to be Used as Parking Lot
  • State Audit Finds Potential Savings on Transportation
  • Joplin Contractor Leaves Without Notice

 


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Since a highly contagious strain of bird flu was found in the U.S. in December, many countries have closed their doors to chickens and turkeys raised here.

The virus isn’t harmful to humans and, so far, only wild birds and backyard flocks have been infected. But commercial poultry farmers are worried because they have the most to lose.

Paul Pepper: Yvonne Chamberlain, Room at the Inn

Jan 26, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with YVONNE CHAMBERLAIN, Coordinator of Columbia's Room at the Inn. Now in its 6th year, Room at the Inn provides shelter for the homeless during the cold winter months. If you'd like to help out with money, time or donations, please watch for details! January 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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  • Title IX Training experiencing Technical Issues
  • Nixon's Budget Plan Faces Challenges in Missouri Legislature
  • Capitol Annex Proposal

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Transforming the Missouri Department of Transportation headquarters into a space for some legislative and executive branch employees is among the projects that could be funded with new bond revenues.

 

  Researchers from the University of Missouri say nurses with post-graduate training can help improve the quality of health care.

In a recently published study by the MU Sinclair School of Nursing researchers found that care is better in states where advanced practice registered nurses, also known as APRNs, are allowed to practice independently. Examples of APRNs include nurse practitioners.

Title IX Training at MU Experiencing Problems

Jan 26, 2015
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An online system used to train employees from the four-campus University of Missouri system to address violations of a federal gender discrimination law has been fraught with problems.

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Governor Jay Nixon's budget request for more money both this year and next faces big hurdles from lawmakers.

Republican lawmakers this week raised concerns about approving new spending for this year at the same time the governor is withholding money from some priorities.

Coming up next weekend in Columbia, the Central Missouri Returned Peace Corps volunteers sponsor the ninth annual Third Goal Film Fest. Darren Hellwege talked with the festival's organizers and a filmmaker for a recent episode of Thinking out Loud.

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Normany Public Schools

One of Missouri's lowest-performing school districts is searching for a new superintendent.

Governor's budget could face problems

Jan 23, 2015
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Governor Jay Nixon's proposed budget faces two big hurdles as lawmakers begin the process of crafting next year's spending plan.

Possible new veteran's home in Missouri

Jan 23, 2015
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says bond money should be used to pay for a new veterans' home.

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After Governor Jay Nixon's State of the State address Wednesday, we spoke with Missouri legislators from the Capitol rotunda to discuss details of the address.

Today Paul Pepper and former University of Missouri economics professor MEL ZELENAK talk about financial planning, including the benefits of buying index funds (specifically from Vanguard). If you're looking to invest, don't miss this segment! January 23, 2015

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The Missouri Automobile Dealers Association is suing the state revenue department for allowing an electric car maker to sell directly to customers.

The car dealers filed a lawsuit Thursday in Cole County Circuit Court claiming Missouri violated state law by licensing California-based Tesla Motors as a franchise.

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The Missouri Senate has confirmed one of the state's highest-ranking black officials as public safety director despite concerns about a racial discrimination lawsuit against him.

Senators on Thursday voted 31-2 to confirm former St. Louis police Chief Daniel Isom II.

Isom was appointed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon shortly after a white police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson.

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The Columbia Fire Department rescued a man trapped in a well at the University of Missouri power plant on Thursday. The fire department was dispatched around 2 p.m. to extract a University Campus Facilities employee who experienced a medical issue while performing regular maintenance on the well.

The well is about 20 feet underground and is one of five drinking water wells on the MU campus.

MU News Bureau Associate Director Christian Basi said the employee’s medical condition required calling and utilizing the fire department, but it wasn't so severe that there wasn't enough time to wait for the crew to arrive.

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