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7:15 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Schuncks seeks to dismiss credit card lawsuits

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The parent company of the supermarket chain Schnucks wants a federal court to dismiss two lawsuits related to a security breach of customer credit and debit cards.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the two lawsuits seek class-action status. Schnucks said in dismissal motions that the plaintiffs didn't have standing to sue and couldn't prove they suffered any harm.

One suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, while the other in was filed U.S. District Court in St. Louis.

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Education
7:10 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Mo. House interim committee to examine education

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Missouri's education system will be the focus of a newly formed state House committee that will consider ways to improve outcomes and better prepare students for college and adulthood. The House Interim Committee on Education has scheduled its first meeting for next Thursday at the state Capitol. The panel will examine education issues during the summer and fall before lawmakers return in January for their next legislative session. Republican House member Steve Cookson of Poplar Bluff will lead the interim committee. House Speaker Tim Jones created the new education committee.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Nixon reinstates local taxes on vehicles purchased out-of-state

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that reinstates local taxes on vehicles bought from out-of-state dealers or through person-to-person sales.

Nixon has twice vetoed previous bills that sought to re-impose local vehicle taxes.

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled last year that local sales taxes cannot be charged on vehicles bought out of state. It said cities and counties could charge "use taxes" on such vehicles only if the tax had been approved by local voters.

Politics
4:25 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Nixon signs bill allowing state employees to keep guns in vehicles

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing state employees to keep guns in their vehicles, while they are on property owned or leased by the state.

The bill also allows fire chiefs with concealed-gun permits and special approval to carry weapons on the job. And it bars governments from running gun-buyback programs unless those guns are later offered for sale or trade to licensed firearm dealers.

Nixon vetoed Friday a bill that would make some federal gun control laws void in Missouri. 

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Faith/Religion
12:18 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Catholics on Twitter all a-flutter with ‘Lumen Fidei’ and new saints

Catholics on Twitter were busy on July 5 with the release of a new papal encyclical and the announcement that two former popes will be canonized as saints.

Pope Francis released his first encyclical this morning, completeing the work that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had begun.

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Business
8:44 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Airport advisory board discusses ongoing projects, meeting locations

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The Columbia Regional Airport Advisory Board met Wednesday afternoon in the north terminal conference room to discuss ongoing projects and the new location of future meetings.

The airport manager Don Elliot reviewed two airport projects which are almost complete. The new taxi pavement project will be completed in the next few days after inspection and the new fencing around the runways will be completed in September.

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Crime
8:31 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Columbia employs iPhone technology for parking violations

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Columbia Public Works is using a new form of technology to enforce parking regulations. The department has started using smart phones to document parking tickets, correspond with other agencies involved in issuing the tickets, and to take photos of the parking violations.

This technology will replace the currently used devices which use outdated technology and have caused complications in communication. Columbia Parking Supervisor Tanner Morrell says the phones are simplifying the communication between the agencies involved in issuing tickets.

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Education
8:17 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Missouri Military Academy forges agreement with Vermont's Norwich College, seeks future partnerships

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A recent agreement between the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico and Norwich College in Vermont has school officials enthusiastic about future collaborations.

The arrangement guarantees Missouri Military Academy students who meet academic and leadership standards admission into Norwich University. The partnership between the two schools went into effect in late May.

Dean of Academics Frank Giuseffi says he looks forward to providing the students with more partnerships like this one to choose from, when choosing their college.

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Arts and Culture
4:06 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Fourth of July in Fulton honors military

Fulton community members celebrate the Fourth of July, in the city's second annual Independence Day parade, July 4, 2013.
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Hot dogs, American flags, and the cheers of children were among the sights and sounds in the air today at Fulton’s 2nd annual Fourth of July parade.

This year’s parade in Fulton honors the city’s WWII veterans, and members of the military. 

Fulton resident Ellie Fritz said she loves Independence Day, and thinks the parade was especially meaningful this year: “It’s a tribute, especially for the WWII veterans, but all veterans,” Fritz said.  “ But a special emphasis on WWII this year.”

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Politics
2:49 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Missourians rally in support of Snowden and whistle-blowing

Missouri citizens rally in support of whistle blowers, Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
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As the National Security Agency domestic-spying controversy unfolds nationally, community members from across Missouri have rallied in support of whistle-blowers like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.

Manning is accused of leaking classified documents that showed American soldiers killing Iraqi civilians. Snowden is the former NSA contract worker who exposed details about the US government’s ability to conduct surveillance on US citizens by monitoring phone records and internet activity.

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Politics
8:40 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Mo. revenue up 10 percent for 2013 budget year

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A new report shows Missouri collected more revenue than expected in the budget year that ended June 30.

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Politics
8:36 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Nixon seeks federal major disaster declaration

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Gov. Jay Nixon is requesting a federal major disaster declaration for severe storms that struck Missouri from May 29 to June 10.

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Politics
8:33 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Mo. AG says state may have to use gas chamber

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Attorney General Chris Koster says Missouri may have to resort to using the gas chamber to carry out death sentences. It would be considered as an “unintended consequence” of the state Supreme Court’s refusal to set execution dates.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Nixon vetoes Mo. lending, voting measures

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation on fees for certain types of loans and on voting by elected officials during public meetings.

The two bills were among four vetoed by Nixon on Tuesday.

Nixon criticized the measure that would have raised the fees that lenders could charge for payday, title and consumer installment loans. The Democratic governor said the bill would have helped payday lenders increase their profits at the expense of people struggling with debt.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Nixon vetoes changes to Mo. sex offender site

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation aimed at keeping the names of people who committed offenses as juveniles off Missouri's public sex offender registry.

The governor said Wednesday the legislation is too broad and would apply to anyone regardless of the crime that was committed. Nixon says crime victims would have been deprived the chance to be heard before someone's name is removed from the public websites, which are aimed at protecting the public.

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