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Education
4:59 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Author wants his book back from University of Missouri Press

The backlash continues over the so-called “new model” for the University of Missouri Press. one of the Press’ authors wrote a letter to UM System President Tim Wolfe, who closed the old press as a cost-cutting measure.

Author Don Spivey notified Wolfe of his desire to remove his biography of baseball legend Satchel Paige from the University of Missouri Press. It was published in May, and Spivey’s worried about the future of his book.

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Health & Wealth Update
9:50 am
Wed July 18, 2012

New autism center director talks research, treatment, and access

Stephen Kanne is returning as executive director of the MU Thompson Center.
MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

The MU Thompson Center for Autism is one of the nation's leading autism centers, combining treatment, training and research. Starting in September, the center will have a new director. I spoke with Stephen Kanne about the challenges and opportunities ahead for autism research, treatment and accessibility of treatment.

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Weather
9:40 am
Wed July 18, 2012

24 heat deaths in Missouri since June

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The death of an 89-year-old St. Louis County man is blamed on the heat, bringing the number of heat-related deaths in Missouri to 24 since June.

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Drought
9:08 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Mo. offers faster loans for farmers in drought

Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel
Office of Treasurer

Farmers suffering from this summer's dry, hot weather could get some help through the state treasurer's office.

Treasurer Clint Zweifel says he is offering emergency 24-hour approvals of low-interest loans through the Missouri Linked Deposit Program because of the drought conditions.

Under the program, the state deposits money at low rates in banks, which in turn can supply low-interest loans to farmers or businesses. Zweifel says it normally takes about 10 days to approve a deposit for a loan, but that can be speeded up in emergencies.

Utilities
9:04 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Mo. regulators review electrical grid security

Missouri Public Service Commission website

Missouri utility regulators are reviewing the cyber security practices of electric utilities.

The Public Service Commission says it is asking power companies 47 detailed questions about protections to shield the electrical grid against hackers. Regulators say they are not aware of any possible problems.

Requests were sent to Ameren Missouri, Kansas City Power & Light Co., KCP&L-Greater Missouri Operations Co. and The Empire District Electric Co. The commission is seeking responses by the end of August.

Politics
9:01 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Mo. unemployment rate falls as payrolls decline

Missouri unemployment rate falls
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri officials say state payrolls declined by 4,000 jobs in June while unemployment simultaneously decreased to 7.1 percent.

Department of Economic Development officials say much of the decline in Missouri non-farm payrolls came in the local government sector, which shed 3,100 jobs in June.

The state unemployment rate has declined or held steady each month since June 2011. The jobless rate last month is the lowest in Missouri since December 2008.

Politics
8:58 am
Wed July 18, 2012

18 applicants for Mo. Supreme Court opening

The Missouri Supreme Court
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The commission that picks finalists for the Missouri Supreme Court will interview 18 applicants to replace Judge William Ray Price Jr.

The commission said the pool includes three women and one racial minority. The commission selects three finalists, and Gov. Jay Nixon makes the final appointment.

Applicants include at least five who have worked for Nixon or his administration.

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Politics
8:53 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Steelman touts Palin endorsement in Mo. Senate bid

Sarah Palin
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Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is backing Sarah Steelman in Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate primary.

Steelman touted Palin's endorsement as a potential boon in a GOP primary in which all three main candidates have been trying to appeal to conservatives.

Palin's statement praised Steelman as a "commonsense conservative woman" who has stood up to the political establishment "to stop out of control spending and the destructive debt it leaves in its wake."

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Politics
5:50 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Lottery has no plan for extra money

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Officials at the Missouri Lottery have no strategy to generate an additional $35 million that legislative budget writers and Gov. Jay Nixon's administration had hoped would help avoid cuts to government services.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Mo. receives $38 million from national mortgage settlement

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The Missouri attorney general's office has deposited the state government's $38 million share of a national mortgage settlement.

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Operation Tyler
11:47 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Gary Sinise promotes upcoming concert

Gary Sinise joined others involved in "Operation Tyler" via Skype at an event Tuesday.
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Gary Sinise, also known as Lt. Dan from the movie Forest Gump, will be part of an upcoming benefit concert for veterans.  The Lieutenant Dan Band will be playing at Apple Creek Farms on July 27 to raise funds for “Operation Tyler.” It’s a push to put Marine Lance CPL Tyler Huffman, his wife and their two-year-old son into a new, more accessible home.

The 24-year-old Huffman was paralyzed in Afghanistan in 2010 when he was shot by a sniper. Sinise says he wanted to start helping disabled veterans after his role as Lt. Dan – a disabled Vietnam veteran.

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Crime
8:29 am
Tue July 17, 2012

$15K reward for info on Mo. mosque fire

The FBI announced Monday they were offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to charges in a fire at a Joplin mosque.

The fire was reported July 4 at the Islamic Society of Joplin. No injuries were reported, and firefighters extinguished the blaze on the roof of the center before it caused any interior damage. It was the second fire in two years at the center.

Agriculture
8:23 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Mo. governor to tour drought-stricken areas

Governor Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon is traveling the state to survey damage from Missouri's hot, dry summer.

Nixon planned to meet with farmers and local officials Tuesday in Lewis County in northeast Missouri, in Atchison County in northwest Missouri and in Polk County in southwest Missouri. The governor is to be joined by the state's agriculture director.

Education
8:21 am
Tue July 17, 2012

UMKC gets $8.3 million federal grant

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City has received an $8.3 million, five-year federal grant to study certain aspects of aging.

The grant from the National Institute on Aging will go toward building on new evidence about how bones and muscles communicate and could lead to new ways to treat aging bones and muscles.

The Kansas City Star reports that the research team will be led by Lynda Bonewald, director of the bone biology research program at the UMKC School of Dentistry.

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