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8:44 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Westminster College establishes the Capital Internship Program

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Taking advantage of its close proximity to the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Westminster College is launching a program for students to get an opportunity to work full time in the state government. The program will begin in the spring semester of 2013.

Westminster College’s new Capital Internship Program would have students work 20 to 40 hours per week in Jefferson City. So, other than just shadowing another government officer, students will get chances to work like real state officials.

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Business
8:22 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Big winners share lessons, risks of Powerball win

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Visions of lifelong riches are surely dancing in the heads of those rushing to buy lottery tickets for Wednesday night's $500 million Powerball jackpot.

Past winners of mega-lottery drawings and financial planners have some more sound advice: stick to a budget, invest wisely, learn to say no and be prepared to lose friends while riding an emotional roller-coaster.

Tales of big lottery winners who wind up in financial ruin or other desperate straits are increasingly common.

Politics
8:20 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Audit gives Mo. Lottery 'good' rating

State Auditor Tom Schweich filed paperwork on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, to explore a political campaign for U.S. Senate.
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A new state review rates the performance of the Missouri Lottery Commission as "good."
State Auditor Tom Schweich released his office's findings Tuesday and says the lottery has been run well.

The audit did question the lottery for renegotiating and entering into long-term contracts instead of rebidding contracts for services. It also noted that in 2010 and 2011, about $4.9 million of expenses for promotional items, event sponsorships and payments to advertising agencies were not included when advertising costs were reported to lawmakers.

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Politics
8:17 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Ex-Mo. lawmaker accused of Social Security fraud

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A former Missouri lawmaker has been indicted on charges of receiving Social Security disability payments while serving in the state Legislature.

The indictment Tuesday alleges that former Democratic House member Ray Salva received about $60,000 of disability payments that he wasn't entitled to while representing the Kansas City suburb of Sugar Creek from January 2003 through December 2010.

Salva did not immediately return a telephone message Tuesday.

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Politics
8:08 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Federal lawsuit after policy bars inmates from marrying

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The Americans Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against the state prison facility at Jefferson City over a policy they say is barring inmates from getting married.

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Agriculture
4:53 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Deer season a boost for business in Kirksville

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Northeast Missouri is popular this time of year for its deer hunting, but many local businesses worried the drought would have a negative effect on the deer population this year.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

House Democrats to revive Ethics Bill 1

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House Democrats say they’ll again try to get campaign contribution limits restored in Missouri when next year’s regular legislative session begins. 

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Talking Politics
3:54 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Battle continues over LGBT protection in Missouri's Human Rights Act

Kylar Broadus (right) works with his assistant Maria out of his home in Columbia
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The current human rights act in Missouri says, to discriminate against any person because of “race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, or familial status” is illegal, but it doesn’t cover gender identity and sexual orientation. It’s not just in Missouri, right now 29 states have no protections for sexual orientation and 34 have no discrimination protections for transgender individuals.

Aaron Malin is the co-founder of Missourians for Equality, an organization that is attempting to take the issue of employment and housing discrimination of LGBT members to a ballot in 2014. The proposal would be an amendment to the current legal definition of discrimination in Missouri.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:26 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Cleanup of closed Mo. nuclear fuel plant ongoing

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The coordinator of the cleanup of a closed eastern Missouri nuclear fuel plant says he's pleased with the pace of a $200 million cleanup.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Blunt may seek emergency declaration for river

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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri may seek a presidential emergency declaration in an effort to keep barges moving on the drought-riddled Mississippi River.

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Business
8:44 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Drought sways Callaway County tree farm to close after 23 years

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Christmas for some families in Callaway County won’t be the same this year. After 23 years, Coe’s Tree Farm in Callaway County is closing due to the recent drought and the owner’s age. Owner of Coe’s Tree Farm Jamie Coe said over the past three years many of his trees have died due to the drought. He said the hardest part is letting the customers down this year.

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Politics
8:23 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Tax changes atop 2013 agenda in Missouri Senate

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Changes in Missouri's tax code will be near the top of the agenda for Republicans in the state Senate during the 2013 session.

Sen. Tom Dempsey, of St. Charles, is expected to be elected as presiding officer when the Senate convenes in January. He says majority party Republicans want to act quickly on legislation to provide "income tax relief." The specifics remain to be finalized but could include income tax cuts for individuals, small businesses or corporations.

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Politics
8:21 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Columbia considers adding public restrooms downtown

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Columbia’s Downtown Community Improvement District is considering adding public restrooms downtown.

There are no public restrooms downtown. Richard King is the owner of the Blue Note and Mojo’s and also a board member of the Downtown Community Improvement District. He said the addition of public restrooms might deter people from urinating on street corners or in parking garages.

“There were issues if you talk to some of the downtown folks, police officers; they made it clear that there were issues like that," King said.

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Politics
8:10 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Report: US law could increase Mo. Medicaid costs

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A new report says Missouri's Medicaid costs could rise by 6.6 percent over 10 years if the state fully implements the federal health care law.

But the report also says almost half of that increase will occur even if Missouri does not expand Medicaid eligibility for adults.

The report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Urban Institute says Missouri can expect to spend an additional $1.2 billion from 2013 to 2022 as more people join the Medicaid rolls because of the federal health care law.

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