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Crime
8:56 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Mo. woman sentenced for $150K fraud

jonathunder Wikimedia Commons

A Joplin woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for embezzling $150,000 from her partner in an interior decorating business.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 39-year-old Peggy Newton must also repay the money under the sentence she received Thursday.

Newton was a partner of Diane Pine in a decorating business called Evergreen and Amber. Prosecutors said that from late 2006 to mid-2009, Newton wrote 393 checks on the company account for her personal use.

Conservation
8:53 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Drought affects Mo. elk herd

A juvenile elk - one of the first to be held in Missouri.
Missouri Department of Conservation

Drought and stressful moving conditions are killing off some reintroduced elk in the Missouri Ozarks.

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Transportation
8:50 am
Fri August 3, 2012

MoDOT posting fatality figures on message boards

Missouri drivers may notice some ominous messages along the state's roadsides.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it has begun using its electronic message signs along highways to report the number of people who have died on the state's roads so far this year. The messages also include the percentage of those killed who were not wearing seat belts.

The new safety campaign comes as Missouri has seen a 14 percent increase in traffic fatalities this year — an unwelcome reversal after six years of declining fatality figures.

Conservation
8:48 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Mo. agency to hold meetings on deer disease

dishfunctional Flickr

Officials have scheduled a series of open houses in north-central Missouri to discuss a disease that's fatal to deer.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold six public meetings this month in towns near areas where chronic wasting disease has been found. The events will include presentations on the disease and actions that have been taken to prevent its spread.

Business
8:45 am
Fri August 3, 2012

KCP&L plans new transmission line in NW Mo.

kcpl.com

A Kansas City company has announced plans for a $400 million high-power transmission line in northwest Missouri.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Kansas City Power and Light will partner with the Omaha Public Power District to build the 150- to 190-mile transmission line. The precise route hasn't been determined, but the line is intended to connect Sibley, Missouri with Nebraska City, Nebraska.

The company says planners will spend the next year identifying the possible routes. Officials hope to have the transmission line in service by June 2017.

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Politics
8:30 am
Fri August 3, 2012

GOP candidates for US Senate race to the right

The three main candidates in the GOP Senate Primary. From left: John Brunner, Sarah Steelman, Todd Akin (via John Brunner for Senate; file photo; Wikimedia Commons/U.S. House of Representatives).

Most of the people gathered outside of Washington University’s Edison Theater before a recent GOP Senate Primary debate already knew who they were voting for.  

But Shelby Hewerdine wasn’t sure yet.

So, she drove in from St. Charles to get a better feel for the character of each candidate.

“I don’t know how else people are going to look at it because they are very similar on the issues, so, we’ll see,” Hewerdine said.  

And during the debate, the three main candidates laid out basically the same policy platform. 

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Global Journalist
7:27 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Curtailing drug violence in Mexico

A captured assault rifle, and bundles of U.S. dollars and Mexican pesos are displayed during a media presentation in Mexico City.
Alexandre Meneghini AP Images

A new president is about to take power in Mexico amid a raging drug war. The biggest question facing Enrique Pena Nieto is this: what will the federal government do to curtail the gangland violence?

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Agriculture
6:58 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Drought forces some to rethink crop insurance

A parched corn field in Cass County, Illinois.
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

Corn prices surged to a new record high on Monday, as the worst drought in more than 50 years continues to plague more than half the country.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:35 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Harvesting guano to help Peruvian penguins: Saint Louis Zoo digs in

Humboldt penguins can swim at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. There are only about 40,000 left in the wild.
wwarby Flickr

Unlike their cold-weather relatives, Humboldt penguins live only in South America, along the rocky Pacific coast of Chile and Peru. The Saint Louis Zoo’s Michael Macek has been monitoring the penguins there, tracking their health and numbers.

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Politics
6:33 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Rep. Akin discusses U.S. Senate campaign ahead of primary

Rep. Akin spoke to supporters at a local HyVee on Thursday.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Republican congressman Todd Akin stopped off in Columbia Thursday in one of his last campaign rallies ahead of Tuesday's primary election that pits Akin against two other high-profile GOP candidates vying to challenge U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill in November.

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Business
8:54 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Mo. small businesses eligible for federal aid

sba.gov

Missouri businesses directly harmed by the summer heat and drought can get low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Small nonfarm businesses, agricultural cooperatives and nonprofit organizations are eligible for up to $2 million for expenses caused by the drought. The deadline for loans is March and applications can be submitted online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

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Agriculture
8:50 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Livestock farmers seek safety net, while Washington politics delay aid

Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

Farmers growing crops have insurance to ward off the financial failure of their season during this terrible drought. But there’s no safety net like that in place for livestock producers. And any emergency aid is tied up in Washington politics.

The rock and the hard place where Stacey McCallister now sits looks like this:

Rock: McCallister’s herd of 200 dairy cattle in south central Missouri have feed for about the next 60 days.

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Energy
8:27 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Ameren energy efficiency plan approved by PSC

Ameren Missouri logo
forwardstl flickr

Missouri utility regulators have given approval for what Ameren Missouri calls the most aggressive energy efficiency plan ever in the state.

Under the plan approved Wednesday by the Missouri Public Service Commission, Ameren will invest $147 million over three years in several programs that seek to reduce electricity use by 800 million megawatt-hours.

The plan was part of a negotiated settlement among Ameren, PSC staff, consumer advocates and environmental groups.

Sports
8:24 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Tiger Town canceled due to lack of funds

Downtown Columbia
KBIA

The Tiger Town events that were planned to be held in downtown Columbia this fall to correspond with two home football games have been canceled due to a lack of funding. In a press release, head organizer Greg Steinhoff said it took them substantially more time to define the event, leaving less time to sell the event to potential donators. He said that despite the hard work by the organizers they came up short of the financial commitments necessary to stage the event.

Politics
8:19 am
Thu August 2, 2012

McCaskill opposes E.U. tax

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
Natalie Cheng KBIA

A bill making it illegal for U.S. airlines to pay a European tax passed unanimously through the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday. Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is a key sponsor of the measure.

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