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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.
Matt Evans KBIA

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

umkc.edu

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.

Politics
8:17 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Koster, Martin report fundraising for Mo. AG race

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
Attorney General's Office

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster reports raising more than a half-million dollars during the past quarter for his re-election campaign.

Candidates filed reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission laying out their fundraising activities from April through the end of June.

Koster, a Democrat, reported that his campaign raised $572,000 during the past three months and had nearly $2.4 million in available cash at the start of July.

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Energy
8:14 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Ameren Missouri presents energy efficiency plan

Ameren Missouri presented its energy efficiency plan in Jefferson City Monday.
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St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri presented details of its energy efficiency plan to the Missouri Public Service Commission on Monday.  The proposal would cost around $145 million, which would result in the average home electric bill going up about $3 per month.  Ameren officials say, though, the plan would result in long-term savings of nearly half a billion dollars.  Kevin Gunn chairs the Public Service Commission, which heard the utility’s presentation in Jefferson City.

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Intersection
6:07 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

MU announces new university press model

MU Provost Brian Foster.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Nixon's re-election war chest grows

Gov. Jay Nixon
KBIA file photo

Gov. Jay Nixon is building a big bank account for his re-election campaign.Finance figures released Monday show Nixon raised $2.1 million from April through June and had $7.6 million in his account at the start of July. 

Nixon's campaign said it was his strongest fundraising quarter this election cycle and that his bank account is twice as large as it was at a similar point in July 2008. 

Politics
5:10 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Brunner outspends opponents in Senate primary

The wealth of businessman John Brunner has allowed him to easily outspend his rivals in Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate primary.

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