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3:10 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Koster to appeal for state science initiatives

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to appeal a court ruling that invalidated a state fund designed to offer incentives to science or technology companies.
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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to appeal a court ruling that invalidated a state fund designed to offer incentives to science or technology companies.

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Politics
3:06 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Mo. attorney general wants $3 million to remodel office

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is proposing to use money from consumer fraud cases to renovate the Broadway State Office Building.
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Chris Koster's office is proposing to use money from consumer fraud cases to renovate its space.

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Politics
3:03 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Mo. Senator wants I-70 toll road debate

Mo. State Sen. Bill Stouffer (R-Napton) wants to debate a measure allowing I-70 to become a toll road.
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A Missouri senator says he wants the full chamber to debate a measure allowing tolls on Interstate 70.

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Science, Health and Technology
2:59 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Missouri meth lab seizures lead U.S.

Missouri had nearly 1,500 meth lab incidents in 2008.
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An Associated Press survey of the nation's top methamphetamine-producing states shows national lab seizures rose again last year.

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Politics
9:02 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Possibly threatening email sent to lawmakers

The emails come weeks after a gun-target stickers were placed on some lawmakers' office doors.
File KBIA

An angry email that named four Missouri state senators and mentioned an Arizona congresswoman who was shot and wounded last year has been traced to an eastern Missouri resident.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Mo. House rejects plan to increase some farm taxes

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Missouri House members have voted to reject a tax plan that would increase property taxes for the best farms.

Property taxes for farms are based on the land's "productive value." Farms are divided into eight groups based on land quality, with the best in Grade 1 and the worst in Grade 8. The Missouri Tax Commission has recommended increasing productive values for the four highest grades.

Politics
4:50 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Springfield group pushes discrimination ban

The Springfield City Council is being asked to consider ordinances that would ban discrimination against gay people.

The Mayor's Commission on Human Rights sent three proposed ordinances to the city council that are designed to work together to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Joplin donations

Joplin after the tornado
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Some Joplin residents are questioning how the city's school district used millions of dollars it received in donations after the May 22 tornado.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Springfield group pushes discrimination ban

The Springfield City Council is being asked to consider ordinances that would ban discrimination against gay people.

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Arts and Culture
9:22 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Gorillas break out of Kansas City Zoo habitats

A gorilla at the Wild Animal Park in Escondido
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Visitors were quarantined briefly after two of the Kansas City Zoo's five gorillas got out of their habitat and roamed into a non-public feeding area.

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Politics
9:08 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Corps awards firm with Missouri river levee repair job

A breach levee in northwest Missouri led to extensive flooding during the 2011 summer.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded an $888,000 contract to repair a northwestern Missouri levee damaged during last year's flooding.

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Asia
6:34 am
Mon February 20, 2012

S. Korea Conducts Drill, Flouting N. Korean Threat

South Korean Navy ships dock at a floating base near Yeonpyong Island, close to its contested ocean border with North Korea Monday. South Korea conducted live-fire military drills from five islands, ignoring Pyongyang's threat to attack.
Bae Jung-hyun AP

South Korea conducted live-fire military drills near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea Monday, despite Pyongyang's threat to respond with a "merciless" attack.

North Korea did not carry out the threat as it focuses on internal stability two months after the death of longtime leader Kim Jong Il and prepares for nuclear disarmament talks with the United States later this week. But with American forces scheduled to conduct additional military exercises with ally South Korea over the next few months, tensions are expected to remain high in the region.

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Politics
5:16 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Governor Nixon asks for ethics reform

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Gov. Jay Nixon wants Missouri lawmakers to pass ethics legislation after the state Supreme Court rejected the most recent law because of how it was approved.

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Politics
10:07 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Nixon to outline new ethics proposal

Governor Jay Nixon speaking to reporters earlier this month.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon is calling on Missouri lawmakers to pass new ethics legislation after the state Supreme Court threw out a 2010 ethics law.' That law was tossed out because of the way legislators approved the law. Nixon will outline the element he wants to see in a new law during a news conference today.

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Education
8:27 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Higher education cuts force layoffs at Northwest Missouri State

Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.
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In some of the first higher education layoffs announced this year in reaction to state funding reductions, Northwest Missouri State University will cut 20 jobs and eliminate or reorganize eight academic departments in a campus-wide move to reduce costs.

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