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5:41 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

GOP consultant questions early voting signatures

A Republican political consultant is questioning whether supporters of an early voting initiative gathered enough valid signatures to get the measure for the November ballot.

Supporters have said they submitted about 300,000 signatures for a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow six weeks of early voting before Missouri elections.

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Politics
8:07 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Missouri child-care centers could face increased oversight

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Legislation pending before Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would require new oversight of some unlicensed child care centers.

The legislation would require state workers to visit unlicensed facilities that receive federal money. It also would require the development of quality indicators that parents could use to evaluate the safety and caliber of child care centers.

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Health
7:59 am
Wed May 28, 2014

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt to visit St. Louis VA hospital, as Missouri politicians address VA complaints

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Republican Sen. Roy Blunt is scheduled to be in St. Louis today to meet with officials at the VA hospital about concerns raised over mental health care. The visit comes amid calls from several Missouri politicians to address complaints about VA services. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, visited the University of Missouri campus Friday to announce the results of her survey of veterans' satisfaction with VA services in Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Bill would change oversight of unlicensed child care centers

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Legislation pending before Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would require new oversight of some unlicensed child care centers.

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Business
8:10 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Columbia attempts to acquire farmland through eminent domain, in planned airport expansion

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The city of Columbia has filed a petition for eminent domain to acquire about 5 acres of farmland it needs to extend the main runway at the Columbia Regional Airport.

Assistant City Counselor Cavanaugh Noce says the city was unable to negotiate a selling price with the trustee of a fund that owns the land northeast of Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the parcel is part of about 58 acres the city is acquiring for the project. The city has been able to negotiate a selling price with the owners of the rest of the land.

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Arts and Culture
4:53 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Katy Bridge Coalition campaigning in Boonville

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A group that fought to save a central Missouri railroad bridge from demolition is raising money to repair the span.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports  members of the Katy Bridge Coalition hope eventually to add the bridge to the Katy Trail, Missouri's 225-mile hiking and biking trail.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Missouri tax breaks: Expansion? Or clarification?

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Missouri lawmakers approved special tax breaks this year that could benefit pizza parlors and power companies, clothes cleaners and computer data centers. And that's just the start of it.

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Politics
4:18 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Transportation sales tax will be on August ballot

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Missouri voters will decide during the August primary on several ballot measures, including a proposed three-quarters-cent sales tax increase to bolster transportation funding.

Today Gov. Jay Nixon referred five measures to the August 5th ballot and three proposals to the November 4th election. Voters consider constitutional amendments endorsed by the Legislature in November unless the governor sets a different election date.

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Health
4:10 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Bridgeton Landfill settlement might be in jeopardy

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A $6.8 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit over a smoldering St. Louis County landfill could be in jeopardy.

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Business
4:43 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Ameren progresses in cleanup of downtown Columbia site

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Crews have removed about 18,000 tons of contaminated soil from a downtown Columbia site contaminated with possible carcinogens from a former manufactured gas plant.

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Faith/Religion
4:23 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Man drowns in NW Missouri river

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 19-year-old man drowned in a northwest Missouri river.

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Crime
4:17 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Next step unclear after Missouri execution halted

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What happens now to a Missouri inmate after a rare last-minute stay of execution from the U.S. Supreme Court will be up to other judges.

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Politics
7:59 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Missouri execution postponed

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The Supreme Court has put off the execution of a Missouri inmate with a rare medical condition who challenged the state's refusal to disclose the source of its lethal injection drug.

The justices on Wednesday said a lower federal court needs to take another look at the case of convicted killer Russell Bucklew.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Foes consider referendum drive on Missouri tax cut

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Some opponents of a Missouri income tax cut say they're contemplating pursuing a referendum that would put the issue before voters.

The Republican-led Legislature enacted the tax cut this spring by overriding a veto of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The measure would gradually reduce Missouri's top individual income tax rate and phase in a new business income deduction starting in 2017.

The Kansas City Star reports that some groups opposed to the tax cut are considering a referendum petition.

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Education
3:41 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Nixon announces education funding cuts

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is making more cuts to public education because of a decline in casino and lottery revenues.

Nixon announced more than $35 million of new spending restrictions Tuesday. That's on top of $22 million of restrictions announced in April.

The Democratic governor said lottery and casino revenues are not meeting the amounts assumed in the 2014 budget that runs through June 30. Because the gambling revenues are dedicated to education, Nixon says the cuts must come from that area.

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Politics
3:39 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Sen. Blunt plans mental health tour in Missouri

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt from Missouri.
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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt plans to emphasize mental health issues while traveling across Missouri next week.

Blunt plans to visit nine hospitals and behavioral health centers, including the Veterans Affairs medical center in St. Louis.

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Science and Technology
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

MU included in EPA task force on water quality

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A task force established by the Environmental Protection Agency to curtail farmland pollution that flows into the Mississippi River has reached an agreement with 12 universities.

The EPA says states already collaborate with universities on local water quality research and agricultural programs but to date there hasn't been a formal process for sharing university research and ideas across the 12 task force states.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Supreme Court justice halts Missouri execution

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has issued an order halting the planned execution of a Missouri inmate.

Alito's order issued late Tuesday does not explain why he suspended the scheduled execution of Russell Bucklew, but it indicates that he or the high court will have more to say about the matter.

The order was issued shortly after the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay of execution granted hours earlier by a three-judge panel of that court.

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Education
4:34 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

President stepping down next year at Westminster

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The longtime leader of Westminster College is stepping down, but not for another year.

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Politics
8:28 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Candidates emerging for Missouri 2016 governor's race

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Missouri Congressmember Blaine Luetkemeyer says he will consider a 2016 run for governor after his re-election bid this year for the U.S. House.

The Republican from Missouri's 3rd Congressional District said Monday he has been encouraged by party members, donors and friends to consider running for governor.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is barred by term limits from seeking re-election. But others already are positioning to succeed him.

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Politics
8:22 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Range of issues from legislative session headed to voters and ballots

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Missouri voters will have a lot to think about this year when they look at their election ballots. There will be choices about farms, guns, lottery tickets and taxes, to name just a few.

That's because lawmakers have referred an unusually large number of constitutional amendments to the ballot for voters to decide.

During the session that ended last week, lawmakers voted to place six measures on the ballot. They referred an additional two to this year's ballot during their 2013 session.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Nixon holds firm on plans for execution

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is standing firm with plans to execute Russell Bucklew this week, despite claims from the condemned man's attorneys that he could suffer during the process because of a rare medical condition.

Bucklew is scheduled to die by a lethal dose of pentobarbital at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing a southeast Missouri man during a violent crime spree in 1996.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Missouri lawmakers send 8 issues to voters

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Missouri voters will have a lot to think about this year when they look at their election ballots. There will be choices about farms, guns, lottery tickets and taxes, to name just a few.

That's because lawmakers have referred an unusually large number of constitutional amendments to the ballot for voters to decide.

During the session that ended last week, lawmakers voted to place six measures on the ballot. They referred an additional two to this year's ballot during their 2013 session.

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Politics
4:16 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Nixon announces plans for 5 more safe rooms

Gov. Jay Nixon.
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Plans are in the works for tornado safe rooms at five Missouri schools.

Gov. Jay Nixon was in Troy Monday to announce that community safe rooms will be built at schools in Lincoln, St. Charles, Stoddard, Texas and Webster counties.

The safe rooms are designed to provide tornado shelter for those who don't have basements or other means of shelter at their homes, and for students, faculty and staff at schools. The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides 75 percent of the funding. The remaining 25 percent is paid for locally.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass university funding changes

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Missouri's public universities and community colleges would need to implement performance-based funding under legislation given final approval by the Legislature.

Under the bill, the schools would work with the Department of Higher Education to develop goals that would then be used to determine part of their funding. Colleges also would be required to develop a performance criteria related to student job placement.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass gun rights legislation

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that could allow specially trained teachers and other school personnel to carry concealed weapons.

Supporters say the measure would protect schools from intruders, but opponents say it could compromise safety by having firearms in classrooms.

The bill sent to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday would also lower the minimum age required to get a concealed weapons permit to 19 from 21. The House voted 111-28 in favor of the bill. It cleared the Senate a day earlier.

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Arts and Culture
8:46 am
Thu May 15, 2014

'Gone Girl' film-makers set to receive state tax credits from DED

The Missouri Department of Economic Development is providing nearly $900,000 in tax credits to the makers of a movie filmed partly in Cape Girardeau.

The Southeast Missourian reports that 20th Century Fox, maker of "Gone Girl," spent nearly $3 million while filming in Missouri last fall. The state issues tax credits to qualified production companies for up to 35 percent of in-state expenditures, part of an effort to promote filming in Missouri.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Tax-limits champion honored at Missouri Capitol

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A southwestern Missouri man who led a petition effort limiting state revenues and local taxes has been inducted into the Capitol's Hall of Famous Missourians.

Mel Hancock was a businessman when he developed a Missouri constitutional amendment passed by voters in 1980. Now known as the "Hancock Amendment," it establishes a state revenue limit, bars state government from imposing unfunded mandates on local governments and requires voter approval for local tax increases.

Hancock later served four terms in Congress and built a reputation as a fiscal and social conservative.

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Politics
6:09 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

UPDATE: Mo. Legislature addresses unique food stamp ban for drug felons

Bobby and Christie Clark share a late afternoon snack of frozen chicken fingers inside their Sedalia, Mo., home on Monday, April 21, 2014. Christie and her two kids receive food stamps, but Missouri denies Bobby access because of his drug felony.
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UPDATE (Associated Press):

On May 15, the Missouri Legislature passed a bill that could potentially allow people convicted of drug felonies to qualify for food stamps under a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature.

Drug felons are currently banned for life from the aid program. But the bill would allow them to receive the benefit if they have completed or been determined by the state not to need a substance abuse program. It would not apply to people with three or more felony drug convictions.

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Crime
7:40 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Former Missouri football player charged with felony rape

A former University of Missouri football player has been charged with felony rape.

University police say a female acquaintance accused 20-year-old David Sowell of a May 9 sexual assault in his Campus View apartment. The privately-owned apartment complex is used by the university as overflow student housing.

Sowell is a sophomore from suburban Chicago. He briefly played defensive back for the Tigers last year as a walk-on but was dismissed from the football team early in the 2013 season for unspecified disciplinary violations.

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