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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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Science and Technology
4:25 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Solar energy industry rallying to keep rebates

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Missouri's solar energy industry is rallying to resurrect a popular rebate program created by a 2008 renewable-energy ballot initiative that was curtailed when the state's largest utility said it had to cease participation to avoid rate increases capped by the voter-approved law.

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Education
4:14 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Legislation on failing school districts to be revised

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Missouri lawmakers are trying to resolve differences on legislation to revise the law on student transfers from failing school districts.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Missouri transportation sales tax plan in jeopardy

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A proposed transportation sales tax increase is in jeopardy in the Missouri House because some Democrats are upset about an income tax cut.

The three-quarters cent sales tax already has passed the Senate and needs just one more House vote to be referred to this year's ballot. But lawmakers have just five working days before their session ends May 16, and support for the transportation tax is waning.

When the House approved an earlier version of the bill in April, 33 Democrats joined 63 Republicans to exceed the 82 votes needed to pass legislation.

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Agriculture
4:26 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

USDA: US corn yields to offset lesser acreage

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A government report says the nation's corn growers should have banner production this year despite lesser acreage devoted to the grain. But corn prices later in the year may suffer a bit.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its first World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report of the year.

The report estimates that corn producers will harvest 165.3 bushels of corn per acre, up 6.5 bushels from the previous year. Corn acreage is expected to slip to 91.7 million acres, from 95.4 million acres.

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Politics
5:39 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass Medicaid funding legislation

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Missouri lawmakers have passed a budget that would restore Medicaid benefits cut a decade ago and boost spending on public education.

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Health
5:15 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Most MU weekend nurses sign incentive pay changes

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Nearly all of the weekend nurses working for University of Missouri Health Care have agreed to sharp reductions in incentive pay.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Missouri Senate approves capital improvements

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The Missouri Senate has endorsed a construction funding bill that includes projects on college campuses and for the Highway Patrol.

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Politics
8:24 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass funeral protest law change

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Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill designed to clear up potential confusion about the state law restricting protests at funerals.

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Politics
8:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Democrat loses committee spots after tax cut vote

Keith English
Credit Missouri House of Representatives

A Democratic lawmaker from suburban St. Louis has been removed from several Missouri House committees after he sided with Republicans to enact an income tax cut.

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Politics
7:57 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Missouri budget would restore Medicaid benefits

Missouri Capitol
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Missouri lawmakers are poised to give final approval to a state budget that could restore Medicaid benefits that were cut a decade ago.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Mo. lawmakers boost benevolent tax credit caps

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Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon legislation to let the state award additional tax credits for donations to maternity homes, pregnancy resource centers and food pantries.

The House gave final approval to the measure with a 121-25 vote on Wednesday. The Senate passed it earlier this year.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass gun rights amendment

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a proposed amendment to the state Constitution intended to strengthen the right to bear arms.

The Republican-led Senate voted 23-8 on Wednesday to send the bill to the November ballot. The proposal passed the House a day earlier with a 122-31 vote.

The amendment would define the right to bear arms as "unalienable" and require the state to defend against any "infringement" of that right. It would also include defending one's "family" with a firearm as a guaranteed constitutional right.

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Politics
8:13 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Missouri Senate debates 3-day abortion wait period

Missouri Capitol
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Missouri's Republican-led Senate has defeated a rape and incest exemption to the state's abortion waiting period.

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Politics
8:09 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Missouri Senate considers limits on union fees

Missouri Capitol
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The Missouri Senate has halted debate on legislation that would curb the ability of public employee unions to collect and spend fees automatically deducted from workers' paychecks.

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Politics
8:27 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Lawmakers endorse March presidential primary

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Missouri would hold presidential primary elections in March instead of February under a bill on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Health
7:57 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Lawmakers pass notice requirement for mammograms

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would require a notice be provided to women following mammograms.

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Politics
7:50 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Missouri budget negotiators face Friday deadline

Missouri Capitol
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The state Senate's budget chief says there are no plans to revise Missouri's financial projections despite a recent decline in tax revenues.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Signatures submitted to allow teacher tenure and early voting on Novemeber ballot

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Backers of initiative petitions to eliminate teacher tenure and to allow an early voting period have submitted signatures to get the measure on the November ballot.

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Politics
8:14 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Missouri lawmakers plan override vote on tax cut

Missouri Capitol
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Missouri lawmakers could decide this week whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of an income tax cut.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Boone County judge grants divorce for gay couple

Boone County Courthouse in Columbia, Mo.
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A Boone County judge has granted what apparently is the first same-sex divorce in Missouri, which has a constitutional amendment against recognizing same-sex marriages.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Lawyer wants to video upcoming Missouri execution

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The attorney for condemned Missouri inmate Russell Bucklew is seeking permission to video-record the execution, citing concerns that Bucklew could suffer during the process.

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Education
4:35 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Montana State VP named new Missouri S&T provost

Robert J. Marley
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Missouri University of Science and Technology has tapped a Montana State University vice president as its chief academic officer.

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Business
4:20 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Judge orders re-figuring of Missouri tobacco loss

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Attorney General Chris Koster says a new court ruling should allow Missouri to avoid most of a $70 million penalty for its lackluster enforcement of a legal settlement with tobacco companies.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Jimmie Edwards ruled Friday that an arbitration panel wrongly calculated the amount of settlement payments Missouri should lose for failing to diligently enforce the settlement terms in 2003.

A previous decision by arbitration panel had reduced Missouri's $130 million payment this year by about $70 million.

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Health
4:27 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Over 150K sign up for health plans in Missouri

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A new report says more than 150,000 Missouri residents signed up for health insurance policies through a federally run website.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri Senate passes bill to create new student standards

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Missouri senators passed legislation that could pave the way for the state to dump new benchmarks for student achievement known as the Common Core Standards.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri House defeats newborn care legislation

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Missouri's Republican-led House has defeated legislation that would have charged a panel of medical professionals with developing streamlined standards for newborn care.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass cannabis extract bill

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy isn't relieved by other treatments.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Gov. Nixon to veto income tax cut

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he will veto an income tax cut that he considers to be "an unfair, unaffordable and dangerous scheme."

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