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8:26 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Gov. Nixon considers bills on cash advances, abortion

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New legislation pending before Gov. Jay Nixon could give people running short of money a new alternative for getting some quick cash.

A bill would make it profitable for Missouri-based banks to offer short-term cash advances, similar to payday loans.

Some nationally chartered banks already offer the short-term loans with fees of around $50 on a $500 loan. Missouri law had allowed such loans, but the Missouri Bankers Association says that few banks offered them because the law set the maximum fee too low.

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Sports
8:19 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Race Across America travels through Missouri

Cyclists race through Iowa City, Iowa, in an unrelated race.
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Bicyclists taking part in a cross-country race will be zooming across Missouri this week, and transportation officials hope motorists along the route will be extra cautious.

The annual Race Across America covers a 3,000-mile route from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md.

Riders were expected to begin entering western Missouri this past Sunday, traveling via U.S. 54 to the Lake of the Ozarks area and Jefferson City.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:29 am
Mon June 17, 2013

University of Missouri Health Care to cut workforce

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University of Missouri Health Care will lay off or cut the hours and pay for 35 employees and eliminate 90 unfilled jobs in the coming year.

MU Health Care spokesperson Mary Jenkins told The Columbia Daily Tribune the job losses are due to cuts in federal health care payments from Medicare and the failure of legislators to expand Medicaid eligibility.

She says many of the 90 jobs that will be eliminated have been unfilled for most of the past year.

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Education
5:21 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Nixon taps St. Louis-area official for state board

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has named a former St. Louis-area school official to the State Board of Education.

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Crime
8:23 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Park rangers investigate vandalism

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Park rangers are looking for vandals who caused thousands of dollars in damage to an old mill in Mark Twain National Forest in southeast Missouri.

District ranger Tim Bond says Falling Spring Mill in Oregon County was damaged last month when vandals ripped boards off the structure and threw them into a pond.

Bond says the historic mill has been damaged in the past, but never as badly as in the mid-May incident. There is damage on every side of the building and its bulletin board was destroyed.

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Politics
7:56 am
Mon June 10, 2013

MoDOT receives grant for new road treatment

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  Missouri has received a federal grant to test a new type of road treatment intended to keep cars from slipping off highways when it rains or snows.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it will apply the "high friction surface treatment" to a pair of curves on U.S. 54 and Missouri 179 in Jefferson City.

If the agency has enough money, it may also apply the treatment at two sites on Interstate 44 near Rolla.

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Crime
7:52 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Kirksville man seeks new murder trial

Kirksville City Hall
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  Five colleagues of a former Boone County medical examiner are challenging his findings as a Kirksville man seeks a new trial in a woman's 1997 death.

Former medical examiner Jay Dix, who died in 2002, ruled that Wendy Wagnon died from suffocation. That led to the conviction of Jessie McKim and James Peavler in 1999.

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Politics
7:43 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Mo. House to study its own operations

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The Missouri House is creating a committee to study itself.

House Speaker Tim Jones says he has formed a new committee to examine the operations of the House of Representatives and recommend potential changes to the way it conducts business.

The panel will have a long name. It’s called the Interim House Committee on Legislative Institutional Infrastructure and Process. It will be led by Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst, a Republican from St. Louis County.

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Politics
7:30 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Nixon weighs gun legislation

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is deciding whether to sign recently passed legislation that would bolster gun rights.

The legislature approved measures that would tackle federal gun laws, allow certain trained school personnel to carry a concealed weapon and change the process for issuing concealed gun permits.

Nixon has until mid-July to sign the bills, veto them or allow them to take effect without his signature.

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Politics
7:26 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Various Mo. state fees may increase

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Missouri's Republican-led Legislature put a priority on cutting taxes this year. But the same lawmakers who passed a $700 million income tax cut also approved numerous little-known fee increases.

One of those measures could increase fees on driver's licenses and vehicle registrations, costing Missourians almost $22 million annually. Another bill would impose fees on mailed-in speeding traffic tickets, affecting an estimated 170,000 cases annually.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Gov. Nixon vetoes income tax bill, Republicans consider override

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Some Republican lawmakers are vowing to try to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that reduced income taxes. Shortly after the Democratic governor rejected the bill today, the leading sponsors of the legislation said they would attempt to get the two-thirds vote needed to override his veto when the Legislature convenes in September.

Republicans hold enough seats in the House in Senate to override Nixon’s veto without any Democratic support. They would have to hold all of the GOP members together in the House and could afford to have only one Republican defect in the Senate.

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Politics
5:52 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Mo. House interim committee to focus on elections

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Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones has created an interim committee to study the state's election process.

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Agriculture
5:19 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

12 Mo. counties eligible for disaster assistance

St. Louis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lock and Dam 25 in Winfield, Mo., Apr. 20, 2013.
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Farmers in a dozen Missouri counties could be eligible for emergency loans through the U.S. Agriculture Department for damage from severe spring weather.

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Business
5:13 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Lambert Airport damaged from recent storms

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For the second time in two years, Lambert Airport in St. Louis is cleaning up after a storm caused significant damage to Missouri's largest airport.

Strong storms, including tornadoes, ripped through the St. Louis region Friday night. The store caused extensive damage to two aircraft hangars, three buildings and a parking lot. Repair costs have not been determined.

On April 22, 2011, a strong tornado hit Lambert, significantly damaging a terminal and knocking out dozens of windows. Total damage was $25 million.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Nixon considers tougher legislation on sexual crimes

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon is considering measures that could send more people convicted of sexually violent crimes to prison with longer sentences.

Lawmakers sent Nixon measures to redefine rape and other violent crimes in an effort put more people behind bars on felony convictions.

Supporters say the measures would increase protections for sexual assault victims. But the state public defender system argues that more people behind bars for longer terms will cost taxpayers.

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