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8:15 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Southwest Airlines announces Branson flights

A Southwest Airlines plane at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), Manchester, NH.
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Southwest has announced that it’s taking over the Branson operations of its AirTran subsidiary in March next year.

KYTV reports that Southwest will drop daily nonstop service between Branson and Baltimore while adding one direct daily flight to Love Field in Dallas. Nonstop daily service to Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby will continue, and a Saturday-only direct flight between Branson and Orlando is being added.

Agriculture
8:06 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Mo. drought relief program totals $29M for farmers

A Missouri program to improve the water supplies of drought-stricken farmers could end up costing nearly 15 times the original estimate.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced a $2 million program a month ago in which the state would cover 90 percent of the cost for farmers to drill or deepen wells or expand their irrigation systems. But demand far exceeded expectations, and the governor expanded the program.

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Politics
8:03 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Judge hears lawsuit over Mo. health care measure

Sara Westermark FLICKR

A Missouri judge is preparing to weigh arguments on the wording of a health care proposal on the state's November ballot.

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers claim in a lawsuit that the ballot language written by Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is misleading.

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Education
8:12 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Missouri State gets $2.5M federal grant

Missouri State University has been awarded a $2.5 million federal grant aimed at providing graduate courses for mid-career students at the Department of Defense.

The grant goes to the university's Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, which is located in Washington. The department will work with the National Defense University to provide graduate courses for up to 48 mid-career students with the Department of Defense.

Science, Health and Technology
8:05 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Mo. agency suspends permits for deer facilities

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The Missouri Conservation Commission has stopped issuing permits for new big-game hunting and breeding facilities that hold white-tailed or mule deer.

Officials say the goal is to help protect deer from fatal chronic wasting disease, a contagious illness that attacks the nervous system.

Faith/Religion
7:32 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Hundreds turn out for Joplin mosque rally

Jennifer Davidson KSMU

Hundreds of people turned out for a rally aimed at showing solidarity with area Muslims whose mosque was destroyed in a suspicious fire.

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Politics
8:30 am
Fri August 24, 2012

U.S. Capitol Police investigating reported threat on Akin, Huckabee pledges support

U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a reported threat against U.S. Representative Todd Akin, the U.S. Representative from Missouri who has been criticized for comments he made recently about rape.

A police spokesperson says there is "an active, open investigation" into a reported threat against the Republican lawmaker. She added that she could not discuss details regarding security of members of Congress.

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Agriculture
5:52 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

The Midwest's version of Bernie Madoff gets 9 years

Asbury's cattle rustling schemes netted him 9 years in federal prison.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

A former central Missouri man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for a pair of cattle fraud schemes that cost investors nearly $8 million.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Group of former Mo. Supreme Court judges oppose selection changes

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Defenders of Missouri's method of selecting appellate judges are fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the system.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Obama mocks Akin, Missouri GOP candidates remain quiet

Official portrait of Barack Obama
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President Barack Obama is mocking Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri for his remarks about a woman's body being able to avoid pregnancy during what Akin called a "legitimate rape."

Obama told a group of donors in New York that the Missouri congressman "somehow missed science class" even though he sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Among the few Republicans who have remained quiet Akin's comments are the Missouri GOP candidates for top state offices.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Akin powers forward, Mo. Republicans and McCaskill navigate wake

Republican Congressman Todd Akin is highlighting his Christian faith while asking for help in reviving his Senate campaign.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Akin lets Mo. Senate withdrawal deadline pass

U.S. House of Representatives

The initial deadline for Republican Rep. Todd Akin to quit the Missouri Senate race has come and gone, with no signs that he plans to give up.

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Business
2:50 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Delta to end flights from Columbia to Memphis

Columbia is about to lose its commercial airline service to Memphis, Tenn.

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Arts and Culture
8:50 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Three hospitalized after Missouri State Fair accident

Abbie Fentress Swanson KBIA/Harvest Public Media

Three people are hospitalized and two others have suffered minor injuries after an accident during a charity race at the Missouri State Fair.

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Education
8:26 am
Mon August 20, 2012

MU group plans celebration of University of Missouri Press, amidst planned changes

Classes for the fall semester at MU begin today, and as students return to school a campus group fighting plans to dramatically revamp the University of Missouri Press is holding a public celebration of the academic publishing house.

The Coalition to Save the University of Missouri Press opposes system President Tim Wolfe's decision to fire the press's 10 employees. The university’s plans for the press include a digital-driven alternative overseen by the editor of the Missouri Review literary journal.

Agriculture
5:43 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Mo. approves 4,900+ water supply requests

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Missouri has approved more than 4,900 requests from farmers for help in improving their water supplies amid Missouri's extreme drought.

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Crime
8:26 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Columbia grocer from Iraq prepares for prison

A Columbia grocer convicted of violating federal sanctions against Iraq by sending money overseas is preparing to start a three-year prison sentence later this month.

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Politics
8:24 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Nixon says Missouri exports increase from 2011

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

State officials say exports by Missouri businesses rose by 6 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2011.

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Agriculture
8:22 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Mo. department seeks to oust feral pigs

The Missouri Department of Conservation has been working to rid its lands around the state of feral hogs.

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Faith/Religion
8:20 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Enough money raised for Joplin rally for Muslims

Donors have stepped forward to make sure a rally to support Muslims in Joplin will be held.

The Neighbors — Joplin Mosque Rally will be held Saturday at Landreth Park.

Organizer Ashley Carter said several people contributed about $2,500 this week to fund the rally, which will feature speakers and entertainment.

The event was planned after a suspicious fire destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin's mosque on Aug. 6. A reward totaling $25,000 has been offered for information on the fire. The FBI is investigating.

Utilities
8:18 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Some western Mo. electric bills to decrease

Missouri Public Service Commission Seal
Missouri Public Service Commission website

Electric bills are on the way down for some residents of western Missouri, thanks to a decline in fuel prices.

The Missouri Public Service Commission has reduced the fuel adjustment charge for Kansas City Power & Light's Greater Missouri Operations. Fuel adjustment clauses allow power companies to adjust rates for changes in the price of natural gas.

The reduction takes effect Sept. 1.

Politics
8:15 am
Thu August 16, 2012

SW Mo. House member plans to seek recount

A state House member from southwest Missouri says he'll seek a recount after a narrow loss in his Republican primary election.

Election results certified in Greene County this week show incumbent Thomas Long losing to challenger Jeff Messenger by 28 votes in the Aug. 7 primary. Long told the Springfield News-Leader on Wednesday he'll ask to have the ballots in the 130th House District counted again.

Missouri law allows candidates to request recounts if they lose by less than 1 percent of the total vote.

Agriculture
2:36 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

MU professor: grazing drought-damaged crops and pasture can harm livestock

A parched corn field in Cass County, Illinois.
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

A University of Missouri veterinary professor says farmers need to be careful when feeding drought-damaged corn to their livestock.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:25 am
Wed August 15, 2012

MU medical researchers accused of plagiarism

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Two University of Missouri heart researchers are accused of plagiarism after a medical journal retracted an article they co-wrote.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the American Journal of the Medical Sciences pulled the February 2012 article after determining that the authors "plagiarized significant aspects" of a 2006 article in the journal Heart.

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Politics
9:23 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Mo. unemployment rises slightly to 7.2 percent

A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate edged higher last month while the number of nonfarm jobs declined.

The Department of Economic Development says the jobless rate rose one-tenth of a point in July to 7.2 percent. That compares with a national rate of 8.3 percent.

The Missouri agency also reported Tuesday that nonfarm payroll employment decreased in July by 7,700 jobs.

Officials said record heat and severe drought affected outdoor jobs in such areas as construction, landscaping, lawn care and recreation.

Transportation
8:49 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Caution urged for farmers on roads

The head of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says drivers need to be careful now that the state has granted drought-related waivers that will result in more farm machinery on the roads.

The Missouri Department of Transportation granted the waivers because the drought is forcing some farmers to travel longer distances to obtain hay, silage and grain.

Patrol Superintendent Ron Replogle encouraged farmers to review regulations related to farm vehicles and the transportation of goods.

Politics
8:46 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Hearings set in case over Mo. health care measure

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A Missouri judge has scheduled two hearings this month on a challenge to the ballot language of a health care measure that goes before voters in November.

The lawsuit by Republican Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers contends the ballot summary is unfair and misleading. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, wrote the summary.

Online court records show Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green will hear arguments Friday and again on August 28th.

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Agriculture
8:29 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Milk Board reinstates NW Mo. dairy's permit

Shatto Milk Company logo
shattomilk.com

A northwest Missouri dairy has resumed operations less than a week after some of its products were recalled by the state Department of Agriculture.

Missouri's Milk Board on Tuesday reinstated the plant permit for Shatto Dairy of Osborn after tests showed its pasteurization process was working.

Agriculture officials temporarily suspended the dairy's operations Aug. 8 after test results showed some of its milk products may have been unpasteurized or improperly pasteurized.

Drought
8:14 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Drought causing cracks in basement walls

A house with a daylight basement in Atlanta, GA.
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Many homeowners are seeing the impact of the drought with cracked walls in the basement, forcing thousands of dollars in repair bills that insurance generally doesn't cover.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that basement repair companies are overwhelmed with calls from customers about cracking and shifting foundations.

The drought has drained moisture from the soil for several feel underground. Drying clay shrinks, which undermines support beneath basements.

Politics
6:03 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court declines to set execution dates

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The Missouri Supreme Court has declined to set execution dates for six condemned killers, saying doing so is "premature" until the courts decide if Missouri's new execution method passes constitutional muster.

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