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8:33 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Missouri considers dumping new education standards

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Some lawmakers hope to make Missouri the second state to drop new education benchmarks and write its own student performance standards.

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Politics
8:08 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Veterans Campus planned in Columbia

Three organizations are discussing building a 4.2-acre campus for veterans in northeast Columbia.

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Education
7:30 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Private school option spurs opposition ed. bill

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A coalition of education organizations representing teachers, administrators and school board members objects to student transfer legislation because it could lead to students attending private schools at taxpayers' expense.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Missouri lawmakers approve local health registries

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County officials could compile lists of residents with health problems under a Missouri bill intended to identify people in need of help during disasters.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Missouri House passes cannabis extract legislation

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The Missouri House has approved legislation that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other types of treatments.

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Politics
8:52 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Missouri Gov. Nixon signs budget legislation

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed a mid-year spending bill with funding for social services, education and a financially troubled St. Louis County school district.

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Politics
8:30 am
Thu April 24, 2014

House panel OKs Missouri student transfer bill

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A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation revising a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay the costs when students transfer to neighboring districts.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Missouri Senate backs potential for preschool ratings

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Missouri senators have endorsed legislation that could lead to the development of a preschool rating system by private or nonprofit groups.

The bill given initial approval Wednesday comes two years after a law was enacted barring the creation of a preschool rating system by the state, higher education institutions or quasi-governmental entities.

The new legislation leaves intact the prohibition on government involvement but would allow publicly funded preschools to participate in a rating system run by a private or nonprofit group.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Missouri House endorses June primary election date

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The Missouri House gave initial approval to legislation that would move the state's primary elections to June.

Party primaries for Congress, the state Legislature and statewide offices are currently held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in August. But the bill endorsed on Wednesday would move the primaries to the first Tuesday after the third Monday in June.

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Politics
3:53 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Missouri House panel mulls impeaching governor

Governor Jay Nixon speaks at the Missouri State Fair in August, 2013. Nixon has called the impeach hearings "some sort of show."
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A Republican-led Missouri House committee is holding a hearing on multiple measures seeking to impeach Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

The hearing on three separate impeachment resolutions includes one citing Nixon's decision to allow same-sex couples who married legally in other states to file joint tax returns in Missouri. Another measure is critical of the amount of time the governor took to call special elections to fill legislative vacancies.

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Politics
8:04 am
Wed April 23, 2014

House OKs use of cannabis extract for epilepsy

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The Missouri House has endorsed legislation allowing use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other treatments.

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Politics
8:01 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Missouri House panel endorses bonding plan

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A Missouri House panel has endorsed a bonding proposal that calls for spending at least $200 million on a new state mental health facility in Fulton.

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Politics
7:56 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Mo. House panel to consider impeaching governor

Jay Nixon
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A Republican-led Missouri House committee plans to hold a hearing on measures seeking to impeach Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Crime
9:06 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Missouri continues to prepare for Rousan execution

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Efforts to spare the life of a condemned Missouri man hinge on an argument that has so far held little sway over the courts.

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Politics
8:56 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Nixon taking action on Missouri tax-cut measure

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is ready to follow through on his criticism of a tax-cut plan passed by the Legislature.

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Politics
8:48 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Missouri mayor resigns after ant-Semitic remarks

The mayor of the Missouri community of Marionville has resigned over anti-Semitic remarks he made in support of a white supremacist accused of killing three people at Jewish community sites in Kansas.

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Politics
8:32 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Mo. Senate panel looks to conclude budget work

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A Missouri Senate committee is preparing to consider the final sticking points to conclude its work on the state's operating budget.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Attorney General's opinion sought after proposed legislation seeks to nullify gun laws

A Republican state senator wants to know the opinion of Missouri's top law enforcement official on legislation that seeks to nullify some federal gun laws.

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Politics
9:08 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Columbia City Council members no longer volunteers

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Columbia City Council members will receive some compensation for their service, beginning in May.

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Politics
8:57 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Analysis: Mo. business tax break has wide reach

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A tax-cut bill pending before Missouri Governor Jay Nixon would create a special deduction for thousands of business owners.

Nixon has criticized the measure as a giveaway to lawyers and lobbyists. But that may be oversimplifying the issue.

The legislation would phase in a 25 percent deduction for business income reported on personal tax returns. Many lawyers and lobbyists would benefit because of the way their businesses are structured.

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Education
8:20 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Mo. mulls state funds to districts for preschool

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Missouri House members this past week passed legislation that would allow public schools to begin counting some children attending early childhood education programs toward the basic state funding they receive. 

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Crime
8:43 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Trial delayed for former sweetener plant CEO

The unfinished Mamtek plant in Moberly, Mo.
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The criminal trial of former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole has been delayed until December by a St. Charles County judge presiding over the case.

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Politics
8:20 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Mo. Senate panel endorses penny transportation tax

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A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects.

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Crime
3:17 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Boone County hires lawyers for civil rights case

Ryan Ferguson filed a civil rights suit earlier this month against Boone County, a former prosecuting attorney and the two investigators.
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Boone County has hired four attorneys to help defend itself and three employees named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man whose murder conviction was overturned after he served nearly a decade behind bars.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Missouri Senate confirms Social Services director

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The Missouri Senate has confirmed a longtime employee of the Missouri Department of Social Services to be the agency's new director.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass e-cigarette legislation

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The Missouri House and Senate have each passed bills that would prevent people younger than 18 from purchasing electronic cigarettes.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri House endorses early voting measures

The Capitol House floor. House members gave first-round approval Wednesday, April 16 to a constitutional amendment and companion bill as part of new early voting legislation.
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The Missouri House has endorsed a pair of early voting measures, though some Democrats contend they could create confusion for a proposed initiative petition that seeks to go further in allowing advanced voting.

House members gave first-round approval Wednesday to a constitutional amendment and companion bill. It would allow early voting for nine days, ending the week before state and federal elections. Polls would be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and four hours on Saturday. There will not be early voting on Sunday.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Doctor inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

Andrew Taylor Still poses for a picture c. 1914. Still is the latest member of the Hall of Famous Missourians.
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A physician regarded as the father of osteopathic medicine has been inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

Andrew Taylor Still founded the American School of Osteopathy, now called A.T. Still University, in Kirksville in 1892. His form of medicine focused on the body, mind and spirit. There now are more than 82,000 osteopathic physicians.

Family members, medical students and physicians were among those watching Wednesday's induction ceremony in the state House chamber.

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Politics
4:17 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri universities raise funding concerns

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Officials from Missouri's public universities are raising concerns about reduced revenues for education as state lawmakers consider an income tax cut.

A statement signed by the governing board presidents of nine state universities cites concerns that legislation could limit the money available for education.

Although the letter does not specifically mention the proposed income tax cut, the executive director of the Council on Public Higher Education said that is the subject of the concerns.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri Senate endorses drug program renewal

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The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation to renew an expiring prescription drug benefit for over 200,000 low-income and disabled seniors.

The Missouri Rx Program is scheduled to expire in August, but the measure endorsed on Wednesday would extend the benefit until 2017. State officials estimate more than 9 million prescription drug claims will be filed for 230,000 Missourians during the current budget year. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has called on lawmakers to renew the program.

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