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4:25 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Columbia activists fight urban blight label

A city of Columbia's effort to classify certain neighborhoods as blighted to help businesses secure tax credits continues to draw fire from local activists.

The "blight" label is required by the state Department of Economic Development to create Enhanced Enterprise Zones. The zones are distinct areas where businesses can receive tax breaks in return for adding new facilities or jobs.

Opponents say the label will lower property values and could make it easier for local government to seize property under eminent domain laws.

Science, Health and Technology
5:22 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

KC police seeing increasing popularity of PCP

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Kansas City police say the use of PCP is increasing, particularly in the city's urban core.

Officers are concerned because they say PCP users often are violent and unpredictable. The drug induces hallucinations and makes many users combative and unable to feel pain.

Police Capt. Todd Paulson calls PCP the scariest drug on the streets. He was one of six officers who were needed to subdue a PCP user in January.

The Kansas City Star reports officers used to see a brief increase in PCP arrests after a shipment came in but would then go weeks without any arrests.

Politics
4:52 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Mo. court strikes down part of 2008 harassment law

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The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down part of a state harassment law enacted after the suicide of a St. Charles County teenager who was teased over the Internet.

The high court on Tuesday invalidated a 2008 state law defining harassment to cover anyone who "knowingly makes repeated unwanted communication to another person."

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Politics
9:14 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Blunt to inspect Missouri River management system

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) will inspect the Missouri River management system.
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Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt and North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven plan to make their own inspections of dams and levees along the Missouri River.

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Business
8:57 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Mo Transportation Department trims mowing budget

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Missouri drivers may notice a change in the landscape along roadways and medians later this summer — more grass.

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Politics
9:15 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Prayer in public to be on August primary ballots

Gov. Jay Nixon placed the constitutional amendment on the August Missouri primary ballot.
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A proposed amendment to Missouri's Constitution asserting the right to pray in public will go before voters in August.

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Politics
9:04 am
Thu May 24, 2012

MU fraternity embroiled in gubernatorial spat

MU fraternity Beta Theta Pi has become involved in a gubernatorial dispute after hanging up a banner supporting Republican candidate Dave Spence.
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A fraternity at the University of Missouri-Columbia is removing a Republican campaign banner after concerns were raised by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's communications director.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Leniency sought for Mo. man in Iraq sanctions case

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Supporters of a Columbia man sentenced to three years in prison for sending money to Iraq despite federal sanctions are organizing an effort to commute his federal sentence.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:32 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Corps: States can help improve flood forecasting

Missouri river flooding in Sioux City, Iowa, South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, on June 8, 2011. Levees were built near homes to prevent the Missouri river from flooding properties.
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The top military officer in charge of managing the Missouri River system says the agency needs help from states to improve its ability to predict water runoff.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Mo National Guard exempt from Sunshine Law

Missouri National Guard Soldiers with the 117th Engineer Team work search and rescue missions in Joplin, Mo., just hours after a deadly tornado passed through.
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Missouri National Guard members have been disciplined for looting in Joplin after the massive tornado.

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Politics
9:11 am
Wed May 23, 2012

One year on, Joplin remembers tornado

Joplin was devastated by an EF-5 tornado in May 2011, killing 161.
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Much of Joplin fell silent to mark the precise moment the city was hit by a tornado one year ago.

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Science, Health and Technology
2:54 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Women's and Children's Hospital closing ICU

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A Columbia hospital says it will close its adult intensive care unit next month because it is not being used enough.

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Politics
6:14 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

St. Louis institutions file birth control suits

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The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis are among dozens of Roman Catholic institutions suing the Obama administration over a mandate that most employers provide birth control coverage.

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Politics
5:54 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Obama to speak at Joplin High School Graduation

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Joplin High School's Class of 2012 will cap a senior year marked by tragedy and perseverance Monday night with a commencement speech by President Barack Obama.

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Politics
9:16 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Columbia lawmakers to consider new tent regulations

The city is hosting a public input session at 5 p.m. tuesday at City Hall to discuss proposed changes to tent regulations.
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Columbia officials are working on changes to local rules governing tents after a collapse in St. Louis last month killed one person and hurt 100 more.

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Weather
9:06 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Joplin rebuilding continues on tornado's one-year anniversary

The Joplin tornado killed 161 people.
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A year after the deadliest tornado in decades hit southwest Missouri, the images remain indelible.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Mo. lawmakers pass extending fee for DNA samples

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Missouri lawmakers have voted to continue a fee for collecting DNA samples from criminals.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Tilley critical of Spence gift to lawmakers

Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley is accusing fellow Republican Dave Spence of hypocrisy for his habit of doling out sports tickets to lawmakers in his bid to become governor.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Columbia business owner sentenced for Iraq donations

A Columbia business owner has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for sending money to Iraq for more than a decade.

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Politics
9:08 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Contractors charged with defrauding Joplin tornado victims

161 people were killed by the May 2011 tornado in Joplin.
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Two Laclede County contractors stand accused of fraud after allegedly accepting insurance checks from three Joplin homeowners to repair tornado damage but not doing the work.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Mo. state senator "light-headed" during debate, heads to hospital

A Missouri state senator was being examined at a Jefferson City hospital after becoming light-headed during a debate on education issues.

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Politics
8:54 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Lawmakers approve work-related injury legislation

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor legislation prohibiting workers from suing each other for accidental on-the-job injuries.

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Business
5:51 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Missouri unemployment numbers dip slightly in April

Unemployment numbers in Missouri decreased to 7.3 percent in April.
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Missouri added about 6,000 jobs in April as its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged down slightly.

Figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Economic Development also show that Missouri added more jobs in March than originally thought. The March job growth was revised upward from 4,800 to 6,800 new jobs.

Missouri's unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point in April to 7.3 percent. The department said that is the lowest level in 40 months.

The national unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in April.

Education
9:11 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Nixon announces new funding for Joplin schools

Nixon's announcement comes as the year anniversary of the Joplin tornado approaches.
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The state of Missouri is providing $2.3 million to help build special rooms at five Joplin schools designed to withstand severe weather.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Lawsuit against Missouri's new Medicaid program dismissed

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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Missouri's new Medicaid insurance contracts covering more than 400,000 low-income residents.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Missouri association of the deaf win suit against state

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A federal judge has approved settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 1,000 deaf Missourians over mental health services for the deaf.

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Sports
2:54 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

MU coach Haith getting key to city in St. Louis

University of  Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith is getting a key to the city of St. Louis.

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Politics
2:53 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Mo. House passes bill on asthma meds in schools

Legislation that would let Missouri school nurses keep asthma medication on hand and treat students for attacks is on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Veterans home funding bill sent to Mo. governor

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor a measure providing a dedicated funding source to veterans' nursing homes.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Mo. voters to decide on changes to judge selection

A proposed constitutional amendment to revise the selection process for appellate judges is headed to Missouri voters.

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