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5:45 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Nixon signs bill to restore open-records exemption

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation shielding security plans for public buildings and schools from open-records requests.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Mo. report finds racial disparity in traffic stops

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Black motorists were more likely to be pulled over by police in Missouri last year, according to an annual report released by Attorney General Chris Koster.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

MoDOT names new chief engineer

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The Missouri Department of Transportation has a new chief engineer.

Transportation director Dave Nichols has tapped Ed Hassinger for the post. Hassinger was the department's top engineer for the St. Louis region for the last 12 years. He has been with the department for almost 30 years.

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Politics
8:29 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Bill could give relief to public defenders - if Gov. Nixon signs

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Legislation that could ease the caseload of Missouri public defenders is being considered by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The measure would allow the public defender system to ask the presiding judge of a judicial circuit for a conference to discuss caseload issues. The judge could decide whether to grant relief in a particular case.

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Weather
7:45 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Heavy rain means flooding on roads, rivers

Here's what it looked like as the rain fell over Columbia at about 7:30am Friday morning
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Heavy rain throughout Mid-Missouri is causing flooding in many areas, and storms are expected to continue throughout Friday. Boone County Emergency Management keeps a live-updated list of road closures, which you can check here at any time for the latest information. As of 7:30am Friday morning, 18 roads were closed in Boone County due to flooding. The Missouri Department of Transportation's traveler information map is also worth checking before heading out on the road today.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:54 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Army Corps trying to stave off Mo. River flooding

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After several days of heavy rain across the lower Missouri River basin, the amount of water released into the river is being reduced to help minimize flooding.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it began reducing the amount of water flowing into the Missouri River on Sunday because of concerns about flooding downstream. On Sunday, the Corps decreased the amount of water being released from Gavins Point Dam, located on the South Dakota-Nebraska state line, from 24,000 cubic feet per second to 12,000 cubic feet per second.

“… that will help the peak stages on the river in some locations and also shorten the duration of the high flows,” the Corps’ Jody Farhat said.

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Crime
4:31 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Suspect in VA murder wants transfer to mental health facility

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A 33-year-old Sedalia man charged with killing a fellow patient at a Columbia veterans' hospital wants a transfer from the Boone County Jail to a state mental health hospital in Fulton.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Rudy Perez Jr. is asking a judge to help provide treatment for psychotic symptoms. Defense attorney David Tyson Smith says Perez is schizophrenic.

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Crime
1:41 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Man who died at Home Depot subsidiary in Mexico, Mo. identified

Officials have identified an employee who died in an accident at one of Home Depot's subsidiaries in central Missouri.

Brice Mesko, an assistant safety director in Mexico, Mo., says 30-year-old Kenny Baker of Auxvasse died Tuesday while trying to repair a loading dock plate at Home Decorators, a distribution center.

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Business
5:57 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Wal-Mart pleads guilty to violating federal rules in Missouri

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has pleaded guilty in Missouri to violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act by failing to properly handle pesticides that had been returned by customers at its stores across the country.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Mo. court blocks eminent domain by port authority

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A Missouri Supreme Court ruling has essentially scuttled a project to ship crude oil from North Dakota through a Mississippi River port in southeast Missouri.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Adoption advocates urge Gov. Nixon to veto foreign law bill

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Some adoption advocates say Gov. Jay Nixon should veto new Missouri legislation dealing with international law because it could complicate overseas adoptions.

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Agriculture
7:57 am
Tue May 28, 2013

New licensing rules ease requirements for farmers market egg vendors

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture says it has lessened licensing requirements for farmers' market merchants and roadside vendors selling eggs more directly to consumers.

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Business
7:40 am
Tue May 28, 2013

St. Louis officials consider merging city/county economic strategies

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St. Louis aldermen have taken a step toward merging economic strategies with surrounding St. Louis County, a move that would pave the way for more cooperation between the two governments.

The Board of Aldermen last week endorsed a merger of economic development agencies. And the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the board is expected to take a final vote in early June.

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Arts and Culture
4:20 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Joplin Chamber delivers first fund installment to Moore, Okla.

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Officials of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce have presented the first installment of a special fund for the town of Moore, Okla., following last week’s EF5 tornado that devastated the city.

The Joplin Globe reports the $20,000-dollars in donations delivered Saturday are intended to help the Moore Chamber of Commerce start its own business recovery fund.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:25 am
Mon May 27, 2013

E. coli levels high in 3 SW Mo. waterways

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A southwest Missouri county health department has posted health advisories for three waterways because of high bacteria levels.

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