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8:11 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Dog takes starring role in Missouri campaign ad

State of Missouri

A candidate for Missouri secretary of state is counting on his dog to help pick up some votes.

Republican state Sen. Bill Stouffer says his bloodhound, Duke, has been a popular sidekick at campaign events. Now, the long-eared, droopy-eyed dog is starring in a campaign commercial.

The spot opens with Stouffer's wife, Sue Ellen, saying ambiguously that he's loyal, protects those he serves, fights for what's right and hunts for the truth. After Stouffer thanks her for the praise, she jokes that the compliments were directed at Duke.

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Military
8:08 am
Thu July 26, 2012

First female Mo. soldier killed in Iraq honored

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Fort Leonard Wood is honoring the first female soldier from Missouri who was killed in action in Iraq.

A building at the fort will be dedicated Thursday to Sgt. Amanda Pinson, who died in Iraq in 2006. A memorial plaque will also be unveiled.

The 21-year-old Pinson, of St. Louis, died when a mortar detonated near Tikrit, Iraq. She was a member of the 101st Military Intelligence Detachment of the 101st Airborne Division.

Agriculture
8:06 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Mo. village offers free water to fight grass fires

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Farmers and other property owners in a southwestern Missouri village are being offered free water to fight grass fires amid continuing heat and drought.

KOLR-TV reports the Lawrence County village of Freistatt announced plans Wednesday to provide water to anyone living within a three-mile radius. Those taking advantage of the offer must have a portable tank to hold 3,000 to 5,000 gallons.

The water can be used only to prevent or fight grass fires.

Crime
8:01 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Columbia man indicted on tax credit fraud

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A Columbia man has been indicted on allegations that he tried to fraudulently claim a state tax break meant for lower-income disabled residents and senior citizens.

The Cole County indictment accuses 27-year-old Christopher Hill of one felony count of filing a false state income tax return. The charge is punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and five years in prison.

The Missouri Department of Revenue said Wednesday that Hill attempted to file a forged rent receipt with his 2011 taxes in order to claim the tax credit.

Politics
5:57 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Steelman loans campaign $100,000

In total, Republican candidate Sarah Steelman has loaned $500,000 to her campaign.
Photo courtesy of the Sarah Steelman for Senate campaign

Republican Sarah Steelman has loaned her U.S. Senate campaign an additional $100,000 for the final couple of weeks before Missouri's primary elections.

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Politics
5:48 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Corn growers endorse Nixon for governor

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The Missouri Corn Growers Association has endorsed Gov. Jay Nixon's re-election campaign.

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Politics
6:34 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Nixon appoints new circuit judges

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed new circuit judges in St. Louis and Kansas City.

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Education
8:47 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Missouri press supporters to meet with UM leader

UM System President Tim Wolfe
Harum Helmy KBIA

Opponents of the University of Missouri's decision to revamp its academic publishing business plan to meet to discuss their next steps.

Organizers of Tuesday's meeting say the school's plans to replace the press with a digital publishing operation that will rely largely on student workers will provide a poor substitute for the traditional university press model. Some members of the Columbia campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors are scheduled to meet with university system president Tim Wolfe later Tuesday.

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Politics
8:43 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Creve Coeur passes anti-discrimination law

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Discrimination because of gender identity and sexual orientation is now illegal in the St. Louis County town of Creve Coeur.

The town's city council voted unanimously Monday to update a non-discrimination ordinance. The amendment prohibits discrimination in matters such as housing, employment and use of public spaces.

Five other St. Louis-area cities have passed similar measures. They are St. Louis, University City, Olivette, Richmond Heights and Clayton.

Science, Health and Technology
8:29 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Rural Mo. town serves as health care experiment

Vernon County Courthouse. Nevada, Mo.

Folks in the western Missouri city of Nevada are getting the chance to make examples of themselves when it comes to health and wellness.

The town is embarking on an initiative to improve the health of its citizens and the quality of health care they receive.

The Kansas City-based health care technology company Cerner is teaming up with local officials on the initiative. The city's hospital will spend $10 million on an electronic medical records system that will allow information to be shared with the town's two dozen doctors and medical experts in bigger cities.

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Cellphones
8:21 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Kids playing with cellphones called problematic

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The 911 Services administrator for Stoddard County in southeast Missouri is calling attention to a growing problem of children playing with discarded cellphones and accidentally calling 911.

The Dexter Daily Statesman reports that Carol Moreland says parents are apparently unaware that dialing random numbers from a cellphone or landline phone will eventually reach the 911 dispatch center, causing a distraction for dispatchers and emergency personnel.

Conservation
8:15 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Mo. conservation officials discuss catfish rules

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The Missouri Department of Conservation is holding several meetings to discuss regulations for blue catfish.

Anglers and conservation officials have been concerned about declining blue catfish catches from Truman Reservoir for two decades and more recently from the Lake of the Ozarks. Both lakes have at least adequate numbers of smaller blue catfish but heavy fishing for those 24 inches and larger is keeping sizes smaller. The two lakes are formed by separate dams on the Osage River.

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Weather
5:13 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Drought causes Missouri state of emergency

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared an emergency because of the recent drought.

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Energy
8:43 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Nixon, UM president Wolfe to tout nuclear plan

Ameren's nuclear plant in Callaway, Missouri
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Gov. Jay Nixon and University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe will join utility executives and business leaders at an event designed to boost support for building small modular nuclear reactors in the state.

The event Monday on the Columbia campus is billed as an economic development summit, while officials await word on a U.S. Department of Energy grant application.

Westinghouse Electric Co. and Ameren Missouri are competing for a share of the $452 million the energy department has set aside for the new technology.

Military
8:24 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Mo. native Grass nominated as National Guard chief

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President Barack Obama has nominated a Missouri native to serve as the next chief of the National Guard Bureau.

Army Lt. Gen. Frank Grass currently serves as deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command. He began his career by enlisting in the Missouri Army National Guard in 1969 at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis.

As head of the National Guard Bureau, Grass will be the senior uniformed officer responsible for all policies and programs affecting the Army and Air National Guard. His appointment still needs confirmation from the U.S. Senate.

History
8:19 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Callaway County to mark site of Civil War battle

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Civil War buffs are preparing to dedicate a memorial to mark the 150th anniversary of a central Missouri battle that helped weaken southern recruiting efforts in the state.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that a Union force of about 700 men clashed with fewer than half as many Confederate guerillas on July 28th, 1862, in the Battle of Moore's Mill. After about four hours of fighting near what is now the town of Calwood, the guerillas fled.

The Union recorded 13 deaths. There is disagreement about how many Confederate troops died.

Agriculture
6:08 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Nixon seeks to allow Mo. farmers to graze animals

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Gov. Jay Nixon is urging Missouri soil and water districts to allow farmers to briefly graze their animals on livestock exclusion areas.

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Politics
8:44 am
Fri July 20, 2012

McCaskill targets Republican opponents in TV ads

Sen. Claire McCaskill in Columbia earlier this year.
Natalie Cheng KBIA

For months, Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate candidates have been campaigning by criticizing Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill and McCaskill has returned fire during campaign events. Now McCaskill says she is launching TV ads individually targeting her potential Republican competitors — Congressman Todd Akin, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner.

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Weather
5:41 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

NOAA predicts dry, hot weather will linger

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Federal weather forecasters predict the unusually hot dry weather that has gripped much of the nation will linger into fall, especially for the parched heartland.

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Politics
8:47 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Mo. AG candidate proposes regulation task force

Missouri Republican attorney general candidate Ed Martin is calling for the creation of a new task force dealing with government regulations.

Martin says the task force would focus on regulations for energy and the environment, health care and small businesses. It would be in the state attorney general's office. He says excessive government regulations hurt businesses and the economy.

On Thursday, Martin was traveling in southwestern Missouri to discuss his proposal during campaign stops in Branson, Neosho and Mount Vernon.

Fort Leonard Wood
8:27 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Fort Leonard Wood building honors female soldier

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Fort Leonard Wood is dedicating a new building in honor of Missouri's first female soldier killed by hostile fire.

The south-central Missouri Army base says a memorial plaque honoring Sergeant Amanda Pinson of St. Louis will be formally unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 26th for the new Training Support Center.

Pinson was 21 in March 2006 when a mortar exploded in the central Iraq city of Tikrit, killing her and 22-year-old Specialist Carlos Gonzalez of Middletown, New York. Both were based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Immigration
8:14 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Immigration directive won't help Mo. woman

The U.S. Capitol

A gap in immigration policy means an England-born Missouri woman waiting for a green card won't be able to take advantage of a new directive from President Barack Obama that halts the deportations of many young people.

Lauren Gray has been living in the United States legally since she was 4. But Obama's directive is aimed at immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Gray has been allowed to live in Trenton on her parents' work visa. But she will lose the privilege when she turns 21 in August.

Courts
8:12 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Mo. judge says Guatemala mom loses parental rights

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A Missouri judge has terminated the parental rights of a Guatemalan woman who's been contesting her son's 2008 adoption by a Carthage couple.

The decision comes a year after the Missouri Supreme Court ordered a new trial, saying the initial adoption didn't follow state adoption laws.

Greene County Judge David Jones ruled Wednesday that Encarnacion Bail Romero abandoned her son and ended her parental rights. The decision clears the way for the couple, Seth and Melinda Moser of Carthage, to adopt the child again.

Business
8:09 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Investors, management to buy cable co. Suddenlink

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The company that runs the St. Louis-based cable provider Suddenlink Communications has agreed to sell itself to its management and other investors who will invest about $2 billion in the company.

Investors BC Partners and the Canada pension plan's CPP Investment Board are joining with Suddenlink managers including Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent in the deal to buy Cequel Communications Holdings L.L.C.

Cequel's previous ownership group included Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Quadrangle and Oaktree Capital Management. The deal values the company at $6.6 billion, including debt.

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Crime
6:57 am
Thu July 19, 2012

St. Louis Co. crime down in first 6 months

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Crime is on the decline in St. Louis County.

County police on Wednesday announced that the overall crime rate is down 12.5 percent for the first six months of 2012, compared with the same period in 2011. Violent crime is down 7.2 percent.

The county had 12 homicides in the first half of 2011, compared to two through June of this year. Forcible rapes are down 25 percent, arson 22.2 percent, burglary 28.1 percent, robbery 11.5 percent and aggravated assault 1.1 percent.

Fire
6:55 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Another fire at former Columbia city landfill

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Another fire has been reported at a former city landfill north of Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that firefighters have been battling another grass fire Wednesday at the former site of the Columbia municipal landfill, which is south of Finger Lakes State Park. The site has burned several times over the past week.

Boone County Fire Protection District Chief Scott Olsen says buried trash at the former landfill has been smoldering and continues to start fires. He says the fires will likely continue until the weather cools.

Weather
9:40 am
Wed July 18, 2012

24 heat deaths in Missouri since June

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The death of an 89-year-old St. Louis County man is blamed on the heat, bringing the number of heat-related deaths in Missouri to 24 since June.

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Drought
9:08 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Mo. offers faster loans for farmers in drought

Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel
Office of Treasurer

Farmers suffering from this summer's dry, hot weather could get some help through the state treasurer's office.

Treasurer Clint Zweifel says he is offering emergency 24-hour approvals of low-interest loans through the Missouri Linked Deposit Program because of the drought conditions.

Under the program, the state deposits money at low rates in banks, which in turn can supply low-interest loans to farmers or businesses. Zweifel says it normally takes about 10 days to approve a deposit for a loan, but that can be speeded up in emergencies.

Utilities
9:04 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Mo. regulators review electrical grid security

Missouri Public Service Commission website

Missouri utility regulators are reviewing the cyber security practices of electric utilities.

The Public Service Commission says it is asking power companies 47 detailed questions about protections to shield the electrical grid against hackers. Regulators say they are not aware of any possible problems.

Requests were sent to Ameren Missouri, Kansas City Power & Light Co., KCP&L-Greater Missouri Operations Co. and The Empire District Electric Co. The commission is seeking responses by the end of August.

Politics
9:01 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Mo. unemployment rate falls as payrolls decline

Missouri unemployment rate falls
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri officials say state payrolls declined by 4,000 jobs in June while unemployment simultaneously decreased to 7.1 percent.

Department of Economic Development officials say much of the decline in Missouri non-farm payrolls came in the local government sector, which shed 3,100 jobs in June.

The state unemployment rate has declined or held steady each month since June 2011. The jobless rate last month is the lowest in Missouri since December 2008.

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