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4:54 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mo. Senate panel backs funding for First Steps

The Missouri Senate is currently going through the state's 2013 proposed budget.
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A Missouri Senate panel had endorsed a new funding source for a program that serves developmentally disabled children.

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Politics
7:39 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Mizzou prepares to send off Class of 2013

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
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More than 5,000 diplomas are expected to be handed out this weekend at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Spring graduation ceremonies begin Friday and continue through Sunday. Commencement speakers include U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, who will address the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; and Boone County Circuit Judge Kevin Crane, speaking at the ceremony of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Politics
8:57 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Missouri bill prohibits use of foreign laws

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Court rulings based on laws made outside the U.S. would be unenforceable in Missouri if those laws violate the state or U.S. constitutions under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

The House passed the measure 109-41 on Wednesday. The bill passed the Senate last month and now heads to the governor.

Versions of the bill considered in previous years specifically prohibited Islamic Sharia Law, but this legislation would affect all foreign legal codes.

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Politics
8:41 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Mo. bill to mandate newborn heart screening

Health authorities are investigating a possible link between the infection of a Missouri newborn and the formula powder he was fed.
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Missouri lawmakers have voted to mandate another health screening for newborn babies.

Legislators gave final approval Wednesday to a measure that will require infants to be screened for critical congenital heart disease within 48 hours of birth or before they are discharged from hospitals. The new mandate would begin for babies born in Missouri in 2014.

Parents could opt out if they sign a written statement saying the screening conflicts with their religious beliefs.

Politics
8:40 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Mo. Senate passes income tax cut to counter Kan.

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation phasing in a potential $700 million income tax cut for businesses and individuals.

The legislation approved 24-9 Wednesday by the Republican-led Senate is intended to counteract a large income tax cut that took effect this year in Kansas. The bill now goes to the House.

It would gradually cut the individual income tax by one-half of a percentage point and the corporate income tax by three percentage points over a decade. But each incremental cut would take effect only if annual revenues rise by at least $100 million.

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Politics
8:38 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Mo. bill would nullify federal gun control laws

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The Missouri Legislature has sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill that would nullify federal gun control laws and allow designated school personnel to carry concealed weapons.

The measure passed 116-38 by the House on Wednesday would declare all federal laws regulating guns to be unenforceable within Missouri's borders.

The legislation would also allow guns less than 16 inches to be openly carried even in localities that have ordinances prohibiting open-carry. It would also lower the minimum age required to obtain a concealed weapons permit from 21 to 19.

Politics
4:23 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Mo. House not giving info on gun database access

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The Missouri House is not planning to give Gov. Jay Nixon's administration data related to an attempted access of the list of gun permit holders.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Mo. Senate passes funding for hospital, Capitol

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The Missouri Senate has passed additional funding for Capitol repairs, design plans for a new facility at the state mental hospital and for the state parks system.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Missouri prosecutors gain new legal protections

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Missouri prosecutors advising police on undercover investigations now have greater legal protection that their conduct won't violate ethical rules.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:50 am
Wed May 8, 2013

MU research develops farm safety smart phone tool

In southwest Kansas, baled hay sits in an open field.
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Cell-phone toting farmers caught in dangerous tractor rollovers may soon be able to more easily signal for help thanks to a new smart phone application in development at the University of Missouri.

The app uses GPS sensors to detect rollovers. The program then sends automatic email and phone alerts with the accident coordinates to an emergency contact.

The Vehicle Rollover Prevention Education Training Emergency Reporting System was developed by Bulent Koc, an assistant professor of agricultural systems management.

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Politics
8:48 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Mo. House panel advances gun rights amendment

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A Missouri House committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at protecting gun rights.

The amendment approved on Tuesday would define the right to bear arms as "unalienable" and require the state to defend against any "infringement" of that right. It would also include defending one's "family" with a firearm as a guaranteed constitutional right.

Sponsoring Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, says the legislation would protect against proposed gun control laws at the state and federal level.

Education
5:58 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Mo. schools receive bump in state funding

Mo. House and Senate members decided to increase public education funding, pending certain performance criteria like graduation rates are on par.
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Missouri public schools and universities will be getting a funding increase under an agreement by legislative budget negotiators.

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Education
5:53 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Mo. Senate gives initial approval of new academic standards

Mo. Senate gave initial approval of to legislation requiring public hearings to discuss new academic performance standards.
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The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation requiring the state education department to hold public hearings on new standards for math, reading and writing.

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Politics
8:54 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Nixon touts nonprofit online university in new ad

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A nonprofit virtual college is getting another vote of confidence from Missouri's chief executive.
Gov. Jay Nixon touts Western Governors University in a new television and radio ad airing in Columbia, St. Louis and other major media markets.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Mo. celebrates centennial of Capitol construction

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Missouri officials are celebrating the 100th anniversary of groundbreaking for the state Capitol.

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