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4:25 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

USDA streamlines drought disaster assistance

bionicteaching Flickr

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is streamlining the process for farmers to apply for government disaster help as crops in many states burn up in the widest drought in nearly 25 years.

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Politics
10:29 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Deadline: Missourians must register by today, to vote in the August primary

KBIA

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says in a news release that Missourians need to be registered by today if they want to take part in the Aug. 7th primary election.

Carnahan says residents can register in person or by mail, and a mailed voter registration application has to be postmarked by the July 11th deadline in order to cast a ballot for the August primary.

Politics
9:10 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Ex-Mo. gov. gets probation for campaign payment

Fmr Gov. Roger Wilson

Former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson has been sentenced to two years of probation for misusing money to make political donations.

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Politics
9:07 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Biden calls Mo. Sen. McCaskill a 'strong ally'

Vice President Joe Biden
Barack Obama flickr

Vice President Joe Biden praised Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill as a "strong, strong ally" while helping raise money for her re-election campaign.

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Politics
9:00 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Lt. Gov. Kinder challenging Mo. ballot summary

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (KBIA file photo)

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is filing a lawsuit to challenge the ballot summary for a measure restricting the creation of a state health insurance exchange without specific approval from lawmakers or voters.

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Lake of the Ozarks
6:40 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Third person electrocuted at Lake of the Ozarks

A 26-year-old Hazelwood woman has died in another electrocution near a dock at Lake of the Ozarks.

The Lake Sun Leader reports that the woman was swimming with two children near Dry Branch Cove's 4-mile marker on Saturday night when a current of electricity hit the water. The two children were not injured.

Science, Health and Technology
6:35 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Work to resume at damaged Mo. levee

Brett Ciccotelli Flickr

Work is resuming on the intentionally breached Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri now that a protest to a construction bid has been deemed "without merit" by the Army Corps of Engineers.

An Oklahoma company last month protested the $20 million in contracts awarded to three other companies to rebuild the levee, which was intentionally breached at the height of 2011 flooding along the Mississippi River. The breach relieved pressure on the flood wall at nearby Cairo, Ill., but damaged 130,000 acres of rich Missouri farmland and dozens of homes.

Business
10:16 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Columbia, MU drop out of proposed broadband group

Columbia City Hall
File KBIA

The city of Columbia and the University of Missouri are dropping out of a national effort to bring extremely high-speed broadband networks to research university communities.

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Politics
9:57 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Politics surround Mo. ballot measures

Missouri Republicans have been complaining of political bias in a ballot summary for a health care measure written by Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

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Politics
9:49 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Sentencing scheduled for ex-Mo. gov., attorney

Former Governor Roger Wilson

A former Missouri governor and a St. Louis attorney are to be sentenced in federal court for misusing money to make political donations.

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Business
8:57 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Joplin council to consider tornado recovery plans

Joplin after the tornado
KBIA File photo

A master planner hired to guide Joplin's recovery from the deadly May 2011 tornado plans to present his first slate of projects to city elected leaders Monday night.

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Politics
8:45 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Nixon signs Mo. license plate, higher ed fund bill

No Kansas Jayhawks will be appearing on Show-Me State license plates — at least unless Missouri lawmakers say it is OK.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law Thursday a broader higher education measure that would require state lawmakers to approve specialty license plates for colleges and universities. State lawmakers were seeking to impede possible efforts by fans to have the University of Kansas featured on a Missouri license plate.

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Politics
8:21 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Former Mo. governor seeks probation for donations

Former Governor Roger Wilson

A former Missouri governor plans to ask for probation when he is sentenced Monday in federal court for misusing money involved in illegal political donations.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:57 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

New law limits work hours at mental health facilities

Fulton State Hospital
Missouri Department of Mental Health

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that could provide relief for state employees working long hours at high-security mental health facilities.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:49 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Aflac to pays Missouri $700K in settlement

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Missouri insurance regulators say Aflac Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million in fines to three states to settle allegations about its business practices.

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Politics
8:59 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Mo. expects to save $44M through debt refinancing

Lawmakers and the Governor want to refinance $500 million in bonds.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri expects to save about $44 million this year by refinancing some of its debt at lower interest rates.

Two separate boards of state officials gave preliminary authorization this week to the bond refinancing.

That action had been anticipated for some time. Gov. Jay Nixon had proposed to refinance more than $500 million of bonds as part of the budget plan he outlined in January. Lawmakers also had calculated the savings into the budget for the 2013 fiscal year that began this past Sunday.

Weather
8:43 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Mo. AG reminds residents of hot weather rule

Attorney General Chris Koster
Attorney General's Office

Missouri residents are encouraged to call a state consumer hotline for help if their electricity is shut off during the current heat wave because they couldn't pay the bill.

The state's hot weather rule forbids utilities from disconnecting electrical services when temperatures are projected to be higher than 95 degrees, or the heat index is expected to exceed 100 degrees.

Temperatures above both thresholds are expected to continue through the weekend and much of the summer in the Midwest.

Politics
3:30 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Lawmakers don't like summary of Mo. ballot issues

David Shane/Flickr

Several Republicans are criticizing the ballot summaries that Missouri Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has prepared for measures dealing with health insurance and appellate judges.

The Republican-led Legislature referred both measures to the November ballot. Carnahan wrote the ballot summaries because lawmakers did not include their own.

Lawmakers who sponsored the measures say those summaries are misleading, and two GOP leaders pledged to file a lawsuit.

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Politics
8:13 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Mo. GOP governor candidate gives campaign $500,000

Dave Spence
spenceforgovernor.com

Republican businessman Dave Spence has chipped in another half-million dollars to his Missouri gubernatorial campaign.

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Weather
5:36 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Forest Service reports progess on Mo. fires

Federal officials say two fires in southern Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest have been contained, but new ones have broken out.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Mo. to get nearly $32 million from drug settlement

The Javorac Flickr

Missouri will receive nearly $32 million as its share of a nationwide settlement with British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court suspends St. Louis attorney

The Missouri Supreme Court has suspended a St. Louis attorney who previously pleaded guilty in federal court to funneling contributions to the Missouri Democratic Party in a scheme that involved a former governor.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Mo. ends fiscal year with higher than expected revenues

David Shane Flickr

Missouri closed out its 2012 fiscal year with slightly better than expected revenues. But that doesn't necessarily translate to a budget surplus.

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Agriculture
8:55 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Crops hurting in dry, hot weather

molamoni Flickr

High heat and a lack of rain have taken a big toll on Missouri corn and soybean crops, with nearly half of both reported in poor to very poor condition.

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Crime
8:32 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Arson suspected cause of large Mark Twain fire

Arson is the suspected cause of a fire that burned about 620 acres of the Mark Twain National Forest.

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Politics
8:19 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Mo. returns record amount of unclaimed property

Clint Zweifel
Office of Treasurer

The Missouri treasurer's office says it returned a record amount of lost property to people in fiscal year 2012.

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Business
4:51 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Economy slowing in 9 Midwest, Plains states

Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

A new monthly survey suggests the economy in nine Midwest and Plains states will continue to slow down but continue growing even as Europe's woes persist.

The region's overall economic index dipped to 57.2 in June from May's 57.6 and April's 60. Any score above 50 suggests growth.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says businesses in the region are still benefiting from healthy farm income and exports, but the activity is slowing.

Global economic problems are hurting export orders.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Mo. job incentive program comes up short

Tom Schweich
State of Missouri

A new audit says Missouri officials have overstated the economic impact of the state's main job incentive programs.

The report released Monday by Auditor Tom Schweich focuses on the Quality Jobs program, which provides tax breaks to businesses that add jobs with decent wages and health insurance.

Schweich says the projected jobs and investment reported by the Department of Economic Development has significantly overstated the amount of jobs actually created and the amount of money actually invested by businesses to improve facilities and equipment.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Occupiers camp out in Columbia for conference

Robert Abel KBIA

Members of the Occupy Missouri movement have wrapped up a three-day gathering in Columbia.

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Politics
10:20 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Nixon to sign job-training bill for veterans

File photo KBIA

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is preparing to sign legislation intended to help more military veterans receive on-the-job training for private-sector employment.

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