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4:49 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Mo. lawmakers must finalize budget this week

Debate over a voter ID bill heated up in the Missouri Capitol Monday.
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Missouri lawmakers have until Friday to finalize the state's roughly $25 billion operating budget.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Mo. Senate passes bill for school personnel to carry concealed weapons

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The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would allow designated school personnel to carry concealed weapons in school buildings.

The Senate voted 26-6 Thursday to pass the measure. It now heads back to the House for further consideration.

The bill would allow school employees to voluntary become "protection officers" if they have a valid concealed weapons permit and undergo training for the position.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Sen. Schaefer blocks vote on bill for higher ed funding based on performance

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A Missouri senator blocked a vote on a bill that would base some state funding for Missouri public universities on performance standards and career placement.

Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, blocked the Senate vote Thursday. He says the Legislature should spend more time studying the effects of the proposed higher education funding formula before voting. Lawmakers have until fiscal year 2015 to put the formula in place.

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Politics
8:42 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Fed letter thanks Mo. for complying with Real ID

Republican lawmakers are raising new questions about whether Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has tried to comply with the federal Real ID Act.

Senators on Wednesday released a copy of a form letter sent in March 2010 by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to Nixon thanking him for his efforts to comply with Real ID.

Nixon signed a 2009 state law prohibiting Missouri from taking steps intended to comply with the goals of the 2005 federal identity law, which sets stringent requirements for photo identification cards.

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Politics
8:08 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Mo. lawmakers renew efforts on local vehicle taxes

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Missouri lawmakers are trying again to re-impose local taxes on vehicles bought from out-of-state dealers or through person-to-person sales.

The state Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that local sales taxes cannot be charged on vehicles purchased outside Missouri or in private transactions. Instead, the high court said a local "use tax" could be charged if approved by local voters.

Lawmakers have passed two measures during the past two years that have sought to reverse the court ruling. Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed both, including the most recent one last month.

Politics
5:18 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Debate stalls on Mo. liability limits legislation

Missouri Statehouse in Jefferson City
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Debate has stalled in the Missouri Senate over legislation that would reinstate a limit on certain damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. The state Supreme Court struck down the previous cap.

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Politics
1:36 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Suspect in VA hospital death to have mental exam

A Sedalia man charged with killing a fellow patient at a Columbia veterans' hospital will receive a court-ordered psychiatric exam after an earlier plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

The Columbia Missourian reports that Boone County prosecutors and the lawyer for 33-year-old Rudy Perez Jr. agreed on the medical evaluation at a Monday hearing.

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Politics
1:31 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Mo. House endorses tax break for gun manufacturers

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Firearms manufacturers looking to relocate to Missouri could collect a tax credit under a bill given first-round approval by the Missouri House.

The tax incentive endorsed Tuesday would expire in six years and be capped at $3 million annually. Gun and ammunition manufacturers would be able to claim the credit on withholding taxes from creating new jobs.

Politics
5:50 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Mo. Senate passes tax breaks for developers

The Missouri Senate has again passed legislation curbing tax breaks for developers while creating new incentives for exporters and high-tech industries.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Mo. House votes to look at Medicaid expansion next year

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After declining to expand Medicaid coverage this year, the Missouri House has passed a bill that would create a committee to study the issue next year.

The House passed the measure 133-27 yesterday. It would create a joint committee of House and Senate members to look at ways to "transform" the state's Medicaid program. The committee would begin at the end of the current session until the 2015 session's start in January.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Mo. House panel OKs plan to stop document scans

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
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A Missouri House committee has adopted a measure to stop the state Revenue Department from scanning driver's license applicants' personal documents.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:53 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

FEMA gives Joplin deal on 2 fire engines

Joplin residents approved a bond measures giving the local school district money to build storm shelters.
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The federal government is giving the city of Joplin a deal on two fire engines it loaned the city after the 2011 tornado.

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Crime
9:44 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Documentary to focus on man convicted Mo. killer

The plight of a Missouri man convicted of killing a newspaper sports editor soon will be the focus of a documentary film as he continues his battle for freedom.

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Politics
9:42 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Akin not ruling out political return after loss

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Todd Akin isn't ruling out a political comeback, nearly six months after losing Missouri's U.S. Senate race amid widespread criticism of his comments about "legitimate rape."

Akin recently spoke to KSDK-TV in his first interview since losing the November election to Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. He said he's ready for a comeback, but hasn't decided if that will be in academia, public speaking, or even politics.

Education
9:41 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Part-time profs lose work over insurance mandate

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Some adjunct professors at Moberly Area Community College are losing work as the school seeks to keep down the costs of providing health insurance to employees.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the school has told its part-time professors that they will have a six-credit teaching limit this summer and a nine-credit limit in the fall semester.

The federal Affordable Care Act requires employers with at least 50 workers to offer health insurance to all employees who work an average of 30 hours weekly.

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