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9:27 am
Wed May 9, 2012

McCaskill under extra security after supposed threat

Sen. Claire McCaskill is under extra security after a comment was made at a Springfield Tea Party rally.
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Sen. Claire McCaskill has extra security in place following a comment at a Tea Party rally last week.

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Crime
9:23 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Kansas City man arrested for Columbia bank robbery

A Kansas City man was arrested after an attempted robbery of a Columbia bank.
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A suspected bank robber who was shot following a chase in Columbia confessed to police that he robbed another bank last month.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Dred Scott to be inducted Wednesday, Rush uncertain

Rumors swept the Missouri Capitol that the bust of conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was being delivered Tuesday, along with the bust of former slave Dred Scott.  House Speaker Steven Tilley recently announced that both would be inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians this year.  The sculptor, E. Spencer Schubert, made a post to his website Tuesday indicating he was transporting both busts to the Capitol – but the post was later altered to remove the reference to Limbaugh.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

$2 million ties up $24 billion budget

 

A disagreement over $2 million for a university is contributing to a stalemate on Missouri's $24 billion budget plan.

Republican House Speaker Steven Tilley wants to add the money for his alma mater, Southeast Missouri State University. The Cape Girardeau school has the second lowest funding-to-student ratio among Missouri's public universities.

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Politics
5:03 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Springfield mayor resigns

 

 Springfield Mayor Jim O'Neal is leaving the job, effective immediately.

O'Neal announced his resignation Monday after a city council meeting. He said business and family pressures had prevented him from concentrating on his duties as mayor. O'Neal owns O & S Trucking.

O'Neal was elected in 2009 and re-elected in April 2011.

Mayor Pro Tem Bob Stephens is taking over.

The council also will begin the process of electing a new mayor pro tem and appointing someone to fill the rest of Stephens' term as council member.

Politics
4:58 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

McCaskill gets extra security after Tea Party comment

 

Extra security is in place for Sen. Claire McCaskill following a comment at a Tea Party rally last week.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/J0UzbR ) reports that St. Louis area activist Scott Boston told a Tea Party gathering in Springfield, Mo., on Thursday, "We have to get Claire McCaskill out. We have to kill the Claire Bear ladies and gentlemen."

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Politics
8:57 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Proposed Mo. bill expands list of young driver supervisors

The legislation expands list of acceptable supervisors to include licensed drivers who are at least 25.
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A Missouri House committee is backing legislation that would let young drivers take the wheel under the supervision of an older friend or relative.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:26 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Federal, state, and local officials agree to reduce Hinkson Creek pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency has called for reducing stormwater runoff into Hinkson Creek by nearly 40 percent.
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Columbia area residents and officials have started developing recommendations for cleaning up a local waterway.

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Politics
8:20 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Petition submitted to raise Mo. minimum wage, limit payday loans

The petition would boost Missouri's minimum wage to $8.25 an hour.
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Supporters of raising Missouri's minimum wage and limiting payday loans have submitted petitions to get the measures on the November ballot.

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Business
4:10 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Missouri House votes to trim business taxes

Missouri House members approved legislation trimming taxes on businesses.

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Politics
10:37 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Prescription drug database doomed in Senate

Republican Senator Rob Schaaf, of St. Joseph.
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 A Missouri senator has successfully killed a bill that would have authorized a government database to track people's prescription drug purchases.

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Politics
10:06 am
Fri May 4, 2012

House narrowly passes teacher layoff bill

The Missouri House passed legislation yesterday that would bar school administrators from using teacher seniority in layoffs. Under the bill, teachers' performance would need to be the most important factor in those decisions.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:23 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Missouri senator tries to block prescription database

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A Missouri senator who is a family physician says he'll try to block legislation authorizing a government database to track drug prescriptions unless it is put to a statewide vote.

Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf, of St. Joseph, Mo., began Thursday's debate on the prescription monitoring legislation by vowing to filibuster until he gets his way about a referendum.

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Politics
11:43 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Missouri House approves bill altering handling of teacher layoffs

The Missouri House approved legislation changing the way school districts handle teacher layoffs.
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation changing the way school districts handle teacher layoffs.

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Politics
4:43 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. House passes funding plan for veterans homes

The Missouri House passed legislation on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, that could provide an earmarked funding stream for state-run nursing homes for military veterans.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that could provide an earmarked funding stream for state-run nursing homes for military veterans.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Missouri House endorses stricter school bullying policies

Missouri House members have endorsed legislation requiring school districts to bolster policies against bullying.
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Missouri House members have endorsed legislation requiring school districts to bolster policies against bullying.

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Politics
9:06 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. Senate approves amendment to appellate judge selection process

The Missouri Senate has approved a proposed constitutional amendment revising the selection process for appellate judges.

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Politics
9:02 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Blunt criticizes speed of Birds Point Levee rebuilding

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) says the speed of the rebuilding of Birds Point Levee is "unacceptable."
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One year after the intentional breach of the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, Sen. Roy Blunt is criticizing the Army Corps of Engineers for the pace of efforts to rebuild the levee.

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Politics
4:36 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Nixon now open to compromise on workers' comp.

After vetoing a bill that would have changed the state's workers' compensation system, Missouri's governor now says he would be open to a compromise with Republican lawmakers.

In a letter to Senate leaders, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon says he would sign legislation that would prevent employees from suing their co-workers over on-the-job injuries.

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Crime
4:31 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Boone County judge urges third murder trial

A Boone County judge has ruled that a Chillicothe man twice convicted in the 1990 slaying of a Missouri farm wife was victim of "a manifest injustice" and should have his conviction set aside.

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Politics
9:05 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Mo. lawmakers approve veteran job training measure

The measure would help military veterans receive on-the-job training for private sector jobs.
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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that could help military veterans receive on-the-job training for private-sector jobs.

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Politics
9:31 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Mo. GOP senators win concessions, but state budget still faces shortfall

Conservative Mo. senators gained dozens of concessions, but the 2013 budget still has a $4 million shortfall.
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Nine conservative Republican senators who held up debate on Missouri's budget plan had claimed it spent too much, relied too heavily on one-time revenue sources and needed a structural overhaul.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Lawmakers consider allowing casinos loan money to patrons

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Missouri lawmakers are considering a measure allowing casinos to loan money to patrons, something opponents say could make things worse for those with gambling addictions.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the House Financial Institutions Committee added the change onto a banking bill Wednesday with no debate. Committee members endorsed it by a 13-1 vote, sending the measure to the full House after the Rules Committee approves it.

Gamblers who pass a credit check would be able to borrow money and exchange it for electronic tokens and chips for wagering.

Politics
4:31 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Whistleblowers face reduced protections

 

The Missouri House has approved legislation that could make it harder for employees to be shielded from retaliation by their employer for reporting wrongdoing in the workplace.

In an 86-66 vote Thursday, the House approved a measure that limits "whistleblower" status to employees who report or refuse to carry out illegal acts. The bill also caps the amount of punitive damages a person can recover if a company retaliates against the whistleblower.

Politics
3:45 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Mo. Senate panel considers CPR training in schools

A Missouri Senate committee is considering legislation that would make CPR training mandatory for high school graduates, beginning in the fall of 2014.
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A Missouri Senate committee is considering legislation that would make CPR training a requirement for graduating from high schools.

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Politics
2:55 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Mo. Senate panel backs 911 tracking on cellphones

A Missouri Senate panel has backed tracking emergency calls.
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Phone companies would have to help Missouri law enforcement agencies locate cellphone callers in emergency situations, under legislation moving through the state Senate.

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Politics
9:14 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Mo. legislators OK millions in spending from 2012 budget

The Missouri Legislature has given final approval to a bill that authorizes an additional $131 million of expenditures in the current budget.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Brunner gets U.S. Chamber endorsement for Missouri Senate

 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is wading into Missouri's Republican Senate primary by endorsing St. Louis businessman John Brunner.

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Business
5:23 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Missouri House approves new development incentives

 

Missouri lawmakers are aiming to attract large economic development projects with a new type of incentive modeled on a strategy used elsewhere.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Missouri House votes to further study state worker pay

The Missouri House has voted to give a special committee more time to find ways to boost the salaries of state employees.

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