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5:11 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Tilley critical of Spence gift to lawmakers

Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley is accusing fellow Republican Dave Spence of hypocrisy for his habit of doling out sports tickets to lawmakers in his bid to become governor.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Columbia business owner sentenced for Iraq donations

A Columbia business owner has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for sending money to Iraq for more than a decade.

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Politics
9:08 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Contractors charged with defrauding Joplin tornado victims

161 people were killed by the May 2011 tornado in Joplin.
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Two Laclede County contractors stand accused of fraud after allegedly accepting insurance checks from three Joplin homeowners to repair tornado damage but not doing the work.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Mo. state senator "light-headed" during debate, heads to hospital

A Missouri state senator was being examined at a Jefferson City hospital after becoming light-headed during a debate on education issues.

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Politics
8:54 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Lawmakers approve work-related injury legislation

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor legislation prohibiting workers from suing each other for accidental on-the-job injuries.

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Business
5:51 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Missouri unemployment numbers dip slightly in April

Unemployment numbers in Missouri decreased to 7.3 percent in April.
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Missouri added about 6,000 jobs in April as its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged down slightly.

Figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Economic Development also show that Missouri added more jobs in March than originally thought. The March job growth was revised upward from 4,800 to 6,800 new jobs.

Missouri's unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point in April to 7.3 percent. The department said that is the lowest level in 40 months.

The national unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in April.

Education
9:11 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Nixon announces new funding for Joplin schools

Nixon's announcement comes as the year anniversary of the Joplin tornado approaches.
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The state of Missouri is providing $2.3 million to help build special rooms at five Joplin schools designed to withstand severe weather.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Lawsuit against Missouri's new Medicaid program dismissed

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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Missouri's new Medicaid insurance contracts covering more than 400,000 low-income residents.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Missouri association of the deaf win suit against state

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A federal judge has approved settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 1,000 deaf Missourians over mental health services for the deaf.

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Sports
2:54 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

MU coach Haith getting key to city in St. Louis

University of  Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith is getting a key to the city of St. Louis.

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Politics
2:53 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Mo. House passes bill on asthma meds in schools

Legislation that would let Missouri school nurses keep asthma medication on hand and treat students for attacks is on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Veterans home funding bill sent to Mo. governor

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor a measure providing a dedicated funding source to veterans' nursing homes.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Mo. voters to decide on changes to judge selection

A proposed constitutional amendment to revise the selection process for appellate judges is headed to Missouri voters.

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Politics
8:43 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Lawmakers to continue to provide funding for blind pension program

Missouri budget negotiators have agreed to keep a program that provides health coverage for the blind, but they've also attempted to attach some strings.

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Politics
8:31 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Mo. House approves bill granting it control over Capitol area

A bill passed by the Mo. House would give lawmakers control over an area of the Capitol that includes the Hall of Famous Missourians.
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The Missouri House has voted to give lawmakers authority over space in the Capitol that includes the Hall of Famous Missourians after controversy over the induction of radio host Rush Limbaugh.

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Politics
5:56 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Dred Scott honored at Missouri Capitol ceremony

A black man who helped galvanize anti-slavery efforts before the Civil War has been inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Mo. House backs pregnancy center advertising bill

The Missouri House has endorsed legislation barring local governments from regulating the speech and advertising of centers that counsel women on alternatives to abortion.

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Education
3:53 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

University of Missouri-Kansas City eyes new name

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City is considering changing its name to the University of Kansas City.

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Politics
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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