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Weather
8:47 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Severe storms hits Midwest with snow, ice, winds

Storms packing rain, snow and dangerous winds have raked the Midwest, spawning a possible tornado outside of St. Louis that prompted an emergency declaration from Missouri's governor.

To the north icy weather left thousands without power and prompted Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to call out the state National Guard to aid residents as the state braced for another storm system that threatened to dump several inches of wet snow Thursday.

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Politics
8:42 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Mo. Democrats critique transportation sales tax

Missouri House Democrats are expressing concerns about a proposal to increase the state sales tax by a penny to boost funding for transportation projects.

Senators last month approved a proposed a 1-cent sales tax that would generate nearly $8 billion over a decade to fund state and local transportation projects.

The tax would require voter approval and would go back on a statewide ballot after 10 years.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. House OKs measure targeting UN agreement

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The Missouri House has approved legislation barring state or local officials from adopting policies outlined in a 1992 United Nations document that could affect private property rights.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. official hesitant to stop copying gun permits

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Some Missouri senators are pressing the state's driver's license agency to stop collecting documents from people with concealed gun permits.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. House panel endorses ending renter tax credit

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The Missouri House Budget Committee has advanced legislation to abolish a tax credit of up to $750 a year for low-income seniors and disabled people who live in rental housing.

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Crime
3:11 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Ferguson appeals for pardon from governor

Ryan Ferguson in court (file photo)
Credit August Kryker / Columbia Tribune

Ryan Ferguson appealed for a pardon from the governor yesterday (Monday). Ferguson was convicted for murder in 2005 for the 2001 death of Kent Heitholt, a Columbia Tribune sports editor. Ryan’s father, Bill Ferguson says this is an unusual case.

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Politics
2:55 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Mo. Senate panel agrees to boost school funding

Public elementary and secondary schools will receive roughly $65 million in aid.
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Missouri schools could receive a 2 percent funding increase next year and state employees could get a small raise.

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Politics
9:07 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Mo. bill excuses nursing moms from jury duty

Legislators in Jefferson City are grappling over how the state--if at all--should implement new federal health care laws.
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Nursing mothers could be excused from jury duty under legislation given initial approval by the Missouri Senate.

A bill endorsed Monday would expand protections in Missouri law that already allow mothers to discreetly breast-feed in public places. The bill adds expressing breast milk to the list of protected activities and prohibits cities from enacting local ordinances restricting breast-feeding mothers.
Under the legislation, nursing mothers would be excused from jury duty upon submitting a written note from a doctor.

Education
8:41 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Gandhi grandson to speak at University of Missouri

The grandson of India's late independence leader Mohandas Gandhi will be in Columbia this week to discuss his own work in international relations.

Rajmohan Gandhi is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus.

Gandhi is a professor of history and political science at the University of Illinois and a biographer whose subjects include his grandfather. He's also a former member of India's Parliament and remains active in the global humanitarian group Initiatives of Change.

Politics
8:36 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Mo. Treasurer Zweifel declines run for governor

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Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel is ruling out a run for governor in 2016.

Zweifel, a Democrat, is prohibited by term limits from seeking a third term as treasurer. He had been mentioned along with Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster as a potential successor to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

But Zweifel campaign manager Mike Pridmore said Monday that Zweifel will not run for governor in 2016. He cited Zweifel's desire to spend time with his teenage daughters as the primary reason to forgo a gubernatorial campaign.

Politics
9:37 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Columbia airline guarantee fund makes first payout

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The city of Columbia paid more than $22,000 to American Airlines after the airline's first two weeks at the city's airport.

The city guaranteed revenue to the airline when it began service at the Columbia Regional Airport Feb. 14.

City officials say they were pleased with American's numbers during the first two weeks but the payout was necessary partly because the city was hit by two heavy snowstorms in February.

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Politics
9:22 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Blasts raise questions about pipeline safety

Questions are being raised about the role of emergency shutoff valves in preventing natural gas explosions like the recent one at a Kansas City restaurant.

Regulations require their installation, but not their use in emergencies. Instead of shutting valves before a February blast leveled JJ's restaurant and killed a server, crews waited for a backhoe to arrive in a failed attempt to vent the leak.

One experts likened shutoff valves to the brakes on a car.

Politics
9:11 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Mo. Senate panel to take up state budget

A Cole Co. judge declared lawmakers' inability to pass tax credit legislation in the fall rendered a Missouri science investment bill unconstitutional.
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A Missouri Senate panel is preparing to begin drafting its plan for the roughly $25 billion state operating budget.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has scheduled hearings throughout the week to begin work on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The panel is also scheduled to consider the budget for the state Revenue Department, despite recent tensions between the department and Republican senators over new driver's license procedures.

Science, Health and Technology
8:52 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Google names KC company to test Google Glasses

Google has selected a Kansas City company to test Google Glass, the search giant's wearable computer device.
The Kansas City Star reports that Engage Mobile will join other Google Glass testers. The goal is to prepare Google Glass for launch next year.

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Politics
2:55 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Senate bill lets pharmacies refuse to stock drugs

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The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would ensure that pharmacies could refuse to stock certain prescription drugs, such as emergency contraception.

The legislation passed the Senate by a 24-9 vote Thursday and now heads to the House.

Sponsoring Sen. David Sater is a Republican pharmacist from southwest Missouri who describes the legislation a business freedom issue. Sater says some states have mandated that birth control or emergency contraception be stocked by pharmacies. But he says a pharmacy — like a clothing store — should be free to sell what it chooses.

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