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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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Crime
9:35 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Jefferson City shooting leaves one dead

A shooting in Jefferson City Sunday left one man dead.
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Jefferson City police are searching for a second person of interest in the shooting death of a Columbia man.

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Politics
9:14 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Mo. legislation aims to limit sexual orientation discussion in public schools

The Missouri House is looking at a bill that limits discussion of sexual orientation in schools.
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Republican leaders in the Missouri House are backing legislation that would limit the discussion of people's sexual orientation in public schools.

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Politics
9:09 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Mo. legislation would reduce licensing fees

The Missouri House is considering legislation reducing the fees placed on animal shelters.
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Missouri lawmakers are considering changes to state licensing fees for dog breeders and animal shelters.

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Crime
8:59 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Officials investigate Monday morning explosion at St. Louis federal building

St. Louis police and federal officials are looking for a man who threw an explosive device at a federal building in downtown St. Louis.

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Politics
5:28 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Mo. House, Senate pass versions of day care law

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Missouri lawmakers want to bar anyone accused in the death or abuse of a child from running a day care center while the criminal charges are pending.

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Business
4:37 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Mo. offering tax break on Energy Star appliances

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Shoppers have a few days to save a few dollars on appliances bought in Missouri, thanks to temporary state tax break.

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Politics
3:53 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Mo. auditor halts fiscal estimates for initiatives

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) has instructed his staff to stop doing financial estimates for ballot initiatives because of several recent court decisions.

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Politics
8:57 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Legislation addresses impact of foreclosure on neighbors

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County assessors would have to consider the impact of foreclosures and bank sales on the real estate market when they set the value of a property, under legislation that has passed the Missouri Senate.

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4:38 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Ex-prosecutor denies telling witnesses what to say

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A Missouri judge denies telling witnesses what they needed to say when he was a prosecutor pursuing a conviction in the 2001 murder of a newspaper editor.

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Education
4:22 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Missouri Senate passes education overhaul legislation

The Missouri Senate has passed bills that would allow for more charter schools in the state and would also allow the state to take over failing school districts more quickly.

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Business
9:13 am
Wed April 18, 2012

March Missouri unemployment numbers steady

Missouri added about 4,800 jobs in March as its unemployment rate remained steady.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Mo. bill criminalizes undercover videos at farms

The Missouri House has endorsed legislation seeking to make it a crime for undercover activists to produce videos portraying poor conditions at agricultural facilities.

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Crime
2:43 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Forensic expert questions motive in Heitholt death

An expert witness hired by convicted murderer Ryan Ferguson is questioning a police theory that former Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt was killed during an attempted robbery.

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Crime
9:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Witnesses raise more questions about Heitholt death

Two more witnesses are raising questions about evidence that helped convict a Missouri man in the 2001 death of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.

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Politics
8:52 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Boone Co. officials discuss renaming government center

Officials are mulling over whether to change the name of the Boone Co. Gov. Center.
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Boone County officials have yet to decide whether to remove the name of former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson from the county government center.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

State representatives push bills to help seniors

Tax Day can be a tough time for anyone, but it’s especially hard for seniors facing rising personal property taxes on a fixed income. That’s according to some local lawmakers who are asking the state to give seniors a break.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Reps. Carnahan, Clay both report more than $400K

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Congressmen Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay are on similar financial footing heading into a Democratic primary in St. Louis.

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