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2:34 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. Attorney General Koster reports raising more than $890,000

Democratic Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster reports raising more than $890,000 for his re-election campaign during the past three months.
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Democratic Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster reports raising more than $890,000 for his re-election campaign during the past three months.

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Politics
2:20 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. Senate stalls on gubernatorial election change

A proposed amendment to the state constitution would require candidates for governor and lieutenant governor to run as a ticket, just as the president and vice president do. Senators debated the measure but set it aside Tuesday.
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Some senators are balking at a proposal to make Missouri's gubernatorial elections more like presidential ones.

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Politics
2:07 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. House passes bill to reduce jail lawsuits

Missouri House members have approved legislation that supporters hope will reduce lawsuits stemming from suicides by inmates at jails and prisons.
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Missouri House members have approved legislation that supporters hope will reduce lawsuits stemming from suicides by inmates at jails and prisons.

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Politics
9:02 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. House OKs proposed amendment to state gun laws

State House members have approved a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution guaranteeing the right to own and manufacture ammunition.

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Politics
8:47 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Paul takes contentious St. Charles Co. caucus

On the day Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential race, Ron Paul — not presumptive frontrunner Mitt Romney — has stolen the show at the do-over Republican caucus in one of Missouri's largest and most conservative counties.

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Education
5:05 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Lottery allows restoration of education funding

 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is restoring about $6.8 million that he previously cut from public education because of budget concerns.

Nixon's administration said Tuesday it is providing $5 million for transportation assistance at K-12 schools and $200,000 for fine arts and scholars academies.

Cuts to two scholarship programs also were reversed. The Access Missouri scholarship will get more than $357,000 and nearly $650,000 will go to the A+ Schools program.

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Business
4:47 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

1,500 veterans hired through new program

The jobless rate for veterans remains high, but a Missouri program is making inroads in changing that.

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Education
8:45 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Joplin orders creation of new storm shelters

Joplin residents approved a bond measures giving the local school district money to build storm shelters.
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Joplin residents are getting an extra layer of security in storms thanks to their approval last week of a $62 million school bond issue.

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Politics
8:26 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Missourians could decide record number of ballot issues

Missourians have put forward dozens more ballot initiatives in 2012 than in previous years.
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Missouri voters could get a say on several big issues this fall, including measures to replace the state income tax, hike the tobacco tax, raise the minimum wage and restrict payday loans.

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Politics
8:27 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Ruling could doom payday loan ballot initiative

Petitioners have until May 6 to gather about 100,000 signatures. The language on the petition they are using is now in question.
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 A Missouri judge has dealt a setback to supporters of a ballot proposal that would limit interest rates on payday loans. Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green ruled Thursday that the ballot summary and financial estimate for the initiative are "inadequate" and "unfair" and "likely to deceive petition signers."

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Education
4:48 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Missouri House passes school transportation measure

Missouri House members have approved legislation designed to help students go to the school closest to them — even if it is located in a different district.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Senator seeks Social Security number restriction

Missouri employers would be barred from identifying workers by the last four digits of their Social Security numbers under a bill in the state Senate.

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Politics
1:59 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Mo. congressional reps. oppose any base reductions

Three members of Missouri's congressional delegation say programs at the state's largest military bases are too important to cut or move elsewhere.
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Three members of Missouri's congressional delegation say programs at the state's largest military bases are too important to cut or move elsewhere.

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Politics
1:34 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Teen tanning ban divides House members

A proposal to limit teen access to tanning beds has divided Missouri House members over rival concerns about cancer and government mandates.
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A proposal to limit teen access to tanning beds has divided Missouri House members over rival concerns about cancer and government mandates.

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Education
1:24 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Mo. Senate budget plan spares education cuts

The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee agreed Wednesday to follow the House's lead by holding funding flat for public universities.
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Education would be spared from cuts but fewer state employees would get pay raises under a budget plan put forth by a Missouri Senate committee.

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Politics
9:21 am
Mon April 2, 2012

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looks to avoid lawsuit

Farmers in southeast Missouri are suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over flooding in 2011.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 140 southeast Missouri farmers over damage caused by last year's intentional breach of the Birds Point levee at the height of spring flooding.

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Politics
9:09 am
Mon April 2, 2012

St. Louis Co. Republican proposes business tax breaks

Missouri businesses and businesses owners could start paying less in taxes under a bill moving through the state Senate.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

State auditor Schweich reports federal funds misuse

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Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has released a report questioning how federal money is spent by state government in several programs.

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Agriculture
3:24 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Farmers lawsuit against U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in limbo

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by more than 140 southeast Missouri farmers over damage caused by last year's intentional breach of a levee at the height of spring flooding.

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Education
9:01 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Camdenton school district agrees to settlement with ACLU

Camdenton’s R-III school district is paying $125,000 in legal fees and costs as part of a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union over blocking Internet access to websites with information about gay, lesbian and transgender issues, the Associated Press reports.

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Science, Health and Technology
1:46 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Possible 'game-changer' in meth battle

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Some are calling it a "game-changer" in the battle against methamphetamine labs—a new form of pseudoephedrine that apparently can't be used to make the dangerous and addictive drug. 

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Politics
1:32 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Mo. House OKs candidate birth records requirement

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Birth records for presidential and vice presidential candidates would need to be publicly available for those appearing on Missouri ballots.

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Politics
9:10 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Keyes addresses crowd during Jefferson City prayer rally

Conservative activist Alan Keyes says many Americans have become confused about their "rights" as U.S. citizens.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Abortion foe enters race for governor

The governor's mansion in Jefferson City.
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Another candidate joined the Missouri gubernatorial race today. Candidate Fred Sauer currently heads Missouri Roundtable for Life, a group that opposes abortion and embryonic stem cell research.

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Politics
8:59 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Mo. House members want to move funds away from state lottery

Lawmakers want to divert funds away from state lottery to aid veterans' homes.
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Missouri House members are seeking to boost funding for veterans' homes by diverting more of Missouri's lottery proceeds to the state budget — leaving less for prizes.

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Politics
5:39 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

McCaskill to run for re-election

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has officially begun her re-election campaign, the first and only Democrat so far in a contest that has attracted several Republicans.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:23 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Zebra mussels found north of kansas city

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The Missouri Department of Conservation says zebra mussels have been found in Smithville Lake, a reservoir north of Kansas City.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Missouri group get their say with state legislators

Organizers of a proposed ballot initiative that would make it harder for Missouri legislators to overturn voter-approved laws say they are abandoning their efforts.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Tea party PAC backs Steelman in Missouri Senate race

A national tea party group has endorsed former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate primary. But numerous Missouri tea party groups say they are not taking sides in the race.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:46 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Missouri bill would ban implementation of health care reform

A Missouri House panel has endorsed legislation making it a crime for federal officials to attempt to enforce the 2010 federal health care overhaul in the state.

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