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7:59 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Missouri prepares for execution

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Missouri continues to prepare for its third execution of the year.

Jeffrey Ferguson is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for the 1989 death of a 17-year-old St. Charles County girl. His attorneys have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a stay.

Missouri executed Herbert Smulls in January and Michael Taylor in February. The state has also set an April 23 execution date for William Rousan, convicted of killing an elderly St. Francois  County couple in 1993.

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Politics
7:57 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Federal flood insurance premiums to increase

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For thousands of Missouri residents, flood insurance premiums are about to go up.

People living in flood plains around the nation will soon see a jump in premiums through the National Flood Insurance Program, though a new law softens the blow a bit.

Under a 2012 statute, premiums could have risen from $2,000 annually to $13,000 each year, but residential rate hikes are now limited to an increase of 18 percent a year.

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Arts and Culture
7:56 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Winning Powerball ticket sold in Missouri

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Missouri Lottery officials say one Powerball ticket sold in Missouri matched all six numbers to win the $96.5 million jackpot.

The lottery said in a release Sunday that another ticket also matched five white-ball numbers to win $1 million in Saturday's drawing. The winning numbers were: 13, 28, 31, 55, 58, and the Powerball number was 15.

The Lottery says the Missouri winners have 180 days to claim their prizes.

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Politics
7:54 am
Mon March 24, 2014

MU law professor involved with Supreme Court case

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An associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Law is involved in a case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court this week.

Josh Hawley is on a team of about 15 lawyers working on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Inc. The case addresses whether businesses can use religious objections to avoid a requirement to provide insurance coverage for birth control for employees.

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Agriculture
7:50 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Mo. government agencies encourage statewide clean-up

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Two Missouri agencies are encouraging residents to spend April cleaning up the state's roadsides, parks, rivers and trails as part of the sixth annual "trash bash."

Missouri's Conservation and Transportation departments are sponsoring the event, which also includes educational efforts in schools, community events, and Earth Day celebrations.

Organizers say programs like the trash bash help offset the cost of cleaning up litter and let the two agencies devote resources to other priorities.

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Crime
7:48 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Arson suspected in Truman Reservoir fires

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State conservation officials suspect arson in about 20 wildfires near the Truman Reservoir in west-central Missouri in the past week.

The Department of Conservation says the fires burned more than 1,000 acres of public and private land. No injuries or structural losses have been reported, but officials say wildfires can cause significant harm and that fighting them costs money and puts people at risk.

The conservation agency says crews have fought about 50 fires this year in Henry and St. Clair counties that have burned about 3,000 acres.

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Crime
5:01 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Missouri prepares for execution; another date set

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As Missouri prepares for its fifth execution in five months, the Missouri Supreme Court on Friday set the date for another, continuing what could be a record year.

Jeffrey Ferguson is scheduled to die Wednesday for abducting and killing a teenager in St. Charles County in 1989. His attorneys on Thursday filed appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that the execution be delayed until lower courts can decide if a stay should be granted. Ferguson's attorneys also claim that his conviction was based, in part, on false testimony from an FBI agent.

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Education
9:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Campus sexual assaults are focus of McCaskill survey

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Sen. Claire McCaskill says her staff is surveying college campuses to see what protections against sexual attacks are in place and how the institutions support assault victims.

McCaskill, a Democrat, told The Kansas City Star Thursday that she's determined to make college campuses safer for women. She says that could entail tying federal funding for colleges and universities to how well those institutions report rapes and deliver certain services to female students.

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Education
8:51 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Student claims Missouri college denied readmission because he is gay

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An honors-caliber college student says he was denied readmission to a Baptist school in Hannibal, Mo., because he's gay.

Twenty-year-old Chase Martinson of suburban St. Louis spent his first two years at Hannibal-LaGrange University. He temporarily withdrew in October due to illness but hoped to return in the fall.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Gov. Nixon signs cellphone tower measures

The four measures signed Thursday would limit the ways local governments impose regulations on cellphone towers.
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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation limiting the authority of Missouri cities and counties to restrict cellphone towers.

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Education
2:29 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

MU may change rules for reporting sexual violence

As an independent legal agency reviews MU's response to the alleged rape of a former swimmer, the university considers altering its employee policy regarding how to reprot sexual violence.
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The University of Missouri is considering changes to its employee policy for reporting suspected sexual violence amid a flurry of attention to the issue prompted by a former school swimmer's suicide.

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Business
2:20 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Hobby Lobby attorney starts Missouri group

MU law professor Joshua Hawley represents Hobby Lobby in a case brought to the U.S. Supreme Court contesting mandatory health insurance programs with birth control.
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An attorney representing an Oklahoma business challenging a federal contraception coverage mandate is starting a nonprofit group in Missouri.

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Politics
5:48 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Zoning panel approves Franklin Co. concrete plant

Shaw Nature Reserve in August, 2009. A Franklin County zoning panel voted 6-4 in favor of a concrete plant expansion near the reserve.
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A Franklin County zoning panel has approved plans to build a concrete plant near the Shaw Nature Reserve.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that county zoning commissioners on Tuesday voted 6-4 in favor of the Landvatter Ready Mix concrete company's expansion plans.

Some residents and nature preserve leaders worry the plant's noise and truck traffic will harm the area's tranquility. But commissioners cited the promised creation of 25 full-time jobs in an area already packed with other commercial and industrial sites.

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Education
5:40 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Mo. school funding gap hits some more than others

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A state funding shortfall is hitting some Missouri school districts harder than others.

A report released Wednesday by the Missouri Budget Project says the state is underfunding public school districts by $656 million this year. That's based on the amount called for under a 2005 law that re-wrote Missouri's school funding formula.

The report says the shortfall amounts to about $700 per student on a statewide basis. But those figures vary widely by district.

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Politics
8:46 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Nixon fills post on ethics panel, other boards

Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has tapped a Springfield attorney to serve on the state Ethics Commission.

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