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4:50 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Wal-Mart to pay for environmental damages

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to spend $1.25 million to settle claims over a southwest Missouri contractor's disposal of unsold products such as charcoal, potting soil, herbicides and pesticides.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Rules proposed for Missouri Hall of Fame

House Democrats are proposing formal criteria and a requirement for bipartisan approval before people are inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians — a reaction to criticism of the selection of Rush Limbaugh for the honor.

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Sports
9:11 am
Tue March 13, 2012

MU quarterback arrested in Columbia

Ashton Glaser
MU Athletics

Missouri backup quarterback Ashton Glaser has been arrested in Columbia on Laclede County warrants issued after he failed to show up in court for a speeding ticket.

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Politics
9:07 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Schweich blasts Missouri governments for not following Sunshine Laws

Auditor Tom Schweich says the state and local governments are routinely violating Missouri's open records and meetings law.

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Politics
9:06 am
Tue March 13, 2012

FEMA denies Nixon aid request

Gov. Jay Nixon's request for federal aid due to February storms was denied by FEMA.
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he's disappointed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request to provide disaster aid to residents in 18 southern and northern Missouri counties recently hit by violent weather.

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Business
3:53 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

St. Louis Zoo plans to buy former hospital site

The St. Louis Zoo Association plans to purchase the site of the former Forest Park Hospital, which sits across Interstate 64 from the zoo.

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Education
3:41 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

MU students seek smoke-free campus sooner

Student leaders at the University of Missouri want the school to speed up its move to a smoke-free campus.

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Business
3:37 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Joplin residents file complaints about mail delivery changes

Some Joplin residents and postal service workers are upset with changes in mail delivery in sections of Joplin hardest hit by last year's tornado.

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Sports
9:04 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Missouri basketball wins two seed, to play Norfolk State

(From left to right) Kim English, Mike Dixon, Marcus Denmon, coach Haith and Matt Pressey are showered with confetti when it’s announced the Tigers will be a No. 2 seed in the West region.

Winning the Big 12 tournament was not quite enough to earn a Number One NCAA tournament seed for Missouri.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Gov. Nixon sees off MO National Guard team

Members of a Missouri National Guard Agribusiness Development Team have received a sendoff from Gov. Jay Nixon as they prepare for deployment to Afghanistan.

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Weather
3:46 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Branson officials assess tornado damage

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Branson city officials said they were mostly happy with the emergency response to a tornado that hit the tourist city in February.

City officials met Thursday to assess the response and tally damage.

Police Chief Kent Crutcher said emergency response was mostly positive in the hours after the tornado hit Feb. 29. No one died and there was no looting.

Planning and Zoning Director Jim Lawson said 37 properties had major damage or were destroyed by the storm. Another 41 reported minor to major damage.

Politics
5:47 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Missouri lawmakers back corrections overhaul plans

Both the Missouri House and Senate have passed bills that could shorten the sentences of some criminals who are placed on probation or parole.

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Business
4:48 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Missouri Senate passes workplace discrimination measure

The Missouri Senate has given final approval to legislation changing the rules for lawsuits over workplace discrimination.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:28 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Missouri house passes bill to track prescription drug purchases

The Missouri House has passed legislation creating an electronic database to track prescription drug purchases. But the bill faces opposition in the Senate.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Mo. bill bars race from consideration in adoptions

The sponsor of the bill, Sen. John Lamping (R-St. Louis County), says barring race from consideration could help increase the number of adoptions in Missouri.
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The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation prohibiting race from being a factor in adoptions of children in the state foster care system.

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Politics
3:06 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Schweich looking at US Senate bid

State Auditor Tom Schweich filed paperwork on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, to explore a political campaign for U.S. Senate.
State of Missouri

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has set up a political committee to test the waters for a U.S. Senate campaign.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Mo. Senate endorses Iran contracting legislation

Missouri senators endorsed legislation restricting public contracts for investors in Iran on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
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Missouri senators have endorsed legislation restricting public contracts for investors in Iran.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Workers' comp bill goes to Nixon

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would prohibit employees from suing co-workers for injuries they sustain on the job.
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Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would prohibit employees from suing co-workers for injuries they sustain on the job.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Judge mulls lawsuit over Mo. prayer measure

A central Missouri judge is considering a legal challenge over a state constitutional amendment dealing with prayer.

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Politics
4:22 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Joplin High welcomes Obama commencement visit

The Joplin High School class of 2012 will graduate one day later than expected in May, but students will get a memorable commencement speaker in exchange for the delayed ceremony.

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Crime
9:04 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Man killed in Columbia weekend shooting

Columbia police are looking for a suspect in the shooting death of a 39-year-old man.

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Economy
5:09 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

GM Puts Volt Into 'Neutral' To Let Sales Catch Up

Workers assemble a Chevrolet Volt at GM's Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant in October. The auto maker says it will idle the plant for five weeks, to allow demand to catch up with inventory.
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General Motors will suspend production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks amid disappointing sales.

A GM spokesman said Friday that the company will shut down production of the Volt from March 19 until April 23, idling 1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

"We're taking a temporary shutdown," said GM spokesman Chris Lee. "We're doing it to maintain our proper inventory levels as we align production with demand."

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U.S.
4:38 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Air Force Mortuary Official Resigns Amid Scandal

The remains of a U.S. Army private arrive at Dover Air Force Base for a transfer ceremony last November. The mortuary at Dover Air Force Base has come under accusations that body parts of the nation's war dead were cremated and the ashes dumped in a Virginia landfill.
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Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 4:46 pm

One of three officials accused of mismanaging the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, Del., and of retaliating against three whistle-blowers, has resigned.

The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency, said Friday that Quinton Keel had resigned and that it is in touch with Air Force officials about their final decisions on disciplinary action against the two other accused officials.

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Sports
3:21 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

With Playoff Expansion, Baseball Goes Wilder

Manager Fredi Gonzalez was the face of frustration when his Atlanta Braves collapsed last year and missed the playoffs on the last day of the season. If this season's rules had applied, he might've been smiling: The Braves and the Boston Red Sox would've made the postseason.
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Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams Friday, adding a second wild-card in each league.

The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.

This is the only change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.

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Education
2:55 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Former MTV executive to join Westminster's board of trustees

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The former chairman and CEO of MTV International will become a member of the Westminster College Board of Trustees.

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Education
4:18 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Missouri House endorses quicker intervention in schools

State education officials could step in quicker to assist failing Missouri school districts under legislation backed in the House.

Districts that lose state accreditation currently are given two years to improve before the state officials can intervene. The new legislation removes the waiting period.

When the state Board of Education revokes a district's accreditation, it then would decide whether to set conditions for the local school board to remain in place or determine when an alternative governing system for those schools would take effect.

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Agriculture
4:12 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Missouri Senate rejects farm tax increases

 Missouri lawmakers have rejected a plan that would have increased property taxes on the state's best farmland.

Property taxes for farms are based on the land's "productive value." Farms are divided into eight categories based on land quality. The State Tax Commission recommended increasing productive values for the four highest grades.

The Senate voted 19-8 on Thursday to reject the proposal. The property tax changes were for 2013 and 2014.

Education
4:51 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Nixon releases additional education funding

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is releasing more than $5 million that had been withheld from public education because of budget concerns. 

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Weather
4:42 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Missouri reports three fatalities from severe storms

Gov. Jay Nixon's administration says three people have been killed in severe storms that swept across southern Missouri.

Nixon cited the three fatalities in a news release as he headed to view the damage.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

US Senate candidate Steelman chooses Tilley as campaign chairman

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Steelman has recruited the speaker of the Missouri House to serve as her campaign chairman.

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