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3:14 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Mo. House rejects plan to increase some farm taxes

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Missouri House members have voted to reject a tax plan that would increase property taxes for the best farms.

Property taxes for farms are based on the land's "productive value." Farms are divided into eight groups based on land quality, with the best in Grade 1 and the worst in Grade 8. The Missouri Tax Commission has recommended increasing productive values for the four highest grades.

Politics
4:50 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Springfield group pushes discrimination ban

The Springfield City Council is being asked to consider ordinances that would ban discrimination against gay people.

The Mayor's Commission on Human Rights sent three proposed ordinances to the city council that are designed to work together to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Joplin donations

Joplin after the tornado
KBIA File photo

Some Joplin residents are questioning how the city's school district used millions of dollars it received in donations after the May 22 tornado.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Springfield group pushes discrimination ban

The Springfield City Council is being asked to consider ordinances that would ban discrimination against gay people.

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Arts and Culture
9:22 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Gorillas break out of Kansas City Zoo habitats

A gorilla at the Wild Animal Park in Escondido
Kjunstorm Flickr

Visitors were quarantined briefly after two of the Kansas City Zoo's five gorillas got out of their habitat and roamed into a non-public feeding area.

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Politics
9:08 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Corps awards firm with Missouri river levee repair job

A breach levee in northwest Missouri led to extensive flooding during the 2011 summer.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded an $888,000 contract to repair a northwestern Missouri levee damaged during last year's flooding.

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Asia
6:34 am
Mon February 20, 2012

S. Korea Conducts Drill, Flouting N. Korean Threat

South Korean Navy ships dock at a floating base near Yeonpyong Island, close to its contested ocean border with North Korea Monday. South Korea conducted live-fire military drills from five islands, ignoring Pyongyang's threat to attack.
Bae Jung-hyun AP

South Korea conducted live-fire military drills near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea Monday, despite Pyongyang's threat to respond with a "merciless" attack.

North Korea did not carry out the threat as it focuses on internal stability two months after the death of longtime leader Kim Jong Il and prepares for nuclear disarmament talks with the United States later this week. But with American forces scheduled to conduct additional military exercises with ally South Korea over the next few months, tensions are expected to remain high in the region.

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Politics
5:16 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Governor Nixon asks for ethics reform

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Gov. Jay Nixon wants Missouri lawmakers to pass ethics legislation after the state Supreme Court rejected the most recent law because of how it was approved.

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Politics
10:07 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Nixon to outline new ethics proposal

Governor Jay Nixon speaking to reporters earlier this month.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon is calling on Missouri lawmakers to pass new ethics legislation after the state Supreme Court threw out a 2010 ethics law.' That law was tossed out because of the way legislators approved the law. Nixon will outline the element he wants to see in a new law during a news conference today.

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Education
8:27 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Higher education cuts force layoffs at Northwest Missouri State

Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.
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In some of the first higher education layoffs announced this year in reaction to state funding reductions, Northwest Missouri State University will cut 20 jobs and eliminate or reorganize eight academic departments in a campus-wide move to reduce costs.

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Politics
5:01 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

MO Senate passes workplace injury changes

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The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would prohibit employees from suing co-workers for injuries they sustain on the job.

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Politics
9:17 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Schweich's lawsuit against Nixon budget cuts continues

The lawsuit against Nixon accuses him of making unauthorized budget cuts.
File KBIA

Lawyers have been back in court arguing over the authority of Missouri's governor to make budget cuts.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

State senator seeks public funding for religious schools

Missouri state Sen. Scott Rupp is sponsoring legislation to abolish language in the Missouri Constitution that prohibits public funding for religious groups to operate schools.
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A Missouri state senator says religious groups should not be barred from receiving state funds to operate their schools.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Mo. State Senate works to delay filing

The Missouri State Senate is expected to send the bill to the House on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.
File Photo KBIA

The state Senate is moving quickly to try to postpone Missouri's candidacy filing period because of uncertainties over the state's new legislative districts.

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Alyssa Bustamante case
9:28 am
Wed February 15, 2012

More details from Bustamante investigation released

Alyssa Bustamante

Authorities investigating the October 2009 disappearance of a Missouri girl had seized muddy clothes and shovels from the home of a neighboring teenager who later confessed to killing and burying the girl, according to secretly filed court documents obtained by The Associated Press.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

AG Koster writes SCOTUS about federal health care law

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
File photo KBIA

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an individual health insurance mandate but uphold other parts of the federal health care law. 

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Derrick Washington
4:02 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Washington pleads guilty to assault, will serve no extra time

 Former University of Missouri running back Derrick Washington has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault against an ex-girlfriend.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Northwest Mo. levee districts get grants

Missouri levee
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Six levee, drainage and road districts in northwest Missouri will receive a total of about $1.2 million in community development block grants to help repair damage from flooding along the Missouri River. Gov. Jay Nixon's office said in a release that the six districts are located in Atchison and Holt counties.

Levee districts applied for the grants to cover either the 20 percent local cost share required under the Army Corps of Engineers' maintenance program, or for the entire cost if the levee district is not part of the Corps' system.

Politics
4:11 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Mo. high court to consider redistricting challenge

Mid-Missouri's portion of the new Congressional district map.
State of Missouri

The Missouri Supreme Court plans to take another look at the state's newly redrawn congressional districts.

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Education
10:25 am
Mon February 13, 2012

In harsh fiscal times, MU renovates administrative headquarters

Some MU professors have expressed concerns over renovations in the midst of budget cuts.
File KBIA

The University of Missouri system is renovating its administrative headquarters at the same time officials cite nearly $37 million in critical campus repairs.

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Politics
10:16 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Nixon and lawmakers at odds over legislation

Legislators and Gov. Nixon are sparing over bills reforming voter identification and workplace discrimination.
File KBIA

Missouri Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon appear headed for a debate over workplace discrimination laws and a requirement to show a photo ID at the polls.

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Weather
4:47 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Joplin looking to get weather radios

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Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr wants the city to distribute weather radios to all Joplin homes that don't already have one.  Rohr says a survey indicated 58 percent of Joplin homes don't have a weather radio, meaning the city would have to distribute about 11 thousand radios at a cost of more than 300 thousand dollars.

The Joplin Globe reports the state denied the city's application for money to fund the project. The American Red Cross donated 50 thousand dollars and Rohr says he will ask the Joplin Tornado First Response fund for an additional 250 thousand dollars.

Crime
9:20 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Bustamante apologizes; receives life in prison for Olten murder

A Missouri teenager who had described the slaying of a young neighbor girl as an "ahmazing" thrill made an emotional apology Wednesday to the girl's family and was sentenced to a potential lifetime in prison.

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Politics
4:59 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Missouri senator urges later candidate filing period

At the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., a senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.
File Photo KBIA

A Missouri senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.

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Crime
8:46 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Bustamante sentenced to life in prison

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri teenager who confessed to strangling, cutting and stabbing a 9-year-old girl because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

MO House endorses voter photo ID requirement

Missouri lawmakers are trying again to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

House members Tuesday gave first-round approval to the photo-ID requirement by a 104-54 vote. The measure needs another vote before moving to the Senate.

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Business
2:42 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Missouri to prosecute company that falsified documents

Attorney General Chris Koster, who will prosecute the case.
Attorney General's Office

The state of Missouri has filed criminal charges against a shuttered Georgia company accused of using fake signatures on phony foreclosure documents.

A Boone County grand jury on Friday issued a 136-count criminal indictment alleging forgery against DocX and its former president, Lorraine Brown. The company closed in 2010 amid criticism of mortgage companies signing legal documents not reviewed by its employees in a practice called robo-signing.

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Crime
9:05 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Drugs may have been involved in Olten slaying

Attorneys for a Missouri teenager who admitted killing a young neighbor girl are contending that a troubled childhood and an antidepressant drug may have contributed to the murder.

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Politics
5:53 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

MO bill would allow advertising on school buses

A bus with advertisement
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A Missouri lawmaker wants to let school districts lease advertising space on buses to help cover transportation costs.

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Politics
9:41 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Missouri legislator wants drug testing for lawmakers

Rep. Rick Brattin's bill would require lawmakers to take drug testing during session.
File photo KBIA

A Missouri lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require members of the General Assembly to be subjected to random drug testing during the session.

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