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7:50 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. Senate panel adopts bill nullifying gun laws

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A Missouri Senate panel is trying to prevent the enforcement in the state of President Barack Obama's executive orders on gun control.

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Politics
7:44 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. high court hearing challenge to spending cuts

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Lawyers for Missouri's governor and auditor are battling before the state Supreme Court over the governor's power to make spending cuts.

The Supreme Court was to hear arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of about $170 million of budget cuts announced by Gov. Jay Nixon in June 2011 and challenged by Auditor Tom Schweich (schwyk).
The case is an appeal of a July decision by a Cole County judge, who ruled that Nixon had a legal right to cut spending but also said that Nixon should not have been able to transfer money among various budgeted purposes.

Politics
7:38 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. jobless rate falls to 6.5 percent in January

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A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate edged lower in January while the state recorded a net loss of 4,700 jobs.

Tuesday's report from the Department of Economic Development says the state's jobless rate stood at 6.5 percent in January, down one-tenth of a point from December.

The trade, transportation and utilities sector reported the largest decline in jobs with a drop of 2,700 positions. The manufacturing sector lost 1,400 jobs, and the information sector lost 1,200 jobs.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

St. Louis Public School District debates student transfer law

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The Missouri Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of a 1993 law requiring failing school districts to pay for students to transfer to neighboring schools.

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Politics
4:17 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Lawmakers could see term limits lengthened

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Missouri lawmakers could serve longer in the House or Senate but not spend more overall time in the state Legislature under a term limits proposal that has gained first-round approval.

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Politics
8:53 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Former congressman Skelton speaks at Mizzou

Former Missouri congressman Ike Skelton heads to the University of Missouri campus Wednesday to address aspiring politicians and other students in the Truman School of Public Affairs.

Skelton, a Democrat, spent 34 years in the U.S. House. He chaired the House Armed Services Committee from 2007 through 2010, the year he lost the general election to Republican Vicky Hartzler.

Skelton now lobbies in Washington for the Missouri law firm of Husch Blackwell. He's also on the advisory board of the Center for New American Security.

Politics
5:41 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Missouri's revenues up for 2013 fiscal year

A third piece of cigarette tax-related legislation was filed in Jefferson City.
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Missouri's revenues are up nearly 9 percent through the first two-thirds of the state's fiscal year.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:13 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Plane diverted to St. Louis airport lands safely

Lambert Airport in St. Louis hopes to reopen terminal C in April.
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Eight passengers safely walked off a small aircraft Monday afternoon at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport after the pilot reported landing gear troubles.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:56 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Mo. S&T prepares for 105th St. Pat's celebration

The Missouri University of Science and Technology is continuing a tradition that began in 1908 when a group of Rolla students declared that St. Patrick was the patron saint of engineers.

The St. Patrick's celebration has grown to include more than a week's worth of events. The first is from March 4 through March 7 when students will club plastic snakes with large decorative sticks called shillelaghs. On March 13, a Missouri S&T student portraying St. Pat will arrive in downtown Rolla with his court aboard the traditional manure spreader.

Politics
9:21 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Mo. Senate panel to consider expanded gun rights

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The Missouri Constitution already enshrines the right to bear arms, but a state senator wants to expand that protection.

The Senate General Laws Committee scheduled a vote Monday on the proposal by Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia.

The proposed constitutional amendment would define the right to bear arms as "inalienable" and require the state to defend against any "infringement" of that right.

Schaefer filed his measure shortly after President Barack Obama outlined his plans for stricter federal gun control laws.

Politics
9:08 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Mo. utility measure includes expense tracking

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Missouri power companies would track costs for operations and maintenance for their next rate case under proposed state legislation.

The new tracker would be used to compare the difference between the costs factored into electric rates and the expenses actually incurred. The differences would be included in the calculation for electric rates when the utility files its next case with the Public Service Commission.

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Crime
9:05 am
Mon March 4, 2013

SOS issues alert about fake letter

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Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander said that some businesses are receiving a phony letter that appears to come from his office.

Kander's office said the letter comes from an entity called Corporate Records Service. He said it falsely suggests Missouri businesses have to complete a certain form and pay a $125 fee.

Kander said the letter looks official but is not from his office. Any official correspondence from the Secretary of State's Office will contain the Missouri state seal and contact information for its Corporations Division.
 

Crime
8:50 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Hearing set for suspect in VA hospital killing

A 33-year-old Sedalia man charged with killing a fellow VA hospital patient in Columbia is due back in court.
Rudy Perez Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 1 death of 78-year-old Robert Hill of Warsaw at Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. His attorney, David Tyson Smith, says Perez is schizophrenic.

Politics
4:51 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Mo. Senate sends tax credit overhaul to House

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Missouri senators have passed legislation scaling back tax breaks for developers and offering new incentives for high-tech businesses and world trade.

The Senate's 27-7 vote earlier today sends the bill to the House, where it already faces some opposition.

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Agriculture
8:30 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Mo. House OKs farming constitutional amendment

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a measure that supporters say will help protect farmers.
The proposed state constitutional amendment would prohibit laws that limit what it calls modern farming and ranching practices unless they're passed by the Legislature. The measure would add that the right to engage in modern farming and ranching practices are "forever guaranteed."

House members endorsed the measure Wednesday. It needs another vote before moving to the state Senate. If it passes the Legislature, the amendment would go to a statewide vote.

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