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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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5:10 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Mo. Senate endorses tax incentive overhaul

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Missouri senators have endorsed legislation creating new incentives for high-tech businesses and international exports while paring back existing tax credits.

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9:33 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Mo. panel OKs transportation sales tax increase

A Cole Co. judge declared lawmakers' inability to pass tax credit legislation in the fall rendered a Missouri science investment bill unconstitutional.
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A Missouri House committee has endorsed a proposed 1-cent increase in the state sales tax to boost funding for transportation.

The proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution would require approval in a statewide vote and expire after 10 years.

Proponents estimate the higher sales tax would raise nearly $8 billion over 10 years for transportation projects.

The measure would dedicate 10 percent of the extra revenue to local transportation needs and freeze the state's gas tax rate while the higher sales tax was in effect.

9:29 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Mo. House panel backs bill nullifying gun regs

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Enforcing new federal gun regulations could send Missouri officers to prison under a bill endorsed by a Missouri House committee.

The committee voted 9-5 on Tuesday to advance the bill that would criminalize the enforcement of federal gun control laws enacted after Jan. 1 of this year. The vote was along party lines with Republicans supporting the bill and Democrats in opposition.

The panel also advanced a bill barring federal regulation of guns that are manufactured in Missouri and remain inside the state's borders.

9:24 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Postal Service studies Columbia processing center

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The U.S. Postal Service is looking into moving some or all operations at the Columbia mail processing center to facilities in St. Louis and Kansas City.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports a study of how consolidation would affect service could take four to six months.

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9:14 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mo. Senate endorses bill letting kids work on farm

Children younger than 16 could avoid future federal regulation and continue to work on their parent's farm under a bill scheduled for a vote this week in Missouri's Senate.

In 2012, the federal government proposed rules that would have prevented children from doing certain agricultural work. The plans were scrapped after opposition from lawmakers, but Missouri's Senate is looking to pass a law just in case.

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9:11 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mo. House panel to consider Medicaid expansion

Proponents of a Medicaid expansion will get their say at the Missouri Capitol — even if they don't get their way.

A House committee is scheduled to hear testimony Monday on a Democratic proposal to expand eligibility for the Medicaid health care program to an estimated 260,000 additional lower-income adults. The plan has the support of Gov. Jay Nixon and is called for by President Barack Obama's health care law.

But the Republican-led Legislature has generally opposed the Medicaid expansion.

9:02 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mo. bill seeks taxes from out-of-state retailers

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Missouri lawmakers are looking for ways to collect taxes from some online and out-of-state retailers.
State budget officials estimate that Missouri could gain about $10 million annually in tax revenues if legislation filed in both the House and Senate were to pass.

The bills address two areas that traditional retail stores contend put them at a disadvantage. One provision would require Missouri taxes to be collected on out-of-state retailers that personally deliver products like furniture and appliances to Missouri homes.

9:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mo. texting while driving law nabs few violators

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A 2009 Missouri law that bans young drivers from using their cell phones to send text messages has led to few citations and remains difficult to enforce, a Columbia newspaper reports.

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8:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court to hear 2 prominent court cases

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The state Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments this week in cases involving school transfers and survivor's benefits for the gay partner of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.

Both cases are to be argued before the high court Wednesday.

Cpl. Dennis Engelhard was killed in 2009 while investigating a Christmas Day accident on Interstate 44 southwest of St. Louis. His partner sued for survivor's benefits, but their 15-year relationship is not recognized by the state.

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9:57 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

More snow headed to Missouri

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Updated at 10:38 a.m. with closure information.

Just as Missouri and Kansas residents are digging out from record snowfalls, another winter storm is headed to the region.

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11:50 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Columbia schools reconsider arming security directors

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A Columbia school district committee is looking into allowing two district employees to carry firearms.

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9:16 am
Fri February 22, 2013

LSU-Missouri game postponed by snow

A massive snow storm barrels through mid-Missouri Thursday morning, dumping 10 inches of snow in some spots.
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The women's basketball teams from LSU and Missouri will have to wait at least one more day for their first meeting since the 1989-90 season because of a major snow storm in the Midwest.

University officials say the game, originally scheduled Thursday night in Columbia, has been postponed until Friday at 1 p.m.

A state of emergency has been declared in the Columbia area, where about 10 inches of snow has made travel hazardous Thursday and blocked some roadways near the Mizzou Arena.

9:15 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Mo. airports reopen with several cancellations

St. Louis' Lambert Airport is open for business with several flight cancellations.
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Airports in Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis reopened but passengers were told to expect several cancellations, particularly in the morning.

American Airlines flight 3215 from Columbia to Dallas was canceled this morning, but the remaining flights are scheduled to take off and arrive as planned.

Lambert International Airport in St. Louis and Kansas City International Airport both closed Thursday after a massive snowstorm hit Missouri.

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9:11 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Mid-Missouri gets "thundersnow" during winter weather

Traffic slows to a halt on College Avenue as a massive snowstorm charges through mid-Missouri Thursday morning.
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The winter storm that blanketed most of Missouri with snow and ice included a rare feature — thunder.

The phenomenon, known as "thundersnow," is extremely rare and is caused by instability in the atmosphere.
It happens when the ground is warm, but air in higher parts of the atmosphere is much colder. It also requires strong wind to push the warm air up and create the instability that results in thundersnow.
A University of Missouri climatology study shows that between 1961 and 1990 only 191 cases of thundersnow were reported.