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8:57 am
Tue February 19, 2013

MU softens decision to move nuke engineering team

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A nuclear engineering research team at the University of Missouri receives a modest reprieve after it was targeted by administrators for elimination.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:05 am
Mon February 18, 2013

MU disaster center to boost mental health training

The donation to MU from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation amounts to $5.5 million.

The University of Missouri has started a research center on disaster and terrorism in hopes of boosting training for mental health workers.

Assistant communications professor J. Brian Houston recently received a $2.4 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He wants to study the long-term emotional turmoil faced by disaster and terror victims.

The center will employ a university social worker to train school teachers and counselors in Joplin, Kansas City, St. Louis and New Orleans in crisis intervention.

Arts and Culture
9:03 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Civil War dig planned in central Missouri

An archeological survey is planned for a Civil War battleground site in central Missouri.

A survey is planned next month at the site where the Battle of Moore's Mill occurred in July 1862 in Callaway County, near what is now known as Calwood.

The Fulton Sun reports that the excavation is being funded by a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service.

8:50 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Mo. infrastructure needs could hit Mo. consumers

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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State lawmakers are considering several proposals to improve infrastructure that could hit Missourians' wallets.

One proposal could require residents to pay a higher sales tax in order to pay for transportation projects, and another would let electric utilities seek a surcharge to recoup costs from infrastructure projects.

A third measure would call for issuing several hundred million dollars in bonds to fund improvements on college campuses and state facilities. Taxes that Missourians pay could go to paying off the bonds.

5:57 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Mo. bill would make governor sign off on big incentives

Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) has been a vocal critic of many business incentive programs
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A Missouri lawmaker wants to give Gov. Jay Nixon a greater chance to claim credit — or take the blame — for major job-creation incentives.

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9:24 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Mo. Senate approves unemployment changes

People fired for sleeping on the job and missing work could have a harder time getting unemployment benefits under a bill endorsed by the Missouri Senate.

The Senate gave initial approval Wednesday to a measure expanding the definition of "misconduct" in the workplace. The change would make it harder for people to qualify for unemployment insurance after they are fired.

Supporters say the bill will protect businesses from liability and give them more freedom to fire employees who misbehave at work.

9:21 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Mo. Lt. Gov. Kinder to launch waste website

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said he plans to launch a state website to gather tips about wasteful spending in Missouri government.

Kinder, a Republican, said  the website should be running soon. He detailed plans for it while asking a legislative committee on Wednesday to increase his office budget by about $38,500, to get it back to its level in 2009.

Kinder said if the website and his staff don't identify enough wasteful spending to offset the appropriation, he'll return the additional money.

9:19 am
Thu February 14, 2013

More Mo. students receive career, tech education

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More Missouri students are training for future careers while still in high school.

Sixty-three percent of the state's high school students participated in at least one career or technical education program in the 2011-2012 school year. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says that's a 3 percent increase from the previous year.

9:16 am
Thu February 14, 2013

State offers college financial aid workshops

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The state of Missouri is holding a series of free financial aid workshops for prospective college students.

The events are known as "FAFSA Frenzy." The acronym stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a rite of passage for most college-bound students this time of year as the priority deadline for federal aid approaches.

Workshops are scheduled across the state on Saturday and Sunday, with a handful planned for later in February and early March.

Arts and Culture
9:01 am
Wed February 13, 2013

NE Mo. bakery makes millionth doughnut

Though just in business since 2006, a small doughnut shop in northeast Missouri has already topped the 1 million sold mark.

The Quincy (Ill.) Herald-Whig reports that Daybreak Donuts and Diner in Louisiana, Mo., recently reached the milestone. Owner Shaun Ross knows because he keeps detailed records on how many doughnuts he cuts each day on a coffee-stained spiral notebook.

8:19 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Mo. senator again seeking higher seat belt fines


A St. Louis senator is making a fourth attempt at raising fines for seat belt violations.

Democratic Sen. Joe Keaveny wants to increase the fine from $10 to $50 for people caught not wearing seat belts in vehicles. His bill was to be heard Wednesday by a Senate committee, marking the fourth consecutive year that he has presented it.

The percentage of people using seat belts in Missouri lags behind the national average. Keaveny hopes a higher fine would encourage more people to buckle up.

8:18 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Mo. House to mull photo ID requirement for voting

A bill requiring voter ID at the polls caused heated debate at the Missouri House of Representatives Monday.
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The Missouri House is expected to consider a requirement for voters to show photo identification at the polls.
State lawmakers have debated the concept previously, but this is the first time Republicans have held a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate. In the past, discussion generally fell along party lines with Republicans favoring the idea and Democrats opposing it.

8:14 am
Wed February 13, 2013

More charges for suspect in VA hospital killing

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A 33-year-old Sedalia man charged with killing a fellow VA hospital patient in Columbia now faces Pettis County assault charges.

The Columbia Missourian reports that Rudy Perez Jr. is charged with five misdemeanor assaults as well as resisting arrest in connection with several Sedalia incidents in the days before the Feb. 1 beating death of 78-year-old Robert Hill of Warsaw at Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital.

Perez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. His lawyer says Perez is mentally ill.

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4:54 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Mo. Senate endorses Sunshine Law overhaul

Sunshine Law changes could cause more frequent penalties on violators
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Missouri's Senate has endorsed an overhaul of the state's open meetings and records law, commonly called the Sunshine Law.

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4:27 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Jail fine bill would withhold hunting, fishing licenses

Missourians could find themselves barred from hunting and fishing if they have jail debts.
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Missouri's Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would bar people from getting hunting and fishing licenses if they owe money to a county jail.

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