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9:24 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Funding sought for Mo. child sex abuse victims

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Advocates for child sex abuse victims are urging the Missouri Legislature to renew a funding increase for their social services.

At issue is an increase of more than 20 percent in funding for child assessment centers that was included in the 2013 budget. That $500,000 increase brought the total funding for the centers to $2.8 million.
The centers conduct forensic interviews and sexual assault exams on children that can help make a legal case against their perpetrators.

Politics
5:40 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Voter photo ID bill clears House Committee

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A Missouri House committee has adopted a measure requiring voters to show photo identification before casting ballots.

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Politics
8:36 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Senators to propose Mo. transportation sales tax

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Two Missouri state senators are proposing a 1-cent sales tax for 10 years to pay for transportation needs.

Republican Mike Kehoe, of Jefferson City, and Democrat Ryan McKenna, of Crystal City, scheduled a news conference about the plan Tuesday along U.S. 50, several miles east of the of the state Capitol.

Missouri transportation officials say funding for construction and improvements fell from $1.2 billion to less than $700 million during the past year.

Science, Health and Technology
8:25 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Insurance payments for autism services rise in Mo.

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A new report shows that health insurance payments for autism-related treatments in Missouri rose by more than 50 percent last year.

The state insurance department says more than 2,500 people received treatment covered by insurance for autism spectrum disorders in 2012. Insurance claims for the services increased to $6.6 million from $4.3 million the previous year.

A Missouri law that took effect in January 2011 requires health insurance companies to cover certain autism treatments.

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Education
7:23 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Ex-Army leader facing MU protests heads to campus

The retired Army psychologist whose job candidacy is drawing protests at the University of Missouri is scheduled for a public interview on the Columbia campus.

Former Col. Larry James is dean of professional psychology at Wright State University in Ohio. He's one of two finalists for a top administrative job in the university's College of Education.

The interview was scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

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Politics
5:51 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Senate confirms cabinet appointment held up by $5.6M airplane questions

Governor Jay Nixon
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Missouri senators have confirmed Gov. Jay Nixon's appointee to a key administrative post, despite concerns about his role in approving the purchase of a new $5.6 million airplane.

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Politics
8:42 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Mo. Senate to debate future of disability fund

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Missouri senators are preparing to debate legislation to revive an insolvent fund for disabled workers.
The state's Second Injury Fund has a deficit of about $25 million that is expected to keep growing.

The fund provides compensation to people with previously existing disabilities who then suffer an additional work-related injury or illness. It's financed by a surcharge on workers' compensation insurance premiums. But the revenues haven't kept up with expenses.

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Politics
8:25 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Mo. panel to release higher ed funding proposal

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A Missouri legislative committee is creating a new funding model for the state's public colleges and universities.

The Joint Committee on Education plans to release a detailed draft Monday at the state Capitol. The panel will accept public comment on the proposal until Feb. 11.

A recently approved state law requires development of a higher education funding formula similar to the one used for public school districts. Missouri now bases funding for colleges and universities largely on how much they've received in past years and how much money is available.

Arts and Culture
8:20 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Orlando to end Branson Christmas shows

Singer Tony Orlando says this year's Christmas shows will be his last holiday season in Branson.

Orlando has been performing in the southwest Missouri entertainment resort for 20 years.

The Welk Resort Theatre says in a release that the 2013 "Tony Orlando's Great American Christmas" will be Orlando's last Christmas season as a Branson performer. The seasonal show will run from Nov. 5 to Nov. 30.

Politics
8:16 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Analysis: Nixon's plan could boost pay for doctors

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Doctors and other medical professionals could be in line for a pay hike under Governor Jay Nixon's plan to expand Medicaid eligibility in Missouri.

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Politics
8:13 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Mo. Senate panel to hold hearing on tax credits

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A Missouri Senate committee is set to review the state's numerous tax credit programs and their impact on the state budget.

The Senate Appropriations Committee scheduled a hearing Monday on tax credits before it takes up Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year.

The 61 tax credit programs currently offered by Missouri cost the state nearly $630 million in the latest fiscal year. Last week, the Senate approved another one, with an estimated yearly cost of $3 million, to attract amateur sporting events to the state.

Education
8:18 am
Fri February 1, 2013

MU hire draws protest, psychology professor connected to Guantanamo Bay abuse

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The prospective hiring of a retired Army psychologist who has faced abuse accusations at the Guantanamo Bay military prison is drawing protests at MU today.

The mid-Missouri chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation has scheduled an afternoon protest outside Hill Hall. That's home to the College of Education, which has selected Larry James as one of two finalists for a top leadership job.

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Education
3:57 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

No MU-Governor debate this year over tuition hikes

The University of Missouri School of Law hired Gary Myers as its new dean.
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University of Missouri undergraduates who are state residents will pay 1.7 percent more in tuition next year as the four-campus system holds its annual hike to the rate of inflation.

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Business
3:23 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

UMKC’s new ‘Digital Sandbox’ joins a growing list of startup incubators in Missouri

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City's Innovation Center is starting a new program to help entrepreneurs build sustainable high-tech startups and create jobs.

Gov. Jay Nixon and top executives from Sprint, Hallmark, Cernert Corp. and other businesses will be at the university Friday to inaugurate the Digital Sandbox KC.

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Faith/Religion
9:15 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Joplin storm survivors receive keys to new home

Joplin tornado survivor Gabby, 6th grade, moves into her newly rebuilt home with her mother and two sisters
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Another family who survived the deadly Joplin tornado in May 2011 has received a new home from a Springfield-based nonprofit.

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