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5:23 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Mo. House speaker to give GOP response to Nixon

Tim Jones.
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Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones will give the Republican response next week to Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State speech.

The Democratic governor will address a joint session of the Legislature at 7 p.m. Monday in the House chamber.

The GOP response by Jones will be prerecorded and broadcast about five minutes after Nixon completes his speech.

Last year, Jones and Senate Appropriations Committee Kurt Schaefer gave a joint Republican response to Nixon's annual speech. The responsibility fell to Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder during the previous three years.

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Education
5:19 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

KC medical school considering Joplin for satellite

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is considering a possible satellite campus in Joplin.

Two people from the school were in Joplin last week to meet with city leaders and scout possible locations. Lisa Cambridge, spokeswoman for the school, says a decision will be made in April.

Joplin officials say the medical school visited Missouri Southern State University and met with city and business leaders.

Politics
4:45 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Mo. SOS to take public comments on initiatives

Secretary of State Jason Kander plans to have a public comment period before ballot summaries are written.
Credit KBIA

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is giving the public a chance to review potential ballot initiatives long before the petition gathering begins.

Kander said Friday that initiatives submitted to his office will be posted online, and the public will have a five-day comment period before his office drafts a summary for the measures.

Kander, a Democrat, took office Jan. 14.

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Politics
6:14 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Airplane concerns stalls Mo. cabinet nomination

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee for a top administration post is stalled in Missouri's Senate over the purchase of a $5.6 million state plane.

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Business
4:39 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Number of Lambert Airport passengers increases

St. Louis' Lambert Airport
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The number of passengers traveling through Lambert Airport in St. Louis is on the rise.

Airport officials said Tuesday that Lambert served more than 12.7 million passengers in 2012. That included 6.4 million departing passengers and 6.3 million arriving passengers, both up a little more than 1 percent over 2011.

Lambert officials say 47 percent of passengers last year flew on Southwest Airlines, an increase of 2 percent over 2011. American Airlines was second with 16 percent of passengers, followed by Delta with 13 percent.

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Education
4:30 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

New version of GED to launch in 2014

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This is the last year high school dropouts will be able to earn their Missouri High School Equivalency Certificate before a tougher, more expensive version of the GED is rolled out.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says the current test will be replaced with a new, computer-based assessment in 2014.

The 2014 test is tied to Common Core Standards -- a set of uniform math and English benchmarks adopted by states. The standards are designed to ensure that students are prepared for college or the workforce.

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Business
4:26 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Company seeks enforcement of supplement settlement

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A three-judge federal appeals panel is weighing whether a Missouri company violated a settlement agreement with a Kentucky-based competitor in advertisements about a dietary supplement.

Judges from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati quizzed attorneys for Lexington-based Cogent Solutions Group and Hyalogic, a Missouri company, about the specifics of an agreement meant to keep Hyalogic from directly criticizing a supplement called Baxyl.

Baxyl is the brand name for a dietary supplement advertised for use in joint function.

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Sports
10:12 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Report: MU's Haith expected to face NCAA charges for time in Miami

MU basketball Coach Frank Haith
KBIA Sports Extra Karen Mitchell

Two people familiar with the situation say two Miami assistant coaches have been told they will be charged with "unethical conduct" when the NCAA presents the Hurricanes' athletic department with its notice of allegations.

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Sports
5:28 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Musial visitation Thursday, funeral Saturday

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A public visitation for baseball great Stan Musial will be Thursday at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.

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Politics
5:21 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Mo. sheriffs ask for more state funds to house inmates

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Missouri sheriffs say the state isn't paying them enough to cover the cost of housing state prisoners.

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Business
5:14 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Mo. Red Cross seeking volunteers

Ozarks Red Cross Flickr

The Heart of Missouri chapter of the American Red Cross needs more volunteers.

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Politics
8:07 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Missouri state budget debate starts this week

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Missouri lawmakers are kicking off the state's annual budgeting process this week. The Senate Appropriations Committee will take public testimony on education and health care issues at a hearing Tuesday.

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Politics
8:03 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Koster plans task force on urban violence

Attorney General Chris Koster
Dan Verbeck KBIA

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to create a new task force to focus on urban violence. The attorney general's office says the panel could start work in late spring with meetings in Kansas City and St. Louis.

Koster, a Democrat, won a second term this past November. During his re-election campaign, he said he was considering task forces to focus on urban crime and to evaluate the annual report on law enforcement traffic stops.

Politics
8:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Law would prevent welfare money being spent at casinos, liquor stores

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A Missouri House bill aims to restrict the use of cash welfare benefits at casinos and liquor stores.

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Education
3:14 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Lincoln University names new president

Kevin Rome
North Carolina Central University

An administrator at a college in North Carolina will become the new president of Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Lincoln University curators announced Friday that Kevin D. Rome will be the school's 19th president, beginning June 1.

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