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3:58 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

FBI looking into school district stipends

Questions about the use of stipends for school administrators in St. Joseph, Mo. have caught the attention of the U.S. FBI.
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  Federal investigators are looking into questions about a northwest Missouri school district's finances.

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Faith/Religion
3:49 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Procession planned for Rolla soldier

A stone memorial stands at Fort Hood honoring the soldiers and civilians who died in the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting. The most recent attack on April 2 left three soldiers dead and 16 wounded.
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A 37-year-old soldier killed by a gunman in the recent shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, will be honored with a procession before being laid to rest.

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Politics
3:37 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Criminal code bill boosts penalty for child crimes

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  Legislation to reorganize Missouri's criminal laws also would give longer prison stints to people who sexually abuse or abandon children.

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Sports
4:47 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Ex-Mizzou player seeks protection from teammate

Zach Price
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A former Missouri basketball player is seeking a protection order against Zach Price, who remains suspended from the team after being arrested twice for allegedly assaulting his roommate and a woman.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Earnest Ross filed the petition in Boone County Circuit Court on April 2. Price was arrested twice the next day after reportedly first ramming his car into another vehicle and then in a later encounter with the pair. Police say he hit his male roommate in the face then pushed the woman to the ground.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

State lawmakers pass separate criminal code bills

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Missouri's House and Senate have each passed separate bills that would reorganize the state's criminal laws.

The House voted 130-24 to send its bill to the Senate on Thursday. Shortly after that vote, senators passed their own measure with a 29-3 vote.

Both bills create new classes of felonies and misdemeanors. The two chambers now must reconcile differences to pass an identical bill.

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Business
4:29 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Audit faults state program for contamination cleanup

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich.
Credit State of Missouri

A new audit raises concerns about a Missouri program that provides tax incentives for developers to clean up contaminated old business sites.

The report Thursday by State Auditor Tom Schweich  notes that Missouri authorized over $185 million of Brownfield Remediation Tax Credits for 115 projects from the 2003 to 2013 fiscal years. About four-fifths of those projects were in the St. Louis area.

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Politics
9:01 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Missouri Medicaid may restore adult dental care

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Missouri lawmakers appear likely to restore dental coverage for hundreds of thousands of adult Medicaid recipients, nearly a decade after it was eliminated.

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Politics
8:32 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Mo. House bill bans punishment for using toy guns

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Missouri students could use food, pencils or their hands to imitate a gun without penalty under legislation endorsed by the state House.

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Politics
8:26 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Mo. Senate panel considers gay discrimination bill

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
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Missouri lawmakers are hearing the pros and cons of whether it makes good business sense to grant discrimination protections based on sexual orientation.

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Politics
8:20 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Missouri House endorses 'right to work' bill

Missouri Capitol
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Missouri's House has narrowly endorsed legislation prohibiting labor contracts from requiring workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment.

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Politics
3:22 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Missouri Rep. Rory Ellinger dies at age 72

Missouri House member Rory Ellinger died April 9, 2014 at the age of 72 after a battle against liver cancer.
Credit Missouri House of Representatives

Missouri House member Rory Ellinger, of St. Louis County, has died after a battle against liver cancer.

Lawmakers announced Ellinger's death Wednesday in Jefferson City. He was 72.

The Democrat had announced last month that he would not seek re-election because of his health, and he had not been at the Capitol recently. Ellinger's failing health sparked quick action by lawmakers to pass his legislation that could allow nursing mothers to be excused from jury duty.

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Politics
8:48 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Missouri Senate endorses criminal code overhaul

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The Missouri Senate has given preliminary approval to legislation that would overhaul the state's criminal laws and create new punishment ranges for felonies and misdemeanors.

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Education
5:51 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Missouri indefinitely suspends WR Green-Beckham

Dorial Green-Beckham has been suspended from the Missouri football team.
Credit University of Missouri Football

Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Coach Gary Pinkel announced the suspension Monday, roughly three months after the standout receiver was arrested along with two men after police in his hometown of Springfield found a pound of marijuana in their car. No criminal charges have been filed in that case.

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Politics
7:57 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Medicaid change sought for disabled, elderly

Missouri Capitol
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Some Missouri Republicans have adamantly opposed expanding Medicaid to low-income adults by tapping into billions of federal dollars under President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Education
4:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Moberly college approves domestic partner benefits

Full-time employees of Moberly Area Community College will soon have benefits extended to their domestic partners.
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Moberly Area Community College will offer benefits for domestic partners of full-time college employees.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri House approves limit on union fee collections

The bill would require authorization from public employees before unions spend money taken from paychecks.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require public employees to give annual written authorization for unions to spend money automatically deducted from a person's paycheck.

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Politics
3:39 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri House approves bill to nullify federal gun laws

Missouri House members approved a bill allowing citizens to sue federal agents for enforcing gun laws the state considers to be infringement.
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Federal gun laws that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms would be deemed null and void under legislation passed by the Missouri House.

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Politics
3:31 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri House sets aside transportation tax increase

The Missouri House tabled a one-cent tax increase for transportation following discussion on funding for bicycle paths.
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A debate on state funding for bicycle paths caused legislation to impose a one-cent tax increase to be set aside in the Missouri House.

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Politics
3:23 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri Senate passes $600 million bonding plan

The bonding plan would finance millions of dollars in bonds for the improvement of state institutions and facilities for health and education.
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A potential $600 million bonding plan for state buildings has passed the Missouri Senate.

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Weather
2:21 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

As storms roll through Missouri, National Weather Service issues weather warnings [UPDATES]

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Update 4/4/14 8:13 a.m.: (AP) As a second wave of violent weather rolled through eastern Missouri, it brought scattered reports of tornado sightings. The public reported a tornado shortly after 7 last night near the town of Washington, Missouri, but Franklin County emergency management director Abraham Cook says there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. A tornado touched down briefly around 5:30 yesterday morning in the St. Louis suburb of University City.

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Crime
11:55 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri transfer Zach Price arrested, suspended from basketball team

Missouri Tigers forward Zach Price was arrested early Thursday morning.
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Missouri forward Zach Price has been indefinitely suspended from the team after being arrested on suspicion of assault.

Police Sgt. Joe Bernhard told The Columbia Daily Tribune the 20-year-old Price was arrested early Thursday after he punched a 23-year-old male roommate and a pushed a 23-year-old female to the ground during an argument.

He was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and third-degree domestic assault. Price posted bond and was released from jail.

Both victims suffered minor injuries.

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Politics
8:28 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Nixon heads to U City to sign breast-feeding bill

Rep. Rory Ellinger
Credit Missouri House of Representatives

An ailing state lawmaker who is leaving office as he battles liver cancer will see one of his legislative priorities signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jay Nixon in the legislator's hometown.

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Politics
8:22 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri bill aids absentee voting in emergencies

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Legislation under consideration in Missouri could give emergency workers summoned to duty near Election Day a greater chance of casting absentee ballots.

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Politics
8:17 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Mo. House panel endorses payday loan legislation

House floor at the Missouri Capitol
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A Missouri House panel has adopted a measure that would eliminate renewals on payday loans and lower the amount of interest borrowers can currently charge.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri revenue up about 2 percent over last year

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A new report shows Missouri revenues were up slightly as the state heads toward the last few months of its fiscal year.

State figures released Wednesday show the state's net general revenue increased 1.7 percent through March compared with the same point last year.

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the revenue numbers show Missouri is on pace to meet this year's budget projections set by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's administration. But she added that sales tax receipts are currently coming in below projections.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri bill seeks to lure high-stakes gamblers

A bill approved Wednesday, April 2 in Jefferson City would let Missouri casinos extend a line of credit to gamblers willing to put up at least $10,000. The bill still has to pass a House vote.
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High stakes gamblers could find Missouri more alluring if legislation passed by the Senate becomes law.

A bill approved Wednesday would let Missouri casinos extend a line of credit to gamblers willing to put up at least $10,000.

Supporters said the bill would free big bettors from having to carry large quantities of cash to casinos.

Casino officials also hope to attract more high rollers from other states, like professional athletes who may be traveling to Missouri to play in a game.

The Senate sent the bill to the House by a 24-9 vote.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Mo. Medicaid bill set aside after GOP disagreement

A bill that would revamp the mangement of Medicaid in Missouri was debated in Jefferson City on Wednesday, April 2.
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A bill revamping the management of Missouri's Medicaid program has been set aside after debate turned tense between two Republican senators.

Senators Ryan Silvey and John Lamping engaged in a sometimes pointed discussion Wednesday during which they questioned each other's conservative ideology and rhetoric.

Silvey wants to expand health care coverage to thousands of low-income adults by tapping into an influx of federal Medicaid dollars available under President Barack Obama's health care law. The Republican from Kansas City says it can be done without busting the budget.

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Politics
8:47 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri senator sets aside domestic violence bill

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
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A Democratic senator has set aside a bill guaranteeing time off work for domestic violence victims after Republicans removed a section they said could have led to lawsuits against businesses.

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Politics
8:40 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri Senate seeks tax break for exercise

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Missouri senators have endorsed legislation intended to restore a tax exemption for exercise.

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Politics
8:23 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri Senate endorses cellphone protections

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Missouri voters could get to decide whether to boost the constitutional protections available for their cellphones.

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