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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.
Credit Courtesy of Boone County Sheriff's Department.

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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Politics
9:15 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Gov. Nixon criticizes $620M Missouri tax cut plan

Jay Nixon
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A new estimate puts the eventual cost of a Missouri tax cut proposal at more than $620 million annually.

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Politics
8:52 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kinkade named Missouri social services director

A longtime employee of the Missouri Department of Social Services has been appointed as its new director.

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Politics
8:46 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri bill proposes tax credits for vacancies

Missouri Capitol
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A legislative proposal could cause some Missouri residents to think twice: Would they rather have a representative at the state Capitol or a tax refund?

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Politics
8:31 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Mo. House passes drivers' license renewal change

Credit Missouri Department of Revenue

Missouri drivers would not need to show birth certificates or other source documents when renewing their licenses under legislation passed by the state House.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

House Republicans vote against veto of income tax cut legislation

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Missouri House Republicans were told they could face primary opposition this year if they voted to sustain Governor Jay Nixon's veto of income tax cut legislation.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Federal Health Insurance enrollment deadline approaching

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Last-minute enrollment efforts across Missouri are expected to boost the number of consumers gaining coverage through the new federal health insurance law, but organizers say the deadline push won't hit anticipated enrollment targets.

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Politics
8:30 am
Mon March 31, 2014

New estimate puts Missouri tax cut bill at $620M

Missouri Senate floor
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A new estimate puts the eventual cost of a Missouri Senate income tax cut plan at more than $620 million annually.

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Politics
8:27 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Mo. Senate could resume debate on criminal code

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Missouri Senate leaders say the chamber could continue debate this week on a proposed overhaul of the state's criminal laws despite Gov. Jay Nixon's reservations.

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Education
8:25 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Troubled school district faces uncertain future

While other school districts are hiring new teachers and preparing for next fall, the uncertainty over the future of the Normandy district in St. Louis County has left the superintendent unsure how to move forward.

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Politics
8:23 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Property tax relief fades at Mo. Capitol

Missouri Capitol
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Some lawmakers want to revive a Missouri program that funded property tax rebates for senior and disabled homeowners hit by rapidly rising property taxes.

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Politics
8:13 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Lawmakers consider funding boost for Missouri 911

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Missouri lawmakers are seeking to allow new charges on cellphones and wireless devices to help improve the state's 911 system.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Rep. wants Missourians to vote on repeal of gay marriage ban

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A Missouri House Democrat has introduced legislation that would repeal the state's ban on gay marriage.

Mike Colona, a House member from St. Louis who is gay, filed a proposed constitutional amendment this week that would go before voters in November. Colona was joined by 30 of his Democratic colleagues as co-sponsors.

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Weather
2:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

No reports of injuries during Thursday's severe weather

Officials are assessing damage from heavy storms that hit northern Missouri, damaging homes and utility poles.

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