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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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Business
5:51 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Mamtek CEO waives preliminary hearing

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The former CEO of a failed artificial sweetener facility in Moberly has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of theft and securities fraud.

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Politics
8:16 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Republicans seeking director, from inside or outside Missouri

Republican Chair Ed Martin is seeking applications - from everywhere.
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The chairman of the Missouri Republican Party says he's conducting a nationwide search for a new executive director.

Republican chairman Ed Martin said Wednesday that he's already received resumes from people in Virginia and New Mexico and is looking for whoever is best suited to serve as party CEO — even if that person is from outside Missouri.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Mo. lawmakers want to ban gun bans

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President Barack Obama's call for greater gun restrictions is being met with opposition in the Missouri Legislature.

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Politics
6:04 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Chairman of Mo. utility regulatory panel to resign

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Missouri's top utility regulator says he is stepping down effective March 1.  Kevin Gunn announced his resignation Wednesday during a meeting of the Missouri Public Service Commission.

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Business
8:01 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Nixon begins second term with auto-industry execs in Detroit

Gov. Jay Nixon plans to be one of about 770,000 people taking in the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this weekend. The AP reports Nixon's interest is in protecting state factories.
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to talk with representatives of General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. this week while also attending the North American International Auto Show.

The governor is starting his second term in office by traveling to Detroit to meet with the automobile manufacturers. The trip marks the fourth time Nixon has visited Detroit to meet with auto industry executives since he took office in January 2009.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

MO legislator calls for tax on violent video games

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A Republican lawmaker from rural Missouri is calling for a sales tax on violent video games in response to a deadly Connecticut school shooting.

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Politics
12:08 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Koster wants flag desecration law reinstated

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate Missouri's law prohibiting desecration of the American flag, a law struck down by a federal judge last year.

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Agriculture
8:16 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Women in ag are topic of new Missouri Extension course

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The University of Missouri Extension is offering a series of courses aimed at helping women in agriculture.

The courses are part of Annie's Project, a program that started in Illinois about nine years ago, and has since spread to other states. The program is named for an Illinois woman who ran a farm and raised six children in the 1950s.

Topics include farm record-keeping and taxes, business plans, how property is titled, pasture rental contracts and estate planning.

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Business
5:02 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Elks Lodge demolished by tornado reopens

The 2011 Joplin, Mo., tornado destroyed many buildings.
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Members of the Joplin Elks Lodge that was destroyed in the 2011 tornado are holding a grand reopening.

The Joplin Globe reports that the lodge is holding its grand reopening Saturday, nearly 20 months after the May 2011 tornado destroyed the lodge, scores of other Joplin buildings and killed 161 people, including four people who were at the lodge.

The Elks have been meeting in a large garage on the lodge property. But with the help of insurance and donations, members broke ground on the new $2.7 million lodge a year ago.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:57 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Ruling helps coal ash landfill move forward

A judge has ruled in favor of an effort to develop a new coal ash landfill in eastern Missouri's Franklin County.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the judge on Friday rejected claims that the Franklin County Commission acted unlawfully in approving a zoning amendment for the landfill.

Ameren Missouri wants to add to the coal ash landfill next to its Labadie power plant. The Labadie Environmental Organization opposes the landfill because of its proximity to the Missouri River floodplain and filed suit a little over a year ago to overturn the commission's decision.

Business
4:54 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Mo. auditor confirms insolvency of disability fund

There's not enough money in the state's Second Injury Fund to compensate for unpaid obligations.
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A report from the Missouri auditor confirms that a state fund for disabled workers is insolvent.

State Auditor Tom Schweich said Friday that Missouri's Second Injury Fund had barely $3 million as of the end of 2012 but had unpaid obligations of $28 million.

The fund covers workers' compensation claims for employees who have previous injuries or disabilities and then suffer a new job-related injury. Auditors and financial analysts have warned for several years that the fund was on a path toward insolvency. But lawmakers have done nothing to address it.

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Education
4:51 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Nixon calls for lengthening Mo. school year

Gov. Jay Nixon says more school days could help out the state's economic competitiveness.
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Governor Jay Nixon says lengthening the school days in Missouri from 174 to 180, brining Missouri in line with the national average, will better prepare our students for careers and college.

Speaking this morning at John Thomas School of Discovery, part of the Nixa school district in southwest Missouri, the governor says the amount of school days in the state rank fourth fewest in the U.S.

Nixon also called for opening the doors of higher education for every Missouri student and increased funding for preschool education programs.

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Politics
4:44 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Republican: Akin 'partly right' on rape comment

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A Republican congressman and OB-GYN says former Missouri Rep. Todd Akin was "partly right" when he said women's bodies can avoid pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape."

Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey made the comments Thursday to constituents, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.

But Gingrey sent out a statement Friday saying his position was misconstrued and that he neither defends nor stands by Akin's remark.

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