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5:34 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Nixon taps 2 lawyers for Mo. university board

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
Jay Buffington Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Jay Nixon has named two Democratic lawyers to the board that oversees the four-campus University of Missouri system.

The appointments of John Phillips and Michael Ponder to the University of Missouri Board of Curators were announced Friday. They would serve until 2019 if the appointments are confirmed by the state Senate.

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Politics
8:30 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Nixon urges renewal of some Sunshine Law exemptions

Gov. Jay Nixon has scheduled a news conference for today, looking at renewing some Sunshine Law exemptions.
Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon is urging renewal of exemptions from Missouri's open records law for security systems of government buildings and policies for responding to terrorism.

The exemptions protecting such information from disclosure expired at the end of 2012.

Nixon has scheduled news conferences on the topic today at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Missouri State Highway Patrol General Headquarters in Jefferson City. Law enforcement and public school district officials are scheduled to take part.

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Business
4:15 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Releases into the Missouri River will be decreased

Missouri River
Credit KBIA

The amount of water released into the lower Missouri River will be decreased this month because warmer weather has reduced ice concerns.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday it will gradually reduce the amount of water it releases out of Gavins Point dam on the South Dakota-Nebraska border to 14,000 cubic feet per second.

That's a decrease of 4,000 cubic feet per second from the releases being made over the past two weeks.

The change is not expected to make much difference in water levels downstream in the Missouri or Mississippi rivers.

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Weather
4:02 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Holiday storms have limited impact on US drought

Rain and snow in the past few weeks hasn't alleviated the drought very much.
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Holiday storms that pounded much of the nation with snow and rain did little to ease the overall grip of the worst U.S. drought in decades.

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that about 61 percent of the continental U.S. remained in some form of drought as of Tuesday, down less than a percentage point from the previous week. That number has been above 60 percent largely since July.

More than 21 percent of the lower 48 states are in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories. That's down slightly from the previous week.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court considers discipline for judge

The Missouri Supreme Court is considering discipline for a judge accused of misconduct.

The judicial disciplinary commission has recommended removing St. Louis Associate Circuit Judge Barbara Peebles. It says Peebles was tardy and did not sufficiently supervise her clerk. The commission also says Peebles left for a vacation without making proper arrangements and removed a court document.

Missouri's high court heard arguments Thursday. Peebles has been a judge since 2000 and was defended by former Supreme Court Judge Ronnie White.

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Politics
5:20 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Senate confirms new U.S. Attorney for Missouri Western District

Angela Tammy Dickinson
Jackson County COMBAT

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the appointment of a veteran Jackson County prosecutor as the new U.S. attorney for the 66-county western district of Missouri.

President Barack Obama nominated Angela Tammy Dickinson for the post in July. The nomination was one of dozens confirmed by the Senate on New Year's Day.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:04 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

New driver's licenses in Missouri

Missouri Department of Revenue

Missouri drivers will see changes in their driver's licenses beginning this year.

The Department of Revenue says new licenses will have security features such as special printing, laser perforations and bar codes. The state says the changes are designed to protect the owner's identity and fight fraud.

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Business
9:50 am
Wed January 2, 2013

2012 brings profit for Jefferson City's historic prison tours

Credit Samantha Sunne / KBIA

Tours of the old Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City are becoming profitable – according to a report from the Jefferson City News Tribune.

The newspaper reports visits to the former prison generated more than $275,000 dollars in revenue during the year 2012. That's nearly $35,000 more than the cost of operating the tours.

Jefferson City’s Convention and Visitors Bureau says more than 19,000 people toured the old prison during the past year. Ticket sales accounted for most of the revenue.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:14 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Rethinking ants: New Rolla research creates model to predict colony growth and survival

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New research out of Rolla finds that larger ant colonies have an edge over smaller ones.

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Business
3:40 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Record venison donations to food program

A statewide effort to share extra venison taken by deer hunters is bringing in record donations.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the program, called Missouri's Share the Harvest, is on track to distribute 400,000 pounds of donated meat.

The program allows deer hunters to donate the venison when they take deer to food processors. The venison is distributed through regional and local food pantries.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Legislator pushes to limit drone use

Credit File / KBIA

A northwestern Missouri lawmaker is seeking to limit the use of drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles.

The legislation would require law enforcement officers get a warrant before using a drone in Missouri. It also would prohibit the use of drones by people, organizations or government agencies for the surveillance of farms. Republican Rep. Casey Guernsey of Bethany is proposing the measure.

Guernsey says he does not want state government to monitor residents more than it currently does.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Sen McCaskill calls for closure in levee gap

Sen. McCaskill has teamed up with two Republicans to push for the closure of a levee gap.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is joining two Republican colleagues in calling for federal agencies to move ahead with plans to close a 1,500-foot gap in a southeast Missouri levee, a project long delayed over environmental concerns.

McCaskill sent a letter in mid-December to the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, calling uncertainty and delays in the project "unacceptable."

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Politics
5:21 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Gov. Nixon aims to improve government efficiency

Gov. Nixon has a lot of plans for his next term.
Credit KBIA File Photo

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he wants to improve government efficiency and pursue efforts dealing with education, economic development and Medicaid.

Nixon said Friday he would like to consolidate regulatory commissions within the Department of Natural Resources and says there should be discussion about lengthening Missouri's school year. He also wants to increase exports and promote tourism, and he called for comprehensive campaign finance and ethics legislation.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Republicans to tackle workers' compensation

The Missouri House approved legislation changing the way school districts handle teacher layoffs.
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Republicans who control the Missouri Legislature plan to make another attempt at revising the state's workers' compensation laws.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Alan Freeman appointed new Mo. Social Services Director

Alan Freeman
St. Louis Integrated Health Network

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a veteran executive of health care systems as director of the Department of Social Services. Alan Freeman is president and CEO of Grace Hill Health Centers, which operates five health care centers and a community health program in St. Louis.

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