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8:10 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Report: US law could increase Mo. Medicaid costs

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A new report says Missouri's Medicaid costs could rise by 6.6 percent over 10 years if the state fully implements the federal health care law.

But the report also says almost half of that increase will occur even if Missouri does not expand Medicaid eligibility for adults.

The report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Urban Institute says Missouri can expect to spend an additional $1.2 billion from 2013 to 2022 as more people join the Medicaid rolls because of the federal health care law.

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Agriculture
3:30 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Army Corps seeks public input on Table Rock Lake

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans three meetings this week to hear the public's ideas for the future of Table Rock Lake.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:13 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Researcher tests heating system at Mo. turkey farm

A researcher is testing a geothermal heating system at a turkey farm in central Missouri that could help trim utility costs.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that an engineering professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia is trying out the system, which uses the soil to regulate the temperature of water flowing through buried pipes. The water then transfers the warmth from the ground into the barn.

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Politics
7:54 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Xmas trees head to Missouri Governor's Mansion

Missouri Governor's Mansion
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It's about to look a lot like Christmas at the Missouri Governor's Mansion.

The Christmas trees that will adorn the outside, the grand staircase, the parlor and library will arrive Monday. The outside tree is a natural growth, 25-foot Eastern Red Cedar.

Inside, an Eastern White Pine from Tannenbaum Tree Farm in Armstrong will be placed in the grand staircase. It will be decorated in classic gold and burgundy.

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Politics
7:48 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Lobbyists' freebies become harder to track in Mo.

Busch Stadium in St. Louis
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It's becoming harder to track how much money is being spent to catch the ear of Missouri lawmakers as they increasingly reimburse lobbyists for freebies.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that reimbursing lobbyists keeps lawmakers names off lobbyists' monthly expense reports.

The reimbursements become controversial when campaign funds are used to pay back lobbyists. That's because state law says campaign contributions "shall not be converted to any personal use."

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Science, Health and Technology
4:17 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

More than 200,000 deer killed during Missouri firearms season

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Missouri's Department of Conservation says hunters took nearly 205,000 deer during November's 11-day firearms season. That's the highest number in four years and 7.7 percent higher than last year.

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Agriculture
4:07 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Reports shows drought is getting worse

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A new report shows that the nation's worst drought in decades is getting worse again, ending an encouraging five-week run of improving conditions.

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Education
5:04 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

MU professor dies in car crash

MU professor Anthony Peccoux died Saturday in a highway car accident.
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A University of Missouri professor recently hired to help promote the state's wine industry died in a weekend car crash.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 32-year-old Anthony Peccoux died in a one-car crash Saturday night. He came to the university from France in March as an assistant professor in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

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Crime
2:08 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Missouri man arrested for planning copycat theater shooting

A southwest Missouri man is charged with planning to shoot up a movie theater screening of the final "Twilight" film.

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Business
8:06 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Missouri's two US Senators divided on 'fiscal cliff'

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With a looming so-called fiscal cliff and a split of control in Congress, President Barack Obama and federal legislators are under pressure to come to a quick solution. But Missouri’s senators have taken sides over a tax hike in the President’s plan.

When it comes to solving the fiscal cliff problem, the biggest disagreement between Republicans and Democrats in Congress deals with raising the tax rate on the wealthiest Americans. Missouri’s two senators have fallen in line with their parties and sit in opposite corners on the issue.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

McCaskill, Blunt take opposing stances on taxes

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Missouri's two U.S. senators are taking opposite positions on whether to raise taxes on the wealthy as part of a solution to the so-called fiscal cliff facing the economy.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said Wednesday that she supports President Barack Obama's insistence that top income-earners should face higher tax rates. But Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said he opposes increasing the tax rates for anyone.

The divide between Missouri's senators is emblematic of the stalemate in Washington.

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Education
7:38 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Foreign students at Mo. colleges top 16,000

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The number of international students enrolled at Missouri colleges and universities has topped 16,000.

An annual report by the Institution of International Education says Missouri's public and private higher education facilities had 16,061 international students during the 2011-2012 academic year. That was up 6.3 percent from the previous year.

The state Department of Higher Education says most foreign students pay full tuition at Missouri institutions. The report estimates that international students spent about $418 million in Missouri.

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Business
7:28 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Mo. minimum wage to rise to $7.35 an hour in 2013

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Missouri's minimum wage will rise by a dime to $7.35 an hour in 2013.

For the past several years, Missouri has followed the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. That's because the federal rate was equal to or greater than the state's minimum, which is adjusted annually based on the cost of living.

But inflation has now pushed Missouri's minimum wage above the federal standard. The new wage is posted on the website of the state labor department.

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Crime
4:28 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

St. Louis man convicted of 1983 rape and murder expecting prison release

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Attorneys for a St. Louis man whose 1983 rape and murder convictions were recently thrown out by a Missouri judge say they expect his release from prison on Wednesday.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Law upheld for St. Louis firefighters to live outside city limits

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The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a state law aimed at allowing veteran St. Louis firefighters to live outside the city limits.

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