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4:47 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Appeal looks unlikely in health care ballot wording case

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster apparently has decided not to appeal a judge's decision rewriting the summary that voters will see for a ballot measure on health insurance exchanges.

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Politics
8:13 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Mo. governor revives tax credit review panel

Gov. Jay Nixon is reviving a commission that recommended widespread changes to Missouri's tax credit programs.

Nixon says the growing cost of state tax credits is reason to reconvene the Missouri Tax Credit Review Commission on Sept. 12.

The panel released a report in late 2010 recommending that Missouri eliminate some of its 61 tax credit programs and reduce or change others.

But lawmakers have done little because of a disagreement among those who want to pare back Missouri's tax breaks and others who want to create new incentives for businesses.

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Politics
8:10 am
Thu August 30, 2012

40,000 sign Planned Parenthood petition on Akin

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Supporters of Planned Parenthood have delivered petitions with 40,000 signatures to the office Republican Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, expressing anger and outrage over comments he made about rape.

About a dozen advocates and supporters of Planned Parenthood gathered at Akin's district congressional office in suburban St. Louis on Wednesday to deliver the petitions. Akin aide Steve Taylor collected them and invited five of the protesters in for a face-to-face meeting.

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Weather
8:05 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Missouri prepares for storm remnants

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The path of Tropical Storm Isaac northward from the Gulf Coast is still uncertain, but Missouri officials are urging people to prepare for possible heavy rain and power outages.  The powerful storm lost some of its strength yesterday afternoon and has been downgraded to a tropical storm.  

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Weather
8:21 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Hurricane Isaac could create mid-Mo. problems

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The Midwest may get a break from the drought when remnants of Hurricane Isaac arrive late this week, but the torrent of rain could create problems.

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Politics
8:10 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Judge revises wording for Mo. health care measure

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The language used in a ballot initiative approved by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has been tossed out by a Cole County judge. 

Proposition-E centers on the conditions for creating a health care exchange in Missouri. It read in part if the law should, quote, “deny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care.”  Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder called the language used by the Democratic Secretary of State unbelievably biased.

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Politics
6:33 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Lawsuit challenges Mo. on cellphone tracking

A federal lawsuit is seeking to strike down a new Missouri law making it easier for police to track people's cellphone signals during emergencies.

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Education
1:08 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

University of Missouri Press will remain open

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Updated 8/29/12 3:00 p.m.

The University of Missouri says it will keep its academic publishing business open and drop plans for a new reimagined publishing operation.

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Politics
8:19 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Springfield council tables ordinance changes

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The Springfield City Council voted to table a proposal to expand the city's nondiscrimination ordinance.

The city is considering prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The council was considering Monday night whether to vote on the issue or put it to a public vote.

Instead, the council voted 7-2 to postpone action on the ordinance.

The city will instead appoint a task force to work toward a compromise on an issue that has created passionate debate for weeks.

Business
8:15 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Southwest Airlines announces Branson flights

A Southwest Airlines plane at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), Manchester, NH.
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Southwest has announced that it’s taking over the Branson operations of its AirTran subsidiary in March next year.

KYTV reports that Southwest will drop daily nonstop service between Branson and Baltimore while adding one direct daily flight to Love Field in Dallas. Nonstop daily service to Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby will continue, and a Saturday-only direct flight between Branson and Orlando is being added.

Agriculture
8:06 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Mo. drought relief program totals $29M for farmers

A Missouri program to improve the water supplies of drought-stricken farmers could end up costing nearly 15 times the original estimate.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced a $2 million program a month ago in which the state would cover 90 percent of the cost for farmers to drill or deepen wells or expand their irrigation systems. But demand far exceeded expectations, and the governor expanded the program.

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Politics
8:03 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Judge hears lawsuit over Mo. health care measure

Sara Westermark FLICKR

A Missouri judge is preparing to weigh arguments on the wording of a health care proposal on the state's November ballot.

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers claim in a lawsuit that the ballot language written by Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is misleading.

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Education
8:12 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Missouri State gets $2.5M federal grant

Missouri State University has been awarded a $2.5 million federal grant aimed at providing graduate courses for mid-career students at the Department of Defense.

The grant goes to the university's Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, which is located in Washington. The department will work with the National Defense University to provide graduate courses for up to 48 mid-career students with the Department of Defense.

Science, Health and Technology
8:05 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Mo. agency suspends permits for deer facilities

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The Missouri Conservation Commission has stopped issuing permits for new big-game hunting and breeding facilities that hold white-tailed or mule deer.

Officials say the goal is to help protect deer from fatal chronic wasting disease, a contagious illness that attacks the nervous system.

Faith/Religion
7:32 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Hundreds turn out for Joplin mosque rally

Jennifer Davidson KSMU

Hundreds of people turned out for a rally aimed at showing solidarity with area Muslims whose mosque was destroyed in a suspicious fire.

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