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2:43 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Missouri lawmaker wants to allow recording in MU's classrooms

A digital tape recorder
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A St. Louis-area lawmaker wants to reverse a new University of Missouri policy that limits how students can redistribute recorded classroom lectures.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a bill filed by Republican Representative Paul Curtman of Pacific would allow public college students to freely share audio and video recordings of lectures.

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Politics
2:18 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Nixon slashes higher education budget but doesn't want tuition raised

Governor Jay Nixon
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The governor wants to cut the state’s Higher Education budget by nearly 106 million dollars, or 12.5%.

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Arts and Culture
1:52 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Bonnie and Clyde's arsenal goes up for auction

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, sometime between 1932 and 1934, when their exploits in Arkansas included murder, robbery, and kidnapping.
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Two guns thought to have been used by bank-robbing fugitives Bonnie and Clyde have snatched $210,000 at an auction in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Education and Politics
4:50 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Nixon wants colleges to keep tuition hikes minimal amid cuts

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is urging college administrators to think twice before proposing large tuition increases in response to state budget cuts.

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Politics
10:40 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Insider testifies on Mamtek, cites concerns before the deal was closed

Governor Jay Nixon announcing the Mamtek plas in 2012
Rebecca Wolfson KBIA

A patent attorney who vouched for a Chinese artificial sweetener factory has testified that he became aware of concerns about the Chinese site before a deal closed to finance the construction of a similar plant in Moberly.

Los Angeles attorney Michael Wise testified yesterday by video conference after being subpoenaed by a special Missouri House committee investigating the failure of Mamtek U.S. Incorporated, which had been offered state and local incentives to open a factory in Moberly.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Democrat Baker enters race for Mo lieutenant governor

Judy Baker
Photo courtsey of Facebook

Former Missouri House member Judy Baker has entered the Democratic race for lieutenant governor.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

MO chief justice wants to shrink prison population

Chief Justice Richard Teitelman
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One day after Governor Jay Nixon made his State of the State Address, the annual State of the Judiciary Address was delivered to Missouri lawmakers Wednesday.

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Education
1:59 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Proposal seeks to ban Mo. teacher tenure

Håkan Dahlström Flickr

A proposed state constitutional amendment would bar tenure for Missouri's school teachers.

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Business
12:11 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

St. Louis businesses look for opportunity in Indonesia

The night skyline in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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Government, business and university officials from the St. Louis area are in Indonesia this week pursuing trade opportunities and stronger educational ties.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the delegation arrived over the weekend in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta.

The trade mission was organized by the World Trade Center St. Louis and Kit Bond Strategies, a consulting business created by Bond after he retired last year following four terms in the U.S. Senate.

Executives of Boeing Co. and five other businesses are along on the week long visit.

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Politics
11:26 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Missouri Rep. Wallingford to run for state Senate

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Missouri Representative Wayne Wallingford has announced his candidacy for the Missouri Senate.

Wallingford announced his decision to represent the revised 3rd Senate District on Monday. The Southeast Missouri reports that about 60 people attended the announcement. The vacant seat covers Cape Girardeau, Perry, St. Francois and Ste. Genevieve counties.

Politics
11:18 am
Tue January 17, 2012

State Senate proposes constitutional amendment to grow conservation commission

Missouri senators are proposing a state constitutional amendment that would double the size of the Conservation Commission and make it geographically diverse.

The commission oversees the Department of Conservation which is currently made up of four members, with no more than two from the same political party. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

The proposed change in the state Constitution would expand the commission to eight members and require that they be from different areas of Missouri.

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Business
2:55 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Joplin reports damage costs being paid on schedule

Matt Evans KBIA

A new report says the city of Joplin might not end up with any debt related to the May 22 tornado.

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Environment
2:35 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

With deer hunting totals below 10-year average, MDC points to decline in deer population

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Missouri's Conservation Department says hunters killed nearly 239,000 deer during the 2011-12 firearms hunting season.

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Politics
9:26 am
Mon January 16, 2012

State senator wants new judicial panel election process

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Some Missouri lawmakers are making a renewed push to change the way appellate judges are selected.

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Politics
9:19 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Legislation aims to make grants, state cuts transparent

Missouri senators are pushing legislation that could make more information available to the public about federal grants and state budget cuts.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:00 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Western Mo. meat company expands recall

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A western Missouri meat company has expanded its recall to include 137 pounds of cooked head sausage.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Sen. Blunt has coronary stent implanted

File photo KBIA

 Blunt's office said Friday that the 62-year-old Republican senator underwent "a routine and successful" outpatient medical procedure Thursday at George Washington University Hospital.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Nixon's campaign account has $5 million for re-election bid

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has more than $5 million in his campaign account as he heads into the 2012 elections.

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Politics
11:11 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Legislature will consider loan interest cap

A payday loan shop window.
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A Missouri House member is proposing legislation that would ask voters to approve tougher regulation of certain installment loans.

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Flood victim found
9:23 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Trooper's body found in NW Missouri

Fred Guthrie, Jr.
Photo courtesy Missouri Highway Patrol

The body of a Missouri highway patrolman who disappeared while watching over flooded areas last summer was found Thursday not far from the original search area, authorities said.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Mo. House panel endorses spending limit proposal

Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee has passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would place caps on all state spending. 

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Bustamante Case
4:14 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Family of Elizabeth Olten disappointed by plea deal

Joe Gratz Flickr

Relatives of a slain 9-year-old Missouri girl are disappointed by a plea agreement that could allow her confessed killer to be released from prison someday.

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Middle East
4:42 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

Saudi Arabia Enforces Gender Law In Lingerie Shops

Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 8:17 pm

Saudi Arabia said Monday that it will enforce a law that allows only females to work in women's lingerie and apparel stores, despite disapproval from the country's top cleric.

The 2006 law banning men from working in female apparel and cosmetic stores has never been put into effect, partly because of the views of hard-liners in the religious establishment, who oppose the whole idea of women working in places where men and women congregate, such as malls.

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Economy
2:35 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

Brazil Sets Trade Records, Due To Chinese Demand

Brazil had record trade figures in 2011, logging $256 billion in exports and maintaining a $29.7 billion surplus on the back of high commodity prices and strong Chinese demand, officials said Monday.

Exports to China hit $44.3 billion, an increase of more than 43 percent over 2010. In 2009 China surpassed the U.S. as Brazil's biggest trading partner.

"It was an exceptional year for Brazilian foreign trade," said Alessandro Teixeira, deputy trade minister, who said China represented 17 percent of Brazil's exports.

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Economy
1:51 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

U.S. Auto Sales Seen Continuing To Rebound In 2012

After hitting a 30-year low in 2009, U.S. auto sales are poised for a second straight year of growth in 2012 — the result of easier credit, low interest rates and pent-up demand for cars and trucks created by the Great Recession.

The sales forecast bodes well for the industry's continued recovery and for the broader American economy.

Just two years ago, Detroit automakers were in peril. Car sales plunged as unemployment soared, and loans became harder to get. Chrysler and General Motors filed for bankruptcy protection. Ford avoided bankruptcy only by borrowing billions.

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World
6:26 am
Mon January 2, 2012

Iran's Navy Tests Surface-To-Surface Missile

Iran's navy said it test-fired a surface-to-surface cruise missile on Monday during a drill in international waters near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The missile, called Ghader, or Capable in Farsi, was described as an upgraded version of a missile that has been in service before. IRNA said the missile "successfully hit its intended target" during the drill.

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Politics
2:32 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Governor Nixon selects new economic development director

Hall replaces David Kerr as economic development director.
(Photo courtesy of the University of MIssouri - St. Louis)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has selected the leader of a state-funded technology agency to become his third economic development director (AP).

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