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8:27 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Ameren energy efficiency plan approved by PSC

Ameren Missouri logo
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Missouri utility regulators have given approval for what Ameren Missouri calls the most aggressive energy efficiency plan ever in the state.

Under the plan approved Wednesday by the Missouri Public Service Commission, Ameren will invest $147 million over three years in several programs that seek to reduce electricity use by 800 million megawatt-hours.

The plan was part of a negotiated settlement among Ameren, PSC staff, consumer advocates and environmental groups.

8:08 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Nixon appoints ex-lawmaker to Mo. veterans panel

Former Republican Missouri House Member Chuck Wooten

Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a former Republican state lawmaker to the Missouri Veterans' Commission.

Chuck Wooten is a World War II veteran from Nixa who served five terms in the Missouri House.

The commission provides information to veterans and their families about their rights and helps them obtain state and federal benefits. It also oversees skilled nursing facilities for veterans and veteran cemeteries.

Nixon announced Wooten's appointment Wednesday. If confirmed by the state Senate, he would serve until November 2015.

8:04 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Nixon announcing 'Innovation Campus' grants

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon
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Missouri officials are preparing to award nine grants worth nearly $9 million to create so-called "Innovation Campuses" involving colleges and universities.

The program pairs universities and colleges with businesses to train students for jobs in high-demand fields. It's partly aimed at helping students earn their degrees faster and graduate with less debt.

Gov. Jay Nixon planned to discuss the grants Wednesday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri State University in Springfield and Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.

9:16 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Columbia Airport adds flights to Atlanta KBIA

Beginning in September, most flights from Columbia Regional Airport will fly to Atlanta, rather than Memphis.

Currently, Delta Air Lines offers one daily flight to Atlanta and the rest of the flights go to Memphis.

Delta said Monday that starting Sept. 5, the morning flight Sunday through Friday will go to Memphis, while the midday and evening flights will go to Atlanta. On Saturdays, the morning and afternoon flights will go to Atlanta.

8:26 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Mo. GOP gubernatorial hopeful keeps self-financing

Republican businessman Dave Spence has kicked in more money in his quest to become Missouri governor.

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8:24 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Energy group spends $250K in 3 Mo. Senate races

The Missouri state Capitol
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An independent political committee focused on energy issues says it spent more than $250,000 in July to influence three primary elections for Missouri Senate.

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4:26 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

One race gets ugly, another gets cuddly, in Missouri primary contest

A still from Sarah Steelman's new ad

The leading Republican candidates for Missouri lieutenant governor seem to have adopted a personal tone in their contest.

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8:53 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Mo. River gets boost from northern reservoirs

The Missouri River near Rocheport, Mo.
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The same reservoirs in northern states that were blamed for last year's flooding on the Missouri River are now giving the river a boost during a severe drought.

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8:49 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Columbia woman getting back accidental donation

A Columbia woman is getting back $1,300 she accidentally left among items she donated to a Goodwill store last year.

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8:44 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Springfield marijuana petition short on signatures

Marijuana Plant
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Supporters of a petition to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in Springfield are running out of time to collect enough signatures to get the issue on the November ballot.

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8:31 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Mo. county denied compensation for flood damage

The Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway after it was flooded.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A southeast Missouri county has been told it won't be getting any money for damage caused by the activation of the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway last year.

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8:25 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Mo. narcotics unit featured in new reality show


Narcotics investigators in Franklin County, Mo., may soon have their own TV show.

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8:20 am
Mon July 30, 2012

KC man dominates world of dominoes competition

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A Kansas City man who is the top dominoes player in the world says the game teaches life lessons that are important for young people to learn.

Jerome Wooten recently won his fourth world championship in dominoes in the last five years. Other players tell The Kansas City Star that Wooten's reputation makes him feared throughout the dominoes world.

8:06 am
Mon July 30, 2012

US rep. proposes bill after Lake of Ozarks issue

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
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Republican Missouri U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler wants to reduce federal regulators' authority over hydroelectric projects.

Hartzler's district includes part of the Lake of the Ozarks that has been embroiled in controversy during the past year over land near the lake. Land included within the boundary of the hydroelectric project falls under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authority, while other property does not.

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5:19 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Mo. Attorney General investigates price gouging among well drillers

the Missouri Attorney General's Office

The Missouri attorney general's office is investigating reports that water well drillers may have been taking advantage of landowners hit hard by drought.

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