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Crime
8:56 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Mo. woman sentenced for $150K fraud

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A Joplin woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for embezzling $150,000 from her partner in an interior decorating business.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 39-year-old Peggy Newton must also repay the money under the sentence she received Thursday.

Newton was a partner of Diane Pine in a decorating business called Evergreen and Amber. Prosecutors said that from late 2006 to mid-2009, Newton wrote 393 checks on the company account for her personal use.

Transportation
8:50 am
Fri August 3, 2012

MoDOT posting fatality figures on message boards

Missouri drivers may notice some ominous messages along the state's roadsides.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it has begun using its electronic message signs along highways to report the number of people who have died on the state's roads so far this year. The messages also include the percentage of those killed who were not wearing seat belts.

The new safety campaign comes as Missouri has seen a 14 percent increase in traffic fatalities this year — an unwelcome reversal after six years of declining fatality figures.

Conservation
8:48 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Mo. agency to hold meetings on deer disease

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Officials have scheduled a series of open houses in north-central Missouri to discuss a disease that's fatal to deer.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold six public meetings this month in towns near areas where chronic wasting disease has been found. The events will include presentations on the disease and actions that have been taken to prevent its spread.

Business
8:45 am
Fri August 3, 2012

KCP&L plans new transmission line in NW Mo.

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A Kansas City company has announced plans for a $400 million high-power transmission line in northwest Missouri.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Kansas City Power and Light will partner with the Omaha Public Power District to build the 150- to 190-mile transmission line. The precise route hasn't been determined, but the line is intended to connect Sibley, Missouri with Nebraska City, Nebraska.

The company says planners will spend the next year identifying the possible routes. Officials hope to have the transmission line in service by June 2017.

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Business
8:54 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Mo. small businesses eligible for federal aid

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Missouri businesses directly harmed by the summer heat and drought can get low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Small nonfarm businesses, agricultural cooperatives and nonprofit organizations are eligible for up to $2 million for expenses caused by the drought. The deadline for loans is March and applications can be submitted online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

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Energy
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.

Politics
8:08 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Nixon appoints ex-lawmaker to Mo. veterans panel

Former Republican Missouri House Member Chuck Wooten
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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.

Education
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.

Business
9:16 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Columbia Airport adds flights to Atlanta

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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.

Politics
8:26 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Mo. GOP gubernatorial hopeful keeps self-financing

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

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

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Rivers
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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Goodwill
8:49 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Columbia woman getting back accidental donation

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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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Politics
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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