The Missouri state treasurer's office has returned nearly $20 million in unclaimed property in the first half of the fiscal year that began July 1.
Treasurer Clint Zweifel says in a release that his office has returned $19.5 million in 71,000 accounts. That's an increase of 11 percent increase over the first six months of the 2012 fiscal year. Last year, the office returned a total of about $39 million.
Zweifel says his office has returned $140 million to more than 450,000 account holders since January 2009.
An insurance company that nearly went under after the Joplin tornado is back in better financial condition.
Missouri's insurance department says a judge has granted its request to release Barton County Mutual Insurance Co. from department control. The company was placed in rehabilitation in December 2011 when it was on the brink of insolvency because of claims from the deadly tornado that hit Joplin earlier that year.
Barton Mutual had premiums of $32 million in 2011 but reported claims of $48 million related to the Joplin tornado.
Missouri's Conservation Department is lowering the water in two wetlands in the western part of the state to help plan for repairs.
The department says it's conducting aerial topographic surveys on the Upper Osage River flood plain, including wetlands on the Four Rivers and Schell Osage conservation areas south of Kansas City. The department says the surveys will help plan for upcoming wetlands renovations, which will include improvements to levees and other water-control structures.
When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
Gov. Jay Nixon has named two Democratic lawyers to the board that oversees the four-campus University of Missouri system.
The appointments of John Phillips and Michael Ponder to the University of Missouri Board of Curators were announced Friday. They would serve until 2019 if the appointments are confirmed by the state Senate.