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Missouri cellphone users can now register their numbers on the state’s no-call list under a bill signed by Governor Jay Nixon Thursday.

The law prohibits telemarketers from calling or texting those who sign up and gives the attorney general’s office the power to punish violators.  

Attorney General Chris Koster says the law expands Missouri’s no-call list enacted 12 years ago for land lines.   

“12 years ago the no-call list saved the dinner hour in this state," Koster said. "Today’s action extends that protection to a new technological era.”

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A Missouri marijuana advocacy group is protesting the citation of two petitioners in St. Charles over the weekend.

By Joseph Leahy, KWMU.

Two volunteers for Show-Me Cannabis Regulation say they were detained by police shortly after midnight while collecting signatures.

“I think they legitimately thought that that counted as soliciting," said John Payne, a spokesman for the group. "But gathering signatures for a petition is very much protected by the First Amendment. That is pure political expression in a purely public area.”

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Pope Benedict XVI is elevating St. Louis native Timothy Dolan to Cardinal.

By Joseph Leahy (St. Louis, Mo.)

Dolan grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Ballwin and attended high school at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South. In the early '90s Dolan became vice rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. He says his new post makes sense given his roots. 

Newscast for January 5, 2011

Jan 5, 2012
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Regional news from the KBIA newsroom:

  • Schools front and center for state legislature
  • Missouri's higher education commissioner wants to tie state funding to performance
  • Tom Schlafly sells off most of his beer company
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Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Blunt says Congress has reached a "generational moment"
  • Task force recommends changes to Missouri's parole policies

The University of Missouri has chosen its next president and expects to announce its decision next week.