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Arts and Culture
6:12 am
Thu November 7, 2013

It's that time of year to look out for deer on the road

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November is deer-mating season, and as the deer mate -- drivers are at a higher risk of hitting them. 

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Labor Day Weekend
5:13 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Holiday weekend causes increased traffic throughout Missouri

Missouri recorded an increase in highway and waterway traffic and fatalities over Labor Day weekend. There were seven fatalities in car accidents in Missouri over the holiday weekend from a total of 248 traffic crashes.

Although the number of deaths matched the number from last year’s holiday, it was still an increase over a typical weekend. State Highway Patrol officers said that most accidents occurred on state highways, which saw the biggest increase in traffic due to the holiday. There were many factors that caused heavy traffic and accidents over the weekend.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

New Mo. law to limit patrol vehicle purchases

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State lawmakers have curtailed the spending authority of the Missouri State Highway Patrol because of frustration over the purchase of a new airplane frequently used by the governor.

A new law that will take effect Aug. 28 will require the patrol to get legislative approval before spending more than $100,000 from a special state fund on any vehicle.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon announced this past week that he will allow the measure passed by the Republican-led Legislature to take effect without his signature.

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Politics
7:27 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Lawmakers limit State Highway Patrol's spending power

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State lawmakers have limited the spending authority of the Missouri State Highway Patrol over frustration concerning the purchase of a new airplane frequently used by the governor.

A new law taking effect Aug. 28 will require the patrol to get legislative approval before spending more than $100,000 from a special state fund on any vehicle.

The new restrictions come after lawmakers complained that they were not told in advance about the patrol's purchase last December of a new $5.6 million airplane. Records show that Nixon has flown on the plane frequently.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Audit questions Missouri State Highway Patrol's purchase of new airplane

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich
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The Missouri State Highway Patrol is getting mixed reviews in an audit released Tuesday.  The law enforcement agency is being criticized for spending 5-point-6 million dollars on a new airplane.

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Education
8:57 am
Wed June 12, 2013

How safe are Columbia's school buses?

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In a new annual report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Columbia Public School District’s bus fleet comes in just below the state average on school bus maintenance standards. The report looks for defects in school buses and deems them approved, defective, or out-of-service. Columbia Public School district had 23 buses ruled defective and four put out of service, meaning that 85 percent of the district’s 188 buses were approved as up to standard. The state average for approved buses is 89 percent.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. bill would limit Highway Patrol purchases

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol would need to ask lawmakers for permission to purchase vehicles that cost more than $100,000 under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
8:10 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Luetkemeyer: Feds assure Mo. gun info wasn't used

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Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer says he was assured by a top federal official that an electronic list of people with Missouri concealed gun permits never was used by any federal agency.

Luetkemeyer says he spoke with Patrick O'Carroll, the inspector general of the U.S. Social Security Administration. He says O'Carroll confirmed that a Missouri-based investigator recently asked for and received a list of more than 160,000 concealed gun permit holders from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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Intersection
6:30 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Solving crimes in the real world

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Politics
8:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court to hear 2 prominent court cases

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The state Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments this week in cases involving school transfers and survivor's benefits for the gay partner of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.

Both cases are to be argued before the high court Wednesday.

Cpl. Dennis Engelhard was killed in 2009 while investigating a Christmas Day accident on Interstate 44 southwest of St. Louis. His partner sued for survivor's benefits, but their 15-year relationship is not recognized by the state.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Gov. Nixon defends purchase of new airplane

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is defending the purchase of a new state airplane that can be used by the governor, other state officials and law enforcement officers.

Nixon says the $5.6 million airplane bought by the Missouri State Highway Patrol was a good long-term investment for law enforcement and safety.

The Democratic governor already has flown on the new King Air 250.

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Politics
8:20 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Instructor acuses Missouri State Highway Patrol of underpaying senior officers

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An instructor with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s training academy has filed a lawsuit accusing the law enforcement agency of violating its pay plan.

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Politics
12:28 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Mo. drunk driving case headed to U.S. Supreme Court

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A Cape Girardeau drunk driving case is going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court will decide if police can give a blood test without a warrant.

After Tyler McNeely failed a field sobriety check and refused the breath test, a Missouri State Highway Patrol Officer took him to hospital where he had a blood test.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri represents McNeely. Legal director Tony Rothert says the officer infringed upon McNeely’s fourth amendment protection from unreasonable search by drawing his blood without a warrant.

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Arts and Culture
8:50 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Three hospitalized after Missouri State Fair accident

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Three people are hospitalized and two others have suffered minor injuries after an accident during a charity race at the Missouri State Fair.

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