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  Federal investigators are looking into questions about a northwest Missouri school district's finances.

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A Missouri House Democrat has introduced legislation that would repeal the state's ban on gay marriage.

Mike Colona, a House member from St. Louis who is gay, filed a proposed constitutional amendment this week that would go before voters in November. Colona was joined by 30 of his Democratic colleagues as co-sponsors.

For all intents and purposes, the 2014 election season looks to be a great, big bust.

Nobody should be surprised, as 2014 was always a way station to 2016. But hardly anybody expected that the only statewide race on the ballot would feature state Auditor Tom Schweich facing off against a Libertarian or Constitution Party candidate -- but not even a token Democrat. And some previously heated state Senate contests completely fizzled out.

Our Abbie Fentress Swanson (second from left) reported stories while hip-deep in water and on the road across the Midwest.
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When I was offered this job nearly two years ago, I jumped at the opportunity to move to Columbia, Mo., from Brooklyn, N.Y., to cover agriculture and food production in the Heartland.

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A proposed truce in the Kansas City business battle between Missouri and Kansas has gained another endorsement in Missouri.

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An Iowa company has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the release of thousands of gallons of gasoline-contaminated water into a sewer system in southwest Missouri.

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A federal judge has ruled that the city of Moberly, Mo., and its industrial development authority are not responsible for bonds involved in a failed artificial sweetener plant project.

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The number of missing or destroyed military records at a federal government warehouse in St. Louis is significantly larger than initially believed.

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Western Governors University-Missouri students are now eligible for the Access Missouri grant.

Only one Missourian has ever been President of the United States, and Harry Truman used to keep a sign on his desk that read “The buck stops here.” 

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Missouri revenues have grown by slightly less than 3 percent through the first half of the state's budget year.

Figures released Thursday by the state Office of Administration show Missouri's general revenues stood at nearly $3.9 billion at the end of December. That was up more than $100 million from the same period a year earlier — a growth rate of 2.8 percent.

Missouri's 2014 fiscal year began last July and ends this coming June 30.

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Missouri's unemployment rate declined in November while payrolls expanded by 15,000 jobs.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday the jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent in November from 6.5 percent in October.

The leading gainer was educational and health services, which added 5,200 jobs last month. The construction sector grew by 2,300 and professional and business services increased by 2,000 jobs. The information, leisure and hospitality sectors each declined by 200 jobs.

The past week has been a busy one for stories about national security and how the media have handled those stories.  A judge rules the National Security Agency's phone records collection program is probably unconstitutional.  Meanwhile, the plaintiff in that lawsuit gets into an on-air battle with a CNN anchor and analyst.  60 Minutes airs what many critics consider a puff piece on the NSA.  The AP and Washington Post publish a story connecting a missing American to a rogue CIA program in Iran.  And American leaker Edward Snowden gets the nod from many for "person of the year."

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Missouri's colleges and universities continue to educate an increasing number of international students.

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Current Missouri men’s basketball coach and former Miami coach Frank Haith has been suspended for the first five regular season games of the season as penalty for his actions in the two year long Nevin Shapiro scandal.

On Tuesday, the NCAA handed out sanctions for its case against the University of Miami that involved former boosters and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro.

Haith will miss games against Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 8), Southern Illinois (Nov. 12), Hawaii (Nov. 16), Gardner-Webb (Nov. 23) and IUPUI (Nov. 25).

Schaefer to run for Attorney General

Sep 18, 2013
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State Senator Kurt Schaefer has become the first big-name Republican to toss his hat in the ring for the 2016 Missouri Attorney General’s race. He is in his second and final term in the Missouri Senate.  

He made headlines earlier this year when he held hearings on the Department of Revenue’s practice of scanning the documents of driver’s license applicants, and its decision to release the names of Missouri’s concealed-carry weapons holders to a federal investigator.  

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Missouri tax revenues rose slightly last month, thanks to growth in income tax collections.

The state Office of Administration said Wednesday that net general revenues were up 2.2 percent in August compared to the same month last year.

That includes a 4.6 percent growth rate in individual income taxes and 10.2 percent growth in corporate income tax collections.

Sales tax collections, though, were down by 1.8 percent compared to August 2012.

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The Missouri Supreme Court's decision to move ahead with two executions this year is being questioned by some death penalty observers and opponents.

The state High Court on Wednesday set execution dates for condemned killers Allen Nicklasson and Joseph Franklin. Missouri plans to become the first-ever state to use the anesthetic propofol for lethal injection. Propofol was used in the death of pop star Michael Jackson.

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Casinos across Missouri are reporting decreased revenue this summer, continuing a trend seen at most of the state's 13 riverboat gambling sites last year.

Overall revenues for July were more than $9.5 million less than in July 2012, a 6.3 decline. That means nearly $2 million less for state education spending derived from a gambling tax compared with this time last year.

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Illinois’ new medicinal marijuana law won’t change how prosecutors or police enforce marijuana laws in Missouri. Eric Zahnd is the Platte County prosecuting attorney and the president of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. He says anyone caught in Missouri with marijuana can be prosecuted for possession.

“I do not believe having a prescription for marijuana in Illinois permits someone to possess marijuana in the state of Missouri, but many of those folks who may possess valid prescriptions in Illinois may not know that,” Zhand said.

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Missouri Highway Patrol Troop F spokesperson Sgt. Paul Reinsch says 18 people were injured in a bus that overturned near mile marker 170 in Montgomery County around 1:20pm Friday. 

Cerner, one of the largest employers in Kansas City, announced Thursday afternoon it intends to purchase about 237 acres at the site of the former Bannister Mall, which it hopes to use to build a new campus to house thousands of new employees.

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A study by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that Missouri is in the top ten states when it comes to using cost-benefit analysis of taxpayer money. 

Cost-benefit programs analyze the cost of public programs and the benefits they provide taxpayers.  In short, it’s the study of how much bang taxpayers are getting for their buck. And it can be a very effective tool when drafting new laws or policy.

National, state car seat recommendations differ

Jul 29, 2013
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Missouri law requires kids to be in rear-facing car seats at least until the age of one.  But the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children stay rear-facing until age two.   "Because pediatric patients, their neck muscles are not strong enough to withstand forces on an impact when they're forward facing until they're at least two-years-old," Lana Martin, a trauma nurse clinician at CoxHealth in Springfield, said. Under Missouri law, kids less than four-years-old or less than 40 pounds must be in an appropriate child safety seat.

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Drought remains a threat to Missouri, despite the wet spring and improved rainfall this summer.  

Right now, a large portion of northwest Missouri is experiencing moderate drought conditions, while the rest of the state is classified as either “abnormally dry” or normal.

“We are looking at abnormally wet conditions along the Mississippi River and points to the east, where things get progressively wetter across parts of south-central Illinois," said Mark Fuchs, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service office in St. Louis.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: 

  • MU Health Care named one of the "Most Wired" hospitals in the country 
  • Kirksville pays Environmental Protection Agency fine for not testing water
  • New licensing requirements for insurance counselors 

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