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4:18 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Mo. lawmakers to consider potential school transfer flood with legislation

(via Flickr/Lauren Manning)

Missouri lawmakers will again push legislation aimed at preventing an exodus of Kansas City and St. Louis students from their failing schools and overwhelming neighboring districts.

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled last year that students living in unaccredited districts are owed free transfers and that accredited schools must take the students. The courts continue to work out the details.

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Claire McCaskill / Afghanistan
2:03 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

McCaskill: Move funds from Afghanistan to US roads

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. in July 2011.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. has proposed shifting money from development in Afghanistan to roads and bridges in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Defense pays for projects through the Commanders' Emergency Response Program and the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund.

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Ameren / Coal Ash
12:13 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Inspections: Some Mo. coal ash ponds rated 'poor'

Seven of Ameren Missouri's ash ponds have been rated 'poor' by the Environmental Protection Agency. Ameren’s power plant near Labadie, Mo. (pictured) has been at the center of a recent debate about a proposed coal ash landfill near the plant.
(VĂ©ronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

Seven of Ameren Missouri's 12 coal ash ponds inspected for structural integrity by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been rated "poor."

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Peter Kinder / Election 2012
1:49 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Kinder will not run for Mo. Gov, to seek re-election instead

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(Official Photo via Office of the Lt. Governor)

Updated at 5:35 p.m. via the Associated Press, and at 5:42 with a quote from Brad Lager:

In a ripple effect from Kinder's announcement, St. Louis developer Chris McKee, who just announced his candidacy on Monday, has now announced that he is pulling out of the race for Lt. Gov. and instead will throw his support behind Kinder.

Republican state Sen. Brad Lager, of Savannah, also declared his candidacy for lieutenant governor Monday. Lager said Friday that he is still in the race but will re-evaluate that decision after he gets a chance to talk with Kinder.

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Gary Pinkel / University of Missouri
12:52 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Missouri coach Pinkel pleads guilty to DWI

A booking photo of Gary Pinkel following his arrest for DWI in Columbia, Mo.
(Provided by Boone County Sheriff's Office)

Suspended Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving.

Boone County court records show that Pinkel was charged on Friday and pleaded guilty the same day. He was arrested in Columbia on Wednesday night and suspended without pay the next day for the final home game of the season.

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Developing: Gary Pinkel / University of Missouri
9:42 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Head Mizzou football coach Pinkel arrested for DWI

A booking photo of Gary Pinkel following his arrest for DWI in Columbia, Mo.
(Provided by Boone County Sheriff's Office)

This is a developing story. We will update it when we have more information.

Updated at 4:25 p.m.:

Missouri has suspended coach Gary Pinkel for Saturday's game and frozen his salary for a year following his overnight arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.

Athletic director Mike Alden announced the disciplinary measures on Thursday afternoon. They include a total of some $300,000 in penalties, including a donation to a campus alcohol-awareness program, and 50 hours of community service.

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St. Louis County
11:43 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Dooley proposes St. Louis County budget cutting jobs, parks

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.
(St. Louis County website)

St. Louis County Executive is defending his proposed budget that includes layoffs and closing some 20 parks and other facilities. In a letter to the county council dated Tuesday, Dooley laid out the options for dealing with declining property tax revenues and rising costs. Dooley says it’s time for the county to live within its means.

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2011 World Series
12:18 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Cardinals rally twice, win in 11th to force Game 7 of World Series

Hometown hero David Freese is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to force a Game 7 in the 2011 World Series. Freese also tied the game with a triple in the bottom of the 9th.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Reporting from NPR's Tom Goldman was used in this story.

David Freese homered to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals forced the World Series to a Game 7 by rallying from two-run deficits against the Texas Rangers in the 9th and 10th innings on Thursday night.

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Ill. regional superintendents
2:27 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Ill. school superintendent pay legislation fails again

Legislation to restore salaries for regional school superintendents after they were wiped out by Gov. Pat Quinn has failed in the Illinois House.

The vote Thursday was 59 to 55, but lawmakers can vote again later.

A House Committee had approved the legislation on Tuesday.

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Nixon in China
12:11 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Chinese province to increase imports from Mo., invest additional $100M

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and China's Ambassador to the United States Zhou Wenzhong during a state dinner in Feb. 2010.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says a Chinese province has agreed to increase its imports from Missouri by $100 million over the next three years.

Nixon's announcement Wednesday about the Hebei province came as part a weeklong trade trip to China. The governor previously announced that a new agreement with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade would increase imports of Missouri goods by $1 billion over three years.

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