Morning round-up
6:33 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Morning headlines - Thursday, June 14, 2012

Missouri's no-call list set to expand

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will be in St. Louis today to sign legislation that allows people to add cellphones to the state’s Do Not Call list.

Nixon created the list when he was attorney general. Cellphone numbers added to the list would be off limits to most solicitations, including text messages.

Attorney General Chris Koster, whose office maintains the list, is expected to join Nixon. Koster says his office gets nearly 200 complaints a week from cellphone users about unwanted telemarketing calls.

Mizzou's Alden to donors - SEC move will require a bigger commitment from you

The University of Missouri’s athletic director has a message for Tiger fans – the move to the SEC will require you to open your wallet.

Mike Alden delivered that message to a football booster club last night at the university’s new $5.6 million gymnastics facility and dance studio. He called the building an example of the financial commitment that Missouri expects to make when it joins the Southeastern Conference on July 1.

Missouri plans to unveil a long-range improvement plan for its athletic facilities later this month. It will first require approval by the university’s Board of Curators.

Sen. Blunt wants more time to debate farm bill

Missouri's Republican Senator says he will ask the chamber's Democratic leaders to allow for more time to consider the $1 trillion farm bill.

Amendments to the bill, which deals with a wide range of policy, are piling up, and Sen. Roy Blunt is concerned that the trend could slow down the bill's progress.

"The majority will insist on either no farm bill, or we're going to have to narrow this down to a dozen amendments, or two dozen amendments, or whatever they would insist on," Blunt said in his weekly conference call with reporters.

One of those amendments came from Blunt's Democratic counterpart, Claire McCaskill. It would create an in-house agriculture adviser at the Environmental Protection Agency. She says the new position would help the EPA avoid unnecessary regulation on growers and producers.

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