Joplin

Morning round-up
9:27 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, February 6, 2012

Missouri's presidential primary will be held Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Voter turn-out is expected to be low partly because the votes for the GOP candidates won't count.
(via Flickr/ Daniel Morrison)

Missouri's presidential primary tomorrow

Turnout is expected to be low for Tuesday's presidential primary. That's partly because the votes for the GOP candidates won't count.

Missouri has gotten little attention from Republican candidates this election year. Newt Gingrich isn't even on the ballot.

The Missouri Republican Party made the decision after the national GOP threatened to cut delegates from states that held their elections before March. Yet the head of Missouri's GOP, Lloyd Smith, is still encouraging voting in the primary.

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Morning round-up
9:31 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Illinois Supreme Court.
Flickr/lilhelen

Illinois Supreme Court to announce new policy allowing cameras in trial courts

The new policy would allow cameras in trial courts on an experimental and limited basis.

Spokesman Joe Tybor says the court will make its announcement today.

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Governor Jay Nixon delivers the State of the State speech to the legislature in the House of Representatives chambers as Speaker of the House Steve Tilley (L) and Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. in January 2011.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Nixon to deliver State of the State Speech tonight

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to stress his job-creation efforts as he delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers.

Tonight's speech is to coincide with the release of Nixon's proposed budget for the 2013 fiscal year. Nixon's budget director has said Missouri may face a gap of about $500 million between projected expenses and revenues in the budget year that starts July 1.

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Disaster assistance
2:57 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

State gets additional federal help for Joplin tornado, flooding

Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo. pictured here on May 23, 2011, following a devastating tornado that ripped through the town.
(UPI/Rick Meyer)

Missouri has received another $47 million in federal grants to help cover the costs of natural disasters that pounded the state over the summer.

The grants, announced today by Republican senator Roy Blunt, include:

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Bonnie and Clyde / History
9:32 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Bonnie and Clyde guns to be auctioned in Missouri

Infamous outlaw couple Bonnie and Clyde.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Bidders will get a chance later this month to buy two weapons once owned by Bonnie and Clyde.

A tommy gun and a 12-gauge 1897 Winchester shotgun that were used by the infamous outlaw couple will go up for auction in Kansas City on Jan. 21.

The Joplin Globe reports that the weapons were among those seized during a raid of Bonnie and Clyde's apartment in Joplin on April 13, 1933. Until recently, the guns were displayed at the Springfield Police Museum.

Morning round-up
9:39 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 27, 2011

An overturned car sits where a house once stood in Joplin, Mo. on May 24, 2011. The Associated Press has named the Joplin tornado the top story of 2011.
UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock

Joplin tornado top story in 2011

The May 22 tornado that killed 161 people and left much of Joplin in ruins was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press' top story in 2011 by editors across the state. That was followed by the intentional breach at Birds Point, which sent water rushing over southeast Missouri farmland in a bid to save the upstream Illinois town of Cairo. 

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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, December 16, 2011

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Nixon wants Mo. universities to consider tapping into reserves to plug hole in budget

Gov. Jay Nixon wants five Missouri universities to consider tapping their reserves  and provide funding to the state's higher education system. Nixon's proposal would call for the universities to provide the state $107 million from their reserves. The state would use that money to help avoid deep funding cuts to Missouri's public colleges and universities. The state would repay the schools over seven years with money from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority.

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Joplin relief
5:11 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Mo. college students, faculty wanted for Joplin relief this fall

Joplin High School had a new name thanks to gaffers tape in Joplin, Missouri on June 8, 2011. The town continues to recover from the devastating May 22 tornado that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and killed over 160 people.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri college students and staff are being asked to donate a weekend or a holiday this semester and take part in ongoing relief efforts in Joplin.

On May 22, the southwest Missouri city was devastated by a massive tornado that killed more than 150 people.  A campaign called “Show Me U Care” is recruiting groups of students, faculty and staff from college campuses across Missouri to travel to Joplin and help rebuild homes and provide other needs.

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Morning round-up
9:27 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Morning headlines:Friday, September 9, 2011

A Texas County man shot and killed a mountain lion on his property in south-central, Mo.
Flickr/contemplicity

Texas County man shoots and kills Mountain Lion

Missouri conservation officials say a property owner shot a mountain lion on his land in the south-central part of the state. The Department of Conservation said Thursday the man spotted the big male cat this week in Texas County, three miles from where a mountain lion was caught by a trail camera in July.

Mountain lions are protected, but may be shot if people perceive a threat to themselves or their property. Conservation officials say they found no reason to charge the landowner in this case.

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Missouri special session
4:29 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Nixon touts economic incentives, may expand Mo. special session again

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D)
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) is traveling around the state this week, urging Missouri lawmakers to pass numerous tax credit proposals during the upcoming special session.

Before leaving today for Kansas City, Marceline and St. Louis, he met with reporters in his State Capitol office.  He told them passing the incentives are crucial for job creation, but that the overall number of tax breaks also needs to be reined in.

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