Missouri

Education
8:07 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Missouri’s High School Equivalency Exam Gets A Reboot

(via Flickr/Remko van Dokkum)

The path to a high school equivalency certificate in Missouri is about to be rewired.

Starting in January the GED exam, which has been used in the state since the 1940s, will be replaced.  It’s a move driven by digital change and an age old consideration -- cost.

Keyboards replace pencils

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Childhood Obesity
4:43 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

CDC Report: Obesity Rates Down Slightly Among Low-Income Preschoolers In Missouri

Rates of change in childhood obesity (ages 2-4) from 2008 to 2011.
Credit U.S. CDC Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System, 2008-2011. *Represents statistically significant annual decrease or increase in obesity.

Updated at 5:30 p.m.  to adjust y-axis units on graph and to add second map.

It's not a big change, but it's at least in the right direction.

According to a new report released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of obesity among low-income preschoolers (ages 2-4) declined by at least one percentage point over the period from 2008 to 20011 in 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Culture
9:13 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Watch: Simply, 'Missouri Is Awesome'

A frame of the 'Missouri is Awesome' video.
(Screen capture)

Missouri is awesome. That's it. 

It's the premise behind a new effort to launch a clothing line representing the Show-Me state's excellence. 

The Springfield, Mo. folks behind the effort have also put out a video highlighting some of what they say makes Missouri awesome - which is what really got our attention.

Do you agree with their selections? What would you add or subtract? Do you think Missouri is, indeed, awesome?

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Missouri Employment
7:45 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Mo. payrolls increase by 17,900 jobs in August

(via Flickr/KellyB.)

A new report shows Missouri gaining nearly 18,000 jobs last month while the state's unemployment rate held steady at 7.2 percent.

The state Department of Economic Development released the figures Tuesday. 

The agency says the net gain of 17,900 nonfarm payroll jobs from July included 4,900 jobs in manufacturing and 10,200 jobs in the government sector - nearly all of those at the local level. 

MO Statehouse
5:30 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Mo. lawmakers face big decisions in veto overrides

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri lawmakers are returning to the state Capitol and must decide whether to override any of Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes.

The Democratic governor vetoed about a dozen bills, but attention for a possible override has focused on measures dealing with health insurance and vehicle taxes. Lawmakers are meeting Wednesday, and a successful veto override requires a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate.

Payday Loans
8:31 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Activists protest to lower payday loan interest rates, raise the minimum wage

Justin Stein of Jobs with Justice leads protesters outside a payday loan shop on Grand Ave. on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Supporters of a failed effort to place initiatives on the November ballot in Missouri that would cap interest rates on payday loans and raise the minimum wage rallied in St. Louis today.

From priests to teenagers, around 100 people marched around a payday loan shop on Grand Ave.

Jamala Rogers is with Jobs for Justice and helped collect signatures for the ballot initiatives.

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Prescription drug tracking system
5:31 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Drug czar visits Missouri; pushes drug tracking system

National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske.
(via Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

The nation’s drug czar was in Fenton Wednesday highlighting the fact that Missouri does not have a prescription drug monitoring program.

It’s the only state in the US without a tracking system or that hasn’t passed legislation to create one.

National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske says it’s a good way to identify patients who are "doctor shopping."

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Missouri Exports
5:03 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Missouri exports grow at record-setting pace

via Flickr/J_D_R

Missouri exports are growing at a record-setting pace this year and trade with markets in Asia is up more than 24 percent this year alone.

Tim Nowak, executive director of World Trade Center St. Louis, said low paying manufacturing jobs in Asia have created a consumer market for Missouri products.

Nowak said that, in turn, translates to jobs in St. Louis.  

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Amendment Two
8:30 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

ACLU lawsuit challenges part of Amendment Two

Albrecht Dürer Wikimedia Commons

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit late this afternoon that takes issue with part of Amendment Two, which deals with prayer and religious expression in Missouri.  

Amendment Two specifically protects public prayer and lets students avoid assignments that violate their religious beliefs.

Tony Rothert, legal director for the ACLU’s eastern Missouri division, said the lawsuit is focused on this specific phrase:

This section shall not be construed to expand the rights of prisoners in state or local custody beyond those afforded by the laws of the United States.

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Drought
2:44 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

No drought relief in sight

(via Flickr/KOMUnews/Malory Ensor)

Dry conditions are expected to get worse in the coming days, and it will take a whole lot more than scattered thunderstorms to break the drought. 

“We’re way, way, way below normal in rainfall,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Fred Glass said.  “Most of the area is in severe drought conditions, it’s going to quite a bit of rain to make that up, probably in many areas 8-12 inches, and in some areas in excess of 12 inches.”

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