Missouri Health Insurance
11:46 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Mo. high-risk insurance pool cuts rates 23 percent

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Missouri's high-risk health insurance pool is cutting its rates by 23 percent.

The state Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration announced the cut in rates Tuesday.  The high-risk insurance pool is funded by an $81 million federal grant.

Department spokesman Travis Ford says the decrease is for both new and existing policyholders.

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From NPR's All things Considered
2:47 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Missouri outlaws student-teacher Facebook friendship

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 3, 2011 5:12 pm

A law signed into law last month in Missouri is making waves nationally, this week. A small part of the wide-ranging SB54, makes it illegal for teachers to be "friends" with students on any social networking site that allows private communication.

That means teachers and students can't be friends on Facebook or can't follow each other on Twitter for example.

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MO Statehouse
6:27 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

July 2011 hottest month in Mo. since 1980 heat wave, Mizzou climatologist says

Pat Guinan, State Climatologist for Missouri.
University of Missouri, Missouri Climate Center

The month of July was the sixth-hottest month on record for the state of Missouri, dating back to 1895 -- and it was the hottest month overall in the Show-Me State since the 1980 heat wave.

Pat Guinan is both the state's official climatologist and a climatology professor at the University of Missouri -- Columbia.  He says there have been numerous days this month where much of the state experienced triple-digit temperatures.

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Election 2012
4:11 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Nixon to include legislation on presidential primary in special session

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Gov. Jay Nixon says legislation changing the date of Missouri's 2012 presidential primary will be on the agenda for a planned special session in September.

Nixon announced this week he plans to order the House and Senate back to Jefferson City to overhaul the state's business incentives.

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Missouri Disaster Recovery
3:45 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Mo. gets $13.9M more for disaster cleanup program

Tree limbs piled up near Saint John's Hospital in Joplin, Mo. on May 22, 2011 after a tornado swept through the area.
(UPI/Rick Meyer)

Missouri is getting more money to put people who have lost their jobs to natural disasters back to work helping with the cleanup.

The Disaster Recovery Jobs Program was created last month with funding from the federal Workforce Investment Act. The state used an initial allocation of nearly $6 million to hire 400 people for recovery work from the May 22 tornado in Joplin.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that Missouri now has an additional $13.9 million for the program.

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Missouri Disaster Recovery
3:38 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Mo. gov. pledges additional $100M for disaster aid

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

Updated 3:42 p.m.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has pledged an additional $100 million in state disaster aid following the deadly tornado in Joplin and continued flooding across the state.

Nixon's announcement Friday raises Missouri's total financial commitment to $150 million for a particularly devastating few months of natural disasters.

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Frog Hunting Season
9:36 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Ribbit! Frog-hunting season starts in Missouri

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Missouri's frog-hunting season begins this week.

The Department of Conservation says the season for bullfrogs and green frogs runs from sunset Thursday through Oct. 31.

Missourians can capture frogs using a hand net, gig, and throw line. They also can snag, snare, grab or use a pole and line if they have a fishing permit. People who have a hunting permit can use a .22 caliber rifle, pellet gun or bow.

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Missouri Food Stamps
2:54 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Mo. awaiting feds' decision on food stamp error

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Missouri could soon learn whether it will have to repay the federal government for accidentally inflating the state's food stamp rolls.

State officials acknowledged in December 2009 that a computer programming error led Missouri to over-report the number of food stamp participants to the federal government for six straight years. During that time, Missouri received more than $14 million in federal bonuses because of its high participation rates.

Missouri Unemployment Rate
10:16 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Unemployment rate holds steady in May in Missouri

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Missouri's unemployment rate remained just below 9 percent in May.

Figures from the state Department of Economic Development indicate that Missouri's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.9 percent last month - the same level as in April.

The total number of nonfarm jobs, however, fell by 1,500 in May.

The department says the figures were based on conditions in the second week of May, when flooding was occurring in southeast Missouri but before a tornado hit Joplin.

11:42 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Missouri cicada ice cream seller advised to cool it

An extreme closeup of a cicada. Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream in Columbia, Mo. featured the insects in a flavor of ice cream last week, but have since been told to halt production.
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Updated 9:59 a.m. June 8 to clarify Associated Press story.

Public health officials in Columbia, Mo. have asked an ice cream shop to cool it* with the cicada-flavored ice cream that customers apparently can't get enough of.

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