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    Santa Claus makes a visit to kids in July

    Posted 2:31 PM 7/10/2014 by Alexandra Pierce, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Voluntary Action Center will host Christmas in July for low-income families on Thursday.

    Families will have the opportunity to enjoy a picnic meal and for children to visit with Santa who will have gifts for them.

    The tradition of hosting a Christmas in July started (More)

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    Jumping jack to become official Missouri exercise

    Jumping jack to become official Missouri exercise

    Posted 2:10 PM 7/10/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Arms up! Legs out!

    The jumping jack is about to become Missouri's official state exercise.

    Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday adding the jumping jack to a list of more than two dozen official symbols and things.

    The jumping jack was championed as (More)

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    MU receives grant to fix books damaged by mold

    MU receives grant to fix books damaged by mold

    Posted 1:48 PM 7/10/2014 by The Associated Press

    COLUMBIA (AP)- The University of Missouri has received a $400,000 grant to help restore about 600,000 books damaged by mold.

    The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on Wednesday. Libraries staff discovered the mold problem in October at an (More)

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    Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

    Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

    Posted 1:23 PM 7/10/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multi billion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion.

    Some powerful agriculture interests want to (More)

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    Missouri governor vetoes payday loan legislation

    Missouri governor vetoes payday loan legislation

    Posted 1:08 PM 7/10/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Legislation re-writing Missouri's payday loan laws has been vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon because he says it falls short of "true reform."

    Borrowers in Missouri currently can renew a payday loan up to six times and can face interest rates as high as 75 percent of the (More)

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    Four corrections officers at same prison face charges

    Four corrections officers at same prison face charges

    Posted 12:37 PM 7/10/2014 by The Associated Press

    BONNE TERRE (AP) - Four former eastern Missouri corrections officers are facing criminal charges - three are accused of abusing inmates and one for alleged sexual contact with a convicted killer. 

    The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri reported Thursday that all four (More)

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    Missouri governor signs health care expansion

    Missouri governor signs health care expansion

    Posted 11:31 AM 7/10/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation expanding health coverage to unborn children and allowing some newly trained doctors to go to work more quickly.

    Bills signed Thursday would create the "Show-Me-Healthy Babies Program" to provide insurance for pregnant women who (More)

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    Gov. Nixon signs measure with potential to benefit MU's campus

    Posted 10:44 AM 7/10/2014 by Shannon O'Brien KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation that would authorize $200 million in bonds for repairs and renovations to college campuses in Missouri. 

    This comes just a week after MU's Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced the University of Missouri needs to reallocate $3.8 million (More)

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    Sen. Kraus running for Missouri secretary of state

    Sen. Kraus running for Missouri secretary of state

    Posted 9:25 AM 7/10/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Republican state Sen. Will Kraus says he plans to run for Missouri secretary of state in 2016.

    Kraus announced his candidacy Thursday, making him the first to formally launch a challenge to Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander.

    Kraus must first win (More)

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    Missouri man struck, killed on US 36

    Missouri man struck, killed on US 36

    Posted 8:47 AM 7/10/2014 by The Associated Press

    HANNIBAL, (AP) - A northeast Missouri man is dead after being struck by a tractor-trailer while walking on a highway.

    The Quincy (Illinois) Herald-Whig reports that 45-year-old Kenneth L. Rosenburg of Hannibal died Wednesday night.

    The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Rosenburg was walking on U.S. 36 in Hannibal when he was struck by the tractor-trailer driven by a Chicago man. It wasn't clear why Rosenburg was on the roadway.

     

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    Man acussed in Humvee theft now in custody

    Man acussed in Humvee theft now in custody

    Posted 8:42 AM 7/10/2014 by The Associated Press

    FARMINGTON (AP) - More than two months after St. Francois County, Missouri's Humvee was stolen, a suspect is in custody.

    The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri reports that 37-year-old Michael Gray of Farmington is charged with first-degree tampering with a vehicle. He is (More)

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    Father charged after son's heroin overdose death

    Father charged after son's heroin overdose death

    Posted 8:26 AM 7/10/2014 by The Associated Press

    BONNE TERRE (AP) - An eastern Missouri man is charged with second-degree murder after allegedly using heroin with his 19-year-old son, then refusing to help when his son overdosed on the drug and died.

    Authorities say 41-year-old James V. Kobermann of Bonne Terre is jailed on $250,000 (More)

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    Missouri man pleads not guilty In fatal shooting

    Missouri man pleads not guilty In fatal shooting

    Posted 8:08 AM 7/10/2014 by The Associated Press

    LEBANON (AP) - Investigators say a southwest Missouri man shot and killed a man and injured a teenager because he was waiting for the man's wife to leave him.

    Sixty-five-year-old Matthew Mitchell Rumbaugh of Mountain Grove pleaded not guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder, first-degree (More)

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