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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Some University of Missouri engineers are teaming up with colleagues at Duke University to develop a low-cost toilet for developing countries with water shortages.

The Columbia Missourian reports that MU's Carbon Recycling Center is participating in the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The challenge is how to develop a device that can conserve water for use in areas where clean drinking water is scarce.

The center's research project heats and pressurizes the waste water in an effort to produce sterile water that can be reused.

They've developed fake poop made of soybean paste, cellulose, yeast and other chemicals.

Sunday, 14 July 2013 08:11
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of three men accused in a 2011 shooting death in St. Louis has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a jury convicted 21-year-old Michael Ford the Third on Thursday after a four-day trial.

Ford was accused in the death of 22-year-old Calvin Ross, whose body was found in July 2011 in an alley. Authorities say he had been repeatedly shot.

Two co-defendants, DeJuan Blocker of Spanish Lake and Antoine Barton of St. Louis, have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and armed criminal action. They await trial.

Saturday, 13 July 2013 08:45
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed legislation designating the new Interstate 70 bridge connecting St. Louis and southwestern Illinois over the Mississippi River as the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge."

The name is a compromise between Missouri lawmakers who wanted to honor the late St. Louis Cardinals great and Illinois lawmakers who wanted to name the bridge in honor of military veterans.

Obama signed the measure Friday, two days after Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation dubbing Missouri's side of the bridge the "Stan Musial Memorial Bridge."

Musial died in January at age 92. He was a three-time MVP and seven-time batting champion who spent his 22-year career with the Cardinals. He also was a Navy veteran of World War II and a 2011 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Saturday, 13 July 2013 08:43
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri consumers may soon find it easier to turn to their local banks to get a short-term loan until their next paycheck.

Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation Friday that will double or triple the fees that Missouri-chartered banks can charge for short-term cash advances.

Bank officials have said that the state's current maximum-allowed fees of $25 or 5 percent of a loan don't provide enough financial incentive for many banks to offer the short-term loans. The bill raises the fee cap to $75 or 10 percent of a loan's value.

The legislation could help banks compete with payday lenders, but it faced no opposition from the payday loan industry.

Some consumer advocates raised concerns about the bill, but only after it passed.

Saturday, 13 July 2013 08:43
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing a gun safety course sponsored by the National Rifle Association to be taught to first-graders.

 

   The bill signed Friday allows schools to teach the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program and to seek financial grants to do so. But it stops short of mandating the course.

 

   The NRA says its course has been taught to more than 26 million children nationwide since it began in 1988. Virginia enacted a law in 2010 allowing gun-safety courses based on the NRA program.

 

   The Missouri legislation requires schools to conduct an active-shooter drill led by law enforcement officers.

 

   It also assigns the duty of issuing identification cards for concealed gun permits to sheriffs, instead of driver's license clerks.

 

Friday, 12 July 2013 17:46
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The dog, found with burns across his body yesterday, died this morning.

The dog named Brownie was found behind a home in the 4300 block of Cote Brilliante. Neighbors told authorities they saw the dog covered in flames. Despite receiving treatment at the Veterinary Specialty Services, Brownie died today. The St. Louis Animal Cruelty Task Force was activated today and Stray Rescue and CrimeStoppers are working together to come up with a reward for information that leads to a conviction.

 

Friday, 12 July 2013 17:44
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An 18-year-old Wentzville man will spend decades behind bars for sexually assaulting several children.

Jacob Dolson was sentenced to 30 years for nine felony charges. Prosecutors proved that Dolson sexually abused four children who attended his mother's daycare. The children were between the ages of 3 and 9. Dolson will serve at least 25 years of his sentence and spend the rest of his life as a registered sex offender.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is adopting new wage requirements for construction projects on public roads and buildings.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Friday that he will allow a bill changing prevailing wage rates to take effect as law without his signature.

The prevailing wage essentially is a special minimum wage for public works projects. It's determined for each construction trade on a county-by-county basis according to voluntary surveys about wages.

But Republicans claim it leads to artificially high wages in rural areas when union rates get used.

The legislation divides the wage surveys by union and non-union contractors in rural counties, and bases the prevailing wage on whichever group reports more work hours. It also allows prior years' wages to be used when no surveys are returned.

 

Friday, 12 July 2013 13:17
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Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, are gathering outside the Cathedral Basilica today.

The gathering comes a week before Archbishop Robert Carlson is expected to give testimony in a criminal case. Carlson is one of two basilica officials subpoenaed in the case. Prosecutors allege that a fromer associate pastor of the Cathedral Basilica fondled a teenage girl in 2012.

SNAP officials believe this is the first time Carlson has been subpoenaed in a criminal case.

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IDOT is hoping the third time is a charm as they have the McKinley Bridge scheduled to be closed, starting tonight.

The work to seal the deck of the bridge has been delayed twice before this weekend. The span will close at 9 PM tonight and should reopen by 5 AM on Monday. The work was previously postponed due to high flood waters and rain in the forecast.

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