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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri women would have to wait 72 hours after seeing a doctor before an abortion could be performed under legislation being considered by the House Health Care Policy Committee.
   The panel heard testimony from supporters Wednesday on how the bill would give women more time to think before terminating a pregnancy. Opponents argued the measure would just be a logistical delay designed to push women further into pregnancy before having an abortion, which can increase risk.
   Under current law, a woman must wait 24 hours after seeing a doctor before an abortion can take place. Only South Dakota and Utah require 72-hour waiting periods.
   The committee took no action on the legislation Wednesday.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 16:50
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 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers could have to cut about $370 million from Gov. Jay Nixon's budget if they don't want to go along with his financial assumptions.
   Republican legislative leaders were still fuming Wednesday about Nixon's budget proposal, a day after he outlined it as part of his State of the State address.
   During a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Chairman Kurt Schaefer (SHAY'-fer) told the Democratic governor's budget director that Nixon's plan "is an absolute political fiction."
 
   Nixon's budget assumes stronger revenue growth than Republican lawmakers believe will occur. It also assumes lawmakers will generate new revenues or cost-savings by expanding Medicaid eligibility, offering amnesty to overdue taxpayers and tweaking various revenue-collection laws.
   If lawmakers reject those things, they would have to trim about $370 million of spending from Nixon's budget.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 16:32
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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Southern State University in Joplin was locked down briefly after students reported seeing a suspicious person, possibly with a gun.
 
After about two hours of searching Tuesday, campus police determined the campus was safe. No arrests were reported.
 
The Joplin Globe reports a campus alert was issued about 2:45 p.m. after students outside the university's public safety center reported seeing someone, possibly with a gun, in an adjacent field.
 
University spokeswoman Cassie Mathes says students reported the person headed toward two residence halls.
 
Campus police locked down the dormitories while searching for the person. The lockdown ended about 4:40 p.m
 
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 13:48
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FULTON, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton has two interim leaders while a search continues for a permanent superintendent.
 
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday announced that assistant superintendent Margilee LaBoarde and business manager Harold Siebert will be interim superintendents.
 
The education department is looking for a replacement for the recently-retired Barbara Garrison.
 
The Fulton Sun reports LaBoarde has been at the school for 31 years, serving in several positions before being named assistant superintendent. Siebert has been business manager at the school for 13 years.
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