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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri panel's delay in approving millions of dollars in low-income housing tax credits has prompted bipartisan criticism.
 
The Missouri Housing Development Commission decided earlier this month to delay about $14 million annually in credits for developers to build apartments for low-income residents. The decision came shortly after Missouri lawmakers approved legislation authorizing up to $1.7 billion in tax incentives over two decades for Boeing Co. to build a plant in the St. Louis area.
 
The tax credits were linked informally to the Boeing incentives as part of negotiations between Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and several Republican senators.
 
Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Democratic Sen. Jamilah Nasheed said Monday there is no reason for the incentives to be linked.
 
A Nixon spokesman declined to comment.
 
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OLIVETTE, Mo. (AP) - Funeral services will be on Christmas Eve for a St. Louis-area native killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
 
Services for 35-year-old Joseph Silverman are at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Berger Memorial Chapel in Olivette. Burial will be at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in Chesterfield.
 
Silverman was a chief warrant officer for the Army and a graduate of Parkway Central High School. His family once lived in Chesterfield.
 
Silverman and five other soldiers died Dec. 17 when a Black Hawk UH-60 helicopter went down during a mission in Zabul province.
 
Silverman was living in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the time of his death. He was among five of the soldiers who were based out of Fort Riley, Kan.
 
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Media and marketing company Meredith Corp. says it is buying television stations in Phoenix and St. Louis from Gannett Co. and Sander Media.
 
Meredith, the publisher of Better Homes and Gardens and other leading women's magazines, also owns 13 television stations in the United States.
 
The acquisition includes in Phoenix, independent station KTVK, and KASW, a CW affiliate which will be purchased by a third party but Meredith will provide services for its operation. Also included is KMOV, a CBS affiliate in St. Louis.
 
The cash transaction will cost Meredith $407 million. The stations are part of Gannett's recent acquisition of Belo Corp.
 
Des Moines-based Meredith says it expects the stations to generate between $105 million and $115 million in revenue in the first full year.
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Consumers shopping for health insurance on the exchanges are getting another reprieve from the Federal Government.

 

Anyone looking to start coverage on January 1 was supposed to sign up by tonight. Regulators extended the deadline for people to enroll until the end of Christmas Eve.

 

In Missouri 16 percent of residents under the age of 65 are uninsured. 

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Air travelers who have compiled significant frequent-flyer miles are being urged to consider donating those miles to injured soldiers and their families for the holidays.

 

Since 2005, Operation Hero Miles has issued more than 40,000 donated tickets. The Fisher House Foundation that manages the program says it has saved military families nearly $63 million in ticket costs over the years.

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A pair of teenagers are facing charges after prosecutors say they raped an East St. Louis High School student.

 

The Belleville News Democrat reports that an 18-year-old is charged with criminal sexual assault, while a 16-year-old suspect is facing charges in juvenile court. The victim told police that the assault happened at school in a closet.

 

The 18-year-old suspect is held on a $100,000 bond.

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A University of Missouri-Columbia professor is part of a group of researchers who have discovered a 1.4 million-year-old human hand bone.
 
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the bone is believed to be the earliest evidence of the modern hand. Pathology and anatomical sciences professor Carol Ward says the significance of the discovery is that researchers now know the modern human hand appeared very early in human evolution.
 
The bone was found near Lake Turkana in Kenya.
 
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 52-year-old has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in loans from a suburban St. Louis bank.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Michael Filmore of Chesterfield entered the plea Friday in federal court. Filmore admitted through his plea that he lied about the destination of the money and falsified a brokerage account statement claiming $5.5 million to back up a $1 million line of credit.

Filmore told Pulaski Bank that the loans would be used to broker and lease medical equipment. Many of the loans were in the name of his business, Healthcare Partners Group LLC.

According to court testimony, Filmore obtained more than $6 million through fraud and still owes more than $5 million.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missourians who live in rural areas are far less likely to have health insurance than those living near big cities, according to U.S. Census data.

The Associated Press examined county-by-county data for 2011, the most recent year available.

The numbers show the uphill climb facing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul in Missouri, which opted against setting up its own exchange and instead allowed the federal government to run it.

Missouri overall ranks right in the middle of the nation in the percentage of uninsured residents under age 65 — tied with Washington state at 25th with 16 percent uninsured. But in 34 of Missouri's 115 counties, one-fifth to one-quarter of non-senior residents lack health insurance. Twenty-seven of those 34 counties have fewer than 25,000 residents.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A winter storm is moving into Missouri this weekend, bringing freezing rain and snow.

The National Weather Service said Saturday that winter storm warnings were in effect for much of the state, except the extreme southeast, where flood warnings have been issued.

Freezing rain and sleet began hitting south-central and southwest Missouri on Friday night. Throughout Saturday the freezing precipitation began spreading to the north and east. Accidents were reported in the Kansas City metropolitan area and points to the north and east.

The freezing rain was expected to switch to snow in the evening hours in west-central and northwest Missouri. Forecasters say accumulations will range from 6 inches or more in northwest Missouri to 1 inch or less in an area from Clinton to Columbia.

Temperatures are expected to begin dropping overnight and into Sunday.

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