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US Budget Deficit Hits $193.5 Billion in February

WASHINGTON (MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer) — The U.S. government is running a deficit that is 23.6 percent lower than in the same period a year ago through the first five months of this budget year, another sign of improvement in the nation's finances.

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Proposed Minimum Wage Hike Advances in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A state Senate committee has advanced legislation that could raise Missouri's minimum wage to $10 an hour.

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Missouri House Budget Panel to Finish Work This Week

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House budget writers are expected to complete work this week on a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts in July.

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Ellen’s Oscar Selfie Was Part of a $20 Million Samsung Ad Buy With ABC

Did you think that bit at the Oscars where host Ellen DeGeneres wandered into the audience to tweet a selfie with A-listers like Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper was a refreshing moment of spontaneity in an otherwise scripted affair? Wrong. The viral photo was actually part of a $20 million Samsung advertising campaign designed to promote the Galaxy Note 3, the phone that took the picture.

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Read Gov. Jay Nixon’s Letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Supporting the Keystone XL Pipeline

Gov. Jay Nixon sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry today (March 3) urging the State Department to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline in order to boost American energy independence and create jobs.

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Czech Brewer Gets Budweiser Trademark in Portugal

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech brewery Budvar says a Portuguese trade court has ruled that it will have the exclusive rights to the Budweiser trademark in the country, canceling the rights owned by rival Anheuser-Busch InBev.

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Kansas City Studying More Security at the Plaza

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City law enforcement officials are considering improved security for the city's County Club Plaza entertainment district.

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Budget Office: Wage Hike Would Raise Pay for 16.5 Million Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst says raising the federal minimum wage as President Barack Obama and Democrats want would raise earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016. But it would also reduce employment by roughly 500,000 workers.

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Kansas City Hosting 24-Hour Computer Coding Marathon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City will be the site for a 24-hour coding marathon designed to encourage and inspire youths to learn the language of computer coding.

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CVS No Longer Selling Cigarettes and Tobacco Starting October 1

A major company is taking a significant stand against smoking and the move is being applauded by the president.

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