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KCUR Morning News 8-18-09

By Maria Carter

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Kansas City, MO – Missouri's retirement plan for state employees lost almost a fifth of its value last year, but over the past five years, it posted a gain of four percent.

Jackson County residents will decide the future of the county's Combat tax in November.

A state funeral will be held in Jefferson City WEdnesday for former Governor Warren Hearnes.

Prospective casino developers for two Kansas counties are awaiting word from the state on whether they can move forward.

Kansas Republican Congressman Todd Tiahrt says he's making progress in efforts to become more known to voters across the state in his campaign for the US Senate

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