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KCUR Morning News 10-12-09

By Maria Carter

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Kansas City, MO – The state of Missouri has borrowed $150 million from its budget reserve fund, as state revenue collections continue to decline.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority has approved $23 million to replace the last remaining stretch of original concrete on the turnpike.

A key group of Kansas lawmakers will be back in Topeka this week to take up state budget talks again.

Missouri farmers report they're struggling to sell tobacco after Philip Morris stopped purchasing the crops last year.

Missouri's ethanol mandate has been in effect for nearly two years, but the state has no means of ensuring that Missouri's 4,000 gas stations are following the law on a day-by-day basis.

On a day the Kansas City Chiefs celebrated the roots of their franchise history by wearing vintage uniforms, they placed themselves in dubious company after another loss. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Chiefs in overtime, 26-20.

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