Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.
- Santorum Gains Win And Momentum In Missouri
- Cerner Logs Record Growth
- Nixon Eases Higher Education Cuts
- Kansas Democrats Vow To Fight For Veterans’ Services
- Missouri House OKs Voter Photo ID Requirement
Santorum Gains Win And Momentum In Missouri
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum racked up a sizeable victory in Missouri's Republican primary last night,winning all 114 counties and the city of St. Louis and beating his nearest rival, Mitt Romney, by 30 points. Santorum’s supporters say the win helps cement the former Pennsylvania Senator as a conservative alternative to the GOP frontrunner Romney. Read more here.
Cerner Logs Record Growth
The North Kansas City-based health IT company employs more than 6,000 people in the region. Total revenue last year topped $2 billion, up 19% from 2010. Cerner's growth comes at a time when hospitals and health providers are increasingly going electronic. Find out more here.
Nixon Eases Higher Education Cuts
The bad news eased a bit for higher education in Missouri. Governor Nixon's office released a statement saying $40 million of the recommended funding cuts for next year will be restored to his budget. Nixon credits a settlement with national mortgage banks for the ability to reduce the amount of the cuts. Find out more here.
Kansas Democrats Vow To Fight For Veterans’ Services
Democrats on the Kansas House Appropriations Committee say they don’t understand why the Republican majority on the panel is blocking the expansion of services for Kansas veterans. Listen to more here.
Missouri House OKs Voter Photo ID Requirement
The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls. Democrats and Republicans remain deeply divided over the issue: The 104-54 vote split along party lines, with every Republican present voting “yes,” and every Democrat “no.” Supporters argued that the bill would help prevent voter fraud. Read more here.