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Kansas City, MO – The University of Missouri Board of Curators met behind closed doors for more than five hours today, but would only say they did not reach a decision or take any votes. Spokesman Joe Moore declined to comment on whether the choice of a UMKC permanent chancellor was involved. The chairman of the search committee, Jeff Gerling, says the group has provided System President Elson Floyd with the names of at least 3 finalists.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City's fundraising campaign received a boost today. Officials announced a three million dollar gift from H and R Bloch co-founder and honorary chairman Henry Bloch to endow two new chairs in UMKC's Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration. UMKC has raised 140 million dollars to date, nearly 70 percent of its total fundraising goal of 200 million.

Prairie Village Republican Dean Newton resigned his Kansas House seat today. Newton, who bucked party leadership to vote with Democrats in the Special Session against a proposed constitutional amendment limiting the power of the Sate Supreme Court, says he's leaving office to take a job at a dental insurance company. Party precinct members will choose a replacement next week.

The Home Builders' Association says there were about 9% fewer new construction permits for the first half of 2005 than there were last year. The slide began in April, with June permits down 24 percent. Tim underwood of the Association says high new home inventories and increasing construction costs have caused builders to back off on production for now.

Starting Monday, Aquila customers in Missouri, including those in Platte County, will see their monthly gas bills go up about $8 to $10 a month. The Missouri Public Service Commission says the increase reflects higher wholesale natural gas costs. The rates will remain higher at least through October.