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IN HEADLINES TODAY: Obesity, student loans, and Missouri's budget

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | 10:25 p.m. CDT; updated 4:18 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Here are some of today's top stories from Missouri and around the world from the Associated Press:

Greece | Left-Winger makes bold statement

Greek left-wing politician Alexis Tsipras,who is trying to form a new Greek government, declared that his country is no longer bound by its pledges to impose crippling cutbacks in return for cash. The statement horrified EU leaders and spooked the Greek stock market. Tsipras also demanded an examination of Greece's still massive debt problem.  

Missouri | Missouri Budget Trouble

A disagreement over $2 million for a university contributed to a stalemate on Missouri's $24 billion budget plan. House Speaker Steven Tilley, R-Perryville, wants to add the money for his alma mater, Southeast Missouri State University. Republican senator Jason Crowell, of Cape Girardeau, is opposing Tilley on the issue. The dispute has gotten personal and is straining the relationship of the two men, who were once good friends. Southeast Missouri State has the second lowest funding-to-student ratio among Missouri's public universities.

Washington | Obesity battle heats up

A new report says schools are key to fighting the obesity epidemic but changes needs to be made society wide. A report by the Institute of Medicine says schools should serve healthier foods, back national school nutrition standards, and teach nutrition. One controversial recommendation would be a tax levied against schools that provide sugar soft drinks and other types of unhealthy candies to students.

Washington | Student loan bill is derailed

Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill to keep interest rates on new federal student loans from doubling July 1. The legislation was just eight votes short of the required number to allow debate to start. Both sides say they want lower interest rates. But Republicans oppose how Democrats plan to pay for the bill. The Democratic plan would force certain business owners and professionals to pay more Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes.

New York | Gas Prices Won't Set Record This Summer

Even though gas prices soared 20 percent from January to April, the Energy Information Administration lowered its forecast for summer gas prices by 16 cents to an average of $3.79 per gallon following a month long drop in oil prices. Drivers had feared paying $4 or even $5 per gallon as they hit the road during the peak driving season this summer. This cut means that drivers will spend approximately $10.7 billion less on gas than previously anticipated.

AP News Minute

Here are all of the Associated Press' top stories summarized in an one minute video:


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