The Daily Dish-March 10

Paul campaigns in Missouri’s Republican strongholds by Chris Blank, The Associated Press.

Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul visited St. Charles and Springfield on Saturday, replicating his usual call for increased individual liberty and less government spending. Paul’s trip targeted areas that traditionally vote Republican in the state, which went to Republican nominee John McCain in the 2008 campaign. Paul current count of 47 delegates trails Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich for the Republican nomination. Missouri will hold caucuses at the county level next week to begin the process of assigning its 52 delegates for the nomination.

Final bus trip features ‘impressive’ system by Andrew Denney, Columbia Daily Tribune.

On the third and final trip to evaluate bus systems in college towns to gather solutions to the city’s transit issues, city officials traveled to the University of Illinois in Champaign. Columbia Transportation Supervisor Drew Brooks and others said they were impressed by the sophistication of the system, but Brooks said that it was the “least attainable” of the three campuses the city evaluated. City officials also visited Iowa State University in Ames and the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Mo. bill targets cellphone tracking in emergencies by The Associated Press.

State Rep. Jeanie Lauer, R-Blue Springs, sponsored a bill passed by the Missouri House of Representatives that calls for cellphone service providers to assist law enforcement in triangulating signals on emergency phone calls. Lauer was prompted to introduce the bill after the abduction and murder of Kelsey Smith, an Overland Park, Kan., teenager, in 2007. Lauer said the bill would help police find a victim faster in a similar situation in the future.

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