The Associated Press http://kbia.org en Missourians to vote on new veterans lottery ticket http://kbia.org/post/missourians-vote-new-veterans-lottery-ticket <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Missouri voters will decide whether state lottery officials should create a separate ticket to fund veterans' programs.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 22:12:41 +0000 The Associated Press 53022 at http://kbia.org Missourians to vote on new veterans lottery ticket Missouri lawmakers embrace financing for Fulton State Hospital http://kbia.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-embrace-financing-fulton-state-hospital <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Missouri legislative budget leaders have embraced a financing plan for a new facility on the Fulton State Hospital campus.</p><p>The proposal calls for issuing bonds through the Missouri Development Finance Board and paying them off over 25 years. The upcoming year's budget would include $14.2 million for payment on bonds. House and Senate negotiators are working today on a final version of next year's state budget.</p><p>The financing proposal approved today by the lawmakers follows Governor Jay Nixon's plan for the project.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 21:51:45 +0000 The Associated Press 52545 at http://kbia.org Missouri lawmakers embrace financing for Fulton State Hospital Missouri bill could limit unemployment benefit http://kbia.org/post/missouri-bill-could-limit-unemployment-benefit <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:8.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that could make it harder for people to collect unemployment benefits after being fired for repeated absences or other alleged misconduct.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:23:44 +0000 The Associated Press 52167 at http://kbia.org Missouri bill could limit unemployment benefit Missouri lawmakers pass single-bottle beer sales http://kbia.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-pass-single-bottle-beer-sales <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:8.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would let retailers sell beer by the bottle.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:15:32 +0000 The Associated Press 52165 at http://kbia.org Missouri lawmakers pass single-bottle beer sales House endorses funding plan for mental hospital http://kbia.org/post/house-endorses-funding-plan-mental-hospital <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:8.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Missouri House members have endorsed a proposal for funding a new facility on the Fulton State Hospital campus.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:10:52 +0000 The Associated Press 52164 at http://kbia.org House endorses funding plan for mental hospital Gov. Nixon raises new concern about income tax cut http://kbia.org/post/gov-nixon-raises-new-concern-about-income-tax-cut <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is raising new concerns that an income tax cut passed by the Legislature could have "cataclysmic" consequences for state revenues.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:19:21 +0000 The Associated Press 51780 at http://kbia.org Gov. Nixon raises new concern about income tax cut Missouri House endorses Bright Flight expansion http://kbia.org/post/missouri-house-endorses-bright-flight-expansion <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Missouri House members have endorsed legislation that could offer additional financial assistance to persuade more top students to stay in the state after graduation day.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:25:37 +0000 The Associated Press 51390 at http://kbia.org Missouri House endorses Bright Flight expansion Repairs interrupt Amtrak runs in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/repairs-interrupt-amtrak-runs-missouri <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Damage to railroad tracks caused by last week's flash flooding in west-central Missouri is forcing changes in Amtrak passenger service.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:16:29 +0000 The Associated Press 50987 at http://kbia.org Repairs interrupt Amtrak runs in Missouri Missouri House removes portion of gun bill http://kbia.org/post/missouri-house-removes-portion-gun-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Missouri House has already endorsed legislation that would nullify some federal gun control laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights.</p><p>But today, the Republican-led chamber voted to remove a portion of the bill that could have sent law enforcement officers to jail for knowingly enforcing such laws.</p><p>Under previous versions of the measure, federal agents could have faced up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The House bill would only allow people to sue law enforcement for enforcing certain federal laws.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:11:48 +0000 The Associated Press 50607 at http://kbia.org Missouri House removes portion of gun bill Committee cuts emergency funding for Normandy schools http://kbia.org/post/committee-cuts-emergency-funding-normandy-schools <div style="color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: 'Segoe UI WPC', 'Segoe UI', Tahoma, 'Microsoft Sans Serif', Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; margin: 0px 0px 10pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">A Missouri Senate committee has slashed the amount of money that’s to be used to keep Normandy schools open the rest of the school year.&nbsp; </span></font></span></font></div><div style="color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: 'Segoe UI WPC', 'Segoe UI', Tahoma, 'Microsoft Sans Serif', Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; margin: 0px 0px 10pt;">&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:57:47 +0000 The Associated Press 49451 at http://kbia.org Committee cuts emergency funding for Normandy schools Grocery store bakeries must pay taxes on utilities http://kbia.org/post/grocery-store-bakeries-must-pay-taxes-utilities <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:8.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Grocery store bakeries in Missouri must continue to pay tax on the utilities they use to warm their food.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:8.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">The state Supreme Court rejected a request on Tuesday, March 11 for a sales tax refund on the electricity and natural gas used by the bakeries at 40 Schnucks grocery stores.</span></p><p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:8.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:53:43 +0000 The Associated Press 49448 at http://kbia.org Grocery store bakeries must pay taxes on utilities Bill would limit drone use in the state http://kbia.org/post/bill-would-limit-drone-use-state <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Missouri residents and government agencies could not use drones to conduct surveillance without a warrant under legislation advanced by the state House.</p><p>The measure would also prevent journalists and other organizations from using drones to observe private property without an owner's consent. State universities could still use unmanned aircraft to conduct educational research.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:44:56 +0000 The Associated Press 49442 at http://kbia.org Bill would limit drone use in the state Ameren Missouri selects new CEO http://kbia.org/post/ameren-missouri-selects-new-ceo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>St. Louis-based utility company Ameren announced today that executive Michael Moehn&nbsp;has been named chairman, president and chief executive officer of the utility's Ameren Missouri subsidiary.</p><p>Moehn&nbsp;succeeds Warner Baxter, who will become Ameren CEO on April 24.</p><p>Moehn has held several leadership roles since joining Ameren in 2000.</p><p>Ameren provides electric and natural gas services in parts of Missouri and Illinois.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:29:35 +0000 The Associated Press 49434 at http://kbia.org Ameren Missouri selects new CEO Parents petition MU to move day-care from University Village http://kbia.org/post/parents-petition-mu-move-day-care-university-village <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:8.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">A recent walkway collapse at an apartment complex for graduate students and their families has led more than 500 people to ask the University of Missouri to move a child-care center to a safer location.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:26:35 +0000 The Associated Press 49432 at http://kbia.org Parents petition MU to move day-care from University Village Five more states join in fight against California egg law http://kbia.org/post/five-more-states-join-fight-against-california-egg-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Five other states are joining Missouri's fight against a California egg law that would prohibit the sale of eggs produced by hens kept in cages that don't meet California's size and space requirements.</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:52:33 +0000 The Associated Press 49186 at http://kbia.org Five more states join in fight against California egg law Bill would require photo ID for voters http://kbia.org/post/bill-would-require-photo-id-voters <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:8.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Missouri voters would be required to show photo identification before casting ballots under legislation endorsed by the Missouri House today.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 23:07:23 +0000 The Associated Press 48734 at http://kbia.org Bill would require photo ID for voters Bill would move presidential primary to March of 2016 http://kbia.org/post/bill-would-move-presidential-primary-march-2016 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A Missouri House panel endorsed legislation today that would move the state's presidential primary from February to March of 2016.</p><p>Sponsoring member Tony Dugger says keeping the earlier date could cause Missouri to lose delegates at the 2016 national party conventions.</p><p>He says moving the date to March would avoid a repeat of 2012, when the state held a non-binding presidential primary. Faced with losing delegates, state Republican officials later decided to select convention representatives with a caucus system that year.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:55:23 +0000 The Associated Press 48732 at http://kbia.org Bill would move presidential primary to March of 2016 Rep. Luetkemeyer asks EPA to reconsider wood stove regulations http://kbia.org/post/rep-luetkemeyer-asks-epa-reconsider-wood-stove-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Missouri congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer is urging the federal Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider newly proposed regulations for wood-burning stoves.</p><p>Luetkemeyer sent a letter to the EPA Tuesday saying the proposed regulations could increase the costs of manufacturing wood-burning heaters. He said that could make them unaffordable to many people and drive some small manufacturers out of business.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:14:27 +0000 The Associated Press 48725 at http://kbia.org Rep. Luetkemeyer asks EPA to reconsider wood stove regulations Bill would give universities extra funding for good performance http://kbia.org/post/bill-would-give-universities-extra-funding-good-performance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Missouri senators have given first-round approval to legislation that would reward the state's four-year institutions for good performance with more funding.</p><p>Under the measure endorsed Tuesday, public universities would establish performance criteria. The criteria would be used to determine how much extra money the institutions get during years the state can afford to increase college funding.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:19:23 +0000 The Associated Press 48368 at http://kbia.org Bill would give universities extra funding for good performance Ameren CEO to retire in July http://kbia.org/post/ameren-ceo-retire-july <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Ameren Corp. is promoting Warner Baxter to president of the St. Louis-based utility, effective immediately, and he'll become CEO this spring.</p><p>Baxter is a longtime executive at Ameren. He succeeds Thomas Voss, who will retire on July 1.</p><p>Ameren said Tuesday that Baxter also has been elected to the board of directors. He will become chief executive on April 24 — the day Voss will become Ameren's executive chairman.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:58:37 +0000 The Associated Press 48354 at http://kbia.org Ameren CEO to retire in July Legislation would allow Sunday motorcycle sales http://kbia.org/post/legislation-would-allow-sunday-motorcycle-sales <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Laws that once banned retail sales on Sundays are largely gone in many states. Yet it remains illegal in Missouri to sell cars, trucks and motorcycles on Sundays.</p><p>Now there is effort in the Missouri Legislature to lift the ban for motorcycles.</p><p>A House committee heard testimony Tuesday from a Kansas City area Harley-Davidson dealer who is one of the main backers of the legislation. Rick Worth says it's hard for him to compete when a dealer in nearby Kansas can sell motorcycles on Sundays.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:55:08 +0000 The Associated Press 48353 at http://kbia.org Legislation would allow Sunday motorcycle sales Bill would expand the definition of synthetic marijuana http://kbia.org/post/bill-would-expand-definition-synthetic-marijuana <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri House members have given first-round approval to legislation taking aim at synthetic drugs.</span></p><p>The bill would add several specific substances to what is considered synthetic marijuana.</p><p>It was endorsed by a voice vote Tuesday and needs a second vote before moving to the Senate.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:24:30 +0000 The Associated Press 48027 at http://kbia.org Bill would expand the definition of synthetic marijuana ACLU to file suit against Missouri over same-sex marriage http://kbia.org/post/aclu-file-suit-against-missouri-over-same-sex-marriage <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:40:04 +0000 The Associated Press 48023 at http://kbia.org ACLU to file suit against Missouri over same-sex marriage Nixon: Mo. swimmer case 'heart-breaking situation' http://kbia.org/post/nixon-mo-swimmer-case-heart-breaking-situation <p>Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says "our thoughts and prayers" go to the family of a former University of Missouri swimmer who said she was sexually assaulted and later committed suicide.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:42:37 +0000 The Associated Press 47317 at http://kbia.org Nixon: Mo. swimmer case 'heart-breaking situation' Rep. Guernsey drops hostile workplace hearing http://kbia.org/post/rep-guernsey-drops-hostile-workplace-hearing <p>Republican House leaders had pledged an investigation after allegations of a hostile workplace were made against the directors of Missouri's agriculture and labor departments, b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut that now appears unlikely to happen.</span></p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:24:11 +0000 The Associated Press 47316 at http://kbia.org Rep. Guernsey drops hostile workplace hearing House committee considers adding a loan to Bright Flight http://kbia.org/post/house-committee-considers-adding-loan-bright-flight <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A Missouri House committee is considering legislation to offer additional financial aid to persuade more top students to stay in the state after they graduate.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legislation would add a forgivable loan of up to five thousand dollars per year to Missouri's Bright Flight scholarship. </span></p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:13:47 +0000 The Associated Press 47315 at http://kbia.org House committee considers adding a loan to Bright Flight Klahr chosen as director of Mo. Ethics Commission http://kbia.org/post/klahr-chosen-director-mo-ethics-commission <p>A longtime attorney in Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has been chosen as executive director of the Missouri Ethics Commission.</p><p>The commission announced Tuesday that James Klahr will begin serving as director Sept. 13.</p><p>The Missouri Ethics Commission enforces the state's campaign finance and lobbyist laws. Its director is limited to a six-year term.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:14:55 +0000 The Associated Press 39518 at http://kbia.org Klahr chosen as director of Mo. Ethics Commission Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Daytona 500; Danica Patrick Makes Historic Leads http://kbia.org/post/jimmie-johnson-wins-second-daytona-500-danica-patrick-makes-historic-leads A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.<p>Patrick made history out front at the Daytona 500, only to see five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson reclaim his spot at the top in the end.<p>Johnson won his second Daytona 500 with a late push on Sunday, grabbing the spotlight from Patrick as she faded on the final lap. Patrick became the first woman in history to lead laps in "The Great American Race" and was running third on the last lap, but slipped to eighth in the late push for position.<p>Her fall began when Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 22:40:00 +0000 The Associated Press 29408 at http://kbia.org Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Daytona 500; Danica Patrick Makes Historic Leads 'Fiscal cliff' could affect Mo. economy, budget http://kbia.org/post/fiscal-cliff-could-affect-mo-economy-budget <p>If officials in Washington don't reach a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," Missouri could see a hit to its economy and budget. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:21:25 +0000 The Associated Press 25771 at http://kbia.org MU curators consider benefits proposal http://kbia.org/post/mu-curators-consider-benefits-proposal <p>A long-sought proposal to extend University of Missouri worker benefits to same-sex domestic partners has been expanded to include committed couples of the opposite sex, as well as other unrelated dependent couples, such as roommates. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 23:13:59 +0000 The Associated Press 25554 at http://kbia.org MU curators consider benefits proposal