Jacob McCleland http://kbia.org en Fracking debate ignites in rural Illinois county http://kbia.org/post/fracking-debate-ignites-rural-illinois-county <p></p><div>The debate over hydraulic fracturing is heating up again in rural Johnson County, Illinois.</div><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:48:44 +0000 Jacob McCleland 48472 at http://kbia.org Fracking debate ignites in rural Illinois county On Syria, Sen. Blunt says US has already failed http://kbia.org/post/syria-sen-blunt-says-us-has-already-failed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Amidst reports that the White House is considering military action in Syria, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says the United States already missed the point to have a real impact at the early stages of that country's conflict.</span></p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:29:07 +0000 Jacob McCleland 39705 at http://kbia.org On Syria, Sen. Blunt says US has already failed Senator Blunt touts bill reducing 'Starbucks of the petroleum business,' or boutique fuels http://kbia.org/post/senator-blunt-touts-bill-reducing-starbucks-petroleum-business-or-boutique-fuels <p><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;">U.S. Senator Roy Blunt was in Missouri on Thursday to promote legislation that would reduce the number of so-called "boutique" fuels.<br><br>Under the Clean Air Act, different cities use different blends of fuel. Blunt's bill reduces the number of boutique fuels and broadens the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to give a waiver to a city to use whichever fuel they want in times of supply disruption.<br> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:44:56 +0000 Jacob McCleland 39702 at http://kbia.org Senator Blunt touts bill reducing 'Starbucks of the petroleum business,' or boutique fuels With feral hogs the goal is control http://kbia.org/post/feral-hogs-goal-control <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Feral hogs are a big, expensive problem.</span>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">The prolific procreators are responsible for $1.5 billion in damages and prevention each year —$800 million in damages to agriculture alone from destroying land and rooting up crops,</span><a href="http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/feral_swine/" style="font-family: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-size: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture</a><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:57:37 +0000 Jacob McCleland 39680 at http://kbia.org With feral hogs the goal is control Nixon continues attack against income tax cut bill http://kbia.org/post/nixon-continues-attack-against-income-tax-cut-bill <p></p><p>A new report by the Department of Mental Health, or DMH, found the department would have to cut 87 million dollars annually. Federal matching funds would also be lost, which brings that number to approximately $164 million per year.</p><p>Speaking at the Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment at Southeast Missouri State University, Nixon said that would permanently undermine the state’s ability to fund mental health services.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 23:19:25 +0000 Jacob McCleland 38719 at http://kbia.org Nixon continues attack against income tax cut bill Illinois medicinal marijuana law won't get people a pass in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/illinois-medicinal-marijuana-law-wont-get-people-pass-missouri <p></p><p>Illinois’ new medicinal marijuana law won’t change how prosecutors or police enforce marijuana laws in Missouri. Eric Zahnd is the Platte County prosecuting attorney and the president of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. He says anyone caught in Missouri with marijuana can be prosecuted for possession.</p><p>“I do not believe having a prescription for marijuana in Illinois permits someone to possess marijuana in the state of Missouri, but many of those folks who may possess valid prescriptions in Illinois may not know that,” Zhand said. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:17:51 +0000 Jacob McCleland 38492 at http://kbia.org Illinois medicinal marijuana law won't get people a pass in Missouri Nixon Signs Several Bills Impacting Military Veterans http://kbia.org/post/nixon-signs-several-bills-impacting-military-veterans <em>Reporting by Jacob McCleland of KRCU.</em><p>Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed several pieces of legislation Wednesday related to veterans.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One bill requires licensing boards to accept military training and education for licensing requirements.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a press conference in Cape </span>Girardeau<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Nixon said many members of the military have skill sets that are very transferable to the workplace, like truck drivers and emergency medical technicians - or EMT's.</span><p><span style="line-he Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:07:14 +0000 Jacob McCleland & KRCU 36862 at http://kbia.org Nixon Signs Several Bills Impacting Military Veterans USGS Takes To The Sky To Learn More About What's Beneath The New Madrid Seismic Zone http://kbia.org/post/usgs-takes-sky-learn-more-about-whats-beneath-new-madrid-seismic-zone <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The United States Geological Survey, or&nbsp;USGS, is taking to the sky this week with a low-flying airplane that will map the subsurface of the New Madrid Seismic Zone. The plane will collect&nbsp;aeromagnetic&nbsp;data in Missouri’s&nbsp;Bootheel&nbsp;and small slivers of northeastern Arkansas and northwest Tennessee.</span></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:48:09 +0000 Jacob McCleland 36825 at http://kbia.org USGS Takes To The Sky To Learn More About What's Beneath The New Madrid Seismic Zone “Sahara’s Law” creates income-tax checkbox for pediatric cancer research http://kbia.org/post/sahara-s-law-creates-income-tax-checkbox-pediatric-cancer-research <p>A new Missouri law creates a checkbox on Missouri income tax forms that allows taxpayers to contribute a minimum of $1 of their tax return to fund pediatric cancer research.<br><br>“Sahara’s Law” was introduced by Cape Girardeau Republican Senator Wayne Wallingford, and it’s named after Sahara Aldridge.&nbsp;<br><br>“She was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and she fought that battle for 17 months, going through chemotherapy and radiation and even some alternate treatments,” Wallingford said. “But sadly she passed away when she was 13.”<br> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:27:30 +0000 Jacob McCleland 36783 at http://kbia.org “Sahara’s Law” creates income-tax checkbox for pediatric cancer research What DOMA means for Missouri http://kbia.org/post/what-doma-means-missouri <p></p><p>The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA Wedensday. It’s &nbsp;a provision of a federal law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples.</p><p></p><p>For the states that have legalized gay marriage (12 of them, and the District of Columbia), it’s clear what the impact of this decision will be for same-sex couples in those states.&nbsp; Their spouses will now be entitled to the same federal benefits as straight couples, which was not the case in the past. But the result is murkier in the other 38 states where gay marriage is not legally protected (like in Missouri). Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:00:11 +0000 Ryan Famuliner, Rachel Lippmann & Jacob McCleland & Jennifer Davidson 36099 at http://kbia.org What DOMA means for Missouri Clay Waller confesses, gets 20 years for murdering his wife Jacque http://kbia.org/post/clay-waller-confesses-gets-20-years-murdering-his-wife-jacque <p>Clay Waller pled guilty to the murder of his wife, Jacque Waller, in Cape Girardeau&nbsp;County Court on Thursday, bringing a bittersweet end to one of the most high-profile murder cases in recent Cape Girardeau history.</p><p>Waller was charged with second degree murder and will receive a sentence of 20 years. Prosecutors agreed to the plea deal in exchange for Clay Waller providing the location of Jacque’s body and an account of her murder. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 13:49:39 +0000 Jacob McCleland 35043 at http://kbia.org Clay Waller confesses, gets 20 years for murdering his wife Jacque This Mr. Smith is going to Washington http://kbia.org/post/mr-smith-going-washington <div>Republican Jason Smith easily won a special election on Tuesday to fill Jo Ann Emerson’s vacant seat in the U-S House of Representatives.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was a strong night for the 32-year old Smith, as the 32-year old Missouri House speaker pro </span>tem<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> cruised past Democratic rival Steve Hodges 67% to 27%.&#160;</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The outcome was hardly unexpected.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Eighth Congressional District is heavily conservative. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:29:57 +0000 Jacob McCleland 34900 at http://kbia.org This Mr. Smith is going to Washington Congressional Candidates Go On The Offensive In Debate http://kbia.org/post/congressional-candidates-go-offensive-debate <div><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/krcu/audio/2013/05/2013_05_28_MO8Debate_FULL.mp3" class="asset-audio">Listen to the full debate between Missouri&#039;s Eighth District Congressional candidates on May 28, 2013.</a><p>Candidates for Missouri’s Eighth Congressional seat went on the offensive in a debate Tuesday night at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus in Cape Girardeau. Wed, 29 May 2013 13:28:39 +0000 Jacob McCleland 34508 at http://kbia.org Congressional Candidates Go On The Offensive In Debate Criminal code revisions will have to wait until next year http://kbia.org/post/criminal-code-revisions-will-have-wait-until-next-year <p>Efforts to update Missouri’s criminal code have stalled in the state Senate, where Senator Tom Dempsey declared the bill is dead for this legislative session.</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 19:48:40 +0000 Jacob McCleland 33801 at http://kbia.org Criminal code revisions will have to wait until next year Supreme Court rules necessity of warrant in most DWI blood draws http://kbia.org/post/supreme-court-rules-necessity-warrant-most-dwi-blood-draws <p>The United States Supreme Court ruled today in a Missouri case that police cannot take a blood test from a drunk driving suspect without a warrant, during a routine drunk driving arrest. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:46:16 +0000 Jacob McCleland 32227 at http://kbia.org Supreme Court rules necessity of warrant in most DWI blood draws New ballooning record set in Antarctica http://kbia.org/post/new-ballooning-record-set-antarctica <p></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 01:25:10 +0000 Jacob McCleland 27802 at http://kbia.org New ballooning record set in Antarctica State GOPers make their case for US House seat http://kbia.org/post/state-gopers-make-their-case-us-house-seat <p></p><p>The Republicans who hope to replace Jo Ann Emerson in the U.S. House of Representatives stressed their conservative credentials while trying to differentiate themselves in a crowded field at a voter forum in Cape Girardeau Thursday night.<br><br>Before taking the stage, the 12 candidates worked the room, grinning from ear-to-ear, shaking hands and making small talk. About 300 people filled the Concourse building, but the candidates honed in on those wearing red, white and blue ribbons.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:09:48 +0000 Jacob McCleland 27471 at http://kbia.org State GOPers make their case for US House seat Army Corps' Options Dwindle Along With Mississippi River http://kbia.org/post/army-corps-options-dwindle-along-mississippi-river Every day this month, the Army Corps of Engineers is working hard to deepen the Mississippi River's shipping channel in an effort to keep navigation open between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill.<p>Water levels are forecast to remain high enough through January to float loaded barges, but some say the only way to keep the river open next month will be to release water from the Missouri River.<p>On a recent afternoon, Maj. Gen. John Peabody zoomed across the Mississippi River on a survey boat near the tiny southern Illinois town of Thebes. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:54:00 +0000 Jacob McCleland 27213 at http://kbia.org Army Corps' Options Dwindle Along With Mississippi River