data http://kbia.org en Data Check: How Sunday's Snowfall Compares To The Past http://kbia.org/post/data-check-how-sundays-snowfall-compares-past It's not often St. Louis sees nearly a foot of snow in a 24-hour period, but it has happened a handful of times since records have been kept.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Weather Service reported 10.8 inches Sunday at Lambert Airport.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The record — unofficial because of some missing data — is 20.4 inches between March 30 and 31 back in 1890. And just last year, we saw 12.7 inches between March 24 and 25. Here's how the most recent storm compares with the top ten 24-hour snowfalls in St. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:35:39 +0000 Brent Jones 46252 at http://kbia.org Lobbyist Gifts To Mo. Legislators Exceed $600,000 http://kbia.org/post/lobbyist-gifts-mo-legislators-exceed-600000 April was a good month for legislators hoping to receive freebies from lobbyists, showing a sharp uptick from the previous month in gifts, according to the most recent <a href="http://www.lobbyingmissouri.org/" target="_blank">lobbyist disclosures.</a><p>The grand total for gifts so far is $619,157. Once again, the vast majority (75%) of the gifts for this month were to groups and committees instead of individual legislators. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:28:00 +0000 Chris McDaniel 34854 at http://kbia.org Lobbyist Gifts To Mo. Legislators Exceed $600,000 Why Missouri's Lobbying System Isn't As Open As You'd Think http://kbia.org/post/missouris-lobbying-system-isnt-open-youd-think <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit (via Flickr/Tax Credits)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201305/Lobbyist%20Meals_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nice restaurants in Jefferson City should be sad to see the Missouri Legislative session end. Wed, 22 May 2013 14:13:42 +0000 Chris McDaniel 34162 at http://kbia.org Why Missouri's Lobbying System Isn't As Open As You'd Think Not just a red state http://kbia.org/post/not-just-red-state <p>Missouri is by all accounts &nbsp;a &quot;red state&quot; &nbsp;but it&#39;s plain to see that one or two colors can&#39;t tell the whole story. &nbsp;How can one color, one category, make sense of the diversity of communities we see around us every day? &nbsp;The folks at <a href="http://www.patchworknation.org/">Patchwork Nation</a> and the public radio station <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/articles/its-free-country/2012/feb/07/track-live-missouri-primary-returns/">WNYC</a> think they have a better way: they look at voters in each county and then slice up the numbers 12 different ways. &nbsp;Some counties are what might be called, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.patchworknation.org/communities/monied-burbs">&quot;Monied &#39;Burbs.&quot;</a> &nbsp;Others are <a href="http://www.patchworknation.org/communities/tractor-country">&quot;Tractor Countries&quot;</a> or <a href="http://www.patchworknation.org/communities/mormon-outposts">&quot;Mormon Outposts.&quot;&nbsp;</a>&nbsp; 12 demographics, 12 sets of values, opinions and personalities. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 23:40:08 +0000 Scott Pham 8388 at http://kbia.org Not just a red state