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7:35 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Mo. Gov. takes no stance on health care exchange

Governor Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

The idea of a health care exchange in Missouri continues to be a political sticking point between Republicans and Democrats. And Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has yet to take a stance on the issue.

The day after Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder filed a lawsuit that alleges the wording for a healthcare exchange ballot initiative is misleading; Governor Jay Nixon did his best to sidestep the issue.

In fact, Nixon says he hasn’t really looked at how the ballot measure is written. As for the idea of healthcare exchanges in general, the governor isn’t ready to commit.

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Crime
7:31 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Alleged cattle rustler in custody

Ron Shepard allegedly stole 30 to 40 head of cattle from the Patton Junction Livestock Auction, according to the Bollinger County Sheriff.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

US Marshals arrested an alleged cattle rustler Tuesday night after he scammed livestock sellers across the country.

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Business
6:21 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Soon you can app your route on Columbia Transit

A screenshot from Columbia Transit, a new iPhone app for the Columbia bus system
Dave Oster Rockupied

Big budget deficits and low ridership keep the Columbia Transit system searching for new ways to boost support.  One unusual place they’re looking is the League of Innovators, a group of tech-oriented entrepreneurs.

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Agriculture
5:53 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

The lasting heritage of the Homestead Act

Kendall Hodgson, left, and Ed Hodgson, first cousins, in front of the Hodgson homestead near Little River, Kan.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

LITTLE RIVER, Kan. – Before this town was here, before the railroads were here, before a post office was here, the Hodgsons were here.

In 1871, Hannah and Henry Clay Hodgson moved into a one-room dugout on the banks of the Little Arkansas, their view an Indian camp on the other side of the river. They arrived in central Kansas in November, in the midst of a blizzard, and it took them three days from the train stop in Salina to get the 60 miles south to this outpost.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Congress votes to repeal 'Obamacare,' again

Republican Vicky Hartzler, who represents part of mid-Missouri, was among the 239 Republicans voting yes to repeal "Obamacare."

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives voted today to repeal the federal health care law. The House has voted more than 30 times to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act. Every Republican in Congress voted for the repeal, including mid-Missouri's two representatives.

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Agriculture
4:25 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

USDA streamlines drought disaster assistance

bionicteaching Flickr

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is streamlining the process for farmers to apply for government disaster help as crops in many states burn up in the widest drought in nearly 25 years.

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Politics
3:38 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Nixon signs bill aimed to protect seniors and the disabled

KBIA file photo

Governor Jay Nixon is signing legislation Wednesday designed to protect senior citizens from financial exploitation.  Senate Bill 689 expands the definition of financial exploitation against seniors and those with disabilities to include “undue influence…”

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Health & Wealth Update
11:33 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Half a million Missourians to gain insurance under health care law

Percentage of Missourians Under Age 65 Who Were Uninsured in 2009, by County,
covermissouri.org

In Missouri, an estimated 835,000 people don't have health insurance – that's about 14 percent of the state's population. But in the next couple of years, that figure is going to change. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld most of the federal health care law, about half a million Missourians will join the rolls of the insured – either through Medicaid, the private insurance market, or with the help of subsidies provided by the federal government. The percentage of uninsured will drop to five percent of the population.

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Politics
10:43 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Carnahan's ballot language draws lawsuit, partisan debate

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's language for a ballot initiative on healthcare exchanges is the target of a lawsuit, and criticism from GOP candidates
KBIA

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Robin Carnahan over the language used in a ballot initiative regarding health care exchanges. The Republican Lt. Governor is accusing the Democratic Secretary of State of trying to deliberately mislead voters.

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Politics
10:29 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Deadline: Missourians must register by today, to vote in the August primary

KBIA

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says in a news release that Missourians need to be registered by today if they want to take part in the Aug. 7th primary election.

Carnahan says residents can register in person or by mail, and a mailed voter registration application has to be postmarked by the July 11th deadline in order to cast a ballot for the August primary.

Politics
4:48 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Move over for MoDOT workers -- it's the law

MoDOT cares.
MoDOT Photos Flickr

Governor Jay Nixon has been on a signing spree this week, signing into law close to 30 bills in the past two days. Among them, a law requiring highway drivers to move over when passing parked MoDOT vehicles.

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12:51 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Is school too easy or too boring?

Lead in text: 
NPR reports that a survey by the National Assessment of Educational Progress shows that many students are simply "not being challenged in school." Parents, what's your take?
Many students in American classrooms don't feel challenged enough. That's according to new analysis of federal data (pdf) conducted by the
Politics
9:34 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Nixon's stance unclear on Medicaid expansion

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the federal health law, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is not taking a clear stance on whether he thinks the state should take part in a voluntary expansion of its Medicaid program.  The health law originally required states to raise Medicaid eligibility to about 130 percent of the federal poverty level. But the Supreme Court ruling now leaves that decision up to states.  Speaking to reporters in Kansas City Monday, Nixon said he hopes to work with providers, businesses, and lawmakers to figure out what’s best for Missouri.

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Politics
9:26 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Report shows two-thirds of Missouri's uninsured could get health coverage

A new report by the Missouri Foundation for Health estimates that about two-thirds of Missouri’s more than 800,000 uninsured could get health insurance under the federal health care law. The county level data suggest that rural counties will benefit the most.

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