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5:07 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Judge hears redistricting arguments

Opening arguments were held Tuesday for the congressional redistricting lawsuit.  The suit is being held in lower court because the Missouri Supreme Court ordered a review of the redrawn map.

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Education
4:34 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Curator confirmation faces deadline

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Columbia attorney Craig Van Matre’s spot on the University of Missouri Board of Curators must go up for a vote by the end of the week. But his confirmation faces opposition from Republicans in the Senate. Republican State Senator Kevin Engle, among others, tells KBIA he plans to filibuster Governor Jay Nixon’s choice to fill the seat that was vacated in June.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Dave Spence airs first ads for Governor

Republican Dave Spence is casting himself as a "job creator" as he launches the first ads of Missouri's governor's race.

Spence, a businessman from St. Louis, is making his first run for public office while seeking to challenge Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in this year's elections.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Nixon endorses new oil pipeline

Governor Jay Nixon is endorsing plans for new oil pipeline that would cut across Missouri.

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Health & Wealth Report
2:09 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Mormons returning to northwest Missouri, 174 years after 'extermination order'

"We believe that this is the birthplace of the human race," said Barry Bartlett, who moved to Missouri 16 years ago. His great, great, great, great grandfather wielded a mean oak stick back in the Gallatin election day battle of 1838.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Ever since Mormon prophet and founder Joseph Smith revealed the Book of Mormon in 1830, his followers have struggled for acceptance. If you want to understand the "why" behind this rocky relationship, the rolling farmland of northwest Missouri might be the best place to start -- the birthplace of the human race, according to Joseph Smith, and the place where Christ will first step down in the second coming. 

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Talking Politics
1:36 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Talking Politics for January 31, 2012

The Missouri Capitol building at night. The proposed 2013 budget includes drastic cuts to higher education.
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This week on Talking Politics two Jefferson City lawmakers (both from Columbia) delve into the future of higher education in the state of Missouri as potentially massive budget cuts in 2013 loom large.

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Politics
10:40 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Legislative Black Caucus fights workplace discrimination bills

Missouri Capitol building
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The Legislative Black Caucus is vowing to fight attempts in both the Missouri House and Senate to pass Republican-sponsored workplace discrimination bills. As St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin tells us, both Senate and House bills would redefine discrimination as a motivating factor in actions taken against an employee:

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Education
10:13 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Millions practice earthquake safety in the Great Central US Shakeout

Earthquake seismogram
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The two-hundredth anniversary of the New Madrid earthquake was recently. The Great Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium is not waiting around for it to happen again. The group is helping set up region-wide readiness programs.

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Politics
9:09 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Santorum swings by Missouri

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum badly trails front-runner Mitt Romney.
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An overflow crowd piled into an auditorium at St. Charles Community College Monday for an appearance by Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

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Education
9:03 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Cuts would be "devastating" says Chancellor Deaton

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton speaking at an event in Columbia.
File KBIA

A proposal to cut state funding to higher education would be devastating, according to MU Chancellor Brady Deaton.

Speaking on KBIA’s Intersection, Deaton said the 12.5% cut to MU’s budget would set the university’s state funding back to 1997 levels, despite having increased student enrollment by 50% in the time since. He says this would come on top of an already low record of state funding to higher education, with Missouri ranking lowest in terms of per capita funding among southeastern states.

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Intersection
6:29 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Proposed higher education funding cuts

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

MU research park searches for tenants

A view of the quad at the University of Missouri
File photo KBIA

A new University of Missouri research park in south Columbia is struggling to find tenants.

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Politics
4:43 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Corps inspecting Southeast MO levee daily

Missouri levee
File photo KBIA

Inspectors with the Army Corps of Engineers are performing daily inspections of the area where the Birds Point levee was intentionally breached in May.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Santorum coming to Missouri for jobs speech

Rick Santorum
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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is coming to Missouri to give a speech about jobs and the economy.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Republican Senate hopefuls square off in Branson

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Two of Missouri's three Republican senatorial candidates are expected to meet in a debate in Branson.

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman both have committed to participate in Monday night's debate. The third candidate — St. Louis businessman John Brunner — is not planning to attend.

All three Republicans are seeking to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in the November elections.

Monday's debate is to be held at the Branson High School Auditorium, which has room for several hundred people.

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