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8:58 am
Thu April 5, 2012

McCaskill visits Columbia gas station, talks taxes

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) answers a reporter’s questions Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at a Shell gas station on Interstate 70 Southwest in Columbia, Mo. McCaskill advocated a fair tax code in a press conference.
Natalie Cheng KBIA

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill was in Columbia Wednesday advocating a fair tax code.

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Politics
8:53 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Blind program cuts still cause for debate

The fate of a program for blind Missourians still hangs in the balance.
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A State Senate panel spent several hours Wednesday putting together their version of Missouri’s state budget for next year.  But the fate of a program for blind residents is still up in the air.

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Media Talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
4:32 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Views of the News: Negative Political Ads; the Murdoch Scandal; Health News Impact

Negative Ads: Is Local Different from National?

Mike Martin, The Columbia Heart Beat: "Hoppe-Tillotson Campaign: Council race heats up over negative ad"

George Kennedy, Columbia Missourian: "Sixth Ward council race turns ugly with Tillotson accusations"

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Education
4:25 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

ASNE announces move to Columbia

The American Society of News Editors announced on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, it will move its headquarters from Reston, Va., to the Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia.
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The American Society of News Editors announced Tuesday it will move its headquarters from Reston, Va., to the Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia. 

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Politics
1:59 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Mo. congressional reps. oppose any base reductions

Three members of Missouri's congressional delegation say programs at the state's largest military bases are too important to cut or move elsewhere.
Kenny Holston Flickr

Three members of Missouri's congressional delegation say programs at the state's largest military bases are too important to cut or move elsewhere.

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Politics
1:34 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Teen tanning ban divides House members

A proposal to limit teen access to tanning beds has divided Missouri House members over rival concerns about cancer and government mandates.
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A proposal to limit teen access to tanning beds has divided Missouri House members over rival concerns about cancer and government mandates.

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Education
1:24 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Mo. Senate budget plan spares education cuts

The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee agreed Wednesday to follow the House's lead by holding funding flat for public universities.
David Shane Flickr

Education would be spared from cuts but fewer state employees would get pay raises under a budget plan put forth by a Missouri Senate committee.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:49 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Rising autism rate means more parents getting help

Scott Shade's eight-year-old son is autistic.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

According to the latest estimate from the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 88 children in the United States has autism, almost double the rate ten years ago. In this week's Health & Wealth update, while more children are being diagnosed with the disorder, more parents are getting the help they need to treat it.

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Politics
9:46 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Cole County voters choose new municipal leaders

In Cole County, many races were uncontested. The other three Jefferson City Council members elected last night were J. Rick Mihalevich in Ward Two, Bob Scrivner in Ward Three and Carrie Carroll in Ward Four.

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Politics
9:40 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Reisch claims Hallsville mayoral election while property tax bond issue fails

Hallsville mayor-elect speaks with her supporters.
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Hallsville mayoral election proved to be exciting last night with incumbent Ben Austene running against new comer Cheri Reisch. 

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Education
9:32 am
Wed April 4, 2012

King, Cushing claim Columbia school board seats

Paul Cushing celebrated his victory at Flat Branch Pub and Brewing with friends and family. He picked up 21 percent of the vote, finishing second to Christine King, who led with 42 percent. Cushing said any of the candidates would have been worthy.

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Politics
9:23 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Voters approve bond measures for school improvements

Columbia voters passed the school bond issue by a margin of 23 percent. This means a twelve cent increase on every 100 dollars a Columbia resident pays in property taxes. School board member Jonathan Sessions says this bond will go towards building a new elementary school and eliminating trailers at the elementary level. School board members attribute the success of the bond issue to the board’s communication with voters.

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Politics
9:11 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Trapp takes 2nd ward race

Michael Trapp celebrates victory in 2nd ward race.
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Columbians elected Michael Trapp as the next Second Ward Councilman. Trapp led with 44 percent of the votes against candidates Bill Pauls and Mike Atkinson who came in second and third respectively.

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