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5:24 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Koster wants to track ex-Mamtek CEO with GPS

Credit Brian Turner / Flickr

Missouri prosecutors want a judge to let them keep closer tabs on the former head of a failed artificial sweetener plant in Moberly.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Legislation seeks to curb welfare fraud

Missouri welfare recipients would be barred from spending their cash benefits at casinos, liquor stores or strip clubs under legislation sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Mo. lawmakers pass changes to workers' comp claims

Credit File / KBIA

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation replenishing an insolvent state fund for disabled workers and changing the way people get compensation for job-related illnesses.

The bill sent to the governor Thursday marks a compromise among some business groups and attorneys who represent injured workers.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Mo. bill allows return of printed state manual

Missouri's official state manual has been banished to the Internet for the past few years. But it could make a return to print.

The Legislature has sent the governor a bill that would let the secretary of state's office share the electronic publication with a nonprofit organization, which would then print it and distribute to the public.

Known as the "Blue Book," the Official Manual of the State of Missouri contains information about public officials, state agencies, local governments, elections, political parties and various other things.

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Faith/Religion
2:56 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Humanist group demands end to teacher-led prayers at Fayette High School

Stock image of school supplies.
Kearston Winrow/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

  The American Humanist Association is demanding that weekly prayer sessions at Fayette High School be stopped on grounds that they are unconstitutional. 

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Science, Health and Technology
10:31 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Missouri's Medicaid Director leaves

The Missouri Department of Social Services issued this memo Tuesday, announcing the departure of Dr. Ian McCaslin as state Medicaid director.
Missouri Department of Social Services

The director of Missouri’s Medicaid program, Dr. Ian McCaslin, has left.

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Politics
9:14 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Mo. lawmakers send bill to Gov. Nixon that bans DOR from scanning driver's license documents

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Legislation is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon (D) that would forbid the Missouri Department of Revenue from scanning and storing source documents of driver's license and non-driver's license applicants.

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Education
8:56 am
Thu May 16, 2013

"Innovation Campuses" partner students with colleges, businesses

Governor Jay Nixon stands with Lincoln University President Dr. Connie Hamacher and Linn State Technical College President Dr. Don Claycomb on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
Bridgit Bowden KBIA News

A new partnership between Lincoln University, Linn State Technical College, and several Jefferson City businesses will allow students to earn credit that could go toward either school.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:29 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Bill expands opportunities for physician assistants in Missouri

A bill headed to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk would expand the rights of physician assistants in Missouri.
US Navy/Wikimedia Creative Commons

Physicians Assistants, or PAs, may soon have more opportunities to practice in Missouri. A bill headed to the Governor’s desk would provide more flexibility in how and where they provide care.Physicians Assistants are trained health workers who practice medicine under the supervision of a doctor. Their training is shorter than that of a doctor, but they do exams, prescribe drugs and diagnose and treat illnesses.

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Agriculture
5:44 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Conservation acres harder to come by

Iowa farmer John Berdo stands atop one of the terraces that helps control water flow on his crop fields. Terraces are one of many conservation measures Berdo employs.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

At a basin in central Iowa’s Onion Creek Watershed, Sean McCoy pulls a state truck up near a brand-new wetland. It looks like a construction zone, with lots of bare earth.

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Business
3:21 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Collegiate Housing Partners seeks parking variance for project

At a city hall meeting last night, a St. Louis company looking to set up a new housing complex in downtown Columbia addressed several issues it’s facing regarding the construction plans.

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CoMo Explained
3:20 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

How Columbia Regional Airport lost all its airlines but one

This is a metaphor, probably.
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This week we note the last departure of Frontier Airlines from Columbia Regional Airport and try to figure out how we ended up with just one airline.

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Education
3:01 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Failing school districts could receive aid faster thanks to legislation

The new legislation would allow the state to forgo the waiting period and intervene in failing school districts sooner.
Credit File Photo / KBIA

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that could allow quicker state intervention in failing school districts.

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Views of the News
2:59 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Obama's Triple Wammy, Bloomberg Snooping, Cleveland Victims in Media Crosshairs

Professor Lee Wilkins

  Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Lee Wilkins and Amy Simons.

Crime
2:48 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Criminal code revisions will have to wait until next year

Revisions to Missouri's criminal code will have to wait until the next legislative session.
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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.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:53 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Interfaith leaders gather for last-minute support of Medicaid expansion [video]

Fr. Thomas Saucier welcomes attendees to an interfaith prayer service for Medicaid expansion on Monday, May 13. About 30 people attended the service, held at the St Thomas More Newman Center at MU.
Credit Kellie Kotraba / KBIA News

Listen to this week's Health & Wealth Update.

  

With the Missouri legislative session ending on Friday and a Republican supermajority that still won't budge, the hope to expand Medicaid in Missouri is pretty much dead for FY 2014.

It's so dead that perhaps the only thing that could bring it back to life is, well, interfaith prayers for a miracle.

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AM Newscasts
8:52 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Newscast for May 15, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Group Of Republicans Block 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax In Mo. Senate
  • Final Version Of Workers' Comp/Second Injury Fund Fix Passes Mo. Senate, Heads To House
  • Liquor Franchise Legislation Stalls In Missouri Senate

Politics
8:28 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Mo. Medicaid director out of a job

The director of Missouri's Medicaid health care program is out of a job.

Ian McCaslin confirmed to The Associated Press that as of Tuesday, he is no longer the director of the MO HealthNet Division of the Department of Social Services.

McCaslin declined to say whether he resigned or was dismissed by Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

A Nixon spokesman referred questions to the department. The department provided a memo from Director Alan Freeman noting McCaslin is leaving but did not elaborate.

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Politics
8:25 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Mo. House passes bill to stop document scanning

Legislation would make English the sole language on driver's license tests.
File KBIA

The Missouri House has approved legislation barring the state Revenue Department from scanning the personal documents of drivers' license applicants into a state computer system.

The House passed the measure 118-40 on Tuesday. It now returns to the Senate.

The Revenue Department began scanning documents, such as birth certificates and concealed weapons permits, in December. Agency officials say it provides more security to licensing. But Republican lawmakers objected to the procedures and argue it is an invasion of privacy.

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Agriculture
4:42 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. lawmakers pass farm constitutional amendment

USDA

The Missouri House and Senate have passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee farmers and ranchers the right to farm and ranch using "modern methods."

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Politics
4:24 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. House endorses transportation sales tax

Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri House members have endorsed a 1-cent sales tax that would be dedicated to paying for state and local transportation projects.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. bill would limit Highway Patrol purchases

Conner395 Flickr

The Missouri State Highway Patrol would need to ask lawmakers for permission to purchase vehicles that cost more than $100,000 under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. unemployment rate declines in April

File KBIA

For the month of April, Missouri employers added more than 12,000 new jobs while the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent.

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Politics
8:51 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Lawmakers hope third time's the charm for use tax

Missouri lawmakers have voted for a third time to reinstate local taxes on cars, trucks and boats bought from out-of-state dealers or in private transactions.

The state Supreme Court struck down such taxes in 2012 but said a local "use tax" could be levied on such purchases if local voters approved. Legislators approved proposals to reverse the ruling's effect last year and again this year. But Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed both, including the most recent one last month.

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Politics
8:30 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. Senate leader says criminal code revision, $1.2 B bond issue dead this session

Credit File Photo / KBIA

The top lawmaker in the Missouri Senate says there will be no vote this year on a revision of the state's criminal laws or a $1.2 billion bonding program. Both measures already passed the House. But Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says they are too complex to bring up with just a few days remaining before Friday's mandatory adjournment for the 2013 session.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mo. bill lets foster care kids re-enter system

Missouri Statehouse in Jefferson City
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Children leaving Missouri's foster care system after their 18th birthday would be able to return to state custody under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

4 additional people named to Mo. legislature's DMV investigation

Speaker Tim Jones has called for a House comission reviewing driver's license policies and the sharing of gun data
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House Speaker Tim Jones has named additional members to a newly created House commission reviewing driver's license policies and the sharing of gun data.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Historical society to plan for Mo. bicentennial

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

It's still eight years away, but Missouri lawmakers want the planning to begin for the bicentennial celebration of Missouri's statehood.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mo. bill would require consent for fee collections

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Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill that would require public employee unions to get annual consent from their members to deduct fees automatically from paychecks.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mo. Senate panel backs funding for First Steps

The Missouri Senate is currently going through the state's 2013 proposed budget.
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A Missouri Senate panel had endorsed a new funding source for a program that serves developmentally disabled children.

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