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9:23 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Columbia officials to use other cities for public transportation examples

Officials from around Columbia will travel to out-of-state to explore revisions to the city's transportation system.
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University of Missouri students, city officials and MU’s transit consultant will visit Ames, Iowa to look at their public transportation system on Friday (Feb. 17).

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Politics
9:13 am
Wed February 15, 2012

MU student representatives lobby against higher education cuts

Students urged lawmakers to reconsider Gov. Jay Nixon's projected deep cuts to higher education in his 2013 budget.

Members of the Missouri Student Association traveled to Jefferson City Tuesday to ask state officials to rethink their proposal that would raise student tuition next year.

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Politics
9:01 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Senate committee approves employer contraception insurance bill

Legislation would allow employers to deny insurance coverage for birth control and other contraceptives.
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Legislation that would allow employers to block insurance coverage for birth control, abortions and sterilizations, all for religious reasons, has passed a Missouri Senate committee.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

AG Koster writes SCOTUS about federal health care law

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an individual health insurance mandate but uphold other parts of the federal health care law. 

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Politics
4:40 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

MO Supreme Court throws out ethics rules

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Wide-ranging ethics rules that were passed by Missouri lawmakers two years ago were tossed out Tuesday by the State Supreme Court.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Bill calls for review of comparative cost of death penalty

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Democrat State Senator Joe Keaveny introduced Senate Bill 786 Monday, which would require state auditors to compare the cost of the death penalty with other sentences.

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Derrick Washington
4:02 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Washington pleads guilty to assault, will serve no extra time

 Former University of Missouri running back Derrick Washington has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault against an ex-girlfriend.

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Talking Politics
1:10 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Talking Politics for February 14, 2012

Gov. Nixon has been notoriously closed off from both reporters and lawmakers in Jefferson City during his time in office.
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This week on Talking Politics, a voter ID bill passes through the Missouri House of Representatives and we discuss Gov. Jay Nixon's curious relationship with both the press and legislators.

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Education
10:11 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Columbia Board approves school boundaries

The Columbia Board of Education has given final approval to the district’s attendance boundaries.  Tweaked from out of 182 possible scenarios, the Board Monday approved Approach B, which divides Columbia Public School’s Secondary Boundaries into six intermediate schools for grades 6-8 and three high schools for grades 9-12.

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Politics
9:22 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Legislators spar over Obama budget

Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) praised Obama's budget, while federal Republicans blasted it for not closing the country's large deficit gap.
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US Senator Claire McCaskill says President Barack Obama’s budget, which was released Monday, is a workable document.

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Politics
9:17 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Cell phones added to no call list

New legislation would bar telemarketers from calling cell phones.
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Legislation adding cell phones to Missouri's no call list faced no objection in the Senate Monday.

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Politics
9:08 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Controversy in Jefferson City over Obama contraception plan

Legislation from Jefferson City attacks Pres. Obama's contraception mandate.
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The debate over President Obama's contraception mandate heated up at Missouri's Capitol today.

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Intersection
6:30 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Job creation in Missouri

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

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Politics
5:18 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Missouri's senators at odds on contraception coverage

Roy Blunt in Columbia on Saturday.
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The Obama administration continues to come under fire for a rule that would make religious organizations cover contraceptives under employees' health care plans. A compromise announced on Friday has not placated the president's critics, including members of Missouri's congressional delegation.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Northwest Mo. levee districts get grants

Missouri levee
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Six levee, drainage and road districts in northwest Missouri will receive a total of about $1.2 million in community development block grants to help repair damage from flooding along the Missouri River. Gov. Jay Nixon's office said in a release that the six districts are located in Atchison and Holt counties.

Levee districts applied for the grants to cover either the 20 percent local cost share required under the Army Corps of Engineers' maintenance program, or for the entire cost if the levee district is not part of the Corps' system.

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