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4:29 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Audit faults state program for contamination cleanup

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich.
Credit State of Missouri

A new audit raises concerns about a Missouri program that provides tax incentives for developers to clean up contaminated old business sites.

The report Thursday by State Auditor Tom Schweich  notes that Missouri authorized over $185 million of Brownfield Remediation Tax Credits for 115 projects from the 2003 to 2013 fiscal years. About four-fifths of those projects were in the St. Louis area.

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Politics
9:19 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Study evaluates transparency of Mo. spending

The Missouri Public Research Group Foundation, a non-partisan organization, conducted a study to rate each of the 50 states on how well they provide online access to government spending data.  Missouri received a C+.  Phineas Baxandall, a Senior Analyst for Tax and Budget Policy for the U.S. Public Research Group Foundation, says though a lot of spending information is easily accessible, information on some subsidies or funds given to non-governmental is hard to find.

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Politics
9:01 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Missouri Medicaid may restore adult dental care

Credit Herry Lawford / flickr

Missouri lawmakers appear likely to restore dental coverage for hundreds of thousands of adult Medicaid recipients, nearly a decade after it was eliminated.

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Agriculture
8:53 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Bill to bar GMO labeling unveiled

Anti-GMO protestors at a 2013 Denver, Colo., rally.
Credit Luke Runyon / Harvest Public Media

State efforts to label genetically-modified food would be outlawed under a bill unveiled by a Kansas congressman Wednesday – a plan immediately criticized as a “legislative Hail Mary” that won’t pass.

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Politics
8:32 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Mo. House bill bans punishment for using toy guns

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Missouri students could use food, pencils or their hands to imitate a gun without penalty under legislation endorsed by the state House.

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Politics
8:26 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Mo. Senate panel considers gay discrimination bill

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
Credit File / KBIA

Missouri lawmakers are hearing the pros and cons of whether it makes good business sense to grant discrimination protections based on sexual orientation.

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Politics
8:20 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Missouri House endorses 'right to work' bill

Missouri Capitol
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Missouri's House has narrowly endorsed legislation prohibiting labor contracts from requiring workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment.

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PM Newscast
5:52 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

PM Newscast forApril 9, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

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Politics
5:23 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fulton passes sewer upgrade bond

Credit KBIA

Fulton residents may see cleaner water soon. Residents yesterday voted in favor of a $13 million bond to upgrade its sewer system. The wastewater treatment facility was built in 1987 and is in need of mandatory improvements according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. According to the city’s website, the improvements comprise of new headworks, a new aeration system and an ultraviolet light for disinfection. The city has already begun the process of improving the facility.

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Politics
3:37 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Columbia School District bond passes

Credit KBIA

Columbia residents voted to approve the school board's $50 million bond issue on Tuesday, April 8.

The bond passed with 63.5 percent approval, coming in with just over 7,000 votes.

Superintendent Chris Belcher celebrated the bond's passing alongside winning school board members Helen Wade and Jonathan Sessions at Bleu Restaurant.

Belcher said he was very pleased with the community's support for the board's ten-year facilities plan.

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Politics
3:22 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Missouri Rep. Rory Ellinger dies at age 72

Missouri House member Rory Ellinger died April 9, 2014 at the age of 72 after a battle against liver cancer.
Credit Missouri House of Representatives

Missouri House member Rory Ellinger, of St. Louis County, has died after a battle against liver cancer.

Lawmakers announced Ellinger's death Wednesday in Jefferson City. He was 72.

The Democrat had announced last month that he would not seek re-election because of his health, and he had not been at the Capitol recently. Ellinger's failing health sparked quick action by lawmakers to pass his legislation that could allow nursing mothers to be excused from jury duty.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Boone County residents approve $14 million bond

Battalion Chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District Gale Blomenkamp waits for election results at The Roof at the Broadway Hotel Tuesday, April 9 2014.
Credit KBIA

The Boone County Fire Protection District will be able to renovate stations and purchase much-needed equipment after Boone County residents passed a $14 million bond issue on Tuesday by an unofficial 72% vote.

The $14 million bond will be paid off over a maximum of 20 years.  It includes a 25-cent increase per 100 dollars of assessed valuation on personal property taxes and real estate property taxes over the first ten years. On the last ten years of the bond, the tax hike decreases to 10-cents per 100 dollars of assessed valuation.

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Politics
8:57 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Ginny Chadwick wins Columbia City Council’s First Ward

Ginny Chadwick smiles after winning the race for Columbia City Council's First Ward Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
Credit Jack Howard / KBIA

University of Missouri graduate student Ginny Chadwick won Columbia city council’s first ward seat. She hosted a watch party at Trey Bistro.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Grandparent guardians get help from Missouri Silver Haired Legislature

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The Silver Haired Legislature is an elected body of Missouri senior citizens who advocate for legislation that addresses the concerns of older adults, like pay day loan restrictions and elder abuse. But recently they’ve thrown their support behind a unique issue – children in the care of grandparents, and the complicated process of obtaining legal guardianship in the state of Missouri.  

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Politics
11:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

A non-traditional election concluded in a traditional way

Credit Photo courtesy Tyree Byndom, via Facebook.

COLUMBIA—Tyree Byndom, the first American Bah’i to run for political office wrapped up election night in a surprising way. Byndom was joined by many friends and family at The Heidelberg awaiting election results.

Byndom is an untraditional candidate because he says through his faith he seeks to avoid contention and that prevented him from participating in many candidacy events.

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Politics
11:02 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Local elections in focus

Ginny Chadwick has officially won the 1st ward election. She was all smiles upon hearing the news.

On April 8th KBIA's news team was with local election candidates, capturing triumph, defeat, and a proposal. 

Election results graphic
9:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

A look at the winners and losers of Tuesday's election [INFOGRAPHIC]

Below are unofficial results of tonight's election. These results are as reported by the County Clerk, but are not yet considered certified results.

Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
7:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Views of the News: Keeping reporters safe on the job

Credit via Twitter

Last week, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was shot and killed while on assignment in Afghanistan.  She was traveling with a convoy of election workers ahead of the presidential election when an Afgan police officer open fire on Niedringhaus and her reporter.

Afghanistan is a war zone.

Houston, Texas isn't.

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Politics
7:05 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

House endorses transportation tax vote

Credit File Photo / KBIA News

  The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a temporary one-cent sales tax to fund transportation needs.  The tax hike would require voter approval and would expire after 10 years unless renewed by voters again.  Before the vote, an amendment was offered that would have raised the state’s fuel tax from 17 to 20 cents per gallon.  It was sponsored by Democrat Jon Carpenter of Clay County.   “The Missouri gas tax has not increased in many years, and it hasn’t kept pace with inflation, and the amount of money we get to be able to

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Politics
5:38 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Talking Politics: Voters head to the polls for municipal elections

Boone County election day volunteers Don Fues and Blake Turner help voters at Trinity Presbyterian Church, in Columbia, April 8, 2014.
Credit Janet Saidi / KBIA

Mid-Missourians headed out to the polls today to cast their votes on school board, city council, and mayoral candidates and a range of issues on ballots in the municipal elections.

KBIA's news team captured some of the sights and sounds on election day in this edition of Talking Politics, hosted by Kate Grumke.

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Business
5:16 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Repairs interrupt Amtrak runs in Missouri

Credit Flickr User Jack Snell

  Damage to railroad tracks caused by last week's flash flooding in west-central Missouri is forcing changes in Amtrak passenger service.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says that some passengers on Amtrak's Missouri River Runner between Kansas City and St. Louis will travel by bus instead of train this week.

Heavy rain last Thursday damaged a section of track east of Warrensburg. Union Pacific is doing repairs that require afternoon closings through Friday.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Governor Nixon announces comprehensive statewide energy plan

Credit File Photo / KBIA

  Gov. Jay Nixon announced the launch of a statewide comprehensive energy plan at the Advancing Renewables conference at the University of Missouri on Tuesday, April 8.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Division of Energy will lead the initiative to develop the energy plan.

The governor said public meetings will be held across the state to seek input from energy stakeholders, including renewable energy companies, researchers and environmental advocates.

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Politics
2:16 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Voters to decide bond issues in Centralia, Fulton

Credit Marjie Kennedy / Flickr

 

Across Missouri voting has been underway since 6 this morning. Some ballots include school bonds, others have city council races or mayoral races, including Columbia, Centralia, Holts Summit and Fulton.

Patt Olsen is the director of the Centralia Public Library and says the library has exhausted its reserves and is asking for a 25 cent tax levy in addition to the existing 30 cent tax levy. This means that on a $100,000 assessed home, the taxpayers would pay just under $50 every year to keep the library operating at its current capacity.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Boone County residents head to the election polls

Credit Sullivan Fox / KBIA

Mid-Missouri residents are heading to the voting polls today, deciding on a range of issues on the ballot from education and developments across Columbia to tax additions that would fund a library in Centralia.

While today's municipal election are not as motivating for voters as a Presidential or Congressional primary election, county officials are hoping to get between 18,000 and 19,000 voters by the end of the day, though they did say that less may come because there isn't much on the ballot.

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Politics
10:12 am
Tue April 8, 2014

2014 Municipal Election Live Coverage

Join us for KBIA's live election coverage. Check back for the latest as Mid-Mo heads to the polls. 

9:01pm With 7/7 precincts reporting  it looks to be Ginny Chadwick  Ward 1 for Columbia City Council

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Education
9:08 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Summer Food Service Program seeks sponsors

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The Summer Food Service Program, which provides free meals for children during the summer months, will have an increased presence in Missouri this year. Because participation in the program is low across the country, the administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service through the U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking solutions to increase participation in Missouri.

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Agriculture
8:56 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Federal rule could dry up brewer-rancher relationship

Credit Ben Harris-Roxas / flickr

Few people connect craft breweries with cattle feed. But passing along the spent grains from the brewing process, like barley and wheat, to livestock ranchers is a common practice. Although now, that relationship could be in jeopardy.

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Politics
8:48 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Missouri Senate endorses criminal code overhaul

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The Missouri Senate has given preliminary approval to legislation that would overhaul the state's criminal laws and create new punishment ranges for felonies and misdemeanors.

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Education
8:32 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Lottery students attend Benton Elementary for STEM education

Students at Benton Elementary School file into the computer lab, ready to start on today’s geography project. But instead of rolling out maps, these first graders are opening Google Earth on their computers.

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Education
5:51 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Missouri indefinitely suspends WR Green-Beckham

Dorial Green-Beckham has been suspended from the Missouri football team.
Credit University of Missouri Football

Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Coach Gary Pinkel announced the suspension Monday, roughly three months after the standout receiver was arrested along with two men after police in his hometown of Springfield found a pound of marijuana in their car. No criminal charges have been filed in that case.

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