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10:21 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Missouri casino operators resist tax to fund state-operated veterans' homes

Missouri casino operators say they should not be solely responsible for boosting funding to state-operated veterans' homes.

Missouri House members have suggested adding $1 to the $2 per-patron entrance fee that casinos already pay the state. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has said the fresh revenue could provide a dedicated funding source for the seven existing veterans' homes and possibly pay for one more.

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Education
9:39 am
Wed January 25, 2012

MU leaders discuss budget constraints

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The MU Budget Office held an open meeting Tuesday to discuss the state of the university’s funds. 

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Politics
5:26 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Similar voter ID bill resurfaces

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A Missouri House committee has passed legislation that would require voters to show a photo I-D at the polls.  As  Marshall Griffin reports from Jefferson City, the measure is similar to the one vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon last year.

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Politics
12:48 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

State legislators consider changing workplace discrimination rules

The capitol building, Jefferson city
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Legislation that would change Missouri’s workplace discrimination standards is getting attention this week by both State House and Senate members.

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Politics
12:26 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Vicky Hartzler could face hometown challenger

Vicky Hartzler is a freshman congresswoman in the 112th congress.
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Freshman Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler could face a challenger from her Missouri hometown as she seeks a second term from the redrawn 4th U.S. House district.

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Politics
12:21 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Missouri refinances millions in debt to balance its books

The state has already refinanced the $20 million it cost to build Mizzou Arena
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Missouri is planning to refinance more than $500 million of debt as part of Gov. Jay Nixon's plan to balance the state budget.

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Intersection
7:33 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Columbia Regional Airport expansion

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

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Politics
4:10 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Mo vets receive Legion of Honor medal

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Three Missouri World War Two veterans have received France’s Legion of Honor medal, the highest award given by the French government for service to that country.  The three were recognized Monday at a ceremony at the State Capitol.

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Business
3:48 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Demolition begins Sunday at Joplin hospital

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Perhaps the most well-known and obvious reminder of the tornado that devastated Joplin in May is about to come down.

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Education
2:43 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Missouri lawmaker wants to allow recording in MU's classrooms

A digital tape recorder
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A St. Louis-area lawmaker wants to reverse a new University of Missouri policy that limits how students can redistribute recorded classroom lectures.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a bill filed by Republican Representative Paul Curtman of Pacific would allow public college students to freely share audio and video recordings of lectures.

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Politics
2:18 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Nixon slashes higher education budget but doesn't want tuition raised

Governor Jay Nixon
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The governor wants to cut the state’s Higher Education budget by nearly 106 million dollars, or 12.5%.

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Arts and Culture
1:52 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Bonnie and Clyde's arsenal goes up for auction

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, sometime between 1932 and 1934, when their exploits in Arkansas included murder, robbery, and kidnapping.
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Two guns thought to have been used by bank-robbing fugitives Bonnie and Clyde have snatched $210,000 at an auction in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Harvest Public Media
1:35 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Victorious vegetarian eating in the heartland

Are most Midwest dinner tables filled with rows and rows of iceberg lettuce?
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Did you know the most common fresh produce in Kansas City and in the Midwest is iceberg lettuce? Yes, the green that is mostly water is apparently the best get in fly-over country. At least, the New York Times thinks so.

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Education
1:19 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Future uncertain for Board of Curators nominee

Craig van Matre
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The nomination of a Columbia attorney to the University of Missouri Board of Curators remains uncertain as state lawmakers continue to question his gubernatorial appointment.

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Business
12:06 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Ameren vows to increase energy efficiency

Ameren's nuclear plant in Callaway, Missouri
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Ameren Missouri is pledging to increase its energy efficiency programs starting in 2013.  If the plan is approved, it would allow Ameren to provide 145 million dollars in energy efficiency rebates over three years – a cost that would be passed on to consumers.

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Health & Wealth Blog
8:36 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Getting kids to eat their broccoli: interview with Marion Nestle

Writer Marion Nestle.
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In this extended interview with food and nutrition writer Marion Nestle, we discuss Michelle Obama's anti-childhood obesity campaign, what food companies are doing to fight it, and how to get kids to eat their broccoli.

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Education and Politics
4:50 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Nixon wants colleges to keep tuition hikes minimal amid cuts

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is urging college administrators to think twice before proposing large tuition increases in response to state budget cuts.

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Education
2:20 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

UM Curator Haggard steps down

The University of Missouri
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A member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators has stepped down.

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Off the Clock
2:14 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Interview with author Ron Nichols

Author Ron Nichols
Photo courtesy of Martin Sisters Publishing

Where the Sky Doesn’t End is the name of a new novel that tells the story of a young Missouri boy and girl, Brendan and Aria, who befriend an African-American janitor at their school, Mr. Washington,who's also a former Tuskegee Airmen mechanic. The story blends themes from history, race and friendship into a coming-of-age tale that’s uniquely Missourian, and American.

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Politics
10:59 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Cannabis activists jailed while gathering signatures

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A Missouri marijuana advocacy group is protesting the citation of two petitioners in St. Charles over the weekend.

By Joseph Leahy, KWMU.

Two volunteers for Show-Me Cannabis Regulation say they were detained by police shortly after midnight while collecting signatures.

“I think they legitimately thought that that counted as soliciting," said John Payne, a spokesman for the group. "But gathering signatures for a petition is very much protected by the First Amendment. That is pure political expression in a purely public area.”

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Politics
10:54 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Missouri approves petitions to tax tobacco

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Missouri’s Secretary of State has now approved more than a dozen petitions related to the taxing of tobacco products.  But a lot fewer are likely to end up in circulation.  Of those remaining, the aims may be very different.  

By Elana Gordon, KCUR.

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Politics
10:40 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Insider testifies on Mamtek, cites concerns before the deal was closed

Governor Jay Nixon announcing the Mamtek plas in 2012
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A patent attorney who vouched for a Chinese artificial sweetener factory has testified that he became aware of concerns about the Chinese site before a deal closed to finance the construction of a similar plant in Moberly.

Los Angeles attorney Michael Wise testified yesterday by video conference after being subpoenaed by a special Missouri House committee investigating the failure of Mamtek U.S. Incorporated, which had been offered state and local incentives to open a factory in Moberly.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

House passes budget caps

The Missouri House of Representatives
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One day after giving it first-round approval, the Missouri House has passed a proposed constitutional amendment to place spending caps on the state budget.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Democrat Baker enters race for Mo lieutenant governor

Judy Baker
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Former Missouri House member Judy Baker has entered the Democratic race for lieutenant governor.

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Education
12:37 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Cheryl B. Schrader is new Missouri S&T Chancellor

Cheryl Schrader
Photo courtesy Boise State University Communications and Marketing

The University of Missouri system has announced its new Chancellor of the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:27 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Missouri gets 'F' for tobacco control policies, in new report from American Lung Association

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A new report by the American Lung Association gives Missouri failing grades on all its state tobacco control policies. As St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra reports, the only bright spots were an expansion of state Medicaid coverage for smokers wanting to quit, and a surge in local community initiatives.

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Business
7:12 am
Thu January 19, 2012

FDA challenging the use of antibiotics in animals

Cows on Sally Angell's farm in Missouri eat feed without antibiotics.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

The Food and Drug Administration is publishing an order this month that limits the way farmers can use certain antibiotics to treat animals, and eggs.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Bill would cap state spending

The Missouri state house floor
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would cap state spending, based on each year’s inflation rate and population growth.  The vote split almost entirely along party lines.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

MO chief justice wants to shrink prison population

Chief Justice Richard Teitelman
mo.gov

One day after Governor Jay Nixon made his State of the State Address, the annual State of the Judiciary Address was delivered to Missouri lawmakers Wednesday.

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