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5:49 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Voter turnout at 65.7 percent in Missouri

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Missouri voters went to the poll in big numbers, but not as big as in 2008.

Figures released by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's office on Wednesday showed that 2.7 million people, or 65.7 percent of registered voters, turned out on Tuesday. Both the raw number and the percentage were down from 2008, when a record 2.9 million voters, or 69.4 percent, went to the polls.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Mo. GOP claims veto-proof majority in Legislature

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Missouri Republicans have increased their control of the state Legislature, apparently claiming the two-thirds majority needed to override the governor's vetoes.

Complete but unofficial returns show the GOP apparently will have 110 seats in the 163-member House. In the state Senate, Republicans maintained their veto-proof majority. But incumbent GOP Sen. Jim Lembke, of St. Louis, lost to Democratic challenger Scott Sifton.

Several sitting House members also lost their re-election bids.

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Views of the News
12:07 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Post-election 2012

Agriculture
11:25 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Will the defeat of Prop 37 lead to a national food labeling push?

A poster in support of Prop 37.
Nuclear Winter/flickr

California voters defeated Proposition 37 [PDF] on Tuesday night, the ballot measure that would have required labels to indicate the presence of genetically modified foods. At the polls, 53 percent of Californians voted against the proposition, while 47 percent voted for it. 

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Politics
9:58 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Mid-Missourians gather to watch as election results revealed

Supporters for Jeanie Riddle gather at Post Office Bar and Grill for the watch party.
Ninh Pham KBIA

KBIA reporting teams were out in full force throughout mid-Missouri and filed reports throughout the evening. KBIA News caught up with the following people at watch parties around the community:

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Politics
9:44 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Hartzler holds on to U.S. 4th District, defeats Hensley

Vicky Hartzler speaks at her watch party for the 2012 election
Kristofor Husted KBIA

U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler held on to the U.S. 4th District in what turned out to be a fairly decisive victory over Democrat Teresa Hensley.

Republican incumbent Vicky Hartzler defeated her Democratic challenger Teresa Hensley with 63 percent of the votes. Hensley, a Cass County prosecutor, earned 35.5 percent.

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Politics
2:04 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Webber, Wright win state house seats

Elected Missouri State Representatives John Wright and Stephen Webber double-check the election results. Columbia, Missouri.
Meredith Turk KBIA

Two Democratic candidates celebrated their victory to the Missouri State House of Representatives at Shakespeare’s South in Columbia Tuesday night. 

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Politics
1:46 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Schaefer wins another term in Missouri Senate 19

KBIA

Incumbent State Senator Kurt Schaefer met rounds of applause from family and supporters for his victory over challenger Mary Still at his watch party in Columbia’s Holiday Inn Expo Center.

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Politics
1:45 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Luetkemeyer wins re-election to US House in 3rd District

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer and his grandson
Olga Khrustaleva KBIA

In Jefferson City, US Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer celebrated his re-election, as he received just under 70% of the popular vote in the 3rd Congressional District. He says the toughest part of this election was getting his name out in the new part of his district. 

“You are never sure. You always come in with some anticipation. But if you do your work and you walk in tonight, you feel pretty comfortable because you know where you are gonna be. I have a good sense from the standpoint that I go around my district and I meet with people every day,” Luetkemeyer said.

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Politics
12:17 am
Wed November 7, 2012

The 2012 election in tweets and photos [storify]

State Representative candidate Jeanie Riddle checks election results on her laptop
KBIA

KBIA's election team scattered far and wide this election season and they sent in some great tweets and pics while they were in the field.  Check out how the election folded online:

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Politics
5:27 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Mid-Missouri Live Blog

Business
5:22 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Delta Air Lines says good-bye to Columbia market

Delta cuts flights to Columbia's regional airport
thisisbossi Flickr

The City of Columbia announced today that Delta Air Lines is exiting the Columbia Regional Airport market.

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Weather
3:52 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Missouri Task Force 1 to return Friday

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Missouri Task Force 1 deployed on Oct. 29 with 100,000 pounds of equipment.

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Commentary
3:31 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Commentary: The Electoral College, and how a tie could give us a Romney/Biden Presidency

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You may have heard of the Electoral College.  If certain unlikely but theoretically possible election scenarios play out tonight, then in the near future you will hear more about the Electoral College than the law should allow.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Candidates will see if self-funding gets results

Dave Spence speaking at an event.
File Photo KBIA

As the 2012 election cycle ends candidates who donated large sums of their own money to their campaigns are waiting to see if those investments will pay off.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Columbia volunteers keep things moving

Credit Marjie Kennedy / Flickr

As Columbia voters went to the polls today, many volunteers helped to keep the process moving along.

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Politics
2:58 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Election Day turnout

Credit File / KBIA

Voter turnout has been heavy in portions of Missouri this morning, according to the Secretary of State’s office. 

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Agriculture
12:27 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

South American farmers may benefit from US drought

With U.S. corn prices high thanks to the drought, some buyers are looking elsewhere for corn.
Rastoney/Flickr

Corn prices hit record highs this past August when they soared to over $8 a bushel, in large part because the drought hammering U.S. farms decimated corn stocks. Such prices were a windfall for Midwest farmers who actually had corn to sell. But could high corn prices hurt farmers if they drive buyers looking for cheaper grain and feed to South American farms?

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Business
11:24 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Jefferson City restaurants make ordering easier for diabetics

Bigstock image

The Capitol Region Medical Center kicks off a new program to help its diabetic patients. The program works with area restaurants to provide a diabetic detailed menu to customers. Capitol Region Medical Center Dietitian Sarah Burbee heads the program.

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Politics
11:12 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Columbia City Council approves special election to replace Helen Anthony

Candidates can start filing Tuesday for Columbia City Council’s Fifth Ward seat. Council members approved a special election to replace Helen Anthony, who will resign at the end of the month.

Anthony said the election is important for Fifth Ward residents.

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Politics
10:57 am
Tue November 6, 2012

No more trash talk: Columbia to stick with trash bag system

A New Franklin School District trashcan steadily fills throughout the lunch period on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. A majority of the student’s finished trays of food still held untouched servings of fruit and vegetables.
Chelsea Stuart KBIA

The Columbia City Council voted against the heavily debated roll cart trash pilot program last night. Third Ward Council Member Gary Kespohl said the pilot program failed to show financial benefit and improved customer service.

“There has to be more justification to me to go to this system, (for example) a bigger dollar savings," Kespohl said. "I can’t see where it’s at. Either that or the public has to be overwhelmingly in favor of it. Then I’d be in favor.”

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Politics
8:58 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Smith, Thompson face off to be Adair County Commissioner

Adair County residents will vote for a Second District County Commissioner Tuesday.

Larry Lee Smith is challenging the incumbent Mark Thompson in the election for Adair County Second District Commissioner.

Smith, who’s a farmer, said he decided to run for the position because he is concerned with road and bridge maintenance in Adair County.

“I don’t like to hear cutbacks on our road and bridge employees and on an hourly basis and so I don’t know what happened to their budget, how they failed to get something in?" Smith said. "I just want to scan that budget.”

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Politics
8:25 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Cole County residents re-vote to expand Jefferson City boundaries

Marjie Kennedy Flickr

On Tuesday, Cole County residents will be re-voting on proposition one. If approved, measure would extend the boundaries of the Jefferson City area by approximately 160 acres.

Although they are not technically in the city, some Meadow by the Club residents are crossing city limits even as they exit their neighborhoods. If approved, proposition one would characterize these residents, two hotels and one furniture store as living in city limits.

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Politics
7:39 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Not sure about the statewide ballot issues in Missouri? Give us 8 minutes.

Kyle Stokes KBIA

In case you need to do some serious cramming ahead of election day, KBIA has compiled coverage of all of the statewide ballot issues. If you have 8 minutes to spare, listen to the audio attached to this story, and hopefully you'll feel more prepared. 

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Intersection
6:48 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Voter turnout and its impact on elections

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

With the presidential election finally upon us this week, we take a look at efforts to get out the vote. How does voter turnout nowadays compare with previous elections? How do American voting habits differ from those in other countries? What does it take to get more people to go to the polls? And does it really matter how many people actually cast ballots?

Scheduled panelists:

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Politics
5:15 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Security experts concerned about electronic voting machines

Sean Hobson Flickr

Electronic voting eliminates issues with paper ballots, but it may bring about another set of concerns.

Security experts raise concerns about electronic voting machines, saying they are susceptible to being hacked online or in person. But Randolph County Clerk Will Ellis said his office has taken steps to keep votes secure.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

The Rural Diner Project - what can a dollar get you now?

Bacon and eggs at Jonesy's Cafe in Paris, MO

Located on the main street of Paris, Missouri, Jonesy’s Café has been drawing locals for its coffee, breakfast and old-fashioned soda fountain since the 1930s. Owners Steven and Connie Hancock say it’s a place where everyone feels at home. We arrived at the crack of dawn to find Connie firing up the grill, waiting for the usual mix of farmers, workers, retirees  and opinions to find their way into the café as they do each morning. What’s on the table at Jonesy’s? Not surprisingly, a good deal of disillusionment with politicians and a political process.

Agriculture
3:51 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Missouri turkey hunters report bird population improvement

bbum Flickr

Missouri turkey hunters report taking nearly 8,500 birds last month, a 20 percent increase from October 2011.

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Education
3:40 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

MU School of Nursing receives $15M grant

Darren Hellwege KBIA

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing is receiving the largest research grant in MU history. The 14.8 million dollar grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is aimed at reducing avoidable hospitalizations in nursing home patients.

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Politics
3:22 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

McCaskill stops in Columbia on final day of campaign

clairemccaskill.com

Senator Claire McCaskill is finishing up her statewide “Get Out the Vote” campaign today by making various stops throughout Missouri. One of them was in Columbia this morning, at the Coordinated Campaign Building.

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