The Bangladeshi man who allegedly tried to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank with 1,000 pounds of inert explosives has Missouri connections.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis came to the United States on a student visa to study at Southeast at Southeast Missouri State University.
He arrived at the university in January, but did not do well academically - he took 12 hours of entry level courses on transfer probation but could not earn a 2.0 grade point average and the university suspended him.
Candidates vying for office faced off at a State and Local Candidates Forum in Columbia last night.
The candidates sat at a table and debated issues such as tax regulations, road repair, and education. State Senator Kurt Schaefer, the incumbent candidate for the 19th District seat, spoke about the importance of cooperation among government officials.
A proposed amendment to the state constitution would require candidates for governor and lieutenant governor to run as a ticket, just as the president and vice president do. Senators debated the measure but set it aside Tuesday.
At MU, the annual Homecoming festivities include several service events as a part of the tradition. This year, the service organization Tigers Taming Hunger reports donations are exceeding expectations.
KBIA’s Kristofor Husted interviews Missouri state Rep. Jason Kander, who is challenging Republican Shane Schoeller for the secretary of state office in the November 6 election.
In the interview, Kander talks about how he would help build up small business in Missouri by making registration information and services more easily available and accessible. He also discusses his big difference from Schoeller when it comes to combating election fraud, namely campaign finance reform and ethics reform. Kander says his time in the Missouri House and in the Army conducting anti-corruption investigations gives him a strong foundation to fight election fraud. And – with what’s been a hot issue for the current secretary of state, Robin Carnahan – Kander addresses his ideas on the importance of clear ballot language.
Check back every day as we continue to film interviews with Missouri candidates ahead of the 2012 election.
Heart of Missouri United Way announced its new funding recipients Wednesday as part of its Community Impact model, which will shift focus from assisting those living in poverty to targeting causes of poverty.
Eight new agencies will receive funding next year, and some agencies will lose funding as Heart of Missouri United Way seeks to reduce need in poor communities, not just fill it.