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9:25 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Lawsuit filed over Mamtek controversy

Columbia-based Shelter Insurance has sued a bond underwriter for $390 million over municipal bonds issued by the city of Moberly for the failed Mamtek USA sweetener plant project.

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Politics
9:23 am
Thu March 22, 2012

House discusses death penalty abolition in Missouri

A new bill in the Mo. House would abolish the dealth penalty in the state.
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A House committee heard testimony Wednesday on legislation that would abolish the death penalty in Missouri.  As St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, the bill would also commute sentences of all current Death Row inmates to “life without parole."

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Arts and Culture
7:00 am
Thu March 22, 2012

State of the arts in Columbia

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Columbia’s arts and culture crowd gathered for an arts town hall meeting Wednesday night.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Mo. House endorses business lawsuit restrictions

The Missouri House granted first-round approval on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, to legislation restricting lawsuits that stem from some crimes committed at businesses.
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation restricting lawsuits that stem from some crimes committed at businesses.

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Politics
1:36 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

House committee votes to eliminate newspaper sales tax exemption

A House committee voted 7-5 on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 to back a proposal to eliminate sales tax exemptions on newspaper equipment. The savings would be used to help funding for the blind.
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Newspaper publishers in Missouri could have to pay more to buy paper, ink and other supplies under a measure that has been endorsed by a House panel.

In a 7-5 vote Wednesday, the House Tax Reform Committee backed a proposal to eliminate sales tax exemptions on newspaper equipment in order to help fund state aid to the blind.

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Politics
9:12 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Mo. Senator stops vote on drug program

The Mo. Senate's only doctor is blocking a bill creating a prescription drug program for the state.
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The Senate's only doctor continued to block a vote on a plan to create a prescription drug monitoring program for the state.

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Crime
9:06 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Columbia Police to beef up security during spring break

Columbia PD is urging people to take caution before leaving the city before spring break.
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The Columbia Police Department is stepping up security during spring break and asking residents to do the same with their homes.

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Politics
8:56 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Mo. House gives initial approval to 2013 budget

Missouri legislators are wrangling over Gov. Nixon's proposed 2013 budget.
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to the state budget for next year.  As St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, Republican leaders pushed through their plan to restore higher education cuts proposed by Governor Jay Nixon by refusing to fund a program for blind residents.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:05 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Report highlights gender gap in health, work, and politics

Women's Policy Alliance board members, from left to right: Kristin Metcalf-Wilson, Margaret Eaton, and Carolyn Sullivan
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Sixty-two percent of working-age women have jobs, but they still earn just 74 cents on the dollar, compared to men. But that disparity varies by region; in some rural counties, women earn fully half what men do. In this week's Health & Wealth update, a new report on how women in Missouri are faring in health, work, education, and civic engagement. With a state legislature that's three-quarters men, will lawmakers do anything about the disparities?

Politics
5:29 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Mo. House debates Alzheimer's funding, budget

The Missouri House is debating all 13 bills Tuesday that make up the state’s proposed budget for next year.  Lawmakers are offering up several amendments to the budget – one in particular would have shifted 150-thousand dollars from the state’s biodiesel fund to Alzheimer’s patients.  It was sponsored by Independent House Member Tracy McCreery of St. Louis County.

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Politics
2:49 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court does not rule on redistricting

It appears the Missouri Supreme Court might not rule on legal challenges to congressional and state House districts before the candidate filing period ends next week.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Mo. Senate votes down health insurance exchange

The Missouri Senate has rejected an attempt to set up a state-run health insurance exchange.

The exchanges are part of the federal health care law approved in 2009. States are required to create exchanges by 2014 so that individuals and small business can compare health insurance plans.

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Politics
9:18 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Group continues anti-Limbaugh bust protest

Another group expressed its displeasure over a bust of Rush Limbaugh being placed in the state capitol Monday.
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Another group has organized a protest against the Missouri House Speaker's plan to put controversial conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh in the Hall of Famous Missourians

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Politics
9:08 am
Tue March 20, 2012

House Democrats push new Missouri ethics bill

A new ethics bill in the Missouri House places new rules on campaign contributions.
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House Democrats are backing legislation they say would toughen Missouri’s ethics standards.  As Marshall Griffin tells us from Jefferson City, the bill would restore many provisions recently struck down by the State Supreme Court.

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