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5:47 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Missouri lawmakers back corrections overhaul plans

Both the Missouri House and Senate have passed bills that could shorten the sentences of some criminals who are placed on probation or parole.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Missouri House passes legislation adding gun owners to protected minority groups

Legislation that would add gun owners to the state’s list of protected minority groups has passed the Missouri House. 

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Business
4:48 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Missouri Senate passes workplace discrimination measure

The Missouri Senate has given final approval to legislation changing the rules for lawsuits over workplace discrimination.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:28 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Missouri house passes bill to track prescription drug purchases

The Missouri House has passed legislation creating an electronic database to track prescription drug purchases. But the bill faces opposition in the Senate.

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Politics
11:11 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Good news and bad news on Missouri's gender gap

This map shows the good news: more women are getting college degrees.
Women's Policy Alliance

In Missouri, women still earn just 74 cents to the dollar, compared to men – one of the worst ratios in the nation. But a report released yesterday also has some good news on gender equality in Missouri, especially in higher education. 

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Politics
10:01 am
Thu March 8, 2012

House budget would cut services to the blind, restore higher education dollars

Jacob Fenston KBIA

Budget writers in the Missouri House have approved their version of the 13 bills that make up the state's budget for next year.  Committee members eliminated $28 million for a program that aids the blind, but then put 6 million back into it from another source. 

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Agriculture
9:34 am
Thu March 8, 2012

New bus service to farmers market

KBIA

Columbia residents who want to buy local fruits and vegetables, but have trouble getting to the farmers market will be able to get there more easily by bus starting next month, thanks to a new USDA grant.

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Environment
9:11 am
Thu March 8, 2012

City takes aim at energy efficiency in rental units

Kelly Sims Flikr

The City of Columbia wants rental property owners to make their units more energy efficient. The city's first step is to find out just how efficient – or inefficient – those houses and apartments are.

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Business
8:53 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Opponents of blight designation voice concerns

Residents met at city hall Tuesday to voice concerns about the EEZ program.
KBIA

In Columbia, civic leaders and residents continue to voice concerns about plans to classify nearly half of the city as an "enhanced enterprise zone," designed to attract business.

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Politics
8:25 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Hotel tax would help fund airport expansion

The Tiger Hotel in downtown Columbia.
KBIA

Out-of-town visitors may soon have to pay more to stay in a Columbia hotel.  The Missouri House of Representatives approved a measure by a voice vote this week allowing the city to charge an additional three percent tax on hotel stays.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Mo. bill bars race from consideration in adoptions

The sponsor of the bill, Sen. John Lamping (R-St. Louis County), says barring race from consideration could help increase the number of adoptions in Missouri.
File KBIA

The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation prohibiting race from being a factor in adoptions of children in the state foster care system.

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Politics
3:06 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Schweich looking at US Senate bid

State Auditor Tom Schweich filed paperwork on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, to explore a political campaign for U.S. Senate.
State of Missouri

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has set up a political committee to test the waters for a U.S. Senate campaign.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Mo. Senate endorses Iran contracting legislation

Missouri senators endorsed legislation restricting public contracts for investors in Iran on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Missouri senators have endorsed legislation restricting public contracts for investors in Iran.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Workers' comp bill goes to Nixon

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would prohibit employees from suing co-workers for injuries they sustain on the job.
File KBIA

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would prohibit employees from suing co-workers for injuries they sustain on the job.

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