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4:14 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

State senator seeks public funding for religious schools

Missouri state Sen. Scott Rupp is sponsoring legislation to abolish language in the Missouri Constitution that prohibits public funding for religious groups to operate schools.
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A Missouri state senator says religious groups should not be barred from receiving state funds to operate their schools.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Mo. State Senate works to delay filing

The Missouri State Senate is expected to send the bill to the House on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.
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The state Senate is moving quickly to try to postpone Missouri's candidacy filing period because of uncertainties over the state's new legislative districts.

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Business
1:56 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

HPM: Is the NBAF worth the risk?

Kansas political leaders and top officials at Kansas State University are united in support of a plan to bring the nation's premier agricultural disease laboratory to the K-State campus. But many people remain uneasy about bringing dangerous pathogens into the nation’s heartland -- pathogens that could devastate the livestock industry and possibly harm humans as well.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:09 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Republicans in Congress seek cuts to walking and biking programs

The new crosswalk at Old 63 and Walnut, connecting Stephens Lake Park to Benton-Stephens. The high-tech crosswalk and two blocks of extra-wide sidewalks cost $247,786.
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Today the U.S. House of Representatives is debating a Republican-backed transportation bill, which would authorize $260 billion for the next five years. More money would go to highways, but at the expense of stable funding for public transportation, and the elimination of pedestrian and cycling programs. In this Health & Wealth update, among the proposed cuts is a pilot project in Columbia that's responsible for many of the new bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks around town.

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Education
9:42 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Columbia College to begin science building construction

Columbia College will begin construction on a new science building starting this spring.

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Education
9:36 am
Wed February 15, 2012

MU receives multi-million dollar grant for alternative energy research

The donation to MU from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation amounts to $5.5 million.
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MU Scientists have received a 5.5 million dollars donation from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation. The money will go toward efforts in the search for new forms of alternative energy.

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Alyssa Bustamante case
9:28 am
Wed February 15, 2012

More details from Bustamante investigation released

Alyssa Bustamante

Authorities investigating the October 2009 disappearance of a Missouri girl had seized muddy clothes and shovels from the home of a neighboring teenager who later confessed to killing and burying the girl, according to secretly filed court documents obtained by The Associated Press.

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Business
9:23 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Columbia officials to use other cities for public transportation examples

Officials from around Columbia will travel to out-of-state to explore revisions to the city's transportation system.
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University of Missouri students, city officials and MU’s transit consultant will visit Ames, Iowa to look at their public transportation system on Friday (Feb. 17).

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Politics
9:13 am
Wed February 15, 2012

MU student representatives lobby against higher education cuts

Students urged lawmakers to reconsider Gov. Jay Nixon's projected deep cuts to higher education in his 2013 budget.

Members of the Missouri Student Association traveled to Jefferson City Tuesday to ask state officials to rethink their proposal that would raise student tuition next year.

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Politics
9:01 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Senate committee approves employer contraception insurance bill

Legislation would allow employers to deny insurance coverage for birth control and other contraceptives.
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Legislation that would allow employers to block insurance coverage for birth control, abortions and sterilizations, all for religious reasons, has passed a Missouri Senate committee.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

AG Koster writes SCOTUS about federal health care law

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an individual health insurance mandate but uphold other parts of the federal health care law. 

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Politics
4:40 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

MO Supreme Court throws out ethics rules

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Wide-ranging ethics rules that were passed by Missouri lawmakers two years ago were tossed out Tuesday by the State Supreme Court.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Bill calls for review of comparative cost of death penalty

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Democrat State Senator Joe Keaveny introduced Senate Bill 786 Monday, which would require state auditors to compare the cost of the death penalty with other sentences.

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Derrick Washington
4:02 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Washington pleads guilty to assault, will serve no extra time

 Former University of Missouri running back Derrick Washington has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault against an ex-girlfriend.

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Talking Politics
1:10 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Talking Politics for February 14, 2012

Gov. Nixon has been notoriously closed off from both reporters and lawmakers in Jefferson City during his time in office.
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This week on Talking Politics, a voter ID bill passes through the Missouri House of Representatives and we discuss Gov. Jay Nixon's curious relationship with both the press and legislators.

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