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New Poll Predicts Close Races for Missouri Elections

Nov 8, 2016
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A new poll predicts Missouri election results for may come down to the wire.

According to a Monmouth University Poll, Missouri elections are so close, candidates for the U.S. senate and governor are polling within 1 percent or less of each other.

The poll places incumbent Republican Senator, Roy Blunt, holding a 1 percent lead to Democrat Jason Kander. The numbers show Blunt polling at 47 percent, Kander at 46 percent and Libertarian Jonathan Dine at 2 percent of the vote.

The race for governor is even closer: a virtual tie. The poll has Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster and Republican Navy SEAL Eric Greitens each at 4

6 percent of the vote and 2 percent for Libertarian Cisse Spragins.

The races are so close it has many voters choosing people instead of parties.

Many MU students stopped by multiple voting stations on MU campus including Memorial Union and Reynolds Alumni Center to make their voice heard in a crucial election that can reshape the country’s political climate.

Some of the students waiting in line were first-time voters for president. Industrial engineering sophomore Conner Brown said participating in the general election made him “feel like an adult.” Brown holds a negative view on this year’s candidates. “I think that the candidates this year just don’t accurately represent the American population,” he said.

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Voters are finding long lines around Missouri while turning out for an election that will reshape the state's political landscape. Missouri election officials had predicted record turnout even before voters began heading to the polls Tuesday.

In St. Louis, lines formed before dawn. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that some voters arrived an hour before the polls opened. Across the state, The Kansas City Star reports unusually long lines in some areas. Fifty-six-year-old Jim Duff says the line he encountered at a south Kansas City church is the longest he's ever experienced.

Commentary: Predicting Election Day Winners

Nov 8, 2016
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Here are some predictions about the election.  The sell-by date is close-of-business today, no refunds, and the product is guaranteed to be either delicious or rotten.

Partly because Trump will run strongly in Missouri, Senator Blunt will be narrowly reelected.  Jason Kander has run an impressive race and has a promising future in Democratic politics, win or lose.

All of Missouri’s U. S. Representatives will be comfortably reelected.

Gail E. Rowley

The white-tailed deer grabs our attention in November, perhaps more than any other animal except the thanksgiving turkey.

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Professor of law and journalism at the University of Missouri Richard Reuben discusses Constitutional Amendment 6 in Missouri, which appears on ballots today. KBIA's Molly Olmstead spoke with Reuben about how the proposed amendment could impact identification requirements for future voters, and how it relates to past voter ID laws. 


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For some particularly prolific actors, it seems easier to name TV shows and films they haven’t been on rather than list the ones they have. David Koechner is one of these actors. David has over 150 credits on his resume-- some of his most popular work include films like Get Smart, Snakes on a Plane, Wag the Dog, and his starring role as sportscaster Champ Kind in the Anchorman film series. On TV, David has had roles in The Goldbergs, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Office. David also spent a season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. He continues to act in film and television, and tours the country performing stand-up comedy. To find out David’s tour dates, visit DavidKoechner.com, or follow him on Twitter @DavidKoechner.

It's Election Day! To celebrate(?), Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They sing and perform Pete Seeger and Lee Hays's "If I Had a Hammer" on banjo and guitar. Enjoy! November 8, 2016

Missouri School Districts Receive Annual Report Card

Nov 8, 2016
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Just like students, Missouri school districts receive grades. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the 2016 Annual Performance Report for Missouri school districts Monday.

Each K-12 district receives points in five different categories: academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career readiness, attendance and graduation rates.

The points are added together and divided by 140, the total amount of points possible, creating a final percentage that is used to measure each school district's performance.

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In eight previous elections for federal office, Roy Blunt has never had a close race. He appears to be facing one now.

Missouri voters on Tuesday will decide if Blunt, a Republican who was elected seven times to the House before easily winning election to the Senate in 2010, can fend off Democratic challenger Jason Kander.

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Two former party-switchers are running to become Missouri's next governor, but that's where the similarities end in the race between Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster and Republican former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens.

The race to succeed Jay Nixon and lead state government is coming down to a vivid choice between experience and a fresh start.

City of Columbia Offers Free One-Hour Parking With App Promotion Code

Nov 7, 2016

Drivers shopping in downtown Columbia this holiday season are being encouraged to use the new mobile parking app instead of using change. 

The city of Columbia and the Parkmobile app are releasing a promotion code for drivers to use for parking in downtown Columbia.

The one-time code “gift16” gives drivers one hour of free parking while waiving the 45 cents transaction fee. The code will be valid from Nov. 5 through Jan. 1, 2017.

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The Columbia Police Department’s Community Outreach Unit recently showed community members how the department is training police officers in regard to fair and impartial policing. 

Sgt. Mike Hestir, the Community Outreach Unit Supervisor, lead a training for the public on Saturday, to show how important it is to recognize implicit bias.

Candidates Make Final Push Day Before Election

Nov 7, 2016
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  Candidates for statewide office in Missouri are crisscrossing the state, taking nothing for granted in what is shaping up to be a nail-biter in the races for governor and U.S. Senate.

Polls show that heading into the election on Tuesday, Democrat Chris Koster and Republican Eric Greitens are in a virtual tie in their bid for governor. The same is true in the Senate race, where incumbent Republican Roy Blunt is trying to hold off a spirited challenge from Democrat Jason Kander.

This week on Intersection, we're looking at the race for Missouri Attorney General. Josh Hawley is the Republican candidate, and Teresa Hensley is the Democratic candidate. Hawley and Hensley have different ideas of what an Attorney General’s primary role should be, and we spoke with both candidates about how they see the job they're campaigning for differently. We also talked with Missouri experts about what an attorney general actually does, and how people can have different ideas about the job.

Listen to the full story here:

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Missouri is looking to hire a new chief financial officer. The State Treasurer’s office is one of the five executive positions up for grabs on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Three candidates are running for the treasurer’s office: Republican Eric Schmitt, Democrat Judy Baker and Libertarian Sean O'Toole.

Judy Baker is a former state representative. Her platform for state treasurer centers improving food security, access to banking services in underserved areas and cutting back on income inequality.

Talking Politics: Unopposed mid-Missouri Candidates Pay the Price for Political Marketing

Nov 7, 2016

The Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns had spent an estimated $150 million combined on advertisements by September of the 2016 presidential election, according to Advertising Age. It’s safe to say politics and marketing go hand in hand, especially when clear opposition exists between candidates.

But the close relationship between politics and marketing is tricky. A single marketing choice can have lasting consequences, and candidates will pay a pretty penny to avoid a choice that results in a campaign catastrophe.

Talking Politics : Missouri Campaign Finance Reform Raises Concerns

Nov 7, 2016

Missouri is one of only 12 states that does not have limits on campaign finance.

On Nov. 8, citizens will be voting on five amendments to the Missouri Constitution. Amendment 2 will establish limits on campaign contributions to candidates seeking office. If put in place, individual donors in Missouri will no longer be able to donate millions to campaigns. Currently, donors can give any amount they see fit as long as they follow the rules established by the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Talking Politics: Missouri Tobacco Tax Increase Fails To Decrease Smoking Rates

Nov 7, 2016
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Jordan Hester is a sales associate at We B Smokin & Drinkin in Jefferson City, Missouri and has been a smoker for 12 years. He spends his days selling the one thing that he is trying to quit: cigarettes.

Hester has worked there for two years, and is on a first-name basis with his customers. When there is an increase on the price of cigarettes, Hester is the first person to hear their complaints.

“They would notice a tax increase real quick,” Hester said. “They notice if you ring up a lighter too many.”

Talking Politics: Free-for-all Campaign Contributions Have End In Sight

Nov 7, 2016

Missouri has some of the most relaxed campaign contribution limits in the country, which is to say: None.  

Virginia, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Mississippi, Indiana, Iowa, Oregon, Utah, Alabama and Nebraska are the only other states with no limits as to who can donate, how much they can donate and how many times they can donate to a campaign.

Today Paul Pepper and DR. KEVIN BROWN, Assistant Professor of Theatre, MU, talk about his department's latest production called, "Antigone." Kevin says this popular Greek tragedy, written by Sophocles, is about "a young woman who takes a political stand against a law she doesn't believe in." See it beginning this Wednesday at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia! At [3:22] DIANA MOXON returns with details on the final show of the year, the annual "Give a Gift of Art." As with every year prior, the goal this time around is to remind folks that local art makes a great gift! November 7, 2016

Morning Newscast for November 7, 2016

Nov 7, 2016

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Boone County Voters Should Check Polling Locations

Nov 7, 2016
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Boone County residents should double check their polling place before going to vote. The Boone County Clerk said she expects over 80,000 people to vote in this election. In an effort to deal with the large amount of voters, Boone County added 36 new polling places since the Missouri primary in March.

Earthquake Strikes Central Oklahoma

Nov 7, 2016
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The Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the Oklahoma Geological Survey report that the OCC's Pipeline Safety Department has been in contact with pipeline operators at the Cushing, Oklahoma, oil storage terminal since last night's Magnitude 5.0 earthquake.

They say the assessment of the infrastructure at the massive storage facility, one of the world's largest, continues.

Many New Faces to Take Office in Missouri After Election

Nov 7, 2016
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Big changes are on the horizon in Missouri government. Most of the statewide offices will see new faces following Tuesday's election.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is prohibited by term limits from seeking a third term, as is Treasurer Clint Zweifel. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is leaving, too, after an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination for governor. Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster is giving up his own job to seek Nixon's, and Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander is running for the U.S. Senate.

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From their center on North Seventh Street, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia offers soccer, tutoring and other focused activities to kids who might otherwise go unsupervised after school. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, we talk with the non-profit's participants and staff. We also preview next month's play Street Stories: Glimpses of Homelessness, which is a benefit for local groups that work with unsheltered Columbians.


The University Of Missouri System Board Of Curators, along with the campus chancellors and other board members, gathered Wednesday to announce the newly selected university system president – Dr. Mun Choi.

Choi comes from the University of Connecticut where he has served as the provost and executive vice president of the university since 2012. Choi said his career as an academic brings a new perspective to the position of system president. The system’s last two presidents had business backgrounds when they were hired.


Today Paul Pepper visits with KBIA News Director, RYAN FAMULINER, about their station's latest online efforts! In short, "Access Missouri" is a user-friendly deep-dive into state government records; and "My Life, My Town" is a short documentary project that gives a voice to teens in rural towns. The goal of both? To inform and educate - check them out! November 4, 2016

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