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5:37 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Views of the News: What the #$%^?

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When is it appropriate for a journalist to change a word in a direct quote?  Is it okay to edit for clarity? Or when someone uses profanity?  What defines profanity today?

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Business
5:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Columbia receives grant to help fix historic homes

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  The City of Columbia has received a grant to help fix up historic properties.

Columbia holds about 140 officially recognized historic properties and many other unofficial historic homes. With the new grant from the state, city planner Rachel Bacon said the city’s preservation commission has found a way help property owners who are intimidated by updating their homes: A do-it-yourself seminar series.   

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Business
5:20 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Columbia Regional Airport adds additional flight

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  Columbia Regional Airport is adding a new flight. The airport announced a second route to Chicago O’Hare starting Wednesday, April 2. American Airlines will provide a 6 a.m. departure from Columbia Regional, as well as a return flight that would arrive at 7:45 p.m.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri Senate passes tax cut bill

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  The Missouri Senate has finally passed a tax cut bill, after different versions were blocked by Republicans who opposed a compromise between the fellow GOP sponsor and Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.  The bill now on its way to the Missouri House would cut the individual income tax rate from 6 percent to 5-and-a-half percent and phase in a 25 percent deduction on business income.  The changes would not take effect until 2017.  The measure is sponsored by Republican Senator Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit. 

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Politics
5:11 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri House removes portion of gun bill

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  The Missouri House has already endorsed legislation that would nullify some federal gun control laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights.

But today, the Republican-led chamber voted to remove a portion of the bill that could have sent law enforcement officers to jail for knowingly enforcing such laws.

Under previous versions of the measure, federal agents could have faced up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The House bill would only allow people to sue law enforcement for enforcing certain federal laws.

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Politics
9:15 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Gov. Nixon criticizes $620M Missouri tax cut plan

Jay Nixon
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A new estimate puts the eventual cost of a Missouri tax cut proposal at more than $620 million annually.

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Health
9:12 am
Tue April 1, 2014

RSVP Center hosts events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Observed in the United States for more than 25 years, the purpose of this month is to educate and highlight issues associated with sexual assault.

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Education
9:07 am
Tue April 1, 2014

MU awards professors with Kemper fellowships

University of Missouri campus
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An associate professor of voice and voice area coordinator was one of the five teachers to receive the 2014 William T. Kemper Fellowship on Monday. Ann Harrell had a pleasant surprise when University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and Commerce Bank Chair Jim Schatz awarded her with the fellowship that includes a $10,000 check.

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Politics
8:52 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kinkade named Missouri social services director

A longtime employee of the Missouri Department of Social Services has been appointed as its new director.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Diana Moxon, Columbia Art League

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Columbia Art League, about all things art! Watch for what's now, what's next, and what's after that - including June's Art in the Park!


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Politics
8:46 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri bill proposes tax credits for vacancies

Missouri Capitol
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A legislative proposal could cause some Missouri residents to think twice: Would they rather have a representative at the state Capitol or a tax refund?

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Politics
8:31 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Mo. House passes drivers' license renewal change

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Missouri drivers would not need to show birth certificates or other source documents when renewing their licenses under legislation passed by the state House.

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Missouri Environment
7:04 am
Tue April 1, 2014

The geology behind Columbia's water supply

One of the 15 wells atop the McBaine aquifer that pump a total of 30 million gallons of water a day to the city of Columbia.
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You've probably read the headlines about the drought in California.  It got me to thinking about what many of us probably take for granted, our water supply.

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Business
5:21 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Mid-Missourians power down for Earth Hour 2014

Many people across Mid-Missouri shut off their lights Saturday night to participate in Earth Hour 2014. The worldwide initiative started in 2007, and has grown rapidly since its inception.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

House Republicans vote against veto of income tax cut legislation

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Missouri House Republicans were told they could face primary opposition this year if they voted to sustain Governor Jay Nixon's veto of income tax cut legislation.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Republicans strengthening their hold on Missouri's Congessional delegation

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Republicans appear to have strengthened their hold on Missouri's congressional delegation as a result of redistricting.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Federal Health Insurance enrollment deadline approaching

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Last-minute enrollment efforts across Missouri are expected to boost the number of consumers gaining coverage through the new federal health insurance law, but organizers say the deadline push won't hit anticipated enrollment targets.

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Education
3:56 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

MAC Scholars commemorate Mandelas

Nelson Mandela
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Lange Middle School's Minority Achievement Committee (MAC) Scholars held a tribute to Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The MAC Scholars spoke about the hardships and victories Nelson and Winnie Mandela for their annual Black History Month celebration. The students narrated the Mandelas' lives from Nelson and Winnie's points of view, often using direct quotes to better illustrate the former South African leaders' voices.

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Weather
3:44 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

As Missouri enters tornado season, a look at past US twisters [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Mid-Missouri got a taste of tornado season Thursday as the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for southern Boone County. To get some historical perspective on how twisters have ravaged the U.S., we've built a map showing all of the nation's tornadoes from 1950-2012. It uses data from TornadoHistoryProject.com, which in turn pulls its numbers from the weather service's Storm Prediction Center.

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Politics
8:30 am
Mon March 31, 2014

New estimate puts Missouri tax cut bill at $620M

Missouri Senate floor
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A new estimate puts the eventual cost of a Missouri Senate income tax cut plan at more than $620 million annually.

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Politics
8:27 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Mo. Senate could resume debate on criminal code

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Missouri Senate leaders say the chamber could continue debate this week on a proposed overhaul of the state's criminal laws despite Gov. Jay Nixon's reservations.

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Education
8:25 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Troubled school district faces uncertain future

While other school districts are hiring new teachers and preparing for next fall, the uncertainty over the future of the Normandy district in St. Louis County has left the superintendent unsure how to move forward.

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Politics
8:23 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Property tax relief fades at Mo. Capitol

Missouri Capitol
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Some lawmakers want to revive a Missouri program that funded property tax rebates for senior and disabled homeowners hit by rapidly rising property taxes.

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Politics
8:13 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Lawmakers consider funding boost for Missouri 911

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Missouri lawmakers are seeking to allow new charges on cellphones and wireless devices to help improve the state's 911 system.

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PM Newscasts
5:29 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Newscast for March 28, 2014

News coverage from the KBIA newsroom.

Politics
4:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Rep. wants Missourians to vote on repeal of gay marriage ban

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A Missouri House Democrat has introduced legislation that would repeal the state's ban on gay marriage.

Mike Colona, a House member from St. Louis who is gay, filed a proposed constitutional amendment this week that would go before voters in November. Colona was joined by 30 of his Democratic colleagues as co-sponsors.

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Weather
2:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

No reports of injuries during Thursday's severe weather

Officials are assessing damage from heavy storms that hit northern Missouri, damaging homes and utility poles.

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Politics
7:58 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mo. House approves Sunday sales of motorcycles

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Missouri House members have approved legislation allowing commercial sales of motorcycles on Sunday.

State law currently bars dealers from selling cars, trucks and motorcycles on Sunday. The House legislation approved 139-5 on Thursday would repeal that ban — but only for motorcycles.

Some dealerships in western Missouri assert they're losing business to potential customers who visit their showrooms to shop on Sundays, then head across the state line to buy motorcycles in Kansas. Supporters hope the legislation would help Missouri-based businesses compete.

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Politics
7:56 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mo. Senate passes voting, traffic bills

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The Missouri Senate passed a bill Thursday that would impose tougher penalties on drivers who run stop signs, if they cause crashes resulting in injury or death.

The legislation would increase fines and require the suspension of driver's licenses in certain cases of failing to yield the right of way. The bill would set a minimum fine of $500 and raise the maximum to $1,000 instead of the current $200 for violations resulting in injuries. For serious injuries, there would be a new minimum fine of $1,000, and the maximum would rise to $3,000 from the current $500.

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