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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

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

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

Credit File Photo / KBIA

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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Business
7:51 am
Fri March 28, 2014

St. Louis opposes Noranda's Ameren request

Credit File Photo / Ameren Missouri

The city of St. Louis is opposing a request by Noranda Aluminum for state regulators to lower the electricity rates it pays to Ameren Missouri.

An attorney for the city wrote to the Missouri Public Service Commission, saying that if Noranda's electric rates are lowered, it could result in higher costs for other consumers. City Counselor Michael Garvin says that it could cost St. Louis an additional $3 million over 10 years.

Noranda has sought about a 25 percent reduction in the rate Ameren charges at its aluminum smelter in the southeastern Missouri town of New Madrid.

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Politics
7:49 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mo. Senate considers tax cut

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

A proposed tax cut is once again moving forward in the Missouri Senate after it was rewritten yet again. The bill had stalled after its sponsor, Republican Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit, offered a substitute that conformed to conditions that Democratic Governor Jay Nixon said were necessary for him to sign it.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Mo. House passes state budget, headed to Senate

Missouri House Floor
Credit File photo / KBIA

The Missouri House has passed a $26.6 billion state budget that ties the amount of an increase in funding for public schools to increases in state revenue.

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Politics
6:01 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Sen. Blunt hopes "Excellence in Mental Health Act" gets ride on 'doc fix' bill

Sen. Roy Blunt
Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

US Senator Roy Blunt hopes Missouri could be one of 8 states to try to make significant changes to how mental health issues are treated in clinical settings as part of a 2-year pilot program. But that program still needs to be approved by Congress, and it’s been lumped into a bill seeking to address looming cuts to Medicare payments to doctors.

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PM Newscasts
5:28 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Newscast for March 27, 2014

News coverage from the KBIA newsroom.

Politics
5:08 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Mo. Senate approves public building funding

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Missouri senators have endorsed a plan that could help finance hundreds of millions of dollars of improvements to state buildings.

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Faith/Religion
12:10 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Unitarian church embraces environmental stewardship with green initiative

Fair trade coffee beans sit on a table in front of a solar panel on display. The Unitarian Universalist Church's Green Sanctuary Team sells fair trade coffee once a month, and the church has invested in solar panels, which will be installed this spring.
Abigail Keel, ColumbiaFAVS.com

Three years ago, Larry Lile became his own boss. He started a consulting group that does energy audits of businesses and helps plan sustainable buildings.

His favorite part is the short walk to work: “I have about a 15-step walk to the office.”

But Lile also finds purpose in his work. Energy decisions, he said, are some of the most important issues we as a culture are making. He is dedicated helping businesses see that sustainable decisions are not only more ethical, but also economical. His personal life is proof of that.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Maplewood Barn Gala & The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri

Today Paul Pepper visits with Maplewood Barn's BYRON SCOTT about the upcoming season and the kick-off gala happening April 5th! [4:23] Also, SCOTT GORDON, The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, invites you to attend Float Your Boat April 12! 

Today Paul Pepper visits with Maplewood Barn's BYRON SCOTT about the upcoming season and the kick-off gala happening April 5th! [4:23] Also, SCOTT GORDON, The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, invites you to attend Float Your Boat April 12!

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Health & Wealth Feature
8:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

As enrollment deadline draws near, Missourians share their health insurance stories

Top: Rex Sharp, Kathryn Richter, Theresa, Angel, and Jospeh Pham with their mother, Julia and Dan McDaniel; Middle: Ann Hampton, Tom Perry and his wife, a sign outside the enrollment event at the Springfield Library Center, Mark James; Bottom: Pamela and Edmund Brown, table at the Life Betterment Fair in Springfield, Gene W. Griffith, Layla Earl
Credit Katie Hiler / KBIA

  

We’ve been hearing a lot about the Affordable Care Act from a number of politicians - Governor Jay Nixon, Senator Roy Blunt, and, of course, President Obama, to name a few.  These people can talk about the number of people insured and weigh the cost versus economic impact. But behind those numbers they’re citing are people, Missourians. Those dollar figures they throw around, that’s money in and out of our pockets. So how do Missourians who have been trying to utilize the new healthcare law feel about it? 

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Politics
7:29 am
Thu March 27, 2014

House bill could reform websites posting police mugshots

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Missouri lawmakers are trying to crack down on commercial websites that post police mugshots of people who have been arrested, then demand money to have the photos removed.

A House bill given first-round approval Wednesday would require the operators of such websites to delete the photos for free within 30 days of a request. Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor.

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Politics
7:26 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Mo. House advances welfare reform legislation

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Missourians could lose welfare benefits if they go too long without using them in the state under legislation advanced by the House.

The House gave the measure first-round approval Wednesday. It needs a second vote before moving to the state Senate.

Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families would be warned of possible suspensions if they go 60 days without using their electronic benefit card in Missouri. The Department of Social Services would suspend accounts if benefits went unused in Missouri after 90 days.

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Politics
7:23 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Missouri's acceptance of same-sex joint tax returns challenged

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A state judge has been asked to put an immediate halt to Missouri's acceptance of joint tax returns from gay couples who got married legally in other states.

The request for a temporary restraining order was filed Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court. It's part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by several Missouri residents, including officials from the Missouri Baptist Convention. They're challenging a decision by Governor Nixon's administration to accept combined tax returns from legally married same-sex couples.

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Politics
7:19 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Mo. Senate endorses tax cut

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Missouri senators have endorsed an income tax cut that could eventually waive an estimated $464 million a year in state revenues.

The legislation given initial approval Wednesday would cut taxes by half of the amount originally proposed by a Republican-led committee. It could gradually cut the state's top individual income tax rate to 5 and a half percent from the current 6 percent.

It also could phase in a 25 percent deduction for business income reported on individual income tax returns, and add a $500 tax deduction for lower-income individuals.

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Crime
7:16 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Execution law similar to Missouri's ruled unconstitutional

Credit California Department of Corrections / Wikimedia Commons

An Oklahoma judge on Wednesday ruled that the state's execution law is unconstitutional because it prevents inmates from finding out the source of the drugs used in executions.

The Missouri attorney general's office isn't commenting on any potential implications from a court ruling about Oklahoma's execution policies.

Missouri's execution law remains in place, but the state has a similar privacy provision that state officials have cited while declining to release the identity of the business that supplies its execution drugs.

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PM Newscasts
5:25 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Newscast for March 26, 2014

News coverage from the KBIA newsroom.

Politics
5:06 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Lawsuit challenging Mo. acceptance of tax returns from gay couples

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A state judge has been asked to put an immediate halt to Missouri's acceptance of joint tax returns from gay couples who got married legally in other states.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bill would shorten time to collect unemployment when state's rate is low

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Missouri senators have given preliminary approval to legislation that would tie the amount of weeks a person can receive unemployment insurance to the state's jobless rate.

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Weather
3:06 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Chance for severe weather in SW Mo. Thursday

The storm could produce large hail and possibly tornadoes. (File photo)
Credit Alexandra Olgin / KBIA

The Storm Prediction Center says there is a slight risk of severe weather in parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma on Thursday. The greatest risk will be in western Arkansas, southwestern Missouri and eastern Oklahoma.

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Health & Wealth Update
12:44 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Health insurance navigators help Missourians in final days of enrollment period

Layla Earl is a licensed navigator and Managed Care Contract Coordinator for Phelps Regional Medical Center
Credit Marissanne Lewis-Thompson / KBIA

With the March 31 enrollment deadline for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act drawing near, healthcare centers across the state have been ramping up efforts to get Missourians signed-up. The group Cover Missouri organized a number of enrollment events across the state earlier this month.

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Radio Friends
9:26 am
Wed March 26, 2014

League of Women Voters & Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Today Paul Pepper and LIZ SCHMIDT talk about the League of Women Voters' annual meeting and all-things-April-elections! [4:54] Also, KRISTEN EIFFERT joins us from the newly-minted Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Nutrition Month is almost over!

Today Paul Pepper and LIZ SCHMIDT talk about the League of Women Voters' annual meeting and all-things-April-elections! [4:54] Also, KRISTEN EIFFERT joins us from the newly-minted Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Nutrition Month is almost over!

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Crime
7:58 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Former Mainstreet Bank chairman sentenced

Mainstreet Bank headquarters in Ashland, Mo.
Credit Mainstreet Bank

The former chairman of a mid-Missouri bank was sentenced to two years of probation for using federal bailout money to buy a luxury condominium in Florida.

Darryl Layne Woods, former chairman of the Mainstreet Bank, based in Ashland, was sentenced Tuesday for a misdemeanor of making a false writing.

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Politics
7:53 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Schweich faces no Republican, Democratic opposition in re-election bid

Credit KBIA file photo

Federal and state elections in Missouri this fall will feature the lowest number of candidates in at least a couple of decades. A total of 429 candidates filed for federal and state offices before yesterday's deadline.

The highest profile state office to be elected this fall is that of the state auditor. Incumbent auditor Tom Schweich is seeking his second four-year term, but will not face any Democratic or Republican opposition.

Schweich's only challengers are Libertarian Sean O'Toole and Constitution Party candidate Rodney Farthing.

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Business
7:50 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Complaint alleges Ameren earned more money than allowed

Ameren's nuclear plant in Callaway County.
Credit File photo / KBIA

State utility regulators have publicly released a confidential report detailing how much money has been earned by Ameren Missouri.

The Missouri Public Service Commission decided Tuesday to unseal a November report that has been at the heart of a complaint. The complaint alleges the St. Louis-based electric company was earning more than it was allowed to.

The newly released documents also include testimony from utility regulation consultants hired by Noranda Aluminum, which is leading the challenge of Ameren's electricity rates.

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Politics
7:28 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Mo. Senate endorses food stamp, car sales bills

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation to give food stamp users an incentive to buy healthy foods at farmers markets.

Under the bill advanced Tuesday, the state would create a test program for participating markets where food stamp users could be reimbursed up to $10 per week for buying meat, fruit and vegetables.

The provision was attached to a broader bill that would give a state and local sales tax exemption for goods purchased at farmers markets.

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Arts and Culture
5:01 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Columbia's integration told in oral histories

Roxanne Foster interviews Jim Nunnally for her Journalism Masters Degree. Foster spoke with 12 people - black and white - who lived in Columbia during the desegregation era.
Credit State Historical Society of Missouri

Roxanne Foster preserved some of Columbia's historical memory last year. In pursuit of her Masters Degree in News Reporting and Writing from MU's School of Journalism, Foster interviewed and recorded the stories of ten black and white Columbians who lived here during the desegregation era. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris visited with Foster about her subjects, their common themes and more. The State Historical Society of Missouri's Oral Historian Jeff Corrigan was Foster's advisor. Together, they recorded, transcribed and archived stories unique to Columbia in the late 1950s through the mid-1960s.

Listen to this week's Thinking Out Loud where the focus is on oral history. Trevor Harris and guests Roxanne Foster and Jeff Corrigan discuss how to best collect stories. Hear excerpts from a recent collection of stories from Columbians who lived through desegregation era. An excerpt from Marva Jo Brown is heard from her recently archived recording.

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