Politics
9:47 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Missouri Republicans Outline 'Commonsense Conservative' Medicaid Alternative

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A long-promised Republican alternative to Medicaid expansion was filed today in the Missouri House.

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AM Newscasts
9:36 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Newscast for February 26, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Live blog: Second winter storm hits Columbia
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Politics
9:33 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Mo. panel OKs transportation sales tax increase

A Cole Co. judge declared lawmakers' inability to pass tax credit legislation in the fall rendered a Missouri science investment bill unconstitutional.
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A Missouri House committee has endorsed a proposed 1-cent increase in the state sales tax to boost funding for transportation.

The proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution would require approval in a statewide vote and expire after 10 years.

Proponents estimate the higher sales tax would raise nearly $8 billion over 10 years for transportation projects.

The measure would dedicate 10 percent of the extra revenue to local transportation needs and freeze the state's gas tax rate while the higher sales tax was in effect.

Politics
9:29 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Mo. House panel backs bill nullifying gun regs

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Enforcing new federal gun regulations could send Missouri officers to prison under a bill endorsed by a Missouri House committee.

The committee voted 9-5 on Tuesday to advance the bill that would criminalize the enforcement of federal gun control laws enacted after Jan. 1 of this year. The vote was along party lines with Republicans supporting the bill and Democrats in opposition.

The panel also advanced a bill barring federal regulation of guns that are manufactured in Missouri and remain inside the state's borders.

Business
9:24 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Postal Service studies Columbia processing center

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The U.S. Postal Service is looking into moving some or all operations at the Columbia mail processing center to facilities in St. Louis and Kansas City.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports a study of how consolidation would affect service could take four to six months.

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Politics
9:19 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Mo. Senate Endorses Wide-Ranging Tax Credit Bill

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 7:16 pm

The Missouri Senate spent several hours last night working on a wide-ranging tax credit bill, which they gave first-round approval to at around 3:30 this morning.


Senate Bill 120 would drastically cut incentives for Historic Preservation and low income housing.  Historic Preservation tax credits would be capped at $50 million a year, instead of the current $140 million, and low income Housing incentives would be capped at $55 million a year.  Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis) criticized the move.

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The Two-Way
9:17 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Hagel Sworn In As Defense Secretary

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, as he was sworn in Wednesday morning at the Pentagon. His wife, Lilibet, held the Bible. Michael L. Rhodes, the Pentagon's director of administration and management, administered the oath.
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Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 10:18 am

After a somewhat stormy debate in the Senate over his confirmation, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) was sworn in Wednesday morning at the Pentagon and took over as secretary of defense.

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The Two-Way
8:54 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Negotiators At Six-Nation Talks See Signs Of Hope In Iran Nuclear Standoff

Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary and chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili speaks during talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday.
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Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 10:01 am

Officials at six-nation nuclear talks on limiting Iran's nuclear program say the two-day meeting in Kazakhstan has been a turning point, and Tehran's lead negotiator described the discussions as a positive step.

But NPR's Peter Kenyon, reporting from the talks in Almaty, says it appears that most of what was accomplished was simply laying the groundwork for future discussions.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Missouri Contemporary Ballet & Low Vision Specialist

Today Paul Pepper welcomes SUE MASSATT, MU Health Care, who talks about March being Low Vision Awareness Month. Did you know macular degeneration affects more than 15 million Americans? Also, KAREN GRUNDY and the Missouri Contemporary Ballet are having a show called "Connectivity."

The Two-Way
8:34 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Come Aboard! Here's What The 'Titanic II' Will Look Like, Inside And Out

An artist's image of the Titanic II.
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Declaring it will be the safest cruise ship in the world and will have more than enough lifeboats just in case something goes wrong, the designer of what's supposed to be a replica of the Titanic has unveiled images of what the Titanic II will look like, inside and out.

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