9:17 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Voter Advocacy Groups Say Mo. ID Bills Unfair, Unconstitutional

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Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 3:40 pm

This week lawmakers in Jefferson City are taking another crack at requiring Missouri voters to show a photo ID when they go to the polls.

Opponents of the bills, however, plan to tell legislators the new standards would be unnecessary and unfair.

Denise Lieberman is an attorney for the voting-rights group the Advancement Project.

This week she’s testifying before both the House and Senate committees considering voter ID requirements and says the proposals are flat-out unconstitutional.

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AM Newscasts
9:11 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Newscast for February 4, 2013

Regional News Coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Voter Advocacy Groups Say Mo. ID Bills Unfair, Unconstitutional
  • Mo. panel to release higher education funding proposal
  • Orlando to end Branson Christmas shows
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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Author Jamie Rasmussen

Today Paul Pepper talks to JAMIE RASMUSSEN, author of the book, "The Missouri State Penitentiary: 170 Years Behind the Walls."

8:42 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Mo. Senate to debate future of disability fund

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Missouri senators are preparing to debate legislation to revive an insolvent fund for disabled workers.
The state's Second Injury Fund has a deficit of about $25 million that is expected to keep growing.

The fund provides compensation to people with previously existing disabilities who then suffer an additional work-related injury or illness. It's financed by a surcharge on workers' compensation insurance premiums. But the revenues haven't kept up with expenses.

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8:25 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Mo. panel to release higher ed funding proposal

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A Missouri legislative committee is creating a new funding model for the state's public colleges and universities.

The Joint Committee on Education plans to release a detailed draft Monday at the state Capitol. The panel will accept public comment on the proposal until Feb. 11.

A recently approved state law requires development of a higher education funding formula similar to the one used for public school districts. Missouri now bases funding for colleges and universities largely on how much they've received in past years and how much money is available.

Arts and Culture
8:20 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Orlando to end Branson Christmas shows

Singer Tony Orlando says this year's Christmas shows will be his last holiday season in Branson.

Orlando has been performing in the southwest Missouri entertainment resort for 20 years.

The Welk Resort Theatre says in a release that the 2013 "Tony Orlando's Great American Christmas" will be Orlando's last Christmas season as a Branson performer. The seasonal show will run from Nov. 5 to Nov. 30.

8:16 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Analysis: Nixon's plan could boost pay for doctors

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Doctors and other medical professionals could be in line for a pay hike under Governor Jay Nixon's plan to expand Medicaid eligibility in Missouri.

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8:13 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Mo. Senate panel to hold hearing on tax credits

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A Missouri Senate committee is set to review the state's numerous tax credit programs and their impact on the state budget.

The Senate Appropriations Committee scheduled a hearing Monday on tax credits before it takes up Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year.

The 61 tax credit programs currently offered by Missouri cost the state nearly $630 million in the latest fiscal year. Last week, the Senate approved another one, with an estimated yearly cost of $3 million, to attract amateur sporting events to the state.

The Two-Way
8:09 am
Mon February 4, 2013

VIDEO: 'Today You Can See That I'm Alive,' Says Malala, Girl Shot By Taliban

Malala Yousafzai in a video released Monday.

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 8:52 am

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