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4:45 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Mo. Senator delays vote on workplace discrimination law

A Missouri senator is again delaying a vote on legislation to change the state's workplace discrimination laws.
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A Missouri senator is again delaying a vote on legislation to change the state's workplace discrimination laws.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Dave Spence airs first ads for Governor

Republican Dave Spence is casting himself as a "job creator" as he launches the first ads of Missouri's governor's race.

Spence, a businessman from St. Louis, is making his first run for public office while seeking to challenge Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in this year's elections.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Nixon endorses new oil pipeline

Governor Jay Nixon is endorsing plans for new oil pipeline that would cut across Missouri.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

MU research park searches for tenants

A view of the quad at the University of Missouri
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A new University of Missouri research park in south Columbia is struggling to find tenants.

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Politics
4:43 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Corps inspecting Southeast MO levee daily

Missouri levee
File photo KBIA

Inspectors with the Army Corps of Engineers are performing daily inspections of the area where the Birds Point levee was intentionally breached in May.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Santorum coming to Missouri for jobs speech

Rick Santorum
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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is coming to Missouri to give a speech about jobs and the economy.

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Science, Health and Technology
1:20 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Demolition of Joplin hospital begins

Demolition has begun on a Joplin hospital that took a direct hit from a deadly May 22nd tornado.

The Joplin Globe reported that about 1,000 people turned out Sunday for a ceremony at the shell of the once-bustling St. John's Mercy Hospital. Speakers talked about the history of the hospital before a wrecking ball ceremonially smacked the side of the building a few times. From there, the crowd went to a groundbreaking ceremony for the new structure. It is being built at a site three miles away.

Politics
1:15 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Fresh debate over "right-to-work" legislation arises

Legislation to make Missouri a "right-to-work" state is again coming up in state Senate.

A senate panel last week endorsed two bills that would make it a misdemeanor to require workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment.

One of the two proposals, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, would go before voters if it passes the Legislature. The other would go to the governor's desk.

Politics
1:04 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Sales tax advocacy group receives huge donation

 

A group pushing to replace Missouri's income tax with a broader sales tax says it's received a million-dollar contribution.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

MO Supreme Court wants map issue to go through lower courts

A portion of the new maps
State of Missouri

The Missouri Supreme Court is declining to weigh in on the constitutionality of new state House districts — at least for now.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Ed Martin running for AG, not Congress

St. Louis attorney Ed Martin is dropping his congressional campaign to instead seek the Republican nomination for attorney general.

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Politics
11:23 am
Thu January 26, 2012

ACLU sues St. Louis over prison grievances

Missouri State Penitentiary
St. Louis Landmark Association website

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the city of St. Louis, asking a judge to make the city turn over jail records related to inmate grievances.

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Business
10:21 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Missouri casino operators resist tax to fund state-operated veterans' homes

Missouri casino operators say they should not be solely responsible for boosting funding to state-operated veterans' homes.

Missouri House members have suggested adding $1 to the $2 per-patron entrance fee that casinos already pay the state. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has said the fresh revenue could provide a dedicated funding source for the seven existing veterans' homes and possibly pay for one more.

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Politics
12:26 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Vicky Hartzler could face hometown challenger

Vicky Hartzler is a freshman congresswoman in the 112th congress.
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Freshman Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler could face a challenger from her Missouri hometown as she seeks a second term from the redrawn 4th U.S. House district.

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Politics
12:21 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Missouri refinances millions in debt to balance its books

The state has already refinanced the $20 million it cost to build Mizzou Arena
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Missouri is planning to refinance more than $500 million of debt as part of Gov. Jay Nixon's plan to balance the state budget.

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Business
3:48 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Demolition begins Sunday at Joplin hospital

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Perhaps the most well-known and obvious reminder of the tornado that devastated Joplin in May is about to come down.

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Education
2:43 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Missouri lawmaker wants to allow recording in MU's classrooms

A digital tape recorder
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A St. Louis-area lawmaker wants to reverse a new University of Missouri policy that limits how students can redistribute recorded classroom lectures.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a bill filed by Republican Representative Paul Curtman of Pacific would allow public college students to freely share audio and video recordings of lectures.

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Politics
2:18 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Nixon slashes higher education budget but doesn't want tuition raised

Governor Jay Nixon
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The governor wants to cut the state’s Higher Education budget by nearly 106 million dollars, or 12.5%.

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Arts and Culture
1:52 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Bonnie and Clyde's arsenal goes up for auction

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, sometime between 1932 and 1934, when their exploits in Arkansas included murder, robbery, and kidnapping.
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Two guns thought to have been used by bank-robbing fugitives Bonnie and Clyde have snatched $210,000 at an auction in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Education and Politics
4:50 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Nixon wants colleges to keep tuition hikes minimal amid cuts

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is urging college administrators to think twice before proposing large tuition increases in response to state budget cuts.

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Politics
10:40 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Insider testifies on Mamtek, cites concerns before the deal was closed

Governor Jay Nixon announcing the Mamtek plas in 2012
Rebecca Wolfson KBIA

A patent attorney who vouched for a Chinese artificial sweetener factory has testified that he became aware of concerns about the Chinese site before a deal closed to finance the construction of a similar plant in Moberly.

Los Angeles attorney Michael Wise testified yesterday by video conference after being subpoenaed by a special Missouri House committee investigating the failure of Mamtek U.S. Incorporated, which had been offered state and local incentives to open a factory in Moberly.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Democrat Baker enters race for Mo lieutenant governor

Judy Baker
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Former Missouri House member Judy Baker has entered the Democratic race for lieutenant governor.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

MO chief justice wants to shrink prison population

Chief Justice Richard Teitelman
mo.gov

One day after Governor Jay Nixon made his State of the State Address, the annual State of the Judiciary Address was delivered to Missouri lawmakers Wednesday.

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Education
1:59 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Proposal seeks to ban Mo. teacher tenure

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A proposed state constitutional amendment would bar tenure for Missouri's school teachers.

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Business
12:11 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

St. Louis businesses look for opportunity in Indonesia

The night skyline in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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Government, business and university officials from the St. Louis area are in Indonesia this week pursuing trade opportunities and stronger educational ties.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the delegation arrived over the weekend in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta.

The trade mission was organized by the World Trade Center St. Louis and Kit Bond Strategies, a consulting business created by Bond after he retired last year following four terms in the U.S. Senate.

Executives of Boeing Co. and five other businesses are along on the week long visit.

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Politics
11:26 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Missouri Rep. Wallingford to run for state Senate

File photo KBIA

Missouri Representative Wayne Wallingford has announced his candidacy for the Missouri Senate.

Wallingford announced his decision to represent the revised 3rd Senate District on Monday. The Southeast Missouri reports that about 60 people attended the announcement. The vacant seat covers Cape Girardeau, Perry, St. Francois and Ste. Genevieve counties.

Politics
11:18 am
Tue January 17, 2012

State Senate proposes constitutional amendment to grow conservation commission

Missouri senators are proposing a state constitutional amendment that would double the size of the Conservation Commission and make it geographically diverse.

The commission oversees the Department of Conservation which is currently made up of four members, with no more than two from the same political party. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

The proposed change in the state Constitution would expand the commission to eight members and require that they be from different areas of Missouri.

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Business
2:55 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Joplin reports damage costs being paid on schedule

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A new report says the city of Joplin might not end up with any debt related to the May 22 tornado.

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Environment
2:35 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

With deer hunting totals below 10-year average, MDC points to decline in deer population

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Missouri's Conservation Department says hunters killed nearly 239,000 deer during the 2011-12 firearms hunting season.

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Politics
9:26 am
Mon January 16, 2012

State senator wants new judicial panel election process

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Some Missouri lawmakers are making a renewed push to change the way appellate judges are selected.

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