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3:00 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Missourians for Equality pushing for discrimination petition

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A Missouri group may start circulating petitions for a ballot measure aimed at making it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in the state.

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Education
5:08 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

MU considering coed housing

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The University of Missouri is considering requests from student groups to begin offering coed on-campus living.

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Politics
7:34 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Analysis: Missouri voters stick with status quo

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The status quo has got to go? Not in Missouri.

Based on election results this past week, Missouri voters might be better described as gung ho for the status quo.

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Crime
3:01 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Columbia woman accused of killing baby arrested

A 24-year-old Columbia woman has been accused of killing an 11-week-old baby who died in May after a pacifier blocked her airway.

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Politics
8:14 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Fewer Mo. voters turn out this year than last presidential election

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Numbers released by the Missouri Secretary of State’s office show 65.7 percent of registered voters across the state, or approximately 2.7 million people, turned out for this year's presidential election.  That’s a decrease from the record number of participants in the 2008 presidential election, where a record 2.9 million voters (69.4 percent of registered voters) turned out.

In the August primary, Boone County had the lowest voter turnout rate of any county in Missouri at 16.7 percent.

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Politics
7:19 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Rape remark defined Akin's campaign, McCaskill win

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Missouri congressman Todd Akin called it his "six-second mistake." But his brief remark about "legitimate rape" was more than enough to sink his U.S. Senate campaign.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated her Republican challenger with nearly 55 percent of the vote to Akin's 39 percent in Tuesday's election. It was the largest margin of victory in a Missouri Senate race since 1994.

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Politics
7:10 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Mo. chamber touts success in legislative elections

At the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., a senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.
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Some Missouri business leaders are hoping that a newly enlarged Republican majority in the state House can help them enact their agenda.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says 99 of the 103 candidates endorsed by its political action committee won election Tuesday to the state House and Senate.

Republicans already held a veto-proof majority in the Senate. As a result of Tuesday's votes, the GOP also will hold the two-thirds majority needed to override gubernatorial vetoes in the House.

Politics
5:49 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Voter turnout at 65.7 percent in Missouri

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Missouri voters went to the poll in big numbers, but not as big as in 2008.

Figures released by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's office on Wednesday showed that 2.7 million people, or 65.7 percent of registered voters, turned out on Tuesday. Both the raw number and the percentage were down from 2008, when a record 2.9 million voters, or 69.4 percent, went to the polls.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Mo. GOP claims veto-proof majority in Legislature

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Missouri Republicans have increased their control of the state Legislature, apparently claiming the two-thirds majority needed to override the governor's vetoes.

Complete but unofficial returns show the GOP apparently will have 110 seats in the 163-member House. In the state Senate, Republicans maintained their veto-proof majority. But incumbent GOP Sen. Jim Lembke, of St. Louis, lost to Democratic challenger Scott Sifton.

Several sitting House members also lost their re-election bids.

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Agriculture
3:51 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Missouri turkey hunters report bird population improvement

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Missouri turkey hunters report taking nearly 8,500 birds last month, a 20 percent increase from October 2011.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:51 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Mo. plays role in fracking boom with silica sand

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Missouri doesn't have enough natural gas deposits for the state to get much benefit from the hydraulic fracturing movement that has produced a glut of natural gas nationwide.

But it does have something that's very important to energy producers who engage in fracking — sand.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Missouri has vast quantities of nearly pure silica sand. The sand is in high demand among drillers who use the tiny granules to prop open cracks in shale rock and allow oil and natural gas to escape.

Politics
8:49 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Missouri sends SEMA team to help with Sandy relief

An emergency management team from Missouri is headed to New York to help manage volunteers and donations in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

Governor Jay Nixon's office says the New York emergency management office asked for help from Missouri's State Emergency Management Agency. The request was made through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which is part of the nation's mutual aid system.

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Crime
1:17 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Judge denies Ryan Ferguson habeas corpus

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A Missouri judge has refused to grant a new trial for a Columbia man convicted of second-degree murder in the 2001 killing of a newspaper sports editor.

Ryan Ferguson was one of two teenagers accused in the beating and strangulation of Kent Heithold outside the Columbia Daily Tribune early on the morning of Nov. 1, 2001.

Ryan’s father Bill Ferguson has been spearheading the effort to prove his son’s innocence.

“I am just devastated,” said Bill Ferguson.

He says he hadn’t heard the news until KBIA reached him for comment.

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Politics
8:54 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Mo. Home Care Union hopes for first contract

A union representing 13,000 workers who provide in-home care to the disabled says it hopes a decision by the Missouri Supreme Court can clear the way for negotiations with the state on a contract.

The Supreme Court declined Tuesday to hear an appeal of a May ruling upholding a vote by the workers to be represented by the Missouri Home Care Union. The union says that clears the "last legal obstacle delaying negotiations" on its first contract.

The workers are paid by the state to help the disabled in their homes with daily tasks such as bathing and cleaning.

Politics
8:43 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Mo. court rejects challenge to cash-only bail

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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a criminal defendant may be forced to pay cash to be released from jail before trial.

A St. Louis County set a $75,000 cash-only bail for a man accused of invading people's privacy by using a concealed camera in a massage therapy business. The defendant, Kirk Jackson, challenged the cash bail order.

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