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8:53 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Mo. gov. candidates oppose court ballot measure

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Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican challenger Dave Spence both oppose a ballot measure that would give the governor greater power in picking Missouri's top judges.

A November ballot measure would change the seven-person panel that nominates judicial candidates to the governor. It would increase the number of citizens named to the panel by the governor to four instead of three, with the rest selected by an attorneys' association. It also would increase the number of judicial nominees the panel submits to the governor to four instead of three.

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Politics
5:41 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Spence sues Nixon for defamation over bank ad

Republican challenger Dave Spence does not like Gov. Jay Nixon's attack ad against him.
Andrew Yost KBIA

Republican challenger Dave Spence has filed a defamation lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon over a campaign ad.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Cole County claims Nixon maliciously or recklessly broadcast false statements about Spence's role with a bank. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Nixon's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nixon has been running ads that describe Spence as a banker and claim Spence used part of a $40 million federal bank bailout to buy a vacation home.

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Politics
5:59 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Columbia attorney among MO Supreme Court nominees

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A state nominating commission has selected a Columbia attorney as one of the three finalists to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court.

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Politics
8:58 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Akin, McCaskill campaign spar over tax returns

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Republican challenger Todd Akin wants Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill to release her husband's income tax returns, even though Akin hasn't released his own.

Akin said Wednesday that the Democratic incumbent should release the tax returns of her husband, Joseph Shepard, to prove the family didn't personally profit from nearly $40 million of federal housing subsidies paid to businesses affiliated with Shepard. Akin campaign adviser Rick Tyler said Akin won't release his own tax documents unless Shepard does first.

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Politics
5:56 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Fundraising criticized in Mo. AG race

Missouri Attorney General's Office

Republican Missouri attorney general candidate Ed Martin is criticizing a campaign contribution received by Democratic incumbent Chris Koster.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

McCaskill hits Akin with ads featuring victims of rape

The ads refer to Akin's controversial August remarks about pregnancy and rape.
File Photo KBIA

Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is taking aim at Republican challenger Todd Akin with a new series of TV ads featuring rape survivors upset about Akin's position on emergency contraception.

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Politics
1:13 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

FEMA to keep temporary housing in Joplin

The Federal Emergency Management Agency placed temporary housing units in Joplin, Mo., similar to the one shown.
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Some families who lost their homes in the Joplin tornado have been given a seven-month extension to stay in government housing, but it will no longer be free.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted a request to keep its temporary housing units in Joplin until June 9, 2013. The trailers had been scheduled to be removed on Nov. 9, when the eligibility for free housing expires.

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Politics
8:52 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Akin campaign links federal money to McCaskill's spouse

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Businesses affiliated with the husband of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill received almost $40 million of federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office.

But McCaskill's campaign said Tuesday that none of that money made it to the family's bank accounts.
McCaskill's Republican challenger, Todd Akin, claims the federal payments represent a "conflict of interest" — an assertion McCaskill calls "unfair and distorted."

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Politics
5:40 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Republican group gives Spence $950,000

Republican Dave Spence
spenceforgovernor.com

Republican Dave Spence has received a $950,000 contribution to help with his Missouri governor race.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Democrat launches TV ad for Mo. lt. gov. campaign

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Democrat Susan Montee is starting her first TV ad in the Missouri lieutenant governor campaign.

The ad focuses on advocating for military veterans and their families. Montee says veterans should be confident they will have a home, quality health care and a job. The ad also references Montee's father who is missing in action after his refueling jet disappeared near Vietnam in 1966.

Montee's campaign publicized its TV ad on Monday.

Politics
2:37 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Feds paid $40M to firms tied to McCaskill's spouse

Senator Claire McCaskill
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Businesses affiliated with the husband of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill have received almost $40 million of federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office.

McCaskill's Republican challenger, Todd Akin, claims the payments represent a "conflict of interest and a breach of trust" with voters. The Democratic senator's campaign says that is "flat-out wrong."

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Politics
8:17 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Akin tops $1M in online donations for Mo. Senate

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Republican challenger Todd Akin says he has topped $1 million in online donations for his campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

Akin mounted an aggressive online fundraising drive in mid-August after losing the financial backing of some Republican groups because of his remarks about women's bodies having ways of avoiding pregnancy in what he described as "legitimate rape."

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Crime
4:22 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Victim's relatives outraged over Columbia man's prison release

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Relatives are outraged that authorities freed a Missouri man sentenced to more than 200 years in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl execution-style and wounding two others.

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Politics
2:53 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Missouri Lt. Gov. candidate Susan Montee releases TV ad

Missouri Lieutenant Governor candidate Susan Montee
MonteeforMissouri.com

Democrat Susan Montee is starting her first TV ad in the Missouri lieutenant governor campaign.

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Politics
11:05 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Secret Cold War tests in St. Louis raise concerns

In the midst of the Cold War, the Army released chemicals into the air using motorized blowers atop a low-income housing high-rise and elsewhere in predominantly black areas of St. Louis.

The secret testing was exposed in the 1990s, but new research is now raising greater concern about the implications.

St. Louis sociology professor Lisa Martino-Taylor released her research last month. It was troubling enough that both U.S. senators from Missouri wrote to the secretary of the Army demanding answers, including whether radioactive testing was performed.

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