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Agriculture
4:37 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Years in the making, new farm bill becomes law

President Obama signs the Agriculture Act of 2014 as members of Congress and the Cabinet look on.
Credit Courtesy Stephen Carmody / Michigan Radio

President Barak Obama signed the new farm bill into law Friday at Michigan State University in East Lansing, ending years of negotiations and wrangling.

With farm equipment, hay bales and crates of apples setting the stage, the president told the crowd that this farm bill – officially called the Agriculture Act of 2014 – will save taxpayer dollars while also offering support to farmers and ranchers. And he says that helps the whole country.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Obama nominates Ronnie White for federal judgeship in Mo.

Former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ronnie White has been nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court.

White's nomination Thursday by President Barack Obama marks a third chance for him to become a federal judge.

White was twice nominated by President Bill Clinton for a federal judgeship in the 1990s. But the Senate rejected White's nomination after it was opposed by then-U.S. Sen. John Ashcroft of Missouri.

White later testified against the nomination of Ashcroft to become U.S. attorney general.

PM Newscasts
5:16 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

PM Newscast for September 18, 2013

  Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • MU Provost Brian Foster to retire
  • An update on the 9-1-1 call center
  • State Sen. Kurt Schaefer to run for Attorney General
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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Obama to visit Kansas City area

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Missouri's automotive industry will be getting renewed attention this week when President Barack Obama visits a Ford Motor Co. plant near Kansas City.

Obama is scheduled to travel Friday to Ford's new stamping plant in Liberty, located next to the auto maker's Claycomo assembly plant, to illustrate the comeback of the nation's auto industry.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill plans to attend the event. McCaskill says the plant is a good place to highlight the turnaround of automotive manufacturing.

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Politics
7:37 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Rodeo clown at Missouri State Fair wore Obama mask

The Missouri State Fair at night
Credit Missouri Division of Tourism

  This story is updating

People and politicians are speaking out against an incident at the the Missouri State Fair on Saturday. A clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask appeared at a rodeo this weekend, and the announcer asked spectators if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull."

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Politics
8:05 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Obama talks economy, education at University of Central Missouri

Credit Andrew Nichols / KBIA

The President discussed an American economy that's turning around, comparing where the country was five years ago to today. Obama says the basic American bargain of hard work paying off is alive again because private sector job growth is at its strongest since 1999, healthcare costs are shrinking, and the U.S. is becoming self-sufficient when it comes to energy use.

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Politics
7:23 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Nixon, Obama to travel to Warrensburg

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon is joining President Barack Obama during the president's upcoming visit to the University of Central Missouri.

Obama is traveling Wednesday to the Warrensburg school and to Galesburg, Ill., to make his case for spending on infrastructure and for universal pre-school programs. The president is also expected to highlight the economic benefits of overhauling immigration laws.

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Politics
5:32 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

President Obama signs Mo. disaster declaration

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President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster declaration after severe storms struck Missouri from May 29 to June 10.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Mo. House Passes Bill Criminalizing Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws

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Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 6:31 pm

The Missouri House has passed legislation that declares any future federal ban on semi-automatic weapons or large capacity clips is "unenforceable" in Missouri.

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Health & Wealth Blog
5:21 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Rural Reads: Redneck reality, Obama's budget and critical access hospitals

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Every Friday, KBIA's Health & Wealth Desk talks about the week's most interesting articles and reports on rural health, wealth and society issues. 

'Redneck reality' and rural portrayal in cable television

Entertainment newspaper The A.V. Club muses on A&E's popular reality show Duck Dynasty, saying the show is the 21st century incarnation of old rural-themed sitcoms that once dominated network television. Think Petticoat JunctionThe Beverly Hillbillies, and Hee-Haw. It's an interesting read, but we were especially interested with the author's take on ways the television shows have to negotiate the rural-urban political disparities. 

While the rural-themed programming of days gone by tended to depict the small Southern town as a bucolic haven for good-hearted folk, redneck reality is more apt to acknowledge the social and economic ills of the subcultures it depicts. These shows are sanitized for the protection of viewers with blue-state sensibilities; when they occur at all, political discussions tend to center on generalized platitudes about freedom and family, rather than specifics that might turn off half the potential audience.

 

H/T: The Rural Blog

Did headlines about death rates at rural hospitals tell the wrong story?
The Daily Yonder is killing it with their opinion pieces this week. 

Case in point: A new report made headlines last week, saying death rates are rising at rural, geographically isolated hospitals. But an opinion writer for the Yonder says news reports are not telling the real story of these so-called critical access hospitals:

The patients in the small rural hospital with heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia have become a select population. A large proportion has decided that they are through paying all the human costs of the miracles of modern medicine. They have made the decision to stay in familiar surroundings near home and family. 

The researchers found that 13.3% of the patients at critical access hospitals with one of the three conditions died, compared to 11.4 % of the medical center patients. Given all the terrible tools that modern medical centers have to work with, I’m amazed they only manage a small difference in patient survival over the most basic, little country hospitals in America. 

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Politics
8:25 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Senate, House Committees Defeat Medicaid Expansion Plans

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Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 12:01 pm

A Republican-led Missouri Senate committee has defeated a plan to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law.

The Senate Appropriations Committee rejected the legislation on a party-line vote Wednesday, just minutes after hearing testimony from more than two dozen witnesses in favor of the plan.

A Republican-led House committee defeated a similar bill last month in the same fashion.

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Politics
7:50 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. Senate panel adopts bill nullifying gun laws

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A Missouri Senate panel is trying to prevent the enforcement in the state of President Barack Obama's executive orders on gun control.

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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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Global Journalist
8:04 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

An outside look into the United States presidential race

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama spar during the third presidential debate at Lynn University.
Credit Charlie Neibergall / AP Images

In just a few days, we’ll find out whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will be leading the world’s most powerful country for the next four years.   

While Americans are eager to leave the grueling political season behind, many in foreign countries are eager to hear the first hints about their biggest concern, foreign policy.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Mo. passed over in 2012 presidential campaign

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The 2012 presidential campaign has been unlike anything Missouri voters have seen in quite some time. Or perhaps "not seen" is a better description.

Neither Democratic President Barack Obama nor Republican challenger Mitt Romney has held any public campaign events in Missouri since winning his party's nomination. And neither has run TV ads specifically targeting Missouri.

That's a sharp contrast with the 2008 elections and the intense presidential campaigns that Missourians have come to expect over the past several decades.

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Politics
8:41 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Debates draw MU students to nonpartisan campus watch parties

The group Tigers Against Partisan Politics and MU student groups hosted a Presidential debate watch party, in a nonpartisan environment at MU's Black Culture Center, Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Kelsey Kerwin KBIA

More than a hundred MU students gathered on campus for last night’s presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Presidential candidate and former Governor Mitt Romney.

Several MU student groups, including Tigers Against Partisan Politics, the Missouri Students Association and Associated Students at the University of Missouri, hosted the event to encourage more students to learn about politics. The groups are sponsoring the nonpartisan watch parties at each Presidential debate.

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Politics
11:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Different format could change the tone of second presidential debate

Kyle Stokes KBIA

In another face-off between the presidential candidates, the format for tomorrow’s debate might create a different tone in the discussion.

An expert at MU said the second Presidential Debate could be a challenge for both candidates. President Barack Obama was criticized by some for not being aggressive in the last debate and said he would perform better in the next debate.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

State and local party leaders discuss first of three presidential debates

President Barack Obama and Republic Presidential nominee Mitt Romney debated in the first of three debates on the night of October 3rd.
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Missouri Democratic and Republican strategists weighed in on the campaign trail for their parties after Wednesday night's first Presidential debate.

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Agriculture
11:35 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Debate this: Which presidential candidate is better for agriculture?

Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge (left) and Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns stand in for the presidential candidates in a Presidential Forum on Agriculture in Des Moines in mid-September.
Sandhya Dirks Iowa Public Radio

The presidential candidates have yet to meet in a face-to-face debate. But last week in Des Moines, Iowa, ag leaders witnessed a preview of sorts during a Presidential Forum on Agriculture held in advance of the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

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Politics
9:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Spence linking Nixon to Obama in Mo. gov's race

KBIA File Photo

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence has begun running a TV ad linking Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to President Barack Obama.

The ad that began airing Tuesday criticizes the Democratic governor for implementing Obama's economic stimulus act in Missouri and shows pictures of Obama and Nixon together. Spence's ad claims that the stimulus has failed and that Missouri's economy is poor.

Nixon's campaign manager claimed Spence is running a "dishonest and desperate" campaign. Nixon asserts that Missouri's economy has been improving.

Politics
5:53 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Commentary: The Democratic National Convention

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I again asked students in my American Political Parties class at Columbia College if President Obama’s acceptance speech was a success and if it changed their minds about him.  Of the six who sought the bonus points, four went in supporting Obama and none changed their minds.  Most comments were about the emotional power of the speech and how good a public speaker he is.  The criticisms were of the lack of specifics.  One was very positive despite her feeling that he had made little progress on his promises from four years ago.

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It's All Politics
6:32 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Fact Checkers Ding Obama And Biden For Some Spinning

Vice President Biden and President Obama wave to the delegates Thursday night at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 8:52 am

"We heard some facts being spun" Thursday night when President Obama and Vice President Biden gave their acceptance speeches at the Democratic National Convention, report the watchdogs at FactCheck.org.

They and other independent fact checkers have compiled, just as they did at last week's Republican National Convention, a list of those things said by the two parties' standard bearers that don't quite add up or may give misleading impressions.

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Politics
5:58 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Obama to accept nomination Thursday night

Barack Obama speaking at an event
File photo KBIA

President Barack Obama will take the stage tonight (Thursday) in Charlotte, North Carolina, to cap the Democratic National Convention.  In 2008, Obama narrowly lost in Missouri. 

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It's All Politics
4:25 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Live Blog: Thursday At The Democratic National Convention

Attendees sing and dance as musician James Taylor performs onstage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 6:02 pm

  • NPR Special Coverage, Hour 1
  • NPR Special Coverage, Hour 2
  • NPR Special Coverage, Hour 3

Good evening from Charlotte. Tonight during the last day of the Democratic National Convention, President Obama will accept his party's nomination.

It will be a star-studded evening with performances from James Taylor and the Foo Fighters and appearences from stars like Eva Longoria and Scarlett Johansson.

We'll keep tabs on it the whole night. Also, along with NPR's Liz Halloran and Becky Lettenberger, we'll hit the floor and bring you updates on several of the delegations. Make sure to refresh this page to the see the latest.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Obama mocks Akin, Missouri GOP candidates remain quiet

Official portrait of Barack Obama
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President Barack Obama is mocking Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri for his remarks about a woman's body being able to avoid pregnancy during what Akin called a "legitimate rape."

Obama told a group of donors in New York that the Missouri congressman "somehow missed science class" even though he sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Among the few Republicans who have remained quiet Akin's comments are the Missouri GOP candidates for top state offices.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

McCaskill to skip Democratic National Convention

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election in 2012, says she will skip the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Business
6:13 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

NBAF no longer part of 2013 Budget

An architectural rendering of the proposed NBAF lab in Manhattan, Kan.
Courtesy Department of Homeland Security

The White House budget for 2013 provides no construction funding for a planned livestock disease lab in Kansas and calls for a “comprehensive assessment of the project in 2012” to consider “the cost, safety, and any alternatives to the current plan.”

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Politics
4:44 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Senate to Replace Law Withholding Payments with Tax Credits

Senator Roy Blunt said the Senate is expected to move forward Wednesday and eliminate a law requiring the federal, state and local government to withhold 3 percent of their payments to contractors starting in 2013.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Senator Blunt Challenges Obama's Transportation Bill

Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt took to the Senate floor Wednesday to speak out against President Barack Obama's proposed transportation measure.

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