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CoMo Explained
12:19 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Will Missouri ever play nice with Obamacare?

Just don't read and drive.
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  This week guest host Harum Helmy explains all the ways Missouri is mucking up the implementation of "Obamacare."


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CoMo Explained
7:20 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Why are Mo. politicians so riled up about the tax cut bill?

H.B. 253 does not contain any actual threats to Abraham Lincoln's face. But to tax rates, yeah, definitely.

This week Como Explained dives into the tax cut bill the Governor vetoed. It's not dead yet.

Como Explained: Episode 11

We’ve talked about the Republican veto-proof majority on this show before. Well, that’s one of the main causes behind a situation playing out in Jefferson City (and across the state) right now.

Republicans pushed a bill through the legislature this year that would reduce the personal income tax rate by half a percentage point and the corporate rate by three points.  Both would be phased in over the next 10 years. Many Republicans touted the bill as one of their key accomplishments in the 2013 session, and if it becomes law, it will likely be the most noticeable change in the state that comes out of this past session.

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CoMo Explained
8:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

How the Providence Rd improvement project became such a huge deal

A bulldozer. It never came to this with the Providence Rd improvement project, but early plans included the demolition of eight possibly historic homes
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  This week we explain exactly what went down with the Providence Road improvement project and how it became such a huge mess.

The busiest intersection in Columbia is at Providence Rd and Stadium Boulevard. When the city started to look into ways to improve traffic flow about eight years ago, nobody knew it would turn into the big mess that it did.  Before it was over, the meetings multiplied, emotions went high and the city government was accused of arranging backdoor deals.

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CoMo Explained
8:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Why government transparency matters--and not just to journalists!

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This week on the CoMo Explained podcast we talk about why government transparency matters.

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CoMo Explained
9:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

What's wrong with bridges in Missouri?

This bridge in southeast Missouri collapsed when a derailed train knocked out its supports
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The collapse of a county highway bridge in southeast Missouri on Saturday was almost certainly not due to structural defects. And the fact that this collapse came on the heels of a similar disaster in Washington state is unfortunate but not necessarily related. Yet it's just a plain fact that bridges in Missouri are aging rapidly and are in serious need of repair.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Columbia’s state lawmakers share highlights from the 2013 legislative session

Reps. Chris Kelly, Caleb Rowden and Sen. Kurt Schaefer
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  Missouri's 2013 legislative session came to a close Friday evening after deliberation of state Medicaid expansion, tax credit reform and gun control.

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CoMo Explained
10:01 am
Wed May 22, 2013

How does a veto-proof super majority work?

Superman is probably veto-proof as well, but he's never admitted it.
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This is the first year in modern history that we've seen a Republican veto-proof super majority: that's a two-thirds majority that allows Republicans to not only push through most any legislation they want, but also nullify a possible veto from their Democratic Governor, Jay Nixon.

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CoMo Explained
1:23 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

What does immigration look like in mid-Missouri?

A permanent resident card, or "green card"
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Earlier this month, a “Gang of Eight” bipartisan senators introduced an immigration bill that would grant low-skilled immigrant workers the opportunity to stay in the United States legally without a green card, among other reforms. Called “W-visas,” these visas would allow immigrants to fill positions that don’t require bachelor’s degrees for three years.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

How zoning laws shape downtown Columbia

The vast majority of downtown Columbia is zoned C-2
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  An influx of student housing downtown has Columbia wondering what will become of its beloved District, for better or worse. And the Niedermeyer house, the city’s oldest building, was almost demolished to make way for another high-rise apartment building. But why is this happening?

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CoMo Explained
2:12 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

How C-2 zoning could make or break Columbia

Downtown Columbia
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Most of downtown Columbia is zoned for "central business."  But the same zone that lets developers build small boutiques with loft apartments lets in huge, disruptive housing complexes like the Brookside Apartments.

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Politics
9:36 am
Wed April 17, 2013

How can Columbia stop high school students from dropping out?

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This is the very first episode of CoMo Explained, a new podcast from the KBIA newsroom that breaks down the big news of the day and explains how Columbia works.

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