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6:01 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Sen. Blunt hopes "Excellence in Mental Health Act" gets ride on 'doc fix' bill

Sen. Roy Blunt
Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

US Senator Roy Blunt hopes Missouri could be one of 8 states to try to make significant changes to how mental health issues are treated in clinical settings as part of a 2-year pilot program. But that program still needs to be approved by Congress, and it’s been lumped into a bill seeking to address looming cuts to Medicare payments to doctors.

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Politics
9:13 am
Thu August 8, 2013

McCaskill frustrated by farm bill "in limbo"

Credit File Photo / KBIA

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she will spend much of the August congressional recess talking about the farm bill, which is hung up in a legislative impasse.

Hopes are dim for compromise on the legislation after the Senate approved a five-year plan regulating farm programs and food stamps, but the House signed off on a bill dealing only with farm programs. McCaskill says Republican efforts to make sharp cuts to the food stamp program are holding up the farm bill, which she says is unfair to farmers in Missouri.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Sen. McCaskill touts wartime contracting bill passed by Congress

File Photo KBIA

Congress has given final approval to new oversight requirements for wartime contracting that had been sought by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

'Fiscal cliff' could affect Mo. economy, budget

If officials in Washington don't reach a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," Missouri could see a hit to its economy and budget.

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Agriculture
6:01 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Food stamps dividing support for farm bill

Margo Rush goes to FoodNet in the basement of the Lakeview Methodist Church in Lincoln, Neb., to make her budget and SNAP benefits last through the month.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

With Congress going back into session, farm groups are demanding action on a new farm bill. The current law expires at the end of September. But an issue that goes beyond the farm is edging in on the debate.

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Agriculture
4:54 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

What if Congress doesn't pass a farm bill?

Ed Greiman, a cattle producer and president-elect of the Iowa Cattlemen, climbs onto the front of a truck hauling silage on his ranch near Garner, Iowa. Like other ranchers, he's getting a feel for what life would be like without a farm bill.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

Roy Pralle is an 85-year-old retired farmer from Latimer, Iowa. He spends most afternoons playing cribbage with other retired farmers at Dudley's Corner, a diner attached to a gas station in north-central Iowa.

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PM Newscasts
5:49 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Newscast for April 4, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri's House and Senate disagree over budget cuts.
  • Missouri members of Congress oppose military base cuts or relocation.
  • A proposal limiting tanning bed usage among teens divides Missouri House members.
Health & Wealth Update
11:09 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Republicans in Congress seek cuts to walking and biking programs

The new crosswalk at Old 63 and Walnut, connecting Stephens Lake Park to Benton-Stephens. The high-tech crosswalk and two blocks of extra-wide sidewalks cost $247,786.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Today the U.S. House of Representatives is debating a Republican-backed transportation bill, which would authorize $260 billion for the next five years. More money would go to highways, but at the expense of stable funding for public transportation, and the elimination of pedestrian and cycling programs. In this Health & Wealth update, among the proposed cuts is a pilot project in Columbia that's responsible for many of the new bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks around town.

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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
12:48 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

State legislators consider changing workplace discrimination rules

The capitol building, Jefferson city
j.stephenconn Flickr

Legislation that would change Missouri’s workplace discrimination standards is getting attention this week by both State House and Senate members.

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Politics
6:00 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

MO Supreme Court hears challenge to new congressional maps

The Mid-Missouri portion of the "Grand Compromise Map."

The Missouri Supreme Court heard three lawsuits Thursday that seek to erase new maps drawn during last year’s redistricting processes.

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PM Newscasts
4:54 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Newscast for December 14, 2011

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

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Politics
3:18 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Congress fails to pass budget amendments

KBIA

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt said with the defeat of two balanced budget amendments today, Congress has reached a “generational moment”.

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