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Politics
9:09 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Mo. legislation would reduce licensing fees

The Missouri House is considering legislation reducing the fees placed on animal shelters.
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Missouri lawmakers are considering changes to state licensing fees for dog breeders and animal shelters.

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Politics
9:03 am
Thu April 19, 2012

MoDOT asks for input on state-wide rail service

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The Missouri Department of Transportation wants public input on a $1.3 billion plan for improving and expanding rail service across the state.

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AM Newscasts
8:57 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Newscast for April 19, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Continuing updates on a new hearing for Ryan Ferguson.
  • Columbia schools placed on lockdown.
  • MoDOT wants input on a billion dollar plan for state-wide rail service.
Business
9:13 am
Wed April 18, 2012

March Missouri unemployment numbers steady

Missouri added about 4,800 jobs in March as its unemployment rate remained steady.

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AM Newscasts
9:10 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Newscast for April 18, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Ryan Ferguson hearing continues in Jefferson City.
  • More on confirmed e. coli. cases in Missouri.
  • Missouri House endorses law making undercover filming of agriculture facilities a crime.
AM Newscasts
8:31 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Newscast for April 17, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Day one of a hearing reexamining Kent Heitholt murder evidence
  • Columbia ranked as hardest working city in U.S.
  • Missouri public office candidates file quarterly finance reports.
Crime
8:27 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Hearing to review new Ferguson murder trial evidence

A Columbia man convicted nearly seven years ago for killing a newspaper sports editor in 2001 returns to court Monday in his latest bid for a new trial.

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Politics
9:04 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Mo. House passes legislation placing cellphones on No Call Lists

Legislation allowing Missourians to place their cellphone numbers on the state's telemarketing No Call List is moving forward.

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AM Newscasts
8:52 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Newscast for April 13, 2012

Fmr. Mo. Gov. Roger Wilson was indicted in federal court on Thursday.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • A former Missouri governor is indicted on money laundering charges
  • A state Senate committee endorses its own version of the 2013 budget
  • Controversy surrounds a policy requiring  Columbia police officers to wear their uniforms while performing off-duty security work.
Politics
9:12 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Mo. House moves to fix injury fund

The Missouri House has passed its version of a workers’ compensation bill that also proposes to fix the state’s ailing Second Injury Fund.  The vote again fell mostly along party lines.

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Ryan Ferguson Hearing
5:55 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Ferguson case hearing begins next week

Ryan Ferguson will be in Jefferson City next week for a hearing concerning his 2005 murder conviction.

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Politics
9:02 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. House OKs proposed amendment to state gun laws

State House members have approved a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution guaranteeing the right to own and manufacture ammunition.

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Politics
8:56 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. lawmakers rework budget, discuss fate of blind pension fund

A reworked Senate budget proposal includes preserved funding for a pension program for the blind.
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Budget writers in the Missouri Senate have crafted a proposal designed to preserve funding for blind pensions.

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Politics
8:45 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Legislators review re-worked workplace discrimination bill

A State House committee began a hearing Tuesday into a stripped-down version of the workplace discrimination bill. 

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AM Newscasts
8:32 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Newscast for April 11, 2012

Lawmakers in Jefferson City are reviewing a new version of a bill reforming workplace discrimination laws in the state.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Thousands of fish die in Columbia creek
  • The Missouri House begins looking at new version of workplace discrimination bill.
  • Ron Paul takes reconvened St. Charles Co. caucus.
Talking Politics
1:11 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Talking Politics for April 10, 2012

Legislation before the General Assembly could lock in the legality of current livestock farming methods.
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This week on Talking Politics, KBIA and Harvest Public Media's Jessica Naudziunas reports on ongoing strife between hog farmers and animal rights activists--a battle which could be decided by state legislators.

Politics
11:28 am
Tue April 10, 2012

McCaskill stumps in Kansas City as elections near

Sen. Claire McCaskill used a stump speech at a Kansas City gas station to attack corporate oil profits.
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Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill began the week traveling the state, touting remedies for high gasoline prices and changes to the tax code.

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Politics
9:46 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Cole County voters choose new municipal leaders

In Cole County, many races were uncontested. The other three Jefferson City Council members elected last night were J. Rick Mihalevich in Ward Two, Bob Scrivner in Ward Three and Carrie Carroll in Ward Four.

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Talking Politics
1:35 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Talking Politics for April 3, 2012

Controversial issues ranging from health care reform to Pres. Obama's birth certificate have entered into debate in Jefferson City.
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This week on Talking Politics, we examine "wedge issues"--those hot-button topics lawmakers both nationally and state-wide continually bicker over.

Politics
5:32 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Rallies draw thousands to Missouri Capitol

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 1:32 pm

Two rallies in Jefferson City today each called for the repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and for employers to have the right to not provide coverage for birth control.

Several hundred people attended the rally held at the State Capitol, led by several religious leaders.  Maggie Karner with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod told the crowd that President Obama’s birth control mandate is an attack on religious freedom.

“This debate is simply about us being forced to pay for products and services that are contrary to our religious beliefs, and we cannot be expected to check our faith at the door," Karner said.

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Politics
9:10 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Keyes addresses crowd during Jefferson City prayer rally

Conservative activist Alan Keyes says many Americans have become confused about their "rights" as U.S. citizens.

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Politics
9:07 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Cunningham to not run for re-election

Jane Cunningham, a state senator from St. Louis Co, says she won't seek re-election.
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A St. Louis County State Senator will not seek re-election in the district she currently represents.   Jane Cunningham had initially filed to run for the 7th District seat, even though the new Senate map places that district in the Kansas City area.

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Politics
8:56 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Mo. House gives initial approval to 2013 budget

Missouri legislators are wrangling over Gov. Nixon's proposed 2013 budget.
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to the state budget for next year.  As St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, Republican leaders pushed through their plan to restore higher education cuts proposed by Governor Jay Nixon by refusing to fund a program for blind residents.

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AM Newscasts
8:51 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Newscast for March 21, 2012

Legislation in Jefferson City calls for increased security at the Capitol.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, I'm Scott Kanowsky:

  • Missouri legislators wrangle with state budget.
  • Columbia Police will step up security during spring break.
  • Missouri Senate considers a bill putting more security cameras in the state capitol.
AM Newscasts
9:08 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Newscast for February 29, 2012

Plans for more housing for local university students are underway in Columbia.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

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Politics
8:59 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Redistricting affects current Mo. senators

Redistricting of state Senate seats eliminates the posts of current senators.
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A bipartisan redistricting commission reached an agreement over Missouri's 34 state Senate districts.

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Politics
8:57 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Commission redrawing state senate districts reaches accord

A ten-member commission chosen by Gov. Jay Nixon to draw a new map for Missouri’s State Senate districts has reached a tentative agreement.

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Talking Politics
8:49 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Talking Politics for February 21, 2012

This week on Talking Politics, we delve the controversy and complexity surrounding the debate over the redrawing of both state and federal representative districts.

Politics
8:58 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Cole Co. Judge declares MOSIRA unconstitutional

The judge said failure by lawmakers to pass wide-ranging tax credit legislation in the fall special session renders the bill unconstitutional.
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The Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA, has been ruled unconstitutional by a Cole County judge.

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AM Newscasts
8:50 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Newscast for February 22, 2012

A Cole Co. judge declared lawmakers' inability to pass tax credit legislation in the fall rendered a Missouri science investment bill unconstitutional.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A Cole County judge rules Missouri science investment bill unconstitutional
  • A potentially threatening letter is sent to some state lawmakers
  • Plans for a new football tailgate zone in Columbia have some business crying foul

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