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The Missouri Senate passed a $24 billion state budget early Wednesday morning, following several hours of debate and closed-door negotiations.  The Senate reversed the House’s gutting of a pension program for the blind.

Newscast for April 25, 2012

Apr 25, 2012
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More than 300 religious and community leaders and emergency response professionals attended a disaster relief event at the Bible Baptist Church in Jefferson City Tuesday.  

The event was put together to discuss the widespread natural disasters in Missouri in 2011. Phillip Iman is the disaster relief coordinator at the American Red Cross.  He says there are many different ways for community organizations to partner with the Red Cross following a disaster. 

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In a brief press release Tuesday, the Lincoln University Board of Curators announced that Dr. Carolyn R. Mahoney intends to retire from her position as President of the University on August 15th.

The press release says a search committee for her replacement will be appointed immediately.

According to the University's website, Mahoney has been President since February 2005. She's also a current Commissioner on the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.

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The state budget for next year is being blocked in the Missouri Senate by a group of fiscally conservative Republicans.

Newscast for April 24, 2012

Apr 24, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Missouri Senate Republicans block passage of state budget.
  • Charter Communications expands coverage in Columbia.
  • One Columbia bus route experiences rider shortage.

Newscast for April 23, 2012

Apr 23, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

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Jefferson City police are searching for a second person of interest in the shooting death of a Columbia man.

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Republican leaders in the Missouri House are backing legislation that would limit the discussion of people's sexual orientation in public schools.

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Missouri lawmakers are considering changes to state licensing fees for dog breeders and animal shelters.

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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.

Newscast for April 19, 2012

Apr 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.

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

Newscast for April 18, 2012

Apr 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.

Newscast for April 17, 2012

Apr 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.

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.

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

Newscast for April 13, 2012

Apr 13, 2012
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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.

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.

Ferguson case hearing begins next week

Apr 11, 2012

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

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

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Budget writers in the Missouri Senate have crafted a proposal designed to preserve funding for blind pensions.

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

Newscast for April 11, 2012

Apr 11, 2012
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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 for April 10, 2012

Apr 10, 2012
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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.

McCaskill stumps in Kansas City as elections near

Apr 10, 2012
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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.

Cole County voters choose new municipal leaders

Apr 4, 2012

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.

Talking Politics for April 3, 2012

Apr 3, 2012
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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.

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.

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