Jefferson City

Talking Politics for February 7, 2012

Feb 8, 2012

This week on Talking Politics we take a look back at the week that was in Jefferson City, where education policy and funding dominated much of the debate.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri teenager who confessed to strangling, cutting and stabbing a 9-year-old girl because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Missouri Capitol
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Debate began Monday in the Missouri House on legislation to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.  As Marshall Griffin tells us from Jefferson City, the back-and-forth got pretty heated at times.

Attorneys for a Missouri teenager who admitted killing a young neighbor girl are contending that a troubled childhood and an antidepressant drug may have contributed to the murder.

Newscast for February 6, 2012

Feb 6, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA news room, including:

  • A Democratic Springfield lawmaker will run for Lieutenant Governor.
  • U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is in Missouri to discuss restructuring the postal service.
  • Joplin Board of Education to vote on bond measure to help rebuild destroyed schools.

Jefferson City can sometimes be thought as the smaller town next to Columbia, but it has it's own rich history even beyond being the state capital. Nobody knows the history, and tells its stories better than Bob Priddy, whose "Across Our Wide Missouri" series of books are full of the narrative of our state's past.

Newscast for January 31, 2012

Jan 31, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Black caucus members in Jefferson City fight bill redefining workplace discrimination.
  • MU Chancellor Brady Deaton rails against Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed cuts to higher education.
  • Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum swings by Missouri before next month's GOP primary.

Legislation to make Missouri a "right-to-work" state is again coming up in state Senate.

A senate panel last week endorsed two bills that would make it a misdemeanor to require workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment.

One of the two proposals, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, would go before voters if it passes the Legislature. The other would go to the governor's desk.

They were discovered Tuesday outside the offices of five Democratic State Senators and one Republican House Member.  Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal of St. Louis County says someone planted two stickers outside her office:

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newroom, including:

The Missouri Quilt Guild and the Missouri Department of Corrections joined forces for the second year of the “Fill Your Stockings” Restorative Justice program.

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The Cole County Sheriff’s Department and Jefferson City Police are working on a heroin awareness campaign.

AP: The pending release of three American students arrested in Egypt during protests near Cairo's Tahrir Square is the best Thanksgiving gift, the mother of one of the young men said Thursday.

Jefferson City residents could see a half-cent sales tax increase as early as February of next year.