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Politics
3:59 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Gov. Nixon signs parental consent bill for teen tanning

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation requiring anyone younger than 17 to have written parental consent to use a booth, bed or other tanning device at a business.

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Politics
5:49 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks out on Missouri General Assembly tax breaks

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has spoken out about legislation recently passed by the Missouri General Assembly.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Two bills passed to strengthen penalty of disarming police

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Two bills to further protect on duty officers are currently awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon's signature.  The Columbia Police Officers' Association has supported legislation that would make it a felony to disarm a law enforcement agent of any weapon, not simply their handgun. 

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Politics
5:57 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Missouri lawmakers revise state criminal code

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After several years of work and two major legislative pushes, Missouri lawmakers have finally passed legislation to update the state’s criminal code. 

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Politics
8:26 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Gov. Nixon considers bills on cash advances, abortion

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New legislation pending before Gov. Jay Nixon could give people running short of money a new alternative for getting some quick cash.

A bill would make it profitable for Missouri-based banks to offer short-term cash advances, similar to payday loans.

Some nationally chartered banks already offer the short-term loans with fees of around $50 on a $500 loan. Missouri law had allowed such loans, but the Missouri Bankers Association says that few banks offered them because the law set the maximum fee too low.

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Agriculture
10:16 am
Mon March 18, 2013

GMO labeling laws on deck in the Midwest

Labels at Swiss Meat and Sausage Co. near Hermann, Mo., do not indicate if products contain genetically modified organisms.
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Just south of Hermann, Mo., Swiss Meat and Sausage Co. processes 2 million pounds of meat a year -- everything from cattle to hogs to buffalo to elk.

And everything gets a label.

“No antibiotics added, raised without added hormones, all natural, minimally processed," Glenn Brandt, the production manager for Swiss Meat, reads from a hefty roll of hickory smoked beef sausage stickers.

What this label does not indicate, however, is whether or not the sausage contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

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Faith/Religion
3:34 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Secular Coalition for America to create Missouri chapter

The Capitol of Missouri in Jefferson City.
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Missouri is next on the list to create a state chapter of a national organization that lobbies for strong separation of religion and government. 

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AM Newscasts
8:47 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Newscast for May 16, 2012

Legislation is starting to move rapidly through the Missouri General Assembly as the end of session looms.
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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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AM Newscasts
8:31 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Newscast for March 26, 2012

A third piece of cigarette tax-related legislation was filed in Jefferson City.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Changes could be ahead for the Boone County Mental Health Board
  • A 64-year-old man killed in St. Joseph fire
  • New cigarette tax legislation filed in Jefferson City.
Politics
11:28 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Legislators debate bill punishing unruly behavior near worship centers

Legislation inside of the general assembly would punish unruly behavior near religious centers.
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Sparked by past events around the nation, one Missouri senator is trying to make disrupting a house of worship punishable by up to 15 days in jail and a three hundred dollar fine for first time offenders.

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Politics
11:20 am
Tue February 21, 2012

House approves English-only driver's tests

Legislation would make English the sole language on driver's license tests.
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require driver’s license exams be given only in English.

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Politics
9:02 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Lawmakers to address work-related injury fund

The Second Injury Fund is currently $160 million in the red.
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Legislation has been filed in both the Missouri House and Senate to address the state’s Second Injury Fund, which provides payments to workers with prior disabilities who are injured on the job.  But the fund has been losing money for years.

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Politics
8:57 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Senate approves bill moving back Missouri primary date

The legislation would move filing periods for candidates from late February to March.
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The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would push back the filing period for the state’s August primaries by one month.

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AM Newscasts
8:52 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Newscast for February 16, 2012

New UM System President Tim Wolfe spoke with reporters on his first official day in charge.
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AM Newscasts
8:53 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Newscast for February 15, 2012

A bill now before the Missouri Senate lets employers block coverage for birth control products.
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Politics
10:16 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Nixon and lawmakers at odds over legislation

Legislators and Gov. Nixon are sparing over bills reforming voter identification and workplace discrimination.
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Missouri Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon appear headed for a debate over workplace discrimination laws and a requirement to show a photo ID at the polls.

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Politics
9:17 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Legislators hear support for anti-bullying bill

The bill would make schools crack down on bullying.
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A bullied high schooler testified in favor of proposed anti-bullying legislation in a House committee hearing Wednesday.

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AM Newscasts
8:58 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Newscast for February 7, 2012

Debate over a voter ID bill heated up in the Missouri Capitol Monday.
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Politics
5:53 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

MO bill would allow advertising on school buses

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A Missouri lawmaker wants to let school districts lease advertising space on buses to help cover transportation costs.

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Politics
1:15 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Fresh debate over "right-to-work" legislation arises

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.