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5:42 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

State tax credit commission scales back recommendations

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s Tax Credit Review Commission has released its revised list of recommendations.  Some of the original recommendations have been scaled back: The new list calls for shrinking the cap on Historic Preservation tax credits to $90 million a year, instead of $75 million, and reducing the cap on Low Income Housing to $135 million instead of $80 million.  Former GOP Senator Chuck Gross co-chairs the commission. 

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Talking Politics
6:08 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

The strange history of Truman's Senate seat

The desk Harry Truman sat at while serving as a U.S. Senator

This week on the show: new laws go into effect in Missouri. Plus, a fascinating look at the history of the U.S. Senate seat Todd Akin and Claire McCaskill are running for this fall.

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8:14 am
Fri August 24, 2012

New data shows drought intensifying, with slight reprieve expected in coming week

Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

The ongoing drought has intensified slightly in Missouri over the past week, according to new data released by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska. 

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8:19 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Arguments heard in health care exchange debate on ballot language

Arguments were heard Friday on whether a temporary restraining order should be issued against Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan over language she approved for a ballot initiative regarding health care exchanges. Lt. Governor Peter Kinder and Republican lawmakers say the initiative is designed to block the governor from creating an exchange by executive order.

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8:06 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Governor Nixon warns of increased wildfire threat

KBIA File Photo

Missouri’s drought conditions have increased the threat of wildfires across the state.

Governor Jay Nixon presided over a drought briefing Thursday at the Missouri State Fair for emergency management and public safety workers.

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5:46 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Mo. officials react to Pres. Obama's executive order on immigration

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 5:44 pm

Missouri officials are both praising and condemning President Obama’s executive order today that halts deportation of teenage and young adult illegal immigrants.

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9:10 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Farmers and environmentalists at odds over Missouri River chute plans

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 6:23 pm

Farmers and environmentalists faced off at a hearing today in Jefferson City over a water project on the Missouri River west of Boonville.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to build a new chute at Jameson Island designed to protect the pallid sturgeon and other native fish species.  Building it would involve dredging along the Missouri River, and the Corps wants to dump the sediment back into the river.  The move is strongly opposed by farm interests.  Dale Ludwig with the Missouri Soybean Association says up to a million cubic yards of sediment could be dumped into the Missouri River.

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Business Beat
5:53 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

MU Genetics research could lead to better beef, profits for breeders

A researcher at the University of Missouri is trying to find a way to track the most productive cattle to predict future profits. Plus, a quick update on the rise in Missouri’s state revenue last month, and what that might mean for state funding levels.

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7:56 am
Wed June 6, 2012

State revenues ahead of projections, up 3.4 percent

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 5:16 pm

Missouri’s revenues rose more than expected during the month of May.

The state collected about $6.6 billion in revenue last month, compared to just under $6.4 billion in May of 2011.  Governor Jay Nixon’s Budget Director, Linda Luebbering, credits most of the improvement to higher collections of state income and sales taxes.

“That's the good news, things are picking up,"  Luebbering said.  "I think we do have to be cautious, still, because of what’s going on at the national and particularly the international picture, with European Union issues and everything that's going on globally that could have some bearing on the overall economy.”

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7:36 am
Fri May 18, 2012

End of session will lack drama, but not fireworks

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 6:34 am

It's the final day of the regular legislative session for the Missouri General Assembly.

Lawmakers have spent the past week clearing a backlog of bills that accumulated during a showdown over the state budget.

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10:54 am
Mon May 14, 2012

A few hot-button items left for last week of Mo. legislative session

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 6:04 am

Most of the big issues this legislative session were tied to the state budget, which has been passed and sent to Governor Jay Nixon.  That has many political pundits wondering if the last week of the 2012 session will be anticlimactic.  But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, there are still a few hot-button items left to fight over.

Workers' comp

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7:56 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Budget stalemate continues in the Missouri General Assembly

The Missouri House and Senate cannot agree on legislation providing funds for veterans' homes.
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The Missouri House and Senate are still at an impasse over next year’s state budget.  The Senate has made no progress on persuading Republican Jason Crowell of Cape Girardeau to stop blocking legislation to fund veterans’ homes.

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8:48 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Mo. GOP senators block passage of 2013 state budget

Mo. GOP senators blocked the budget due its use of one-time funds to fill holes in the 2013 spending plan.
j.stephenconn flickr

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

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4:20 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Mo. Senate stalls on K-12 funding formula changes

Legislation that would tweak Missouri’s funding formula for public schools has stalled in the State Senate on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.
File Photo KBIA


Legislation that would tweak Missouri’s funding formula for public schools has stalled in the State Senate.  

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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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10:14 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Judge hears closing arguments in congressional redistricting

Missouri Senate

Closing arguments were heard Thursday in the lawsuit over Missouri’s new congressional district map.

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PM Newscasts
5:18 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Newscast for January 31, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Nixon's position on a new oil pipeline
  • An update on the redistricting lawsuit
  • Dave Spence airs first ads for Governor
5:07 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Judge hears redistricting arguments

Opening arguments were held Tuesday for the congressional redistricting lawsuit.  The suit is being held in lower court because the Missouri Supreme Court ordered a review of the redrawn map.

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8:17 am
Fri January 27, 2012

MODOT chief says making I-70 toll road would finance reconstruction


The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation says charging tolls on Interstate 70 is the only real option for funding reconstruction of the highway, if the state wants to do something about it right now. 

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AM Newscasts
10:27 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Newscast for January 26, 2012

MoDOT engineers worry that heavier trucks would spell rutted roads in rural Missouri

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • $27 million in grant money to health insurance exchange in Missouri has come to a complete halt
  • Missouri democrats block weak workplace discrimination bill in State Senate
  • ACLU sues St. Louis for inmate grievances
  • Big trucks on small roads--cattlemen vs. MoDOT
AM Newscasts
10:01 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Newscast for January 5, 2011

Some Schafly taps
prettywar-stl Flickr

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom:

  • Schools front and center for state legislature
  • Missouri's higher education commissioner wants to tie state funding to performance
  • Tom Schlafly sells off most of his beer company
9:15 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Public schools focus on first-day talk in state legislature

Teacher Roger Brallier, in class at Mexico Middle School: Public schools had the spotlight in yesterday's start to the state's legislative session.
Rebecca Thiele KBIA

The 2012 Missouri legislative session is underway – and as St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, much of the first-day talk revolved around the challenges facing the state’s public schools.

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8:23 am
Wed January 4, 2012

A look ahead to the legislative session

Missouri legislators return to work today, facing what the governor estimates to be a $500 million budget shortfall.

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City today for the start of this year’s legislative session.  The year 2011 was marked by House and Senate Republicans fighting with each other over tax credits and redistricting, while still managing to take pot shots at Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s handling of the state budget.  Marshall Griffin takes a look at how the 2012 session may play out.

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AM Newscasts
12:00 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Newscast for December 14, 2011

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Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri Highway Patrol enforces federal ban on cellphone use on the road
  • Timothy Wolfe newest president at University of Missouri
  • State auditors missing over a half million dollars in receipts
AM Newscasts
10:50 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Newscast for November 8, 2011

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom:

  • A Missouri House committee recommends a joint committee to  oversee rainy day fund
  • Missouri receives 5 million dollars for tornado and flood relief
  • Brad Lager commits to run for Lt. Governor's office, opening the possibility of a primary challenge to Kinder
5:51 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Gov. Nixon defends handling of Mamtek deal

Governor J. Nixon
File Photo KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon says his administration wisely handled the vetting of a Los Angeles-based company that began building an artificial sweetener plant in Moberly, then pulled out after missing its bond payment to the small northeast Missouri town.

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6:28 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

MO Lawmakers Start Pre-Filing Period for January Session

The Missouri House floor
File Photo KBIA News

Missouri lawmakers began pre-filing bills today for next year’s legislative session, which begins January 4th.

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AM Newscasts
10:47 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Newscast for December 1, 2011

Regional news form the KBIA newsroom including:

  • Government development agency testifies that Mamtek's claims were never fact checked
  • MU researchers recommend exercise for breast cancer after years of warning against
4:23 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Business Beat: November 23, 2011

Prescott Frost kneels in a small herd of his cattle near his ranch south of Bassett, Neb.
Hilary Stohs-Krause NET

Demand for ‘alternatively raised meat’ seems like an opportunity for farmers in the Midwest. But it’s not a booming industry in the region just yet. Plus, an update on the effort to bring broadband internet to rural areas of Missouri.

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