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Politics
9:18 am
Fri April 12, 2013

UM System students take their case to Jefferson City

ASUM students speak with Senator Kurt Schaefer on Thursday April 11, 2013
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Legislation for campus capital improvements and student curators are key issues the Associated Students of the University of Missouri brought to legislators at the capitol Thursday.

About 50 students from all four University of Missouri campuses gathered to talk to state legislators at the Make a Stand Rally.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:58 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Obama's proposed delay in cuts could cool off MO medicaid expansion debate

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In his proposed budget, President Barack Obama wants to delay cuts to federal payments to hospitals, keeping the payments intact for an extra year. That could affect the debate over expanding Medicaid in Missouri.

Through what’s called the disproportionate share hospital payments or DSH payments, the federal government gives money to hospitals that provide a lot of free care to patients who are uninsured and can’t afford services. The Affordable Care Act, though, includes significant cuts to DSH payments.

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Politics
11:18 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Fighting for LGBT job and housing rights in two different ways

Executive Director of PROMO AJ Bockelman and Representative Jon Wright
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In November we told you about the debate in the Missouri legislature over including sexual orientation and gender identity in the Human Rights act. It would offer protection to make sure LGBT aren’t discriminated for housing and employment discrimination. There are two groups trying to achieve the same goal in two different ways. One organization is trying to get the state legislature to change policy, while another wants to leave the decision to voters on the ballot in 2014.

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NPR Story
8:50 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Mo. House Passes State Budget, Mo. Senate Threatens To Delay DOR Budget

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Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 7:51 pm

Missouri’s budget for the next fiscal year has been passed by the State House.


While Medicaid expansion has dominated most of the debate, spending hikes were approved in other areas.  There’s an extra $65 million for K-12 schools, although the increase still falls short of fully funding the state’s public school formula.  Republican Mike Lair of Livingston County chairs the Appropriations committee on Education.

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Politics
8:17 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Mo. House Republicans propose alternative to Medicaid

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Supporters and opponents spent several hours Monday testifying on an alternate Medicaid proposal being floated by House Republicans.

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Politics
8:07 am
Tue March 26, 2013

State budget scheduled for debate today in Mo. House

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The Missouri House will begin debate Tuesday on the 13 bills that make up next year’s state budget.

The three bills that encompass the state’s Medicaid program don’t include Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposed expansion, although House Democrats may try to offer amendments to change that.  Budget chairman Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood) says the state should have more of a say in how Medicaid dollars are handled.

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Politics
8:52 am
Mon March 25, 2013

What's on the table, as Mo legislators return to session?

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Missouri state legislators return to the Capitol today with a to-do list that includes the budget and various legislative priorities such as taxes, economic incentives and a fund for injured workers.

The Legislature recessed this past week for its midsession break. Lawmakers are scheduled to resume debate today.

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Politics
9:08 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Mo. utility measure includes expense tracking

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Missouri power companies would track costs for operations and maintenance for their next rate case under proposed state legislation.

The new tracker would be used to compare the difference between the costs factored into electric rates and the expenses actually incurred. The differences would be included in the calculation for electric rates when the utility files its next case with the Public Service Commission.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Mo. State Rep. Wants To 'Eliminate' Daylight Saving Time By Adopting It Permanently

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Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 5:15 pm

Legislation in the Missouri House would permanently adopt Daylight Saving Time as the new Standard Time, but only if 20 other states also agree to do so.


House Bill 340 would create a pact with other states to “eliminate” Daylight Saving Time by renaming it the new “Standard Time.”  And once 20 or more states join the pact, they’ll spring forward one hour and permanently remain there.  It’s sponsored by State Representative Delus Johnson (R, St. Joseph).

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Agriculture
8:30 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Mo. House OKs farming constitutional amendment

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a measure that supporters say will help protect farmers.
The proposed state constitutional amendment would prohibit laws that limit what it calls modern farming and ranching practices unless they're passed by the Legislature. The measure would add that the right to engage in modern farming and ranching practices are "forever guaranteed."

House members endorsed the measure Wednesday. It needs another vote before moving to the state Senate. If it passes the Legislature, the amendment would go to a statewide vote.

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Politics
9:02 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mo. bill seeks taxes from out-of-state retailers

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Missouri lawmakers are looking for ways to collect taxes from some online and out-of-state retailers.
State budget officials estimate that Missouri could gain about $10 million annually in tax revenues if legislation filed in both the House and Senate were to pass.

The bills address two areas that traditional retail stores contend put them at a disadvantage. One provision would require Missouri taxes to be collected on out-of-state retailers that personally deliver products like furniture and appliances to Missouri homes.

Weather
6:12 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Official business shuts down in wake of winter storm

Jefferson City in the snow
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  Many of Columbia and Jefferson City’s official meetings have been canceled tonight due to the winter storm.

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Politics
8:47 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Mo. lawmakers cutting week short due to winter weather threat

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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Missouri legislators are cutting their work week short because of concerns about a winter storm.

The House and Senate usually meet from Monday until mid-day Thursday each week. But the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from late Wednesday through Thursday for most of Missouri. The forecast calls for a mixture of ice and snow, depending on the location.

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Politics
9:24 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Funding sought for Mo. child sex abuse victims

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Advocates for child sex abuse victims are urging the Missouri Legislature to renew a funding increase for their social services.

At issue is an increase of more than 20 percent in funding for child assessment centers that was included in the 2013 budget. That $500,000 increase brought the total funding for the centers to $2.8 million.
The centers conduct forensic interviews and sexual assault exams on children that can help make a legal case against their perpetrators.

Politics
5:08 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Proposed 1-Cent Sales Tax For Transportation Needs Filed In Mo. Senate

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Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:29 am

Legislation has been filed in the Missouri Senate that would create a temporary sales tax dedicated to funding transportation needs statewide.

The proposed constitutional amendment would create a one-cent sales tax that would expire after 10 years.  It’s co-sponsored by State Senator Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City).  He says the one-penny tax would not be levied on groceries, prescription medicine or fuel.

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