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Missouri’s minimum wage will go up 15 cents as of New Year’s Day.

The increase from the current $7.50 to $7.65 is the result of a 2006 ballot referendum tying the state’s minimum wage to the Midwest Consumer Price Index. It’s the second 15 cent increase in as many years.

About 150 people set out from Ferguson Saturday on the first leg of a seven-day, 134 mile march to end racial profiling organized by the NAACP. Some participants, such as NAACP president Cornell William Brooks, plan on walking all the way to the governor’s mansion in Jefferson City.

Others, such as Tim and Tia Swain, are walking a day or two. The couple drove out from Indianapolis to be part of the action, but have work commitments later in the week.

Tia Swain said she and her husband are marching for equal access to justice regardless of skin color.

More than 50 people gathered at the Secondary Missionary Baptist Church Monday night in Columbia to learn Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for the August 9th killing of Michael Brown.

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Nov 12, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: 

  • CPS Early Childhood Learning Center
  • Some Missouri residents petition gay marriage reversal
  • New student bus service coming next fall
  • Technology company to add jobs in Joplin

PM Newscast November 05, 2014

Nov 5, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • MU Provost search hosts another candidate
  • Missouri ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional
  • Voter turnout down in Missouri
  • St. Louis Art Museum receives massive gift
  • Columbia City Council approves gas station

Missourians to decide on early voting measure

Oct 16, 2014
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An initiative, Amendment 6, for early voting prior to the elections in Missouri will be decided November 4. The amendment gives the Missourians access to the ballet box six days earlier, ending on the Wednesday before the election. 

 

Aaron Baker, spokesperson for Missourians for Free and Fair elections, says it would be a good idea, because this Amendment 6 will improve ballot access for all voters.

 

Ameren introduces plan for cleaner energy

Oct 2, 2014
Ameren Missouri

Ameren Missouri introduced its 20-year plan for cleaner energy that could achieve a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2035.

The potential reduction in carbon dioxide emissions would put Ameren Missouri in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which calls for a 30 percent reduction by the year 2030. The EPA announced the Clean Power Plan earlier this year and Ameren Missouri has been prepared to achieve the standards.

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All 50 judges running for re-election in the state are recommended to be retained by the Missouri Performance Evaluation Program, including both judges running to hold onto their State Supreme Court seats. The committee, made up of both lawyers and non-lawyers, made the announcement this morning at the Missouri Bar Center in Jefferson City. 

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  Education officials are notifying Missouri community colleges that the state might reduce reimbursements for the A+ scholarship program.

The A+ program gives high school graduates who meet certain criteria reimbursements for two years of classes at a community college in the state.

Jane Piester, A+ Coordinator for Rock Bridge High School, said although there is currently a shortage of funding, she does not think the program is in danger long term.

Missouri Storms

Sep 10, 2014
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A heavy rain storm left much of northern Missouri facing low-level flooding and cleaning up mostly minor damage caused by tornadoes and high winds.

The National Weather Service says 10 inches of rain was reported in Sullivan County near Browning early Wednesday, with 9 inches in Kirksville. Rainfall reports between 5 and 8 inches were common across northern Missouri, with many streets closed due to flooding.

A short section of Interstate 29 near Mound City was closed early Wednesday while stranded cars were removed.

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Late summer in the Midwest is tomato season. For tomato growers around that country, it’s time to pick their bounty and calculate their earnings.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether to intervene in the scheduled Missouri execution of an Illinois man condemned to death in the 1995 killing of a suburban St. Louis college student.

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Brady Deaton, University of Missouri chancellor emeritus has been honored with a 2014 Missourian Award according to a press release from the MU News Bureau. The Missourian Award honors the state’s most outstanding citizens who have had a significant impact on their community and on the state’s vitality.

The New York Times

  The New York Times this week ran a series of editorials calling on the federal government to repeal the ban on marijuana.  A brave, game-changing move that shows the country's leading newspaper acting like one, or just another sign of how behind public opinion the mainstream media are these days?  And what difference will it make?

The Editorial Board, The New York Times, "Repeal Prohibition, Again"

For the fourth time this year, an inmate's lethal injection did not go as planned. Last night, it was Arizona, but the state has company.

An Ohio inmate took 25 minutes to die in January. In Oklahoma, there were two apparent botches: In one,  an inmate said, "I feel my whole body burning," and in another, the prisoner took more than 40 minutes to die.

But Arizona's execution took even longer. Joseph Wood's execution began at 1:52 p.m., and he died nearly two hours later at 3:49 p.m.

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  While Western media have for days been focusing on Russian-backed separatists as the culprits behind the missile attack on MH 17 over eastern Ukraine, the people of Russia have been hearing different stories from their government-controlled media.

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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that enacts performance-based funding for Missouri's public universities and community colleges.

 Around 50 people rallied at the State Capitol Thursday against a proposed constitutional amendment to limit regulations on farmers and ranchers in Missouri.

Opponents of the "Right to Farm" ballot measure say state law already protects farmers and ranchers, and the proposal is really geared toward protecting corporations that engage in large-scale farming and animal-producing operations.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that 21 Missouri organizations will receive $4,232,627 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

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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.

President Barack Obama has appointed St. Louis attorney Kevin O'Malley as U.S. ambassador to Ireland.

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A commemorative art exhibit made its first stop in Fulton, Mo., on May 30. The National Churchill Museum at Westminster College presented its new exhibit “D-Day Normandy: Operation Overlord” in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to limit regulations on farmers and ranchers in Missouri continue to tour the state this week.

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Missouri's attorney general says the state should establish its own laboratory to produce chemicals for use in executions rather than rely on an "uneasy cooperation" with medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies.

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A judge has rejected a request to delay a smoking ban in St. Joseph while a civil lawsuit opposing the ban is considered in court.

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On College Savings Day, Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced that over 10,000 people have signed up for a chance to win $5,290 for contribution into an account with MOST, Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan. Zweifel said the giveaway is a great way to raise awareness of the importance of investing for future higher education expenses from an early age.

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Missouri's environmental regulators already are making plans to respond to new federal regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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 The Missouri legislature passed a resolution to establish a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Task Force on May 6.

According to the resolution, Missouri lawmakers created the task force to “identify and address the unmet needs of persons with MS.”

Among many issues, the task force will be looking at MS treatments for Missourians.  Medical expenses for a person with MS can reach almost $70,000 per year. Access to these treatments can also be a concern.

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When Lauren Wieland graduated from eighth grade this month, there were 3 students in her graduating class.

  She was one of 32 students attending Zion Lutheran School, a two-room schoolhouse in Lone Elm, near Boonville.

When the school opened in 1896, it had only one room. It turns out, there are many one-room schoolhouses that still dot the landscape of rural Missouri today.

In the 1960s, Zion Lutheran got its second classroom. That’s also when the school got bathrooms – until then, it had old-fashioned outhouses.

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 19-year-old man drowned in a northwest Missouri river.

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