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AM Newscasts
9:01 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Newscast for May 21, 2012

The EF-5 twister killed 161 people in Joplin.
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Politics
9:08 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Contractors charged with defrauding Joplin tornado victims

161 people were killed by the May 2011 tornado in Joplin.
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Two Laclede County contractors stand accused of fraud after allegedly accepting insurance checks from three Joplin homeowners to repair tornado damage but not doing the work.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Mo. state senator "light-headed" during debate, heads to hospital

A Missouri state senator was being examined at a Jefferson City hospital after becoming light-headed during a debate on education issues.

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Politics
8:59 am
Thu May 17, 2012

KU license plate ban on the way to Nixon

Missouri House and Senate have reached an agreement on a bill banning the creation of a KU license plate in Missouri.
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Language that would ban the creation of a Kansas Jayhawks specialty license plate in Missouri is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon.

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AM Newscasts
8:25 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Newscast for May 17, 2012

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Science, Health and Technology
9:00 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Mo. House passes legislation protecting abortion alternatives

The Missouri House has passed legilsation that would bar municipalities from interfering with the day-to-day operations of abortion agency alternatives.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would bar local governments from interfering with the day-to-day operations of alternatives to abortion agencies.

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Politics
8:54 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Lawmakers approve work-related injury legislation

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor legislation prohibiting workers from suing each other for accidental on-the-job injuries.

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Politics
8:51 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Workers' compensation reform bill on the way to Nixon

The Missouri legislature has approved a scaled-back version of a workers' compensation reform bill. It now heads to Gov. Jay Nixon.
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The Missouri House and Senate have both passed a scaled-back version of a workers’ compensation reform bill. 

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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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Business
5:51 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Missouri unemployment numbers dip slightly in April

Unemployment numbers in Missouri decreased to 7.3 percent in April.
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Missouri added about 6,000 jobs in April as its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged down slightly.

Figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Economic Development also show that Missouri added more jobs in March than originally thought. The March job growth was revised upward from 4,800 to 6,800 new jobs.

Missouri's unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point in April to 7.3 percent. The department said that is the lowest level in 40 months.

The national unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in April.

Education
9:23 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Columbia School Board examines new transportation methods

The Columbia School Board could eliminate 50 buses from current fleet.
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Members of the Columbia Board of Education are considering a proposal that would change how student transportation operates within Columbia Public Schools.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:20 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Report suggests new way to handle Missouri River flooding

A new report by the advocacy group American Rivers says when it comes to managing flooding along the Missouri River, the US Army Corps of Engineers should rely on floodplains and wetlands, not levees and dams. But the Corps doesn't see flood management as an "either/or" proposition.

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Education
9:11 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Nixon announces new funding for Joplin schools

Nixon's announcement comes as the year anniversary of the Joplin tornado approaches.
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The state of Missouri is providing $2.3 million to help build special rooms at five Joplin schools designed to withstand severe weather.

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AM Newscasts
9:04 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Newscast for May 15, 2012

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Politics
2:53 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Mo. House passes bill on asthma meds in schools

Legislation that would let Missouri school nurses keep asthma medication on hand and treat students for attacks is on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Mo. voters to decide on changes to judge selection

A proposed constitutional amendment to revise the selection process for appellate judges is headed to Missouri voters.

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Politics
8:43 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Lawmakers to continue to provide funding for blind pension program

Missouri budget negotiators have agreed to keep a program that provides health coverage for the blind, but they've also attempted to attach some strings.

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Politics
8:31 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Mo. House approves bill granting it control over Capitol area

A bill passed by the Mo. House would give lawmakers control over an area of the Capitol that includes the Hall of Famous Missourians.
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The Missouri House has voted to give lawmakers authority over space in the Capitol that includes the Hall of Famous Missourians after controversy over the induction of radio host Rush Limbaugh.

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AM Newscasts
8:27 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Newscast for May 10, 2012

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Politics
9:27 am
Wed May 9, 2012

McCaskill under extra security after supposed threat

Sen. Claire McCaskill is under extra security after a comment was made at a Springfield Tea Party rally.
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Sen. Claire McCaskill has extra security in place following a comment at a Tea Party rally last week.

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Crime
9:23 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Kansas City man arrested for Columbia bank robbery

A Kansas City man was arrested after an attempted robbery of a Columbia bank.
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A suspected bank robber who was shot following a chase in Columbia confessed to police that he robbed another bank last month.

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Politics
9:20 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Stalemate over state budget talks causes a Missouri veteran's hunger strike

The Missouri General Assembly's passage of a state budget has come to a standstill due to an argument over funding for veterans' homes.
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A final vote awaits on a bill that would include solidifying funding for veteran's homes. Up to $30 million would be shifted within a casino entrance fee fund from early childhood education and put forward to veterans homes. While this awaits a vote in the Senate, one Missouri veteran is on a hunger strike.

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AM Newscasts
9:10 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Newscast for May 9, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • A stalemate in budget negotiations continues in the Missouri General Assembly.
  • Missouri veteran goes on a hunger strike over a piece of legislation.
  • A Kansas City man is arrested for robbing a Columbia bank.
Politics
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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Politics
8:55 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Columbia City Council votes to rescind blight decree

The Columbia City Council originally passed a measure in February declaring some parts of the city "blighted."
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The City Council passed Resolution 20-12A to declare some parts of Columbia as “blighted” in February. While the blight decree caused a large amount of backlash from Columbia residents, it was the legality of the resolution that caught the council’s attention. 

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Politics
8:27 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Mo. Republicans shut down debate in state Senate

Some Mo. Republicans have blocked debate on a number of pieces of legislation.
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The Missouri Senate has been shut down by one Senator over which version of legislation for veterans’ homes will be adopted.  Republican Jason Crowell and several allies tied up the Senate for nearly 12 hours Monday and are provoking a showdown with Senate leaders.

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AM Newscasts
8:51 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Newscast for May 7, 2012

A petition would cap pay loans at 36 percent.
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Science, Health and Technology
8:26 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Federal, state, and local officials agree to reduce Hinkson Creek pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency has called for reducing stormwater runoff into Hinkson Creek by nearly 40 percent.
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Columbia area residents and officials have started developing recommendations for cleaning up a local waterway.

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Politics
8:20 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Petition submitted to raise Mo. minimum wage, limit payday loans

The petition would boost Missouri's minimum wage to $8.25 an hour.
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Supporters of raising Missouri's minimum wage and limiting payday loans have submitted petitions to get the measures on the November ballot.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Boone Co. coalition to evaluate health concerns stemming from urban growth

The Boone Co. Smart Growth Coalition is looking into potential health concerns due to urban growth.
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The Boone County Smart Growth Coalition is planning a Health Impact Assessment to evaluate the effects of urban growth on public health.

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