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Politics
8:26 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Missourians could decide record number of ballot issues

Missourians have put forward dozens more ballot initiatives in 2012 than in previous years.
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Missouri voters could get a say on several big issues this fall, including measures to replace the state income tax, hike the tobacco tax, raise the minimum wage and restrict payday loans.

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Business
9:07 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Building company moves to Montgomery City, projects 20 new jobs

Porta-King Building Systems, a manufacturing company, announced an expansion in Montgomery City.

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Politics
9:01 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Hannibal smoking ban sparks debate

A new smoking ban was passed in Hannibal after much debate between both city officials and community members.

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Politics
8:58 am
Thu April 5, 2012

McCaskill visits Columbia gas station, talks taxes

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) answers a reporter’s questions Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at a Shell gas station on Interstate 70 Southwest in Columbia, Mo. McCaskill advocated a fair tax code in a press conference.
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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill was in Columbia Wednesday advocating a fair tax code.

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Politics
9:46 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Cole County voters choose new municipal leaders

In Cole County, many races were uncontested. The other three Jefferson City Council members elected last night were J. Rick Mihalevich in Ward Two, Bob Scrivner in Ward Three and Carrie Carroll in Ward Four.

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Politics
9:40 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Reisch claims Hallsville mayoral election while property tax bond issue fails

Hallsville mayor-elect speaks with her supporters.
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Hallsville mayoral election proved to be exciting last night with incumbent Ben Austene running against new comer Cheri Reisch. 

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AM Newscasts
8:25 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Newscast for April 4, 2012

A bill in the general assembly would deny access to tanning beds for 18-year olds.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Results from Tuesday's municipal elections.
  • Gov. Nixon touts merits of Brazil trip
  • Access to tanning beds can be denied to kids under 18 in Missouri.
Talking Politics
1:35 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Talking Politics for April 3, 2012

Controversial issues ranging from health care reform to Pres. Obama's birth certificate have entered into debate in Jefferson City.
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This week on Talking Politics, we examine "wedge issues"--those hot-button topics lawmakers both nationally and state-wide continually bicker over.

AM Newscasts
9:11 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Newscast for April 3, 2012

The Missouri legislature will start looking into budget bills later this week.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • A look at how Missouri fared in the recent Mega Millions drawing.
  • The state general assembly starts looking at budget bills
  • Bats with white nose syndrome come to Missouri.
Politics
9:21 am
Mon April 2, 2012

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looks to avoid lawsuit

Farmers in southeast Missouri are suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over flooding in 2011.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 140 southeast Missouri farmers over damage caused by last year's intentional breach of the Birds Point levee at the height of spring flooding.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:16 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Insects deal with unusually warm temperatures

This year's mild winter and early spring has plants flowering and putting out leaves about three weeks sooner than usual. Some insects are out early too, but that may not mean it's time to stock up on extra bug spray.

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Politics
9:09 am
Mon April 2, 2012

St. Louis Co. Republican proposes business tax breaks

Missouri businesses and businesses owners could start paying less in taxes under a bill moving through the state Senate.

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AM Newscasts
9:06 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Newscast for April 2, 2012

A bill in the Missouri general assembly seeks to lower taxes for businesses.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • A potential tax break for business and business owners in Missouri.
  • A look at how this year's early warm weather affects insects.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopes to avoid a lawsuit from southeast Missouri farmers.
Talking Politics
9:17 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Columbia 6th ward council race gets contentious

The race for a seat on the city council from Columbia's sixth ward has become surprisingly heated.
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This week on Talking Politics we investigate the claims and accusations made during a surprisingly contentious race for Columbia's sixth ward city council seat.

Politics
9:10 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Keyes addresses crowd during Jefferson City prayer rally

Conservative activist Alan Keyes says many Americans have become confused about their "rights" as U.S. citizens.

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Politics
9:07 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Cunningham to not run for re-election

Jane Cunningham, a state senator from St. Louis Co, says she won't seek re-election.
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A St. Louis County State Senator will not seek re-election in the district she currently represents.   Jane Cunningham had initially filed to run for the 7th District seat, even though the new Senate map places that district in the Kansas City area.

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Politics
8:59 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Mo. House members want to move funds away from state lottery

Lawmakers want to divert funds away from state lottery to aid veterans' homes.
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Missouri House members are seeking to boost funding for veterans' homes by diverting more of Missouri's lottery proceeds to the state budget — leaving less for prizes.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:51 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Boone County health board considers changes

Boone County officials say its mental health board could be folded into another city or county institution.
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A group that oversees mental-health services in Boone County is considering merging into another city or county institution.  The Boone County Mental Health Board has suffered from sporadic meeting attendance and failed attempts to create a community mental-health fund.

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Politics
9:25 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Lawsuit filed over Mamtek controversy

Columbia-based Shelter Insurance has sued a bond underwriter for $390 million over municipal bonds issued by the city of Moberly for the failed Mamtek USA sweetener plant project.

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Politics
9:23 am
Thu March 22, 2012

House discusses death penalty abolition in Missouri

A new bill in the Mo. House would abolish the dealth penalty in the state.
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A House committee heard testimony Wednesday on legislation that would abolish the death penalty in Missouri.  As St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, the bill would also commute sentences of all current Death Row inmates to “life without parole."

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AM Newscasts
9:19 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Newscast for March 22, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • House legislators examine new death penalty rules in Missouri
  • The controversy surrounding failed development of sweetener factory Mamtek in Moberly continues.
  • Senate leaders endorse bill making disturbances of religious worship a crime.
Politics
9:12 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Mo. Senator stops vote on drug program

The Mo. Senate's only doctor is blocking a bill creating a prescription drug program for the state.
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The Senate's only doctor continued to block a vote on a plan to create a prescription drug monitoring program for the state.

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Crime
9:06 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Columbia Police to beef up security during spring break

Columbia PD is urging people to take caution before leaving the city before spring break.
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The Columbia Police Department is stepping up security during spring break and asking residents to do the same with their homes.

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Politics
8:56 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Mo. House gives initial approval to 2013 budget

Missouri legislators are wrangling over Gov. Nixon's proposed 2013 budget.
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to the state budget for next year.  As St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, Republican leaders pushed through their plan to restore higher education cuts proposed by Governor Jay Nixon by refusing to fund a program for blind residents.

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AM Newscasts
8:51 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Newscast for March 21, 2012

Legislation in Jefferson City calls for increased security at the Capitol.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, I'm Scott Kanowsky:

  • Missouri legislators wrangle with state budget.
  • Columbia Police will step up security during spring break.
  • Missouri Senate considers a bill putting more security cameras in the state capitol.
Talking Politics
1:45 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Talking Politics for March 13, 2012

A bust of Rush Limbaugh could soon be in the Missouri Capitol building.
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A bust of controversial conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh--who is from Cape Girardeau--might be placed in the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state capitol building.  This week we talk with Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley, the man leading the charge to put the bust in the Hall.

Talking Politics
1:32 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Talking Politics for February 28, 2012

Legislators in Jefferson City are grappling over how the state--if at all--should implement new federal health care laws.
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This week on Talking Politics we sit down Columbia Rep. Chris Kelly, a longtime politico in Jefferson City, to discuss the implementation of a health care exchange in the Missouri.

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Politics
9:18 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Group continues anti-Limbaugh bust protest

Another group expressed its displeasure over a bust of Rush Limbaugh being placed in the state capitol Monday.
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Another group has organized a protest against the Missouri House Speaker's plan to put controversial conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh in the Hall of Famous Missourians

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Politics
9:08 am
Tue March 20, 2012

House Democrats push new Missouri ethics bill

A new ethics bill in the Missouri House places new rules on campaign contributions.
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House Democrats are backing legislation they say would toughen Missouri’s ethics standards.  As Marshall Griffin tells us from Jefferson City, the bill would restore many provisions recently struck down by the State Supreme Court.

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AM Newscasts
8:52 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Newscast for March 20, 2012

A group continued protest against a bust of Rush Limbaugh in the Missouri Capitol Monday.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Missouri Democrats push ethics bill
  • Missourians can now apply for state money to grow specialty crops
  • The fight over a bust of conservative talk show host in Missouri Capitol continues

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