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McCaskill stumps in Kansas City as elections near

Apr 10, 2012
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Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill began the week traveling the state, touting remedies for high gasoline prices and changes to the tax code.

MU Law welcomes new dean

Apr 10, 2012
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The University of Missouri has a new dean of its law school after a search that began last summer.

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A decrease in the percent of Missourians who are unemployed has led to the cancellation of the extended benefits unemployment program.

Columbia's new tax levy to maintain programs and staffing

Apr 9, 2012
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Columbia public schools are $7.5 million dollars richer after voters approved a 40-cent tax levy in Tuesday’s election.

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Joplin residents are getting an extra layer of security in storms thanks to their approval last week of a $62 million school bond issue.

Columbia opens household waste facility

Apr 9, 2012

April means spring cleaning for many Columbia residents. To the city of Columbia, that means lots of hazardous waste.

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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.

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

Hannibal smoking ban sparks debate

Apr 5, 2012

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

McCaskill visits Columbia gas station, talks taxes

Apr 5, 2012
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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill was in Columbia Wednesday advocating a fair tax code.

Cole County voters choose new municipal leaders

Apr 4, 2012

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.

Reisch claims Hallsville mayoral election while property tax bond issue fails

Apr 4, 2012
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Hallsville mayoral election proved to be exciting last night with incumbent Ben Austene running against new comer Cheri Reisch. 

Newscast for April 4, 2012

Apr 4, 2012
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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 for April 3, 2012

Apr 3, 2012
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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.

Newscast for April 3, 2012

Apr 3, 2012
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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.
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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.

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.

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

Newscast for April 2, 2012

Apr 2, 2012
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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.

Columbia 6th ward council race gets contentious

Mar 27, 2012
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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.

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

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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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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.

Boone County health board considers changes

Mar 26, 2012
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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.

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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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."

Newscast for March 22, 2012

Mar 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.

Mo. Senator stops vote on drug program

Mar 21, 2012
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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.

Columbia Police to beef up security during spring break

Mar 21, 2012
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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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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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