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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.

Newscast for March 21, 2012

Mar 21, 2012
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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 for March 13, 2012

Mar 20, 2012
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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 for February 28, 2012

Mar 20, 2012
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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.

Group continues anti-Limbaugh bust protest

Mar 20, 2012
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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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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.

Newscast for March 20, 2012

Mar 20, 2012
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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

Missouri House Democrats are calling for new ethics legislation after the state Supreme Court rejected much of the most state's most recent version because of how it was approved.

The City of Auxvasse is asking residents to approve a 5-million dollar bond issue to help fund projects related to the city’s water and sewer systems.

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An orthopedic surgeon who was hired by the University of Missouri to take over a position at a partner hospital is suing.

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The group of Kansas City business leaders who tried unsuccessfully to keep Missouri from leaving the Big 12 Conference for the SEC included former University of Missouri president Gary Forsee.

Report: Fourth of high schoolers smoke cigarettes

Mar 19, 2012
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One in four high school seniors smoke cigarettes.  That’s according to a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General’s office.

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Missouri's proposed budget looks $1 billion bigger, thanks to hundreds of additions by the House Budget Committee.

Newscast for March 19, 2012

Mar 19, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A former UM system president may have expressed his desire to keep Missouri in the Big 12.
  • Missouri's weekend GOP caucuses marred by infighting.
  • An injured bald eagle rescued from Lake of the Ozarks golf resort.

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