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Views of the News
4:31 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Views of the News: What the Russians Know About MH17

Guest panelist Stacey Woelfel

Strange theories abound following the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. What impact is that having on the people of Russia? Rupert Murdoch makes a bid for Time Warner. What does that mean for the future of corporate media? And Jill Abramson has been making the rounds, speaking with several prominent women journalists, but have they been going easy on her? Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Judd Slivka and Stacey Woelfel discuss these issues and more on this edition of Views of the News.

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Views of the News
9:50 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Views Preview: What the Russians Know About MH17

Makeshift memorial at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for the victims of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
Credit Roman Boed / Flickr

  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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Politics
8:27 am
Wed July 23, 2014

President Obama to visit Kansas City next week

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The White House has announced President Barack Obama will be in Missouri next week to deliver a speech on the economy.

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Politics
7:55 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Biden Defends Withdrawal Of Troops From Iraq, Afghanistan

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the VFW convention downtown.

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:18 pm

Vice President Joe Biden today lauded the nation’s military veterans who have fought battles overseas, but he made clear that there’s a limit to what the United States’ military can do.

“It’s time for those we liberated to stand up and put themselves together,” Biden said at the end of a lengthy speech to about 12,000 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars gathered in St. Louis at the America's Center convention hall downtown.

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Politics
7:47 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Nixon Says Legislature-Approved Tax Breaks Decimate Local Control

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon tells the Eastern Jackson County Betterment Council tax cuts he vetoed could have a detrimental impact on local revenues.

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 4:18 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was in Blue Springs Friday asking local elected officials to oppose the tax breaks state lawmakers approved in the session's eleventh hour.

Nixon vetoed the cuts, which would have created sales tax exemptions for restaurants, dry cleaners and power companies, earlier this week. He says they weren't accounted for in the budget legislators sent him and would make it difficult for municipalities to raise the money they need through levy increases.

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Politics
7:43 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Missouri Voters To Decide On Privacy Protection, Veterans' Lottery Ticket

If Missouri voters pass Constitutional Amendment No. 9, electronic communications would be protected.

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 3:07 pm

Of the five proposed constitutional amendments Missourians will get to vote on in August, two of them have generated little attention and virtually no controversy.  One would expand the right against unreasonable search and seizures to include electronic communications and data, while the other would create a new Missouri lottery ticket to fund the needs of veterans.

Electronic data and communications

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Politics
7:40 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Legislators May Have Numbers To Counter Nixon's Vetoes

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a record number of bills this session. But some of those objections could be overridden by the GOP-controlled Missouri General Assembly.

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 1:09 pm

(Updated at 1 p.m. Monday with additional comments from House Speaker Tim Jones.)

Gov. Jay Nixon proved that he can outdo himself, at least when it comes to vetoing legislation. 

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Politics
5:25 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

PM Newscast for July 18, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri regulators return to the issue of paying bills with payday loans
  • Demolition scheduled to begin on Monday at University Village Apartments
  • Columbia City Council will vote Monday on approving funds for snow removal expenditures from last winter
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Politics
4:36 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Columbia city council to consider paying for snow removal

Credit Rachel Lippman / St. Louis Public Radio

The Columbia City Council is set to take a final vote Monday to appropriate funds to cover expenditures from the planned snow removal budget, according to the Columbia Tribune.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

University Village Demolition to begin Monday

Credit Miranda Metheny / KBIA

Demolition is scheduled to begin Monday at the University Village Apartment Complex on South Providence Road in Columbia, according to the Columbia Tribune.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Missouri Regulators reconsider payday loan issue

A payday loan shop window.
By Gregory F. Maxwell Wikimedia commons

Missouri regulators are again considering whether to stop payday lenders from collecting utility bill payments from their customers.

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Politics
8:06 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Akin Stands By View Of Rape, Wishes GOP Would Stand By Him

Todd Akin

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 12:04 pm

Todd Akin’s new book is entitled “Firing Back.’’ But based on the former St. Louis area congressman’s  interviews over the past week, an equally descriptive title could be “No Apology.”

Two years after losing a nationally watched contest for the U.S. Senate, Akin is arguably more passionate than ever as he defends the message that landed him in hot water in 2012.

The immortal phrase in question: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

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Politics
5:15 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Israeli Ground Operation In Gaza Continues

An Israeli artillery shell is fired at the border with Gaza on Friday near Sderot, Israel. Late Thursday night Israeli forces escalated their operation with a ground offensive, sending troops into Gaza. More than 250 Palestinians have lost their lives since Israel began operation "Protective Edge."
Ilia Yefimovich Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:42 pm

This post was updated at 6:15 p.m. ET:

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the Middle East on Saturday in hopes of finding a way to stop the fighting between Israel and Hamas.

"Israel has legitimate security concerns, and we condemn the indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza into Israel that ended yesterday's temporary cease-fire," Jeffrey Feltman, deputy U.N. secretary-general for political affairs, told the Security Council on Friday. "But we are alarmed by Israel's heavy response."

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Breaking
5:07 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Obama: Evidence MH17 Hit By Missile From Rebel-Held Area Of Ukraine

A firefighter douses the smoldering wreckage of Flight MH17 on Thursday.
Alexander Khudoteply AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 1:24 am

This post was updated at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

St. Louis county executive campaign gets heated

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley
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St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's new campaign ad accuses his primary opponent of condoning sex trafficking, a charge that the opponent says "rises to the level of defamation."

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Breaking
11:15 am
Thu July 17, 2014

U.S. Officials: Malaysian Airliner Likely Shot Down

A woman at Kuala Lumpur International Airport reacts to news of crash. The flight was on its way to the Malaysian capital.
Samsul Said Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 11:31 am

This post was last updated at 6:40 p.m. ET.

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 298 passengers and crew aboard has crashed in eastern Ukraine in an area of the country that has been wracked by a separatist insurgency.

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Politics
7:50 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Ronnie White Confirmed To Federal Bench 17 Years Later

Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronnie White was confirmed to the federal bench of Eastern Missouri on July 16, 2014.

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:03 pm

Updated Thursday, July 17 to include a statement from Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka).

Seventeen years after his first nomination, former Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ronnie White has been approved for a federal judgeship in the Eastern District of Missouri.

The U.S. Senate voted 53-44 to confirm his appointment Wednesday.

It was a long journey that began in 1997 when President Bill Clinton nominated White for a seat on the Eastern District Court of Missouri. At the time he was the first African-American judge on the Missouri Supreme Court.

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Politics
7:56 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Koster, Transportation Tax Backers Lead Campaign Money-Raising

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 3:29 pm

The group backing the proposed transportation sales tax is the biggest money-raising operation in the state – but it has yet to air a single TV ad.

Missourians for Safe Transportation and New Jobs, the campaign committee for the sales tax known as Amendment 7, appears to be entering the final weeks of the campaign with more than $2.5 million to spend.

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Politics
8:05 am
Tue July 15, 2014

For Republicans, Silence Is Golden When It Comes To Akin's Book

Todd Akin

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 8:56 pm

(Updated 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 15)

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Wildwood, is continuing this week to make the rounds of the national news outlets as he promotes his new book, “Firing Back.”

But most Republicans, nationally and in Missouri, are continuing to ignore his book – and him.

In the book, Akin generally defends his controversial 2012 contention that in cases of “legitimate rape,’’ women rarely get pregnant because “their bodies have ways of shutting the whole thing down.”

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Politics
5:46 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Missouri governor approves cannabis extract law

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Missourians with epilepsy that cannot be effectively treated by conventional means will now be able to use a cannabis extract under legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The legislation was sponsored by St. Louis County Republican Eric Schmitt, a state senator whose 9-year-old son has the central nervous system disorder.

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Politics
3:54 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Nixon vetoes electronic cigarette measure

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation barring people younger than 18 from buying electronic cigarettes while also exempting the nicotine products from other tobacco sales restrictions.

Nixon called the Senate bill a "thinly disguised and cynical attempt" to exempt e-cigarettes from the state's 17 cent-per-pack cigarette tax as well as further public health restrictions. His rejection on Monday fell on the deadline for the governor take action on bills passed by state lawmakers earlier this year.

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Politics
7:42 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Money, Money, Money: Five Things To Look For In Tuesday's Campaign Finance Reports

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 9:34 pm

A fundraising quarter before an election is when Missouri politics starts getting real. 

And by “getting real,” I mean getting "real expensive.”

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Politics
7:15 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Amendment 5 Would Expand Gun Rights In Missouri

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 9:45 pm

Amendment 5, a proposed Missouri constitutional amendment on the Aug. 5 ballot, seeks to protect further the right to bear arms.

"It's going to strengthen the protection that the right to keep and bear arms under the Missouri constitution," said Allen Rostron, a constitutional law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. "Everybody is familiar with the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, of course, but there's also a provision in the Missouri state Constitution that guarantees a right to keep and bear arms, and this is designed to strengthen that right."

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Politics
5:43 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Nixon vetoes payday loan regulation bill

Credit By Gregory F. Maxwell / Wikimedia commons

Legislation rewriting Missouri's payday loan laws has been vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon because he says it falls short of "true reform."

Borrowers in Missouri currently can renew a payday loan up to six times and can face interest rates as high as 75 percent of the loan's original amount.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Akin says he was wrong to apologize for "legitimate rape" comment

Todd Akin
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

A former Missouri Republican congressmember whose "legitimate rape" comments during the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign were roundly criticized now says he was wrong to apologize.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Missouri transportation projects approved for tax

Missouri officials have approved a list of more than 800 projects that would be funded if voters approve a sales tax for transportation on the August ballot.

The list endorsed Wednesday by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission totals $4.8 billion over a decade for state roads, bridges and other modes of transportation.

Local governments also would get a share of the proposed three-quarters cent sales tax for their own transportation projects.

The state list includes 330 new or improved bridges and 3,255 miles of resurfacing on roads.

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Politics
3:24 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Senator McCaskill releases national campus sexual assault survey results

Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Approximately one in five undergraduate women has been the victim of attempted or completed sexual violence during college, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But fewer than 5% of rape victims attending college report their attack to law enforcement, according to the most recent report conducted by the Department of Justice.

It was numbers such as those that got Sen. Claire McCaskill’s attention.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Gov. Nixon vetoes bill that would have limited health insurance navigators

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have limited who may work as a health insurance guide for a new federally run website.

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Transportation
5:06 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

MODOT makes revisions to Amendment 7 project list

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Missouri officials have revised the project list that would be funded by a proposed three-quarters cent sales tax on the August ballot.

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Politics
8:44 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Would 'Right To Farm' Ballot Question Protect Family Farms Or Ag Corporations?

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:40 am

Do Missouri’s farmers and ranchers need a constitutional amendment to continue their way of life, or does current law offer enough protection? That’s the debate surrounding one of the five ballot measures Missouri voters will decide next month. Supporters and opponents are campaigning and spending money on efforts to both pass and kill the proposal that could limit regulations on farming and ranching.

Origins and journey of 'Right to Farm'

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