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Missouri House members want more information on how much money the state is paying in lawsuit settlements and judgments.

House members voted 150-1 on Thursday to pass legislation to require the attorney general and administration commissioner to update lawmakers and others monthly on state legal expenses.

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JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri Senate budgeters have approved a plan to make cuts to in-home and nursing care for disabled residents while slightly increasing money for public K-12 schools.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed its version of a budget for the next fiscal year beginning in July.

The budget proposal would cut in-home and nursing care by requiring people to show more severe disabilities to qualify, although the cuts are not as deep as what Gov. Eric Greitens initially recommended.

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Missouri politicians gathered Thursday to greet EPA administrator Scott Pruitt on his “back to basics” tour.

US Senator Roy Blunt, Representative Vicki Hartzler and state attorney general Josh Hawley were among those who visited the Thomas Hill Energy Center in northern Missouri to see Scott Pruitt, who was appointed to his place at the head of the Environmental Protection Agency by President Donald Trump in February. 

Blunt introduced Pruitt by reflecting on last November’s presidential election. 

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The Missouri House has given initial approval to a proposal that sets stricter requirements for tracking fetal tissue after abortions.

Auditor Galloway Subpoenas Department of Revenue

Apr 20, 2017
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Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway issued a subpoena Wednesday to the Department of Revenue after it refused to provide records for a state audit.

Fox News ousts Bill O'Reilly amid sexual harassment allegations. Video posted of a brutal murder in Cleveland forces Facebook to address the question again: is it a media company? What obligation does it have to monitor for criminal or violent content? Also, the White House’s decision not to make visitor logs public, can a commercial for McDonald’s be effective without any mention of McDonald’s and why Boston’s Fox affiliate is dropping network branding. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Video posted of a brutal murder in Cleveland forces Facebook to address the question again: is it a media company? What obligation does it have to monitor for criminal or violent content?

Emily Dreyfuss, Wired: “Facebook streams a murder and now must face itself

Commentary: Democratic Dilemmas

Apr 18, 2017

Here are three things Democrats should not do if they want to regain the majority.

They should not be like Donald Trump and use profanity in public.  Last week it was reported that the Democratic National Chairman said in public one of the words you can’t say on TV, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said one of the other ones, in its gerund form.  Lots of Millennials talk this way and for some reason Trump can get away with talking this way.  But “I am authentic because I am vulgar” is not a winning strategy for Democrats.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he's reversing previous state policy and allowing the Department of Natural Resources to issue grants to religious organizations.

In a statement Thursday Greitens said that religious organizations can now apply for grants for programs such as playground surfaces, school field trip transportation and recycling efforts.

The previous prohibition was based on a state constitutional amendment banning the use of state money by religious groups to enforce the separation of church and state.

 Video of Dr. David Dao being dragged from a United Airlines flight by security officials has been circulating on social media since April 9. A United spokesperson explained the situation shortly afterword, saying that the flight was overbooked and the airline needed seats for stand-by United employees. Dao was randomly selected, but refused to give up his seat, resulting in his removal from the plane.

President Donald Trump approved missile strikes against a Syrian air base following a sarin gas attack on April 4 that killed more than 70 people. Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad maintains that the government was not responsible for the attack, but the U.S. and other countries believe the gas was released from military planes, making the air base a target for U.S. strikes.

Just when United Airlines couldn’t afford any more bad press, a customer is forcibly removed after refusing to deplane – and it’s caught on camera. Can the airline rebound and reclaim its reputation? Also, did Pepsi do enough in pulling that ad featuring Kendall Jenner, Fox’s announcement of an investigation into sexual harassment claims against Bill O’Reilly, and a celebration of the year’s best journalism.  From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Just when United Airlines couldn’t afford any more bad press, a customer is forcibly removed after refusing to deplane – and it’s caught on camera. Can the airline rebound and reclaim its reputation?

Lucas Aulbach, Louisville Courier-Journal: “Video shows man forcibly removed from United flight from Chicago to Louisville

A reporter for University of Tennessee-Chattanooga’s public radio station, WUTC-FM, was fired after the university said she violated ethics standards. At a meeting addressing Tennessee’s transgender bathroom bill, lawmakers said they had no way of knowing a reporter was present, as Jacqui Helbert did not announce herself as a journalist. Helbert said she was wearing a lanyard with press credentials and carrying a shotgun mic, a recording device and a bag with the station’s logo.

Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss the motivation for Helbert’s firing and what it means for other public radio stations with university ties on the weekly media criticism program “Views of the News."

WLS-TV, in Chicago, led its 10 p.m. newscast with a story about flying wild turkeys. The two-minute segment covered a collision between a car and a flying turkey in rural Indiana, about 70 miles from the city, and the fluffy piece stirred some controversy.

What impact does a flying turkey accident have on people in Chicago? Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss how some newscasts have started to look more like viral videos on the weekly media criticism program “Views of the News."

Advertisers are walking away from Bill O’Reilly and Fox News following a New York Times report indicated more than $13 million had been paid out to those accusing him of sexual harassment. One year after Roger Ailes left the cable network following similar accusations, what’s ahead for O’Reilly? Also, what repealing online privacy laws mean for consumers and journalists alike, the influence Tennessee legislators may have had over a public radio reporter’s firing and the choice to lead a local newscast with a flying turkey. Yes, a flying turkey. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Pitzer Wins Columbia City Council 5th Ward Seat

Apr 5, 2017

Matt Pitzer won the contested Columbia City Council seat to represent the 5th Ward in Tuesday’s election. He won with 57 percent of the vote, with his opponent Arthur Jago pulling in the remaining 43 percent in the two-way race.

Gathered in back room of Sophia’s restaurant in southeast Columbia for a watch party, Pitzer was surrounded with friends and family as the votes tallied. As the night progressed, the crowd of approximately 30 people doubled and outgrew the designated watch area. Surprised by the early finalization, Pitzer make a victory speech around 8:45 p.m. with his wife, Kate, and his two boys, Jimmy, 12, and Evan, 6, by his side. 

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Incumbent candidate Clyde Ruffin was re-elected to the First Ward Columbia City Council seat by taking 41 percent of the votes cast Tuesday.

The other two candidates, MU senior Andrew Hutchinson and Pat Kelley, co-founder of the Ridgeway Neighborhood Association, received 352 and 319 votes respectively. Voter turnout in the First Ward was 1,146 votes, compared with the Fifth Ward's 2,537. It also showed a significant decrease from 1,383 votes cast in the 2015 municipal election.

Columbia Re-elects School Board Members

Apr 4, 2017
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Columbia voters chose to retain the three school board members running for re-election.   Four people ran for the three open seats on the Columbia Board of Education.  Helen Wade, Jonathan Sessions, and Paul Cushing were all chosen to serve another three-year term.

“I am happily relieved and absolutely thrilled that I get the chance to serve for three more years,” Wade said at the joint watch party for the three incumbents Tuesday night at Billiards on Broadway. 


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Dr. Art Jago may not have won the Fifth Ward City Council seat, but he said he had a ball.

Jago held an election watch party at D. Rowe’s Tuesday night and greeted everyone who came to support him. His son, Arthur Jago flew in from California to watch the election. An old student of his, Elie Dvorin, stopped by after driving from California.

Despite it being election night, Jago said he wasn’t worried.

“I feel relaxed,” Jago said. “It’s the end of the campaign season.”

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Jefferson City voters approved two measures that will significantly change the future of public education in the community. Proposition J and Proposition C both passed, which will lead to the construction of a new high school to address the overcrowding at Jefferson City High School. Prop J approved $130 million in spending, paid for by an increase to the tax levy for the school. Prop C was another levy increase to pay for the maintenance of the school and other district costs.

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Advertisers are walking away from Bill O’Reilly and Fox News following a New York Times report indicated more than $13 million had been paid out to those accusing him of sexual harassment. One year after Roger Ailes left the cable network following similar accusations, what’s ahead for O’Reilly?

Of the $8.4 billion in federal money Missouri saw last fiscal year, a small portion of that was spent in a questionable fashion, Auditor Nicole Galloway said Tuesday.

Her audit focused mostly on oversights concerning Medicaid and child care programs through the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Social Services.

Updated at 6:55 p.m. with more details — In an unexpected move, state Sen. Rob Schaaf said Tuesday night that he now backs the House version of a prescription drug monitoring program, putting Missouri on track to become the last state in the nation to establish such a program.

The Republican from St. Joseph, who had opposed the House bill due to privacy concerns, said at a news conference that he changed his mind due to overwhelming support from medical professionals and from Gov. Eric Greitens. 

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The Missouri House has passed a bill to ban cities and counties from using red-light cameras.

House members voted 125-30 Monday to send the bill to the Senate. The measure would prohibit the use of cameras to catch traffic violations such as speeding and running red lights.

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House members have passed a bill to make Missouri the last state to adopt a prescription drug monitoring program.

Lawmakers voted 102-54 Monday to create a database to track prescription drugs. The bill now heads to the Senate.

State Treasurer Launches MO ABLE Programs

Apr 3, 2017
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Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt announced Monday that MO ABLE accounts will be available to Missourians starting April 24th.  The MO ABLE program creates tax advantage savings accounts for expenses related to disabilities. 

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley wants to get tough on human trafficking, which long has been a problem in the state. To do so, he proposed rules Monday that could make it easier to charge human traffickers with a crime.

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The Missouri House has passed a bill overturning a St. Louis ordinance that seeks to protect women who have abortions from workplace discrimination.

Commentary: The Fragility of the Trump Rebellion

Mar 30, 2017

During the 1991 Gulf War military commanders kept talking about a “target-rich environment” in Iraq and Kuwait.  And indeed it was.  And so is American politics in 2017.  There is no shortage of subjects for analysis.

So forgive me for returning to the same one repeatedly: President Trump.  My shorthand for explaining Trump – or at least describing him – I’m not sure anyone can explain him – still works.  In seven words: won’t change, doesn’t care, not a Republican.  Interestingly, this shorthand is also beginning to describe Trump supporters. 

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