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5:53 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Views of the News: The Supreme Court's Ruling on Aereo

Professor Amy Simons

A big week in legal news, as the U.S. Supreme Court decides on the Aereo case, verdicts are announced in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal and three Al Jazeera journalists are sentenced to more than seven years in an Egyptian prison. Also, Sen. Claire McCaskill takes on Dr. Oz, the St. Louis-Post Dispatch drops George Will, and hottest felon ever? From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Jim Flink: Views of the News.

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Views of the News
6:30 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Views Preview: Deciding the Aereo case

Credit via Jeff Weisbien

The Supreme Court of the United States found in favor of major broadcasters, and against Aereo, in a case over the streaming of copyrighted material on the Internet.

Jordan Crook, Tech Crunch: "Aereo loses in Supreme Court, deemed illegal"

Katy Bachman, POLITICO: "Aereo loses copyright fight at Supreme Court"

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Politics
3:42 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Nixon Cuts More Than $1 Billion From FY2015 State Budget

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon briefing reporters on cuts to FY2015 state budget.

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:58 pm

Updated at 3:57 p.m. with reaction from House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.

Updated at 3:21 p.m. with reaction from House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka.

Updated with reactions at 2:25 p.m., Tues., June 24. 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced $1.1 billion in cuts from the Fiscal Year 2015 state budget that goes into effect July 1.

Those cuts include nearly $276 million in line-item vetoes and $846 million in temporary withholds, which could be released by the governor at a later date.

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Politics
8:08 am
Tue June 24, 2014

MoDot seeks comment on transportation tax in run-up to August primary

MoDot officials and Missouri residents gathered in Sedalia, Monday, June 23, for a public comment session on the proposed Amendment 7 transportation tax to raise funds for infrastructure projects.
Credit Shelby Mann / KBIA

MoDOT is holding public comment sessions to gather feedback on a proposed transportation tax in Missouri.

The proposed Amendment 7 introduces a three-quarter cent sales tax that would fund transportation projects over a 10 year time period from 2015 to 2025. Voters will decide on the August fifth primary election ballot.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

PM Newscast for June 23, 2014

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

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Intersection
5:05 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

What the VA hospital controversy means for the future and for Missouri

The United States Veterans Health Administration has recently been under national scrutiny, after reports that veterans were on waiting lists at some VA hospitals for more than 30 days… in some cases, dozens of people had died while still on waiting lists to receive care. Moreover, there’s been evidence of efforts at some hospitals to hide evidence of those long waiting lists. Congress is discussing the issue, and the Veterans Affairs Secretary resigned last month.

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Politics
10:51 am
Mon June 23, 2014

U.S. Court Releases Obama Administration's 'Drone Memo'

In this image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites in November, 2010.
SITE Intelligence Group AP

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 4:49 pm

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has released a long-secret memo in which the Obama administration lays out its legal reasoning for launching a drone attack on an American citizen overseas.

The legal justification concerns the drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who the United States claims was tied to plots against the U.S. and played a key role in al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

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Views of the News
10:06 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Pundits return to talk about Iraq violence

  As the violence escalates in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), there's a steady stream of hawkish pundits on television talking about the need to act.  What do Paul Wolfowitz, Paul Bremer, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have to say today that's different than prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Missouri School of Journalism professors Margaret Duffy, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

New bill reaffirms Missouri's ban on protests near funerals

Tony Alter flickr

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation reaffirming Missouri's ban on protests near funerals. 

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Politics
6:19 am
Fri June 20, 2014

'Right To Farm' Opponents Stage Rally At Missouri Capitol

Around 50 people took part Thursday in a rally opposing the "Right to Farm" constitutional amendment that's on Missouri's August 5th ballot.

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 11:08 am

 Around 50 people rallied at the State Capitol Thursday against a proposed constitutional amendment to limit regulations on farmers and ranchers in Missouri.

Opponents of the "Right to Farm" ballot measure say state law already protects farmers and ranchers, and the proposal is really geared toward protecting corporations that engage in large-scale farming and animal-producing operations.

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Politics
5:21 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Ashland hosts non-motorized transportation expansion meeting

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

The city of Ashland is looking into expanding non-motor transportation. This includes producing more sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and bike trails throughout the city. The city hosted an open meeting to talk about this expansion Wednesday. About 25 members of the community participated and voiced their concerns about where sidewalks and walkways should be placed.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission discusses future of cycling

Credit KBIA

Members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission are recharging this morning after tensions rose during a conversation on electric bikes at last night’s meeting in Columbia. During their monthly meeting, members of the commission spent a majority of their time discussing the future of bicycles: electric bikes.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Koster reaches agreement with landfill owner

Credit Dan Verbeck / KBIA

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office has reached agreement with the owners of the Bridgeton Landfill, measures aimed at better controlling underground smoldering and reducing a strong odor that has troubled neighboring residents for months.

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PM Newscast
4:26 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

PM Newscast for June 18, 2014

Politics
4:18 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Poonam Inc. seeks rezoning to house Missouri veterans

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Many homeless Missouri veterans could soon have a roof over their heads.

Poonam Incorporated is requesting the rezoning of about four acres of land located on the south side of Business Loop 70 East near Old Highway 63 for the creation of a "Veteran's Campus".

A public information meeting was held at City Hall on Tuesday night to give members of the community more details about the site.

Project planner Clint Smith is confident that the housing would benefit a good cause.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Judge weighs rewrite of Missouri gun rights plan

A Missouri judge has denied a request to stop election officials from distributing absentee ballots for a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with gun rights.

Cole County Judge Jon Beetem rejected a temporary restraining order Wednesday but said he will consider a request to rewrite the ballot summary that voters will see in August.

Beetem heard arguments Wednesday in the lawsuit brought by St. Louis Police Chief Samuel Dotson III and Rebecca Morgan, a member of the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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Politics
3:48 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Nixon launches state energy study

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon came to St. Louis County Wednesday to launch a broad study of the state's future energy needs.

The Democratic governor's remarks to a meeting of Midcontinent Independent Service Operator stakeholders at The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Clayton followed an April announcement of a new state Energy Division in the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The new government agency will hold a series of public meetings across the state as it prepares a report on a recommended strategy by the end of May 2015.

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Views of the News
2:21 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Views of the News: Pundits return to talk about Iraq violence, ISIS

Professor Mike McKean

As the violence escalates in Iraq, there’s a steady stream of hawkish pundits on television talking about the need to act. What do Wolfowitz, Bremer, McCain and Graham have to say today that’s different than before the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Also, Eric Cantor’s primary defeat catches the national press off guard, another CNN documentary raises questions about transparency and authenticity, and Chelsea Clinton’s $600,000 paycheck. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Margaret Duffy: Views of the News.

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Politics
7:59 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Missouri Becomes Second State To Carry Out An Execution After Oklahoma's Botched Affair

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 10:48 pm

Missouri carried out another execution early Wednesday. It was the state's fifth this year, and the nation's second since Oklahoma botched an execution in April.

Inmate John Winfield was put to death for murdering two people —  Arthea Sanders and Shawnee Murphy — in St. Louis County in 1996.

According to a state official, Winfield was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m.

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Politics
7:56 am
Wed June 18, 2014

McCaskill Blames Iraqi Leaders For Violence, Cautious About U.S. Help

Claire McCaskill

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 4:45 pm

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says the Iraqi government bears most of the blame for the violence now engulfing the country and is urging caution as the U.S. government decides how to respond.

“The mess that is in Iraq right now is Iraq’s doing,” McCaskill said in a conference call Tuesday with Missouri journalists. “The U.S. put them on a path of free and fair elections, and to have a military that could enforce the rule of law...I’m sick to my stomach that what we have done in that country has been so carelessly and casually abandoned in favor of sectarian dominance.”

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Intersection
5:55 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Transportation infrastructure and Amendment 7

For years now the state of Missouri’s infrastructure has been a concern for public officials, politicians and Missourians on the whole.The Missouri Department of Transportation and state legislators have come up with a way to combat the department’s shrinking budget, but it’s up to Missouri voters to approve it. Amendment 7 will be on the August ballot: it’s a three quarter cent statewide sales tax increase on everything except groceries and medicine.

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Iraq
5:27 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

What, Exactly, Are U.S. Interests In Iraq's Turmoil?

Iraqi Shiite tribesmen show their enthusiasm Tuesday for joining Iraqi security forces in the fight against Islamist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities.
Haidar Hamdani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 7:33 pm

As the U.S. steers warships closer to Iraq and beefs up its embassy's security in Baghdad with nearly 300 troops, a nagging question has resurfaced.

What compelling interests does Washington still have in a nation where all U.S. forces were pulled out 2 1/2 years ago?

Three days after Sunni militants calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria seized Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, President Obama paused on the White House lawn and issued a warning.

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Views of the News
5:26 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Views Preview: Pundits return to talk about Iraq violence, ISIS

As the violence escalates in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), there's a steady stream of hawkish pundits on television talking about the need to act.  What to Paul Wolfowitz, Paul Bremer, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have to say today that's different than prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq?

Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post: “Iraq hawks are still dominating the media debate

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Politics
5:09 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Nixon vetoes legislation aimed at shortening unemployment benefits

File photo KBIA

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have shortened the duration of unemployment benefits.

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Politics
4:57 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Hair Braiders Sue Over Missouri's Licensing Requirement

Ndioba Niang, one of two plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the Missouri law that forces hair braiders to have a cosmetology license, works on the hair of Leia Jackson on June 17, 2014.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 2:20 pm

Updated with comment from plaintiffs, copy of legal complaint. Updated at 1:35 p.m. to correct spelling of Tameka Stigers' last name. Updated at 2:25 p.m. to correct spelling of Ndioba Niang's first name.

A libertarian advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Missouri law that requires African-style hair braiders to get a cosmetology license or face fines and jail time.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Mid-Missouri group uses Grim Reaper to protest the death penalty

A man dressed as the grim reaper stands in front of the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. on June 16, 2014. The Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation was protesting the scheduled execution of John Winfield. Winfield might be the 75th pe
Tom Kackley KBIA

Controversy continues to surround the death penalty around the nation since a botched execution in Oklahoma in April.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

In First Four Months Of Year, Lobbyists Showered Missouri Legislators With Half Million In Gifts

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 2:36 pm

Lobbyists spend nearly $1 million each year on gifts for Missouri lawmakers. The types of gifts vary greatly -- from expensive meals and drinks to tickets for sporting events to small things like stamps and books.

Each month, lobbyists have to disclose those gifts. And, in partnership with NPR, St. Louis Public Radio has a website (LobbyingMissouri.org) that keeps track of it all.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

PM Newscast for June 16, 2014

 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri's largest electric consumer is arguing it needs a rate reduction.
  • A global plant science company has chosen St. Louis as the headquarters of its North American research center.
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Politics
5:30 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

PM Newscast for June 16, 2014

 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri's largest electric consumer is arguing it needs a rate reduction.
  • A global plant science company has chosen St. Louis as the headquarters of its North American research center.
  • A Columbia youth drill team is looking for a new home.
  • A long-planned subway station in St. Louis remains on hold due to unavailable state money.
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Developing
5:53 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Obama: 275 Troops Will Go To Iraq As Militants Take Ground

This video image posted last week by Iraqi0Revolution, a group supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, purportedly shows a militant standing in front of a burning Iraqi army vehicle in Tikrit, Iraq.
AP

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 6:26 pm

President Obama has informed Congress that 275 U.S. Armed Forces personnel will go to Iraq to provide security for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, as a militant Sunni group continues its offensive in the country, seizing control of the northern town of Tal Afar.

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