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Students, faculty and members of the MU community gathered Tuesday for a panel discussion about the university’s role in working to end apartheid in South Africa. In the 1980s, students successfully pushed the MU board of curators to divest from American companies doing business in South Africa.

Kathryn Benson, who was heavily involved in the 1980s movement, said protestors built and occupied shantytowns on Francis Quadrangle after traditional protests failed. Benson said students took turns occupying the shanties from October 1986 through February of 1987.

A Mega Donor’s Influence in Missouri Politics

Apr 29, 2015
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$34,648,778.27. That may sound like the contract your favorite professional sports player just signed with his new team. But that’s actually the amount of money one man donated to Missouri politicians and political groups from 2008-2014.

Rex Sinquefield is a retired businessman from St. Louis. He made his name and his wealth forming Dimensional Fund Advisors in 1981 where he worked until he retired in 2005. Since then, he has become one of the most, if not the most, influential political and philanthropic donor in Missouri.

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Missouri's new Auditor Nicole Galloway has named two senior staffers to help her lead the office.

The Democrat on Tuesday announced Audit Director John Luetkemeyer has been promoted to deputy auditor. Michael Moorefield will serve as chief of staff.

This week's Baltimore riot could not have happened to a nicer city.

Baltimore residents welcome strangers and even call them "hon." They sit on benches painted with the slogan "The Greatest City in America."

Baltimore is also where people looted stores and burned cars Monday night. They did it when a man died a week after being arrested.

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Former Dateline NBC program, "To Catch a Predator" may make a comeback. The show was hosted by Chris Hansen where he and the civilian watchdog group, Perverted-Justice teamed up to lure people looking to have sex with minors. The last episode aired seven years ago, and Hansen is looking to bring the program back, but this time he'll call it, "Hansen vs. Predator."

Missouri School of Journalism professors and "Views of the News" hosts Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss Hansen's quest to harvest support through Kickstarter.

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  A bill to limit police use of deadly force has advanced in the Missouri Senate, an effort aimed at addressing concerns raised after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

The Missouri Senate gave initial approval to the bill Tuesday on a voice vote.

Current law justifies deadly force when an officer believes a suspect has committed or attempted a felony, is escaping with a deadly weapon or poses a serious threat of danger to others.

The bill would change part of that law to allow deadly force only if police reasonably believe the suspect has committed or tried to commit a violent felony.

The measure needs a second full Senate vote before it can move to the House.

Hillary Clinton's new logo has been much maligned. A simple, rightward-pointing "H" with a red arrow through it that looks like it could have been made with Microsoft Paint.

Red, the color of the other team. How could she? some Democrats wondered. It seemed so amateurish, some design experts lamented.

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Missouri senators have passed a measure calling for a constitutional convention to enact a balanced budget requirement for the federal government.

(Updated 4/28/2015, 11:58 a.m.)

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway has named her new senior staff.

In a press release issued Tuesday, she named John Luetkemeyer as Deputy State Auditor and Michael Moorefield as Chief of Staff.

Luetkemeyer has been with the Missouri Auditor's office since 1981.  He was promoted to executive staff in 2008 under former Auditor Susan Montee, a Democrat, and also served as Director of State Audits under Tom Schweich, a Republican.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has approved spending over $250 million more this fiscal year.

Nixon on Monday signed legislation that includes $120 million in additional general revenue spending. Nixon had requested the extra money, in part because lawmakers last year budgeted for an anticipated $50 million from a tobacco settlement that has not yet come.

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  The Missouri House approved a measure Thursday to remove the cap on the number of times an aspiring doctor can retake the state medical exam. Currently, the state will not issue licenses to doctors after their third failed exam.

Rep. Keith Frederick, of Rolla, says other medical professions do not have such limits and that taking the exam multiple times does not reflect a physician's skill.

Some opponents have raised concerns that quality of care may suffer and patients may be put at risk. The measure now heads to the Senate.

Kirksville Restricts Usage of Sea Containers for Storage

Apr 24, 2015
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  The Kirksville City Council approved a series of restrictions over the usage of sea containers - large metal boxes used as accessory buildings for storage – on April 20. Kirksville residential property owners will not be able to permanently use these containers for storage anymore.

With three weeks left in the 2015 legislative session, Missouri lawmakers have passed all 13 bills that make up the state's $26 billion spending plan for Fiscal 2016, which begins July 1.

The House Select Committee on Benghazi announced plans to call Hillary Clinton to testify next month, right around the time her campaign was reportedly going to shift into high gear with a mid-May campaign kickoff speech.

At the same time, a new book about the Clinton foundation is generating the kind of headlines and news coverage no presidential candidate wants to see.

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Missouri's deputy state auditor says he and another official will lose their jobs once a new auditor takes office next week.

Deputy Auditor Harry Otto said Wednesday that he and chief of staff Trish Vincent will be replaced when Nicole Galloway is sworn-in.

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Emergency 911 systems in Missouri would get a new funding stream under a measure that supporters say is needed to enhance outdated services across the state.

The Missouri House voted 123-32 Wednesday to pass a bill that would allow local governments to collect a maximum $1.50 monthly fee on cellphones with voter approval.

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A constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all of Missouri's statewide elected officials is getting a closer look in the Missouri Legislature.

The House gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would extend a two-term limit for the governor and treasurer to all other statewide officials.

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A measure to reinstate limits on lawsuit awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases is heading to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

The Missouri House on Tuesday voted 125-27 to approve a measure that would reinstate limits on noneconomic damages in those cases three years after lower caps were struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court.

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  A top business priority for Missouri Republicans is heading to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk, but the measure did not get the number of votes needed to override a potential veto.

The Missouri House on Tuesday gave final approval to a measure that would cut unemployment benefits to as low as 13 weeks from the current 20 weeks. The measure passed 88-68, well short of the 109 needed to override a gubernatorial veto.

Nixon vetoed a similar measure last year, and an override attempt fell short by just two votes in the House after succeeding in the Senate.

A Missouri House committee has passed a revised version of a bill to further limit how much revenue from traffic fines cities and towns can use in their budgets.

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The state's attorney general will defend the Missouri Senate in a lawsuit filed by a liberal advocacy group over alleged violations of the state's open records law.

Attorney General Chris Koster's office said Monday in a statement the office would provide legal counsel in the case involving administration of official Senate business.

Rand Paul Versus The Media

Apr 20, 2015
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Republican candidate Rand Paul is prickly. At least when he's being interviewed. Paul got into it with The Today Show's Savannah Guthrie, Fox News' Megyn Kelly and The Guardian's Paul Lewis. Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss whose skin is thinner.

For more, follow Views of the News on  Facebook ,  Twitter, and  YouTube.  

Missouri Republicans have stuck to their commitment of not expanding Medicaid this session but some incremental changes to the system are moving forward.

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said last week that they were taking what Republicans have characterized as Medicaid reform in small steps.

When Amendment 5 was put before voters last August, 602,863 Missourians cast their ballots in favor of a measure aimed at bolstering the Show Me State’s gun rights.

It’s safe to say St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce was not among those voters.

With less than a month left in the 2015 session, Missouri lawmakers could debate and pass some of the year's top priorities this week.

Martin O'Malley, former governor of Maryland, says he'll decide by late May whether he's running for president. Running would put him — even he seems to acknowledge — in an uphill battle against Hillary Clinton, currently the only Democrat who has declared.

O'Malley is positioning himself to Clinton's left, and even President Obama's left.

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  Bill Kempker always has his helmet on when riding a motorcycle. It is required by Missouri law that all the motorcyclists on the state highway wear a helmet. But once he leaves Missouri and travels through states like Arkansas, where wearing helmet is an option instead of requirement, he would take the helmet off. But Kempker and other motorcyclists might be able to do that in Missouri soon. The Missouri House on Monday approved the bill HB 523 by a vote of 97-57. The bill would allow riders who are at least 21 years old to go without helmets.

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On Sunday Hillary Clinton sent a tweet and posted a YouTube video announcing her candidacy for president. What is Clinton's campaign doing differently this time around? Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss the issue on the weekly media criticism program, "Views of the News." 

For more, follow Views of the News on  Facebook ,  Twitter, and  YouTube.    

Legislation that would reduce lifetime eligibility for most welfare recipients in Missouri is on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

An earlier version of the bill would have cut lifetime eligibility for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or TANF, in half, from 5 years to two and 1/2.  But a compromise between the House and Senate reduces that period to 3 years and 9 months.

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A proposal to raise Missouri's fuel tax for the first time in two decades appears unlikely to move forward this session despite warnings from transportation officials about the future of the state's infrastructure. 

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