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3:37 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Columbia School District bond passes

Credit KBIA

Columbia residents voted to approve the school board's $50 million bond issue on Tuesday, April 8.

The bond passed with 63.5 percent approval, coming in with just over 7,000 votes.

Superintendent Chris Belcher celebrated the bond's passing alongside winning school board members Helen Wade and Jonathan Sessions at Bleu Restaurant.

Belcher said he was very pleased with the community's support for the board's ten-year facilities plan.

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3:22 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Missouri Rep. Rory Ellinger dies at age 72

Missouri House member Rory Ellinger died April 9, 2014 at the age of 72 after a battle against liver cancer.
Credit Missouri House of Representatives

Missouri House member Rory Ellinger, of St. Louis County, has died after a battle against liver cancer.

Lawmakers announced Ellinger's death Wednesday in Jefferson City. He was 72.

The Democrat had announced last month that he would not seek re-election because of his health, and he had not been at the Capitol recently. Ellinger's failing health sparked quick action by lawmakers to pass his legislation that could allow nursing mothers to be excused from jury duty.

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3:12 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Boone County residents approve $14 million bond

Battalion Chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District Gale Blomenkamp waits for election results at The Roof at the Broadway Hotel Tuesday, April 9 2014.
Credit KBIA

The Boone County Fire Protection District will be able to renovate stations and purchase much-needed equipment after Boone County residents passed a $14 million bond issue on Tuesday by an unofficial 72% vote.

The $14 million bond will be paid off over a maximum of 20 years.  It includes a 25-cent increase per 100 dollars of assessed valuation on personal property taxes and real estate property taxes over the first ten years. On the last ten years of the bond, the tax hike decreases to 10-cents per 100 dollars of assessed valuation.

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8:57 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Ginny Chadwick wins Columbia City Council’s First Ward

Ginny Chadwick smiles after winning the race for Columbia City Council's First Ward Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
Credit Jack Howard / KBIA

University of Missouri graduate student Ginny Chadwick won Columbia city council’s first ward seat. She hosted a watch party at Trey Bistro.

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11:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

A non-traditional election concluded in a traditional way

Credit Photo courtesy Tyree Byndom, via Facebook.

COLUMBIA—Tyree Byndom, the first American Bah’i to run for political office wrapped up election night in a surprising way. Byndom was joined by many friends and family at The Heidelberg awaiting election results.

Byndom is an untraditional candidate because he says through his faith he seeks to avoid contention and that prevented him from participating in many candidacy events.

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11:02 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Local elections in focus

Ginny Chadwick has officially won the 1st ward election. She was all smiles upon hearing the news.

On April 8th KBIA's news team was with local election candidates, capturing triumph, defeat, and a proposal. 

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9:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

A look at the winners and losers of Tuesday's election [INFOGRAPHIC]

Below are unofficial results of tonight's election. These results are as reported by the County Clerk, but are not yet considered certified results.

Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
7:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Views of the News: Keeping reporters safe on the job

Credit via Twitter

Last week, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was shot and killed while on assignment in Afghanistan.  She was traveling with a convoy of election workers ahead of the presidential election when an Afgan police officer open fire on Niedringhaus and her reporter.

Afghanistan is a war zone.

Houston, Texas isn't.

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7:05 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

House endorses transportation tax vote

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  The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a temporary one-cent sales tax to fund transportation needs.  The tax hike would require voter approval and would expire after 10 years unless renewed by voters again.  Before the vote, an amendment was offered that would have raised the state’s fuel tax from 17 to 20 cents per gallon.  It was sponsored by Democrat Jon Carpenter of Clay County.   “The Missouri gas tax has not increased in many years, and it hasn’t kept pace with inflation, and the amount of money we get to be able to

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5:38 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Talking Politics: Voters head to the polls for municipal elections

Boone County election day volunteers Don Fues and Blake Turner help voters at Trinity Presbyterian Church, in Columbia, April 8, 2014.
Credit Janet Saidi / KBIA

Mid-Missourians headed out to the polls today to cast their votes on school board, city council, and mayoral candidates and a range of issues on ballots in the municipal elections.

KBIA's news team captured some of the sights and sounds on election day in this edition of Talking Politics, hosted by Kate Grumke.

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5:12 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Governor Nixon announces comprehensive statewide energy plan

Credit File Photo / KBIA

  Gov. Jay Nixon announced the launch of a statewide comprehensive energy plan at the Advancing Renewables conference at the University of Missouri on Tuesday, April 8.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Division of Energy will lead the initiative to develop the energy plan.

The governor said public meetings will be held across the state to seek input from energy stakeholders, including renewable energy companies, researchers and environmental advocates.

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2:16 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Voters to decide bond issues in Centralia, Fulton

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Across Missouri voting has been underway since 6 this morning. Some ballots include school bonds, others have city council races or mayoral races, including Columbia, Centralia, Holts Summit and Fulton.

Patt Olsen is the director of the Centralia Public Library and says the library has exhausted its reserves and is asking for a 25 cent tax levy in addition to the existing 30 cent tax levy. This means that on a $100,000 assessed home, the taxpayers would pay just under $50 every year to keep the library operating at its current capacity.

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2:10 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Boone County residents head to the election polls

Credit Sullivan Fox / KBIA

Mid-Missouri residents are heading to the voting polls today, deciding on a range of issues on the ballot from education and developments across Columbia to tax additions that would fund a library in Centralia.

While today's municipal election are not as motivating for voters as a Presidential or Congressional primary election, county officials are hoping to get between 18,000 and 19,000 voters by the end of the day, though they did say that less may come because there isn't much on the ballot.

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10:12 am
Tue April 8, 2014

2014 Municipal Election Live Coverage

Join us for KBIA's live election coverage. Check back for the latest as Mid-Mo heads to the polls. 

9:01pm With 7/7 precincts reporting  it looks to be Ginny Chadwick  Ward 1 for Columbia City Council

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9:09 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Missouri Senate Committee Begins Reviewing State Budget Passed By House

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:49 pm

Budget writers in the Missouri Senate have begun their review of the state's spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015.

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8:48 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Missouri Senate endorses criminal code overhaul

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The Missouri Senate has given preliminary approval to legislation that would overhaul the state's criminal laws and create new punishment ranges for felonies and misdemeanors.

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4:20 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Convention center decision expected tonight in Jefferson City

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After a long process of meeting with developers and finalizing each proposal, the Jefferson City council is expected to decide between two convention center proposals at Monday night’s meeting.

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1:52 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Columbia Public School district requests $50 million bond

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Voters will decide Tuesday if Columbia schools will be moving forward with construction or re-evaluating their plans for the future.

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8:33 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Ronnie White's Nomination Recalls Past Battles — And Hard Feelings

Judge Ronnie White

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 12:24 pm

Updated 12:22 p.m., Thurs., June 19: On June 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Ronnie White's nomination to the U.S. Senate floor. The committee's 10-7 affirmative vote makes it highly likely that White's nomination to the federal bench will be approved.

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8:22 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Boone County Fire Protection District requests $14 million bond issue

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Boone County’s Fire Protection District is requesting a $14 million bond issue on this April’s ballot in hopes of acquiring funds to purchase new fire trucks and renovate several fire stations.  

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8:15 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Boone County voters to decide on $2 million Harrisburg schools bond

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Boone County voters will decide on Proposition 2 on Tuesday.  The passing of the bond would grant the Harrisburg school district $2 million.  

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7:57 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Medicaid change sought for disabled, elderly

Missouri Capitol
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Some Missouri Republicans have adamantly opposed expanding Medicaid to low-income adults by tapping into billions of federal dollars under President Barack Obama's health care law.

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2:24 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Welcome To Voting Rights Boot Camp

Supporters of the Voting Rights Act listen to speakers discussing the Supreme Court's rulings outside the court building in June 2013. The court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, aimed at protecting minority voters, is unconstitutional.
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Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 2:30 pm

Election season is getting underway in states all over the country, and voting rights advocates worry some of those places may move to disenfranchise minorities by exploiting a Supreme Court ruling.

That ruling last June blew up a system that had forced states with a history of discrimination to win federal approval before making election changes.

Now, legal groups are responding by training a new generation of activists to sue. Consider this recent gathering of a few dozen lawyers and community activists on the 28th floor of an Atlanta skyscraper.

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1:29 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A conversation with the European Union's ambassador to the U.S.

João Vale de Almeida, the European Union's ambassador to the United States, spoke to Global Journalist about the relationship between the two entities, and other topics.
Credit Global Journalist

João Vale de Almeida is the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States of America. He sat down with Global Journalist's Jason McLure to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, the EU-U.S. relationship, and other topics. Below are excerpts from that interview, but you can listen to the whole interview above, or watch a video of it at the bottom of this page.

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10:07 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Columbia Public Works shares plans for project

A webcam posted at the Scott Blvd. construction site updates city residents on the project's progress with images such as this.
Credit Columbia Public Works

The Columbia Public Works Department hosted an open house Wednesday night at Mill Creek Elementary School to present design concepts on a future road project.

Phase three of the Scott Boulevard road construction project is set to begin in 2016. The department plans to add four miles of new sidewalk and nine storm mitigation basins from Vawter School Road to Route KK.

Other highlights include expanding the road to five lanes and building a new bridge over Mill Creek.

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3:51 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri House approves limit on union fee collections

The bill would require authorization from public employees before unions spend money taken from paychecks.
Credit File Photo / KBIA

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require public employees to give annual written authorization for unions to spend money automatically deducted from a person's paycheck.

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3:39 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri House approves bill to nullify federal gun laws

Missouri House members approved a bill allowing citizens to sue federal agents for enforcing gun laws the state considers to be infringement.
Credit File Photo / KBIA News

Federal gun laws that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms would be deemed null and void under legislation passed by the Missouri House.

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3:31 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri House sets aside transportation tax increase

The Missouri House tabled a one-cent tax increase for transportation following discussion on funding for bicycle paths.
Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

A debate on state funding for bicycle paths caused legislation to impose a one-cent tax increase to be set aside in the Missouri House.

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3:23 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri Senate passes $600 million bonding plan

The bonding plan would finance millions of dollars in bonds for the improvement of state institutions and facilities for health and education.
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

 

A potential $600 million bonding plan for state buildings has passed the Missouri Senate.

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