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Columbia's rules regarding group homes reviewed

Nov 18, 2014
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Columbia's Community Development Department is reviewing rules regarding group homes. This review came after an agency serving mentally and physically handicapped people proposed to open a new group home next to an existing one.

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The Columbia Housing Authority is in the process of trying to secure a 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and the Columbia City Council will be backing them up. This tax credit will go towards renovating its 719 public housing units.

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  A report shows Missouri had the largest enrollment decline for a federal program that helps working parents pay for child care.

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

The White House has confirmed that a video released by the self-declared Islamic State that shows the beheading of hostage Peter Kassig, an American aid worker in Syria who was kidnapped in 2013, is authentic.

The radical jihadist group posted the video on social media early Sunday.

President Obama said in a statement that he offered his condolences to the family, describing the beheading as "an act of pure evil."

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A recent spur in graffiti incidents throughout downtown Columbia has groups throughout the city working together to find a solution.

Hallsville repeals 20-year-old pit-bull ban

Nov 14, 2014

A 20-year-old pit-bull ban has been repealed by The Hallsville City Council. Cheri Reish, mayor of Hallsville, said there is a resident in the area who adopted a pit-bull and were originally told that pit-bull was not allowed in the community.

Columbia residents, consultants discuss city's future

Nov 14, 2014
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Columbia residents had a chance to weigh in on another round of recommendations for what development  in downtown Columbia should look like at a public forum at City Hall Thursday night.

Consultants, hired by the city, discussed the second of three models concerning development in the city. It included suggestions to limit building heights, make the city more walkable and change parking areas.


Nov 13, 2014

KSTP-TV accused the Minneapolis Mayor of throwing up gang signs after she was photographed with a black constituent. Missouri School of Journalism professors Jim Fink, Jamie Grey and Amy Simons discuss the issue.


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A panel of state lawmakers has been formed to look into allegations involving lobbyist perks and campaign contributions going to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

New Missouri law changes who can carry weapons

Nov 13, 2014

A new Missouri law now prevents any city or municipality from banning open carry of firearms.

 President Barack Obama challenges the FCC to regulate the internet service providers as it would a utility.  A win for net neutrality advocates and businesses such as Netflix and Hulu or a long-shot wish put upon an independent agency? Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck reveals he is suffering from a rare illness that has “quite honestly, made me look crazy.” Stephen Glass breaks his silence. And, how close to reality is Jake Gyllenhaal’s new flim Nightcrawler? From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Jim Flink and Jamie Grey: Views of the News.


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President Barack Obama told the FCC he thinks it's time the independent agency acts on net neutrality, and regulate the Internet and service providers like other utilities.  It's uncertain how the FCC will act -- but Obama's request is being viewed as a "win" for consumers and businesses such as Netflix and Hulu and a blow to big telecom companies like Comcast and Verizon.

Matthew Yglesias, Vox: “Obama says FCC should reclassify the Internet’s regulatory status

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In this week's Talking Politics we tackle the difficult and commonly misunderstood interaction between city, state and federal laws.  Ginny Chadwick voted against an ordinance that would have decriminalized the cultivation of marijuana plants at a city council meeting in October after saying she would vote for the measure during her campaign.

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A state panel likely won't consider increasing Missouri judges' pay.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is in line to serve as a leader of the Governors' Biofuels Coalition.

I never meant to play you this story. Let me tell you why I had to.

Every so often I record interviews as part of a school benefit. People ask me to question their parents, or grandparents, to preserve family history. The stories that emerge are a little like our series StoryCorps.

Josh Kronberg-Rasner was the only openly gay person in his office while he worked for a food service company in Casper, Wyo. But his sexual orientation never held him back, he says. "I had filled every position from general manager to executive chef," he says. "You name it, I'd done all of it."

That changed in the summer of 2012 when Kronberg-Rasner got a new manager, whom Kronberg-Rasner says was uncomfortable working with a gay person. A few weeks after he arrived, the manager went through Kronberg-Rasner's personal phone and found pictures of a male gymnast.

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  State Sen. Scott Sifton says he will seek the Democratic nomination for attorney general in 2016.

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The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus has picked its next leader.

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A Republican state lawmaker who lost his bid for St. Louis County executive by fewer than 1,700 votes said he may request a recount.

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Missouri voters have handed Republican state lawmakers an immense amount of power.

"I am a United States Army General, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism."

Those are the frank opening words of a new book by retired Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger, Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Bolger continues:

"It's like Alcoholics Anonymous. Step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. So do my peers. And thanks to our problem, now all of America has a problem. To wit: two lost campaigns and a war gone awry."

Columbia City Officials say it is crucial to look at other ways to secure public safety after 60 percent of the voters rejected Proposition One in Columbia on Election Day last Tuesday.

Updated at 4:50 p.m. with comments from plaintiff Kyle Lawson.

Two days after a state judge in St. Louis came to the same conclusion, a federal judge in Kansas City has struck down Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage.  

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Access Missouri is a collaboration between KBIA, The Missouri Informatics Institute and The Truman School of Public Affairs here at MU. The site is a portal designed to collect publicly available data on Lawmakers. So far there have been more than 5,000 unique users, on the site that launched less than a week ago. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This is the first installment of the ongoing series.

Even 10 years after the battle for Fallujah, it's hard for Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Torain Kelley to talk about some things that happened.

"We had people shooting at us from up [on] the rooftops, from the houses, from the sewers or wherever they could take a shot at us from," he says.

OOPS! 'Morning Edition's' Best Bloopers

Nov 7, 2014

Painter Salvador Dalí once said, "Have no fear of perfection — you'll never reach it."

Writer George Orwell opined, "The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection."

And, as the great philosopher Tina Fey says, "Perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring."

It is in this spirit that, as part of this week's celebration of Morning Edition's 35th anniversary, we share some of our less-than-perfect moments.

Program Aims to Promote Bike Safety in Columbia

Nov 6, 2014
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As daylight savings time ends, the “Lighten up Columbia” campaign is geared toward promoting safe bicycle riding.

GetAbout Columbia, the Columbia Police Department, and Columbia Parks and Recreation partnered up to ensure safe riding in Columbia in the evening to early morning hours. The campaign has equipped the police department with bike light packets in their patrol vehicles to distribute to riders they may come in contact with.

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Same-sex couples willing to drive to St. Louis can legally get married in Missouri.

Circuit court judge, Rex Burlison, overturned Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage in the city of St. Louis Wednesday, defying a 10-year-old amendment.

Previously, Missouri only recognized same-sex marriages that were performed in states or countries where it was legal.

Now, Missouri residents can legally tie the knot in St. Louis and be recognized as a married couple throughout the state.

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The Missouri Office of Administration released the October general revenue report today (Tuesday).

The 2015 fiscal year began on July 1 and state revenue collections increased 4.3 percent compared to last year from $2.48 billion to $2.59 billion.  State Budget Director Linda Luebbering said the revenue collections need to be up 11 percent to fully fund the budget appropriated by the legislature.