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Missouri education officials have granted provisional accreditation to the Kansas City School District.

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FBI Director James Comey says a new Missouri constitutional amendment on digital privacy is an appropriate legal protection that won't hinder law enforcement.

Missouri transportation leaders are looking to regroup following voters' overwhelming rejection of a proposed  sales tax to fund road and bridge improvements on Tuesday.

Despite supporters spending millions, the measure lost by roughly 58 percent to 41 percent. And it lost across the state -- in St. Louis, St. Louis County, the Kansas City area and even in rural parts of the state. In St. Louis and St. Louis County, the measure went down by a 2-to-1 margin.

Regional coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

Right to farm opponents weigh veto options

Results from the August 5 primary election

Columbia residents hear new zoning regulations

Aug 6, 2014

Columbia residents had the chance to ask questions regarding new zoning development in the city. Clarion Associates, prime consultant for the new zoning and development regulations, presented the first of three new zoning modules.

Module 1 looks at zone districts and permitted uses in those districts. Clarion Associates says its main goal is to update zone districts and create a unified development ordinance. One thing the company says it wants to focus on is target controls for downtown. While there is no draft for C-2 replacement, the company hopes to have it in the Module 2 draft presented in October.

In a night filled with anxiety and uncertainty, those that gathered for a watch party at the Missouri Farming Bureau Center in Jefferson City were relieved to see their hard work pay off as Missouri voters passed amendment one on Thursday night with an unofficial 50.13 percent of the vote.

Missouri Farming Bureau President Blake Hurst has been with the bureau for 35 years. He said he believes the Right to Farm amendment will protect Missouri farmers from restrictions that would limit the use of technology.

Proposition EPIC rejected by Boone County

Aug 6, 2014

“They say that Boone County never met a sales tax it didn’t like. Well I guess tonight it found one,” said Steven Spellman, spokesperson for the opposition of proposition EPIC.

Two thirds of Boone County voters opposed Proposition EPIC, the ballot initiative requesting an eighth of a cent increase in sales tax to fund the development of the Central Missouri Events Center, and other parks and recreational projects. More than 9,200 voted in support of the measure, with more than 18,000 casting votes against.


Missouri veterans were denied a new revenue stream, when voters rejected amendment 8 last night. The measure would have created a separate lottery with all proceeds going to the Veterans Commission capital improvement trust fund.

Opponents feared the new lottery would have drained funds from the current one, which benefits education.

Supporters were disappointed, saying the lottery would have brought in millions of dollars for veteran’s programs

State Representative Sheila Solon sponsored the amendment. She says that Missourians will have to find a different way to support veterans.

Ashland voters aprove new wastewater facility

Aug 5, 2014


Ashland residents voted to approve a $7 million bond Tuesday.

The bond money goes toward building a new water sewage treatment plant for the city. Mayor Gene Rhorer said the city currently uses a lagoon-type treatment facility that operates under a Department of Natural Resources permit in a testing phase, but the current facility does not meet DNR regulations. Rhorer said the bond will be good for the city and citizens.

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Missouri is now legally obligated to protect residents from any attempts to curtail gun rights. Last night, voters approved Amendment 5 which says in part that the right to bear arms is “an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right”. The measure also covers any ammunition or accessories that are typical to the normal function of the weapon.

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An initiative proposing a new teacher evaluation method has won approval to appear on the November ballot in Missouri.

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Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren says voter turnout has been impressive in today's primary election. As of 12:30 this afternoon, more than 12,000 voters had turned out to vote,  which is approximately 13% of active voters in the county. Noren expects that number will rise to 25,000 votes by the time polls close tonight at 7pm. 

When Missourians go to the polls Aug. 5 they will be asked to consider whether or not to amend the state constitution to strengthen the right to own and bear firearms.

Ballot language:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right?

What it means:

Gun rights amendment on ballot

Aug 5, 2014
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Missouri voters will decide on Tuesday whether the state will add an amendment to the state constitution that would safeguard the rights of gun owners.

Amendment 5 would declare the right to own firearms, ammunition, and accessories as unalienable. The measure says in part the state of Missouri would be "obligated to uphold these rights and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement."

What is Proposition EPIC?

Aug 5, 2014

One of the propositions on Tuesday's ballot is Proposition EPIC, or the Economy, Parks and Investing in Community Proposition. It's an eighth of a cent sales tax in Boone County that would begin Jan. 1, 2015 and would end in 2020.

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Missouri is headed to the polls this week to vote for, among other things, a ¾ cent sales tax increase that would be used to fund Missouri’s Department of Transportation, or MoDot. Missouri citizens have the special privilege of deciding whether to bankroll a decade of transportation projects, thanks to former Missouri congressman Mel Hancock.

Hancock grew up in Springfield, Mo and before being elected to the U.S House of Representatives in 1989, he forever changed Missouri’s tax code with something called “The Hancock Amendment.” The amendment limits the power of the state legislature to raise taxes on its own, only allowing for small, inconsequential bumps. Voters have to approve bigger tax increases in an election, like the one Missouri is having this week.

On this episode of Intersection, we will talk about what voters will see on the August 5th ballot. 

Christian County official ballot

The August 5, 2014 primary election ballot includes five proposals for amendments to the Missouri constitution. Amendment 1, commonly referred to as the 'Right to Farm' amendment, would add a section 35 to Article I of the state constitution.

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Republicans need to win just one of three special elections Tuesday to re-gain a veto-proof majority in the Missouri House.


The U.S. Army is seeking public comment on possible future cuts at Missouri's Fort Leonard Wood and other installations nationwide.

By any conceivable measure, Missouri doesn’t have a particularly robust election cycle this year. But that doesn't mean that there aren't lessons to learn.

Even though this year's primary season featured fewer contested races than usual, the past few months still produced twists, turns and surprises. That’s especially true because a number of ballot initiatives were placed on the August ballot, making up for a relative dearth of competitive legislative contests.

Regional coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

  • City Council approves OPUS building plans for downtown development on Locust
  • Meat prices rise while other food prices stabilize
  • Brady Deaton will receive Missourian Award
  • Boone County primary race has interesting twist
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On August 5th, Mid-Missourians will not only have the chance to vote on the proposed Constitutional amendments, but also on a primary between co-workers. Nora Dietzel and Lois Miller are deputy recorders at the Boone County Recorder of Deeds office in Columbia.

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Kansas City councilmembers have unanimously voted to ban people from openly carrying firearms within city limits.

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President Obama woke up in Kansas City on Wednesday, rallying support for a growing economy, dreaming of equal pay for his daughters and touting what he called “economic patriotism.”

With just four months before the mid-term elections, Obama called out Congress for fighting him on help for the middle class in a rousing appearance at the Uptown Theatre and later, in a walk down Parkville’s Main Street.

Coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

President Obama visits Kansas City

Columbia debuts new bus route

Scammers pose as Ameren workers

The New York Times

  The New York Times this week ran a series of editorials calling on the federal government to repeal the ban on marijuana.  A brave, game-changing move that shows the country's leading newspaper acting like one, or just another sign of how behind public opinion the mainstream media are these days?  And what difference will it make?

The Editorial Board, The New York Times, "Repeal Prohibition, Again"

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President Barack Obama plans to use his visit to Kansas City to prod Congress to close corporate tax loopholes and take other action before going on summer break this week instead of trying to sue him.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says the passage of federal legislation should provide assistance to Missouri centers that aid child victims of violent crimes.

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Gov. Jay Nixon is urging Missouri school administrators to lobby legislators to uphold his vetoes of various tax breaks.