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8:28 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Nixon heads to U City to sign breast-feeding bill

Rep. Rory Ellinger
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An ailing state lawmaker who is leaving office as he battles liver cancer will see one of his legislative priorities signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jay Nixon in the legislator's hometown.

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8:22 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri bill aids absentee voting in emergencies

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Legislation under consideration in Missouri could give emergency workers summoned to duty near Election Day a greater chance of casting absentee ballots.

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8:17 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Mo. House panel endorses payday loan legislation

House floor at the Missouri Capitol
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A Missouri House panel has adopted a measure that would eliminate renewals on payday loans and lower the amount of interest borrowers can currently charge.

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4:54 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri revenue up about 2 percent over last year

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A new report shows Missouri revenues were up slightly as the state heads toward the last few months of its fiscal year.

State figures released Wednesday show the state's net general revenue increased 1.7 percent through March compared with the same point last year.

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the revenue numbers show Missouri is on pace to meet this year's budget projections set by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's administration. But she added that sales tax receipts are currently coming in below projections.

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4:47 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri bill seeks to lure high-stakes gamblers

A bill approved Wednesday, April 2 in Jefferson City would let Missouri casinos extend a line of credit to gamblers willing to put up at least $10,000. The bill still has to pass a House vote.
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High stakes gamblers could find Missouri more alluring if legislation passed by the Senate becomes law.

A bill approved Wednesday would let Missouri casinos extend a line of credit to gamblers willing to put up at least $10,000.

Supporters said the bill would free big bettors from having to carry large quantities of cash to casinos.

Casino officials also hope to attract more high rollers from other states, like professional athletes who may be traveling to Missouri to play in a game.

The Senate sent the bill to the House by a 24-9 vote.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Mo. Medicaid bill set aside after GOP disagreement

A bill that would revamp the mangement of Medicaid in Missouri was debated in Jefferson City on Wednesday, April 2.
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A bill revamping the management of Missouri's Medicaid program has been set aside after debate turned tense between two Republican senators.

Senators Ryan Silvey and John Lamping engaged in a sometimes pointed discussion Wednesday during which they questioned each other's conservative ideology and rhetoric.

Silvey wants to expand health care coverage to thousands of low-income adults by tapping into an influx of federal Medicaid dollars available under President Barack Obama's health care law. The Republican from Kansas City says it can be done without busting the budget.

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Views of the News
4:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

What the #$%^?

Professor Mike McKean

What the $%^#?  Society’s attitudes toward language have evolved, and words once considered profane are now part of the vernacular.  Still, do they have a place in the newspaper or on local tv newscasts?  Also the cancel Colbert movement, and 2014 State of the News Media report. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry: Views of the News.


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Politics
9:22 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Faith Voices of Columbia kicks off with discussion of political moral issues

Signs were passed out to people during the event, “A Call to Dignity” Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Audience members raised them high in the air to show their agreement on a situation.
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Debbie Jenkins has been a health care worker for 38 years, but last year she lost her job. Now she lives on $875 a month, which she is told is too much to qualify for Medicaid.

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Politics
8:47 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri senator sets aside domestic violence bill

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
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A Democratic senator has set aside a bill guaranteeing time off work for domestic violence victims after Republicans removed a section they said could have led to lawsuits against businesses.

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Politics
8:40 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri Senate seeks tax break for exercise

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Missouri senators have endorsed legislation intended to restore a tax exemption for exercise.

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Politics
8:23 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri Senate endorses cellphone protections

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Missouri voters could get to decide whether to boost the constitutional protections available for their cellphones.

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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
5:37 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Views of the News: What the #$%^?

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When is it appropriate for a journalist to change a word in a direct quote?  Is it okay to edit for clarity? Or when someone uses profanity?  What defines profanity today?

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Politics
5:15 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri Senate passes tax cut bill

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  The Missouri Senate has finally passed a tax cut bill, after different versions were blocked by Republicans who opposed a compromise between the fellow GOP sponsor and Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.  The bill now on its way to the Missouri House would cut the individual income tax rate from 6 percent to 5-and-a-half percent and phase in a 25 percent deduction on business income.  The changes would not take effect until 2017.  The measure is sponsored by Republican Senator Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit. 

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Politics
5:11 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri House removes portion of gun bill

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  The Missouri House has already endorsed legislation that would nullify some federal gun control laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights.

But today, the Republican-led chamber voted to remove a portion of the bill that could have sent law enforcement officers to jail for knowingly enforcing such laws.

Under previous versions of the measure, federal agents could have faced up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The House bill would only allow people to sue law enforcement for enforcing certain federal laws.

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Politics
9:16 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Breast-Feeding Protection Bill, Sponsored By Ailing Lawmaker, Sent To Gov. Nixon

State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 8:40 pm

  Legislation to expand legal protections in Missouri for breast-feeding moms is on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
9:15 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Gov. Nixon criticizes $620M Missouri tax cut plan

Jay Nixon
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A new estimate puts the eventual cost of a Missouri tax cut proposal at more than $620 million annually.

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Politics
8:52 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kinkade named Missouri social services director

A longtime employee of the Missouri Department of Social Services has been appointed as its new director.

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Politics
8:46 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri bill proposes tax credits for vacancies

Missouri Capitol
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A legislative proposal could cause some Missouri residents to think twice: Would they rather have a representative at the state Capitol or a tax refund?

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Politics
8:31 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Mo. House passes drivers' license renewal change

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Missouri drivers would not need to show birth certificates or other source documents when renewing their licenses under legislation passed by the state House.

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Politics
8:19 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Study: Missouri Gave Up $1.7 Billion In Corporate Taxes Since Recession

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 10:36 am

Missouri's efforts since the recession to be more business-friendly have cost the state about $1.7 billion in corporate tax revenues.

That's according to a report co-published Monday by the Center for Effective Government, National People's Action and GrassRoots Organizing.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

House Republicans vote against veto of income tax cut legislation

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Missouri House Republicans were told they could face primary opposition this year if they voted to sustain Governor Jay Nixon's veto of income tax cut legislation.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Republicans strengthening their hold on Missouri's Congessional delegation

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Republicans appear to have strengthened their hold on Missouri's congressional delegation as a result of redistricting.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Federal Health Insurance enrollment deadline approaching

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Last-minute enrollment efforts across Missouri are expected to boost the number of consumers gaining coverage through the new federal health insurance law, but organizers say the deadline push won't hit anticipated enrollment targets.

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Politics
8:41 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Republicans Vie To Keep Control Of Democratic-Leaning District

Republican Jay Ashcroft fills out the necessary paperwork to run for the 24th District Senate seat. The son of former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's first electoral bid won't be easy.
Courtesy of Jay Ashcroft

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 11:00 pm

While Jay Ashcroft, the son of former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, was always interested in politics, he also said he didn’t consider it “the highest calling.”

“My highest calling in life is to be a good husband to my wife and to be a good father for my kids," said the attorney and engineer from unincorporated St. Louis County. “In the last couple of years when I’ve seen how government has been working at the state level and unfortunately not always working, I kept coming around to the conclusion that I need to be part of the solution.”

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Politics
8:30 am
Mon March 31, 2014

New estimate puts Missouri tax cut bill at $620M

Missouri Senate floor
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A new estimate puts the eventual cost of a Missouri Senate income tax cut plan at more than $620 million annually.

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Politics
8:27 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Mo. Senate could resume debate on criminal code

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Missouri Senate leaders say the chamber could continue debate this week on a proposed overhaul of the state's criminal laws despite Gov. Jay Nixon's reservations.

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8:23 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Property tax relief fades at Mo. Capitol

Missouri Capitol
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Some lawmakers want to revive a Missouri program that funded property tax rebates for senior and disabled homeowners hit by rapidly rising property taxes.

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Politics
8:13 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Lawmakers consider funding boost for Missouri 911

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Missouri lawmakers are seeking to allow new charges on cellphones and wireless devices to help improve the state's 911 system.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Rep. wants Missourians to vote on repeal of gay marriage ban

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A Missouri House Democrat has introduced legislation that would repeal the state's ban on gay marriage.

Mike Colona, a House member from St. Louis who is gay, filed a proposed constitutional amendment this week that would go before voters in November. Colona was joined by 30 of his Democratic colleagues as co-sponsors.

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Politics
8:52 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Nixon Threatens Veto Of Any Tax Cut Bill That Fails To Curb Tax Credits

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 5:07 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and some potential allies in the latest legislative battle over tax cuts stepped up their attack Thursday on two fronts.

Just as the General Assembly was leaving for its long weekend, the governor issued a statement making clear that the tax-cut measures that the House and Senate have been considering so far don’t meet his standards for approval.

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