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The 16-person panel chosen by Missouri's governor to help find long-term solutions after the Ferguson police shooting meets for the first time Monday.

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Some Missouri lawmakers say they plan to make another run at reforming the state's loose ethics laws, but campaign contribution limits probably won't be on the table.

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The need to replace aging touch-screen and optical-scan election machines is looming in Kansas and Missouri.

Gov. Jay Nixon plans to call a special session of the Missouri General Assembly to pay for the Missouri National Guard and Missouri Highway Patrol’s operations in Ferguson and the St. Louis region. 

It’s a move that comes amid immense disapproval of how the governor handled the aftermath of a grand jury’s decision to not indict Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia is looking into a partial ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a commission that advises the city council on environmental issues was asked last month to review a proposal.

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A state audit has found that the Missouri Veterans Commission poorly communicated with veterans when handling pension and disability claims.

A lawmaker is drafting legislation to require Missouri universities create statewide tests for school children. 

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Clergy and others who blocked morning traffic in the St. Louis suburb where the Ferguson grand jury decision was announced have ended their protest without any apparent arrests being made.

 

About 100 demonstrators assembled in downtown Clayton, Missouri, shortly after sunrise Tuesday and spent several hours blocking intersections, singing spirituals and chanting. They also observed a 4½-minute moment of silence to mark the 4½ hours that Brown's body remained on the Ferguson street before it was removed.

 

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — An ordinance that adds sexual orientation and gender identity to Springfield's nondiscrimination ordinance will go before voters in April.

 

The Springfield City Council voted Monday to table one proposal that would have repealed the ordinance and another that would have placed it on the ballot. Under the city charter, tabling the proposal for 30 days automatically places it on the April municipal election ballot.
 

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered additional members of the Missouri National Guard to Ferguson, where violent protests broke out following a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

 

  A Missouri lawmaker is continuing to push for a prescription medication database despite several previous failed attempts.

  Missouri lawmakers say they're reviving a failed agricultural bill that could help dairy, cattle and crop farmers. 

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  Boone County commissioners want the ability to impose standards on rental properties outside the Columbia city limits. 

Leadership battle in Missouri Republican party

Nov 21, 2014
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A battle is brewing over the leadership of the Missouri Republican Party as it looks toward a 2016 election in which nearly all of the state's offices will be on the ballot.

A spokesman for the St. Louis County prosecutor says a grand jury is still meeting to consider charges against a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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After a New York Time’s article published in late October revealed Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from lawyers of companies his office investigated, he announced he’ll be implementing “new transparency measures intended to address perceptions regarding political contributions.”

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We've all been there. Driving downtown during a high traffic time. Maybe on 9th Street. Listening to KBIA. 

And then--stopped. There's a semi truck stopped in the lane up ahead. 

House Republicans on Friday followed through on a threat to sue President Obama over actions he has taken concerning the Affordable Care Act.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal court against the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Treasury.

Did host Scott Simon unfairly—and sordidly—ambush Bill Cosby by raising rape charges in a Weekend Edition interview that was otherwise about art?

The 77-year old comedian and wife Camille—she was present—were being interviewed on air Saturday about the many pieces of art that they are lending to the Smithsonian Museum when Simon, at the end, changed the subject:

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A Missouri lawmaker is vowing to block recommended pay increases for elected officials.

Rep. Mark Parkinson announced Thursday that he'll file a resolution against proposed salary increases next session.

A panel this week suggested 8 percent pay raises in fiscal year 2016 and again in 2017 for the governor and other statewide officials.

State lawmakers also would receive a $4,000 raise over two years.

But Parkinson, a St. Charles Republican, says the money could be better spent as the state's economy continues to recover.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) confirms he is considering a run for governor and will announce a decision early next year.

Schweich told The Associated Press on Thursday that he believes he has the qualifications, commitment and financial support to run but wants to ensure it is something he and his family want to do.

Schweich's comments came as his supporters released a letter signed by more than 120 people encouraging him to run.

After six years of often bitter back-and-forth with congressional Republicans over the issue of immigration, President Obama announced he has decided to go it alone by temporarily shielding up to 5 million immigrants from being deported.

So What Is An 'Executive Action' Anyway?

Nov 20, 2014

You can read here about President Obama's executive action on immigration. Or here, a story about his executive order.

Although commonly conflated in the media, the two terms aren't exactly interchangeable.

In short ...

This post was updated on Dec. 1, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.

President Obama is set to announce executive action tonight, granting temporary relief to some of the nearly 12 million immigrants who are living in the United States illegally. Here's what we know so far:

1. What kind of relief is the president offering?

Obama's move lifts the threat of deportation — at least temporarily. But it does not provide the full path to citizenship as envisioned under a comprehensive immigration bill.

Update at 7:35 p.m. ET: The Senate voted against completing the Keystone pipeline.

The remaining portion of the Keystone pipeline project, if completed, will be fewer than 1,200 miles long — just a fraction of the existing 2.6 million miles of oil and gas pipelines running beneath our feet in the United States.

Talking Politics: Nixon's Ferguson Trouble

Nov 19, 2014

In a phone interview Monday, Governor Jay Nixon stumbled when asked if the buck stops with him on the Ferguson response.  Eli Yokley joins us to discuss the politics surrounding Nixon's response.  

NPR’s Scott Simon asked Bill Cosby some pointed questions about allegations waged against him, but were the questions about sexual assault allegations or something else?  An Uber executive unhappy about media coverage looks to dig up dirt on unfriendly journalists, the Orange County Register looks to reporters to take on paper delivery routes and why an Australian television anchor’s decision to wear the same suit every day for a year is earning him high praise from feminists. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

The old joke used to be: Who is buried in Grant's tomb?

Now it's not so funny anymore.

Marijuana legalization advocates speak at MU

Nov 19, 2014
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Two advocates of marijuana legalization spoke at MU to encourage community members to support the reform. Ira Glasser and Neill Franklin spoke last Thursday and both pushed for expansion of legalizing marijuana, but for different reasons.

Glasser, the president of Drug Policy Alliance, said that legalizing marijuana on a national scale would eliminate many drug-related arrests.

“Over the last 10-15 years, more people have been arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana in New York City than in any other place in the world,” he said.

NPR's Scott Simon had the first interview with actor-comedian Bill Cosby following the recent allegations of sexual assault against him.  Simon asked Cosby on Saturday Weekend Edition if he wanted to address those allegations.  

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