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5:48 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Zoning panel approves Franklin Co. concrete plant

Shaw Nature Reserve in August, 2009. A Franklin County zoning panel voted 6-4 in favor of a concrete plant expansion near the reserve.
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A Franklin County zoning panel has approved plans to build a concrete plant near the Shaw Nature Reserve.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that county zoning commissioners on Tuesday voted 6-4 in favor of the Landvatter Ready Mix concrete company's expansion plans.

Some residents and nature preserve leaders worry the plant's noise and truck traffic will harm the area's tranquility. But commissioners cited the promised creation of 25 full-time jobs in an area already packed with other commercial and industrial sites.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Two student housing proposals approved, one tabled during Columbia City Council meeting

Columbia City Council members wait to hear the public’s opinion on the process of development agreement for Columbia properties during a meeting on March 19, 2014.
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Columbia City Council held a third public hearing at noon on Wednesday to discuss three contested student housing development proposals, approving the first two and tabling the third.

The council voted unanimously to approve a proposal by Collegiate Housing Partners for a 351-resident development on the south side of Conley Ave., between 4th and 5th Street, and voted 4-3 to approve Opus Development Company's plan for a 256-resident building on the north side of Locust Street between 7th and 8th streets. Both developers hope to be finished in time for fall semester 2015.

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Views of the News
2:17 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

What happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370? [VIDEO]

Professor Earnest Perry

Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean.

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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
9:27 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Views of the News: What happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370?

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What happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370?  All we know for sure is that it left Kuala Lampur on Friday, March 8 and never made it to its destination, the Beijing Capital International airport.  It's a mystery leaving millions around the globe scratching their heads.  The American media is reporting every small detail -- many of them theories and rumors. 

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Politics
8:46 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Nixon fills post on ethics panel, other boards

Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has tapped a Springfield attorney to serve on the state Ethics Commission.

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Politics
8:10 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Missouri governor to sign oral chemotherapy bill

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Missouri cancer patients soon could find it more affordable to take chemotherapy pills.

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Politics
5:38 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Talking Politics: Right to Work and Missouri blue laws

Motorcycles line the showroom at Larry’s Motor Sports in Jefferson City March 4, 2014. Owner Larry Neill’s store has been in business for 28 years.
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Since the early 1800s in Missouri, there have been laws against selling certain items on Sundays. These laws are called Blue Laws, and they were originally designed to give citizens and businesses a day of rest. But a motorcycle dealer in Kansas City is pushing to knock down one of the state's last remaining blue laws. KBIA's Justin Paprocki reported on how Sunday motorcycle sales could soon be allowed, with producing by Matthew Zuzolo.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

“Right to Work” bill trying to gain steam in Missouri

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    Across the nation, “right to work” bills have received a lot of attention. Twenty four states have adopted this legislation, most recently Indiana and Michigan. “Right to work” prohibits labor contracts from requiring all workers to pay union fees, regardless of whether they are union members.

Six of the eight states bordering Missouri have already passed “right to work,” one of which is Oklahoma. Bill Lant, representative from Pineville, sees a big difference between these two states.

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Politics
9:18 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Columbia residents oppose housing development proposals

Columbia City Hall
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Tensions ran high between Columbia residents, city staff and council members at the Columbia City Council meeting Monday night. 

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Politics
9:10 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Brick street ordinance revised for public opinion

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City Council presented an amended bill at yesterday evening’s City Council meeting concerning the protection, repairs, and restoration of Columbia’s historic brick roads.

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Politics
8:49 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Sedalia smoking ban here to stay

The city of Sedalia is beginning to see the benefits of a smoking ordinance that went into effect last September that banned all public smoking. 

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Politics
8:30 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Mo. bill extends voter registration for military

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Some Missouri lawmakers want to make it easier for members of the military to vote when they return from deployments.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Senator McCaskill answers to Columbia residents

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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill met with Columbia residents during a town hall meeting on Monday. She talked about the economy, boosting jobs in the state and the improvement of the nation’s deficit.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Changes in Missouri's criminal code could make an appearance this week

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 The Missouri Senate began work this week on an overhaul of the state's criminal code, but obstacles still remain to get the bill across the finish line.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Smaller financial penalty for those who break Missouri open government laws

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 Running afoul of Missouri's open government laws could carry a smaller financial penalty but no longer require proof the law was knowingly broken under legislation before a Senate committee.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Budget plan to add money for newborn screenings

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Missouri lawmakers are putting more money into the budget to try to speed up the results of newborn blood screenings.

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Intersection
4:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Executions in Missouri - the social, ethical and political factors

In Missouri and across the nation, the process of executing criminals is becoming complicated. It’s one of our society’s most somber, and impactful, tasks. But how much do you know about the process? If you don’t know much about it, there may be a reason for that. Two of our colleagues at in public radio have investigated and found that the process is shrouded in secrecy. Meantime, four people have been executed in Missouri in as many months, after years of less frequent executions.

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Politics
8:11 am
Mon March 17, 2014

While Court Fight Continues, Missouri House Passes Bill On Red Light, Speed Cameras

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Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 12:06 pm

The battleground over the use of red light and speed cameras in Missouri shifted this week from the courtroom to the state Capitol.

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Politics
8:08 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Lack of action leads to loss of Mo. tobacco money

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Missouri had expected to receive about $130 million this April under an annual settlement payment from tobacco companies.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Missouri Senate begins criminal code debate

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The Missouri Senate began work last week on an overhaul of the state's criminal code, but obstacles still remain to get the bill across the finish line.

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Politics
7:57 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Missouri lawmakers spend week on spring break

Missouri Capitol
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Missouri's Capitol will be quieter this week as state lawmakers take a weeklong spring break.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Missouri commission approves housing tax credits

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A Missouri commission has approved tax credits to build low-income housing after delaying their issuance last year.

The Missouri Housing Development Commission unanimously endorsed issuing about $14 million in tax credits Friday for about 1,600 housing units.

The commission had delayed approving the tax credits in December as part of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's negotiations with certain senators to pass a $1.7 billion incentive package to lure production of Boeing aircraft. Boeing ultimately opted against Missouri.

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Politics
3:42 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Randolph County to vote on consolidation of courthouse offices

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Randolph County Commissioners are preparing for an upcoming vote on a consolidation of two county courthouses. The commission’s plan is to merge all of the offices in both the Huntsville and Moberly Courthouses in a new structure that would be located in front of the Randolph County Justice Center.

Presiding Commissioner of Randolph County Susan Carter says that a main issue with both of the current courthouses is the lack of security.

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Global Journalist
1:26 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Spiraling inflation, street crime spur Venezuela protests

A demonstrator uses a Venezuelan flag to strike at a line of Bolivarian National Police officers in riot gear, during clashes at a anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. A university student has died and a number of othe

An economic crisis in a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world has led to a month of sometimes violent demonstrations in Venezuela. Polarization between supporters and opponents of President Nicolás Maduro's leftist government has left little room for compromise.

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Politics
9:07 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Tout Accomplishments, Talk On What's Next, As Spring Break Begins

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 8:28 pm

The first half of Missouri's 2014 legislative session is over, and lawmakers have left Jefferson City for their annual spring break.

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Politics
8:18 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Mo. House passes presidential primary date change

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Missouri's Republican-led House has passed legislation setting the state's 2016 presidential primary for March 15.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Nieves Drops Re-Election Bid, Sets Off GOP Jockeying For Job

Brian Nieves

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 5:16 pm

(Updated 1:50 p.m. Friday, March 14)

State Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, has dropped his bid for re-election – ending two weeks of political suspense about his intentions.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri Senate approves bill changing unemployment benefits

The legislation would change the definition of misconduct and how some Missouri workers collect unemployment benefits from the state.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Republican lawmakers are trying again to limit the ability of Missouri workers to collect unemployment benefits after being fired for alleged misconduct.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House passes electronic tracking bill

Tracking of electronic or cellular devices could be forbidden without a warrant if the bill passes in the Missouri Senate.
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Law enforcement could not track the location of an electronic or cellular device without a warrant under a bill passed by the Missouri House.

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Politics
2:41 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House approves bill changing access of teens to tanning machines

The new legislation could prohibit Missouri teens under 17 from using tanning machines without parental consent.
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Missouri teens younger than 17 would need parental consent to use tanning machines that emit ultraviolet rays under legislation passed by the state House.

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