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Taxi stands to stay in Columbia

Feb 8, 2012
KBIA

Columbia’s City Council unanimously voted to make downtown taxi stands and no-pick-up zones permanent on Monday night.  

Although Tuesday’s presidential primary amounts to only a public opinion poll, it was not front runner Mitt Romney who took the Missouri, but Rick Santorum.

Former St. Charles County executive Joe Ortwerth heads the Missouri branch of Focus on the Family, a conservative activist group.

He says Missouri is known as a state that likes to send strong messages.

“And today, the Show-Me State declared that the Midwest and the people of the Midwest, are looking for a candidate with genuine conservative credentials, and Rick Santorum is that man,” Ortwerth said.         

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he want to add $40 million to his higher education budget.  The money would come from a proposed lawsuit settlement with five large mortgage banks over foreclosure practices.

'Obamacare' opposition helps Santorum in primary

Feb 8, 2012
Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Rick Santorum trounced Mitt Romney yesterday in Missouri's "beauty contest" presidential primary. The state's delegates won't be chosen until caucuses on March 17, but the vote added to Santorum's momentum as he also swept Minnesota and Colorado. In this week's Health & Wealth update, how conservative opposition to Obama's Affordable Care Act may have helped Santorum in the Show-Me State.

Missouri primary gives Santorum a boost

Feb 7, 2012
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Missouri voters gave Rick Santorum a symbolic victory tonight. The former senator handily beat Mitt Romney, winning in every county, with 52 percent of the total vote, compared to Romney's 25 percent.

Nixon softens budget cut to colleges

Feb 7, 2012

Governor Jay Nixon's office announced late Tuesday it may reduce the level of proposed 2013 cuts to higher education by six percent.

Columbia Representative Mary Still says while she's encouraged, she still thinks the cuts are deep.

Not just a red state

Feb 7, 2012
WNYC

Missouri is by all accounts  a "red state"  but it's plain to see that one or two colors can't tell the whole story.  How can one color, one category, make sense of the diversity of communities we see around us every day?  The folks at Patchwork Nation and the public radio station WNYC think they have a better way: they look at voters in each county and then slice up the numbers 12 different ways.  Some counties are what might be called, the "Monied 'Burbs."  Others are "Tractor Countries" or "Mormon Outposts."   12 demographics, 12 sets of values, opinions and personalities.  

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Polling places are quiet today as voters trickle in for Missouri’s non-binding presidential primary. As KBIA’s Jacob Fenston reports, the election will cost taxpayers an estimated 7 million dollars, despite having no direct effect in choosing the Republican nominee.

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Former State Auditor Susan Montee is kicking off her campaign for Missouri Lieutenant Governor with endorsements from St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and other Democratic leaders.

Missouri lawmakers are trying again to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

House members Tuesday gave first-round approval to the photo-ID requirement by a 104-54 vote. The measure needs another vote before moving to the Senate.

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Missouri’s presidential primary is today, but one of the leading GOP candidates is not on the ballot.

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Missouri senator Claire McCaskill is proposing cost cuts and a new business model to save post offices across the state. 167 rural Missouri post offices are on the chopping block as the U.S. Post Office moves toward more digital post services.

Missouri Capitol
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Debate began Monday in the Missouri House on legislation to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.  As Marshall Griffin tells us from Jefferson City, the back-and-forth got pretty heated at times.

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Two bills that would provide incentives for building underground data storage centers and for drawing amateur sporting events to Missouri have cleared a State House committee.

Public schools all around Columbia will put on a number of events to celebrate and educate the community about Black History Month this February.

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A Missouri lawmaker wants to let school districts lease advertising space on buses to help cover transportation costs.

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A Missouri lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require members of the General Assembly to be subjected to random drug testing during the session.

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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill seeks to avoid closing rural post offices under her proposal to maintain six-day mail delivery.

A Democratic House member from southwestern Missouri plans to run for lieutenant governor.

A Cole County Judge has upheld the new congressional redistricting map passed by Missouri lawmakers last year. 

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While debt is a problem that affects many Americans, Columbia Housing Authority is working to improve its repayment plans for residents.

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Former Senator Rick Santorum spoke to a crowd of several hundred people at William Woods College Friday. 

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A Missouri judge could rule in mid-February on a lawsuit challenging new boundaries for state House districts.

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Only a few more days until the Missouri presidential primary, but this year many voters will likely stay home. 

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Closing arguments were heard Thursday in the lawsuit over Missouri’s new congressional district map.

Reporting in Cuba

Feb 2, 2012

Being an independent news reporter in Cuba is a dangerous occupation. The Committee to Protect Journalists points out that Cuba was once tied with China for holding the largest number of journalists behind bars. 

Missouri Capitol
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Senate Democrats have ended their filibuster of a workplace discrimination bill, after an agreement was reached with the bill’s sponsor.  But that doesn’t mean they won’t try blocking the bill again.

Democrat Maria Chappelle-Nadal agreed to end the filibuster after the bill’s sponsor, GOP Senator Brad Lager, allowed her to add an amendment – that amendment would guarantee the right to a jury trial in all workplace discrimination cases.  She says, though, that the bill’s definition of what constitutes workplace discrimination is still flawed.

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Senate Republicans have scuttled Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee to direct the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

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