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Michele Norris, an All Things Considered co-host since December 2002, is stepping away from that post until after the 2012 presidential campaign because her husband has taken a senior position with President Obama's re-election effort.

She is not leaving NPR's airwaves, however. While she will not be involved in coverage of the 2012 election, Norris will continue to report and produce projects for the organization.

In a message just sent to NPR staff, Norris says:

Saying that "an arbitrary and unlawful financial blockade ... has destroyed 95 percent of our revenue," WikiLeaks has suspended publishing operations and founder Julian Assange says it may have to shut down permanently by year's end.

The head of the Missouri Senate has announced he’s going to pull the plug on the special legislative session next week. 

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Perhaps more than any other Republican running for president this year, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has railed against taxes. She says they're too high, and that the current tax code should be repealed.

But Bachmann had a somewhat surprising early career: going after tax evaders as a prosecutor for the Internal Revenue Service.

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At times, the congresswoman and former state senator has seemed to deny that for nearly her entire professional life, she's been on the public payroll.

Boone County currently holds unclaimed property totaling more than $50,000.  County Treasurer Nicole Galloway announced Tuesday a new website where residents can now search and find unclaimed property they are owed. The website, ShowMeBoone.com/Treasurer, makes Boone County the first one in Missouri to implement such a tool for its residents. 

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The impact of longtime Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi’s death was felt across the world, even in Columbia. KBIA’s Nick Gass sat down with a couple of longtime Columbia residents from Libya to talk about what the end of Gadhafi’s reign means for their future and that of their home country.

Much has been written about the economics of the eurozone crisis — the credit default swaps, financial haircuts and bank recapitalizations. To complicate matters more, hurdles, such as Greece's economic debacle and bailout request, will take longer than a week to rectify.

Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department unveiled its new ten-year plan Tuesday during a public meeting at the Activity and Recreation Center.

Governor Jay Nixon has named Judge George Draper the Third to the Missouri Supreme Court.  Draper will move to the state’s High Court from the Eastern District Appeals Court.

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich will push for legislation next year he said will enable his office to oversee the state’s Division of Finance without interference from state agencies or private entities.

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The Columbia City Council has chosen Trial E for the city’s new ward reapportionment plan.

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Of all the countries in Europe, France has the largest number of minorities. It’s population also has the most Muslims, Jews and Buddhists. With this in mind, a group promoting international human rights put together a presentation at MU Monday that focused on issues related to race and diversity in contemporary France.

Columbia's city council has approved the ward redistricting plan known as Trial E. In a 6-1 vote at the council’s meeting Monday night, Trial E was agreed to be the most favorable option, with Fourth Ward Councilmember Daryl Dudley opposing.  KBIA’s Robert Partyka reports.

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While most of Columbia is getting ready for homecoming, about a dozen students gathered at MU’s Speakers Circle yesterday. Along with over 130 colleges around the county, Mizzou students joined the national student solidarity protest, known as Occupy Colleges.
By Scarlett Robertson (Columbia, Mo.)

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says lawmakers should not dump the state’s presidential primary in favor of a caucus system.

By Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

The leader of the Missouri Senate said he’ll make one last-ditch effort to reach an agreement with the House on an economic development bill.  President Pro Tem Rob Mayer and other Senate leaders remain pessimistic about their chances for success.

By Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

The advocacy group Renew Missouri filed a ballot initiative Friday aiming to strengthen Missouri’s renewable energy standards.

By Camille Phillips (Columbia, Mo.)

The Columbia Police Department and a coalition known as the Bias Free Columbia Coalition are seeking public input on the issue of racial bias in traffic stops.<!--more-->

The two groups hosted on the issues Tuesday night.

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The Ashland City police department is tightening supervision of the town’s youth. KBIA’s Anna Burkart reports people under the age of 18 are no longer permitted to be in the Ashland City Park without adult supervision.

A new Boone County Presiding Commissioner has been sworn in to replace former commissioner Ed Robb.

By Allie Hinds (Columbia, Mo.)

Former Columbia Water and Light director Kraig Kahler has received the death penalty for the murders of his wife, two daughters, and his wife’s grandmother in rural Kansas in November 2009.  Osage County, Kansas judge Phillip Fromme sided with the state and sentenced Kahler to death Tuesday.

By Ryan Schmidt (Columbia, Mo.)

The Columbia Public School District is amending its bullying policy. The school board voted to make the change in Monday night's meeting.

By Matt Norris (Columbia, Mo.)

Representatives from a local social justice coalition are hosting a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Columbia City Hall to discuss racial profiling in the Columbia Police Department.

By Thomas Koll (Columbia, Mo.)

A Boone County Republican Party official is questioning the governor’s process in finding a new Boone Country Presiding Commissioner.

By Allie Hinds (Columbia, Mo.)