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2:36 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House approves bill to add fees supporting emergency services

The bill would allow Missouri counties to vote on a monthly fee to support emergency services like 911 response and poison control.
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Missouri House members have approved legislation that could lead to new fees to support the state's 911 and poison control networks.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

House passes red-light, speeding camera bill

Under the proposed bill, drivers ticketed by automated cameras would not be issued penalty points.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that could let cities to continue using red-light and speeding cameras, but only if they adhere to certain guidelines and get approval from state officials.

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Politics
8:45 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House Committee Passes State Budget For FY2015

Mo. House Budget Cmte. working on the state's 13 bills that make up FY2015 budget.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 5:00 pm

House budget writers have passed Missouri's state budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins July 1.

The roughly $28 billion spending plan still includes a funding increase for the state's K-12 schools, which would be around $122 million if projections by House and Senate Republican leaders turn out to be correct.  If Gov. Jay Nixon's rosier revenue picture turns out to be correct, then K-12 spending would increase by $278 million.

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Politics
8:33 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Senate panel reviews Missouri death penalty bills

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
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A Missouri Senate committee is considering legislation on the death penalty.

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Politics
8:24 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Mo. House passes performance funding for colleges

Missouri Capitol
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would implement performance-based funding for public universities and community colleges.

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Politics
9:34 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Slated for demolition: University Village apartments, Student Parent Center

The University of Missouri is contemplating its options after announcing the University Village apartment complex will close on June 30th and be demolished.  The University made the announcement two and a half weeks after a walkway collapsed at the apartments forcing the evacuation of residents and causing the death of responding Columbia firefighter Bruce Britt. 

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Politics
5:26 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

House bill bars points on traffic camera tickets

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Missouri drivers would not have points assessed against their license for tickets issued by automated traffic cameras under legislation endorsed by the state House.

The House gave initial approval to the bill Wednesday that would regulate red-light and speeding cameras.

Photo traffic enforcement systems for Missouri municipalities have been the subject of ongoing court cases and many cities have temporary halted enforcement. The measure would require cities to meet certain standards in order to operate speeding or red-light cameras.

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Views of the News
2:56 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Obamacare: Funny or Die?

Special Guest Panelist Lee Wilkins

Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons and Earnest Perry, with special guest panelist Lee Wilkins.

Politics
8:31 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Proposed minimum wage hike advances in Missouri

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A state Senate committee has advanced legislation that could raise Missouri's minimum wage to $10 an hour.

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Politics
8:29 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Mo. House endorses parental rights amendment

House floor at the Missouri Capitol
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Missouri's House has endorsed a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would enshrine a fundamental right for parents to raise their children as they see fit.

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Politics
8:02 am
Wed March 12, 2014

House passes bill tripling abortion waiting period

Missouri Capitol
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The Missouri House has approved legislation tripling the waiting time for women to get abortions after first visiting their doctors.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Committee cuts emergency funding for Normandy schools

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  A Missouri Senate committee has slashed the amount of money that’s to be used to keep Normandy schools open the rest of the school year.   

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Politics
5:53 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Grocery store bakeries must pay taxes on utilities

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  Grocery store bakeries in Missouri must continue to pay tax on the utilities they use to warm their food.

The state Supreme Court rejected a request on Tuesday, March 11 for a sales tax refund on the electricity and natural gas used by the bakeries at 40 Schnucks grocery stores.

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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
5:51 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Views of the News: Obamacare: Funny or Die?

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President Barack Obama appeared on Between Two Ferns, an Internet program hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis on funnyordie.com.  The two exchanged barbs before getting into a discussion about registering the March 31, 2014 deadline for registering for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Talking Politics: First Ward Candidates and Missouri's Possible Official Greeting

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 This week on Talking Politics, there are three candidates running for the First Ward Columbia City Council seat. Bill Easley, Ginny Chadwick and Tyree Byndom will be on the April 8 ballot.

Also on the show, a freshman state representative from St. Louis County wants to make the high five the official greeting of Missouri.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Bill would limit drone use in the state

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  Missouri residents and government agencies could not use drones to conduct surveillance without a warrant under legislation advanced by the state House.

The measure would also prevent journalists and other organizations from using drones to observe private property without an owner's consent. State universities could still use unmanned aircraft to conduct educational research.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Columbia City Council Candidates Meet to Discuss Disability Issues

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  Candidates for the Columbia City Council and School Board met today to discuss disability issues at a Forum at city hall.

Multiple Mid-Missouri disability services agencies hosted the forum to get the candidates talking about accessibility in the city. Community members submitted questions online, and the candidates discussed a range of issues, from playground accessibility, to inclusive hiring processes and expansion of the para transit system.

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Politics
8:41 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Tax Cut Bill Changes Focus To Tax Credit Reform, Sparks GOP Fight

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 10:38 am

A proposed tax cut that conformed to conditions laid out by Gov. Jay Nixon was radically altered Monday in an effort to move the overall proposal forward.

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Politics
8:32 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Legal experts cite concern about Mo. Medicaid bill

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Legal experts are raising concerns about a Missouri proposal to require adult Medicaid recipients to work.

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Politics
8:29 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Gov. Nixon requests $3.5 million for utility assistance

The harsh winter months have left several low-income families with high energy bills, but Gov. Jay Nixon’s $3.5 million amendment to his supplementary budget might help.

Nixon said Monday that the funding would be included in general reve

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Politics
8:03 am
Tue March 11, 2014

House endorses abortion notification requirement

House floor at the Missouri Capitol
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would impose an additional requirement on minors who seek abortions.

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Intersection
3:24 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

When could marijuana become legal in Missouri?

It’s been a big couple of years for marijuana legalization efforts around the country, with states like Colorado and Washington legalizing the recreational use of cannabis.

Here in Missouri, Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) introduced a bill in January that, if passed, would create a legal framework to grow and possess marijuana in Missouri.

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Politics
3:15 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Taxes for Missouri farmers to increase

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Missouri farmers will get a larger property tax bill for their land starting in 2015.

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Politics
8:18 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Mo. House budget panel to finish work this week

Missouri Capitol
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Missouri House budget writers are expected to complete work this week on a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts in July.

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Politics
8:10 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Missouri seeing effects of declining casino visits

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A recent decline in Missouri's casino revenues is raising questions among lawmakers about the extent to which the state can continue to rely on gambling to fund key programs.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Medicaid legislation to debut in Mo. House panel

Missouri Capitol
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A Republican plan to revamp and expand Missouri's Medicaid program is getting its first hearing in the state House.

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Politics
2:14 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Missouri Senate panel reviews mandatory vaccine legislation

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The Missouri Senate panel met Friday and reviewed legislation that would require all of Missouri’s students who live in student housing to be vaccinated for meningitis as of July 2015. The disease is transferred through saliva and is commonly contracted when living in close quarters with others who are infected.

Andrea Waner from Columbia’s Public Health and Human Services says the University of Missouri already has a similar policy in place, and she supports legislation that will enforce the vaccine for all of Missouri.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri House passes supplemental budget

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  The Missouri House has passed a supplemental budget for the current fiscal year.  It includes five million dollars for the unaccredited Normandy School District in St. Louis County, which would go broke before the end of the current school year without the money.  

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Politics
8:21 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass cellphone tower bill

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill limiting the ability of Missouri cities and counties to restrict cellphone towers.

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Politics
8:08 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Nixon's Tax Cut Compromise

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 4:48 pm

The Missouri Senate has begun debate on a compromise tax cut brokered last month between Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, and state Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee's Summit.

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