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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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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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Politics
8:06 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Mo. House Gives 1st-Round Approval To 72-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions; Senate Version Blocked

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 8:19 am

Legislation that would require a 72-hour waiting period for abortions is moving forward in the Missouri House, while its Senate counterpart is stalled.

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Politics
7:52 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri House backs limits on medical malpractice

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The Missouri House has approved legislation that seeks to reinstate limits on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.

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Views of the News
4:14 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Social media milestone at the Oscars

Professor Amy Simons

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

Politics
8:30 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Missouri House Passes 'Border War Cease-Fire' Bill

The Mo. House
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:24 pm

The Missouri House has passed legislation aimed at declaring a "cease-fire" in the so-called economic "border war" between Missouri and Kansas.

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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
8:58 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Views of the News: Social media milestone at the Oscars

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At nearly three and a half hours, this year's Academy Awards telecast didn't set any records for length.  But, it did set a social media milestone, when more than 3,000,000 Twitter users retweeted this selfie featuring host Ellen DeGeneres and several other Hollywood stars.

David Bauder, AP: “Ellen’s Oscar celeb selfie a landmark media moment

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Politics
2:52 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Legislation could move Missouri primary elections to June

The proposed bill would transfer Missouri's primary elections from early August to late June.
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A House panel has endorsed legislation that moves Missouri's primary elections to June.

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Politics
2:48 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Lawmakers endorse bill to fix funding gaps in education

The measure aims to correct a lack of funding for education and social services following a shortfall in expected state revenues.
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Missouri lawmakers have given initial approval to a mid-year budget plan that addresses funding shortfalls for schools and social services.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

House approves bill proposing Missouri-Kansas business truce

The bill approved by the Missouri House comes after the Senate voted to pass a similar bill last week.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

A proposed truce in the Kansas City business battle between Missouri and Kansas has gained another endorsement in Missouri.

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Politics
12:05 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Columbia City Council examines downtown infrastructure payment options

Members of the Columbia City Council gather for a pre-council meeting Monday, March 3, 2013.
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Columbia is not issuing any building permits until a payment option for downtown infrastructure expansion is decided upon. The construction stall applies to Collegiate Housing Partners. They’re planning for a 350-bed student apartment complex near Fifth Street and Conley Avenue. 

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Politics
8:53 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Small number of donors, big influence in Missouri

Missouri Capitol
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A small handful of donors account for the bulk of money raised for statewide candidates and ballot measures in Missouri.

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Politics
8:46 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Missouri governor endorses Keystone oil pipeline

Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is supporting the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining other Midwestern governors who are urging President Barack Obama to approve its construction.

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Politics
8:43 am
Tue March 4, 2014

House panel to consider new primary election date

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A Missouri House panel is considering whether to move the state's primary elections to June.

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Politics
4:13 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Winter Weather causing cancellation of Missouri legislature

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Winter weather has led the Missouri Legislature to cancel most of its activities.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Governor Nixon to go on trade mission to Canada

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Governor Jay Nixon is going on a trade mission to Canada next week to bolster trade relationships.

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Politics
8:21 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Missouri House Passes Photo ID Requirement For Voting

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Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 5:40 pm

The Missouri House has passed two pieces of legislation that would usher in photo ID requirements for voters.

First, the House passed HJR 47, a proposed constitutional amendment to allow for photo ID requirements at the polls. This proposed amendment would also need voter approval.

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Politics
8:16 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Missouri ethanol rule on track to take effect

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Missouri drivers could be able to buy a higher blend of ethanol gasoline by this summer.

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Politics
8:13 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Mo. Senate to resume debate on abortion measure

The Senate Majority Leader says legislation to extend Missouri's abortion waiting period will be debated this week.

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8:09 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Mo. Senate bill would give tax cut to homeowners

Missouri Capitol
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Every homeowner in Missouri could get a one-time tax refund under legislation pending in the state Senate.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Number of military records believed lost increases

Federal employees are looking into the disappearance of thousands of military files from a St. Louis federal records center.
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The number of missing or destroyed military records at a federal government warehouse in St. Louis is significantly larger than initially believed.

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Politics
4:01 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Gov. Nixon approves $132 million to renovate state facilities

Gov. Jay Nixon decided to renovate selected state facilities following an earlier statement that Missouri's economy has improved since last July.
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has given the go-ahead to spend $132 million on improvements to the Capitol and other state facilities.

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Politics
6:04 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Proposed amendment would limit budget cuts made by governors

The measure would block any budget decision made by the governor that would hold back money allocated to pay a public debt.
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Missouri governors would be barred from making budget cuts to schools under a proposed constitutional amendment passed by the Senate.

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Politics
5:49 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Controversial feminist group gets spotlight in 'Ukraine is Not a Brothel'

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Listen to Joshua Teasley's interview with filmmaker Kitty Green.

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

“Ukraine is Not a Brothel” gives an intimate look at the world’s most controversial feminist movement.  Femen created a media frenzy in Europe as its members spoke out against patriarchy by way of topless demonstrations -- writing protest messages on their bare chests. As the movement gets larger, Femen's activists learn they must face the dark forces that power their organization.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Bill linking tax brackets to inflation passes House

The bill heading to the Senate would connect individual income tax brackets to inflation beginning in 2015.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

The Missouri House has passed legislation that could lower taxes for many Missourians by linking the state's tax brackets to inflation.

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