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3:36 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

House approves voter ID requirement bill

Two bills changing identification requirements for Missouri voters head to the Senate following approval in the House. Missourians would then vote on the constitutional amendment requiring photo ID.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at polling places.

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9:16 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes Student Transfer Bill In Less Than 24 Hours

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Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 1:01 am

(Story updated at 5:42 p.m. to include today's 3rd-read vote by the full Senate that sent SB 493 to the Missouri House.)

After spending two days debating and amending legislation to lessen the effects of Missouri's student transfer law, the state Senate overwhelmingly passed it Thursday.

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8:53 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Task force discusses funding for downtown Columbia infrastructure improvements

Downtown Columbia
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The Downtown Columbia Leadership Council formed a task force at their meeting Tuesday night. Its goal is to help City Council find the most appropriate way to fund necessary infrastructure improvements in downtown Columbia. While City Council will take the advice into account, they are feeling the pressure to make decisions now.

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5:18 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Mountain View adopts new inmate surcharge plan

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The city of Mountain View has a new approach for saving taxpayer money on jail expenses. On Monday they adopted a plan that would add a two dollar surcharge onto the court fees for the defendant criminal cases in Howell County. The money will go towards housing and identifying prisoners. Police Chief Jamie Perkins, who originally proposed the plan to the city council, believes the program could work well even in a larger city like Columbia.

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5:12 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Southeast Mo. town closer to federal buyout

Coast Guard reservists look for areas threatened by flooding near Dexter, Mo. following the flooding in May of 2011.
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A tiny southeast Missouri town prone to frequent flooding from the Mississippi River is one step closer to a long-awaited federal buyout.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the village of Dutchtown on Monday received a $208,000 community development grant to help buy properties damaged by heavy flooding in 2011.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency had already approved nearly $800,000 toward the buyout. But FEMA rules require a 25 percent local match.

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3:52 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Missouri senator proposes death penalty bill

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City.
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A Missouri Republican is proposing legislation intended to speed executions of those who kidnapped their murder victims.

The legislation would limit extensions for appeals, and the Missouri Supreme Court would need to hear arguments in a case within six months of submission of the last written argument. The high court would have another six months to issue its decision.

The measure also would require the court to issue a warrant to carry out the execution no more than 10 days after the defendant's state and federal appeals have ended.

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3:36 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Lawmaker wants more death penalty oversight

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A Missouri House panel is considering legislation to give lawmakers oversight over the state's execution procedures.

Republican Rep. Eric Burlison said Wednesday that his bill would make Missouri's lethal injection method more transparent and accountable to the public.

The measure would require the state Corrections Department to submit a formal outline of an execution procedure to a legislative panel. The panel could then conduct hearings and take public comment on the proposed execution method. The full Legislature would also be able to veto the proposed method.

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2:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Remembering Lt. Bruce Britt, inspecting MU buildings [VIDEO]

Professor Mike McKean

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

Politics
8:18 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Bond Pushes Medicaid Expansion In Jefferson City

Former U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R, speaks in support of expanding Medicaid at a Mo. Chamber event in Jefferson City on Feb. 25, 2014.
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Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 8:56 pm

Former U.S. Sen.Kit Bond paid a visit to Jefferson City Tuesday, hoping to persuade his fellow Republicans in the Missouri House and Senate to expand Medicaid coverage to more people.

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8:12 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Mo. lawmakers divided on ethics proposals, process

Missouri Capitol
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Members of a state House panel agree the state needs to update its ethics law but are divided along party lines on how to do it.

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5:51 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Views of the News: Remembering Lt. Bruce Britt, inspecting MU buildings

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Lt. Bruce Britt is only the second member of the Columbia Fire Department to die in the line of duty.  Britt succumbed to injuries sustained early Saturday morning while responding to a structural collapse at University Village apartments.  The complex is run my MU's Department of Residential Life.

And, as a community prepares to say goodbye, the university is trying to determine what caused a concrete walkway to collapse -- and is working to prevent another incident.    

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5:07 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Bill would require photo ID for voters

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  Missouri voters would be required to show photo identification before casting ballots under legislation endorsed by the Missouri House today.

The House gave first-round approval to two measures that would enact the requirement. One is a state constitutional amendment that would require a photo ID during elections. The other bill would actually implement this requirement.

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4:55 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Bill would move presidential primary to March of 2016

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  A Missouri House panel endorsed legislation today that would move the state's presidential primary from February to March of 2016.

Sponsoring member Tony Dugger says keeping the earlier date could cause Missouri to lose delegates at the 2016 national party conventions.

He says moving the date to March would avoid a repeat of 2012, when the state held a non-binding presidential primary. Faced with losing delegates, state Republican officials later decided to select convention representatives with a caucus system that year.

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4:20 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

MU Law Professor Weighs in on Voting Rights for Ex-Offenders

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  Advocates for felons’ rights recently gained significant support from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder asked states to repeal laws prohibiting convicted felons from voting after serving their prison sentences. University of Missouri Law Professor S. David Mitchell said many of the states’ current voting restrictions on felons contradict the goal for these individuals once they are released from prison.

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4:14 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rep. Luetkemeyer asks EPA to reconsider wood stove regulations

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  Missouri congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer is urging the federal Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider newly proposed regulations for wood-burning stoves.

Luetkemeyer sent a letter to the EPA Tuesday saying the proposed regulations could increase the costs of manufacturing wood-burning heaters. He said that could make them unaffordable to many people and drive some small manufacturers out of business.

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8:12 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Missouri House Republicans Unveil Plan For New Fulton State Hospital

(foreground, l-r) Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, State Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, and State Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, prepare to talk about the House GOP's proposal for Fulton State Hospital.
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Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 3:27 pm

Republicans in the Missouri House have unveiled their proposal for funding construction of a new state mental hospital in Fulton.

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8:09 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Mo. House endorses plan to adjust tax brackets

Missouri House
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Missouri House members have endorsed the first change in Missouri's income tax brackets since the Great Depression.

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4:55 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Gov. Nixon's call to expand Medicaid rejected

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A Missouri House panel has once again rejected Gov. Jay Nixon's call to expand Medicaid for about 300,000 people.

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3:40 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

New bill to encourage food stamps users to eat healthier

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away — at least that's what the backers of a Missouri bill to reimburse healthy food purchases are hoping.

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11:16 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Missouri lawmakers considering payday loan changes

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Missouri lawmakers are considering an overhaul of the state's payday loan industry that would give borrowers more time to pay back a loan.

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8:52 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Mo. candidates begin filing for office this week

Missouri Capitol
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Candidates for Congress and state offices will line up at the secretary of state's office in the state capital this week to file for the 2014 election.

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8:26 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Mo. House could debate photo voter ID measures

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Missouri House members could consider a proposal that would require voters to show official photo identification at the polls.

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4:30 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Medicaid expansion study projects 24,000 more jobs

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State officials are projecting that 24,000 new jobs would be created if Missouri chooses to expand its Medicaid program.

The Department of Economic Development said Friday that raising the program's eligibility to levels called for by the federal health care law would bring $9.9 billion in new wages to the state.

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8:49 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Missouri Senate Sends Gun Control Nullification Bill to Mo. House; House Version Passes Committee

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Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 4:40 pm

Without one word of debate, the Missouri Senate Thursday passed legislation to nullify federal gun-control laws in Missouri.

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4:44 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Nixon blames House for lack of Fulton State Hospital funds

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Gov. Jay Nixon and members of the House are butting heads over how to fund renovations and upgrades to Fulton State Hospital.  The hospital, which is the oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi, is in major need of a fix up and has become a hazard to employees and patients.  In fact, one of every three employees at Fulton State Hospital has to go to the hospital for workplace related injuries. 

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4:36 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Fort Leonard Wood to lose 1,000 soldiers

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The Fort Leonard Wood Army base in south-central Missouri is expected to lose 1,000 soldiers by October 2015.

Base spokeswoman Tiffany Wood confirmed the cuts to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She says it is part of budget cuts throughout the U.S. military.

Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, who oversees Fort Leonard Wood, discussed the cuts Wednesday at a town hall meeting on the base. Wood says Army officials told base leadership two weeks ago about the cutbacks.

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4:33 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Missouri Senate adopts Ozark Riverways resolution

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Missouri senators have adopted a resolution asking the state's congressional delegation to block the federal government's proposed management plan of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

The National Park Service is in the midst of changing the management plan for the southeastern Missouri park along the spring-fed Current and Jacks Fork rivers. The system's preferred option would close 65 miles of undesignated horse trails and unauthorized stream crossings, and add restrictions on the use of motorized boats.

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8:58 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Missouri Has A New Execution Drug Supplier

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Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 10:02 am

Although the state's previous drug supplier says it will not supply for the next execution, Missouri says it's found another willing pharmacy.

On Monday, the Apothecary Shoppe in Oklahoma reached a settlement with an inmate who had sued the pharmacy. Although the terms were confidential, the pharmacy agreed to not sell to Missouri for its upcoming execution.

In a court filing Wednesday evening, the state said inmate Michael Taylor was trying to cut off the supply of the state's execution drug.

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8:56 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Nixon signs Mo. candidate filing legislation

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Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation that could give deployed military members and the disabled a chance to be listed first on a ballot if they run for office.

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8:16 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Missouri House Endorses Tax Cut Bills

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

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 9:25 pm

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to two separate but similar tax-cut bills.

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