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4:21 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Transportation tax could widen I-70 to three lanes if approved

KBIA File Photo

Missouri highway officials are proposing to widen Interstate 70 to three lanes in each direction between suburban St. Louis and Kansas City if voters approve a transportation sales tax.

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Views of the News
6:51 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Should the Washington Post stand behind George Will?

George Will
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Did George Will go too far, writing in his Washington Post column that being a sexual assault victim has become a "coveted status" on college campuses? Missouri School of Journalism professors Katherine Reed, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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Politics
3:01 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Citing tourism, Lake of the Ozarks town bans open carrying of guns

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City leaders in a Lake of the Ozarks community have voted to ban open carrying of firearms to boost the area's image as a family friendly tourist destination.

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Politics
2:51 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Missouri budget can't count on tobacco proceeds

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Missouri's budget concerns are continuing to mount.

Attorney General Chris Koster's office says the state cannot count on receiving $50 million of tobacco settlement proceeds in time to be used during the 2015 budget year that starts July 1.

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Politics
8:48 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Nixon Vetoes Bills That Would Have Cut State, Local Revenue By $776 Million A Year

Jay Nixon

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:14 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon followed through with his earlier threat by vetoing on Wednesday 10 bills passed during the last day of the legislative session. The bills set up special tax breaks for a variety of businesses, from restaurants to data centers.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Columbia Fire Department Announces Grant Extension

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The Columbia Fire Department announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted an extension to its 2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER).

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded a SAFER Grant to the Columbia Fire Department on March 3, 2013. The grant began paying for salaries and benefits for five new fire fighters over the course of two years and totaled $658,120.

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Views of the News
2:18 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Views of the News: George Will says rape victims have 'coveted status'

Guest Panelist Katherine Reed

Did George Will go too far, writing in his Washington Post column that being a sexual assault victim has become a “coveted status” on college campuses? Also, American Express commissions Tyler Perry for its latest commercial produced in the style of a documentary film, Time Inc.’s risky split from Time Warner, and why e-Harmony says reporters make good dates. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Katherine Reed: Views of the News.

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Views of the News
7:38 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Views Preview: George Will says rape victims have 'coveted status'

George Will
Credit Flickr user Keith Allison

In a column published in the Friday, June 6 editions of the Washington Post, George F. Will wrote about what he considers a spread of progressivism at American colleges and universities. 

He drew the ire of many when he wrote of what he calls the "supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. sexual assault."  He attributes the number of reported to increased political correctness on campuses, and that when "making victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate."

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Politics
3:36 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Propane price spike not due to manipulation

A standard propane tank.
Credit ryochiji / Flickr

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says market forces rather than manipulation drove this winter's spike in propane prices.

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Politics
8:19 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Kehoe stumps for transportation tax at Columbia Chamber meeting

Missouri Senator Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, answers Columbia Chamber of Commerce members' questions regarding amendment 7 at the Columbia Board of Realtors on July 9, 2014.
Credit Nick Komisar / KBIA

Missouri Senator Mike Kehoe continues to show his support for the Transportation Sales Tax initiative, that goes before voters in August.

Kehoe, a Republican from Jefferson City,  spoke on the effort at The Columbia Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday afternoon.

Voters will decide whether to increase the state sales tax rate by three quarters of a cent for a 10-year period to help fund MoDOT projects. The tax is expected to produce $480 million annually to the Transportation Safety and Job Creation Fund.

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Politics
8:04 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Lawmaker Calls On Gov. Nixon To Preserve Dental Benefits In State Budget

State Rep. Sue Allen, R-Town and Country

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 5:23 pm

A Missouri lawmaker is calling on Gov. Jay Nixon to preserve dental benefits for Medicaid recipients in next year's state budget when he signs the $26.4 billion spending plan into law later this month.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Newscast for June 9, 2014

News coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

  • A Missouri inmate scheduled to be put to death next week is asking the Missouri Supreme Court to halt the execution.
  • A Kansas City-bound Southwest Airlines jet backed into a stationary JetBlue Airways plane.
  • The Veterans Affairs Department says there are patients who sought appointments through the VA medical center in St. Louis that were never seen.
  • A Missouri lawmaker is calling on Gov. Jay Nixon to not cut dental benefits from next year's state budget.
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Views of the News
9:10 am
Sat June 7, 2014

When a minor is charged with a heinous crime

A still from footage by ABC7 in Chicago.
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  Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death in the woods to please a mythological creature they learned about online. The girls have been charged as adults. Should the media publish their names and show their faces in its coverage? Missouri School of Journalism faculty Amy Simons, Lynda Kraxberger and Jim Flink discuss the issue.

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PM Newscast
5:46 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

PM Newscast for June 6, 2014

News coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including 

Officials talk Missouri medicaid expansion

Area southeast of town set for rezoning

Death row inmate's lawsuit comes too late

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Politics
8:06 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Blunt says Kansas City VA kept secret waiting list

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Senator Roy Blunt says the Veterans Affairs medical center in Kansas City, Missouri has been maintaining a secret waiting list of veterans, the latest of several centers around the country to maintain such an unauthorized list.

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Politics
8:04 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Bill would create new VA facility in Cape Girardeau

A bill winning approval from U.S. senators to resolve problems in the troubled Veterans Affairs system would create new health facilities, including one in southeast Missouri.

Under the larger bill agreed to by senior senators yesterday, the measure authorizes the VA to lease 26 new walk-in health facilities in 18 states and spend $500 million to hire more doctors and nurses.

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Views of the News
7:14 am
Fri June 6, 2014

The complicated story of Bowe Bergdahl's release

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  On Saturday, May 31, President Barack Obama stood on the White House lawn flanked by Bergdahl's parents, to annnounce his release. Since then, the story has taken several twists and turns. Missouri School of Journalism faculty Amy Simons, Lynda Kraxberger and Jim Flink discuss the issue.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Columbia's Missouri College Advising Corps gets $524K AmeriCorps grant

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that 21 Missouri organizations will receive $4,232,627 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

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Politics
3:59 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Gov. Nixon signs parental consent bill for teen tanning

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation requiring anyone younger than 17 to have written parental consent to use a booth, bed or other tanning device at a business.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Missourian O'Malley named ambassador to Ireland

President Barack Obama has appointed St. Louis attorney Kevin O'Malley as U.S. ambassador to Ireland.

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Politics
8:16 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Missouri's Longstanding Dispute Over Presidential Primaries May Be Resolved

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 3:23 pm

Missouri’s chaotic history with presidential primaries may finally be settled, now that Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law a measure that sets the state’s presidential primary date in March.

Under the new law, Missouri’s once-every-four-years primary would be held on the second Tuesday after the first Monday. In 2016, that date would be March 15 – the first day allowed by the two national political parties without incurring penalties.

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Politics
8:10 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Judge Hears Arguments Over Missouri Execution Secrecy

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 4:56 pm

In a court hearing Wednesday, the Missouri attorney general's office defended the secrecy that just last week Attorney General Chris Koster expressed concerns over.

Inmate John Winfield is scheduled to be executed on June 18 for murdering two people in St. Louis County in 1996. His lawyer, Joe Luby, argued in the Cole County 19th Judicial Circuit Court that the Missouri Department of Corrections is violating the sunshine law by keeping secret the identity of the supplier of the execution drug.

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Politics
8:08 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Koster Reaches Accord With Walgreens Over Mismarked Prices

Attorney General Chris Koster says the state's agreement with Walgreens will make sure the company stops overcharging consumers.

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 5:16 pm

Attorney General Chris Koster reached an agreement with Walgreens regarding overcharging consumers. 

Koster sued the pharmacy giant last year, contending that stores around the state were charging more than the prices displayed on shelves. His office’s lawsuit stated that the company was violating the state’s consumer-protection laws by “engaging in false, misleading and deceptive advertising and pricing schemes.”

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Views of the News
2:27 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Views of the News: Bringing home Bowe Bergdahl

Professor Amy Simons

Hero or deserter? Negotiating with terrorists? The story of Bowe Bergdahl’s release has taken several twists since President Obama’s announcement Saturday afternoon.  Also, how young is too young when showing images of children facing adult criminal charges, a CNN reporter arrested on live television, and remembering Tiananmen Square 25 years later. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Lynda Kraxberger and Jim Flink: Views of the News.

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Politics
8:29 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Military media producers return home from Afghanistan

The 70th Mobile Public Affairs Unit attends a ceremony upon returning from a deployment to Afghanistan. The ceremony was in Jefferson City on June 3, 2014.
Brandon Kiley KBIA

Friends and family welcomed the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment (MPAD) home on Tuesday in Jefferson City after a nine month tour in Afghanistan. The MPAD produced more than 1,200 print, video and photo products gaining a reach of more than 8.4 million Facebooks and airing on more than 142 media outlets worldwide.

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Politics
7:33 am
Wed June 4, 2014

'Right-To-Farm' Tour Hits Jefferson City; Former Lt. Gov. Criticizes Proposal

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, speaks in favor of the "right-to-farm" constitutional amendment in Jefferson City.

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 9:06 pm

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to limit regulations on farmers and ranchers in Missouri continue to tour the state this week.

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Politics
5:41 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Transportation tax reverses footholds for party leaders

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In a strange twist, Republicans are supporting a proposed tax hike that’s drawn fire from Democrats and Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Views of the News
5:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Views Preview: Bringing home Bowe Bergdahl

Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl
Credit U.S. Army photo

It was 2009 when Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl was captured and held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan.  Saturday, President Barack Obama stood on the White House lawn flanked by Bergdahl's parents, to annnounce his release.

The Taliban freed Bergdahl as part of a prisoner swap.  In exchange for his release, the U.S. government agreed to release five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

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