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10:51 am
Mon June 23, 2014

U.S. Court Releases Obama Administration's 'Drone Memo'

In this image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites in November, 2010.
SITE Intelligence Group AP

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 4:49 pm

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has released a long-secret memo in which the Obama administration lays out its legal reasoning for launching a drone attack on an American citizen overseas.

The legal justification concerns the drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who the United States claims was tied to plots against the U.S. and played a key role in al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

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Views of the News
10:06 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Pundits return to talk about Iraq violence

  As the violence escalates in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), there's a steady stream of hawkish pundits on television talking about the need to act.  What do Paul Wolfowitz, Paul Bremer, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have to say today that's different than prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Missouri School of Journalism professors Margaret Duffy, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

New bill reaffirms Missouri's ban on protests near funerals

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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation reaffirming Missouri's ban on protests near funerals. 

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Politics
6:19 am
Fri June 20, 2014

'Right To Farm' Opponents Stage Rally At Missouri Capitol

Around 50 people took part Thursday in a rally opposing the "Right to Farm" constitutional amendment that's on Missouri's August 5th ballot.

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 11:08 am

 Around 50 people rallied at the State Capitol Thursday against a proposed constitutional amendment to limit regulations on farmers and ranchers in Missouri.

Opponents of the "Right to Farm" ballot measure say state law already protects farmers and ranchers, and the proposal is really geared toward protecting corporations that engage in large-scale farming and animal-producing operations.

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Politics
5:21 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Ashland hosts non-motorized transportation expansion meeting

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

The city of Ashland is looking into expanding non-motor transportation. This includes producing more sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and bike trails throughout the city. The city hosted an open meeting to talk about this expansion Wednesday. About 25 members of the community participated and voiced their concerns about where sidewalks and walkways should be placed.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission discusses future of cycling

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Members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission are recharging this morning after tensions rose during a conversation on electric bikes at last night’s meeting in Columbia. During their monthly meeting, members of the commission spent a majority of their time discussing the future of bicycles: electric bikes.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Koster reaches agreement with landfill owner

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office has reached agreement with the owners of the Bridgeton Landfill, measures aimed at better controlling underground smoldering and reducing a strong odor that has troubled neighboring residents for months.

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PM Newscast
4:26 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

PM Newscast for June 18, 2014

Politics
4:18 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Poonam Inc. seeks rezoning to house Missouri veterans

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Many homeless Missouri veterans could soon have a roof over their heads.

Poonam Incorporated is requesting the rezoning of about four acres of land located on the south side of Business Loop 70 East near Old Highway 63 for the creation of a "Veteran's Campus".

A public information meeting was held at City Hall on Tuesday night to give members of the community more details about the site.

Project planner Clint Smith is confident that the housing would benefit a good cause.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Judge weighs rewrite of Missouri gun rights plan

A Missouri judge has denied a request to stop election officials from distributing absentee ballots for a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with gun rights.

Cole County Judge Jon Beetem rejected a temporary restraining order Wednesday but said he will consider a request to rewrite the ballot summary that voters will see in August.

Beetem heard arguments Wednesday in the lawsuit brought by St. Louis Police Chief Samuel Dotson III and Rebecca Morgan, a member of the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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Politics
3:48 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Nixon launches state energy study

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon came to St. Louis County Wednesday to launch a broad study of the state's future energy needs.

The Democratic governor's remarks to a meeting of Midcontinent Independent Service Operator stakeholders at The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Clayton followed an April announcement of a new state Energy Division in the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The new government agency will hold a series of public meetings across the state as it prepares a report on a recommended strategy by the end of May 2015.

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Views of the News
2:21 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Views of the News: Pundits return to talk about Iraq violence, ISIS

Professor Mike McKean

As the violence escalates in Iraq, there’s a steady stream of hawkish pundits on television talking about the need to act. What do Wolfowitz, Bremer, McCain and Graham have to say today that’s different than before the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Also, Eric Cantor’s primary defeat catches the national press off guard, another CNN documentary raises questions about transparency and authenticity, and Chelsea Clinton’s $600,000 paycheck. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Margaret Duffy: Views of the News.

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Politics
7:59 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Missouri Becomes Second State To Carry Out An Execution After Oklahoma's Botched Affair

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 10:48 pm

Missouri carried out another execution early Wednesday. It was the state's fifth this year, and the nation's second since Oklahoma botched an execution in April.

Inmate John Winfield was put to death for murdering two people —  Arthea Sanders and Shawnee Murphy — in St. Louis County in 1996.

According to a state official, Winfield was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m.

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Politics
7:56 am
Wed June 18, 2014

McCaskill Blames Iraqi Leaders For Violence, Cautious About U.S. Help

Claire McCaskill

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 4:45 pm

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says the Iraqi government bears most of the blame for the violence now engulfing the country and is urging caution as the U.S. government decides how to respond.

“The mess that is in Iraq right now is Iraq’s doing,” McCaskill said in a conference call Tuesday with Missouri journalists. “The U.S. put them on a path of free and fair elections, and to have a military that could enforce the rule of law...I’m sick to my stomach that what we have done in that country has been so carelessly and casually abandoned in favor of sectarian dominance.”

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Intersection
5:55 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Transportation infrastructure and Amendment 7

For years now the state of Missouri’s infrastructure has been a concern for public officials, politicians and Missourians on the whole.The Missouri Department of Transportation and state legislators have come up with a way to combat the department’s shrinking budget, but it’s up to Missouri voters to approve it. Amendment 7 will be on the August ballot: it’s a three quarter cent statewide sales tax increase on everything except groceries and medicine.

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Iraq
5:27 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

What, Exactly, Are U.S. Interests In Iraq's Turmoil?

Iraqi Shiite tribesmen show their enthusiasm Tuesday for joining Iraqi security forces in the fight against Islamist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities.
Haidar Hamdani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 7:33 pm

As the U.S. steers warships closer to Iraq and beefs up its embassy's security in Baghdad with nearly 300 troops, a nagging question has resurfaced.

What compelling interests does Washington still have in a nation where all U.S. forces were pulled out 2 1/2 years ago?

Three days after Sunni militants calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria seized Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, President Obama paused on the White House lawn and issued a warning.

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Views of the News
5:26 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Views Preview: Pundits return to talk about Iraq violence, ISIS

As the violence escalates in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), there's a steady stream of hawkish pundits on television talking about the need to act.  What to Paul Wolfowitz, Paul Bremer, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have to say today that's different than prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq?

Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post: “Iraq hawks are still dominating the media debate

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Politics
5:09 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Nixon vetoes legislation aimed at shortening unemployment benefits

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have shortened the duration of unemployment benefits.

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Politics
4:57 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Hair Braiders Sue Over Missouri's Licensing Requirement

Ndioba Niang, one of two plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the Missouri law that forces hair braiders to have a cosmetology license, works on the hair of Leia Jackson on June 17, 2014.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 2:20 pm

Updated with comment from plaintiffs, copy of legal complaint. Updated at 1:35 p.m. to correct spelling of Tameka Stigers' last name. Updated at 2:25 p.m. to correct spelling of Ndioba Niang's first name.

A libertarian advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Missouri law that requires African-style hair braiders to get a cosmetology license or face fines and jail time.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Mid-Missouri group uses Grim Reaper to protest the death penalty

A man dressed as the grim reaper stands in front of the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. on June 16, 2014. The Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation was protesting the scheduled execution of John Winfield. Winfield might be the 75th pe
Tom Kackley KBIA

Controversy continues to surround the death penalty around the nation since a botched execution in Oklahoma in April.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

In First Four Months Of Year, Lobbyists Showered Missouri Legislators With Half Million In Gifts

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 2:36 pm

Lobbyists spend nearly $1 million each year on gifts for Missouri lawmakers. The types of gifts vary greatly -- from expensive meals and drinks to tickets for sporting events to small things like stamps and books.

Each month, lobbyists have to disclose those gifts. And, in partnership with NPR, St. Louis Public Radio has a website (LobbyingMissouri.org) that keeps track of it all.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

PM Newscast for June 16, 2014

 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri's largest electric consumer is arguing it needs a rate reduction.
  • A global plant science company has chosen St. Louis as the headquarters of its North American research center.
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Politics
5:30 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

PM Newscast for June 16, 2014

 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri's largest electric consumer is arguing it needs a rate reduction.
  • A global plant science company has chosen St. Louis as the headquarters of its North American research center.
  • A Columbia youth drill team is looking for a new home.
  • A long-planned subway station in St. Louis remains on hold due to unavailable state money.
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Developing
5:53 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Obama: 275 Troops Will Go To Iraq As Militants Take Ground

This video image posted last week by Iraqi0Revolution, a group supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, purportedly shows a militant standing in front of a burning Iraqi army vehicle in Tikrit, Iraq.
AP

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 6:26 pm

President Obama has informed Congress that 275 U.S. Armed Forces personnel will go to Iraq to provide security for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, as a militant Sunni group continues its offensive in the country, seizing control of the northern town of Tal Afar.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

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

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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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