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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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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.
Credit ABC7 Chicago

  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

Credit U.S. Army Photo

  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

Credit File Photo / KBIA

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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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

Credit Sam Lin / KBIA file photo

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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Politics
3:59 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

City of Columbia unveils new design for Columbia Transit

A bus with a new logo advertising COMO Connect was revealed to the public Tuesday afternoon in Columbia, Mo. The new logo was designed by students from Stephens College.
Tom Kackley KBIA

The city of Columbia revealed the rebranding and renaming of Columbia's public transportation system as "COMO Connect" in a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Jefferson City Council will meet to discuss transit ideas

A Jefferson City bus.
Jefferson City Transit Division

The Jefferson City Council will discuss ideas on June 30 that could improve the city's transit system.

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Politics
8:25 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Columbia council shortens Planning & Zoning terms, approves bike boulevard

Credit File / KBIA

City Council voted in their meeting Monday night to shorten term lengths for members of the Planning and Zoning commission from five years to four years.

The amendment was proposed last month and passed with a 4-3 vote. Congressmember Barbara Hoppe introduced the amendment in hopes of drawing in more interest to serve on the Commission from community members.

“We have more work for Planning and Zoning now than ever before,” said Hoppe.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

'Bring Back Our Girls' supporters march at the Capitol

Participants of “Bring Back Our Girls" rally march through the streets of Jefferson City on Saturday, May 31, 2014
Credit Nick Komisar / KBIA

Members of the Nigerian community locally, gathered at the Capitol building Saturday to raise awareness for the abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria. Participants of the rally wore shirts and help up signs with the words “Bring Back Our Girls” as they marched around the Capitol. “Bring Back Our Girls” is a national campaign.

On April 15, a terrorist group named Boko Haram attacked a girl’s boarding school and kidnapped over 200 girls ages 15 to 18 from their dormitories. The name of the group Boko Haram translates to “Western education is a sin.”

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3:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Columbia power plants react to proposed rules from Obama administration

MU power plan communications manager Karlan Seville said the university has already reduced their emissions by 28 percent since 2008 and will be reducing coal use 75 percent by 2018.
Credit machinecodeblue via Flickr

The Obama Administration unveiled new proposed rules for power plants on Monday, but Columbia’s two power plants won’t be drastically affected.

Columbia Water and Light is mandated to purchase at least 5 percent of its electricity from renewable sources because of an ordinance passed by the Columbia City Council and the city’s coal plant only operates part of the year.

However, the city does currently get its power from a coal burning power plant from Sikeston, Missouri.

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8:26 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Agencies Scramble To Decide Projects For Early Transportation Tax Vote

Policymakers have until the end of the month to decide which transportation projects would be funded if a sales tax increase passes in August.

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 4:45 pm

If you had $1.49 billion for transportation projects, how would you spend it? Would you repair highways? Bolster mass transit service? Enhance bike lanes?

This isn’t some academic exercise. The St. Louis region’s political leaders are considering how to divide the potential proceeds from a 0.75 percent sales tax increase for transportation. These decisions could have a transformative impact on how St. Louis area residents get around.

But here’s the twist: You have to make this decision very, very quickly.

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Politics
1:04 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Running Rodger's video when covering Isla Vista shooting

Many news organizations ran Eliott Rodger's YouTube video as part of their coverage of the Isla Vista shootings. How is that different than publishing a suicide note? Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Jim Flink and Amy Simons discuss the national and local media's response. 

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