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The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus has picked its next leader.

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A Republican state lawmaker who lost his bid for St. Louis County executive by fewer than 1,700 votes said he may request a recount.


Missouri voters have handed Republican state lawmakers an immense amount of power.

"I am a United States Army General, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism."

Those are the frank opening words of a new book by retired Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger, Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Bolger continues:

"It's like Alcoholics Anonymous. Step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. So do my peers. And thanks to our problem, now all of America has a problem. To wit: two lost campaigns and a war gone awry."

Columbia City Officials say it is crucial to look at other ways to secure public safety after 60 percent of the voters rejected Proposition One in Columbia on Election Day last Tuesday.

Updated at 4:50 p.m. with comments from plaintiff Kyle Lawson.

Two days after a state judge in St. Louis came to the same conclusion, a federal judge in Kansas City has struck down Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage.  


Access Missouri is a collaboration between KBIA, The Missouri Informatics Institute and The Truman School of Public Affairs here at MU. The site is a portal designed to collect publicly available data on Lawmakers. So far there have been more than 5,000 unique users, on the site that launched less than a week ago. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This is the first installment of the ongoing series.

Even 10 years after the battle for Fallujah, it's hard for Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Torain Kelley to talk about some things that happened.

"We had people shooting at us from up [on] the rooftops, from the houses, from the sewers or wherever they could take a shot at us from," he says.

OOPS! 'Morning Edition's' Best Bloopers

Nov 7, 2014

Painter Salvador Dalí once said, "Have no fear of perfection — you'll never reach it."

Writer George Orwell opined, "The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection."

And, as the great philosopher Tina Fey says, "Perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring."

It is in this spirit that, as part of this week's celebration of Morning Edition's 35th anniversary, we share some of our less-than-perfect moments.

Program Aims to Promote Bike Safety in Columbia

Nov 6, 2014
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As daylight savings time ends, the “Lighten up Columbia” campaign is geared toward promoting safe bicycle riding.

GetAbout Columbia, the Columbia Police Department, and Columbia Parks and Recreation partnered up to ensure safe riding in Columbia in the evening to early morning hours. The campaign has equipped the police department with bike light packets in their patrol vehicles to distribute to riders they may come in contact with.

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Same-sex couples willing to drive to St. Louis can legally get married in Missouri.

Circuit court judge, Rex Burlison, overturned Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage in the city of St. Louis Wednesday, defying a 10-year-old amendment.

Previously, Missouri only recognized same-sex marriages that were performed in states or countries where it was legal.

Now, Missouri residents can legally tie the knot in St. Louis and be recognized as a married couple throughout the state.

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The Missouri Office of Administration released the October general revenue report today (Tuesday).

The 2015 fiscal year began on July 1 and state revenue collections increased 4.3 percent compared to last year from $2.48 billion to $2.59 billion.  State Budget Director Linda Luebbering said the revenue collections need to be up 11 percent to fully fund the budget appropriated by the legislature.

Governor Nixon releases $5.6 million in withheld funds

Nov 6, 2014
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Governor Jay Nixon has released more than $5.6 million in withheld funds. Nixon withheld the money in June to balance the state's budget and decided to release it on Wednesday. The budget was $800 million out of balance. This money will be set aside for scholarships, library programs, pharmacy assistance and technology startups. Governor Nixon continues holding back a portion of the money for these programs.

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One way CoMO Explained chooses topics for our episodes is from listener questions. Way back in our first iteration of the show a listener posted on Reddit and asked us why KBIA, an NPR station, plays so much classical music.

This episode is for that Reddit listener.

  KBIA and the University of Missouri announced plans to buy KWWC.  The lower-power FM station is currently owned by Stephens College.  Pending FCC approval, the new frequency will carry classical music around the clock while KBIA will switch to an all-news format from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the purchase.

(Will be updated.)

A judge in St. Louis has ruled that Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Already several same-sex couples have made their way to City Hall to get their marriage licenses.

  Did the police call for a no-fly zone over Ferguson to keep the media out?  Find out what's on the Federal Aviation Administration recordings released by the Associated Press.  KBIA announces plans to go all-news all day with the purchase of another FM frequency, analysis of the midterm election coverage and a tribute to Car Talk’s Tom Magliozzi. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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On November 4 KBIA reporters crossed mid-Missouri in search of candidates, supporters, and opponents on Tuesday. We've compiled a slideshow of their photos on the ground. 

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Democratic Rep. John Wright said in an email Tuesday morning that his plan was to “rotate to a couple of different watch parties” on Election Night. His run to represent Missouri’s 47th district against Chuck Bayse was one of the election’s highly contested races.

Luetkemeyer lands his fourth term in the US House

Nov 5, 2014

The Missouri 3rd district race for U.S. representative was a landslide victory for Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer. He celebrated his victory at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City alongside family, friends, and other candidates in the Cole County Republican party.

The party also celebrated the victory of Mark Richardson, and Ralph Bray.

Rowden keeps seat in lopsided victory

Nov 5, 2014
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While there were several close races for Republican candidates in Boone County Tuesday night, the 44th district was not one of them.

Chuck Basye wins the 47th District

Nov 5, 2014
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The crowd at the Republican watch party at Inside Columbia Magazine grew more excited as Republicans gained the Senate majority.

Republican Rep. Caleb Rowden, the 44th District's State Representative, announced fellow Republican Chuck Basye as the winning candidate to represent Missouri's 47th District. Basye defeated Democrat John Wright by 263 votes. This will be Basye's first term as an elected official.

Throughout the night Basye said he was proud of his work and had no regrets whether he won or lost.

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Mayor Bob McDavid was in a solemn mood Tuesday evening after learning Columbia residents voted against a proposition that would have funded extra staff positions at the local police and fire departments.

60 percent of voters were against Proposition 1. The act would have increased property taxes by 30 cents for every $100 assessed to allow the city to hire more public safety officers. 

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Three local candidates ran unopposed for state legislature seats this election.  Democrat Stephen Webber will serve his fourth term representing Missouri’s 46th District.

Caleb Jones, a Republican will serve his third term representing the state’s 50th district.  He’s thankful for the support of his constituents through his first two terms. 

“I’ve tried to do what’s best for the district and keep the voters thoughts and desires in mind whenever we were making decisions down there,” he said.

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Over the weekend, the Associated Press published a report based on recordings it obtained that make it appear the no-fly zone established over Ferguson, Missouri was aimed at keeping the media out.

Jack Gillum & Joan Lowy, Associated Press: “AP Exclusive: Ferguson no-fly zone aimed at media

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The Missouri Secretary of State predicts that only 40 percent of Missourians will vote.  MU Professor of Political Science Marvin Overby thinks age could be a factor in the low numbers.

“Older people tend to have more essentially at stake in a given election," Overby said. "Especially when there are matters on the ballot like taxes, raising homeowner rates. Younger people are less likely to have a financial investment in a community, less likely to be taxpayers and therefore find themselves less motivated to vote.”

Join KBIA for our live coverage of the midterm elections this evening. We'll update this live blog throughout the evening, and live on-air at 7pm.

[View the story "Missouri midterm Elections, 2014" on Storify]

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republicans are expected to hold on to their majorities in the Missouri House and Senate, but the strength of their numbers could determine how much they can accomplish.

Half of the 34 Senate seats and all 163 House seats are up for election Tuesday.

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Missouri's local election authorities are expecting about 40 percent of registered voters to cast ballots in Tuesday's elections.

The voter turnout predictions are compiled by the secretary of state's office from figures submitted by local clerks and election officials. They are based on rolls showing more than 4 million registered voters in Missouri.

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Over the past week more than 90 contributions totaling more than $1.5 million dollars were made to political campaigns in Missouri as a last minute effort to reach voters before the election on November 4th according to the Associated Press. Political Science Professor at the University of Missouri Peverill Squire said these last minute donations are not out of the ordinary.