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It wasn't particularly surprising that state Sen. Bob Onder was pushing hard to get so-called "right to work" legislation through a seemingly intractable Missouri Senate.

The Lake Saint Louis Republican campaigned last year in support of right to work, which bars arrangements that force workers to pay union dues if a majority voted to organize. He supported that measure even though the population of union members has steadily increased in St. Charles County, which may be why his two unsuccessful GOP rivals opposed right to work during the campaign.

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  A measure that would require Missouri's tax collection agency to notify affected businesses when there are changes in tax policy is headed to the governor's desk.

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A one-year reauthorization for a tax that provides a large chunk of funding for Missouri's Medicaid program moved toward Governor Jay Nixon's desk on the final day of session.

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  Young adults in the custody of the state who earn money from work or job training may have funds deposited in a trust fund under a measure sent to Missouri's governor today.

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The Missouri House passed a bill limiting police use of deadly force today, but it faces a big hurdle on the Legislature's final day.

The End of an Era: The End of 'Idol'

May 15, 2015
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One of the first television shows that incorporated the audience, American Idol comes to an end. FOX offcially announced the competition show's 15 season will be its last. Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss the issue on the weekly media criticism program, "Views of the News." 

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Mitt Romney is a glutton for punishment.

After losing the 2012 presidential election as the Republican presidential nominee, Romney may be gearing up for a beating of another kind.

The 68-year-old former Massachusetts governor will step into the boxing ring on Friday to fight former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

Yes, you read that right.

(Updated 11 a.m. Friday, May 15) Missouri Rep. Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, was elected and sworn in as new House speaker Friday, and swiftly got the House back to the business at hand — passing bills in the final hours of a surreal last week of session.

"This is not the time for speeches,'' Richardson said, ending tumultuous applause from the packed chamber. "This is a time to get back to work."

Missouri Senate leaders are hoping to find a way to pass a critical medical funding bill, despite the chamber being all but shut down.

McDavid Announces Pedestrian Saftey Task Force

May 14, 2015

  Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid announced Friday morning a task force will be analyzing and suggesting ways to cut down on the number of pedestrian and motorist accidents. McDavid appointed city council members Clyde Ruffin (Ward 1) and Ian Thomas (Ward 4) to head the task force.

The call for a task force comes after four pedestrians have been killed as a result of motorist crashes and four others have been seriously injured since October of 2014. These recent crashes have occurred on some of the busiest streets in Columbia including Providence Road and College Avenue.

ESPN Cuts Ties With Bill Simmons

May 14, 2015
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  ESPN fired controversial columnist Bill Simmons Friday after he made comments about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss the issue on the weekly media criticism program, "Views of the News." 

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The Cost Behind Nice Nails

May 14, 2015
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The New York Times published an investigative piece on the high price of cheap nails. The article quickly got people to think twice about bargain salons, and regulation changes are already underway. Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss the issue on the weekly media criticism program, "Views of the News." 

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Updated 1:40 p.m. Thurs, May 14: Missouri House Speaker John Diehl, R-Town and Country, has announced he's resigning as speaker and as a member of the Missouri House.

His statement was issued less than 28 hours after news broke that he had been exchanging sexually salacious texts with a college-age female intern earlier this spring.

Diehl's statement does not say, however, when he will step down. The General Assembly's legislative session officially ends at 6 p.m. Friday. State Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, told reporters the House's GOP caucus will select a new speaker tonight.

Amid a sex-text scandal engulfing the House speaker, the Missouri House voted Wednesday to approve an anti-union bill that would make Missouri the nation's 26th "right-to-work" state.

But the 92-66 vote was well shy the 109 needed to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s promised veto, prompting even some Republican lawmakers to blast their leadership for pressing for the controversial matter during the session’s final week.

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  The Missouri House has sent Gov. Jay Nixon an omnibus environmental bill with provisions that effect wastewater treatment, pollution control and hydraulic fracturing. 

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The Kansas City Star is reporting that electronic messages suggest Missouri House Speaker John Diehl had a sexually charged relationship with a Capitol intern.

The newspaper released screenshots Wednesday that it said showed flirtatious discussions between Diehl and the college freshman that were sometimes sexually suggestive. The Star said the screenshots show Diehl's business cellphone number.

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Missouri Republicans have used their large majorities to send a "right-to-work" measure to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon but appear to lack the support to override an expected veto.

The Missouri House gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would prohibit workplace contracts that require union fees to be collected from nonmembers.

  The New York Times got America talking about the high price of cheap manicures. We’ll talk about the blockbuster investigation, the near-immediate regulatory changes it’s already brought to the industry and the paper’s decision to roll it out online days before it appeared in print to create buzz. Also, the mega merger between Verizon and AOL, why some are critical of Seymour Hersh’s assertion the Obama administration lied about bin Laden and the end of “American Idol.” From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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A detective in suburban St. Louis says Investigators are closing their probe into former Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich's suicide after failing to find an explanation for why the Republican gubernatorial hopeful took his life.

There is always a tension between the press and the candidates they cover. Journalists want access, and want to ask questions. Campaigns want to control the message. Over time, that has especially been true with Hillary Clinton.

Verizon has announced it plans to buy AOL for $4.4 billion in an effort to drive the provider's mobile and over-the-top (OTT) video strategies. 

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  A legislative panel has blocked Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services from increasing wages for home care workers.

House members and representatives on the oversight committee voted 7-2 Tuesday to block the pay increase for workers who tend to aging Missourians and others who can't care for themselves.

The department rule would have increased the current $7.65 an hour minimum to $8.50 to $10.15 for home care workers.

But lawmakers said the department doesn't have the authority to increase those wages.

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Opponents of a right-to-work measure packed the Capitol halls as Missouri's Republican leaders pushed to send the measure to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in the Legislature's final week.

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Lawmakers have passed a bill to stop the state from considering how much money a bidder would return to Missouri if awarded a contract to run a licensing office.

The House on Monday voted 146-5 in favor of the bill, which now heads to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

Why Words Matter in Media Coverage

May 12, 2015
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A term used to describe protesters in Baltimore is ruffling some feathers. Some are saying that "thug" is now synonymous with the n-word. Missouri School of journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss the implications of the term on the weekly media criticism program, "Views of the News." 

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Periscope: Advance or Hinder Transparency?

May 11, 2015
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The Professional Golfers' Association of America revoked the media credentials of blogger Stephanie Wei. Wei used the live-streaming app Periscope to broadcast from a practice round of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship in a way that the PGA said violated its terms.

Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss the issue on the weekly media criticism program, "Views of the News." 

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 CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta performed brain surgery on an 8-year-old girl while on assignment covering the 7.8-magnitude earthquake. In fact, CNN filmed the procedure. Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss the ethical issues behind this on the weekly media criticism program, "Views of the News." 

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The House Select Committee on Benghazi requested that Hillary Clinton appear twice, once on the use of her email system, and once on the Benghazi attack in 2012. Clinton's lawyer David E. Kendall rejected stating that Clinton is willing to appear once in a public hearing to discuss both issues. 

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A new $35 million headquarters for the State Historical Society of Missouri is included in a bill awaiting Governor Jay Nixon's signature.

The Columbia Missourian reports that preliminary plans call for the historical society to be moved out of the University of Missouri's Ellis Library and into a new building in downtown Columbia. Funding for the building is part of a bill that includes $376.7 million for capital improvement projects around the state.

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Missouri’s General Assembly has passed legislation that would limit city governments from passing certain policies.

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