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It’s still not against the law in Missouri for an employer to fire someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Senator Joseph Keaveny of St. Louis is sponsoring the latest effort to change that, and his bill is currently being considered by a Senate committee. 


The White House will ask a court to allow President Obama's executive actions to take effect, while a case challenging them wends its way through the courts.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Justice Department has decided to seek a stay and will file that request by Monday.

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Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says he has doubts about whether right-to-work can become law this year.

(Updated 5:51 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 19 )

The Missouri House has passed two pieces of legislation to require voters to show government-approved photo identification at the polls.

The Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments next week on whether voters knew enough about a constitutional amendment expanding gun rights before it was approved in 2014. 

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Republican Jay Ashcroft says he's running for Missouri secretary of state.

Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Thursday he will run for the U.S. Senate next year.

It’s a move that ensures U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., will have competition in 2016 – and opens up a down-ballot statewide contest for both parties.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced in a press release Thursday morning that he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. If he wins the Democratic nomination, he would likely face incumbent Republican Senator Roy Blunt.

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The Missouri House again is pushing this year to require photo identification at the polls.

The House gave initial approval Wednesday to a constitutional amendment and bill that would require voters show photo ID before casting a ballot.

  The past week was a shock for many journalists: the sudden deaths of CBS correspondent Bob Simon and New York Times media columnist David Carr, the fallout from Brian Williams suspension and Jon Stewart’s impending departure from “The Daily Show.” What have we lost and what will we most remember? Also, clues from the FAA on how it will regulate the use of drones, why we still televise car chases live, and 40 years of “Saturday Night Live.” From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Jamie Grey: Views of the News.

This was a week that was hard on many in the media world, with the sudden deaths of both David Carr and Bob Simon, the suspension of Brian Williams, and word that Jon Stewart would be leaving "The Daily Show."

Former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein told CNN's Brian Stelter that these four stories all tie together, as we come together to strive to tell the best version of the truth.

Updated at 11:10 p.m. ET

A video has emerged that purports to show militants of the self-declared Islamic State beheading 21 Egyptian Christians kidnapped last week in Libya.

Reuters reports: "In the video, militants in black marched the captives, dressed in orange jump suits, to a beach. They were forced down onto their knees, then beheaded."

Reuters says a caption on the five-minute video reads: "The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church."

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It's that time again. Every four years, politicians fan out to Iowa and New Hampshire and other early primary states in search of ... book sales. It seems like you can't hardly run for president anymore without publishing a book to go along with your campaign. Sen. Marco Rubio was in Iowa Friday to hawk copies of his new work. Other potential GOP candidates also have new tomes out.

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Randy Asbury, a former Missouri state representative, announced that he will be running for governor.  He made his announcement yesterday at Moberly Area Community College, where Asbury said over 150 people showed up to support him.

A newscast that aired November 5, 2014, which was completely dedicated to election coverage, for consideration for the 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards:

On this special edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, House Speaker John Diehl, R-Town and Country, joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies to talk about the passage of “right to work” legislation in the Missouri. 

The bill in question – sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield – would bar unions and employers from requiring all workers to join a union and pay union fees, if a majority votes to organize. It passed the Missouri House on Thursday with 92 "yes" votes, which falls short of the majority needed to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto.

(Updated at 8:17 p.m. with reaction from Normandy and its interim superintendent)

In unusually strong language, a St. Louis County judge has ruled that Normandy schools are unaccredited and students who live in the district have a right to transfer to whatever area accredited school district they want to attend.

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A proposal to cut the amount of time someone can be on welfare has first-round approval from the Missouri Senate. 

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The Senate voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of a bill that requires the state to notify businesses of changes in sales tax policies. It would exempt businesses from paying certain taxes if the Department of Revenue doesn't give notice of changes.

The legislation aims to inform businesses if the courts or Revenue Department alter policies that could impact services and products subject to sales taxes.

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Missouri colleges and universities have been seeing a decrease in funding for the last few years, according to UM President Tim Wolfe. He and other colleges and universities around the state are in the process of changing this decrease.

In a statement announced today, Wolfe asked the State Senate Appropriations Committee to increase funding by 5 percent to Missouri colleges and universities.

  NBC’s Brian Williams’ apology wasn’t enough to keep the network from suspending him for six months without pay. What’s likely to happen come August? Will he return to anchor Nightly News, or move on? Some journalists are standing by Williams while others say his credibility is shot, and he’s dragging NBC News down with him. Why does it seem some broadcast journalists are more understanding while print and online journalists aren’t cutting Williams any slack? From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

When comedian Jon Stewart announced he would leave The Daily Show after 16 years, the field of 2016 presidential hopefuls breathed a collective sigh of relief.

David Axelrod recalls the first time he met Barack Obama in 1992 when they had lunch: "I was really impressed by him," he says.

The veteran political consultant was struck that Obama, who had been the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review and was highly sought after by big law firms, instead decided to put together a voter registration drive and practice civil rights law at a little firm in Chicago.

NBC News has suspended Brian Williams, the anchor and managing editor for the network's nightly newscast, for six months without pay.

Williams had stepped down voluntarily, after Stars and Stripes questioned an incident he described on air.

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  Attorneys for St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch are opposing efforts by a grand juror in the Ferguson case who wants to be able to discuss the investigation.

The juror filed suit in federal court last month. McCulloch's lawyers filed a response on Monday. The filing also claims that the matter should be taken up in state court, not federal court.

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NBC suspended Nightly News Managing Editor and anchor Brian Williams for six months, without pay, after he was found to have misrepresented events which occurred while on assignment in Iraq in 2003.

Williams has repeatedly described reporting from Iraq when the Chinook helicopter he was in took fire from an RPG attack.  Last week, Stars and Stripes reported it had proof Williams account of that attack was not factual.

Williams apologized.  But, that's led many to question the validity of his other reports and his journalistic credibility.

Updated at 4:19 p.m.

Kayla Mueller, the American woman taken hostage by the self-declared Islamic State, has died, her family and the White House said in separate statements.

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  The Missouri Senate has given approval to a bill to prevent lawmakers from becoming lobbyists immediately after leaving office.

Senators voted 32-2 Monday in favor of Majority Leader Ron Richard's ethics bill, which would increase reporting requirements for lobbyist spending and set a two-year cooling-off period before legislators can lobby.

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  Missouri lawmakers are considering legislation that would require public school districts to sell certain vacant buildings to charter schools that request them.

Republican Rep. David Wood of Versailles on Monday discussed the measure, which is part of an effort to revamp the state's student transfer law.