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11:58 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Jo Ann Emerson to retire from US House

Jo Ann Emerson
United States Congress

At least two Missouri Republicans have confirmed interest in succeeding U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson after her planned retirement.

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Politics
5:49 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Mo. Lawmakers Begin Pre-filing Bills For 2013 Session

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 9:56 am

Members of the Missouri Senate have begun pre-filing bills for the 2013 regular session.

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Global Journalist
6:11 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

A look at press freedom in Turkey

In this July 1, 2008 file photo, police escort journalist Mustafa Balbay, center, in Ankara, Turkey.
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Turkey portrays itself as the leading nation in an increasingly turbulent region of the world. The country that straddles Europe and the Middle East is a secular democracy with a thriving economy. It's also a member of NATO and a potential member of the European Union. 

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Politics
4:48 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Lottery win could give small boost to Mo. coffers

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The sale of a winning Powerball ticket in northwest Missouri could mean about $10 million in unexpected income tax revenue for the state.

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Politics
2:58 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Nixon: Medicaid Expansion 'The Right Thing To Do'

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 1:08 pm

Updated 11:37 a.m. with reaction from Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill and at 12:01 p.m. with statements from community organizations and Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones. Updated 5:59 p.m. with additional reporting from St. Louis.


Gov. Jay Nixon says expanding Medicaid eligibility in Missouri is both "the smart thing" and "the right thing to do."


Nixon announced his support for the expansion Thursday, saying it could provide health care coverage to an additional 300,000 Missourians.

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Politics
9:01 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Nixon plans health care announcement

KBIA File Photo

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is preparing to announce his support for a major health care initiative.

Nixon scheduled news conferences Thursday at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Barnes Jewish Center in St. Louis and Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield.

He will be joined at some of the stops by officials from the Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Primary Care Association. Both groups are part of a new coalition urging Missouri to expand Medicaid eligibility as called for by President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Sen. McCaskill voices support for state-run health insurance exchange

KBIA

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says there will be a political price to pay for state legislators who allow the federal government to run the state’s health insurance exchange.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, the Democratic Senator said the federal health care law is going to be implemented and the state of the Missouri has the opportunity to get resources from the federal government.

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Views of the News
12:18 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Dixon Rape Accusations; Pinkel Rumors; Leveson Impact; Big Data; Drone Zone

Professor Mike McKean

Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Lee Wilkins and Charles Davis.

Politics
8:20 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Audit gives Mo. Lottery 'good' rating

State Auditor Tom Schweich filed paperwork on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, to explore a political campaign for U.S. Senate.
State of Missouri

A new state review rates the performance of the Missouri Lottery Commission as "good."
State Auditor Tom Schweich released his office's findings Tuesday and says the lottery has been run well.

The audit did question the lottery for renegotiating and entering into long-term contracts instead of rebidding contracts for services. It also noted that in 2010 and 2011, about $4.9 million of expenses for promotional items, event sponsorships and payments to advertising agencies were not included when advertising costs were reported to lawmakers.

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Politics
8:17 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Ex-Mo. lawmaker accused of Social Security fraud

File Photo KBIA

A former Missouri lawmaker has been indicted on charges of receiving Social Security disability payments while serving in the state Legislature.

The indictment Tuesday alleges that former Democratic House member Ray Salva received about $60,000 of disability payments that he wasn't entitled to while representing the Kansas City suburb of Sugar Creek from January 2003 through December 2010.

Salva did not immediately return a telephone message Tuesday.

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Politics
8:08 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Federal lawsuit after policy bars inmates from marrying

Social Security card on top of money.
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The Americans Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against the state prison facility at Jefferson City over a policy they say is barring inmates from getting married.

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
7:35 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Views of the News: Dixon Rape Accusations; Pinkel Rumors; Leveson Impact; Big Data; Drone Zone

Rape Accusation, No Charges Against Mizzou Player

Steve Walentik, Columbia Daily Tribune: "No charges filed after Dixon accused of rape"

Rob Dauser, NBC Sports: "Michael Dixon accused of, never charged with, sexual assault"

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Politics
5:26 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Mo. House Democrats To Revive Ethics Legislation

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 12:55 pm

House Democrats say they’ll again try to get campaign contribution limits restored in Missouri when next year’s regular legislative session begins.

The Missouri Supreme Court reinstated caps on campaign contributions in 2007, but a 2008 law removed them again.  Jake Hummel of St. Louis takes over next year as the top Democrat in the Missouri House.  He says they’ll push for an ethics bill similar to one in 2010 that had support in both parties.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

House Democrats to revive Ethics Bill 1

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

House Democrats say they’ll again try to get campaign contribution limits restored in Missouri when next year’s regular legislative session begins. 

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Talking Politics
3:54 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Battle continues over LGBT protection in Missouri's Human Rights Act

Kylar Broadus (right) works with his assistant Maria out of his home in Columbia
Alexandra Olgin KBIA

The current human rights act in Missouri says, to discriminate against any person because of “race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, or familial status” is illegal, but it doesn’t cover gender identity and sexual orientation. It’s not just in Missouri, right now 29 states have no protections for sexual orientation and 34 have no discrimination protections for transgender individuals.

Aaron Malin is the co-founder of Missourians for Equality, an organization that is attempting to take the issue of employment and housing discrimination of LGBT members to a ballot in 2014. The proposal would be an amendment to the current legal definition of discrimination in Missouri.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Blunt may seek emergency declaration for river

Credit Melanie Cheney / Flickr

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri may seek a presidential emergency declaration in an effort to keep barges moving on the drought-riddled Mississippi River.

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Politics
8:23 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Tax changes atop 2013 agenda in Missouri Senate

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Changes in Missouri's tax code will be near the top of the agenda for Republicans in the state Senate during the 2013 session.

Sen. Tom Dempsey, of St. Charles, is expected to be elected as presiding officer when the Senate convenes in January. He says majority party Republicans want to act quickly on legislation to provide "income tax relief." The specifics remain to be finalized but could include income tax cuts for individuals, small businesses or corporations.

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Politics
8:21 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Columbia considers adding public restrooms downtown

Downtown Columbia
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Columbia’s Downtown Community Improvement District is considering adding public restrooms downtown.

There are no public restrooms downtown. Richard King is the owner of the Blue Note and Mojo’s and also a board member of the Downtown Community Improvement District. He said the addition of public restrooms might deter people from urinating on street corners or in parking garages.

“There were issues if you talk to some of the downtown folks, police officers; they made it clear that there were issues like that," King said.

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Politics
8:10 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Report: US law could increase Mo. Medicaid costs

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A new report says Missouri's Medicaid costs could rise by 6.6 percent over 10 years if the state fully implements the federal health care law.

But the report also says almost half of that increase will occur even if Missouri does not expand Medicaid eligibility for adults.

The report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Urban Institute says Missouri can expect to spend an additional $1.2 billion from 2013 to 2022 as more people join the Medicaid rolls because of the federal health care law.

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Intersection
5:30 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Increased funding to help young people

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Ian Thompson plans for City Council

Credit File Photo / KBIA

The Executive Director of PedNet plans to run for City Council in April.

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Politics
7:54 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Xmas trees head to Missouri Governor's Mansion

Missouri Governor's Mansion
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It's about to look a lot like Christmas at the Missouri Governor's Mansion.

The Christmas trees that will adorn the outside, the grand staircase, the parlor and library will arrive Monday. The outside tree is a natural growth, 25-foot Eastern Red Cedar.

Inside, an Eastern White Pine from Tannenbaum Tree Farm in Armstrong will be placed in the grand staircase. It will be decorated in classic gold and burgundy.

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Politics
7:48 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Lobbyists' freebies become harder to track in Mo.

Busch Stadium in St. Louis
Ryan Famuliner KBIA file photo

It's becoming harder to track how much money is being spent to catch the ear of Missouri lawmakers as they increasingly reimburse lobbyists for freebies.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that reimbursing lobbyists keeps lawmakers names off lobbyists' monthly expense reports.

The reimbursements become controversial when campaign funds are used to pay back lobbyists. That's because state law says campaign contributions "shall not be converted to any personal use."

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Politics
4:04 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Ann Wagner Toes Party Line On Taxes, Despite "Fiscal Cliff"

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 6:17 pm

Missouri Congresswoman-elect Ann Wagner says she would not support any plan to increase tax rates to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

Failure to reach a deal before January First would result in immediate tax increases and across the board spending cuts.

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Politics
5:54 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Columbia City Council votes to put eminent domain measure on ballot

Columbia City Council added a new measure to the ballot for a special election in April.
Credit File Photo / KBIA

In a unanimous decision Monday night, Columbia City Council voted to put a measure that changes how the city can exercise eminent domain on the April ballot.

With the City Council approval of a charter amendment to put the proposal on the ballot, voters will decide whether or not the city may transfer seized property to entities for private purposes. The amendment’s current wording prompted a discussion by city council pertaining to specifics of what does and does not qualify as a private entity.

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Talking Politics
2:41 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

How to explain MO GOP losses?

This week on the show: Republicans don’t fare well in statewide races despite a strong win for Mitt Romney in the state. Plus, how many people actually voted. Are we counting them right?

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Politics
2:20 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

In An Increasingly Red State, How Did Republicans Lose In Missouri?

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Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 1:44 pm

A week after the conservative losses at the polls, about 20 tea partiers gathered at a restaurant in North St. Louis County to listen to a few lecturers talk about a few ideas for the future: the flat tax and the fair tax. And yes, to commiserate about the recent past.

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Politics
2:13 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

How many Missourians really voted?

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The day after the Presidential Election, Missouri’s Secretary of State’s office published a list indicating how many voters came out to the polls. The list gives numbers all the way down to a county level, and statewide, it estimates voter turnout at 65.7%. That statewide figure is calculated based on the number of registered voters and votes cast. John Petrocik is a professor at MU.  He says that method of counting voters doesn’t accurately record the percentage of the total population that votes.

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Politics
5:55 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Newscast for November 19, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri forms bipartisan group to urge Congress to work together to solve fiscal issues
  • MU professor dies in car accident
  • Columbia City Council to hear parking permit pitch

Politics
5:48 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Missouri politicians pressure Congress to "Fix the Debt"

The "Fix the Debt" Missouri campaign holds its first press event in the Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City, Mo. on November 19, 2012
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

A new bipartisan group of Missouri leaders is trying to put pressure on Congress to address the national debt – and says tens of thousands of Missouri jobs are at stake.  The Missouri “Fix the Debt” campaign held its first event in Jefferson City Monday. The group is urging action before the so-called fiscal cliff takes effect.

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