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5:09 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

MoDOT names new chief engineer

Credit Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Transportation

The Missouri Department of Transportation has a new chief engineer.

Transportation director Dave Nichols has tapped Ed Hassinger for the post. Hassinger was the department's top engineer for the St. Louis region for the last 12 years. He has been with the department for almost 30 years.

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Politics
8:29 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Bill could give relief to public defenders - if Gov. Nixon signs

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Legislation that could ease the caseload of Missouri public defenders is being considered by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The measure would allow the public defender system to ask the presiding judge of a judicial circuit for a conference to discuss caseload issues. The judge could decide whether to grant relief in a particular case.

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Politics
6:11 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

US Sen. McCaskill gets earful from MU students about college loans

McCaskill took part in a roundtable at MU on federally guaranteed student loans Thursday, May 30.
Credit John Farmer de la Torre / KBIA News

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) took part in a student loan roundtable today on the University of Missouri campus.

She is co-sponsoring the Bank on Student Loans Fairness Act with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The bill would reduce the interest rate on federally guaranteed loans for undergraduates from the current 3.4 percent to the 0.75 percent-rate banks receive when they borrow from the government. McCaskill also heard from graduate and professional degree students in attendance who said their loans should be part of the discussion.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Emails Show Nixon Administration Involvement In Accidental Medicine Tax

Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 9:44 am

Updated 5:02 p.m. May 31

Newly released emails show that Gov. Jay Nixon's administration and legislative bill drafters each had a role in crafting an apparently inadvertent tax increase on prescription medications.

The prescription tax hike is included in a bill passed by the Legislature that cuts the state's income tax. Nixon has indicated he may veto the bill.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Mo. legislature institutes interim committee on Medicaid reform

Credit Teddy Nykiel / KBIA News

  Missouri state lawmakers launched an interim committee Thursday to examine the issue of Medicaid reform. Governor Jay Nixon pushed heavily for the legislature to expand Medicaid this session, and accept hundreds of millions of federal dollars to do so. But Republican legislators were worried about the long-term costs of the move, and no measure was passed. Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, a Republican member who started the committee, says accepting the federal money wouldn’t fix the problems that are inherent to the Medicaid system.

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Views of the News
4:27 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Holder's Remorse, Conners & the IRS, Bite-size News, FB Hate, Wolf & the Atheist

Professor Mike McKean

  Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Amy Simons and Earnest Perry.

Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
9:49 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Views of the News: Holder's Remorse, Conners & the IRS, Bite-size News, FB Hate, Wolf & the Atheist

DOJ Leak Probes: The Fallout

Mike Allen's Playbook, Politico: "Holder to Meet with Bureau Chiefs"

Dylan Byers, Politico: "Eric Holder's 'remorse'"

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CoMo Explained
9:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

What's wrong with bridges in Missouri?

This bridge in southeast Missouri collapsed when a derailed train knocked out its supports
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The collapse of a county highway bridge in southeast Missouri on Saturday was almost certainly not due to structural defects. And the fact that this collapse came on the heels of a similar disaster in Washington state is unfortunate but not necessarily related. Yet it's just a plain fact that bridges in Missouri are aging rapidly and are in serious need of repair.

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Politics
8:28 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Congressional Candidates Go On The Offensive In Debate

Dan Woods KRCU

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 7:07 pm

Candidates for Missouri’s Eighth Congressional seat went on the offensive in a debate Tuesday night at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus in Cape Girardeau. The debate comes one week before a special election on June 4.

Democrat Steve Hodges and Republican Jason Smith were joined onstage by the Constitution Party’s Doug Enyart and Libertarian Bill Slantz.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

US Rep. Hartzler visits Columbia's community health center

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) visits a federally qualified health center in Columbia on Tuesday, May 28. She said she hopes to see more health centers open up in her district to serve the medically underserved population. Administrators say health centers need more funding.
Credit KBIA News

U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler met with administrators of Columbia’s Family Health Center on Tuesday. The center provides primary care for the medically underserved population by using a sliding fee scale that depends on a patient’s income level. Hartzler says the visit is part of her efforts to learn more about ways to help more people in her district gain access to quality health care.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Mo. court blocks eminent domain by port authority

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A Missouri Supreme Court ruling has essentially scuttled a project to ship crude oil from North Dakota through a Mississippi River port in southeast Missouri.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Adoption advocates urge Gov. Nixon to veto foreign law bill

Credit Photo courtesy of the Office of Gov. Jay Nixon

Some adoption advocates say Gov. Jay Nixon should veto new Missouri legislation dealing with international law because it could complicate overseas adoptions.

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Politics
8:19 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Deadline looms to request Mo. absentee ballots

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Voters in southeast Missouri are running out of time to request absentee ballots by mail or fax for next month's congressional election.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Mo. Senate panel to work on criminal code

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

The Missouri Legislature has adjourned for the year, but the work will go on for members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Politics
2:17 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Missouri bridges 7th worst in the country

This bridge in Boonville is in good repair. But overall, Missouri bridges are among the worst in the country
Credit bikekatytrail.com

  A transportation advocacy site called Transportation For America has released an interactive map that shows where the structurally deficient bridges in your community are. 

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