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11:45 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Presidential debates bring out local Democratic and Republican supporters

John Soper, left, and Destiny Albritton watch the presidential debate at Boone County Republican offices, Wednesday, Oct. 3.
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The responses of local Republican voters to last night's Presidential debate echo what many pundits are saying nationally - that Presidential candidate Mitt Romney came out stronger than expected. Meanwhile, Democratic supporters of President Barack Obama say the President held his ground.

Approximately 100 supporters for Romney gathered last night at the  Boone County GOP office to watch the first of a series of debates between Romney and President Obama.

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Politics
11:05 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Secret Cold War tests in St. Louis raise concerns

In the midst of the Cold War, the Army released chemicals into the air using motorized blowers atop a low-income housing high-rise and elsewhere in predominantly black areas of St. Louis.

The secret testing was exposed in the 1990s, but new research is now raising greater concern about the implications.

St. Louis sociology professor Lisa Martino-Taylor released her research last month. It was troubling enough that both U.S. senators from Missouri wrote to the secretary of the Army demanding answers, including whether radioactive testing was performed.

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Politics
9:05 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Kirksville City Council divided on replacing water meter systems

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Kirksville residents may see some changes with water meters in the near future. The Kirksville City Council met on Monday to talk about replacing aging water meter systems.

There are about 7,000 old water meters in Kirksville. A Columbia contractor says replacing all of those meters would cost approximately $3.8 million, but would save the city $2500,000 annually. Council members are split on whether to go through with the project. City Council member Jerry Mills says he wants to see if there are costs that could be cut.

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Politics
8:55 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Cole County Commission commits funds to Columbia Regional Airport

Delta cuts flights to Columbia's regional airport
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The Cole County Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to commit funds to an effort to bring a new airline to the Columbia Regional Airport.

Marc Ellinger is the presiding commissioner for the Cole County Commission.

He says the commission voted to give 100-thousand dollars to the escrow fund being used by a group attempting to bring a new airline to the local airport.

“We decided that this is something that was beneficial for Jefferson City, Cole County and the whole region and that it was a good idea for us to participate," Ellinger says.

Politics
8:50 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Akin holds back on details about abortion protest

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Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin has said he was arrested as an abortion protester about 25 years ago, but he's not saying anything more about it.

Akin campaign adviser Rick Tyler said Wednesday that Akin never was charged and the campaign will not release any further details about the incident.

At a news conference last Friday in Kansas City, Akin acknowledged the arrest but did not go into specifics. An aide had said the campaign would release more details later.

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Politics
6:46 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

More Akin abortion remarks stir criticism

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Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is again drawing attention for comments about abortion — this time, for saying that doctors are "giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant."

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Politics
6:13 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

McCaskill says she raised $5.8M for Mo. Senate bid

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Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says she raised about $5.8 million for her re-election campaign over the past three months.

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Politics
12:21 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Support dwindles for Amendment 3

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A Missouri ballot measure proposing to change how judges are appointed is losing support. Amendment 3’s supporters say they don’t like the summary that will appear on the ballot.

Amendment 3 will show up on Missouri ballots come Nov. 6, but its supporters say they’re not happy with what voters will read about it.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan wrote the summary of the amendment for the ballot, but supporters say the summary is misleading and filed suit.

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Politics
12:14 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Schaefer, Still square off in debate on MU campus

Rep. Mary Still and Sen. Kurt Schaefer debate on the University of Missouri campus on October 2, 2012
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Higher education funding and the state budget were the dominant topics in the most recent state senate debate between incumbent Republican Senator Kurt Schaefer and his Democratic challenger, Representative Mary Still.

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Politics
12:14 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Republican women in Columbia prepare for November 6

Sherry Berry makes calls for her husband's campaign.
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According to a Rutgers University study, during every Presidential election since 1964, more women have turned out to vote than men. That proportion has been increasing significantly in the last few elections, in 2008, almost 10 million more women voted than men, out of about 130 million votes cast.

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Politics
12:05 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Mo. tobacco tax foes cite cost to cities, counties

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Opponents of a tobacco tax initiative on the Missouri ballot say local governments could lose money if the measure passes.

The proposal would raise the state cigarette tax from 17 cents to 90 cents per pack and also increase taxes on other tobacco products.

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8:52 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Views of the News: Obama Video; Stupid Debates; Poll Attack; Shep's Sorry; Bad Science; Obese Anchor

Politics
5:21 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Columbia Council outlaws possession of fireworks

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It’s now against the law to possess fireworks within the city of Columbia. City Council members voted Monday night to amend the city code, making it easier for police to enforce fireworks restrictions. Owner of Bob’s Fireworks, Bob Gereau says the change could hurt his business since many of his customers live in Columbia.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Opponents of new Break Time to re-collect petition signatures

The columbia City Council unanimously passed a measure creating the EEZ Board.
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It’s back to the drawing board for Columbia residents fighting a rezoning that would put a new Break Time in their neighborhood near Grindstone Parkway and Rock Quarry Road.

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Talking Politics
4:44 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

MU Presidential debate expert says Wednesday's showdown could have impact

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  • Full interview with University of Missouri professor of Communication Mitchell McKinney.

This week on the show: What to expect during Wednesday’s Presidential debate. Plus, we talk with Republican women in Boone County.

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Politics
8:45 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Federal judge dismisses contraception mandate suit

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A federal judge in St. Louis has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the contraception mandate of the federal health care law.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Frank O'Brien and his company, O'Brien Industrial Holdings LLC of St. Louis, was one of nearly three dozen cases nationally challenging the constitutionality of regulations in the health care law. Among other things, O'Brien, a devout Catholic, claimed the requirement to pay for birth control infringes on his religious beliefs.

Politics
8:42 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Akin claims McCaskill benefited from stimulus

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Republican challenger Todd Akin is going on the offensive against Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill by claiming her husband's businesses profited from the federal stimulus act.

Akin began running a TV ad Monday claiming "the stimulus made McCaskill rich." In an interview with The Associated Press, Akin noted that the 2009 stimulus law funded a federal program for low-income housing that directed about $1 million to corporations affiliated with McCaskill's husband.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

NRA endorsing Attorney General Chris Koster

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is touting an endorsement from the National Rifle Association.

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9:58 am
Mon October 1, 2012

The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald says the Hamoodi case " highlights the travesties routinely imposed on Muslim Americans"

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Did you catch Glenn Greenwald when he was in town last week? The celebrated political journalist stopped by the University of Missouri on a speaking tour. While he was in Columbia it looks like he picked up on the case of Dr. Shakir Hamoodi, an Iraqi-American nuclear engineer who just began a three-year prison sentence at the Fort Leavenworth, Kansas penitentiary for sending money to his family in Iraq at a time when sanctions made that illegal.
I'm currently traveling around the US on a speaking tour, and as I've written before, one of the prime benefits of doing that is being able to meet people and their families whose lives have been severely harmed by the post-9/11 assault on basic liberties.
Politics
9:30 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Columbia increases building permit fee

The Columbia City Council approved an increase in building permit fees.
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Columbia has increased building permit fees for the first time since 1996. Last Monday, the Columbia City Council approved the fee along with several others.

Columbia has maintained the same fee for all building permits the last 16 years, but with an overworked inspection staff and need for additional revenue, the city decided to raise its permit fee.

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Politics
9:07 am
Mon October 1, 2012

McCaskill, Akin differ on health care policy

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Few issues have generated as much passion and attention recently as health care. Like many Democrats and Republicans around the nation, Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates are on opposites sides of the issue.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill supports and defends the health care law signed in 2010 by President Barack Obama. Her Republican challenger, congressman Todd Akin, wants to repeal it.

But there may be at least some middle ground.

Politics
8:58 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Akin parses stand on pet projects in Senate bid

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Missouri Rep. Todd Akin has backed millions of dollars in pet projects in recent years. He even proudly defended one for military armor during a television ad in his Republican Senate primary.

Now Akin has aligned himself with a group that wants to ban home-state spending items known as earmarks. And the membership of the Senate Conservatives Fund has pledged $290,000 to help finance his cash-strapped campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Akin denies that it's a reversal and rejects any assertion of a quid pro quo for campaign cash.

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Politics
8:47 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Drugs used in Mo. executions bump into European Union law

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Missouri’s plans to use the anesthetic propofol in executions may face new delays.

In May, Missouri announced it was switching to propofol after sodium thiopental, another drug commonly used in executions, became harder to acquire. But, Fresenius Kabi USA, one of propofol’s two domestic suppliers, announced last week it was instructing its distributors not to fill orders from departments of corrections in the United States.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Akin admits arrest, calls McCaskill not very "ladylike"

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Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin said he was arrested in an anti-abortion demonstration two decades ago.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Some lawmakers hope to ban texting while driving

In the state of Missouri only drivers 21 years and younger are prohibited from texting while driving. Missouri is just one of 11 states without a ban on text messaging by all drivers. This year alone the Legislature had at least seven distracted driving bills before it, but none came to a vote.  Rep. Chris Kelly of Columbia said the lawmakers will make another attempt to ban drivers from texting in the next legislative season.

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid says he supports the ban on texting while driving.

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Politics
6:23 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Rep. Akin: My position on 'earmarks' hasn't changed

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin spoke to Republican supporters in Columbia Thursday as part of his "Common Sense" campaign bus tour.
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While the tables may be turning for U.S. Rep. Todd Akin as he regains some GOP support in his race for the U.S. Senate, the Democratic Party has filed ethics complaints against the congressman.  At Thursday's campaign stop in Columbia, the congressman remained positive about his campaign but vague about his definition of earmarks.

The complaints -- filed Wednesday -- allege Akin reversed his stance on earmarks to receive money from a Super PAC. Akin says he has never changed his position.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Senate Conservatives Fund supporting Akin in Missouri

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A conservative fundraising group has endorsed Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin and is pledging to direct $290,000 to the Republican's campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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Politics
12:14 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Full tilt: Political endorsements stream once again to Akin

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Political endorsements and the promise of PAC dollars have come streaming back to Rep. Todd Akin, who’s challenging incumbent Senator Clair McCaskill for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.

Republican leaders stampeded away from Akin this summer after he said that so-called “legitimate rape” rarely caused pregnancy. They demanded he step aside. Now that the deadline for Akin doing that has passed, the tide has changed.

All of the sudden, this race has gone full tilt.

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Politics
12:03 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Missouri Gaming Association watches carefully for minors slipping into casinos

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The Missouri Gaming Association told regulators Wednesday that it is trying hard to keep underage patrons from getting into the state’s casinos.

The head of the Missouri Gaming Association told state gaming commission members that the use of fake identification is the most common way minors try to get in – but there have also been cases where they tried to climb over walls, blend in with crowds, and in a few cases, sneak in with the help of their parents.

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