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8:37 am
Fri May 3, 2013

State House votes to repeal mandatory motorcycle helmet law

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 8:01 pm

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would allow motorcyclists to ride without wearing helmets.

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Global Journalist
6:42 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Inside the decades-long dispute over the Western Sahara

In this photo released by the MAP news agency (Maghreb Arabe Presse), Moroccan forces dismantle a camp housing thousands of refugees in the Western Sahara, near Laayoune, Monday Nov. 8, 2010.
Credit Associated Press

Western Sahara is nearly as big as its northern neighbor, Morocco, but in truth, this stretch of desert along the Atlantic Ocean may be Africa’s most overlooked territorial dispute.

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Public Insight Network
4:52 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

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KBIA is part of the Public Insight Network with three regional partners

  When you join the Public Insight Network, you help KBIA cover the issues that matter to you.  

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Politics
4:39 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Mo. Senate passes bill for school personnel to carry concealed weapons

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The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would allow designated school personnel to carry concealed weapons in school buildings.

The Senate voted 26-6 Thursday to pass the measure. It now heads back to the House for further consideration.

The bill would allow school employees to voluntary become "protection officers" if they have a valid concealed weapons permit and undergo training for the position.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Sen. Schaefer blocks vote on bill for higher ed funding based on performance

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A Missouri senator blocked a vote on a bill that would base some state funding for Missouri public universities on performance standards and career placement.

Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, blocked the Senate vote Thursday. He says the Legislature should spend more time studying the effects of the proposed higher education funding formula before voting. Lawmakers have until fiscal year 2015 to put the formula in place.

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Views of the News
11:47 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Reddit Rumors, AP Hacked and the Legacy of Legacy Media

Politics
8:59 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Legislation To Allow Surcharge For Electric System Upgrades Stalls In Mo. Senate

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 4:37 pm

Legislation has stalled in the Missouri Senate that would allow investor-owned electric companies to charge consumers for infrastructure improvements.

Opponents argued that Ameren Missouri, Empire District and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) make enough money to pay for improvements without levying an Infrastructure System Replacement Surcharge (ISRS) on their customers.  Several Senators are blocking the measure, including Republican Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph.

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Politics
8:42 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Fed letter thanks Mo. for complying with Real ID

Republican lawmakers are raising new questions about whether Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has tried to comply with the federal Real ID Act.

Senators on Wednesday released a copy of a form letter sent in March 2010 by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to Nixon thanking him for his efforts to comply with Real ID.

Nixon signed a 2009 state law prohibiting Missouri from taking steps intended to comply with the goals of the 2005 federal identity law, which sets stringent requirements for photo identification cards.

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Politics
8:08 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Mo. lawmakers renew efforts on local vehicle taxes

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Missouri lawmakers are trying again to re-impose local taxes on vehicles bought from out-of-state dealers or through person-to-person sales.

The state Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that local sales taxes cannot be charged on vehicles purchased outside Missouri or in private transactions. Instead, the high court said a local "use tax" could be charged if approved by local voters.

Lawmakers have passed two measures during the past two years that have sought to reverse the court ruling. Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed both, including the most recent one last month.

Politics
5:18 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Debate stalls on Mo. liability limits legislation

Missouri Statehouse in Jefferson City
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Debate has stalled in the Missouri Senate over legislation that would reinstate a limit on certain damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. The state Supreme Court struck down the previous cap.

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Politics
1:36 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Suspect in VA hospital death to have mental exam

A Sedalia man charged with killing a fellow patient at a Columbia veterans' hospital will receive a court-ordered psychiatric exam after an earlier plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

The Columbia Missourian reports that Boone County prosecutors and the lawyer for 33-year-old Rudy Perez Jr. agreed on the medical evaluation at a Monday hearing.

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Politics
1:31 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Mo. House endorses tax break for gun manufacturers

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Firearms manufacturers looking to relocate to Missouri could collect a tax credit under a bill given first-round approval by the Missouri House.

The tax incentive endorsed Tuesday would expire in six years and be capped at $3 million annually. Gun and ammunition manufacturers would be able to claim the credit on withholding taxes from creating new jobs.

Politics
1:25 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Medical Malpractice Cap Restoration Bill May Not Survive 2013 Session

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Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 12:16 pm

Efforts in Missouri to restore caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits are in limbo.

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Politics
1:25 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

New Bill Seeks To Make It Easier For Unemployed Workers To Go Back To School

Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 6:45 pm

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) has introduced a new bill that's meant to make it easier for unemployed workers to go back to school. 

Davis said currently unemployed workers risk losing their unemployment benefits if they go to a university or community college to retrain for a new career.

To help close the loophole, Davis said the new bill, called the Opportunity KNOCKS Act, would expand the definition of what constitutes a training program.

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CoMo Explained
1:23 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

What does immigration look like in mid-Missouri?

A permanent resident card, or "green card"
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Earlier this month, a “Gang of Eight” bipartisan senators introduced an immigration bill that would grant low-skilled immigrant workers the opportunity to stay in the United States legally without a green card, among other reforms. Called “W-visas,” these visas would allow immigrants to fill positions that don’t require bachelor’s degrees for three years.

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