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4:23 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri Senate passes bill to create new student standards

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Missouri senators passed legislation that could pave the way for the state to dump new benchmarks for student achievement known as the Common Core Standards.

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4:20 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri House defeats newborn care legislation

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Missouri's Republican-led House has defeated legislation that would have charged a panel of medical professionals with developing streamlined standards for newborn care.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass cannabis extract bill

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy isn't relieved by other treatments.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Gov. Nixon to veto income tax cut

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he will veto an income tax cut that he considers to be "an unfair, unaffordable and dangerous scheme."

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7:57 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Impeachment Hearings Against Nixon Wrap Up, No Vote Yet

State Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, answers questions regarding the article of impeachment he filed against Mo. Gov. Nixon.

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 4:50 pm

A Missouri House committee has wrapped up hearings into three articles of impeachment against Gov. Jay Nixon but has yet to vote on them.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, says he'll seek input from the rest of the committee before deciding whether to hold a vote on the three impeachment articles.

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Politics
7:52 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Mo. Senate passes innovation campus tax credit

Missouri Capitol
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Missouri lawmakers sent Gov. Jay Nixon legislation to create a new tax credit for donations to innovation campuses.

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Politics
7:50 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri GOP lawmaker advances Medicaid expansion

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A renegade Republican has teamed up with minority party Democrats to deliver the first affirmative vote of the year for a plan to expand Medicaid eligibility.

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Politics
7:47 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri Senate passes gun nullification bill

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Missouri senators have passed legislation that seeks to nullify some federal gun laws and punish federal agents who enforce them.

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Politics
5:16 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Lawmakers pass bill limiting jobless benefits

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would link the duration of jobless benefits to the state's unemployment rate.

Workers who lose their jobs currently can collect unemployment benefits for 20 weeks. Under the bill, 20 weeks of benefits would be available if the state's average unemployment rate is at least 9 percent.

The maximum duration of jobless benefits would decrease one week for each one-half percentage point drop in the unemployment rate. The minimum duration would be 13 weeks when the jobless rate is less than 6 percent.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Missouri's 72-hour abortion wait time bill likely to pass this session

Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri. The only location in Missouri where a woman may receive abortion services.
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The issue of abortion in Missouri seems like old news. But it's an issue that remains very much at the forefront of Missouri politics this year.  In this year's legislative session, there are over thirty pieces of legislation touching the issue.

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Views of the News
2:36 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Donald Sterling banned from basketball for life

Professor Mike McKean

Clippers owner Donald Sterling, banned from basketball for life for making racist comments.  How did TMZ get the scoop that rocked professional sports?  E-mails between producers of ‘Chicagoland’ and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office show some storylines on the CNN docu-series may have been staged. Also, Indy Star’s #ShowUsYourGuns and a look back at NPR’s first foray on the internet. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry: Views of the News.

Politics
7:26 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Missouri Senate Scales Back Transportation Sales Tax Proposal

I-70 in Columbia

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:55 pm

The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment to create a temporary sales tax to fund transportation needs around the state, but not before scaling it back.

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Politics
7:24 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Missouri House passes payday loan changes

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The Missouri House passed legislation that would eliminate renewals on payday loans and lower the amount of interest borrowers can currently charge.

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Politics
7:17 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Developer 'Opus Group' drops threat of legal action against Columbia City Council

Downtown Columbia
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The Opus Group announced plans to drop the threat of legal action surrounding its controversial downtown Columbia student housing project. The real estate group had been granted permission to begin construction on a new high rise apartment complex, but concerns from some Columbia residents cast the future of the building into doubt.

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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
6:58 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Views of the News: Donald Sterling banned from basketball for life

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the National Basketball Association and fined $2.5 million for making racists comments.

Gossip site TMZ broke the story, publishing a recording of an argument between Sterling an an ex-girlfriend, V. Stiviano.

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Politics
5:39 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Senate passes state budget

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  The Missouri Senate passed the rest of the state budget Tuesday April 29, after taking care of the first 5 bills on Monday.  Democrat Paul LeVota of Independence made an indirect attempt to expand Medicaid. He offered an amendment to create a line item in the Department of Social Services’ budget for extra Medicaid dollars to be drawn down if lawmakers ever decide to expand Medicaid.  Republican Kurt Schaefer of Columbia opposed the amendment.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Gov. Nixon responds to Norquist's comments

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  In Springfield Tuesday, Governor Jay Nixon continued to rally support for his expected veto of an income tax cut bill. He questioned the credibility of outside interests that are campaigning for a veto override. The Democratic Governor’s statements came a day after Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist joined Republican House Speaker Tim Jones to challenge Nixon’s arguments on SB 509, which was passed two weeks ago.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Missouri bill could limit unemployment benefit

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  Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that could make it harder for people to collect unemployment benefits after being fired for repeated absences or other alleged misconduct.

The House passed the bill Tuesday by a 107-45 vote. Because it already had cleared the Senate, the measure now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass single-bottle beer sales

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  Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would let retailers sell beer by the bottle.

Stores currently must sell beer in packages containing at least three bottles. The newly passed legislation would allow sales of single bottles, cans or pouches of beer.

The change would take effect in 2015.

The state Senate approved the bill on a vote of 31-1 last month. The House passed it Tuesday on a vote of 143-1, sending it to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

House endorses funding plan for mental hospital

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  Missouri House members have endorsed a proposal for funding a new facility on the Fulton State Hospital campus.

The hospital is Missouri's only maximum-security psychiatric facility and the oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi River. Patients include those committed by the courts for evaluation and treatment, and people found not guilty or unable to stand trial because of mental disease.

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Politics
8:32 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Nixon Proposes New Medicaid Expansion Program, Catching Legislators Off Guard

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:01 pm

In the final weeks of the legislative session, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has made a last-ditch effort to resurrect a push to expand Missouri’s Medicaid program and accept roughly $2 billion a year in federal money.

The governor, a Democrat, unveiled his “Missouri Health Works’’ program before business leaders Monday in Cape Girardeau. By coincidence or design, state House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka and an opponent of Medicaid expansion, was also in Cape on Monday with conservative low-tax icon Grover Norquist to highlight a different issue.

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Politics
8:26 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Big City Mayors Speak Out Against Gun Nullification Bills At Missouri Capitol

(l-r) KC Mayor Sly James and STL Mayor Francis Slay appear at Mo. Capitol to speak out against effort by GOP lawmakers to pass gun control nullification legislation.

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 9:15 pm

The mayors of St. Louis and Kansas City traveled to the the Missouri Capitol Monday to speak out against legislation to nullify federal gun laws within the Show-Me State.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, a Democrat, calls the legislation  "absurd, embarrassing and reckless."

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Politics
8:22 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes Budget Bills For K-12, Higher Education

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 9:53 pm

The Missouri Senate has so far passed five of the 13 bills that make up the state budget for next year.

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Intersection
8:19 am
Tue April 29, 2014

The future of downtown development, and Repeal 6214

Intersection with Ward 6 City Councilmember Barbara Hoppe and Tracy Greever-Rice, a former council candidate and community advocate, who helped gather signatures on Repeal 6214.

Columbia’s city clerk has until Tuesday evening to decide whether the petition known as Repeal 6214 has enough signatures and is valid - and whether the city can continue with its plans, approved last March, with the developer the Opus Group. If you’ve been following this story, you know that this is about another student housing complex planned for downtown Columbia. Those in favor of the plan - including the mayor and a majority of city council members - say increasing the housing opportunities and investment downtown is a good thing.

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Abortion wait times graphic
7:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

As Missouri considers 72-hour abortion wait time, a look at other states' laws [INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC]

An image of an interactive map showing abortion wait times across the U.S.
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In March, the Missouri House approved a bill that would extend the state's abortion waiting time to 72 hours from 24 hours. If the measure, HB 1307, becomes law, it would put Missouri in company with South Dakota and Utah as the only states with a 72-hour waiting period.

 

Listen to this week's of edition of Talking Politics, and Meredith Turk's report on abortion legislation in Missouri:

Proponents of the bill, argue 72 hours is not too much to wait to receive such a procedure.

“I don’t think 72 hours, 3 days is too much time to bring another life into this world or not," said Tim Jones, Missouri  Republican Speaker of the House. Elizabeth Nash, State Issues Manager at the Guttmacher Institute, said it is too much to ask.  

Missouri has just one abortion service provider in St. Louis after Planned Parenthood of Mid-Missouri lost their doctor, who could perform abortions, in 2011. Having just one location where women may receive abortion care, Nash argues the 72-hour wait time would exacerbate the logistical burden on women who need to travel for abortion services, such as travel, day care, housing and taking off work.

"It is probably not going to sway a woman or affect her decision-making, but it can impact her ability to access abortion care entirely," said Nash. 

  

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Politics
5:05 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Ohio Will Increase Dosage Of Drugs In Lethal Injection

Dennis McGuire was executed in January.
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Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 6:46 am

Ohio has concluded that Dennis McGuire did not suffer any pain during his execution last January, the state's Department of Rehabilitation & Correction said Monday.

McGuire was executed using a new cocktail of drugs. The state ran out of pentobarbital, the traditional drug used in executions, so it used a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Tax cut worries educators about funding for schools

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Business and education groups are again drawing battle lines over a Missouri proposal to cut state income taxes.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Convention Center issue not dead in Jefferson City

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Although two proposals for a new Jefferson City convention center were voted down at the city council meeting in early April, the issue is not completely dead.

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Politics
3:01 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Gov. Nixon proposes to aid businesses with health insurance assistance

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has added a new prong to his proposal to draw down billions of dollars through a Medicaid expansion.

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Politics
8:33 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Missouri considers dumping new education standards

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Some lawmakers hope to make Missouri the second state to drop new education benchmarks and write its own student performance standards.

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