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Views of the News
2:17 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

What happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370? [VIDEO]

Professor Earnest Perry

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

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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
9:27 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Views of the News: What happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370?

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What happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370?  All we know for sure is that it left Kuala Lampur on Friday, March 8 and never made it to its destination, the Beijing Capital International airport.  It's a mystery leaving millions around the globe scratching their heads.  The American media is reporting every small detail -- many of them theories and rumors. 

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Politics
8:46 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Nixon fills post on ethics panel, other boards

Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has tapped a Springfield attorney to serve on the state Ethics Commission.

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Politics
8:10 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Missouri governor to sign oral chemotherapy bill

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Missouri cancer patients soon could find it more affordable to take chemotherapy pills.

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Politics
5:38 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Talking Politics: Right to Work and Missouri blue laws

Motorcycles line the showroom at Larry’s Motor Sports in Jefferson City March 4, 2014. Owner Larry Neill’s store has been in business for 28 years.
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Since the early 1800s in Missouri, there have been laws against selling certain items on Sundays. These laws are called Blue Laws, and they were originally designed to give citizens and businesses a day of rest. But a motorcycle dealer in Kansas City is pushing to knock down one of the state's last remaining blue laws. KBIA's Justin Paprocki reported on how Sunday motorcycle sales could soon be allowed, with producing by Matthew Zuzolo.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

“Right to Work” bill trying to gain steam in Missouri

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    Across the nation, “right to work” bills have received a lot of attention. Twenty four states have adopted this legislation, most recently Indiana and Michigan. “Right to work” prohibits labor contracts from requiring all workers to pay union fees, regardless of whether they are union members.

Six of the eight states bordering Missouri have already passed “right to work,” one of which is Oklahoma. Bill Lant, representative from Pineville, sees a big difference between these two states.

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Politics
9:18 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Columbia residents oppose housing development proposals

Columbia City Hall
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Tensions ran high between Columbia residents, city staff and council members at the Columbia City Council meeting Monday night. 

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Politics
9:10 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Brick street ordinance revised for public opinion

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City Council presented an amended bill at yesterday evening’s City Council meeting concerning the protection, repairs, and restoration of Columbia’s historic brick roads.

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Politics
8:49 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Sedalia smoking ban here to stay

The city of Sedalia is beginning to see the benefits of a smoking ordinance that went into effect last September that banned all public smoking. 

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Politics
8:30 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Mo. bill extends voter registration for military

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Some Missouri lawmakers want to make it easier for members of the military to vote when they return from deployments.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Senator McCaskill answers to Columbia residents

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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill met with Columbia residents during a town hall meeting on Monday. She talked about the economy, boosting jobs in the state and the improvement of the nation’s deficit.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Changes in Missouri's criminal code could make an appearance this week

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 The Missouri Senate began work this week on an overhaul of the state's criminal code, but obstacles still remain to get the bill across the finish line.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Smaller financial penalty for those who break Missouri open government laws

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 Running afoul of Missouri's open government laws could carry a smaller financial penalty but no longer require proof the law was knowingly broken under legislation before a Senate committee.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Budget plan to add money for newborn screenings

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Missouri lawmakers are putting more money into the budget to try to speed up the results of newborn blood screenings.

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Intersection
4:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Executions in Missouri - the social, ethical and political factors

In Missouri and across the nation, the process of executing criminals is becoming complicated. It’s one of our society’s most somber, and impactful, tasks. But how much do you know about the process? If you don’t know much about it, there may be a reason for that. Two of our colleagues at in public radio have investigated and found that the process is shrouded in secrecy. Meantime, four people have been executed in Missouri in as many months, after years of less frequent executions.

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