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8:27 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Hartzler revisits key campaign issues - military and government spending - in Centralia visit

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The Centralia Kiwanis Club welcomed Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler to speak at their meeting on Thursday to go over key issues that could affect mid-Missouri voters. A Republican, Hartzler said she has and will continue to cut wasteful spending and work to balance the national budget.

Another key plank in the congresswoman's platform is protecting defense spending. In her short speech, Hartzler said, "What I discovered is that we could totally eliminate defense and every other program in Washington, D.C., and it still wouldn't balance the budget."

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8:05 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Impeaching Nixon, Again

October 1973

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 9:04 am

Nixon impeachment hearings began this week.

Not THAT Nixon. Not President Richard Milhous, who resigned 40 years ago this August rather than face House votes on three articles of impeachment. This time, the Nixon under discussion is Gov. Jeremiah Wilson “Jay,” who remains very much in power as a Missouri House committee begins consideration of three articles of impeachment against him.

Beyond the jolt of déjà vu you might get from the headline, there’s little to connect the political drama of 1973-74 and the political theater playing out now.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Missouri lawmakers revise state criminal code

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After several years of work and two major legislative pushes, Missouri lawmakers have finally passed legislation to update the state’s criminal code. 

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3:52 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Missouri lawmakers approve local health registries

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County officials could compile lists of residents with health problems under a Missouri bill intended to identify people in need of help during disasters.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Missouri House passes cannabis extract legislation

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The Missouri House has approved legislation that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other types of treatments.

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Politics
8:52 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Missouri Gov. Nixon signs budget legislation

Jay Nixon
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed a mid-year spending bill with funding for social services, education and a financially troubled St. Louis County school district.

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8:32 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Impeachment Hearings Against Gov. Nixon Underway In Mo. House Committee

State Rep. Nick Marshall, R-Parkville, presents his article of impeachment before the Mo. House Judiciary Cmte. on Apr. 23, 2014.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 3:30 pm

Hearings began Wednesday on three articles of impeachment against Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

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8:30 am
Thu April 24, 2014

House panel OKs Missouri student transfer bill

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A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation revising a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay the costs when students transfer to neighboring districts.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Missouri Senate backs potential for preschool ratings

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Missouri senators have endorsed legislation that could lead to the development of a preschool rating system by private or nonprofit groups.

The bill given initial approval Wednesday comes two years after a law was enacted barring the creation of a preschool rating system by the state, higher education institutions or quasi-governmental entities.

The new legislation leaves intact the prohibition on government involvement but would allow publicly funded preschools to participate in a rating system run by a private or nonprofit group.

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4:24 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Missouri House endorses June primary election date

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The Missouri House gave initial approval to legislation that would move the state's primary elections to June.

Party primaries for Congress, the state Legislature and statewide offices are currently held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in August. But the bill endorsed on Wednesday would move the primaries to the first Tuesday after the third Monday in June.

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3:53 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Missouri House panel mulls impeaching governor

Governor Jay Nixon speaks at the Missouri State Fair in August, 2013. Nixon has called the impeach hearings "some sort of show."
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A Republican-led Missouri House committee is holding a hearing on multiple measures seeking to impeach Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

The hearing on three separate impeachment resolutions includes one citing Nixon's decision to allow same-sex couples who married legally in other states to file joint tax returns in Missouri. Another measure is critical of the amount of time the governor took to call special elections to fill legislative vacancies.

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Views of the News
2:57 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Could Aereo case change TV as we know it?

Professor Earnest Perry

NBC tries to get inside David Gregory’s mind, hiring a psychological consultant to ask his wife and friends what makes him tick. How might that translate into higher ratings?  Also, the Supreme Court hears arguments in the Aereo case, publishing criminal mug shots, and reporting on acts of anti-Semitism in the U.S. and abroad. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry: Views of the News. 


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Politics
11:17 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Talking Politics: Remembering Rwanda

Nadege Uwase is the executive assistant to the Chancellor's Diversity Initiative at MU and grew up in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide.

KBIA's Hope Kirwan sits down to talk with Nadege Uwase to talk about what it was like growing up in Rwanda during the genocide and what the international community has learned from this tragedy.

And later on the program, a bill proposed in the state House to begin discussion on the Missouri state flag’s design has some historians worried. One flag expert, though, says the state’s a long way from a redesign process. ­Jack Howard reports.   

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8:25 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Nixon's Latest Tax-Cut Battle With General Assembly Resembles Earlier Fight

Missouri Capitol

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 3:57 pm

With a new tax-cut package on his desk, Missouri Gov. Nixon has zeroed in on a new “fatal flaw’’ that his administration says could wipe out 65 percent of the state’s general-revenue income used to fund most state services and aid to public schools.

The details may be different, but the basic argument mirrors last year’s fight, when Nixon successfully killed a tax-cut bill by highlighting flaws that he said would cost the state's treasury – and the public – far more than the bill’s backers had intended.

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8:04 am
Wed April 23, 2014

House OKs use of cannabis extract for epilepsy

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The Missouri House has endorsed legislation allowing use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other treatments.

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Politics
8:01 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Missouri House panel endorses bonding plan

Fulton, Mo.
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A Missouri House panel has endorsed a bonding proposal that calls for spending at least $200 million on a new state mental health facility in Fulton.

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Politics
7:56 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Mo. House panel to consider impeaching governor

Jay Nixon
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A Republican-led Missouri House committee plans to hold a hearing on measures seeking to impeach Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
7:39 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Views of the News: Could Aereo case change TV as we know it?

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the case of American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo.

For more than two years, broadcast and cable companies have argued Aereo's subscription-based streaming of local programming is a violation of copyright.

Aereo maintains its use of mini-antennae allows users to tune in signals already available to them using over-the-air tuners.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Gov. Nixon raises new concern about income tax cut

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  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is raising new concerns that an income tax cut passed by the Legislature could have "cataclysmic" consequences for state revenues.

The Democratic governor said Tuesday that the bill could eliminate taxes on all income over $9,000, punching a $4.8 billion hole in the state budget.

Republican legislative leaders called Nixon's assertion "ridiculous," ''absurd" and "laughable."

Nixon did not veto the bill Tuesday but has indicated he will do so.

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8:56 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Nixon taking action on Missouri tax-cut measure

Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is ready to follow through on his criticism of a tax-cut plan passed by the Legislature.

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8:53 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Columbia City Council approves new homeless drop-in shelter

Columbia City Hall
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The Columbia City Council voted Monday night to approve land on North Eighth Street as the site of a future homeless drop-in shelter. 

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8:48 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Missouri mayor resigns after ant-Semitic remarks

The mayor of the Missouri community of Marionville has resigned over anti-Semitic remarks he made in support of a white supremacist accused of killing three people at Jewish community sites in Kansas.

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8:32 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Mo. Senate panel looks to conclude budget work

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
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A Missouri Senate committee is preparing to consider the final sticking points to conclude its work on the state's operating budget.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Attorney General's opinion sought after proposed legislation seeks to nullify gun laws

A Republican state senator wants to know the opinion of Missouri's top law enforcement official on legislation that seeks to nullify some federal gun laws.

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4:57 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Staying in-state after graduating could help pay off student loans

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Missouri lawmakers are debating an expansion of a college scholarship for top students that is designed to keep more of them in the state after graduation.

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9:08 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Columbia City Council members no longer volunteers

Columbia City Hall
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Columbia City Council members will receive some compensation for their service, beginning in May.

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8:57 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Analysis: Mo. business tax break has wide reach

Jay Nixon
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A tax-cut bill pending before Missouri Governor Jay Nixon would create a special deduction for thousands of business owners.

Nixon has criticized the measure as a giveaway to lawyers and lobbyists. But that may be oversimplifying the issue.

The legislation would phase in a 25 percent deduction for business income reported on personal tax returns. Many lawyers and lobbyists would benefit because of the way their businesses are structured.

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8:33 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Missouri House approves expansion of castle doctrine

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An amendment to a self-defense law that would increase protection for Missourians who use deadly force against intruders is on its way to the Senate.

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8:20 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Mo. Senate panel endorses penny transportation tax

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A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects.

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3:08 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Missouri Senate confirms Social Services director

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The Missouri Senate has confirmed a longtime employee of the Missouri Department of Social Services to be the agency's new director.

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