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3:53 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Mo. auditor halts fiscal estimates for initiatives

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) has instructed his staff to stop doing financial estimates for ballot initiatives because of several recent court decisions.

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AM Newscasts
12:03 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Newscast for April 20, 2012

Ryan Ferguson, at his hearing in Cole County, April 18, 2012
August Kryger Columbia Daily Tribune

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The latest on the Ryan Ferguson hearing in Jefferson City
  • Details on an agreement to attempt to manufacture small modular nuclear reactors in Callaway County
  • The latest state legislation related to the Federal Health Care law
Politics
8:57 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Legislation addresses impact of foreclosure on neighbors

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County assessors would have to consider the impact of foreclosures and bank sales on the real estate market when they set the value of a property, under legislation that has passed the Missouri Senate.

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Global Journalist
6:00 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Reporting in Ecuador

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, had the media’s support when he was elected five years ago, promising a citizen’s revolution that would take advantage of the country’s natural resources to lift people out of poverty.

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Ryan Ferguson Hearing
4:38 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Ex-prosecutor denies telling witnesses what to say

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A Missouri judge denies telling witnesses what they needed to say when he was a prosecutor pursuing a conviction in the 2001 murder of a newspaper editor.

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Politics
9:18 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Warm winter temperatures lead to MoDOT maintenance

Warm temperatures this winter and spring have the Missouri Department of Transportation painting and repairing the roads it was plowing all winter last year.

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Politics
9:09 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Cole Co. circuit court clerk resigns

The seal of the office of auditor

Mrs. Brenda Umstattd has resigned as Circuit Clerk of Cole County after a state audit report was released on Wednesday.

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Politics
9:03 am
Thu April 19, 2012

MoDOT asks for input on state-wide rail service

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The Missouri Department of Transportation wants public input on a $1.3 billion plan for improving and expanding rail service across the state.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Mo. Senate stalls on K-12 funding formula changes

Legislation that would tweak Missouri’s funding formula for public schools has stalled in the State Senate on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.
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Legislation that would tweak Missouri’s funding formula for public schools has stalled in the State Senate.  

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Crime
12:45 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Ryan Ferguson hearing is underway, Erickson recants testimony

Charles Erickson, in a Cole County Courtroom April 18, 2012
August Kryger Columbia Daily Tribune

Charles Erickson testified today that he believes Ryan Ferguson is innocent of the murder for which they are both in prison. Erickson originally implicated himself and Ferguson, but now says he has no firm memory of what happened that night.

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Media Talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
11:13 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Views of the News: The Real CSI; Ryan Ferguson Hearing; Afghan Body Parts; Pulitzer Debate

Politics
2:46 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Mo. bill criminalizes undercover videos at farms

The Missouri House has endorsed legislation seeking to make it a crime for undercover activists to produce videos portraying poor conditions at agricultural facilities.

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Talking Politics
1:34 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Talking Politics for April 17, 2012

Roger Wilson previously served as Missouri governor after the death of Mel Carnahan over a decade ago.
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This week on Talking Politics, we look into the indictment of former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson--a man many long-time statehouse figures held in high esteem.

Politics
8:58 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Legislative leaders wrangle over bills with Nixon

Missouri legislators and Gov. jay Nixon are searching for common ground on two workplace reform bills.
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Republican leaders in the Missouri House say they’ve been negotiating with Democratic Governor Jay Nixon over the two bills he vetoed in March.

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Politics
8:52 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Boone Co. officials discuss renaming government center

Officials are mulling over whether to change the name of the Boone Co. Gov. Center.
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Boone County officials have yet to decide whether to remove the name of former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson from the county government center.

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Ryan Ferguson hearing
6:03 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Ferguson's evidentiary hearing starts

Ryan Ferguson's evidentiary hearing began today in Jefferson City.

Ferguson's attorney is attempting to disprove the evidence used to convict Ferguson of murder in 2005. That confession includes the confession of Charles Erickson who implicated himself, and Ferguson in the murder.

Interrogation expert Joseph Buckley testified Monday that police interviews of Erickson were below standard. Buckley said it was hard to tell if Erickson's words were his own, or were suggested by the interviewing officers.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

State representatives push bills to help seniors

Tax Day can be a tough time for anyone, but it’s especially hard for seniors facing rising personal property taxes on a fixed income. That’s according to some local lawmakers who are asking the state to give seniors a break.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Reps. Carnahan, Clay both report more than $400K

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Congressmen Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay are on similar financial footing heading into a Democratic primary in St. Louis.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Mo. Gov. Nixon raises $1.7M to start 2012

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon raised $1.7 million this past quarter, helping build a campaign account of more than $6 million for his re-election bid.

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Politics
8:49 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Very low voter turnout for Mo. GOP caucuses

Fighting between legislators and Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon marred the GOP caucuses.
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Less than one-half of 1 percent of Missouri's registered voters participated in the Republican caucuses that served as the first step in the presidential selection process.

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Politics
6:03 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Supporters of USPS rally in Columbia

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About 20 supporters of the post office rallied in downtown Columbia Thursday.  Gathering outside Senator Claire McCaskill's office, supporters held banners and flyers opposing Senate bill 1789, which would cut funding to the U.S. Postal Service. They say a cut from 6 days to 5 days in service will slow down many deliveries. Eale Breedlove, a 30 year veteran of the postal service, says it could also put many veterans out of a job.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Bigger reservoirs would not have prevented river flooding

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 A report released today by the Army Corps of Engineers says that having more free space in reservoirs along the Missouri River would not have eliminated last year’s record floods.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

St. Louis lawyer joins former Governor Wilson in guilty plea

Fmr Gov. Roger Wilson

A St. Louis attorney pleaded guilty to misusing money from an insurance company to funnel contributions to the Missouri Democratic Party.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Higher education bill in Capitol may not be too helpful

A bill proposing to aid Missouri colleges and universities may not as helpful as originally thought.

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Politics
9:04 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Mo. House passes legislation placing cellphones on No Call Lists

Legislation allowing Missourians to place their cellphone numbers on the state's telemarketing No Call List is moving forward.

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Politics
9:02 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Police Review Board backs new policy for off-duty cops

The new policy would require police officers to wear their uniforms when performing off-duty security work.
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The Columbia Citizens Police Review Board has unanimously voted to back a city policy requiring police officers to wear their uniforms while performing off-duty security work. 

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Global Journalist
6:48 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Reporting on the conflict in Sudan

Rebel fighters belonging to the Sudan People's Liberation Movement stand north of the new border in Blue Nile State.
Photo courtesy of Pete Muller

More than a year has passed since South Sudan voted to secede from Sudan and become an independent country. But after months of escalating tension, the two Sudans are once again on the brink of an all-out war. 

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Politics
5:48 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Ex-Missouri governor pleads guilty to federal indictment

Former Missouri Governor Roger Wilson has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to an illegal political donation made after he left office. 

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Politics
4:52 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Missouri House approves adding cellphones to No Call List

Legislation allowing Missourians to place their cell phone numbers on the state's telemarketing No Call List is moving forward.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Judge Quigless appointed to Missouri appeals court

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a St. Louis trial judge to serve on the state Court of Appeals.

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