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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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3:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass e-cigarette legislation

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The Missouri House and Senate have each passed bills that would prevent people younger than 18 from purchasing electronic cigarettes.

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8:48 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Nixon Blasts Tax Cut Bill Sent To Him By Missouri Lawmakers

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, D, answers questions from reporters on his opposition to this year's tax cut bill, SB509.

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 5:08 am

A controversial tax cut proposal has been sent to Gov. Jay Nixon, after the Missouri House passed it late Wednesday afternoon.

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4:46 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri House endorses early voting measures

The Capitol House floor. House members gave first-round approval Wednesday, April 16 to a constitutional amendment and companion bill as part of new early voting legislation.
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The Missouri House has endorsed a pair of early voting measures, though some Democrats contend they could create confusion for a proposed initiative petition that seeks to go further in allowing advanced voting.

House members gave first-round approval Wednesday to a constitutional amendment and companion bill. It would allow early voting for nine days, ending the week before state and federal elections. Polls would be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and four hours on Saturday. There will not be early voting on Sunday.

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4:27 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Doctor inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

Andrew Taylor Still poses for a picture c. 1914. Still is the latest member of the Hall of Famous Missourians.
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A physician regarded as the father of osteopathic medicine has been inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

Andrew Taylor Still founded the American School of Osteopathy, now called A.T. Still University, in Kirksville in 1892. His form of medicine focused on the body, mind and spirit. There now are more than 82,000 osteopathic physicians.

Family members, medical students and physicians were among those watching Wednesday's induction ceremony in the state House chamber.

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4:17 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri universities raise funding concerns

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Officials from Missouri's public universities are raising concerns about reduced revenues for education as state lawmakers consider an income tax cut.

A statement signed by the governing board presidents of nine state universities cites concerns that legislation could limit the money available for education.

Although the letter does not specifically mention the proposed income tax cut, the executive director of the Council on Public Higher Education said that is the subject of the concerns.

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3:43 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri Senate endorses drug program renewal

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The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation to renew an expiring prescription drug benefit for over 200,000 low-income and disabled seniors.

The Missouri Rx Program is scheduled to expire in August, but the measure endorsed on Wednesday would extend the benefit until 2017. State officials estimate more than 9 million prescription drug claims will be filed for 230,000 Missourians during the current budget year. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has called on lawmakers to renew the program.

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Views of the News
2:17 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Franken's fight against Comcast, Time-Warner

Professor Amy Simons

Journalists often end up catching illegal activity on video or in photographs? When should they turn those images over to law enforcement? Also, Sen. Al Franken’s fight against the Comcast-Time Warner merger, coverage the Boston Bombing anniversary and why a big-city newspaper nixed reader comments from its website . From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Jim Flink.

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10:11 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Talking Politics: Petition initiatives and sunshine laws

Initiative petitions touching on 19 different issues are circulating right now to get on the ballot in November. They range from allowing early voting to eliminating teacher tenure. Signature gatherers are out, clipboards in hand, to get the thousands of signatures necessary by May 4. The catch is this: Most of these initiatives won’t make it on the ballot. KBIA's Justin Paprocki found out just what it takes to get an issue on the ballot.

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8:12 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Mo. court expands legal rights for injured workers

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The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned 30 years of precedent with a ruling that gives greater legal protections to injured workers who are fired from their jobs.

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8:03 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri universities raise funding concerns

Officials from Missouri's public universities are raising concerns about reduced revenues for education as state lawmakers consider an income tax cut.

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4:52 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Views of the News: Franken's fight against Comcast, Time-Warner

Sen. Al Frankin (D-Minn.)
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Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is the leading voice in Congress, urging colleagues to say no to the proposed merger between Comcast and Time-Warner.

If allowed, the merger will combine the nation's number one and number two cable and internet providers -- something that Franken says is bad for consumers and bad for America.

Ashley Parker, New York Times: “Franken’s campaign against Comcast is no joke

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4:51 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Ginny Chadwick sworn in as First Ward representative

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  Ginny Chadwick was sworn in Monday as the new First Ward representative to the Columbia City Council. Although, last night was a time to celebrate, today, her first day on the job, has been very busy.

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8:26 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Mo. Senate sets aside debate on ethics legislation

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The Missouri Senate has temporarily set aside debate on ethics legislation that would curb lobbying.

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8:24 am
Tue April 15, 2014

The world according to Peter Stiepleman, and his vision for Columbia schools

CPS superintendent Stiepleman on Intersection

It’s a new era for Columbia Public Schools...

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8:10 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Design firm picked for Fulton State Hospital

Jay Nixon
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Missouri officials have selected a company to design plans for a new facility at the Fulton State Hospital campus.

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8:33 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Date set for Kelly-Kinder riverways debate

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Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and state Rep. Chris Kelly are scheduled to debate the future of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

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Views of the News
8:18 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Keeping reporters safe on the job

Journalists often find themselves at risk while on the job — covering wars, hurricanes, fires… when is going into harm’s way an act of bravery? When should a reporter retreat for their own safety? Also the coverage of secret social media networks in Cuba, the ouster of Mozila CTO Brendan Eich and using regional broadcasters during the Final Four. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry: Views of the News.

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8:03 am
Mon April 14, 2014

11 Missouri lawmakers in right-to-work spotlight

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The quest by House Speaker Tim Jones to pass new limitations on unions has focused attention on 11 of the 108 Republicans in the Missouri House.

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7:06 am
Mon April 14, 2014

ERA DOA? The Fight For Equal Rights Lives On In Missouri

One of the people who marched in the Equal Rights Action Day at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City on Tuesday

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 8:14 am

  It was a chant from a different era.

“ERA now! ERA now! ERA now!”

As much as it sounded straight out of the past, the rallying cry was used Tuesday as a coalition of women’s groups marched to the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City on Equal Pay Day, the day marking how far into a new year it takes a woman to earn what a man took home last year.

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3:37 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Criminal code bill boosts penalty for child crimes

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  Legislation to reorganize Missouri's criminal laws also would give longer prison stints to people who sexually abuse or abandon children.

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4:40 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

State lawmakers pass separate criminal code bills

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Missouri's House and Senate have each passed separate bills that would reorganize the state's criminal laws.

The House voted 130-24 to send its bill to the Senate on Thursday. Shortly after that vote, senators passed their own measure with a 29-3 vote.

Both bills create new classes of felonies and misdemeanors. The two chambers now must reconcile differences to pass an identical bill.

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9:19 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Study evaluates transparency of Mo. spending

The Missouri Public Research Group Foundation, a non-partisan organization, conducted a study to rate each of the 50 states on how well they provide online access to government spending data.  Missouri received a C+.  Phineas Baxandall, a Senior Analyst for Tax and Budget Policy for the U.S. Public Research Group Foundation, says though a lot of spending information is easily accessible, information on some subsidies or funds given to non-governmental is hard to find.

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9:01 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Missouri Medicaid may restore adult dental care

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Missouri lawmakers appear likely to restore dental coverage for hundreds of thousands of adult Medicaid recipients, nearly a decade after it was eliminated.

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8:32 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Mo. House bill bans punishment for using toy guns

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Missouri students could use food, pencils or their hands to imitate a gun without penalty under legislation endorsed by the state House.

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8:26 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Mo. Senate panel considers gay discrimination bill

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Missouri lawmakers are hearing the pros and cons of whether it makes good business sense to grant discrimination protections based on sexual orientation.

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8:20 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Missouri House endorses 'right to work' bill

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Missouri's House has narrowly endorsed legislation prohibiting labor contracts from requiring workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment.

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5:23 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fulton passes sewer upgrade bond

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Fulton residents may see cleaner water soon. Residents yesterday voted in favor of a $13 million bond to upgrade its sewer system. The wastewater treatment facility was built in 1987 and is in need of mandatory improvements according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. According to the city’s website, the improvements comprise of new headworks, a new aeration system and an ultraviolet light for disinfection. The city has already begun the process of improving the facility.

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