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1:47 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Mo. GOP attorney general race gains another candidate

Livingston County Prosecutor Adam Warren will join Ed Martin as a GOP challenger to current Attorney General Chris Koster.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

 

The Republican race for Missouri's attorney general's office has gained a second candidate.

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Politics
9:15 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Missouri assembly debates Obama birth control law

Medical coverage of birth control under Pres. Barack Obama's contraception mandate is sparking debate among Missouri representatives.

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Politics
8:57 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Commission redrawing state senate districts reaches accord

A ten-member commission chosen by Gov. Jay Nixon to draw a new map for Missouri’s State Senate districts has reached a tentative agreement.

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Talking Politics
8:49 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Talking Politics for February 21, 2012

This week on Talking Politics, we delve the controversy and complexity surrounding the debate over the redrawing of both state and federal representative districts.

Crisis In The Housing Market
11:01 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

With Banks As Landlords, Some Tenants Neglected

Luz Escamilla's bedroom walls are stained with the blood of bedbugs. She says she doesn't want to bleach them until reps from CW Capital, her landlord, pay an in-person visit to her Maryland home.
Aarti Shahani NPR

Across the country, big banks and other large investors are buying up tens of thousands of foreclosed rental properties. They're not always model landlords, according to tenants and regulators. Some banks are failing to follow local and state housing codes, leaving tenants to live in squalor — without even a number to call in the most dire situations.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Koster to appeal for state science initiatives

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to appeal a court ruling that invalidated a state fund designed to offer incentives to science or technology companies.
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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to appeal a court ruling that invalidated a state fund designed to offer incentives to science or technology companies.

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Politics
3:06 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Mo. attorney general wants $3 million to remodel office

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is proposing to use money from consumer fraud cases to renovate the Broadway State Office Building.
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Chris Koster's office is proposing to use money from consumer fraud cases to renovate its space.

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Politics
3:03 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Mo. Senator wants I-70 toll road debate

Mo. State Sen. Bill Stouffer (R-Napton) wants to debate a measure allowing I-70 to become a toll road.
File Photo KBIA

 

A Missouri senator says he wants the full chamber to debate a measure allowing tolls on Interstate 70.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Central Missouri Humane Society selects new director

The Central Missouri Humane Society announced Kimberly Sherlaw as its new executive director Monday.  Since Dr. Alan Allert resigned from the post in October the No Kill Columbia Campaign has pushed CMHS to select a director who supported their No-Kill policy.

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Politics
9:08 am
Wed February 22, 2012

House committee hears bill allowing transfers to private schools

A House committee heard a bill Tuesday allowing kids from unaccredited school districts to attend non-public schools.

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Politics
9:02 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Possibly threatening email sent to lawmakers

The emails come weeks after a gun-target stickers were placed on some lawmakers' office doors.
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An angry email that named four Missouri state senators and mentioned an Arizona congresswoman who was shot and wounded last year has been traced to an eastern Missouri resident.

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Politics
8:58 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Cole Co. Judge declares MOSIRA unconstitutional

The judge said failure by lawmakers to pass wide-ranging tax credit legislation in the fall special session renders the bill unconstitutional.
File KBIA

The Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA, has been ruled unconstitutional by a Cole County judge.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Mo. House rejects plan to increase some farm taxes

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Missouri House members have voted to reject a tax plan that would increase property taxes for the best farms.

Property taxes for farms are based on the land's "productive value." Farms are divided into eight groups based on land quality, with the best in Grade 1 and the worst in Grade 8. The Missouri Tax Commission has recommended increasing productive values for the four highest grades.

Politics
11:28 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Legislators debate bill punishing unruly behavior near worship centers

Legislation inside of the general assembly would punish unruly behavior near religious centers.
File KBIA

Sparked by past events around the nation, one Missouri senator is trying to make disrupting a house of worship punishable by up to 15 days in jail and a three hundred dollar fine for first time offenders.

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Politics
11:20 am
Tue February 21, 2012

House approves English-only driver's tests

Legislation would make English the sole language on driver's license tests.
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require driver’s license exams be given only in English.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Springfield group pushes discrimination ban

The Springfield City Council is being asked to consider ordinances that would ban discrimination against gay people.

The Mayor's Commission on Human Rights sent three proposed ordinances to the city council that are designed to work together to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Joplin donations

Joplin after the tornado
KBIA File photo

Some Joplin residents are questioning how the city's school district used millions of dollars it received in donations after the May 22 tornado.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Springfield group pushes discrimination ban

The Springfield City Council is being asked to consider ordinances that would ban discrimination against gay people.

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Politics
9:08 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Corps awards firm with Missouri river levee repair job

A breach levee in northwest Missouri led to extensive flooding during the 2011 summer.
File KBIA

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded an $888,000 contract to repair a northwestern Missouri levee damaged during last year's flooding.

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Politics
9:01 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Ron Paul stumps in Kansas City, urges a more "free society"

Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul told a Kansas City audience ( of some 1500 ) the nation is sliding into what he called a “fascist system.”

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Politics
5:16 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Governor Nixon asks for ethics reform

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Gov. Jay Nixon wants Missouri lawmakers to pass ethics legislation after the state Supreme Court rejected the most recent law because of how it was approved.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Help for Missouri's homeless with disabilities

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At its meeting Friday in Columbia, the Missouri Housing Development Commission took a big step toward housing homeless individuals with special needs. 

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Politics
10:07 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Nixon to outline new ethics proposal

Governor Jay Nixon speaking to reporters earlier this month.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon is calling on Missouri lawmakers to pass new ethics legislation after the state Supreme Court threw out a 2010 ethics law.' That law was tossed out because of the way legislators approved the law. Nixon will outline the element he wants to see in a new law during a news conference today.

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Politics
9:16 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Lawmaker wants limits on sex-offender list

Offenders in mid-Missouri, registered on the national list.
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A bill in the Missouri House would exempt people convicted of non-contact offenses from having to register with the National Sex Offender Registry.

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Politics
8:23 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Congressional map back in Supreme Court

Jacob Fenston KBIA

Two lawsuits challenging Missouri’s new congressional district map have been heard for a second time by the State Supreme Court. The cases returned to the high court after the map was upheld two weeks ago by a Cole County judge.

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Global Journalist
6:29 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Assessing the US-Uzbek relationship

Advocates of media freedom and human rights say conditions are getting worse under Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s authoritarian rule. The last international monitor, Human Rights Watch, was evicted last year. 

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Politics
5:26 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

MO Senate passes bill to push back primary filing period

File photo KBIA

The Missouri Senate has unanimously passed legislation to move the filing period for the state’s party primaries back by one month.  The bill is moving rapidly because the filing period is currently set to begin February 28th and end in late March.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

State Senator discusses funding option for I-70 in Columbia

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State Senator Bill Stouffer says Interstate 70 is 60 years old, making it the oldest interstate in the nation. But it was only built with an intended 20-year lifespan.

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