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5:44 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Koster gives details about $196M settlement distribution

Chris Koster speaks at a press conference in Kansas City on Thursday, February 9th, 2012.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

As part of the national settlement with the five biggest mortgage service banks, amid allegations of mass loan abuse and fraud, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has started looking for home owners to take payments.

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5:27 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

MO House passes voter ID bill

KBIA file photo

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls. 

The Thursday vote split exactly along party lines.

Democrats hammered away at Republicans’ arguments that the bill would combat voter fraud, saying there hasn’t been a documented case of voter fraud in decades – and that the bill does nothing to deal with voter registration fraud.  GOP House Member Todd Richardson of Poplar Bluff disagreed.

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Politics
9:17 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Legislators hear support for anti-bullying bill

The bill would make schools crack down on bullying.
File KBIA

A bullied high schooler testified in favor of proposed anti-bullying legislation in a House committee hearing Wednesday.

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Politics
9:08 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Mo. Senate passes workplace discrimination reform bill

Mo. Senate Democrats tried to filibuster the workplace discrimination reform bill last week.
File KBIA

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would redefine what constitutes discrimination in the workplace. The vote was a mere formality following last week’s battle to kill the bill.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Mo. Gov. Nixon explains proposal delay

Nixon says he knew about the settlement’s general size for the last few months, but felt it was prudent to keep quiet.
David Shane Flickr

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he needed to cover all his bases before proposing to add $40 million to his higher education budget.

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Politics
4:59 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Missouri senator urges later candidate filing period

At the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., a senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.
File Photo KBIA

A Missouri senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.

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Politics
9:24 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Taxi stands to stay in Columbia

The Columbia City Council voted to keep taxi stands on local streets.
File photo KBIA

Columbia’s City Council unanimously voted to make downtown taxi stands and no-pick-up zones permanent on Monday night.  

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9:05 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Santorum takes Missouri primary

Although Tuesday’s presidential primary amounts to only a public opinion poll, it was not front runner Mitt Romney who took the Missouri, but Rick Santorum.

Former St. Charles County executive Joe Ortwerth heads the Missouri branch of Focus on the Family, a conservative activist group.

He says Missouri is known as a state that likes to send strong messages.

“And today, the Show-Me State declared that the Midwest and the people of the Midwest, are looking for a candidate with genuine conservative credentials, and Rick Santorum is that man,” Ortwerth said.         

Politics
8:43 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Mo. Gov. promises millions to higher education

Governor Jay Nixon announced a possible six percent decrease to higher education cuts in the proposed 2013 budget.
File Photo KBIA

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he want to add $40 million to his higher education budget.  The money would come from a proposed lawsuit settlement with five large mortgage banks over foreclosure practices.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed February 8, 2012

'Obamacare' opposition helps Santorum in primary

Rick Santorum greets supporters in Columbia on Friday.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Rick Santorum trounced Mitt Romney yesterday in Missouri's "beauty contest" presidential primary. The state's delegates won't be chosen until caucuses on March 17, but the vote added to Santorum's momentum as he also swept Minnesota and Colorado. In this week's Health & Wealth update, how conservative opposition to Obama's Affordable Care Act may have helped Santorum in the Show-Me State.

Politics
9:46 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Missouri primary gives Santorum a boost

Rick Santorum, speaking in Florida earlier this year
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Missouri voters gave Rick Santorum a symbolic victory tonight. The former senator handily beat Mitt Romney, winning in every county, with 52 percent of the total vote, compared to Romney's 25 percent.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Nixon softens budget cut to colleges

Governor Jay Nixon's office announced late Tuesday it may reduce the level of proposed 2013 cuts to higher education by six percent.

Columbia Representative Mary Still says while she's encouraged, she still thinks the cuts are deep.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Not just a red state

A screenshot of WNYC's interactive voting map
WNYC

Missouri is by all accounts  a "red state"  but it's plain to see that one or two colors can't tell the whole story.  How can one color, one category, make sense of the diversity of communities we see around us every day?  The folks at Patchwork Nation and the public radio station WNYC think they have a better way: they look at voters in each county and then slice up the numbers 12 different ways.  Some counties are what might be called, the "Monied 'Burbs."  Others are "Tractor Countries" or "Mormon Outposts."   12 demographics, 12 sets of values, opinions and personalities.  

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Politics
4:54 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Low turnout for Missouri's "beauty pageant" of a primary

File photo

Polling places are quiet today as voters trickle in for Missouri’s non-binding presidential primary. As KBIA’s Jacob Fenston reports, the election will cost taxpayers an estimated 7 million dollars, despite having no direct effect in choosing the Republican nominee.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Lt. Gov. candidate garners important endorsements

Missouri Lieutenant Governor candidate Susan Montee
MonteeforMissouri.com

Former State Auditor Susan Montee is kicking off her campaign for Missouri Lieutenant Governor with endorsements from St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and other Democratic leaders.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

MO House endorses voter photo ID requirement

Missouri lawmakers are trying again to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

House members Tuesday gave first-round approval to the photo-ID requirement by a 104-54 vote. The measure needs another vote before moving to the Senate.

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Politics
10:41 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Missourians head to polls for primary that won't count

File Photo KBIA

Missouri’s presidential primary is today, but one of the leading GOP candidates is not on the ballot.

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Politics
9:22 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Post office workers face uncertain future

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill was in the state Monday pressing for a bill salvaging the fledgling postal service.
File KBIA

Missouri senator Claire McCaskill is proposing cost cuts and a new business model to save post offices across the state. 167 rural Missouri post offices are on the chopping block as the U.S. Post Office moves toward more digital post services.

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Politics
9:10 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Voter ID bill raises ire between House members

A bill requiring voter ID at the polls caused heated debate at the Missouri House of Representatives Monday.
File Photo KBIA

Debate began Monday in the Missouri House on legislation to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.  As Marshall Griffin tells us from Jefferson City, the back-and-forth got pretty heated at times.

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Politics
6:23 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Tax credit bills go to House floor

File photo KBIA

Two bills that would provide incentives for building underground data storage centers and for drawing amateur sporting events to Missouri have cleared a State House committee.

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Politics
6:14 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Schools celebrate Black History Month

Public schools all around Columbia will put on a number of events to celebrate and educate the community about Black History Month this February.

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Politics
5:53 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

MO bill would allow advertising on school buses

A bus with advertisement
FredCamino Flickr

A Missouri lawmaker wants to let school districts lease advertising space on buses to help cover transportation costs.

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Politics
9:41 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Missouri legislator wants drug testing for lawmakers

Rep. Rick Brattin's bill would require lawmakers to take drug testing during session.
File photo KBIA

A Missouri lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require members of the General Assembly to be subjected to random drug testing during the session.

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Politics
9:26 am
Mon February 6, 2012

McCaskill pushes postal service plan in Kansas City

Sen. Claire McCaskill is in Kansas City selling legislation which would save rural post offices.
File KBIA

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill seeks to avoid closing rural post offices under her proposal to maintain six-day mail delivery.

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Politics
9:22 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Lampe to run for lieutenant governor

A Democratic House member from southwestern Missouri plans to run for lieutenant governor.

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Politics
6:01 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Congressional redistricting map upheld by Cole County judge

A Cole County Judge has upheld the new congressional redistricting map passed by Missouri lawmakers last year. 

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Politics
5:37 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Columbia Housing Authority looking to reform

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While debt is a problem that affects many Americans, Columbia Housing Authority is working to improve its repayment plans for residents.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Santorum continues his campaign in Fulton

Rick Santorum speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC.
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Former Senator Rick Santorum spoke to a crowd of several hundred people at William Woods College Friday. 

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Politics
4:21 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Lawsuit on state House map pushed back

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A Missouri judge could rule in mid-February on a lawsuit challenging new boundaries for state House districts.

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