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10:14 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Judge hears closing arguments in congressional redistricting

Missouri Senate

Closing arguments were heard Thursday in the lawsuit over Missouri’s new congressional district map.

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Global Journalist
6:30 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Reporting in Cuba

Being an independent news reporter in Cuba is a dangerous occupation. The Committee to Protect Journalists points out that Cuba was once tied with China for holding the largest number of journalists behind bars. 

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Politics
9:11 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Senate Democrats end filibuster

The Missouri Capitol building, where Senate Democrats filibustered a workplace discrimination reform bill into the evening hours Wednesday.
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Senate Democrats have ended their filibuster of a workplace discrimination bill, after an agreement was reached with the bill’s sponsor.  But that doesn’t mean they won’t try blocking the bill again.

Democrat Maria Chappelle-Nadal agreed to end the filibuster after the bill’s sponsor, GOP Senator Brad Lager, allowed her to add an amendment – that amendment would guarantee the right to a jury trial in all workplace discrimination cases.  She says, though, that the bill’s definition of what constitutes workplace discrimination is still flawed.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Mo. senators scuttle Nixon's nominee

In Jefferson City, Mo., Senate Republicans have scuttled Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee to direct the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
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Senate Republicans have scuttled Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee to direct the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Mo. Senator delays vote on workplace discrimination law

A Missouri senator is again delaying a vote on legislation to change the state's workplace discrimination laws.
David Shane Flickr

A Missouri senator is again delaying a vote on legislation to change the state's workplace discrimination laws.

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Politics
10:50 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Views of the News: Newt Attacks Media, Twitter Censorship, Apple in China, iReport

Newt's Love/Hate Relationship with the Media

John Ellis, Buzzfeed: "Big Media Is About To Pull The Plug On Newt Gingrich"

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Politics
5:07 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Judge hears redistricting arguments

Opening arguments were held Tuesday for the congressional redistricting lawsuit.  The suit is being held in lower court because the Missouri Supreme Court ordered a review of the redrawn map.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Dave Spence airs first ads for Governor

Republican Dave Spence is casting himself as a "job creator" as he launches the first ads of Missouri's governor's race.

Spence, a businessman from St. Louis, is making his first run for public office while seeking to challenge Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in this year's elections.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Nixon endorses new oil pipeline

Governor Jay Nixon is endorsing plans for new oil pipeline that would cut across Missouri.

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Talking Politics
1:36 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Talking Politics for January 31, 2012

The Missouri Capitol building at night. The proposed 2013 budget includes drastic cuts to higher education.
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This week on Talking Politics two Jefferson City lawmakers (both from Columbia) delve into the future of higher education in the state of Missouri as potentially massive budget cuts in 2013 loom large.

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Politics
10:40 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Legislative Black Caucus fights workplace discrimination bills

Missouri Capitol building
david_shane Flickr

The Legislative Black Caucus is vowing to fight attempts in both the Missouri House and Senate to pass Republican-sponsored workplace discrimination bills. As St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin tells us, both Senate and House bills would redefine discrimination as a motivating factor in actions taken against an employee:

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Politics
9:09 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Santorum swings by Missouri

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum badly trails front-runner Mitt Romney.
michaelrighi flickr

An overflow crowd piled into an auditorium at St. Charles Community College Monday for an appearance by Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

MU research park searches for tenants

A view of the quad at the University of Missouri
File photo KBIA

A new University of Missouri research park in south Columbia is struggling to find tenants.

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Politics
4:43 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Corps inspecting Southeast MO levee daily

Missouri levee
File photo KBIA

Inspectors with the Army Corps of Engineers are performing daily inspections of the area where the Birds Point levee was intentionally breached in May.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Santorum coming to Missouri for jobs speech

Rick Santorum
michaelrighi Flickr

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is coming to Missouri to give a speech about jobs and the economy.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Republican Senate hopefuls square off in Branson

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Two of Missouri's three Republican senatorial candidates are expected to meet in a debate in Branson.

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman both have committed to participate in Monday night's debate. The third candidate — St. Louis businessman John Brunner — is not planning to attend.

All three Republicans are seeking to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in the November elections.

Monday's debate is to be held at the Branson High School Auditorium, which has room for several hundred people.

Politics
1:15 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Fresh debate over "right-to-work" legislation arises

Legislation to make Missouri a "right-to-work" state is again coming up in state Senate.

A senate panel last week endorsed two bills that would make it a misdemeanor to require workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment.

One of the two proposals, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, would go before voters if it passes the Legislature. The other would go to the governor's desk.

NPR Story
5:16 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Bill to abolish death penalty filed in Mo. House

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 4:51 pm

Legislation has been filed in the Missouri House that would abolish the death penalty.

If the bill becomes law, any pending executions in Missouri would be halted, and all inmates sentenced to death would be re-sentenced to life without probation or parole.  It’s sponsored by State Representative Penny Hubbard (D, St. Louis).  She says she doesn’t believe that capital punishment is an effective deterrent.

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Politics
1:04 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Sales tax advocacy group receives huge donation

 

A group pushing to replace Missouri's income tax with a broader sales tax says it's received a million-dollar contribution.

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Global Journalist
6:30 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Hungary's constitution sparks controversy

Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, has been vilified this month from both inside and outside the borders.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

MoDOT Director: Toll roads only option if state wants to rebuild I-70 right now

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 5:12 pm

The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation says charging tolls on Interstate 70 is the only real option for funding reconstruction of the highway, if the state wants to do something about it right now.

MoDOT Director Kevin Keith told a gathering of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Thursday that converting I-70 to a toll road could have short-term benefits, namely, job creation.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

MO Supreme Court wants map issue to go through lower courts

A portion of the new maps
State of Missouri

The Missouri Supreme Court is declining to weigh in on the constitutionality of new state House districts — at least for now.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Ed Martin running for AG, not Congress

St. Louis attorney Ed Martin is dropping his congressional campaign to instead seek the Republican nomination for attorney general.

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Politics
11:23 am
Thu January 26, 2012

ACLU sues St. Louis over prison grievances

Missouri State Penitentiary
St. Louis Landmark Association website

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the city of St. Louis, asking a judge to make the city turn over jail records related to inmate grievances.

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Politics
11:01 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Democrats block weak workplace discrimination bill in the State Senate

A group of Democratic State Senators is blocking a bill that would redefine Missouri’s workplace discrimination standards.  They believe the bill will undo nearly a half-century of civil rights progress.

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Politics
10:38 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Republicans block $27 million in grant for health care exchange

Missouri Statehouse in Jefferson City
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The use of twenty seven million dollars in federal funds to help create a health insurance exchange in Missouri has come to a complete halt. 

By Elana Gordon, KCUR.

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Politics
5:31 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Big trucks on small roads

MoDOT engineers worry that heavier trucks would spell rutted roads in rural Missouri.
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Cattlemen in Missouri are backing a bill in the House that would increase weight limits for hauling livestock on the state's highways. But department of transportation engineers worry heavier trucks would damage already-strained rural roads.

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Views of the News
4:53 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Views of the News for January 25, 2012

Media criticism
2:14 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Views of the News: State of Union, GOP Debates, Piracy, Paterno & Super Bowl ads

State of the (Twitter-fied) Union + Debate Sandwich

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