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8:07 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Missouri state budget debate starts this week

The Missouri state Capitol
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Missouri lawmakers are kicking off the state's annual budgeting process this week. The Senate Appropriations Committee will take public testimony on education and health care issues at a hearing Tuesday.

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Politics
8:03 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Koster plans task force on urban violence

Attorney General Chris Koster
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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to create a new task force to focus on urban violence. The attorney general's office says the panel could start work in late spring with meetings in Kansas City and St. Louis.

Koster, a Democrat, won a second term this past November. During his re-election campaign, he said he was considering task forces to focus on urban crime and to evaluate the annual report on law enforcement traffic stops.

Politics
8:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Law would prevent welfare money being spent at casinos, liquor stores

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A Missouri House bill aims to restrict the use of cash welfare benefits at casinos and liquor stores.

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Politics
5:49 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Sam Allison drops out of Columbia's race for mayor

The Columbia City Council approved a measure leading to the eviction of Regency residents.
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Columbia mayoral candidate Sam Allison has announced his withdrawal from the city-wide race.

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Politics
8:09 am
Fri January 18, 2013

State GOPers make their case for US House seat

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The Republicans who hope to replace Jo Ann Emerson in the U.S. House of Representatives stressed their conservative credentials while trying to differentiate themselves in a crowded field at a voter forum in Cape Girardeau Thursday night.

Before taking the stage, the 12 candidates worked the room, grinning from ear-to-ear, shaking hands and making small talk. About 300 people filled the Concourse building, but the candidates honed in on those wearing red, white and blue ribbons.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Is Missouri on board with Obama's new gun proposals?

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Gun control is going to be at the top of President Obama’s agenda this year, and Missouri’s US Senators are divided on what to do about it.

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Politics
8:16 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Republicans seeking director, from inside or outside Missouri

Republican Chair Ed Martin is seeking applications - from everywhere.
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The chairman of the Missouri Republican Party says he's conducting a nationwide search for a new executive director.

Republican chairman Ed Martin said Wednesday that he's already received resumes from people in Virginia and New Mexico and is looking for whoever is best suited to serve as party CEO — even if that person is from outside Missouri.

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Politics
8:09 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Special-elections bill passes another hurdle, some Democrats oppose measure

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Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 6:39 pm

Legislation to require special elections in Missouri to fill vacancies in statewide offices has cleared another hurdle.


The bill today easily passed the House Rules Committee and is expected to be debated on the floor of the House next week.  If passed, House Bill 110 would only allow the governor to appoint a temporary placeholder if a statewide office is vacated, and that person would be ineligible to run in the special election to fill the vacancy.  State Representative Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart) sits on the Rules Committee and cast one of the few “no” votes.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Mo. lawmakers want to ban gun bans

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President Barack Obama's call for greater gun restrictions is being met with opposition in the Missouri Legislature.

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Politics
6:04 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Chairman of Mo. utility regulatory panel to resign

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Missouri's top utility regulator says he is stepping down effective March 1.  Kevin Gunn announced his resignation Wednesday during a meeting of the Missouri Public Service Commission.

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Politics
6:01 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Mo. House GOP defeats 2nd effort by Democrats to ban smoking in lawmakers' offices

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Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 4:16 pm

Republican members of the Missouri House who smoke will still be able to, while Democrats won’t.


A new rule adopted today by the full House allows each party caucus within the House to set its own rules for such things as whether a lawmaker can smoke in his or her own Capitol office.  Shelley Keeney (R, Marble Hill) chairs the House GOP Caucus.


“I do think it was a good compromise," Keeney said.  "Clearly there were a wide range of views and opinions on the issue.”

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Views of the News
3:35 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Business Decisions Edition

Professor Charles Davis

Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Charles Davis and Amy Simons.

Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
9:08 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Views of the News: Business Decisions Edition

Politics
5:18 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

MO legislator calls for tax on violent video games

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A Republican lawmaker from rural Missouri is calling for a sales tax on violent video games in response to a deadly Connecticut school shooting.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Special-elections bill gets speedy passage in Mo. House committee

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 12:53 pm

A Missouri House committee has overwhelmingly passed legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.

House Bill 110 would require special elections if the office of Lt. Governor or any other statewide office is suddenly vacated.  It would allow the Governor to only appoint a placeholder who would temporarily fill the office but not be eligible to run in the special election.  It’s sponsored by House Speaker Pro-tem Jason Smith (R, Salem).

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