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NPR Story
10:46 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Senate hopefuls Akin, Steelman debate

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 1:02 pm

Updated at 1 p.m. with comments from the debate.

Two Missouri Republicans vying for the U.S. Senate spent more time criticizing the Democratic incumbent than each other during a debate on Tuesday.

Congressman Todd Akin and former state treasurer Sarah Steelman kept their fire mostly trained on Sen. Claire McCaskill and President Obama during the hour-long forum, which was sponsored by KTRS Radio and the St. Louis Beacon. A third candidate, businessman John Brunner, did not attend.

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Politics
9:59 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Views of the News: Expectations, Cursing, Innovation & Bandwidth Hogs

The Expectations Game

Brian Stelter, The New York Times: "With a Fast and Anticipated Result, TV Analysts Shift Focus to South Carolina"

Neil King, Jr. and Gerald F. Seib, TheWall Street Journal: "Chances to Slow GOP Leader Dwindle"

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It's All Politics
6:06 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Now, It's On To South Carolina

With last night's results part of history, the candidates and press turned very quickly to South Carolina, which the AP says "is shaping up to be a dogfight."

And the stakes are high: After winning New Hampshire, Mitt Romney became the first non-incumbent Republican to win the primary season's first two contests, so as Bloomberg puts it, South Carolina, which votes Jan. 21, may be the last chance opponents have to derail Romney.

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Election 2012
3:00 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Romney Celebrates Double-Digit N.H. Victory

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Mitt Romney's double-digit win in New Hampshire plants his feet happily on the path to the Republican nomination heading, now, into South Carolina.

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Election 2012
4:59 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

If Romney Wins N.H., Who Emerges As His Rival?

Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., after winning the state's primary on Tuesday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:08 am

It's just the first Republican primary. But a convincing win in New Hampshire should give former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney considerable momentum in his quest toward the GOP nomination.

With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had more than 39 percent of the vote. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was solidly in second, with about 23 percent, while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman had secured third place, with nearly 17 percent of the vote.

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Bustamante Case
4:14 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Family of Elizabeth Olten disappointed by plea deal

Joe Gratz Flickr

Relatives of a slain 9-year-old Missouri girl are disappointed by a plea agreement that could allow her confessed killer to be released from prison someday.

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Politics
3:54 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Akin, Steelman debate in St. Louis

Two of the three Republican candidates running to challenge Senator Claire McCaskill in November squared off Tuesday in the first of what is sure to be several debates before the primary election.

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Politics
9:42 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Levee damage changes management plan for Missouri River

Originally published on Fri January 6, 2012 4:05 pm

Reporting from KXCV's Kirk Wayman also used in this report.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it's unlikely that all the levees damaged by record flooding along the Missouri River last summer will be repaired by spring - and that's changing the way the Corps manages the river.

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Politics
3:42 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Nixon's idea to borrow from state universities has been dropped

A proposal has been scrapped by the Nixon administration to borrow money from Missouri’s state universities to help balance the state’s budget.

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Politics
9:15 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Public schools focus on first-day talk in state legislature

Teacher Roger Brallier, in class at Mexico Middle School: Public schools had the spotlight in yesterday's start to the state's legislative session.
Rebecca Thiele KBIA

The 2012 Missouri legislative session is underway – and as St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, much of the first-day talk revolved around the challenges facing the state’s public schools.

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Politics
5:41 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

City conducts review of police department

7mary3 FLICKR

The city of Columbia is spending $45,000 to conduct an outside review of its police department. This comes after a year in which the department has seen a host of issues, including the firing of officer Rob Sanders, as well as dueling local groups focusing on Chief Ken Burton.

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Views of the News
3:33 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Views of the News for January 4, 2012

Media Talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
10:14 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Views of the News: Dissing Iowa, "Lie of the Year," Whose Top Stories?

Iowa: Too white, too evangelical, too rural?

Stephen G. Bloom, The Atlantic: "Observations From 20 Years of Iowa Life"

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Politics
8:23 am
Wed January 4, 2012

A look ahead to the legislative session

Missouri legislators return to work today, facing what the governor estimates to be a $500 million budget shortfall.

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City today for the start of this year’s legislative session.  The year 2011 was marked by House and Senate Republicans fighting with each other over tax credits and redistricting, while still managing to take pot shots at Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s handling of the state budget.  Marshall Griffin takes a look at how the 2012 session may play out.

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Politics
2:32 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Governor Nixon selects new economic development director

Hall replaces David Kerr as economic development director.
(Photo courtesy of the University of MIssouri - St. Louis)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has selected the leader of a state-funded technology agency to become his third economic development director (AP).

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Politics
8:48 am
Tue December 27, 2011

New-year legislative proposal would do away with state income tax

Chuck Purgason, a Republican state senator from Caulfield, proposes eliminating the state's sales tax. Critics say that would be hard on lower- and middle-income Missouri families.
KBIA

Among the many ideas being floated in Jefferson City for next year is a proposal to do away with the state’s income tax.  State Senator Chuck Purgason is sponsoring the legislation.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

City settles with man over holding cell incident

The city of Columbia has reached a settlement with an inmate that was shoved in a police department holding cell last August. Kenneth Baker filed a motion to dismiss his lawsuit against the city and three police officers.

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Politics
11:05 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Governor Nixon tries to tap university funds to balance budget

Governor Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

Reports that Governor Jay Nixon was considering trying to balance the state budget by tapping state universities for about 107 million dollars, including 63 million from the University of Missouri, haven’t been well received. KBIA’s Scarlett Robertson reports the idea appears to be dying down.

By Scarlett Robertson, Columbia MO.

State representative Chris Kelly, a Democrat, says he thinks the plan is inappropriate.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Chris Pickering named MO Homeland Security Coordinator

Gov. Jay Nixon announced the selection of Chris Pickering as the new state Homeland Security Coordinator Wednesday.

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Stl Public Radio
5:51 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Panel: Corps did what it could to prevent Mo. River flooding, still changes needed

Originally published on Tue December 20, 2011 4:27 pm

Updated 4:13 p.m.

An independent panel says the US Army Corps of Engineers did what it could to prevent this year's record flooding along the Missouri River but that changes will be needed to manage increasingly frequent extreme weather events.

Hydrologist Bill Lawrence of the National Weather Service participated in the panel review and says Montana's record-breaking rainfall in May contributed to unprecedented runoff downstream.

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Stl Public Radio
5:38 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Simmons resigns as Mo. administration commissioner

Originally published on Tue December 20, 2011 11:41 am

The head of Missouri's Office of Administration is stepping down effective Feb. 1.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday that Administration Commissioner Kelvin Simmons was leaving the position. In a resignation letter dated Monday, Simmons said he was pursuing an "opportunity outside of state government" but did not elaborate.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

City Council considers repeal of eviction relief

Tom Check Flickr

A provision that offers three months of free rent to evicted mobile park residents in Columbia is now facing a challenge.

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North Korea In Transition
11:28 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Key Moments In The Rule Of Kim Jong Il

Korean Central News Agency photo released on Jan. 18, 2009, showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Il posing with soldiers.
STR AFP/Getty Images

Kim Jong Il succeeded his father and ruled the secretive nation for 17 years. It was a period that included repeated friction with the international community over North Korea's nuclear weapons program and a devastating famine in the late 1990s that may have been responsible for upwards of 2 million deaths.

Politics
11:17 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Boone County looks at new voting technology

KBIA file photo

Boone County is collaborating with MU and the Secretary of State to develop new voting system technologies for military and overseas voters.

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Global Journalist
11:47 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Media bureaus take root in North Korea

Global Journalist heard from several reporters that cover North Korea.

Earlier this year, The Associated Press announced it would be opening a permanent comprehensive bureau in the capital city, Pyongyang.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Congress fails to pass budget amendments

KBIA

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt said with the defeat of two balanced budget amendments today, Congress has reached a “generational moment”.

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Global Journalist
4:52 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Is free media in bloom after the Arab Spring?

'Global Journalist' spoke to Hisham Kassem about his experience reporting in Egypt.

After protests stormed the Middle East this year, many wondered if freedom can flower.

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Politics
5:37 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Missouri House committee advises disaster funds oversight

KBIA

A Missouri House committee that’s been looking into natural disaster response has released a list of recommendations for lawmakers to take up next year.  One recommendation would give lawmakers more of a say into the use of the state’s Rainy Day fund.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Trail extension to connect MKT Trail and Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary

robertstinnett Flickr

City Council has approved construction of new trails in southwestern Columbia.

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