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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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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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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only a few more days until the Missouri presidential primary, but this year many voters will likely stay home. 

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

Reporting in Cuba

Feb 2, 2012
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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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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.


Senate Republicans have scuttled Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee to direct the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

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

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

Talking Politics for January 31, 2012

Jan 31, 2012
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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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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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An overflow crowd piled into an auditorium at St. Charles Community College Monday for an appearance by Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

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

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

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

Republican Senate hopefuls square off in Branson

Jan 30, 2012

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.