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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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

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

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

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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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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.

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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