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4:30 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Smaller financial penalty for those who break Missouri open government laws

Credit File / KBIA

 Running afoul of Missouri's open government laws could carry a smaller financial penalty but no longer require proof the law was knowingly broken under legislation before a Senate committee.

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Politics
6:35 am
Wed October 16, 2013

As It Happened: The Fight Over The Debt Ceiling, Shutdown

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the Senate floor after agreeing to the framework of a deal to avoid default and reopen the government, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 9:23 pm

Update at 10:18 p.m.: House Approves Bill:

The crisis is over. With about two hours before the country reached the debt ceiling, the House has approved the bill and it is now it's way to the White House. We've posted separately on that development and we are putting this live blog to bed.

Our Original Post Continues:

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Politics
4:24 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. House endorses transportation sales tax

Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri House members have endorsed a 1-cent sales tax that would be dedicated to paying for state and local transportation projects.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Mo. Senate passes funding for hospital, Capitol

Jacob Fenston KBIA

The Missouri Senate has passed additional funding for Capitol repairs, design plans for a new facility at the state mental hospital and for the state parks system.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Mo. bill seeks to put photo on welfare cards

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The Missouri House has passed a bill that would require the state to seek a federal waiver to put photo IDs on electronic benefits cards.

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Politics
1:49 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Mo. House bill bars copying death scene photos

Jacob Fenston KBIA

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would bar the public from making copies of gruesome crime scene photos and videos.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

ATF says it never sought Mo. concealed guns list

File KBIA

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is denying claims that it took part in a joint request for Missouri’s list of conceal carry weapons holders.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. House OKs measure targeting UN agreement

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The Missouri House has approved legislation barring state or local officials from adopting policies outlined in a 1992 United Nations document that could affect private property rights.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. House panel endorses ending renter tax credit

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The Missouri House Budget Committee has advanced legislation to abolish a tax credit of up to $750 a year for low-income seniors and disabled people who live in rental housing.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Republicans choose Dempsey as Mo. Senate president

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

The Missouri Senate will be led by new people when it convenes for the 2013 session.

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Politics
5:36 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Senate candidates face off in last scheduled debate

A proposed amendment to the state constitution would require candidates for governor and lieutenant governor to run as a ticket, just as the president and vice president do. Senators debated the measure but set it aside Tuesday.
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Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill and her Republican challenger Todd Akin face off tonight in their last scheduled Senatorial debate.  

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Politics
5:26 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Akin lets Mo. Senate withdrawal deadline pass

U.S. House of Representatives

The initial deadline for Republican Rep. Todd Akin to quit the Missouri Senate race has come and gone, with no signs that he plans to give up.

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Politics
6:33 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Rep. Akin discusses U.S. Senate campaign ahead of primary

Rep. Akin spoke to supporters at a local HyVee on Thursday.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Republican congressman Todd Akin stopped off in Columbia Thursday in one of his last campaign rallies ahead of Tuesday's primary election that pits Akin against two other high-profile GOP candidates vying to challenge U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill in November.

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AM Newscasts
9:12 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Newscast for May 31, 2012

The 2012 Missouri legislative session officially ended on Wednesday.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

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Politics
8:31 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Mo. House approves bill granting it control over Capitol area

A bill passed by the Mo. House would give lawmakers control over an area of the Capitol that includes the Hall of Famous Missourians.
File KBIA

The Missouri House has voted to give lawmakers authority over space in the Capitol that includes the Hall of Famous Missourians after controversy over the induction of radio host Rush Limbaugh.

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AM Newscasts
8:27 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Newscast for May 10, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

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Politics
9:06 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. Senate approves amendment to appellate judge selection process

The Missouri Senate has approved a proposed constitutional amendment revising the selection process for appellate judges.

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Politics
8:58 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. senators continue budget negotiations

Mo. senators are deciding which aspects of their 2013 state budget they should "bind" to before negotiations with House begin.
File KBIA

The Missouri Senate took the next step Tuesday toward beginning final negotiations with the House on next year’s state budget.  Senate members struggled with whether to bind themselves to various positions they support.

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AM Newscasts
9:01 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Newscast for March 5, 2012

A 39 year-old man was killed in Columbia during the weekend.
File KBIA

Regional news coverage from the KBIA news room, including:

  • A shooting in Columbia during the weekend leaves one man dead.
  • A Missouri state senator proposes legislation protecting the elderly from financial exploitation.
  • Marching Mizzou to go to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day.
AM Newscasts
8:56 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Newscast for February 28, 2012

State senators face uncertain future after a recent version of the legislative district lines was refused by the state Supreme Court.
File KBIA

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • State senators face uncertain future after Mo. Supreme Court tosses redrawn district lines.
  • The Missouri Supreme Court hears testimony over a redistricting of House seats.
  • An Oscar-winning film and its directors are coming to Columbia.
Politics
8:20 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Mo. senators face uncertain filing date

State senators have no idea when they should file for office after the Missouri Supreme Court threw out a new version of the state redistricting lines.
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The Missouri Supreme Court threw out the Senate redistricting map, leaving Senators questioning whether to file early or not.

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PM Newscasts
5:59 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Newscast for February 27, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

Politics
8:57 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Commission redrawing state senate districts reaches accord

A ten-member commission chosen by Gov. Jay Nixon to draw a new map for Missouri’s State Senate districts has reached a tentative agreement.

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AM Newscasts
11:10 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Newscast for February 21, 2012

Legislation in the Missouri general assembly requires English to be the sole language on driver's exams.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • The UM Curators approve tuition increases.
  • Missouri legislators push law making English the only language on driver's license tests.
  • A law in the general assembly punishing unruly behavior at religious centers.
Politics
9:08 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Mo. Senate passes workplace discrimination reform bill

Mo. Senate Democrats tried to filibuster the workplace discrimination reform bill last week.
File KBIA

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would redefine what constitutes discrimination in the workplace. The vote was a mere formality following last week’s battle to kill the bill.

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AM Newscasts
9:02 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Newscast for February 9, 2012

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon says he knew about a possible settlement of a nationwide mortgage fraud lawsuit for some time.
File KBIA

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Alyssa Bustamante sentenced to life in prison
  • A workplace discrimination reform bill passes the Missouri Senate
  • Gov. Jay Nixon on his recent decrease in cuts to higher education
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.