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Politics
7:56 am
Wed June 18, 2014

McCaskill Blames Iraqi Leaders For Violence, Cautious About U.S. Help

Claire McCaskill

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 4:45 pm

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says the Iraqi government bears most of the blame for the violence now engulfing the country and is urging caution as the U.S. government decides how to respond.

“The mess that is in Iraq right now is Iraq’s doing,” McCaskill said in a conference call Tuesday with Missouri journalists. “The U.S. put them on a path of free and fair elections, and to have a military that could enforce the rule of law...I’m sick to my stomach that what we have done in that country has been so carelessly and casually abandoned in favor of sectarian dominance.”

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Health
7:59 am
Wed May 28, 2014

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt to visit St. Louis VA hospital, as Missouri politicians address VA complaints

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Republican Sen. Roy Blunt is scheduled to be in St. Louis today to meet with officials at the VA hospital about concerns raised over mental health care. The visit comes amid calls from several Missouri politicians to address complaints about VA services. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, visited the University of Missouri campus Friday to announce the results of her survey of veterans' satisfaction with VA services in Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia.

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Politics
8:13 am
Tue May 27, 2014

McCaskill And Nixon May Sing Different Tunes On Transportation Tax

Gov. Jay Nixon isn't exactly chomping at the bit to support a sales tax increase for transportation projects.
Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 9:47 pm

When it comes to a proposal to raise the state’s sales tax to pay for transportation projects, two of Missouri’s top Democratic officials appear to be on opposing sides of the fence.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill favors the proposal, which – if approved by voters in August – would enact a 10-year, 0.75 percent sales tax for transportation projects. And even though he’s sent signals that he opposes the proposal, Gov. Jay Nixon is withholding statements about the tax increase for now.

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Politics
6:31 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

McCaskill announces results of veterans survey at MU

Senator Claire McCaskill spoke at the Veterans Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus.
Credit Katie Hiler / KBIA

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) spoke at the Veterans War Memorial on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia on Friday, where she announced the most recent results of her Veterans Customer Satisfaction Program, an unscientific, confidential survey of veteran’s experiences at VA facilities in Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia. 

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Politics
8:01 am
Wed May 21, 2014

McCaskill, Blunt Demand Better Care For Military Veterans

Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 1:58 pm

On Friday, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is releasing the latest results of a survey of Missouri military veterans who have received care at Veterans Administration’s facilities around the state, including Cochran and Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis.

While not disclosing any details, McCaskill told reporters Tuesday that “every year we’ve done it, the VA has done a little better. I’m particularly pleased this year because we’ve had even more responses this year than we had last year.”

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Politics
8:43 am
Thu March 20, 2014

McCaskill Touts Bipartisan Effort To Tackle Landfill, Fix Roads And Bridges

Sen. Claire McCaskill discussed various issues at a news conference Monday with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (far right).

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 12:22 am

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are talking about what’s best for the Bridgeton landfill and the World War II-era radioactive material stored at the neighboring West Lake landfill.

So says U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who was among four Missouri members of Congress – two Republicans and two Democrats – who cosigned a recent letter asking the EPA to work with the Corps, which previously dealt with similar radioactive sites elsewhere in the St. Louis area.

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Politics
8:21 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Blunt, McCaskill At Odds Over Extending Unemployment Benefits

Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 5:12 pm

Missouri’s two U.S. senators – Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill – are highlighting their differences when it comes to extending unemployment benefits to millions of out-of-work Americans.

On Wednesday, the two held dueling tele-conferences with reporters in which Blunt make clear his opposition and McCaskill underscored her support. 

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Politics
8:15 am
Thu July 11, 2013

McCaskill says technology creates a 'criminal sandbox' for robo-callers to play in

Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says phone providers should use the latest technology to crack down on the number of so-called “robo-calls.”

McCaskill chaired a hearing Wednesday of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection exploring how to reduce the number of such calls received by consumers.

She says despite the establishment of a “Do Not Call” list 10 years ago, robo-callers have not been deterred.

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Politics
6:11 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

US Sen. McCaskill gets earful from MU students about college loans

McCaskill took part in a roundtable at MU on federally guaranteed student loans Thursday, May 30.
Credit John Farmer de la Torre / KBIA News

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) took part in a student loan roundtable today on the University of Missouri campus.

She is co-sponsoring the Bank on Student Loans Fairness Act with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The bill would reduce the interest rate on federally guaranteed loans for undergraduates from the current 3.4 percent to the 0.75 percent-rate banks receive when they borrow from the government. McCaskill also heard from graduate and professional degree students in attendance who said their loans should be part of the discussion.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Mo. senator threatens block on EPA administrator

Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)
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Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, of Missouri, is threatening to block President Barack Obama's choice for Environmental Protection Agency administrator until plans are resolved for a long-stalled levee project in southeast Missouri.

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Politics
8:28 am
Fri February 8, 2013

McCaskill, Blunt question departing defense secretary on Benghazi attack

Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore , McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 3:59 pm

From the start, Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) has been critical of the Obama administration’s response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya last September that resulted in the death of an ambassador and three other Americans. And on Thursday, Blunt had the opportunity to question departing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta about the attack.

Panetta testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee in what will likely be his final appearance before Congress.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Sen. McCaskill voices support for state-run health insurance exchange

KBIA

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says there will be a political price to pay for state legislators who allow the federal government to run the state’s health insurance exchange.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, the Democratic Senator said the federal health care law is going to be implemented and the state of the Missouri has the opportunity to get resources from the federal government.

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Politics
3:22 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

McCaskill stops in Columbia on final day of campaign

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Senator Claire McCaskill is finishing up her statewide “Get Out the Vote” campaign today by making various stops throughout Missouri. One of them was in Columbia this morning, at the Coordinated Campaign Building.

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PM Newscasts
6:18 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Newscast for October 29, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Senator Claire McCaskill's mother passes away
  • MU School of Professional Health Dean to step down at end of academic year
  • Some students question university police marijuana arrest policy
  • Ameren Missouri and Illinois send crew members to East Coast
  • Wrongful death lawsuit filed involving Bustamante case
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Politics
12:21 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Dropout deadline passes, and Akin's still in

U.S. House of Representatives

Republican congressman Todd Akin has made good on his promise to stay in the Missouri Senate race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.

Tuesday's final deadline for Missouri candidates to remove their names from the ballot came and went at 5 p.m. as Akin continued a bus tour across the state. It's a final confirmation that he's resisting calls from within his own party to drop his bid.

Politics
8:30 am
Fri July 6, 2012

McCaskill reaffirms support for federal healthcare law

Senator Claire McCaskill
KBIA

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is breaking her silence on the Supreme Court’s health care ruling.  The Democrat told supporters Thursday at a party campaign office in St. Charles that she stands firm in her support of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.  She also says the solutions for fixing health care offered by her Republican opponents would be burden seniors.

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PM Newscasts
5:58 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

KBIA Newscast for June 21, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newscast, including:

  • Missouri's U.S. Senators both voted for the Farm Bill
  • The latest on a scathing resignation letter of an administrator for Ashland-area schools
  • A recent report shows rural economic activity slowed month
Politics
6:03 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Supporters of USPS rally in Columbia

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About 20 supporters of the post office rallied in downtown Columbia Thursday.  Gathering outside Senator Claire McCaskill's office, supporters held banners and flyers opposing Senate bill 1789, which would cut funding to the U.S. Postal Service. They say a cut from 6 days to 5 days in service will slow down many deliveries. Eale Breedlove, a 30 year veteran of the postal service, says it could also put many veterans out of a job.

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Politics
11:28 am
Tue April 10, 2012

McCaskill stumps in Kansas City as elections near

Sen. Claire McCaskill used a stump speech at a Kansas City gas station to attack corporate oil profits.
File KBIA

Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill began the week traveling the state, touting remedies for high gasoline prices and changes to the tax code.

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PM Newscasts
6:09 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Newscast for March 23, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A victory for Missouri voters
  • Zebra mussels found near Kansas City
  • St. Charles County reschedules their caucus
  • Senator Claire McCaskill will run for re-election
  • Jefferson City Memorial Airport gets federal funds for repairs
  • A Mexico ambulance service will be postponed due to infrastructure issues
  • A new bill proposes a tax hike in cigarette sales
Politics
5:39 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

McCaskill to run for re-election

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has officially begun her re-election campaign, the first and only Democrat so far in a contest that has attracted several Republicans.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Tea party PAC backs Steelman in Missouri Senate race

A national tea party group has endorsed former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate primary. But numerous Missouri tea party groups say they are not taking sides in the race.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

McCaskill Sees Improvement of Arlington National Cemetary Management

Arlington National Cemetary.
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 Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said she’s cautiously optimistic that management problems at Arlington National Cemetery have been solved.

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