Missouri

Government
7:09 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Gov. Nixon Visits Flood-Ravaged South-Central Missouri

Credit: Waynesville Pulaski County Flood Emergency Facebook Page

Gov. Jay Nixon toured parts of flood-ravaged south-central Missouri Thursday following days of heavy rains, which damaged dozens of homes and killed a young boy and his mother.

The Governor praised the work of local organizations in their response efforts, including the Red Cross, whose Waynesville shelter housed 27 people Wednesday night. Nixon has called upon the Missouri National Guard for security and traffic control, as numerous streets have been closed, including sections of I-44 earlier this week.

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Central Standard
11:01 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Your Guide To Quirky Day Trips In Kansas And Missouri

Matfield Station in Matfield Green, Kan. is a small retreat that looks out over the BNSF train tracks.
Matt Kleinmann Matt Kleinmann Photography

From the hair museum, to the bridge to nowhere and Big Brutus, there are some interesting and even bizarre things to see and do in Missouri and Kansas.  

So grab the kids and a cooler, and take a day trip to one (or more) of these quirky destinations in our corner of the Midwest.

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People
3:23 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

'My Life, My Town': Madelyne And Landon Brand

More than a quarter of Missouri's population lives in rural areas. The series "My Life, My Town" documents the lives of teenagers from small Missouri towns. These are the youth who make up the future of rural life -- IF they decide to stay.

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Government
1:57 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

KC State Of The City Speech Overshadowed By On-Stage Disruption

Police run inside to apprehend the man who disrupted the address.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

As Mayor Sly James delivered a predictable State of the City address at the Gem Theater Tuesday morning, Derron Black, 31, stormed the podium from backstage, pushed the mayor out of the way, and screamed obscenities into the microphone.

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People
5:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

'My Life, My Town': Alaysha Jefferson

More than a quarter of Missouri's population lives in rural areas. The series "My Life, My Town" documents the lives of teenagers from small Missouri towns. These are the youth who make up the future of rural life -- IF they decide to stay.

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Government
9:47 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Foiled Again

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It was not a good day for backers of Medicaid expansion, as the proposal suffered setbacks on both sides of the Missouri Capitol on Wednesday.

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Sports
5:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Tournament Play Starts For Area Teams

Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug Elgin
Greg Echlin KCUR

Conference tournament basketball begins for the three area major schools today. Missouri plays in its first Southeastern Conference tournament game tonight in Nashville as the number-6 seed.  In Kansas City at the Big 12 tournament, top-seeded Kansas plays this afternoon at 2, then K-State takes the floor tonight at 6.

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Central Standard
9:36 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Abolishing Daylight Savings

Saturday night, as our clocks sprung forward and we lost an hour of our day, one man in Missouri was hoping this would be the last Daylight Savings Time he went through. Representative Delus Johnson of St. Joseph, Mo. proposed a bill that would extend the Daylight Savings change all year long.


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Government
4:56 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Two Separate Mo. House Committees Reject Medicaid Expansion Efforts

Nearly 100 people crowded into a room at the Mo. Capitol to attend a hearing on HB627, which would have expanded Medicaid to 300,000 Missourians. The bill was voted down 2-5.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Medicaid expansion is dead for now in the Missouri House.  Two separate House committees voted down efforts on Monday to expand Medicaid to 259-thousand Missourians next year and 41,000 more in later years.

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Government
4:04 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Proposed Higher Education Funding Formula Released Today

A joint House-Senate panel is recommending performance play a role in how much money Missouri’s colleges and universities get from the state each year. 

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Government
9:33 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Nixon Delivers State Of The State

Courtesy of governor.mo.gov

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon pitched a nearly $26 billion budget to the state of Missouri during Monday’s State of the State Address.  It includes spending increases for K-12 schools, higher education, and the proposed Medicaid expansion he’s been calling for since late November. 

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Government
4:24 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Report Suggests Missouri Missing Out On Internet Sales Tax Revenue

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It appears that Missouri has lost more than $2 billion in revenue over the past nine years because it does not collect sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet. 

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Government
2:17 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

McCaskill Hopes For Compromise On 'Fiscal Cliff'

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, says that falling over the so-called fiscal cliff, the deep program cuts, and big tax increases set to hit January 1st wouldn’t be as dramatic as some people imagine.

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Headlines
6:30 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 20, 2012

National Weather Service

The KC metro area experienced its first winter storm. Missouri Senators weighed in on legislation to curb gun violence. Kansas tied for last when it comes to public health preparedness. Those stories & more from KCUR.

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Government
4:55 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Rep. Cleaver On 'Plan B' And The Fiscal Cliff

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to vote Thursday on a proposal advanced by Speaker John Boehner to avoid the "fiscal cliff."

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Health
4:20 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Kansas Tied For Last In Health Emergency Preparedness

Flooding in Coffeyville, Kan.
courtesy of Kansas Department of Health and Environment

A new report out this week finds that Kansas and Missouri are vulnerable in key areas when it comes to being prepared for a public health emergency, like a disease outbreak or natural disaster.

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Government
4:14 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Missouri Senators Disagree About Gun Control

Mo. Senator Roy Blunt has said he does not think stricter gun control laws will help prevent violence.

After the tragedy in Connecticut, many are now looking to Congress and the President to enact legislation that will curb gun violence. But Missouri’s Senators don’t agree on what that response should be.

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Government
3:53 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Unemployment In Missouri At Four-Year Low

In November, unemployment in Missouri was a full percentage point below the national average.
courtesy of Missouri Economic Research and Information Center

Missouri’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest point in four years.

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Government
4:35 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Blunt Says No To Gun Control, Blames Fed Health Programs

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt lent a hand for charity while most questions posed to him were about gun violence.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says badly administered mental health programs should be fixed as a remedy, rather than blame guns, for violence like the Connecticut school killings.

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Government
4:56 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Missouri Legislators Consider Higher Ed Overhaul

A joint committee of Missouri House and Senate members is considering an overhaul of how the state’s colleges and universities are funded each year. 

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Government
3:32 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Cigarette Tax Increase On The Table In Missouri

Despite being rejected by voters last month, there’s a new proposal to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax.

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Up to Date
10:25 am
Tue November 20, 2012

McCaskill On Winning The Election, Fiscal Cliff & Wartime Contracting

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-MO, speaks to gasoline prices outside a K.C. Shell station.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

When Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated Rep. Todd Akin a few weeks ago, everyone was surprised by the 16-point margin of victory. 

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Up to Date
9:32 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Trouble Brewing For King Of Beers

Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch

Once upon a time, Anheuser-Busch hopped on the throne as the king of beers. Then, the foam head started to collapse.

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Election 2012
10:23 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Missouri Weighs In On Ballot Issues

Missouri's Proposition B, which would have imposed a higher cigarette tax, did not pass.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Missouri voters considered four ballot measures this election.

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Election 2012
8:55 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Nixon Re-Elected, Defeats Spence

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, left, defeated Dave Spence, right, in the Mo. governor's race Tuesday.
Nixon: via Missouri Governor’s website, Spence: courtesy Alpha Packaging

In a state that went overwhelmingly for Mitt Romney, Democrat Jay Nixon was re-elected to a second term as governor of Missouri. 

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Election 2012
8:19 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Congressman Cleaver Stresses Urban-Rural Connection In Re-Election

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Missouri’s 5th District Congressman Emanuel Cleaver got 60 percent of the vote and an easy win over Republican opponent Jacob Turk.

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Up to Date
1:19 am
Wed November 7, 2012

The Political Pundits: 2012 Election Results

The votes are tallied; the results are in.

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Election 2012
12:42 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

If You Haven't Voted Yet, Expect Lines

A "vote here" sign in Kansas City, Mo.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Voter turnout has been heavy in portions of Missouri Tuesday morning, according to the Secretary of State’s office. 

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Election 2012
5:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Predicting Results In Missouri, Clay County As Bellwether

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It's Election Day, and the polls close at 7 p.m. in Kansas and in Missouri.

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Government
9:59 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Libertarian VP Candidate Hopes For Five Percent

Judge James "Jim" Gray, Libertarian VP nominee.
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In Missouri the Libertarian Party has a full slate of candidates for statewide office. 

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