Missouri

Government
5:13 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

McCaskill's Mother, A Stalwart Missouri Democrat, Dies At 84

An announcement from the campaign staff of Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said the Senator's mother has died.

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Government
4:55 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Akin On ‘Dog’ Comment: Everybody Knew What I Meant

Republican Congressman Todd Akin is defending his statement comparing his opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, to a dog.

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Government
4:46 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Mo. Attorney General Candidates Even Disagree On Role Of The Office

Credit (via Koster and Martin campaign ads)

In the race for Missouri Attorney General, the two front runners, Democratic incumbent Chris Koster and Republican Ed Martin, agree on few issues.

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Election 2012
2:25 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Ad Watch: Missouri Governor's Race

As the campaign season kicks into high gear, KCUR brings you “Ad Watch,” a series examining the accuracy of statements in advertisements for political candidates and issues.

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Election 2012
4:28 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Akin Defends 'Unladylike' Comment

Rep. Todd Akin defended his characterization of his opponent as "unladylike."
Frank Morris KCUR

Representative Todd Akin, the Republican challenging Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill in this election, was on the defensive again today in Kansas City.

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Election 2012
6:33 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Republican Support Returns For Akin

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin faces incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in the November election.

Political endorsements and the promise of PAC dollars have come streaming back to Representative Todd Akin, who’s challenging incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri. 

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Up to Date
10:08 pm
Sun September 23, 2012

The Political Pundits: Six Weeks & Counting

Which party's campaign workers will drink more coffee between now and November 6th?
PMAA

Many pundits and pollsters say that this year's Presidential race is already over: polls show Democratic President Barack Obama with a commanding lead over Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

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KC Currents
12:39 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Kansas City Adds Another Interstate

You might have noticed a few changes while driving along US 71 Highway. For instance, you may have realized while traveling south that the sign for Grandview has been replaced with a sign for Joplin. This is but one of several changes that will take place over the next few months for US 71, which will soon become Interstate 49.

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Government
4:02 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Audit Accuses Mo. Governor's Office Of Overspending

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich released a harsh audit of the Missouri Governor’s office on Wednesday. The findings accuse the governor of overspending his appropriation by $1.7 million.

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Health
1:36 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

New Report Says LGBT Missourians Less Healthy Than General Population

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Missourians have less access to healthcare and tend to be less healthy than the general population. That’s according to a new report by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

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Government
6:13 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

McCaskill On Akin: Missouri Voters Have Spoken

Claire McCaskill.

The day after GOP leaders called for Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin to withdrawal, his opponent, Claire McCaskill, didn't have much to say on the topic.

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Health
4:24 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Health Care Exchange Ballot Language Debated

Arguments were heard on Friday about whether a temporary restraining order should be issued against Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan over language she approved for a ballot initiative regarding health care exchanges. 

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Up to Date
5:21 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Political Pundits: Primary Results, November Predictions

The Kansas State Capitol Building (left) and the Missouri State Capitol Building

For the first time, a Kansas Governor is actively campaigning against members of his own party. Governor Sam Brownback is hoping to replace moderate Republicans with more conservative members of his party.

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Up to Date
9:48 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Missouri Amendment 2: 'Right To Pray' Or Redundant Rights?

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On Tuesday, Missouri citizens will vote on Amendment 2, the so-called “right to pray” ballot measure

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Up to Date
10:14 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Republicans Line Up To Challenge US Sen. Claire McCaskill

U.S. Senate candidates Congressman Todd Akin and former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman

Next Tuesday Missouri Republicans will vote for one of three candidates seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. 

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Government
3:44 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Ballot Initiatives' Authority Upheld

Missouri Supreme Court building.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the State Auditor’s authority to prepare fiscal notes and summaries for citizen-initiated ballot questions. 

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Up to Date
10:17 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Wind Ahead Of Rain? Fuel For Forest Fires

Missouri Dept. of Public Safety

You'll be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn't welcome a rain shower after weeks of heat and drought in the region.

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Central Standard Friday
3:33 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

KC History: Forgotten Tales of Missouri

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, join host Monroe Dodd for a history of the Show Me State rarely shown, including the chamber pot war of 1812, Long’s Dragon Boat, and wind wagon technology from 1846.

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Government
12:47 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Unemployment Down, Jobs Up In Missouri

Mary Slaughter, an employee of Southwest Technologies for 19 years, says this time of year is usually slower for business. But that hasn't been the case in the last few years. Southwest recently signed three new contracts and wants to expand its facility.
Elana Gordon KCUR

At 7.3 percent, unemployment in Missouri has dropped to its lowest level in 40 months.  That’s according to the latest monthly report from the state’s Department of Economic Development.

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Political Pundits: Is Kansas The Most Conservative State?

The Kansas State Capitol Building (left) and the Missouri State Capitol Building

If there was any doubt about the hold of the political right in the Heartland then wonder no more.  A recent survey shows Kansas has the most conservative congressional delegation in the nation.

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Government
1:32 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Missouri Politics: Hiding Big Donations Is Easy And Legal

Missouri is the only state where someone could donate $1 million to a political campaign, cover it up, and not have broken the law. It is one of only four states that have no limits on campaign contributions.

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Up to Date
1:37 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Thomas Hart Benton: A Life

If you’ve visited the Missouri State Capitol building you probably saw his work. If you’ve spent time in midtown, you might have driven by his house.

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KC Currents
12:46 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

New Report Sheds Light On Missouri Women's Health

Back in 2004, the health and economic status of Missouri women was rated a C- by Women's Policy Research. Have we made progress since then?

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KCUR News
12:05 am
Mon January 17, 2011

Missouri Lowers Premiums For Pre-existing Condition Pool

Kansas City, MO – Missouri's high risk insurance program has announced it's dropping premiums by as much as twenty five percent.

The state launched the pool this summer as part of the federal health law. But state insurance director John Huff says only a couple hundred people have enrolled in it so far. Huff says lowering the monthly premiums, which range from about $250 to $1,000, will hopefully change that.

"I hope it makes health coverage more affordable and accessible for Missourians - that's the intent," says Huff.

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KCUR News
11:33 am
Sun November 7, 2010

Missourians Among Most Likely to Smoke

Kansas City, MO – New Public Health Data shows Missourians are among the most likely Americans to smoke.

The state ranks fifth in the country for its adult smoking rate, according to new information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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KCUR News
4:10 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

The Drive Of A Lifetime

John Robinson watches odometer signal end of a distinctive journey.
photo by dan verbeck

Kansas City, MO – A Missouri man has just finished a task that has driven him for the last twelve years. He's traveled every mile of every state highway. He was on the last leg of the journey this week, up in Kansas City's Northland, on Missouri Route One. It's better known as Antioch Road in Clay County. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was in the passenger seat and filed this account.

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KCUR News
6:14 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

A Thousand More Show-Me State Jobs Will Go

Governor Jay Nixon ( center) with UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton (R) and staff, faculty.
photo by dan verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – Another 1,000 Missouri state employees are going to lose their jobs in the coming weeks. Governor Jay Nixon spoke of the cuts as he met with UMKC faculty and students.

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