After three state legislators resigned this year because of federal ethics violations, Missouri State Senate President Pro Tem, Charlie Shields, has proposed new legislation that he says will improve ethics in the statehouse. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.
Governor Jay Nixon announced today he has made an agreement with the presidents of Missouri’s Community Colleges to freeze tuition prices for a second year in a row. KSMU’s Katie Easley has this report.
State Senator Gary Nodler announced today that he will resign his position as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee to focus on his congressional campaign effective November 30th. KSMU’s Katie Easley has this report.
Next Monday marks the 20 year anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down. The liberal arts college here in Missouri where Winston Churchill gave his speech referencing the Iron Curtain will hold its own anniversary celebration this weekend and Monday night. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.
The Evangel University Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Michael Kolstad, will perform a concert Tuesday Nov. 17 at 7:30 pm in the Evangel Chapel Auditorium. The program includes a wind band arrangement of Respighi's "Ancient Airs and Dances," as well as music for wind orchestra by David Holsinger, Thomas Doss, Richard Saucedo, Rick Kirby and more. It's free and open to the public. For information call 865-2715 ext.7212.
Efforts in Congress to change the U.S. healthcare and health insurance systems have prompted much debate. KSMU’s Missy Shelton recently spoke with a political science professor about the issue and files this report.
An interim House committee met in Springfield Wednesday to hear comments from the public on how to prevent a state intelligence-gathering agency from overstepping its authority and engaging in what some call “political profiling.” KSMU’s Missy Shelton was at the hearing and files this report.
Tonight President Obama will address that nation’s lawmakers and its people to give a highly-anticipated speech on the much debated topic of Health Care. One person who will be in the audience to hear the speech live is Missouri’s Senator Claire McCaskill. KSMU’s Theresa Carter reports.
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama will make a speech, which he hopes will be aired in public schools around the nation. In this speech Obama will be addressing students to encourage them to work hard and succeed in school. Not only are schools encouraged to air the speech, they are encouraged to have the teachers plan their lessons around it that day. But some schools and parents say they don’t want to have any part in it. KSMU’s Adam Hammons has more on how many public schools are refusing to air the national address.
Democratic US Senator Claire McCaskill was in Springfield today for a town hall meeting on healthcare. The event drew supporters and opponents of proposed changes to healthcare. KSMU’s Missy Shelton was at the meeting and files this report.
Springfield Public Schools are back in session, and that means speed limits in school zones are in effect. KSMU’s Katie Easley spoke with a school official about the importance of slowing down for kids.
As the fall semester begins this week at Missouri State University, 15 graduate and undergraduate political science students will participate in creating, conducting and analyzing a public opinion poll for the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools. The professor of the class says he hopes to establish Missouri State University as one of the first public institutions in the state to conduct public opinion polling. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.
Springfield City Council met Thursday night to discuss two bills involving a sales tax increase that would go towards the Police and Firefighters Pension System. KSMU’s Katie Easley was at the special meeting and has this report.
Missouri dairy farmers are earning less than half of what they received a year ago for their milk, but their production costs continue to rise. This has created a financial crisis for dairy producers across Missouri, and has led the Missouri Dairy Association to ask Governor Nixon for emergency relief. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.
Governor Jay Nixon stopped by the Springfield Highway Patrol crime lab Thursday to sign five bills aimed at promoting public safety and strengthening law enforcement. KSMU’s Katie Easley was there to cover the ceremonial signing.
Have you ever wondered about the personal finances of your lawmakers and how that relates to what they stand for in government? A Washington D.C.-based investigative news organization has rated Missouri 19 out of all 50 states on how much information Missouri lawmakers shared about their personal finances. KSMU’s Kristian Kriner reports on why one organization believes Americans should keep a close eye on this type of information.
A state senator from south-central Missouri announced on Wednesday that he’s exploring the possibility of running for the US Senate next year. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore caught up with him by phone, and has this report.