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Governor Jay Nixon has named Judge George Draper the Third to the Missouri Supreme Court.  Draper will move to the state’s High Court from the Eastern District Appeals Court.

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich will push for legislation next year he said will enable his office to oversee the state’s Division of Finance without interference from state agencies or private entities.

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The Columbia City Council has chosen Trial E for the city’s new ward reapportionment plan.

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Of all the countries in Europe, France has the largest number of minorities. It’s population also has the most Muslims, Jews and Buddhists. With this in mind, a group promoting international human rights put together a presentation at MU Monday that focused on issues related to race and diversity in contemporary France.

Columbia's city council has approved the ward redistricting plan known as Trial E. In a 6-1 vote at the council’s meeting Monday night, Trial E was agreed to be the most favorable option, with Fourth Ward Councilmember Daryl Dudley opposing.  KBIA’s Robert Partyka reports.

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While most of Columbia is getting ready for homecoming, about a dozen students gathered at MU’s Speakers Circle yesterday. Along with over 130 colleges around the county, Mizzou students joined the national student solidarity protest, known as Occupy Colleges.
By Scarlett Robertson (Columbia, Mo.)

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says lawmakers should not dump the state’s presidential primary in favor of a caucus system.

By Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

The leader of the Missouri Senate said he’ll make one last-ditch effort to reach an agreement with the House on an economic development bill.  President Pro Tem Rob Mayer and other Senate leaders remain pessimistic about their chances for success.

By Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

The advocacy group Renew Missouri filed a ballot initiative Friday aiming to strengthen Missouri’s renewable energy standards.

By Camille Phillips (Columbia, Mo.)

The Columbia Police Department and a coalition known as the Bias Free Columbia Coalition are seeking public input on the issue of racial bias in traffic stops.<!--more-->

The two groups hosted on the issues Tuesday night.

KBIA’s Amrita Jayakumar has this report.

A new Boone County Presiding Commissioner has been sworn in to replace former commissioner Ed Robb.

By Allie Hinds (Columbia, Mo.)

Former Columbia Water and Light director Kraig Kahler has received the death penalty for the murders of his wife, two daughters, and his wife’s grandmother in rural Kansas in November 2009.  Osage County, Kansas judge Phillip Fromme sided with the state and sentenced Kahler to death Tuesday.

By Ryan Schmidt (Columbia, Mo.)

The Columbia Public School District is amending its bullying policy. The school board voted to make the change in Monday night's meeting.

By Matt Norris (Columbia, Mo.)

Representatives from a local social justice coalition are hosting a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Columbia City Hall to discuss racial profiling in the Columbia Police Department.

By Thomas Koll (Columbia, Mo.)

The Ashland City police department is tightening supervision of the town’s youth. KBIA’s Anna Burkart reports people under the age of 18 are no longer permitted to be in the Ashland City Park without adult supervision.

A Boone County Republican Party official is questioning the governor’s process in finding a new Boone Country Presiding Commissioner.

By Allie Hinds (Columbia, Mo.)

The Missouri House has passed its version of a wide-ranging tax credit bill.

by Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

Robert Partyka

As the Occupy Wall Street movement enters its third week of protests in New York, more and more Missouri residents are getting involved in a sister protest.

By Christian Bryant (Columbia, Mo.)

Economic development in Moberly is taking another hit with the closing of the city’s Scholastic packaging plant.

By Ari Alexander (Columbia, Mo.)

Columbia’s City Council approved plans last Monday night for a slightly larger parking garage downtown. The new structure on Short Street is set to be built with 410 spaces, an increased size from the original design.

By Robert Partyka (Columbia, Mo.)

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt met with levee district officials Monday morning from Holt and Atchison counties—two of the hardest-hit areas from Missouri River flooding.

By Kirk Wayman (Maryville, Mo.)

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The Republican race to challenge Senator Claire McCaskill in 2012 is officially a three-way contest.

By Rachel Lippmann (St. Louis)

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder wants the Missouri Development Finance Board to review the way it approves financing for economic development projects. The  request comes in the wake of the Mamtek fiasco in Moberly.

By Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

The defense attorney for former University of Missouri football player Derrick Washington was back in court again Friday for the second time in two weeks.

By Ryan Williams (Columbia, Mo.)