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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.)

A transit task force is preparing to meet next week to discuss restructuring Columbia’s bus system.

By Alexandra Olgin (Columbia, Mo.)

The full Missouri House will reconvene next week and take up their version of the wide-ranging tax credit bill.

by Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

Missouri governor Jay Nixon reiterated his push Thursday for lawmakers to wrap up their more than three week Special session that’s cost tax payers more than $100,000 dollars.

by Elana Gordon (Kansas City, Mo.)

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Postal workers staged a rally outside U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer’s office Tuesday in Columbia, in an attempt to gain support for legislation making its way through the U.S. House.

By Ryan Schmidt (Columbia, Mo.)

Emily Kaiser

Access to transportation, population growth, and rental housing are key topics of discussion that Columbia neighborhood associations are making efforts to address.

By Emily Kaiser (Columbia, Mo.)

The ribbon was cut Tuesday on a $68 million federal courthouse in Jefferson City, named for former Missouri Governor and U.S. Senator Kit Bond.

By Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

At its meeting Monday night, Columbia City Council members discussed how to re-approach the redistricting matter after the city staff pulled one of the reapportionment committee’s two final recommendations. City staff says Trial D is not contiguous due to complications with its border along the MKT Trail.

By Elizabeth Miller (Columbia, Mo.)

In the wake of Former Presiding Commissioner Ed Robb’s death on Saturday, Boone County Commissioners Skip Elkin and Karen Miller will rotate on a weekly basis to fill the void he left.

By Matt Norris (Columbia, Mo.)

University of Missouri (MU) Chancellor Brady Deaton held a press conference Thursday to address growing concerns about the stability of the Big 12 Conference.�

By Eric Staszczak (Columbia, Mo.)

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton has announced the termination of a Columbia police officer, following an incident in a holding cell. By Rehman Tungekar.