Ameren brings new jobs with maintenance work

Oct 14, 2014
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Ameren Missouri’s Callaway energy center is working with locals on a large scale maintenance operation. This is Ameren’s 20th planned refueling and maintenance, but this time a nuclear reactor vessel head is being replaced for the first time.

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The Boonville Police Department is starting to test three different body-worn cameras with prices ranging from $350 to $800.  Bobby Welliver, the chief of police for the Boonville Police Department, said body-worn cameras will both benefit the police officers and the community.

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OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) — A member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says trooper training was deficient before the May drowning of a man under arrest in the Lake of the Ozarks.

Patrol Sgt. Randy Henry told a panel of state lawmakers Tuesday that the lack of proper training was obvious. He spoke during a second hearing in a review of the 2011 merger of the highway and water patrols.

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NBC Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman and the team she worked with in Liberia are now under a mandatory quarantine ordered by the New Jersey Health Department.

On last week's Views of the News, we talked about how Synderman was self-monitoring and in isolation after being exposed to Ebola by cameraman Ashoka Mukpo.

Sexual assault and sexual violence on college campuses has been an issue for a long time, but it is now at the forefront of the national focus.  While university administrators and federal lawmakers say they're trying to do what they think is best for the victims of sexual assault, some feel that's not always the case. 

Kelsey Burns is the presentation coordinator for the relationship and sexual violence prevention center at MU.  She says she was assaulted her first year as a student but did not report the incident.  She now works to better educate the MU community about sexual violence. 

 This interview has been condensed and edited for content and clarity. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Voluntary Action Center, about VAC's annual Christmas program. Are you interested in sponsoring a family this holiday season? Watch for details! At [4:50] ED HANSON returns with a plug for "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," which is the latest show at Talking Horse Productions! October 14, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • A Kansas City, Kansas man may have contracted Ebola.
  • Missouri lawmakers are considering legislation to take local prosecutors off a case if a police officer shoots someone.
  • The Columbia School District is considering adding girls lacrosse as a sport for next year.

The Columbia Public School District may be welcoming a new sport to its athletic programs. Girl’s lacrosse supporters have helped convince the board of education to continue discussions about adding the sport to the district’s athletic lineup.

The major problem that now stands in the way of the program’s existence is the issue of funding. For the District to add the program, it would cost about $50,000 a year.

The University of Kansas Hospital says a patient who recently worked as a medic on a ship off the coast of West Africa came to the hospital early Monday morning feeling sick and is being tested for Ebola.

The hospital said the patient was at "low to moderate risk" of Ebola but the hospital was taking no chances.

In a statement, it said the patient was met by staff wearing personal protection equipment and following guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Halfway through a two-week assembly on family issues for Catholic bishops, the Vatican has released a report that's unusually conciliatory toward gays and nonmarital unions, both long considered contrary to church doctrine.

Amid rain showers and a tornado watch, police in Ferguson, Mo., made dozens of arrests Monday afternoon and into the evening of people who had gathered to protest the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old who was killed by a white police officer in August.

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  A bill that would decriminalize the cultivation of small amounts of marijuana in Columbia has been endorsed by one city commission.

The Columbia Disabilities Commission voted unanimously last week to endorse legislation offered by Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Hoppe's bill would allow people who grow two marijuana plants to face a fine of only $250, while people who are considered seriously ill could grow two plants without any penalties.

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  The University of Missouri Health System and Columbia Surgical Associates announced their partnership to expand health care options for patients in Mid-Missouri.

President and senior partner of Columbia Surgical Associates Walter Peters said the collaboration will give CSA patients more choices for where they can receive care. He said this new affiliation will also help CSA improve its quality of performance for patients.

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  Several hundred people, led by clergy members, marched from a Ferguson church to the city's police headquarters on Monday, part of a four-day weekend of rallies and marches.

Once a day, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields rumbles through Bismarck, N.D., just a stone's throw from a downtown park.

The Bakken fields produce more than 1 million barrels of oil a day, making the state the nation's second-largest oil producer after Texas. But a dearth of pipelines means that most of that oil leaves the state by train — trains that run next to homes and through downtowns.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Debate over two proposed ordinances regarding tobacco in Columbia.
  • More arrests in St. Louis after protesters got violent.
  • Missouri voters will decide on new early voting laws. 

Missouri voters will decide next month whether they want six days to vote early without needing an excuse for why they won't show up on Election Day.

The Missouri Lottery says it expects to save about $700,000 a year with a vendor contract finalized amid criticism that the agency is funneling too little money to education.

The Lottery Commission on Thursday approved a seven-year contract with Rhode Island-based GTECH Corp. to provide computer gaming systems and related services.

The governor's budget office has been examining why the lottery had record sales in the latest budget year but transferred less money to schools.

The Missouri Department of Insurance is offering free help to seniors who want to review their coverage or enroll in Medicare.

Open enrollment for the federal health insurance program for anyone aged 65 and over runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.

Those who want to review their current plan, change their drug coverage or enroll can meet in person or talk on the phone with the state's Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri program.

Army veteran Randy Michaud had to make a 200-mile trip to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Aroostook County, Maine, near the Canadian border, every time he had a medical appointment.

Michaud, who was medically retired after a jeep accident in Germany 25 years ago, moved home to Maine in 1991. He was eligible for VA medical care, but the long drive was a problem.

He's one of millions of veterans living in rural America who must travel hundreds of miles round-trip for care.

In recent years, social scientists have tried to find out whether important decisions are shaped by subtle biases. They've studied recruiters as they decide whom to hire. They've studied teachers, deciding which students to help at school. And they've studied doctors, figuring out what treatments to give patients. Now, researchers have trained their attention on a new group of influential people — state legislators.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has unlocked huge reserves of oil and gas in shale formations in many states. The biggest winner, in terms of new jobs, has been Texas.

But an investigation by Houston Public Media and the Houston Chronicle shows Texas highways have become the nation's deadliest amid a fracking boom.

A health care worker in Texas who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has been confirmed to have the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The head of the CDC says the infection stems from a breach in protocol that officials are working to identify.

Radio Play: "The Puzzle Box"

Oct 10, 2014
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This week on Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we bring you a mystery, though there is not much we can tell you about the background of the story. It was published anonymously in the 1909 edition of the Lock and Key Mystery Series, and it is simply titled, "The Puzzle Box." 

Taxi or technology? That’s the question.

Kirksville City Council denies Keybox initiative

Oct 10, 2014
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Kirksville City Council rejected the Kirksville Fire Department’s “keybox” initiative at the city council meeting Wednesday.  

Columbia Police Mourn the loss of a K-9 Dog

Oct 10, 2014
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The hearts of those at the Columbia Police Department are heavy today after losing a special member of their family Thursday morning.

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The Faculty Council is taking a look at the future of faculty at MU.