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How The Buzz Of Bees Could Predict Harvest Size For Farmers

See a bee; hear a buzz. That’s what researchers studying the declining bee population are banking on. A new technique based on recording buzzing bees hopes to show farmers just how much pollinating the native bee population is doing in their fields. Vegetable and fruit growers depend on pollinators to do a lot of work in their greenhouses and fields. Pollinators, like bees, flutter about the blossoms on plants and orchard trees, transferring pollen from plant to plant and ensuring that those organisms have a chance at reproducing.

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Despite how long ago humans began using fire, the substance is still a mystery to scientists. Researchers at Washington University are hoping to answer some fundamental questions about it by studying flames in space. Earlier this month, they launched an experiment to do this to the International Space Station.

When a flame burns on Earth, gravity pulls cold, dense air to the base of it, causing hot air to rise. The upward flow of air is what gives flames the familiar teardrop shape. However, a flame acts differently in space.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon on Monday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

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Another small earthquake has rattled parts of southeast Missouri along the New Madrid fault.

The U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquakes Hazards Program says the earthquake with a magnitude of 2.7 rumbled at 4:26 a.m. Monday, centered near the small town of Steele in the Missouri Bootheel region. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

The New Madrid fault produced earthquakes in 1811 and 1812 that could be felt as far away as New England. Some experts believe it's just a matter of time before another serious quake along the fault line.


 A veterans' hospital in Missouri has recently started programs to include proactive care for patients.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that instead of only treating patients who complain of illness or injury, the Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital's recently constructed Patient Education Center seeks to teach people how to improve their health in the hopes of reducing the number of future hospital visits.

St. Louis can’t take down the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park for at least two weeks, a judge ruled Monday.

The Missouri Civil War Museum sued the city last week, arguing it is the rightful owner. And St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert Dierker ruled there were enough questions about who owned the statue that work needed to stop. The case is scheduled to go to trial July 6.

GEORGE KENNEDY: You, Too, Can Help Feed the Hungry in Boone County

Jun 19, 2017
Missouri School of Journalism

It’s one of the best things we do as a community, feeding our hungry neighbors.

I hope you read the Missourian report Thursday in which Jiwon Choi described the summer programs that provide lunch for kids of all ages. The most troubling fact in that article, I thought, was that even with 19 locations in Columbia, the programs still leave children without enough to eat.

You can consider this a follow-up.

As penance for a career in journalism, I’ve been a volunteer at the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri for more than a dozen years. This week I had the opportunity to spend a couple of mornings at the Central Pantry, which is our main retail outlet. Located for about eight years on Big Bear Boulevard, the pantry is really a grocery store — with one important difference. Nobody pays...


Read the complete column online at the Missourian. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI about GreenHouse Theatre Project's latest production, Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt." Join the adventure outside Fretboard Coffee and Artlandish Gallery in the North Village Arts District this Wednesday through Sunday! At [4:54] HANNAH GARRAD tells us all about this Saturday's "Kids in the Kitchen" class at the Columbia Public Library. On the menu will be berry smoothies and salad kabobs (yes, salad kabobs) - register today! Sponsored by the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. June 19, 2017


The University of Missouri plans to encourage more people to adopt research animals.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the university announced Thursday it will work with Homes for Animal Heroes, a program developed by the National Animal Interest Alliance.

The move comes as a group called Animal Rescue Media Education is suing the university for documents on the 179 dogs and cats used in research. The Missouri system has demanded more than $82,000 to locate and copy records for the Beagle Freedom Project organization.

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Missouri lawmakers' frustrations with Republican Gov. Eric Greitens are boiling over.

State lawmakers are using a special session on abortion called by the governor as an opportunity to publicly slam Greitens.

During his campaign and since his January inauguration, Greitens has repeatedly criticized lawmakers as "career politicians."

Springfield Republican Sen. Bob Dixon says that rhetoric has "poisoned the well" and led to a strained relationship between the governor and legislators.

BOWLING GREEN, Mo. — After Missouri Democrats were routed in rural areas last year, the party’s leaders promised to be more aggressive in fielding candidates for the legislative districts ceded to Republicans.

Accomplishing that goal may require them to promote and fund House and Senate aspirants with socially conservative views on abortion — a strategy that makes some uneasy in a party that largely supports abortion rights. The talk also comes as the legislature holds a special session to strengthen abortion restrictions in Missouri.

Regional stories from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

·      Circuit Court Judge Christine Carpenter will Retire this Fall

·      After 35 Years, Wendy Noren Resigns as Boone County Clerk