health & wealth report http://kbia.org en The end of a lead-laced era: polluting smelter to close after 120 years http://kbia.org/post/end-lead-laced-era-polluting-smelter-close-after-120-years <p>Herculaneum, Mo., a small town on the bluffs above the Mississippi River, was always a company town. &nbsp;The company, Doe Run, is the largest lead producer in North America, trucking in lead from Missouri&#39;s rich mines to a 120-year-old smelter on the river. &nbsp;For 25 years, the smelter didn&#39;t meet federal air standards for lead, and now, after decades of battling government regulators and angry parents, Doe Run is leaving town at the end of next year.</p><p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 19:49:20 +0000 Jacob Fenston 18998 at http://kbia.org The end of a lead-laced era: polluting smelter to close after 120 years Stories from prison: roar! http://kbia.org/post/stories-prison-roar <p>In Missouri state prisons, about 60 percent of inmates have kids. That&#39;s 18,000 moms and dads behind bars &ndash; and tens of thousands of kids on the other side. To help those parents and kids connect, volunteers&nbsp;make their way through the metal detectors at Missouri state prisons with big tubs of blank tapes and CDs, stamped envelopes, and lots of children&#39;s books.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 May 2012 15:44:16 +0000 Jacob Fenston 14162 at http://kbia.org Stories from prison: roar! Payday loans: credit option or debt trap? http://kbia.org/post/payday-loans-credit-option-or-debt-trap <p>Missouri is fertile ground for payday lenders. With some of the loosest regulations in the nation, we are among the states with the most payday lending stores per capita.&nbsp;In this Health &amp; Wealth report, the payday lending industry in Missouri fights for its life, as activists aim for the November ballot to try to rein in these lenders they say trap the working poor in a cycle of debt.</p><p class="Radiotitle"> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:13:27 +0000 Jacob Fenston 11715 at http://kbia.org Payday loans: credit option or debt trap? Mormons returning to northwest Missouri, 174 years after 'extermination order' http://kbia.org/post/mormons-returning-missouri-174-years-later <p>Ever since Mormon prophet and founder Joseph Smith revealed the Book of Mormon in 1830, his followers have struggled for acceptance. If you want to understand the &quot;why&quot; behind this rocky relationship, the rolling farmland of northwest Missouri might be the best place to start -- the birthplace of the human race, according to Joseph Smith, and the place where Christ will first step down in the second coming.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:09:57 +0000 Jacob Fenston 8022 at http://kbia.org Mormons returning to northwest Missouri, 174 years after 'extermination order' Growing doctors in rural Missouri http://kbia.org/post/growing-doctors-rural-missouri <p>In rural Missouri, there are roughly half as many primary care doctors per person, compared to urban parts of the state. &nbsp;That&#39;s a problem, when you consider that rural residents are also older (about three years, on average) and poorer (about five percent more live in poverty). In this Health &amp; Wealth report, small towns in Missouri are facing the shortage by &quot;growing their own&quot; doctors and nurses, starting as early as middle school.</p><p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 13:30:42 +0000 Jacob Fenston 4767 at http://kbia.org Growing doctors in rural Missouri Six Months After the Storm, Runners in Joplin Get Back on Their Feet http://kbia.org/post/six-months-after-storm-runners-joplin-get-back-their-feet <p>Six months ago, an&nbsp;EF5&nbsp;tornado plowed through the center of Joplin, leaving about one-fifth of the city's population without a home. Now, people are slowly getting back to normal. For some, normal means lacing up the running shoes and hitting the streets.</p><div style="height: 100%; line-height: 1.5; font-size: 87.5%; word-wrap: break-word; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; "><div style="height: 420px; line-height: 1.5; word-wrap: break-word; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; "><p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 15:09:23 +0000 Jacob Fenston 3772 at http://kbia.org Six Months After the Storm, Runners in Joplin Get Back on Their Feet Missouri's Rural Doctor Shortage http://kbia.org/post/missouris-rural-doctor-shortage <p>There&rsquo;s a doctor shortage in rural America. This is not news &ndash; just the opposite &ndash; it&rsquo;s been going on for ages. Even old Doc Adams, the country doctor in&nbsp;&ldquo;Gunsmoke,&rdquo; was constantly overworked. In one episode, when he finally gets a vacation, he&rsquo;s kidnapped by outlaws in need of his services. Present-day Missouri ain&rsquo;t Dodge City, Kansas. But many rural doctors are still overstretched.&nbsp;</p><div style="height: 100%; line-height: 1.5; font-size: 87.5%; word-wrap: break-word; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); "><p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 22:59:46 +0000 Jacob Fenston 2352 at http://kbia.org Missouri's Rural Doctor Shortage