rural Missouri http://kbia.org en As enrollment deadline draws near, Missourians share their health insurance stories http://kbia.org/post/enrollment-deadline-draws-near-missourians-share-their-health-insurance-stories <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Katie Hiler 50277 at http://kbia.org As enrollment deadline draws near, Missourians share their health insurance stories U.S Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack explains healthcare enrollment deadline http://kbia.org/post/us-secretary-agriculture-tom-vilsack-explains-healthcare-enrollment-deadline <p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:27:18 +0000 Katie Hiler 49488 at http://kbia.org U.S Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack explains healthcare enrollment deadline Missouri's hunger rates on the rise, atlas provides comprehensive data on the problem http://kbia.org/post/missouris-hunger-rates-rise-atlas-provides-comprehensive-data-problem-0 <p></p><p></p><p>The 2013 edition of the Missouri Hunger Atlas <a href="http://foodsecurity.missouri.edu/projects/missouri-hunger-atlas-2013/">is a 145-page-strong document</a> and, according to one of its main creators, has more than you'd ever want to know about the extent of food insecurity in the Show-Me State.&nbsp;Missouri is in the top ten of states with highest number of food-insecure residents in the nation. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Harum Helmy 44457 at http://kbia.org Missouri's hunger rates on the rise, atlas provides comprehensive data on the problem Missouri's hunger rates on the rise, atlas provides comprehensive data on the problem http://kbia.org/post/missouris-hunger-rates-rise-atlas-provides-comprehensive-data-problem <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2013 edition of the Missouri Hunger Atlas </span><a href="http://foodsecurity.missouri.edu/projects/missouri-hunger-atlas-2013/" style="line-height: 1.5;">is a 145-page-strong document</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and, according to one of its main creators, has more than you'd ever want to know about the extent of food insecurity in the Show-Me State.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri is in the top ten of states with highest number of food-insecure residents in the nation.</span></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 21:00:26 +0000 Harum Helmy 41219 at http://kbia.org Missouri's hunger rates on the rise, atlas provides comprehensive data on the problem Film documenting poverty in rural Missouri crowdsources finishing funds http://kbia.org/post/film-documenting-poverty-rural-missouri-crowdsources-finishing-funds <p></p><p>For first-cousin filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, the hardest part about <a href="http://richhillfilm.com">filming <em>Rich Hill</em></a>,<em>&nbsp;</em>their upcoming documentary on poverty in rural Missouri, was to stop.</p><p>&ldquo;I just wanted to keep visiting them and visiting them,&rdquo; Tragos said.</p><p>&ldquo;I think we both very much fell in love with all these families,&rdquo; Palermo added. &ldquo;In turn, [they] say they love us like family.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:55:27 +0000 Harum Helmy 40947 at http://kbia.org Film documenting poverty in rural Missouri crowdsources finishing funds Rural librarian works to turn small-town library to hub of learning http://kbia.org/post/rural-librarian-works-turn-small-town-library-hub-learning <p></p><p>This week, a sweet story from a library in Oregon County, just north of the Missouri-Arkansas state line. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rachel Reynolds Luster is the librarian at the cozy, one-room library in Myrtle, Missouri:&nbsp; population around 150. There’s one gas station and a small post office, but no grocery store or bank.</span></p><p>Upon reporting to work on day one, she realized there was going to be one major challenge: there were hardly any modern books.</p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:22:58 +0000 Harum Helmy & Jennifer Davidson 36429 at http://kbia.org Rural librarian works to turn small-town library to hub of learning Study projects historic transfer of wealth in Missouri, philanthropic group solicits donations http://kbia.org/post/study-projects-historic-transfer-wealth-missouri-philanthropic-group-solicits-donations <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the next 50 years, Missouri and the rest of the country will </span><a href="http://www.bc.edu/research/cwp/features/wealth.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">see a historic amount of money getting passed down through inheritance</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:15:29 +0000 Harum Helmy 36072 at http://kbia.org Study projects historic transfer of wealth in Missouri, philanthropic group solicits donations Smoke-free ordinances spreading to smaller Missouri communities http://kbia.org/post/smoke-free-ordinances-spreading-smaller-missouri-communities <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At only 17 cents per cigarette pack, Missouri has the <a href="http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0097.pdf">lowest tax for tobacco</a> in the U.S. In 2012, Missouri voters <a href="http://kbia.org/post/effort-raise-cigarette-tax-fails-again">said no</a> to increasing that tax to 90 cents per pack. Missouri is also </span><a href="http://www.no-smoke.org/pdf/SummaryUSPopList.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">one of 14 states that don't have</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> some sort of a statewide ban on smoking in non-hospitality workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars. All of this adds up to the Show-Me State's top spot as </span><a href="http://freedominthe50states.org/tobacco/missouri" style="line-height: 1.5;">the freest state in the nation</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when it comes to tobacco.&nbsp;</span></p><p>But since 2007, <a href="http://www.tobaccofreemo.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Smokefree_Laws_in_Missouri_April13.pdf">about two dozen municipalities in Missouri</a> have enacted a comprehensive smoking ban in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars. This Monday, rural Washington, Mo., joins that list. The City Council voted to pass the ordinance to ban smoking back in January.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:48:53 +0000 Harum Helmy 32211 at http://kbia.org Smoke-free ordinances spreading to smaller Missouri communities Rural Mo. town now a 'ghost of a past settlement' http://kbia.org/post/rural-mo-town-now-ghost-past-settlement <p></p><p>Goss stands as one of the smallest towns in Missouri. While driving by, you might miss it if it weren’t for a few green road signs marking the town’s location along Route 24 in Monroe County.&nbsp; If you stopped in Goss to ask for directions – you’re most likely out of luck because, well, nobody lives here. At least that’s what the 2010 U.S. Census reported.</p><p>The census shows the nation’s population is in flux. While some towns grow rapidly, others – like Goss – continue to dwindle.</p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:28:00 +0000 Lukas Udstuen 28704 at http://kbia.org Rural Mo. town now a 'ghost of a past settlement' Rural Mo. town: Population zero http://kbia.org/post/rural-mo-town-population-zero-0 <p></p><p></p><p>The most recent U.S. census shows the nation’s population is in flux. While some cities across the country are growing, many small towns are dwindling. KBIA’s Lukas Udstuen takes us to Goss, one of the smallest towns in Missouri. You might miss it if it weren’t for a few road signs marking its location along Route 24 in Monroe County. And you’re most likely out of luck if you stop in Goss for directions because the 2010 Census reported the town has zero residents.</p><p>Check out more details about how Goss came about and see an audio slide show here.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:43:44 +0000 Kristofor Husted 28856 at http://kbia.org Rural Mo. town: Population zero Why pregnant rural women have high stress levels http://kbia.org/post/why-pregnant-rural-women-have-high-stress-levels <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">MU nursing professor Tina Bloom interviewed 24 pregnant rural Missouri women to learn about what makes them stress. She said </span><a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23215982" style="line-height: 1.5;">what she found</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> challenges her idyllic vision of rural life.</span></p><p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:28:35 +0000 Harum Helmy 28444 at http://kbia.org Why pregnant rural women have high stress levels