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Agriculture
9:11 am
Mon April 21, 2014

USDA makes PED reportable disease

The PED virus has hit hog farms all over the country and cut pork supplies.
Credit Peter Gray / Harvest Public Media

Hog farmers are now required to report outbreaks of certain viral diseases that have spread across the country during the past year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Politics
9:08 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Columbia City Council members no longer volunteers

Columbia City Hall
Credit File / KBIA

Columbia City Council members will receive some compensation for their service, beginning in May.

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Education
9:02 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Missouri focuses on college completion for non-traditional students

The Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Missouri Community Colleges Association were selected for the Competency-Based Education Jumpstart Program. 

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Politics
8:57 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Analysis: Mo. business tax break has wide reach

Jay Nixon
Credit File Photo / KBIA

A tax-cut bill pending before Missouri Governor Jay Nixon would create a special deduction for thousands of business owners.

Nixon has criticized the measure as a giveaway to lawyers and lobbyists. But that may be oversimplifying the issue.

The legislation would phase in a 25 percent deduction for business income reported on personal tax returns. Many lawyers and lobbyists would benefit because of the way their businesses are structured.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Adoption Triad Connection & League of Women Voters

Today Paul Pepper visits with JUDY BOCK, Adoption Triad Connection of Mid-Missouri, about a showing of the film, "A Girl Like Her", this Sunday. [3:29] Also, May is Mental Health Month, and the League of Women Voters is getting the word out with two events in which you're invited!

Politics
8:33 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Missouri House approves expansion of castle doctrine

gun
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An amendment to a self-defense law that would increase protection for Missourians who use deadly force against intruders is on its way to the Senate.

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Education
8:20 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Mo. mulls state funds to districts for preschool

Credit Photo provided by Missouri Association for Community Action

Missouri House members this past week passed legislation that would allow public schools to begin counting some children attending early childhood education programs toward the basic state funding they receive. 

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Arts and Culture
12:05 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

New Music Festival kicks off with performance and film

The MU New Music Ensemble performs before Choking Man next Tuesday at Ragtag Cinema.
Credit Credit: Gene Royer/MU School of Music

This summer as in the past several summers, a festival comes to Mid-Missouri that brings contemporary classical composers, performers and fans together from around the world.

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Crime
5:15 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Downtown Columbia businesses vandalized

Lakota was vandalized early Friday morning. Vandals smashed the windows and threw paint on the coffee shop's awning.
Credit Hope Kirwan / KBIA

    

Lakota Coffee on 9th street was vandalized around 1:45 a.m. on April 18.

The vandal broke the glass in the front door and both front windows. They also threw red oil paint across Lakota's awning.

General Manager Andrew Ducharme says police were dispatched to the store after a 9-1-1 call came in just before 4:00 a.m.

"It's just sad that somebody decided to vandalize downtown," Ducharme said. "Coffee Zone got hit last week, we got hit this week. Hopefully the police can get out on the street and stop whoever it is."

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Hermanndeutsch
4:31 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

In search of Missouri's German legacy

It’s well known that some of Missouri’s earliest European settlers were French, founding cities like St. Louis, Florissant, and St. Genevieve in the eastern part of the state. But it was the Germans who settled along the Missouri River Valley and into northern Missouri. They started to arrive in the early 1800s. They had their own dialect of German, their own newspapers, and were known for their wine, which they made it what is called the Missouri Rhineland. For many, German was their first language and the language they spoke at home.  

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Singer Larry Brown

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local singer/songwriter LARRY BROWN, who performs Tom Chapin's "Common Ground" on the guitar [2:10].

  

Crime
8:43 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Trial delayed for former sweetener plant CEO

The unfinished Mamtek plant in Moberly, Mo.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

The criminal trial of former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole has been delayed until December by a St. Charles County judge presiding over the case.

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Politics
8:20 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Mo. Senate panel endorses penny transportation tax

Credit Dreamstime

A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects.

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Agriculture
8:17 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Missouri farmers oppose power line construction

Credit File / KBIA

A group of Missouri farmers says they will oppose construction of a power line cutting through the state. The Missouri Farm Bureau says they don’t want the company Grain Belt Express using their land for electrical lines. 

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Science and Technology
5:29 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Training the brain to learn a new dominant hand

Scott Frey, PhD, discusses his research into how amputees learn to use a non-dominant hand, and how this research could help those suffering from disabilities following a stroke.
Credit Jacob Jones / KBIA

University of Missouri researchers are starting to uncover details about how the brain adapts to the loss or impairment of an individual's dominant hand. Dr. Scott Frey with MU's Department of Psychological Sciences has been working with amputation and stroke patients and his research may hold the secret to training the brain and the body to use a non-dominant hand. I recently say down with Frey to learn more: 

Can you give me a little background information as to what got you started with this research?

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