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9:00 am
Sat November 12, 2011

Some farmers look Beyond Organic

There's a division within the organic food movement.
Sarah Cady Flickr

By Jeremy Bernfeld (Harvest Public Media)

Some organic farmers don’t want to have their products labeled Certified Organic. For them, the Certified Organic label doesn’t go far enough. They want to go Beyond Organic.

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PM Newscasts
6:05 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Newscast for November 11, 2011

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Columbia Implements a new city campaign.
  • Veterans Day Across Mid-Missouri.
  • Lake of the Ozark Dispute.
Off the Clock
5:50 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

What makes a community

Wynna Faye Elbert co-leads a weekly women's group in Columbia, Mo.
Scarlett Robertson KBIA

This week: a look at a community group in Columbia and a Sonic ID from the Benton Stephens neighborhood.

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Arts and Culture
5:41 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

New City-Wide Campaign Implemented

At a joint meeting last night the groups approved a positioning line and logo to help facilitate their six-phase process. 

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Arts and Culture
5:27 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Veterans Parade Across Downtown Columbia

Today many cities across Mid-Missouri are observing Veterans Day. Columbia is celebrating the service of men and women in the armed forces.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:22 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Poisoned Places, Neglected Communities

A screenshot of NPR's interactive "Poisoned Places" map. Find your community in the interactive map below.
NPR

Congress strengthened The Clean Air Act over twenty years ago, but air pollution is still a concern in cities and towns all over America.  NPR's special investigation, Poisoned Places looks at some of the factories and power plants that are polluting the air and poisoning communities.

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Arts and Culture
5:11 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

MU Rededicates Memorial in Celebration of Veterans Day

MU rededicated a restored memorial during a campus Veteran’s Day ceremony today. The stone memorial honors the 117 MU students who were killed during World War I.

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Agriculture
1:05 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

What does sustainable mean to you?

The sun sets over William Powers' farm in Ceresco, Neb.
Photo by William Powers Harvest Network

Despite this being harvest season, I’ve been pestering farmers with theoretical questions about food and agriculture labels.

Here’s something I’ve learned: If there’s one thing to guarantee a lengthy conversation with an ag-minded person, regardless of his or her crop harvesting schedule, it might be on the farm labels.

I’ve also learned that there comes a point when slapping a pithy saying on an agricultural method is a detriment to understanding just how a farmer does his job.

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AM Newscasts
11:23 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Newscast for November 11, 2011

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom.

Agriculture
11:18 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Looking for work, some veterans become rookie farmers

Garrett Dwyer, a Marine veteran who turned to ranching in Nebraska after working with the Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots program.
Bill Kelly NET Radio

By Jeremy Bernfeld (Harvest Public Media)

 

WANTED: A dedicated worker familiar with intense physical labor. Must possess the ability to organize, anticipate pitfalls and plan ahead. Only those comfortable with individual responsibility and leadership skills need apply.

A want-ad for a farmer or a member of the military? 

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Health & Wealth Blog
10:06 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Senators Get an Earful on Health Reform

From front to back: Senators Scott Rupp, Jane Cunningham, Joseph Keaveny, and Jim Lembke.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri state senators listened to over 3 hours of impassioned testimony on health care reform yesterday. The hearing was supposed to be on the rather mundane question of whether Missouri should set up an online health care exchange starting in 2014, or let the federal government do so. But the hearing quickly became a forum for debating the merits of health reform itself. After the jump, two interviews with senators on the committee: a Democrat representing one of the state's most liberal districts, and a Republican who has been at the forefront of Missouri's pushback against "Obamacare."

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Harvest Public Media
9:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Report slams government crop insurance payments

This year 83 percent of farmed acres carried revenue insurance.
Rastoney Flickr

By Kathleen Masterson (Harvest Public Media)

Far too many tax dollars are going directly into the pockets of private crop insurers, according to  a new report from a noted economist who helped design the government’s initial revenue crop insurance program in the 1990s.

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PM Newscasts
6:33 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Newscast for November 10, 2011

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley announces his decision to drop out of the 2012 lieutenant governor's race.
  • MODOT says it will support legislation to turn I-70 into a toll road.
  • The Jefferson City Council places a sales tax increase measure on the February 2012 ballot.
  • The Missouri Supreme Court decides whether it should overturn a controversial ethics bill.
Politics
6:21 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Jefferson City Council Approves Tax Ballot Measure

Jefferson City residents could see a half-cent sales tax increase as early as February of next year.

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Politics
6:15 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

I-70 a Toll Road?

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it will support legislation to turn Interstate 70 into a toll road.

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Politics
6:11 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Tilley Drops Out of 2012 Lt. Governor's Race

Steven Tilley has dropped out of the race for Missouri Lt. Governor, catching his fellow Republicans by surprise.

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Global Journalist
5:52 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Taking a Look at Femicide

Global Journalist explored femicide in India and China.

More than 160 million women were never born as a result of sex-selective abortion. That's more than the entire female population of the United States.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:05 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Under the Microscope: November 10, 2011

Kansas farmer Jason Ochs still has to man his tractor to plant winter wheat. If an autonomous tractor were planting the wheat, Ochs would be free to attend to his corn and sorghum, and prepare for the winter freeze.
Eric Durban Harvest Pubic Media

This week on the show: a popular conservation program may fall victim to the 2012 Farm Bill. Plus, robot tractors.

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Agriculture
9:00 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Agriculture finding its voice on social media

Though there's not yet a social network for cows, many farmers and ranchers are using social media.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

Eric Durban (Harvest Public Media)

As the local food movement continues to gain steam, many Americans are becoming more and more familiar with their dinner’s origins. But food consumers aren’t just learning about food production at local farmer’s markets, many are getting educated on today's great connector: social media.

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PM Newscasts
4:53 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Newscast for November 9, 2011

Regional news, including:

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Politics
4:44 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Senate to Replace Law Withholding Payments with Tax Credits

Senator Roy Blunt said the Senate is expected to move forward Wednesday and eliminate a law requiring the federal, state and local government to withhold 3 percent of their payments to contractors starting in 2013.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

McCaskill Sees Improvement of Arlington National Cemetary Management

Arlington National Cemetary.
nmchisholm Flickr

 Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said she’s cautiously optimistic that management problems at Arlington National Cemetery have been solved.

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Education
4:22 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Truman State University Boasts Third-Most Master's Fulbright Grants

The campus at Truman State.
Ian Monroe Flickr

More Truman State University students have been awarded Fulbright grants this year than all but two other Master’s institutions in the country.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Nixon Praises Bill Helping Growth in Science and Tech Industries

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon stopped in Kansas City Wednesday for a bill signing ceremony promoting research and technology businesses.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Douglass Park Organizes Neighborhood Association

Residents in Columbia’s Douglass Park neighborhood are coming together to create a neighborhood organization to better serve the needs of their community.

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Business Beat
3:37 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Business Beat: Nov. 9, 2011

Photograph of newspapers
livornoalone Flickr

This week:  A reporter for KBIA talks with the largest newspaper in Germany and how it is surviving the economic crisis threatening the newspaper industry, and a unique store along the Katy Trail. 

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Health & Wealth Update
3:18 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Audrain Voters Plump for Public Health

Voters came out 60 percent in favor of the health center initiative.
Garrett Bergquist KBIA

Missouri is ranked 50th among the states in funding for public health, spending about one third of the national average. Audrain County spends even less, just $7.90 per person. In this weekly Health & Wealth update, voters in Audrain went to the polls yesterday and approved a new property tax that will keep the county's struggling health department afloat. I spoke with reporter Garrett Bergquist, who has been driving around Audrain talking to voters.

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Views of the News
3:15 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Views of the News for November 9, 2011

Agriculture
9:00 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Cleanliness key to preventing grain explosions

Mourners created a makeshift memorial to victims of the grain explosion in Atchinson, KS, near the site of the blast.
Dan Verbeck KCUR Public Radio

By Jeremy Bernfeld (Harvest Public Media)

State investigators are still investigating the cause of the explosion at a grain elevator in Atchinson, KS, which killed six people Oct. 29.

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Newscasts
6:01 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Newscast for November 8, 2011

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

The City Council has approved two new measures that affect the way evictions are carried out in Columbia.

A Missouri appeals court has upheld a 2009 decision by state utility regulators to approve a rate increase for Ameren Missouri.

One of eight people charged in the shooting death of a Missouri football player's cousin has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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