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3:35 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

MoDOT to complete bridge campaign ahead of schedule

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The largest bridge rebuilding program in Missouri’s history will soon be finished more than a year ahead of schedule.

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Faith/Religion
3:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Hispanics connect to culture through faith

Melania Aguilar of Jefferson City teaches a Sunday school class during the Gethsemane Pentecostal Church’s Hispanic Service. Aguilar moved to the U.S. from Honduras 10 years ago.
Laura Davison\ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Columbia’s Hispanic population is growing, and so are opportunities for worship in Spanish.

The majority of Columbia Hispanics are still Catholic, but a Pentecostal congregation and the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are among those reaching out by ministering in Spanish.

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Faith/Religion
3:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Hispanics connect to culture through faith

Melania Aguilar of Jefferson City teaches a Sunday school class during the Gethsemane Pentecostal Church’s Hispanic Service. Aguilar moved to the U.S. from Honduras 10 years ago.
Laura Davison\ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

 

Columbia’s Hispanic population is growing, and so are opportunities for worship in Spanish.

The majority of Columbia Hispanics are still Catholic, but a Pentecostal congregation and the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are among those reaching out by ministering in Spanish.

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Agriculture
12:44 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Field Notes: Making the most of cover crops

The green shoots of young cover crops come up through corn residue on a field in Boone County, Iowa.
Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

For this edition of Field Notes, Harvest Public Media's Amy Mayer spoke with Tom Kaspar, a plant physiologist at the National Lab for Agriculture and the Environment, about the importance of cover crops in how our food is grown.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Voter ID requirements buzz

At the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., a senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.
KBIA

There has been a lot of talk this year about changing ID requirements for voters. But Secretary of State Robin Carnahan wants residents to know that the law hasn’t changed in Missouri.

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Education
4:47 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Court revives discrimination lawsuit against MU

Credit Darren Hellwege / KBIA

A Missouri appeals court has revived a former professor's gender discrimination lawsuit against the University of Missouri.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Columbia Chamber of Commerce endorses Proposition B

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce board of directors has formally endorsed Proposition B, a measure on the November ballot that would raise in the state’s tobacco sales rate to 90 cents per pack. 

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Science, Health and Technology
4:29 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Slimmer school lunches struggle to fit in

Tracy Zeorian, of Manley, Neb., is packing lunch most days for her two daughters in high school after they complained of being hungry after eating the new school lunches.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

Lunch is served in a small gymnasium that doubles as the cafeteria at Elmwood-Murdock High School, a small, rural school in eastern Nebraska. After the period bell rings, a line quickly forms at the service window where trays are loaded with fish patties on whole wheat buns and small piles of curly fries.

With the emphasis on small.

Because at Elmwood-Murdock, like at other schools across the country, students this year have been put on a new diet.

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Global Journalist
3:51 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

A conversation with columnist Mona Eltahawy

Earlier this month, the University of Missouri School of  Journalism gave eight individuals the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:50 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

New Bloomfield school receives funding for classroom technology

Ryan Denning teaches Animal Farm in his high school literature class. Denning plans to use the education grant to make his lessons more interactive.
Credit Evan Townsend / KBIA

Ryan Denning teaches history and English in New Bloomfield, a small town twenty minutes north of Jefferson City. Like all teachers in the New Bloomfield school district, Denning’s salary is under a pay freeze. He’s seen the school suffer large budget cuts, and he recognizes that education funds are low. But thanks to community efforts Denning is one of two teachers receiving a grant for over $4,000, which they’re using to buy clickers for their students.

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Agriculture
3:29 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Work progressing on Mississippi River projects

Missouri Flooding
Credit Tech. Sgt. Oscar Sanchez USDA / Flickr

Flood protection projects are progressing on both sides of the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.

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AM Newscasts
12:12 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Newscast for October 25, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • MU, Missouri S&T partner to research small modular nuclear reactors
  • Price of postage stamps creeps higher
  • Boil water advisory lifted for Jefferson City
Politics
12:01 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Boil water advisory lifted for Jefferson City

Jenn Durfey flickr

A boil water advisory for Missouri's capital city has been lifted.

Missouri American Water said Wednesday evening that customers no longer need to boil before drinking or cooking. The company has about 10,000 customers in Jefferson City.

The boil water advisory was issued after a 6-inch main broke in Jefferson City on Tuesday morning, cutting off water and leaving others with low water pressure. Repairs were completed the same day.

Politics
11:36 am
Thu October 25, 2012

MoDOT gears up for winter despite losing 1,200 employees

MoDOT engineers worry that heavier trucks would spell rutted roads in rural Missouri

With October coming to an end, road crews begin prepping for the coming winter season. If Missouri experiences a milder winter however, costs for road crews could decrease substantially.

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced it will conduct a state wide test run in preparation for the winter season. MoDOT spokesperson Bob Brendel said part of the simulation is to prepare the new snow plow crews for proper snow clearing protocol.

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Politics
11:07 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Price of postage stamps creeps higher

Correction Oct. 26, 2012: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the price of postage stamps.

The United States Postal Service has declared another hike in the price of stamps beginning in January.

The Postal Service will increase the price of a stamp from 45 cents to 46 cents as a direct result of the agency’s ongoing financial struggles.

Some rural post offices, like in Hartsburg, consider alternatives to remain open. Options include reducing hours, delivery service through a rural route or using a nearby post office.

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