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5:31 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Telehealth can connect rural areas with medical care

Missouri Telehealth Network coordinator Samuel Woodard holds up an otoscope, a tool used for examining the inside of an ear canal, which is able to provide a live feed to a television screen on Sept. 20 at the University Hospital in Columbia.
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

In September, the state awarded grants to eleven rural Missouri hospitals to improve broadband internet connections speeds. The connection would be used for telehealth, a way rural towns access physicians in bigger cities electronically. KBIA’s Lee Jian Chung brings us the first of a two part series on the expansion of telehealth services in Missouri.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:20 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Jefferson City under a Boil Order Advisory

Residents are advised to boil their water if they live within these boundaries
Missouri American Water

After a broken water line today, a large part of Jefferson City is under a Boil Order Advisory. Anyone in the city using Missouri American Water must boil their water before using it.  

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Crime
4:51 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Captain Dianne Bernhard appointed Deputy Chief of Columbia Police Department

File Photo KBIA

Chief Ken Burton announced the new Deputy Chief of the Columbia Police Department this morning. Captain Dianne Bernhard, a 20 year police veteran will now be responsible for overseeing the work of the police department's three main bureaus: Patrol, Operations Support and Administrative.

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Sports
4:42 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Improper purchases found in Missouri Athletics Department

images_of_money Flickr

The Missouri Athletics Department is tightening employee use of school-issued credit cards after an audit found a series of improper purchases.

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Talking Politics
3:09 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Montee: A Democrat, but "Conservative in a fiscal way"

Susan Montee in the KBIA studio.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

This week on Talking Politics, Columbia College political scientist Terry Smith makes his predictions for November 6th. Plus, our “candidate conversation,” Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Susan Montee.

We hear again from Columbia College political scientist Terry Smith, who is a regular contributor to the show. In this commentary, he has his predictions for November 6th.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Commentary - 2012 election predictions

Marjie Kennedy Flickr

I need to clarify a point I made in my last commentary.  When I said contributions to campaigns can be limited I was referring to federal campaigns --  President and Congress.  There are four states in which there are no limits on contributions to state campaigns – governor, state representative, etc. – and Missouri is one of the four.  Rex Sinquefield has given millions of dollars to candidates in both parties – because he can.

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Politics
11:44 am
Tue October 23, 2012

KBIA's Ryan Famuliner interviews Ken Jacob, Democratic nominee for the 44th [video]

Jacob talks about the importance of higher education, and how he believes it can be a way to promote job growth in the state. He also stresses revitalization of Interstate 70, but doesn’t go as far as to promote turning it into a toll road. He says bonding will be the way to pay for that work, which he says will also create jobs. Jacob also questions the legitimacy of the his opponent, Republican Caleb Rowden, who he says is not qualified for the office. Jacob has served in the state house and senate.

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Science, Health and Technology
11:39 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Mo. reduces number of healthcare acquired infections

Alex E. Proimos FLICKR

The Missouri Hospital Association said Missouri has reduced healthcare acquired infections for a number of years now.

Missouri Hospital Association Spokesperson Dave Dillon said for more than a decade they have been trying to create programs which lessen the chances for infectious mistakes in healthcare settings.

"When you’re cognizant of what you are doing you can reduce the type of steps that can cause an infection," Dillon said. "So, we’ve continued to see those rates move downward as hospitals have adopted those.”

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Politics
11:30 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Education committee works on funding formula for higher education

The Missouri legislative panel will hold its second of three higher education hearings Tuesday at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

The legislature’s Joint Committee on Education is working to develop a funding formula that would divide state money given to higher education institutions. State Representative Mike Lair said he would like to see Missouri’s community colleges included in the new budget. But, he said the new budget’s success depends on cooperation from all office holders.

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Politics
11:22 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Construction begins on busy downtown Kirksville street

An eight-month construction project begins Monday on one of downtown Kirksville’s busiest streets. The “Franklin Streetscape Project,” in downtown Kirksville is projected to be completed by early next summer.

City Engineer Ed Ieans said the project is a joint effort between Truman State University and the City of Kirksville as a downtown beautification project.

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Crime
11:16 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Former Mamtek CEO granted Missouri public defender

Joe Gratz Flickr

The former CEO of a failed sweetener facility is back in Missouri to face charges that he spent public money intended for the planned Moberly factory for his personal use.

Ex-Mamtek U.S. Inc. head Bruce Cole faces fraud and stealing charges after plans to build the plant collapsed. Prosecutors say he used some of the money from a $39 million bond to avoid foreclosure on his Beverly Hills home.

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Business
8:46 am
Tue October 23, 2012

TransCanada restarts Keystone pipeline

L.C.Nøttaasen FLICKR

TransCanada has restarted the Keystone oil pipeline that carries about 590,000 barrels of crude oil each day from Canada to facilities in the Midwest.

Oil began flowing again Monday afternoon. Company spokesman Shawn Howard says the system will be operated at a slightly reduced pressure for about 24 hours. Contractual delivery levels will resume in November.

TransCanada had shut down the pipeline Wednesday after tests showed possible safety issues.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:07 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

How technology affects our sense of community

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Congressman Todd Akin defends "dog" analogy

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Republican Congressman Todd Akin is defending his statement comparing his opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, to a dog.

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Business
5:09 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Columbia Regional Airport passenger traffic, 2000-2012 [infographic]

Simon_sees Flickr

Since 2000, airlines have come and gone at Columbia Regional Airport (COU), changing in the number of passengers passing through the airport. This graph shows the total number of passengers who arrived or departed on commercial aircraft at COU since 2000.

Click on a letter to see which airlines came or went at that particular time.  All numbers and events took place during the month listed, although the graph will denote that time as the first of the month.  Use the scrollbar at the bottom to change the view of the graph.

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