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Crime
11:30 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Columbia Police Department names Deputy Chief finalists

From left: Administrative Support Captain Dianne Bernhard, Internal Affairs Lieutenant Shelley Jones and Public Relations Unit Sergeant Jill Schlude.
Columbia Police Department

The Columbia Police Department says even though it conducted a nationwide search to find the new Deputy Chief of Police, the three finalists for the job are all officers currently with the department.

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Politics
10:24 am
Wed October 10, 2012

MU scholar: Vice Presidential debate will test Ryan on national stage

KBIA

The vice presidential nominees will take the stage for the first and only Vice Presidential debate this election year on Thursday.

Mitchell McKinney, an MU Communication professor who has been internationally recognized as a scholar of presidential debates, says this week's debate will serve as a test to Paul Ryan's ability to keep the momentum started by Romney last week.

McKinney says the debate will be the largest audience that Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has faced in his political career, and the debate will be a test for Ryan on the national stage.

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Politics
8:52 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Akin campaign links federal money to McCaskill's spouse

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Businesses affiliated with the husband of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill received almost $40 million of federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office.

But McCaskill's campaign said Tuesday that none of that money made it to the family's bank accounts.
McCaskill's Republican challenger, Todd Akin, claims the federal payments represent a "conflict of interest" — an assertion McCaskill calls "unfair and distorted."

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Education
8:06 am
Wed October 10, 2012

MU, nearly 500 other universities aim to increase college grads [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Nearly 500 universities across the country, including MU, have signed on to an initiative to increase the number of college graduates in the United States by 2025.

Peter McPherson is the CEO of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, one of the organizations involved with an initiative to ensure that 60 percent of adults have a college degree by 2025. He says schools, including MU, were involved in determining the goals of the initiative.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Republican group gives Spence $950,000

Republican Dave Spence
spenceforgovernor.com

Republican Dave Spence has received a $950,000 contribution to help with his Missouri governor race.

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Agriculture
5:26 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Public sees plans for new sewer lines in Columbia

Columbia public works officials are removing private sewer lines from local neighborhoods.  

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Education
4:17 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Columbia Board of Education to appoint new member

Paul Cushing looks at early results in the Columbia school board race
File KBIA

The Columbia Board of Education will appoint a new member this month after Paul Cushing’s resignation.

Board President Tom Rose says it will not hold an election for the position – it’ll accept applicants instead.

"We'll interview the candidates on October 30 at an evening meeting that is open for anyone to attend. We essentially develop a list of questions that we have that they are able to prepare and we'll have each of them answer," says Rose.

The four current applicants are Rex Cone, Tim Parshall, Bill Kinney, and former board member Darin Preis.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Democrat launches TV ad for Mo. lt. gov. campaign

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Democrat Susan Montee is starting her first TV ad in the Missouri lieutenant governor campaign.

The ad focuses on advocating for military veterans and their families. Montee says veterans should be confident they will have a home, quality health care and a job. The ad also references Montee's father who is missing in action after his refueling jet disappeared near Vietnam in 1966.

Montee's campaign publicized its TV ad on Monday.

Education
3:14 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

New app could help combat partner abuse

A group of MU researchers hope to have a complete demonstration model of the “One Love App” by next spring. The new app is being designed to combat partner abuse, and researchers have already developed a Danger Assessment quiz.

MU Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing Tina Bloom is working on the “One Love App” with other researchers at MU. She says they are trying to save the lives of women in abusive relationships. She says the impartiality of the app is important. That’s something women sometimes can’t find in their families and friends.

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Faith/Religion
2:44 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Mid-Mo. Pagans celebrate while they educate

Volunteers with the Peace Nook work a booth at the Mid-Missouri Pagan Pride Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.
Kearston Winrow KBIA

Paganism is an umbrella term for different faith paths that are non Judeo-Christian. Pagans in Mid-Missouri are working hard to educate people about their faith.

Music was heard throughout Rock Bridge State Park as dozens of people came out to celebrate Pagan Pride. The festival held each year is an opportunity for Pagans in Mid-Missouri to fellowship, network, educate the public about what the religion is and to address misconceptions that the public might have.

Aerica Angell says the main goal for Pagan Pride is education.

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Politics
2:37 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Feds paid $40M to firms tied to McCaskill's spouse

Senator Claire McCaskill
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Businesses affiliated with the husband of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill have received almost $40 million of federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office.

McCaskill's Republican challenger, Todd Akin, claims the payments represent a "conflict of interest and a breach of trust" with voters. The Democratic senator's campaign says that is "flat-out wrong."

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Sports
2:26 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Alabama fans roll into town for MU vs. Alabama football game

A Mizzou helmet and an SEC helmet were on display at the announcement. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Announcer Mike Kelly was unable to find the white helmet for the official presentation to Brady Deaton earlier in the press conference. Photo by KAREN MITCHELL
Karen Mitchell University of Missouri

Columbia will host its third Southeastern Conference MU football game this weekend against the top ranked University of Alabama.

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Education
10:57 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Vegetables, vegetables everywhere, but not enough to eat [INFOGRAPHIC]

A student’s tray full of food looks nearly the same as when it was purchased seconds before it is dumped into a trash can during lunch in New Franklin, Mo., Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. School officials are trying new strategies to combat the increase in waste
Chelsea Stuart KBIA

Like the old joke about restaurant complaints (“The food is awful, and the portions are so small!”), kids across the country are complaining their school lunches have too many fruits and vegetables, and they’re leaving lunch hungry.

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Sports
10:10 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Tell Us: What one word describes how you feel about Mizzou Football?

A Mizzou helmet and an SEC helmet were on display at the announcement. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Announcer Mike Kelly was unable to find the white helmet for the official presentation to Brady Deaton earlier in the press conference. Photo by KAREN MITCHELL
Karen Mitchell University of Missouri

Remember when the letters SEC were enough to start a conversation or sell a T-shirt? Now, with Missouri at 3-3 halfway through the season, the picture doesn't look as rosy.

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Education
9:04 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Columbia School Board supports raising state's cigarette tax

A report says one in four US high schoolers smoke first cigarettes before turning 18.
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Columbia's school board has come out in favor of a state ballot measure that would raise the state's cigarette tax and possibly bring money to public schools.

Proposition B is a proposed tobacco tax on November's ballot. It would raise taxes on cigarettes purchased in Missouri, which is currently ranked 11th in smoking rates and has the lowest cigarette tax of any state. The proposed tax would move Missouri to 36th place in nation-wide cigarette taxes and some of the money collected would be used to fund public schools.

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