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7:50 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Debate heats up on Mo. cigarette tax increase

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A ballot measure that would raise Missouri’s cigarette tax is starting to catch fire.

Leaders of the effort to raise the state’s tobacco tax are making stops across Missouri through the end of this week, to places like here to Lee’s Summit, Mo. on a yellow school bus.

Misty Snodgrass, with the American Cancer Society says a jump in the state’s cigarette tax, currently the lowest in the country, to 90 cents a pack would help reign in the state’s high smoking rate while directing half of that added tax revenue into schools.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat October 6, 2012

Museum exhibit depicts Hindu deities through sculpture and story

MU's Museum of Art and Archaeology is currently displaying "Seeing the Divine in Hindu Art." The exhibit runs through Dec. 16.
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In this week's Faith and Values update, we take a trip to the Museum of Art and Archaeology at MU, where the current exhibit explores the divine in Hindu art.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:57 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Mo. ranks near bottom of most energy efficient states list

Missouri sits near the bottom of a list ranking the most energy efficient states.
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The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has again ranked Missouri in the bottom ten in its annual Energy Efficiency Scorecard report. 

Missouri was ranked as 43rd out of the 51 areas rated coming in just ahead of  44th placed Kansas and last-placed Mississippi. The report covers six aspects of energy efficiency. Utility and public benefits programs, transport-action policies and building energy codes- were the largest contributors to a state’s score.

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Education
6:26 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Clair Willcox rehired as editor-in-chief of MU Press

The University of Missouri Press has rehired its former editor Clair Willcox.
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The University of Missouri has rehired the ousted editor of the academic press it decided not to close. Clair Willcox is back in as editor-in-chief of the University of Missouri Press.

Some of his main duties will include managing the editorial department, serving as the acquisitions editor, and promoting the overall goals of the press.

Ned Stuckey-French helped lead the “Coalition to save the University of Missouri Press.”  French says the press has a long road ahead it and Willcox is the only one who can lead it going forward.

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Off The Clock
1:06 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

From sketches to pitches at Startup Weekend

Water bottles at Startup Weekend
Cale Sears

Last Friday, more than a hundred would-be entrepreneurs got together for an annual event called Startup Weekend.  The fast paced, company building workshop brings big ideas down to earth in just 54 hours.  125 participants with laptop and smartphones gather to build small, lean companies that might grow into something much bigger.

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Global Journalist
5:40 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions

Iranian police officers block a street as garbage cans are set on fire, in central Tehran, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.
Anonymous AP Images

Hundreds of Iranian men took to the streets of Tehran on Wednesday to demonstrate their anger over Iran’s collapsing currency and deteriorating economic conditions. The chanting protesters marched to a major market area, where riot police had attacked suspected black-market currency traders.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Congressman Todd Akin fails to report state pension

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Missouri congressman Todd Akin has amended a decade's worth of federal financial reports to add nearly $130,000 in state pension income that he received over that time.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

State and local party leaders discuss first of three presidential debates

President Barack Obama and Republic Presidential nominee Mitt Romney debated in the first of three debates on the night of October 3rd.
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Missouri Democratic and Republican strategists weighed in on the campaign trail for their parties after Wednesday night's first Presidential debate.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Jefferson City Council considers new noise ordinance

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The Jefferson City Council is considering a new noise ordinance. The city’s current noise ordinance doesn’t have a decibel level limit, so the new ordinance would make it clear to residents and businesses if they’re in violation.

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Sports
3:31 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

MU Tigers' Green-Beckham arrested for pot possession

Dorial Green-Beckham's booking photo. October 4, 2012
University of Missouri Police

Three University of Missouri football players, including a highly-touted freshman athlete, were arrested late Wednesday night on charges of possession of marijuana.

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12:28 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Dorial Green-Beckham and two teammates arrested; suspended one game

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MU's student newspaper, The Maneater, reports that Dorial Green-Beckham, the country's number one recruit, was arrested for possession of marijuana Wednesday night. The team spokesman told reporters that Green-Beckham and teammates would be penalized one game.
Freshman receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, the former No. 1 recruit in the nation, along with two other Missouri football players were arrested on drug charges Wednesday night. Green-Beckham, freshman linebacker Torey Boozer and freshman receiver Levi Copelin were arrested just before midnight on charges of possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana, according to MU Police Department records.
Agriculture
12:07 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Drought and heat? Some farmers try hydroponics

Ule Summersted is the manager of Garden Fresh Vegetables' hydroponic greenhouse in O'Neill, Neb.
Hilary Stohs-Krause Harvest Public Media

Marv Fritz runs a 24-acre greenhouse in O’Neill, Neb., in the north-central part of the state. The 7-year-old greenhouse produces about 250,000 pounds of tomatoes a week during the height of summer.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Students stress bipartisanship at debate gathering

The group Tigers Against Partisan Politics, or TAPP, hosted a Presidential debate watch party, in a nonpartisan environment at MU's Black Culture Center, Wednesday, Oct. 3.
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At MU's Black Culture Center last night, students gathered to watch the Presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, in what they called an objective environment.

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Politics
11:45 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Presidential debates bring out local Democratic and Republican supporters

John Soper, left, and Destiny Albritton watch the presidential debate at Boone County Republican offices, Wednesday, Oct. 3.
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The responses of local Republican voters to last night's Presidential debate echo what many pundits are saying nationally - that Presidential candidate Mitt Romney came out stronger than expected. Meanwhile, Democratic supporters of President Barack Obama say the President held his ground.

Approximately 100 supporters for Romney gathered last night at the  Boone County GOP office to watch the first of a series of debates between Romney and President Obama.

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Politics
11:05 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Secret Cold War tests in St. Louis raise concerns

In the midst of the Cold War, the Army released chemicals into the air using motorized blowers atop a low-income housing high-rise and elsewhere in predominantly black areas of St. Louis.

The secret testing was exposed in the 1990s, but new research is now raising greater concern about the implications.

St. Louis sociology professor Lisa Martino-Taylor released her research last month. It was troubling enough that both U.S. senators from Missouri wrote to the secretary of the Army demanding answers, including whether radioactive testing was performed.

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