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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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Politics
9:05 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Kirksville City Council divided on replacing water meter systems

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Kirksville residents may see some changes with water meters in the near future. The Kirksville City Council met on Monday to talk about replacing aging water meter systems.

There are about 7,000 old water meters in Kirksville. A Columbia contractor says replacing all of those meters would cost approximately $3.8 million, but would save the city $2500,000 annually. Council members are split on whether to go through with the project. City Council member Jerry Mills says he wants to see if there are costs that could be cut.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:02 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Wind turbine built at MU

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A new 20-kilowatt wind turbine was constructed on MU’s campus on the corner of Monk Drive and Stadium Boulevard Tuesday.

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Politics
8:55 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Cole County Commission commits funds to Columbia Regional Airport

Delta cuts flights to Columbia's regional airport
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The Cole County Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to commit funds to an effort to bring a new airline to the Columbia Regional Airport.

Marc Ellinger is the presiding commissioner for the Cole County Commission.

He says the commission voted to give 100-thousand dollars to the escrow fund being used by a group attempting to bring a new airline to the local airport.

“We decided that this is something that was beneficial for Jefferson City, Cole County and the whole region and that it was a good idea for us to participate," Ellinger says.

Politics
8:50 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Akin holds back on details about abortion protest

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Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin has said he was arrested as an abortion protester about 25 years ago, but he's not saying anything more about it.

Akin campaign adviser Rick Tyler said Wednesday that Akin never was charged and the campaign will not release any further details about the incident.

At a news conference last Friday in Kansas City, Akin acknowledged the arrest but did not go into specifics. An aide had said the campaign would release more details later.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:46 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Weekly rural flu clinics soon available in rural Boone County

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The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services plans to hold weekly rural flu clinics throughout the county, starting Oct. 11.  Department spokesperson Trina Teacutter says that the rural flu clinics in Boone County communities have been happening consistently for years.

"You know, doing community clinics in Ashland, Hallsville, Centralia, Sturgeon and Harrisburg — those places," Teacutter says. "We have done rural clinics in all of those areas for over 20 years."

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Politics
6:46 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

More Akin abortion remarks stir criticism

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Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is again drawing attention for comments about abortion — this time, for saying that doctors are "giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant."

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Politics
6:13 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

McCaskill says she raised $5.8M for Mo. Senate bid

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Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says she raised about $5.8 million for her re-election campaign over the past three months.

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Business
5:52 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Sweetener company CEO headed back to Missouri

Last month, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced that Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole was arrested in California
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Missouri officials say the former head of an artificial sweetener company has agreed to return from California to face charges of theft and securities fraud stemming from a failed factory project.

Bruce Cole was chairman and CEO of Mamtek U.S. Inc., which received $39 million of industrial development bonds from the city of Moberly to build a sweetener plant.

Cole is charged in Missouri with using bond revenues to avoid foreclosure on his Beverley Hills home and misleading investors about his company's financial health.

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Business Beat
5:32 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Water blues and prison maintenance blues

The administration building is one of the oldest on the prison site. Its decaying façade sits opposite a recently-opened federal courthouse across the street.
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Water use has become a hot issue among Midwest farmers after this summer's drought. Nebraska irrigates more acres of farmland than any other state in the nation. Kansas is also near the top. And that Irrigation infrastructure helped some farmers keep the drought at bay this year. Their fields stayed green long after others withered away. But as Grant Gerlock reports for Harvest Public Media, using so much water now may force some farmers to use less water in the future.

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Business
5:08 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Mo. state prison's maintenance blues

Kary Scott shares a dance with his service dog, Cisco, at the "Inside the Walls" festival promoting the Missouri State Penitentiary as a tourist destination.
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As a 5-piece band wound its way through an acoustic set of music, guests slowly shuffled into the “Inside the Walls” festival at the Missouri State Penitentiary. To the southwest, the main entrance to the prison towered over the festival.

Charles Vaughan used to live in a house across the street. He remembers the 1954 riots, which were the worst in the history of the penitentiary. Vaughan remembers his dad and brother were on top of a nearby building with guns.

“There was a big fire going on," he said. "My mom was keeping me in the house which upset me because I wanted to get on the roof and my mom was piling furniture right in front of the front door.”

But now the penitentiary looks much lonelier. Its paint peels. Some of its buildings have been torn down. In fact — of those that remain, some parts are even off limits to tours – this is due to a process Steve Picker calls “demolition by neglect.” He’s the former executive director of the Jefferson City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

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Agriculture
3:17 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Rediscovering my family farm

My dad, Mike Swanson, gets his first combine ride from our cousin, Darwin Swanson, during soybean harvest.
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This past weekend, for the first time in 25 years, my dad and I visited our family’s farm in Woodhull, Ill.

By family, I mean extended family. Brothers Doug and Darwin Swanson — my dad’s first cousins — run the farm, which got its start with land bought in 1890 by my great-great grandfather, Swan Swanson, when he moved to Illinois from Sweden.

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Business
1:41 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Energy assistance program secures funding through December

Low-income residents could turn to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for help.
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A program that provides heating and energy assistance for low-income Missourians reports that it should have enough funding to meet its winter demand through December.

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Arts and Culture
12:40 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

MU swings into Celebrate Ability Week

Dany Baker demonstrates golfing from his accessible golf cart on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the MU Student Recreation Complex in Columbia, Mo. Baker co-hosted the adaptive golf presentation as part of Ability Week 2012.
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The University of Missouri swings into its 2012 Celebrate Ability Week with an adaptive golf demonstration at the MU Student Recreation Complex.

Dany Baker, who has golfed for more than 30 years, began participating in Celebrate Ability Week four years ago.

“I just want to help spread the awareness and help educate, so they can take it on as far as telling their hometown golf courses that they need to be accessible," Baker says.

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Education
12:30 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Tiger Pantry aims to reduce food insecurity at MU

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A new MU resource, the Tiger Pantry, has opened its doors for those who need assistance.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the food bank, Tiger Pantry Founder and MU student Nick Droege says the pantry’s goal is to reduce food insecurity at MU.

Anne Deaton, the wife of MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, encouraged Droege to develop the pantry. She says the Tiger Pantry has brought life to the meaning of One Mizzou, an organization that helps bring MU students together.

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