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Education
8:57 am
Wed May 30, 2012

School districts get annual state aid estimates

Columbia public schools received a decrease of 1.4 percent in state funding.
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The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has informed each school district in the state of its annual aid estimates.

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Education
8:30 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Mo. student loan default rate lower than national average

The University of Missouri reports a student loan default rate at 2.3 percent.
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The latest U.S. Department of Education figures show Missouri’s average student loan default rates are lower than the national average and institutions paired with the Missouri Department of Higher Education have even lower rates.

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Politics
8:26 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Bill before Nixon criminalizes disturbing religious services

Nixon needs to sign the legislation before it becomes state law.
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Among the 115 bills sent to Governor Jay Nixon this year is one that would make it a crime to deliberately disturb worship services in Missouri.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:05 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Pumkpins, melons and corn

Jacob Fenston KBIA

Columbia has lots of community gardens, and several school gardens. But school-community gardens? On Tuesday at Ridgewood Elementary, the school and community worked together to start planting the city's first community garden at a public school.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:58 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Community garden breaks ground at Ridgeway Elementary

Ridgeway Elementary teachers Laura Sandstedt and Molly Lyman plan to use the new garden as part of their curriculum.
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Today gardeners broke ground on Columbia's newest community garden. The plot of land at Ridgeway Elementary is the city's first community garden located at a public school.

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Politics
6:02 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Columbia group aims to prevent community violence

The Columbia Community Non-Violence Initiative is aiming to help prevent violent acts like the shots fired at Albert-Oakland Pool last night.

Members of the Columbia group will meet tonight to discuss ways they can continue to raise awareness and promote nonviolence in the community.

Spokesperson Jonathan Lowe said many group members were at the pool when the shots were fired but have not yet discussed the incident. He says the group aims to present alternative opportunities for those who might have violent thoughts or think of taking violent measures.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:22 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

KC police seeing increasing popularity of PCP

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Kansas City police say the use of PCP is increasing, particularly in the city's urban core.

Officers are concerned because they say PCP users often are violent and unpredictable. The drug induces hallucinations and makes many users combative and unable to feel pain.

Police Capt. Todd Paulson calls PCP the scariest drug on the streets. He was one of six officers who were needed to subdue a PCP user in January.

The Kansas City Star reports officers used to see a brief increase in PCP arrests after a shipment came in but would then go weeks without any arrests.

Politics
4:52 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Mo. court strikes down part of 2008 harassment law

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The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down part of a state harassment law enacted after the suicide of a St. Charles County teenager who was teased over the Internet.

The high court on Tuesday invalidated a 2008 state law defining harassment to cover anyone who "knowingly makes repeated unwanted communication to another person."

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Radio Friends
10:57 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Libby Gill

Today's guest is "world traveler" LIBBY GILL. Ms. Gill is back from Cuba with tales from her adventure.

Politics
9:24 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Missouri pro-marijuana group to propose measures in two cities

A group that advocates relaxing marijuana laws is considering broadening its campaign to Kansas City and Springfield.

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Politics
9:14 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Blunt to inspect Missouri River management system

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) will inspect the Missouri River management system.
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Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt and North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven plan to make their own inspections of dams and levees along the Missouri River.

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Business
5:58 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Construction to resume on burned apartments

Mark Nanneman paints the rubble of the burned Brookside on College apartment complex on Monday. Nanneman says he paints “en plein air,” a French style where the artist paints outdoors.
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Columbia Fire Department investigators are looking into the cause of a three-alarm fire at the Brookside on College apartment complex. Sunday’s fire caused millions of dollars in damage, destroying most of the still-under construction apartments, but the owners plan to rebuild.

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Memorial Day
5:46 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Parade draws patriotic crowds

Decked out in red, white and blue along Broadway.
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The balmy weather didn't deter the thousands of people who gathered along Broadway this morning for the city’s 24th annual Memorial Day parade.

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Memorial Day
5:27 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Missouri veterans' cemeteries observe Memorial Day

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On this Memorial Day, veterans, family members, and supporters gathered at the five veterans’ cemeteries in Missouri. At the Jacksonville Cemetery near Moberly, hundreds showed up to pay respects to Missouri’s fallen soldiers. 

Business
8:57 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Mo Transportation Department trims mowing budget

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Missouri drivers may notice a change in the landscape along roadways and medians later this summer — more grass.

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