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8:54 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Lawmakers approve work-related injury legislation

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor legislation prohibiting workers from suing each other for accidental on-the-job injuries.

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Politics
8:51 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Workers' compensation reform bill on the way to Nixon

The Missouri legislature has approved a scaled-back version of a workers' compensation reform bill. It now heads to Gov. Jay Nixon.
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The Missouri House and Senate have both passed a scaled-back version of a workers’ compensation reform bill. 

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Politics
6:36 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Gov. Nixon optimistic over reaching a deal over workers compensation

Nixon previously vetoed legislation that would have placed work-related diseases under worker’s compensation coverage, instead of letting parties go to court.
File KBIA

With just a few days left to go in Missouri’s legislative session, Governor Jay Nixon says he’s optimistic about reaching a deal with lawmakers on workers’ compensation legislation he previously rejected.  While visiting a medical supplies company in North Kansas City on Tuesday to highlight positive economic and employment trends in the state, Nixon said he met with lawmakers Monday evening, before continuing work on the workers’ comp legislation.

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Politics
6:18 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Legislative measure would bar Jayhawks specialty license plate

A depiction of the Jayhawk, the symbol of the University of Kansas.
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The Missouri House has approved language designed to bar the creation of a Kansas Jayhawks specialty license plate.  The measure was added onto a larger higher education bill passed by the House Tuesday.

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Business
5:51 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Missouri unemployment numbers dip slightly in April

Unemployment numbers in Missouri decreased to 7.3 percent in April.
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Missouri added about 6,000 jobs in April as its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged down slightly.

Figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Economic Development also show that Missouri added more jobs in March than originally thought. The March job growth was revised upward from 4,800 to 6,800 new jobs.

Missouri's unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point in April to 7.3 percent. The department said that is the lowest level in 40 months.

The national unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in April.

Health & Wealth Report
10:44 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Stories from prison: roar!

Callion Barnes.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

In Missouri state prisons, about 60 percent of inmates have kids. That's 18,000 moms and dads behind bars – and tens of thousands of kids on the other side. To help those parents and kids connect, volunteers make their way through the metal detectors at Missouri state prisons with big tubs of blank tapes and CDs, stamped envelopes, and lots of children's books. 

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Sports
10:42 am
Tue May 15, 2012

MU freshman quarterback arrested for leaving scene of accident

Corbin Berkstresser was arrested Tuesday morning.

Missouri quarterback Corbin Berkstresser was arrested Tuesday morning for leaving the scene of an accident.

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Education
9:23 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Columbia School Board examines new transportation methods

The Columbia School Board could eliminate 50 buses from current fleet.
File KBIA

Members of the Columbia Board of Education are considering a proposal that would change how student transportation operates within Columbia Public Schools.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:20 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Report suggests new way to handle Missouri River flooding

A new report by the advocacy group American Rivers says when it comes to managing flooding along the Missouri River, the US Army Corps of Engineers should rely on floodplains and wetlands, not levees and dams. But the Corps doesn't see flood management as an "either/or" proposition.

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Education
9:11 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Nixon announces new funding for Joplin schools

Nixon's announcement comes as the year anniversary of the Joplin tornado approaches.
File KBIA

The state of Missouri is providing $2.3 million to help build special rooms at five Joplin schools designed to withstand severe weather.

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Intersection
5:18 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

The future of downtown Columbia

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

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Education
5:05 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

MU's Tiger Spot gone

Photo courtesy of University of Missouri

More than 10 years after it was created, the Tiger Spot mosaic in front of MU’s Ellis Library was torn apart and hauled away Monday morning.

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Education
4:07 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Lunch prices at Columbia Public Schools will rise next year

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The price of student lunches will go up 10 cents starting in the fall of 2012. A 2010 federal requirement says school districts must generate enough revenue to pay for the cost of lunches themselves.

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Arts and Culture
10:53 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Mid-Missourians tell us about their mothers

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In a collaboration with KOMU, and the Columbia Missourian, KBIA asked our listeners "What one word describes your mother?"  The Columbia Missourian wrote up some of the great answers we got.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Lawsuit against Missouri's new Medicaid program dismissed

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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Missouri's new Medicaid insurance contracts covering more than 400,000 low-income residents.

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