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9:08 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Mo. Senate passes workplace discrimination reform bill

Mo. Senate Democrats tried to filibuster the workplace discrimination reform bill last week.
File KBIA

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would redefine what constitutes discrimination in the workplace. The vote was a mere formality following last week’s battle to kill the bill.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Mo. Gov. Nixon explains proposal delay

Nixon says he knew about the settlement’s general size for the last few months, but felt it was prudent to keep quiet.
David Shane Flickr

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he needed to cover all his bases before proposing to add $40 million to his higher education budget.

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Business
5:40 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Farmers buy equipment to have more say in the market

Larry Stolte added a 75,000-bushel grain bin a few years ago, and timed it just right to hit the commodity market jackpot.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

Across the corn belt, more farmers are putting up their own grain bins —giant, metal cylindrical storage silos.  In the past year alone, farmers nationwide have added some 300 million bushels of on-farm storage, up 2 percent from the previous year.

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Politics
4:59 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Missouri senator urges later candidate filing period

At the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., a senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.
KBIA

A Missouri senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.

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Business
1:41 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

A new source of biomass

Corn stalks, leaves and cobs like these at the Kansas State Southwest Research and Extension Center in Garden City, Kan., can be harvested as biomass.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

Corn has been the engine behind the ethanol industry for years, and that food vs. fuel debate doesn't look to end anytime soon.  But as researchers work to unlock the biofuels potential in crop residue and other biomass, a refinery is being built in Kansas may help take the industry to another level.

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Politics
9:24 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Taxi stands to stay in Columbia

The Columbia City Council voted to keep taxi stands on local streets.
File photo KBIA

Columbia’s City Council unanimously voted to make downtown taxi stands and no-pick-up zones permanent on Monday night.  

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Politics
9:05 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Santorum takes Missouri primary

Although Tuesday’s presidential primary amounts to only a public opinion poll, it was not front runner Mitt Romney who took the Missouri, but Rick Santorum.

Former St. Charles County executive Joe Ortwerth heads the Missouri branch of Focus on the Family, a conservative activist group.

He says Missouri is known as a state that likes to send strong messages.

“And today, the Show-Me State declared that the Midwest and the people of the Midwest, are looking for a candidate with genuine conservative credentials, and Rick Santorum is that man,” Ortwerth said.         

Crime
8:46 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Bustamante sentenced to life in prison

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri teenager who confessed to strangling, cutting and stabbing a 9-year-old girl because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

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Politics
8:43 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Mo. Gov. promises millions to higher education

Governor Jay Nixon announced a possible six percent decrease to higher education cuts in the proposed 2013 budget.
File Photo KBIA

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he want to add $40 million to his higher education budget.  The money would come from a proposed lawsuit settlement with five large mortgage banks over foreclosure practices.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed February 8, 2012

'Obamacare' opposition helps Santorum in primary

Rick Santorum greets supporters in Columbia on Friday.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Rick Santorum trounced Mitt Romney yesterday in Missouri's "beauty contest" presidential primary. The state's delegates won't be chosen until caucuses on March 17, but the vote added to Santorum's momentum as he also swept Minnesota and Colorado. In this week's Health & Wealth update, how conservative opposition to Obama's Affordable Care Act may have helped Santorum in the Show-Me State.

Politics
9:46 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Missouri primary gives Santorum a boost

Rick Santorum, speaking in Florida earlier this year
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Missouri voters gave Rick Santorum a symbolic victory tonight. The former senator handily beat Mitt Romney, winning in every county, with 52 percent of the total vote, compared to Romney's 25 percent.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Nixon softens budget cut to colleges

Governor Jay Nixon's office announced late Tuesday it may reduce the level of proposed 2013 cuts to higher education by six percent.

Columbia Representative Mary Still says while she's encouraged, she still thinks the cuts are deep.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Not just a red state

A screenshot of WNYC's interactive voting map
WNYC

Missouri is by all accounts  a "red state"  but it's plain to see that one or two colors can't tell the whole story.  How can one color, one category, make sense of the diversity of communities we see around us every day?  The folks at Patchwork Nation and the public radio station WNYC think they have a better way: they look at voters in each county and then slice up the numbers 12 different ways.  Some counties are what might be called, the "Monied 'Burbs."  Others are "Tractor Countries" or "Mormon Outposts."   12 demographics, 12 sets of values, opinions and personalities.  

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Politics
4:54 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Low turnout for Missouri's "beauty pageant" of a primary

File photo

Polling places are quiet today as voters trickle in for Missouri’s non-binding presidential primary. As KBIA’s Jacob Fenston reports, the election will cost taxpayers an estimated 7 million dollars, despite having no direct effect in choosing the Republican nominee.

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