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9:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Anti-death penalty vigils held in Missouri on eve of Rousan execution

Members of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty held a vigil Tuesday, April 22, 2014, on the eve of William Rousan's execution.
Josey Herrera KBIA


The state of Missouri has carried out its fourth execution this year. Just past midnight, William Rousan was executed for the 1993 murder of a 62-year-old woman in southeast Missouri. He was also convicted of killing the woman’s husband in a plan to steal their cows.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Columbia Art League & Hickman High School's Our Town

Today Paul Pepper chats with DIANA MOXON about the Columbia Art League's latest show titled "Elemental", featuring Lee Expressive Arts School 5th graders artwork! [3:33] Plus, meet the cast and crew of Hickman High School's "Our Town", opening tomorrow!

Politics
8:04 am
Wed April 23, 2014

House OKs use of cannabis extract for epilepsy

Credit LancerenoK / flickr

The Missouri House has endorsed legislation allowing use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other treatments.

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Politics
8:01 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Missouri House panel endorses bonding plan

Fulton, Mo.
Credit KBIA

A Missouri House panel has endorsed a bonding proposal that calls for spending at least $200 million on a new state mental health facility in Fulton.

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Politics
7:56 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Mo. House panel to consider impeaching governor

Jay Nixon
Credit File Photo / KBIA

A Republican-led Missouri House committee plans to hold a hearing on measures seeking to impeach Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Grandparents face legal issues, financial strain when raising grandchildren

R. Diane Hall, AARP Associate State Director of Community Outreach, discusses AARP's Benefit Quicklink Program at the Northland Grandfamilies support group meeting on Feb 12.
Credit MU Extension Center

On April 24, the family resource organization Parentlink will hold a special conference in Jefferson City for Grandparents raising grandchildren in the state of Missouri. The free event will provide Seniors with resources, practical information as well as support to help them meet the significant financial and legal challenges they face. But events like this one happen only occasionally - more sustained outreach programs for these Grandparents are harder to find.

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Politics
7:39 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Views of the News: Could Aereo case change TV as we know it?

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the case of American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo.

For more than two years, broadcast and cable companies have argued Aereo's subscription-based streaming of local programming is a violation of copyright.

Aereo maintains its use of mini-antennae allows users to tune in signals already available to them using over-the-air tuners.

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Arts and Culture
6:32 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: One woman's Missouri River odyssey

On Janet Moreland's summer 2013 kayak trip she paddled from Montana to Louisianna.
Credit: Janet Moreland

On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, we meet a woman who took a historic kayak ride from the headwaters of the Missouri River to the Gulf of Mexico. In this week's first segment Janet Moreland shares the story of her ambitious summer 2013 trip. Plus, in this week's second segment, we hear about the Missouri River Cultural Conservancy and that group's May 2 fundraiser.

On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, producer Darren Hellwege visits with Janet Moreland, the first women known to have done a solo kayak trip from the headwaters of the Missouri River to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Gov. Nixon raises new concern about income tax cut

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is raising new concerns that an income tax cut passed by the Legislature could have "cataclysmic" consequences for state revenues.

The Democratic governor said Tuesday that the bill could eliminate taxes on all income over $9,000, punching a $4.8 billion hole in the state budget.

Republican legislative leaders called Nixon's assertion "ridiculous," ''absurd" and "laughable."

Nixon did not veto the bill Tuesday but has indicated he will do so.

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Business
4:59 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

City Council approves ordinance for food trucks

Credit Flickr User Todd Lapin

  Columbia City Council passed an ordinance at Monday night's meeting that will grant food trucks specific parking locations downtown.  The spots include eight metered spaces on the south side of Cherry and Locust streets and 10 spaces on the north side of Walnut Street.

Carrie Gartner, executive director of the Downtown Community Improvement district, said the new location for these food trucks could benefit all parties.

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Crime
9:06 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Missouri continues to prepare for Rousan execution

Credit California Department of Corrections / Wikimedia Commons

Efforts to spare the life of a condemned Missouri man hinge on an argument that has so far held little sway over the courts.

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Education
9:02 am
Tue April 22, 2014

CPS partners with Mo. DNR for new nature school

Dr. Peter Stiepleman
Credit Columbia Public Schools

A unique partnership between Columbia Public Schools and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has sparked plans for a new school rooted in nature and science education. One-third of the $1.2 million project will be funded by the Department of Natural Resources.      

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Politics
8:56 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Nixon taking action on Missouri tax-cut measure

Jay Nixon
Credit File Photo / KBIA

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is ready to follow through on his criticism of a tax-cut plan passed by the Legislature.

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Politics
8:53 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Columbia City Council approves new homeless drop-in shelter

Columbia City Hall
Credit File photo / KBIA

The Columbia City Council voted Monday night to approve land on North Eighth Street as the site of a future homeless drop-in shelter. 

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Politics
8:48 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Missouri mayor resigns after ant-Semitic remarks

The mayor of the Missouri community of Marionville has resigned over anti-Semitic remarks he made in support of a white supremacist accused of killing three people at Jewish community sites in Kansas.

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Politics
8:32 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Mo. Senate panel looks to conclude budget work

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
Credit File / KBIA

A Missouri Senate committee is preparing to consider the final sticking points to conclude its work on the state's operating budget.

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Arts and Culture
5:25 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Prison tours returning to Jefferson City tourist attractions

Credit KBIA

The old Missouri State Penitentiary site in Jefferson City is back open for tours today after closing briefly to deal with a mold problem for tours.

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Arts and Culture
5:21 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

MU Students Breaking Out Their Favorite Blue Jeans in Honor of a Special Cause

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While jeans may be worn by students around MU's campus most days of the year, they will have a different meaning on Thursday.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Attorney General's opinion sought after proposed legislation seeks to nullify gun laws

A Republican state senator wants to know the opinion of Missouri's top law enforcement official on legislation that seeks to nullify some federal gun laws.

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Politics
4:57 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Staying in-state after graduating could help pay off student loans

Credit File / KBIA

Missouri lawmakers are debating an expansion of a college scholarship for top students that is designed to keep more of them in the state after graduation.

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Arts and Culture
4:54 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Rally kicks off Sustainability Week at MU

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Just in time for Earth Day, the University of Missouri kicked off its third annual Sustainability Week.

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Agriculture
4:24 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Moberly to add a fresh food farmers market

Credit Natalie Maynor

A new community farmer’s market is opening in Moberly. 

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Business
4:16 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

City of Columbia considers retail surveyors for sales tax revenue

Credit File / KBIA

The City of Columbia may hire a company to survey sales tax revenue within the retail economy of the city.

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Agriculture
9:11 am
Mon April 21, 2014

USDA makes PED reportable disease

The PED virus has hit hog farms all over the country and cut pork supplies.
Credit Peter Gray / Harvest Public Media

Hog farmers are now required to report outbreaks of certain viral diseases that have spread across the country during the past year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Politics
9:08 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Columbia City Council members no longer volunteers

Columbia City Hall
Credit File / KBIA

Columbia City Council members will receive some compensation for their service, beginning in May.

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Education
9:02 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Missouri focuses on college completion for non-traditional students

The Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Missouri Community Colleges Association were selected for the Competency-Based Education Jumpstart Program. 

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Politics
8:57 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Analysis: Mo. business tax break has wide reach

Jay Nixon
Credit File Photo / KBIA

A tax-cut bill pending before Missouri Governor Jay Nixon would create a special deduction for thousands of business owners.

Nixon has criticized the measure as a giveaway to lawyers and lobbyists. But that may be oversimplifying the issue.

The legislation would phase in a 25 percent deduction for business income reported on personal tax returns. Many lawyers and lobbyists would benefit because of the way their businesses are structured.

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Politics
8:33 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Missouri House approves expansion of castle doctrine

gun
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An amendment to a self-defense law that would increase protection for Missourians who use deadly force against intruders is on its way to the Senate.

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Education
8:20 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Mo. mulls state funds to districts for preschool

Credit Photo provided by Missouri Association for Community Action

Missouri House members this past week passed legislation that would allow public schools to begin counting some children attending early childhood education programs toward the basic state funding they receive. 

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