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8:51 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Number of conceal carry permits issued in Boone County quadruples over six years

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The Boone County Sheriff’s Department said the total number of newly issued and renewed conceal carry permits has increased so far in 2013.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Mo. celebrates centennial of Capitol construction

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Missouri officials are celebrating the 100th anniversary of groundbreaking for the state Capitol.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Mo. lawmakers must finalize budget this week

Debate over a voter ID bill heated up in the Missouri Capitol Monday.
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Missouri lawmakers have until Friday to finalize the state's roughly $25 billion operating budget.

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Education
8:37 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Camdenton Middle School chosen as site for special ed integration program

Credit Camdenton R-III School District

Camdenton Middle School is one of six schools chosen from across the country as a knowledge development site for a University of Kansas-based program that integrates special education with general education programs.

The program, known as the SWIFT Center, or School-wide Integrated Framework for Transformation, is based out of the University of Kansas and is federally funded with $24.5 million over five years.

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Education
8:24 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Columbia College moves forward with presidential search

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Members of Columbia College’s presidential search committee say the college has selected the Washington D.C.-based recruiters Academic Search to help find Columbia College's next president – and the committee is aiming to introduce candidates by this Fall.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat May 4, 2013

LifeBridge Lutheran Church reaches “lost generation"

The congregation of LifeBridge Lutheran Church sings along to a worship song in the community building of Hanover Estates in Columbia, Mo. Sunday, April 21.
Evan Townsend/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia FAVS

The band of LifeBridge Lutheran Church practices in the community room of an apartment complex each Sunday morning before service begins. Furniture is piled in the corner to their left, and gym equipment in the corner to the right. Though they don’t have their own building to worship in, it’s progress for LifeBridge – a year ago, the church didn’t even exist.

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Education
4:58 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Assistance League of Mid-Missouri continues gift to Columbia College

Jake Godin KBIA

Columbia College announced the continuation of a $200,000 gift from the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri today.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Missouri bill looks to change college tuberculosis testing policy

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
Jay Buffington Wikimedia Commons

Colleges in Missouri may need to create new tuberculosis testing policies in the near future.

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Business
2:58 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Congressional bill may keep Columbia Regional Aiport tower open

www.flymidmo.com KBIA

After an emergency landing at Columbia Regional Airport today, Columbia Public Works stressed the importance of  an air traffic control tower at the airport.

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Business
2:51 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

POET Biorefinery re-opens after 3 month closure

Photo courtesy of Poet Biorefining KBIA

The POET Biorefinery ethanol plant in Macon reopened April 15 after being shut down for nearly three months.

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Education
12:41 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Four students taken to hospital after Jefferson City school bus accident

According to a Jefferson City Public Schools press release four students were taken to the hospital after an accident involving a school bus and a car Friday morning near Lewis and Clark Middle School. The district says police and school officials went to the scene after the accident at approximately 7:30 Friday morning, and determined three of the 39 students on board needed to go to the hospital. They were transported in an ambulance. Jefferson City police say the injuries to the three students were minor.

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Weather
9:10 am
Fri May 3, 2013

'Pothole Patrol' tackles Spring wear on central Mo. roadways

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The Missouri Department of Transportation reports that it's filled more than 10,000 potholes in central Missouri in the past month, as part 0f its "Missouri Pothole Patrol" program to address problems on roadways produced by the spring thawing.  MoDot launched the pothole patrol in mid-march in an effort to fix Missouri potholes as soon as possible. 

The program was in effect from March 18th to April 15th.  Mo-Dot’s Sally Oxenhandler says that even though the department filled over ten thousand potholes, there is still work to be done.

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Global Journalist
6:42 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Inside the decades-long dispute over the Western Sahara

In this photo released by the MAP news agency (Maghreb Arabe Presse), Moroccan forces dismantle a camp housing thousands of refugees in the Western Sahara, near Laayoune, Monday Nov. 8, 2010.
Credit Associated Press

Western Sahara is nearly as big as its northern neighbor, Morocco, but in truth, this stretch of desert along the Atlantic Ocean may be Africa’s most overlooked territorial dispute.

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Public Insight Network
4:52 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

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KBIA is part of the Public Insight Network with three regional partners

  When you join the Public Insight Network, you help KBIA cover the issues that matter to you.  

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Politics
4:39 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Mo. Senate passes bill for school personnel to carry concealed weapons

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The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would allow designated school personnel to carry concealed weapons in school buildings.

The Senate voted 26-6 Thursday to pass the measure. It now heads back to the House for further consideration.

The bill would allow school employees to voluntary become "protection officers" if they have a valid concealed weapons permit and undergo training for the position.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Sen. Schaefer blocks vote on bill for higher ed funding based on performance

Credit Connor Wist / KBIA

A Missouri senator blocked a vote on a bill that would base some state funding for Missouri public universities on performance standards and career placement.

Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, blocked the Senate vote Thursday. He says the Legislature should spend more time studying the effects of the proposed higher education funding formula before voting. Lawmakers have until fiscal year 2015 to put the formula in place.

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Views of the News
11:47 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Reddit Rumors, AP Hacked and the Legacy of Legacy Media

Science, Health and Technology
8:58 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Step by step: One man walks across Missouri for a cause

Mark Norwine is joined by his son, Eric Norwine for part of his walk across Missouri. “It is my chance to say ‘thank you’ and do my part in helping him get his message out there,” Eric, a filmmaker in Los Angeles said.
Meredith Turk KBIA

One St. Louis man is walking from Kansas City to St. Louis. He’s walking to share his story about a lifetime struggle with mental illness. His walk aims to raise awareness and funds for more mental health support in rural communities. 

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Politics
8:42 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Fed letter thanks Mo. for complying with Real ID

Republican lawmakers are raising new questions about whether Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has tried to comply with the federal Real ID Act.

Senators on Wednesday released a copy of a form letter sent in March 2010 by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to Nixon thanking him for his efforts to comply with Real ID.

Nixon signed a 2009 state law prohibiting Missouri from taking steps intended to comply with the goals of the 2005 federal identity law, which sets stringent requirements for photo identification cards.

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Business
8:27 am
Thu May 2, 2013

State Parks Youth Corps returns this summer

Gov. Jay Nixon
File photo KBIA

More jobs in Missouri will be available to young adults this summer.  Governor Jay Nixon announced the return of the State Parks Youth Corps at the Rock Bridge State Park in Columbia early Wednesday afternoon.

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Politics
8:08 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Mo. lawmakers renew efforts on local vehicle taxes

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Missouri lawmakers are trying again to re-impose local taxes on vehicles bought from out-of-state dealers or through person-to-person sales.

The state Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that local sales taxes cannot be charged on vehicles purchased outside Missouri or in private transactions. Instead, the high court said a local "use tax" could be charged if approved by local voters.

Lawmakers have passed two measures during the past two years that have sought to reverse the court ruling. Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed both, including the most recent one last month.

Politics
5:18 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Debate stalls on Mo. liability limits legislation

Missouri Statehouse in Jefferson City
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Debate has stalled in the Missouri Senate over legislation that would reinstate a limit on certain damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. The state Supreme Court struck down the previous cap.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:16 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Washington University researchers analyze genomes of two major cancers

Brookings Hall, Washington University St. Louis
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In separate studies both published on Wednesday, researchers at Washington University helped lead the genomic analysis of two types of cancer.

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Business
5:13 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Community rallies to stop job cuts at Fort Leonard Wood

Members of the communities surrounding Fort Leonard Wood gathered Tuesday to discuss the U.S. Army proposal to remove troops from the fort. Under the proposal, the fort could lose as many of 4,000 of its troops.
Credit Katy Mersmann / KBIA

A U.S. Army plan for possible personnel cuts at forts with more than 8,000 stationed troops could mean removing troops from Fort Leonard Wood in southern Missouri.

Hundreds of members of the communities surrounding Fort Leonard Wood gathered Tuesday night to discuss the proposed cuts and the effect it could have on the economy of the area. The fort currently trains somewhere between 80,ooo and 90,000 soldiers per year, but now that number could be decreased by as many as 4,000 troops.

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Education
4:51 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

MU Financial Aid expands online exit counseling program

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Graduating students at MU an now discuss their student loan debt with a financial aid counselor in  one-on-one exit counseling.

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Business
4:46 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Kansas seeks turning point for rural communities

Kendra Short (center) works with students on a dance number at her studio in Belleville, Kan. Short and her husband Shannon have applied for the Rural Opportunity Zone program in Republic County, and are building a house.
Credit Photo courtesy Rebecca Brown

When the Homestead Act of 1862 made land in the Great Plains virtually free, people rushed in to settle rural Kansas. But 150 years later, the dust has truly settled. Between 2000 and 2010, more than half of Kansas counties declined in population — many by 10 percent or more. 

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Politics
1:36 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Suspect in VA hospital death to have mental exam

A Sedalia man charged with killing a fellow patient at a Columbia veterans' hospital will receive a court-ordered psychiatric exam after an earlier plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

The Columbia Missourian reports that Boone County prosecutors and the lawyer for 33-year-old Rudy Perez Jr. agreed on the medical evaluation at a Monday hearing.

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Politics
1:31 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Mo. House endorses tax break for gun manufacturers

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Firearms manufacturers looking to relocate to Missouri could collect a tax credit under a bill given first-round approval by the Missouri House.

The tax incentive endorsed Tuesday would expire in six years and be capped at $3 million annually. Gun and ammunition manufacturers would be able to claim the credit on withholding taxes from creating new jobs.

CoMo Explained
1:23 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

What does immigration look like in mid-Missouri?

A permanent resident card, or "green card"
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this month, a “Gang of Eight” bipartisan senators introduced an immigration bill that would grant low-skilled immigrant workers the opportunity to stay in the United States legally without a green card, among other reforms. Called “W-visas,” these visas would allow immigrants to fill positions that don’t require bachelor’s degrees for three years.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Army plan would cut as many as 4,000 Ft. Leonard Wood troops

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A U.S. Army plan for possible personnel cuts could significantly affect Fort Leonard Wood and the economy in the surrounding area.

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