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5:43 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

St. Joseph plant uses ultraviolet light to kill bacteria

Missouri River photo by US Army Corps. of Engineers via Flickr.

A new $18 million project at a St. Joseph plant uses ultraviolet lights to remove E. coli from wastewater before it goes into the Missouri River.

Officials cut the ribbon Wednesday at the UV and Effluent Pump Station Facility.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports the plant contains 972 ultraviolet lights, which kill DNA found in E. coli so it can't reproduce.

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Education
5:22 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

MU to add new alert systems

Photo by Sergio Goncalves via Flickr.

The University of Missouri is adding new ways to send out alerts in case of emergencies.

One new method is a beacon system that will help relay messages across campus. The other is a software program that can override computer screens to send an alert.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the university switched to a new alert notification system provider, BlackBoard Connect, this summer.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Court rejects challenge to Missouri alcohol law

Photo by Alesh Houdek via Flickr.

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a Missouri law from the Prohibition era that requires state residency for alcohol wholesalers.

KWMU-FM reports that the St. Louis-based Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a legal challenge by Southern Wine & Spirits of Miami.

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Business
4:54 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Jonesburg receives grant

Asphalt roof shingles photo by Dale Mahalko via WikiMedia.

In April, CertainTeed Corporation, which has 60 plants across the nation, chose Jonesburg, Mo., to build an asphalt roofing shingle manufacturing and distribution facility.

The small town of Jonesburg, with just more than 700 residents, is receiving major help in developing the infrastructure to support the new facility

The White House announced in a press release that the U.S. Department of Commerce is giving $1.9 million to Jonesburg.

City Administrator Gerard Ritter said this grant will keep the project process running smoothly.  

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Politics
3:18 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Documentarian shows what huge campaign contributions are doing to democracy

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  Money is speech. That is what the Supreme Court decided in Buckley v. Valeo (1976), which upheld limits on campaign contributions.

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CoMo Explained
1:28 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Everything you wanted to know about roadkill

Too bad it's closed.
Credit Atelier Teee / Flickr

  This week we answer all your burning questions about roadkill.


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Crime
9:12 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Lack of mentors, 'no-snitch' culture contribute to violence in Columbia, say police, community

Angela Pearson KBIA

The Columbia Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence convened Wednesday evening to investigate community violence with help from the Columbia Police Department. 

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Education
8:51 am
Thu September 26, 2013

MU's new Peace Corps Prep program set to train undergrads for global work

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton signed an agreement with the Peace Corps to create an MU Peace Corps Prep program, Wednesday, Sept. 25,2013.
Credit Courtney Kiley / KBIA

MU students interested in joining the Peace Corps after college now have a way to prepare during their undergraduate careers.

Chancellor Brady Deaton signed an agreement between the Peace Corps and MU establishing a Peace Corps Prep program on Wednesday.

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Crime
4:11 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

House Rep. LaFaver does not plan to contest drug charges

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A Missouri House member charged in August with possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia says he doesn't plan to contest the allegations.

Democrat Jeremy LaFaver, of Kansas City, told the Columbia Daily Tribune in a statement Wednesday he publicly admitted his guilt when he was arrested. He's scheduled to appear before a Boone County judge on Friday.

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Arts and Culture
4:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

MU museum to move early

Pickard Hall is the former home of the Museum of Art and Archaeology.
Credit Casey Morell / KBIA

The University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archaeology will close on September 30th and start its move to the former Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. That facility is now being called Mizzou North.

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Business
3:45 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Columbia Leadership Council discusses Brookside parking overflow

Pat Fowler, a neighborhood representative, shows Columbia citizens the map while discussing pedestrian issues in East Campus neighborhood at Walton Building Community Room, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Citizens offered their opinions and solutions about how to stop pedestrians from crossing the street wherever they want.
Credit Feifei Lei / KBIA

A miscalculation by Brookside apartments is costing some Columbia residents up to $35 per week. 

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Agriculture
3:31 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Largely unpopular, direct payment subsidies persist

Farmer Bill Wendel says he doesn’t need his direct payments, sometimes known as “welfare for farmers.”
Credit Frank Morris / Harvest Public Media

Congress is bitterly divided on food stamps and other issues contained in the farm bill, but both political parties agree on something: the $5 billion-a-year farm subsidy called Direct and Countercyclical Payments has got to go.

The program shells out to farmers and land owners regardless of need or loss. It’s a hold-out from a farm bill that promised an end to subsidies and it’s holding on only because Congress is so dysfunctional.  

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Business
3:06 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Mo. workers' compensation insurance rates may increase

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Missouri businesses could face significantly higher costs for workers' compensation insurance next year.

The National Council on Compensation Insurance projects Missouri insurers will see an 11.6 percent increase in their claim costs in 2014.

This increase is driven partly by a new Missouri law that seeks to shore up the Second Injury Fund, which is for disabled workers who suffer additional on-the-job injuries. The law shifts some types of claims out of that fund and into traditional workers' compensation insurance.

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Agriculture
3:04 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

House Speaker Tim Jones to go on agricultural tour

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Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is planning a statewide tour that will focus on agricultural issues.

The Eureka Republican will make about a half-dozen stops Oct. 15-17 with visits to farms, agricultural products plants and bioenergy facilities. Jones wants to talk with farmers and gather information for the 2014 legislative session.

Communities on the schedule include California and Sedalia.

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Agriculture
2:35 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

My Farm Roots: Providing from the land

As a child Robert Harris Jr. worked picking cotton. Now, he’s back out in the fields, this time growing produce for the needy. (Jacob McCleland for Harvest Public Media)

This is an installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.

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