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4:17 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri universities raise funding concerns

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Officials from Missouri's public universities are raising concerns about reduced revenues for education as state lawmakers consider an income tax cut.

A statement signed by the governing board presidents of nine state universities cites concerns that legislation could limit the money available for education.

Although the letter does not specifically mention the proposed income tax cut, the executive director of the Council on Public Higher Education said that is the subject of the concerns.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri Senate endorses drug program renewal

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The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation to renew an expiring prescription drug benefit for over 200,000 low-income and disabled seniors.

The Missouri Rx Program is scheduled to expire in August, but the measure endorsed on Wednesday would extend the benefit until 2017. State officials estimate more than 9 million prescription drug claims will be filed for 230,000 Missourians during the current budget year. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has called on lawmakers to renew the program.

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Views of the News
2:17 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Franken's fight against Comcast, Time-Warner

Professor Amy Simons

Journalists often end up catching illegal activity on video or in photographs? When should they turn those images over to law enforcement? Also, Sen. Al Franken’s fight against the Comcast-Time Warner merger, coverage the Boston Bombing anniversary and why a big-city newspaper nixed reader comments from its website . From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Jim Flink.

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Politics
10:11 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Talking Politics: Petition initiatives and sunshine laws

Initiative petitions touching on 19 different issues are circulating right now to get on the ballot in November. They range from allowing early voting to eliminating teacher tenure. Signature gatherers are out, clipboards in hand, to get the thousands of signatures necessary by May 4. The catch is this: Most of these initiatives won’t make it on the ballot. KBIA's Justin Paprocki found out just what it takes to get an issue on the ballot.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Vera Massey, University of Missouri Extension

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, University of Missouri Extension, talk about the importance of being happy and optimistic! 

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Arts and Culture
8:26 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Snagging for Missouri's ancient fish

Paddlefish snaggers measuring their catch to see if it is of legal size on the Osage River near Warsaw.
Credit: Missouri Department of Conservation

Native or new-comer? No matter how long you and your family have called the Great State of Missouri home you can't claim a longer continuous lineage here than the paddlefish. This week on Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris talks to anglers and conservationists about the fish that has called central Missouri's Osage River home for more than 300 million years.

On this segment of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris talked to anglers and conservation agents about the traditional practice of snagging for paddlefish, an ancient species still living free in three Missouri lakes.

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Education
8:17 am
Wed April 16, 2014

MU chancellor vows changes after assault report

Sasha Menu Courey
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The University of Missouri's new chancellor says he is prepared to make the school "accountable and responsible" after an independent review faulted its response to a former swimmer's rape claims.

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Politics
8:12 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Mo. court expands legal rights for injured workers

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The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned 30 years of precedent with a ruling that gives greater legal protections to injured workers who are fired from their jobs.

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Business
8:09 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Mo. payrolls, unemployment rates climb in March

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Missouri's unemployment rate increased in March, though the size of payrolls also grew.

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Politics
8:03 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri universities raise funding concerns

Officials from Missouri's public universities are raising concerns about reduced revenues for education as state lawmakers consider an income tax cut.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri legislator supports Medicaid coverage for oral health

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The Missouri House of Representatives has proposed adding $48 million in federal and state funds to next year’s Medicaid budget to cover adult dental care. Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to the additional $48 million, but with some caveats. The money would only be used to pay for preventative dental care, like maintenance and extraction procedures. Part of the $48 million would also go towards paying dentists more for these procedures. Currently, the state only reimburses dentists up to 35 percent of usual and customary costs.

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Education
5:25 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Missouri House endorses Bright Flight expansion

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  Missouri House members have endorsed legislation that could offer additional financial assistance to persuade more top students to stay in the state after graduation day.

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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
4:52 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Views of the News: Franken's fight against Comcast, Time-Warner

Sen. Al Frankin (D-Minn.)
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Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is the leading voice in Congress, urging colleagues to say no to the proposed merger between Comcast and Time-Warner.

If allowed, the merger will combine the nation's number one and number two cable and internet providers -- something that Franken says is bad for consumers and bad for America.

Ashley Parker, New York Times: “Franken’s campaign against Comcast is no joke

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Politics
4:51 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Ginny Chadwick sworn in as First Ward representative

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  Ginny Chadwick was sworn in Monday as the new First Ward representative to the Columbia City Council. Although, last night was a time to celebrate, today, her first day on the job, has been very busy.

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Crime
4:47 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Dozens in jail after Texas County drug sting

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  Dozens of Texas County residents are in jail following a massive drug sting executed by Missouri law enforcement on Monday. A grand jury issued 110 indictments for 58 individuals for mostly drug related offenses. 45 people were arrested on Monday and 4 others named in the operation were already in prison, leaving nine more at large.

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Education
4:42 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Columbia Daily Tribune hosts 13th annual Hero Awards

The Columbia Daily Tribune presented seven local volunteers with awards on Monday, April 14, 2014 as recognition of the work they have done. Categories for the awards include community protection, education or literacy, health care, in the arts, youth, group and individual volunteer of the year.
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  On Monday, April 14, the Columbia Daily Tribune recognized 41 individual volunteers and groups at the 13th annual Hero Awards. Of the 41 nominees, seven received awards for their contributions.

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Hermanndeutsch
12:11 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

A disappearing German dialect still spoken in Missouri

KBIA producer Ryan Schuessler visited with Terry Loehnig, a Missouri native who runs a farm outside McKittrick, Mo. Loehnig's parents and grandparents were born in or near Hermann, Mo., and he grew up learning a regional dialect of German at home called Hermanndeutsch. It's a mixture of Low and High German, and English.

These days, it's hard to find anyone who speaks Hermanndeutsch, and the dialect is quickly becoming a distant memory.

Education
8:54 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Columbia school board discusses Common Core, attendance boundaries

Chris Belcher
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The Columbia Board of Education has re-elected Christine King as its president, and has re-elected James Whitt as Vice-President.  At the Columbia Board of Education's regular meeting last night, the board discussed Missouri's progress on adopting the Common Core Standards, a series of national guidelines designed to increase consistency and quality in K-12 schools across the U.S.

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Business
8:46 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Ameren starts construction on natural gas pipeline

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Ameren Missouri says construction is underway on an 11-mile natural gas pipeline from Columbia to Ashland, which currently does not have natural gas service.

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Weather
8:32 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Mid-April freeze threatens fruit trees

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The winter that just won't quit has one more punch for the nation's Heartland — a cold front bringing a brief return to sub-freezing weather, creating concerns for growers of apples, peaches, grapes and other fruit.

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Politics
8:26 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Mo. Senate sets aside debate on ethics legislation

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
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The Missouri Senate has temporarily set aside debate on ethics legislation that would curb lobbying.

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Politics
8:24 am
Tue April 15, 2014

The world according to Peter Stiepleman, and his vision for Columbia schools

CPS superintendent Stiepleman on Intersection

It’s a new era for Columbia Public Schools...

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Politics
8:10 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Design firm picked for Fulton State Hospital

Jay Nixon
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Missouri officials have selected a company to design plans for a new facility at the Fulton State Hospital campus.

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Missouri Environment
7:04 am
Tue April 15, 2014

University of Missouri helps Feds with climate change research

M.U. School of Natural Resources research specialist Tom Bonnot works with data to develop models that predict how climate change will effect forests and wildlife.

With all the bickering taking place in Congress about what to do or what not to do about climate change, you might think federal agencies wouldn't be dealing with it either.

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Business
4:55 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

New COMO Connect system has successful practice run

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The new transit system, COMO Connect, went for its first test run earlier this week. The system went on a full run beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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Education
4:41 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

MU assistant professor finds rare fossils in China

MU assistant professor of geological sciences James Schiffbauer and his team have found rare 500 year old fossilized embryos in China.  Now, they are studying how those fossils stayed preserved.

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Education
4:24 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Gardening connoisseur leads food panel at MU expo

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Experts from all over the state came together to challenge major issues in the food industry during the MU botanical garden expo today.

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Arts and Culture
4:18 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Physician to be inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

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A physician regarded as the father of osteopathic medicine will be inducted this week into the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state Capitol.

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Arts and Culture
2:28 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Mapping Missouri's second languages

Missouri is a land of many languages. English is most common, but there are significant populations of Bosnian-speakers in St. Louis, as well as an historical Francophone community in the eastern part of the state.

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