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Health & Wealth Update
10:28 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Missouri's meth addiction, part two

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In 2011, Missouri law enforcement busted about five meth labs each day on average – almost double the number of any other state. The state spends more than $2 million dollars a year on cleanup of these labs, and millions more on incarceration, child care, and drug treatment.

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Education
8:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Douglass Park summer lunch program begins

Free park lunches for kids are offered every week day this summer, through August 10th.
Sananda Sahoo KBIA

A program that provides free daily meals to children from low-income families  is under way this week  in Columbia. The Lunch in the Park program fills a need that arises when the school year ends. Many children who receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year may not have access to nutritious meals during the summer.

The program, a partnership between the Health Department and the Volunteer Action Center, can serve more than 100 kids each day. Lunch in the Park also provides entertainment and educational activities.

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Crime
7:44 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Rios murder conviction upheld

The Missouri Court of Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of Steven Rios - a former Columbia police officer - in the 2004 killing of a college student Rios was in a relationship with.

Rios was convicted in 2009 of second-degree murder for the death of Jesse Valencia, a 23-year-old University of Missouri student.

Rios is serving a life sentence.

Business
5:59 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Missouri payroll jobs fall by 7,300 in May

Missouri officials say the state lost about 7,300 non-farm payroll jobs in May, even as the state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.3 percent.

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Business
5:55 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Moberly airport rennovations completed

New renovations to the Moberly’s Omar Bradley Airport are complete and will be revealed to the community tonight.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:49 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Boone County to upgrade 911 operation centers

Residents can soon expect some changes to how Boone County handles 9-1-1 calls.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:42 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Report shows Callaway County teens lead Missouri in alcohol consumption and drug abuse

A report released by the Missouri Department of Mental Health shows teens in Callaway County report higher alcohol and drug use than teens anywhere else in Missouri.

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Business
5:29 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Columbia Downtown Community Improvement District Board to vote on Tiger Town street closure

Plans in Columbia for a downtown tailgating event at MU’s Friday home football games are beginning to take shape.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:17 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Cole County to install 15 new tornado sirens

Officials in Cole County have approved a proposal to add 15 new tornado sirens.

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Education
4:44 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Lincoln University sued over access to records

Joe Gratz Flickr

A national education organization has filed a lawsuit against Lincoln University in Jefferson City over access to records.

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Intersection
6:03 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Hot Summer Nights and classical music performance

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Columbia City Council sets priorities for the future

Some Columbia City Council members and department staff say they created a solid foundation during their annual retreat. The first day they focused on coming up with a clear vision statement with the help of hired consultants. By the end of the retreat, the council members and staff set aside specific priorities for the future. City Council member Helen Anthony said planning won’t stop since the retreat is over.

Crime
5:25 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Three accused of setting NE Mo. fires

Three suspects are facing felony charges for a series of fires in northeast Missouri, including one that destroyed a small-town playground.

The Kirksville Daily Express reports that 17-year-old Jaston Boone of Edina, 20-year-old Shelby Snelling of Baring and 19-year-old Athena Wolter of Knox City each face three counts. They are being held at the Adair County jail on $10,000 bond.

Business
5:22 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

ASNE names former Post-Dispatch editor as director

The former editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is the new executive director of the American Society of News Editors.

The ASNE announced the hiring Monday of Arnie Robbins, who stepped down last month after 15 years at the newspaper, including more than six years as editor. He begins work with ASNE on July 9 as the organization moves to the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, from Washington.

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Crime
4:57 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Missouri fan on team plane in federal drug probe

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A University of Missouri men's basketball fan who regularly traveled with the team to NCAA Tournament games is among 10 Columbia residents facing federal drug conspiracy charges.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Levi Coolley was on the team plane on four Tiger tournament trips from 2009 to 2011. Coolley also joined a team flight from Austin, Texas, in January and got complimentary tickets from Missouri players at nine games over two seasons.

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