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3:41 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Cambio de Colores conference addresses integration of immigrants in Midwest

A three-day conference is being held to address the integration of immigrants into the Midwest. The 13th annual Cambio De Colores conference started Wednesday night at the University of Missouri and runs through Friday.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Koster backs gay marriage but fights it in court

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he personally supports gay marriage but will defend the state's constitutional ban against it.

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Business
3:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

No health risk found at Bridgeton complex

The Environmental Protection Agency says preliminary radiation screening results showed no public health risk at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Second Chance & Bittersweet Garden Club

Today Paul Pepper chats with VALERIE CHAFFIN, Second Chance, about the need for volunteers to foster dogs and cats during these summer months. At [4:50] JEANNINE BRICKEY and MARCIA REED talk about the Bittersweet Garden Club's 15th Annual Garden Tour, happening this Sunday in Jefferson City! June 26, 2014

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Health
8:27 am
Thu June 26, 2014

University of Missouri to introduce new employee health care option

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A University of Missouri task force is finalizing the details of a new health care option that will be available to university employees in the Columbia area. The new option will be offered in 2015.

UM System Spokesperson John Fougere said the new option will have lower premium rates, deductibles, and co-pays than the two options currently available for employees. With the new plan, employees will be limited to medical care within the MU Health Care system.

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Views of the News
7:06 am
Thu June 26, 2014

World Cup fever sweeps USA

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Bigger than baseball?

With ratings for Sunday's U.S.A-Portugal game tipping in at just more than 24 million television viewers, it's probably safe to say World Cup fever has swept the nation.  ESPN reports more than 18 million tuned in to its main, English-language broadcast -- an audience bigger than single games of both the World Series and the NBA finals.

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Views of the News
5:53 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Views of the News: The Supreme Court's Ruling on Aereo

Professor Amy Simons

A big week in legal news, as the U.S. Supreme Court decides on the Aereo case, verdicts are announced in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal and three Al Jazeera journalists are sentenced to more than seven years in an Egyptian prison. Also, Sen. Claire McCaskill takes on Dr. Oz, the St. Louis-Post Dispatch drops George Will, and hottest felon ever? From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Jim Flink: Views of the News.

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Business
4:10 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Sustainable bus shelters are being discussed in Columbia

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The city of Columbia plans to begin its new configuration of bus routes on August 4. The expansion to the public transit system has the city looking into the possibility of adding new sustainable bus shelters along the new routes.

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Health
4:01 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Five Missouri hospitals team up for better care

Credit Shelby Mann

Five hospitals in Missouri have announced the formation of a collaborative network today. The network is an effort to improve health care and access to health care in Missouri.

The newly formed Health Network of Missouri is composed of Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia, Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach and the University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia.

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Health & Wealth Update
9:37 am
Wed June 25, 2014

From home to hospital to home: closing the loop in healthcare

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 Your medical record can be more than just the file in which your doctor scribbles notes during your appointment. With help from movement sensors similar to those in an Xbox Kinect, patient data can be recorded in the home and shared easily with your network of doctors and hospitals, creating a comprehensive and accessible medical file. 

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Arts and Culture
8:04 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Ashland officials look to expand 'livable streets'

Columbia 'bike boulevard'
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The city of Ashland is looking into expanding non-motor transportation. This includes producing more sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and bike trails throughout the city. They city held an open meeting to talk about this expansion Wednesday. About 25 members of the community participated and voiced their concerns about where sidewalks and walkways should be placed.

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Views of the News
6:30 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Views Preview: Deciding the Aereo case

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The Supreme Court of the United States found in favor of major broadcasters, and against Aereo, in a case over the streaming of copyrighted material on the Internet.

Jordan Crook, Tech Crunch: "Aereo loses in Supreme Court, deemed illegal"

Katy Bachman, POLITICO: "Aereo loses copyright fight at Supreme Court"

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Sports
5:01 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Missouri Supreme Court rules on mascot mishap

Kansas City Royals mascot Sluggerrr
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The Missouri Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Kansas City Royals fan injured by a hot dog tossed by the team mascot.

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Education
3:52 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Nixon vows to veto school transfer legislation

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Gov. Jay Nixon came to St. Louis County Tuesday to make official his vow to veto school transfer legislation that allowed the use of public money to pay for certain students to attend private schools.

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Politics
8:08 am
Tue June 24, 2014

MoDot seeks comment on transportation tax in run-up to August primary

MoDot officials and Missouri residents gathered in Sedalia, Monday, June 23, for a public comment session on the proposed Amendment 7 transportation tax to raise funds for infrastructure projects.
Credit Shelby Mann / KBIA

MoDOT is holding public comment sessions to gather feedback on a proposed transportation tax in Missouri.

The proposed Amendment 7 introduces a three-quarter cent sales tax that would fund transportation projects over a 10 year time period from 2015 to 2025. Voters will decide on the August fifth primary election ballot.

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Business
5:43 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Missouri to allow Sunday motorcycle sales

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Missouri consumers will soon be able to buy motorcycles on Sundays.

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Education
5:36 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

MU planning teacher and learning center

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  University of Missouri teachers could be getting some extra training in the next few years.

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Intersection
5:05 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

What the VA hospital controversy means for the future and for Missouri

The United States Veterans Health Administration has recently been under national scrutiny, after reports that veterans were on waiting lists at some VA hospitals for more than 30 days… in some cases, dozens of people had died while still on waiting lists to receive care. Moreover, there’s been evidence of efforts at some hospitals to hide evidence of those long waiting lists. Congress is discussing the issue, and the Veterans Affairs Secretary resigned last month.

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Education
8:32 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Normandy parents anxiously await outcomes, seek options

'We're praying': The Chaney family
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Anxiety crept through SheRon Chaney when she heard that the Francis Howell School District would no longer accept about 350 transfer students from Normandy who were signed up to continue in the program. 

“Last year we were hopeful, this year we’re fearful,” she said. 

Chaney transferred her middle school aged daughter BrenNae to Maplewood Richmond Heights last year.  And even though Francis Howell’s decision --  made during a closed session of its school board -- doesn’t affect her directly, it has Chaney and hundreds of other parents holding their breath.

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Arts and Culture
8:26 am
Mon June 23, 2014

St. Louis Gesher Music Festival opens with cellist Matt Haimovitz

Matt Haimovitz
Credit Steph Mackinnon

The 2014 Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists opens this week in St. Louis. This year the festival opening gala features cellist Matt Haimovitz, who is known for pushing the envelope and blurring the lines between classical and popular music.

“I have a range of passions musically, and I tend to just follow my heart,” said Haimovitz when asked about his sometimes unusual musical choices.  He’s been known to take his cello to a bar and play the music of Jimi Hendrix.

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Education
8:21 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Missouri NEA president calls for teacher involvement in common core and tenure decisions

Springfield Library Center
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Educators across Missouri have been debating the issues of common core state standards and teacher tenure. Missouri National Education Association President, Charles E. Smith, said whatever route Missouri goes, teachers should be involved in the decision.

The bill that could replace national common core standards with a new set of standards developed by Missouri state educators is still sitting on Governor Nixon's desk.

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Science and Technology
7:58 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Ameren to install $145 million piece in reactor

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Workers at Ameren’s Callaway Energy Center near Fulton will install a new, multi-million dollar piece of equipment later this year.

Ameren said it’s a nuclear reactor vessel head, which protects important parts of the reactor, and will be installed during a refueling outage in a few months. Barry Cox, Ameren’s Senior Director of Nuclear Operations, said the outage will come around mid-October.

The piece will replace a 30-year-old vessel head, which has been in use since the reactor opened back in 1984. Ameren said it invested $145 million in the new part.

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Views of the News
10:06 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Pundits return to talk about Iraq violence

  As the violence escalates in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), there's a steady stream of hawkish pundits on television talking about the need to act.  What do Paul Wolfowitz, Paul Bremer, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have to say today that's different than prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Missouri School of Journalism professors Margaret Duffy, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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Views of the News
9:06 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Native advertising works for Netflix, NYT

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  The New York Times has launched a multimedia report -- complete with video, audio and interactive graphics -- on what life is like for women in our federal prison system.  It is native advertising, paid for by Netflix, as a promotion for its hit series, Orange is the New Black. Missouri School of Journalism professors Margaret Duffy, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

New bill reaffirms Missouri's ban on protests near funerals

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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation reaffirming Missouri's ban on protests near funerals. 

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Education
8:42 am
Fri June 20, 2014

DESE recommends new transfer policies for unaccredited districts

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Missouri education officials have released new guidance for student transfer policies.

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Education
8:41 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Higher ed performance based funding becomes Mo. law

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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that enacts performance-based funding for Missouri's public universities and community colleges.

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Education
8:26 am
Fri June 20, 2014

UM Curators approve budget and discrimination policy change; consider atheltics projects, Title IX

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At its meeting Thursday the University of Missouri Board of Curators approved the 2015 fiscal year budget, which is nearly $3 billion dollars in total revenue for the four campus system.

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Crime
8:18 am
Fri June 20, 2014

New DWI procedure in Miller County takes delay out of blood test

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Miller County authorities now have a new way to conduct DWI investigations. The new method makes it much easier for officers to attain search warrants when administering blood draws from suspected drivers.

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Arts and Culture
6:01 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

MU officially purchases the Missouri Theatre

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MU signed a lease-to-purchase agreement with the Missouri Symphony Society in 2011 that gave the University the option to purchase the theatre.

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