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5:04 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

New driver's licenses in Missouri

Missouri Department of Revenue

Missouri drivers will see changes in their driver's licenses beginning this year.

The Department of Revenue says new licenses will have security features such as special printing, laser perforations and bar codes. The state says the changes are designed to protect the owner's identity and fight fraud.

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Business Beat
5:04 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Checkoff beef and fiscal cliff (for now)

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Did you feel that pullback January 1st? That was Congress finally passing a compromise bill to prevent the country from careening off the fiscal cliff. In the early hours of 2013, the Senate passed the bill. And much later that day, the House passed it.

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Education
4:57 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

UM System President Wolfe announces administrative changes

New UM System President Tim Wolfe spoke with reporters on his first official day in charge.
File KBIA

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe announced a few changes to the organization of some administrative offices Wednesday. In a press release, Wolfe said he will consolidate the roles of Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, which has been vacant for several years, and the Vice President of Economic Development.

UM System spokesperson Jennifer Hollingshead says the new person in this position will work with chief academic, research and economic development officers on all of the system campuses.

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Agriculture
4:30 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Beef checkoff feud exposes divide within cattle industry

Allen Berry co-owns a cow-calf operation with his wife near Trenton, Mo. Like all other cow-calf operators, Berry pays into a fund that benefits the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board for each animal sold.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

This story on the American beef industry is part of a special reporting series from Harvest Public Media. Check out the rest of their stories at harvestpublicmedia.org.

When Allen Berry brought his 11 yearlings to the Green City Livestock Market in central Missouri last month, he paid into a fund that at first blush, seems a bargain.

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Business
9:50 am
Wed January 2, 2013

2012 brings profit for Jefferson City's historic prison tours

Credit Samantha Sunne / KBIA

Tours of the old Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City are becoming profitable – according to a report from the Jefferson City News Tribune.

The newspaper reports visits to the former prison generated more than $275,000 dollars in revenue during the year 2012. That's nearly $35,000 more than the cost of operating the tours.

Jefferson City’s Convention and Visitors Bureau says more than 19,000 people toured the old prison during the past year. Ticket sales accounted for most of the revenue.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:14 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Rethinking ants: New Rolla research creates model to predict colony growth and survival

Credit Bulldog Pottery / Flickr

New research out of Rolla finds that larger ant colonies have an edge over smaller ones.

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Health & Wealth Update
12:34 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

My Life My Town: Finding challenges in Ashland

Jared Thomassen
Naveen Mahadevan Columbia Missourian

Jared Thomassen is a junior in Ashland always looking for new goals to achieve. He is an avid long distance runner and placed second in the Duathlon at the last Show Me State Games. If that wasn't enough, Jared takes on music as well. He's been in band since elementary school and is a part of Southern Boone County High School's competitive marching band. Producers Erin Dismeier and Naveen Mahadevan bring us this story, as part of KBIA and the Columbia Missourian’s My Life, My Town project.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Singer Larry Brown

Happy New Year! Today Paul Pepper welcomes local favorite LARRY BROWN, who sings "Auld Lang Syne" - including verses not often heard!

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Intersection
5:32 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Year in review: a look back at the news from 2012

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

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Business
3:40 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Record venison donations to food program

A statewide effort to share extra venison taken by deer hunters is bringing in record donations.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the program, called Missouri's Share the Harvest, is on track to distribute 400,000 pounds of donated meat.

The program allows deer hunters to donate the venison when they take deer to food processors. The venison is distributed through regional and local food pantries.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Legislator pushes to limit drone use

Credit File / KBIA

A northwestern Missouri lawmaker is seeking to limit the use of drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles.

The legislation would require law enforcement officers get a warrant before using a drone in Missouri. It also would prohibit the use of drones by people, organizations or government agencies for the surveillance of farms. Republican Rep. Casey Guernsey of Bethany is proposing the measure.

Guernsey says he does not want state government to monitor residents more than it currently does.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Sen McCaskill calls for closure in levee gap

Sen. McCaskill has teamed up with two Republicans to push for the closure of a levee gap.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is joining two Republican colleagues in calling for federal agencies to move ahead with plans to close a 1,500-foot gap in a southeast Missouri levee, a project long delayed over environmental concerns.

McCaskill sent a letter in mid-December to the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, calling uncertainty and delays in the project "unacceptable."

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AM Newscasts
11:18 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Newscast for December 31, 2012

This is regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri's U.S. Senators disagree on proposed Senate rule changes
  • Governor Nixon announces his goals for the 2013 legislative session
  • New laws will go into effect starting Tuesday
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Science, Health and Technology
10:40 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Turkey, quail and bees fared well in Mo. in 2012

Wild Turkey
Mr. Muskrat Flickr

2012 was a rough year for Missouri farmers battling severe drought and extreme heat, but some species of wildlife did well – specifically, turkeys, bobwhite quail and honeybees.

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Politics
8:49 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Blunt, McCaskill take opposing views on Senate rule changes

U.S. Capitol
KBIA

Averting big, abrupt tax increases and spending cuts isn’t the only issue pressing in Washington this week.

The U.S. Senate may soon move to fundamentally change the way it does business, and Missouri’s two senators are on opposing sides of that debate.

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Weather
7:13 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Officials stress caution on roads on New Year's Eve

Ryan Famuliner KBIA file photo

The Columbia Public Works department says, based on local forecasts for winter weather, the department decided to start pre-treating roadways this morning.

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Business
5:27 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Mississippi River's low levels could affect commerce

Mississippi River levels are dropping thanks to ice up north.
Credit Brett Ciccotelli / Flickr

The Mississippi River's water level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warn that river commerce could essentially come to a halt by mid-January. Ice on the northern section of the Mississippi is reducing flow more than expected.

The Coast Guard remains confident that the nation's largest waterway will remain open despite the worst drought in decades.

But even if the Mississippi remains technically open, Deborah Colbert of the Waterways Council, a barge industry trade group, says further load limits will make shipping unviable by mid-January.

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Politics
5:21 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Gov. Nixon aims to improve government efficiency

Gov. Nixon has a lot of plans for his next term.
Credit KBIA File Photo

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he wants to improve government efficiency and pursue efforts dealing with education, economic development and Medicaid.

Nixon said Friday he would like to consolidate regulatory commissions within the Department of Natural Resources and says there should be discussion about lengthening Missouri's school year. He also wants to increase exports and promote tourism, and he called for comprehensive campaign finance and ethics legislation.

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Politics
8:12 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Closing the 'gun show loophole': Mo. legislators put guns on the agenda

Missouri State House member Stacey Newman, a Democrat, plans to file legislation that would close a so-called
Credit zombieite / Flickr

In the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Missouri lawmakers will have competing gun proposals when they convene next month for the 2013 regular session.  They include one that would require background checks for anyone who buys a firearm at gun shows. 

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Global Journalist
6:32 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Journalists visit MU as part of cultural exchange program (rebroadcast)

Global Journalist was joined by four mid-career journalists from four vastly different countries: Kenya, Pakistan, Malaysia and South Africa.

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Agriculture
5:33 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

New food safety rules apply to bulk grains

At DFS Animal Nutrition, Leland McKinney says quality and safety are inextricably linked.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

New food safety regulations are about to be announced by the Food and Drug Administration. These regulations—covering everything from sanitation to record-keeping—are part of the Food Safety and Modernization Act, which became law two years ago. While the produce and meat industries get the lion’s share of attention, commodity grains now fall under the FDA’s watch.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

MoDOT reports slight increase in traffic fatalities for 2012

The Missouri Department of Transportation is reporting a slight increase in traffic fatalities for the year 2012 – that’s expected to be about a 3 percent increase from last year.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Republicans to tackle workers' compensation

The Missouri House approved legislation changing the way school districts handle teacher layoffs.
File KBIA

Republicans who control the Missouri Legislature plan to make another attempt at revising the state's workers' compensation laws.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:17 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

MU researcher awarded National Medal of Science

Fred Hawthorne
Shane Epping University of Missouri

A University of Missouri researcher is one of only a dozen recipients of this year’s National Medal of Science, announced by President Obama Wednesday.

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Business
3:01 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Program teaches financial lessons to foster care youth

Not all foster care kids have the resources to learn about the financial skills necessary to survive post-care.
Credit File Photo / KBIA

Foster care can be difficult for many reasons: stress on the family, forced assimilation into a new environment for the child and a lack of resources can create problems for those in the system. But what you don’t always hear about is what happens to the kids who age out of the system at 18.

These teenagers are often thrown into an adult world with adult problems, including how to make ends meet. But, one St. Louis foundation is helping teach the former foster children the financial lessons to succeed after foster care.

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Agriculture
2:37 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Beef feedlots grapple with never-ending waste

Allan Sents co-owns McPherson County Feeders, a beef feedlot in central Kansas, with his wife Deanna. His 11,000 cattle produce a lot of waste.
Credit Jeremy Bernfeld / Harvest Public Media

This story on the American beef industry is part of a special reporting series from Harvest Public Media. Check out the rest of their stories at harvestpublicmedia.org.

You think you deal with a lot of bull crap? Allan Sents needs a front-end loader and a dump truck to deal with all the cattle manure he’s up against. Literally.

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Arts and Culture
8:52 am
Thu December 27, 2012

St. Louis soul singer Fontella Bass dies

Credit PopandCo

A popular soul singer of the 1960s from St. Louis has died, according to KTVI-TV in St. Louis. Fontella Bass started singing on showboats in the St. Louis area and her early records were produced by Ike Turner. She started off with popularity only in the region, but her recording "Rescue Me" became a smash hit, reaching number one on the billboard charts for four weeks in October of 1965.

Bass later recorded with  jazz outfit "the Art Ensemble of Chicago" and was married to jazz legend Lester Bowie. She was a member of the St. Louis Walk of Fame, with a star on Delmar Boulevard.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Missouri Cures & Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

Today Paul Pepper talks to MARGARET TOLLERTON, Missouri Cures, about the 2012 World Stem Cell Report. Also, NEGAR RAZVANI shares details about the upcoming 20th Columbia Values Diversity Celebration. Keynote speaker is Martin Luther King III. 

Poinsettias provided by Tiger Garden: 573-884-1191 or www.mutigergarden.com

Politics
8:34 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Conservative group urges state not to spend surplus on Medicaid

Credit j.stephenconn / Flickr

Forecasters call for Missouri’s revenues to grow by just over 3 percent during the next fiscal year, and a conservative group wants any left over money to be returned to taxpayers or added to the state’s Rainy Day fund.  Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican legislative leaders released the annual revenue estimate ahead of the 2013 legislative session. 

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PM Newscasts
4:59 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Newscast for December 26, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Alan Freeman will be the new Director of the Department of Social Services
  • A Mo. Appeals Court agrees with the decision to throw out George Allen's murder conviction
  • Missouri minimum wage earners will get a slight raise in the new year
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