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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

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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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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Alan Freeman appointed new Mo. Social Services Director

Alan Freeman
St. Louis Integrated Health Network

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a veteran executive of health care systems as director of the Department of Social Services. Alan Freeman is president and CEO of Grace Hill Health Centers, which operates five health care centers and a community health program in St. Louis.

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Crime
4:23 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Appeals court agrees with decision to throw out George Allen murder conviction

Brian Turner Flickr

A Missouri appeals court has refused to overturn an order that freed a St. Louis man who spent nearly 30 years in prison for the 1982 slaying of a St. Louis woman.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Consumer Expert Mel Zelenak

Today Paul Pepper welcomes retired economics professor and consumer expert MEL ZELENAK, who looks ahead to 2013 and ways to curb bad spending habits. 

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Weather
8:14 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Southeast Mo. drivers urged to stay off roads

Credit Kyle Deas

Officials are discouraging travel in southeastern Missouri until crews clear the roads from what was expected to be heavy snowfall with blizzard conditions.

The National Weather Service placed 13 counties from the Bootheel to north of Cape Girardeau under a blizzard warning from Tuesday night to midday today. Total accumulations were expected to range from three inches in the Bootheel to 12 inches farther north.

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Business
8:04 am
Wed December 26, 2012

New year brings minimum-wage increase in Missouri

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On January 1st, 10 states, including Missouri, are scheduled to raise the minimum wage. Missouri’s minimum wage will jump up by 10 cents to $7.35 per hour. And, the pay increases could provide a nice bump in the state’s economy.

The minimum-wage increase comes after state voters approved a 2006 proposition to keep the minimum wage at a rate matching the growing cost of living.

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Health & Wealth Update
12:15 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

My Life My Town: We as one person

The DeWeese brothers
Stuart Palley Columbia Missourian

Terry and Tony DeWeese are identical twins and have spent their entire lives together. Once they graduate from Hallsville High School, Tony and Terry will be apart for the first time in their lives. Terry will enlist in the US Marine Corps and attend basic training at Camp Pendleton in June, and Tony will attend college in Kansas. Tony has Cerebral Palsy, preventing him from enlisting with his brother.

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Radio Friends
11:54 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Sympatico Performs

Merry Christmas! Today Paul Pepper invites local all-female barbershop quartet SYMPATICO to perform holiday favorites like, "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas" and "White Christmas".  Poinsettias provided by Tiger Garden: 573-884-1191 or www.mutigergarden.com

Radio Friends
8:50 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Sympatico Performs

Merry Christmas! Today Paul Pepper invites local all-female barbershop quartet SYMPATICO to perform holiday favorites like, "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas" and "White Christmas". December 25, 2012

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Politics
3:42 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Santa comes early for some politicos, with end-of-year donations

Credit selbstfotografiert / Wikimedia Common

Wealthy Republican donors are starting Christmas early. Somewhat uncharacteristically, GOP donor David Humphreys donated $25,000 to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Friday. Humphreys is the head of a Joplin based roofing company and usually donates exclusively to Republicans – in fact, he donated about $1.5 million to conservatives and conservative organizations just this year.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Nixon says arming teachers would put kids at risk

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon is voicing opposition to House Republicans’ plans to allow teachers in Missouri to carry guns in classrooms. 

In a letter to the state’s public school superintendents, Nixon says the proposal would put children at risk and take away the authority of local school districts to keep guns out of classrooms. 

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Weather
3:24 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

MoDOT readies crews for winter storm

Credit Rachel Lippmann / St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it’s ready for the winter storm that’s supposed to hit the St. Louis area and portions of south central Missouri and the Ozarks over Christmas.

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PM Newscasts
11:09 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Newscast for December 24, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The Missouri DNR has yet to enforce punishment after a September acid spill in Columbia
  • Phase 1 of the Birds Point levee restoration project is complete
  • Governor Jay Nixon's office estimates Medicaid expansion would save the state money
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Science, Health and Technology
8:38 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Still no Mo. DNR decision on MU-Flat Branch acid spill

Columbia's Flat Branch Creek.
File KBIA

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources hasn't decided yet if it will penalize the University of Missouri for the release of about 25 gallons of sulfuric acid.

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Politics
8:35 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Judge blocks MO birth control insurance law

Joe Gratz Flickr

A federal judge has blocked a new Missouri law requiring insurers to offer policies excluding birth control coverage because it conflicts with a federal law mandating such coverage.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:32 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Phase 1 of Birds Point levee restoration complete

USACEpublicaffairs Flickr

The first phase of restoration work has been completed on a Mississippi River levee that was intentionally breached in 2011 during record flooding.

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Agriculture
10:19 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Field Notes: Drought will continue to haunt beef industry

Kevin Good talks to ranchers about the drought's impact on the beef industry at the Missouri Cattlemen's Association's 2012 convention.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

For this edition of Field Notes, I spoke with Kevin Good, an analyst for the agriculture research firm CattleFax, about how the ongoing drought will affect the beef industry in 2013 and 2014. Good was one of the speakers at this year's Missouri Cattlemen's Association convention.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat December 22, 2012

For Missouri monks, fruitcake is a slice of the divine

The taste of fruits, nuts, spices, burgundy wine and rum blend together in a moist fruitcake made by the Trappist monks at Assumption Abbey outside of Ava, Mo. The monks there have been making fruitcakes for 25 years.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

Some monasteries make jelly, creamed honey, even world-class beer.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Sen. McCaskill touts wartime contracting bill passed by Congress

File Photo KBIA

Congress has given final approval to new oversight requirements for wartime contracting that had been sought by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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PM Newscasts
4:12 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Newscast for December 21, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Former Congressman Wendall Bailey throws his hat in the ring to replace Jo Ann Emerson
  • Mamtek investors will begin getting a small portion of their money back
  • The MU athletic department gets a pledge of $6.4 million over the next 10 years
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Politics
4:05 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Bailey joins group hoping to replace Emerson in U.S. House

Wendall Bailey
Missouri State Treasurer's office

Former Republican congressman Wendell Bailey has joined a crowded field of candidates hoping to fill a vacancy in southeast Missouri's 8th Congressional District.

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Crime
4:00 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Highway Patrol investigates threat against Governor Nixon

KBIA File Photo

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it is investigating a threat reported by Springfield police against Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Business
3:28 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Mamtek investors to get small portion of money back

A bank says that most investors in the failed Mamtek factory project in Moberly will soon begin receiving small payments from a recent auction of the company’s equipment.

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Sports
11:25 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Anonymous donors pledge $6.4 million to MU athletics scholarship fund

File Photo KBIA

In a press release Friday, the University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced it’s secured a pledge of $6.4 million over the next ten years toward its Tiger Scholarship fund. The donors asked to remain anonymous.

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Crime
8:52 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Governor Nixon calls for moment of silence in remembrance of Newtown

Governor Jay Nixon urged Missourians today to pause today to remember the victims of the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Politics
8:48 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Missouri House member explains proposal for arming teachers, says it wouldn't be 'Wild West'

Credit Hakan Dahlstrom / flickr

The sponsor of a bill that would allow Missouri teachers to be armed in classrooms says they won’t be running around their schools with guns drawn, acting like Rambo. 

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