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12:29 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Fact-Check Fracas; Convention Experiments; Public Editor's Shot; Armstrong Legacy [VIDEO]

Professor Lee Wilkins

Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Lee Wilkins and Charles Davis.

11:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

TV ad-buys ramping up

Lead in text: 
There's a ton of political advertising on TV these days and it's only going to get worse (or better, if you're into that kind of thing). Our colleagues at Project Open Vault keep track of these things and they know who's buying what and when:
Susan B. Anthony List runs ads against Obama's stance on abortion; Still, Martin buy time for future Every week Project Open Vault receives new political ad buy contracts from three mid-Missouri TV stations, updating our ad spending database as soon as possible. Below is a brief look at the past week's ad buys: The Susan B.
Weather
8:21 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Hurricane Isaac could create mid-Mo. problems

Cayobo FLICKR

The Midwest may get a break from the drought when remnants of Hurricane Isaac arrive late this week, but the torrent of rain could create problems.

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Politics
8:10 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Judge revises wording for Mo. health care measure

KBIA file photo

The language used in a ballot initiative approved by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has been tossed out by a Cole County judge. 

Proposition-E centers on the conditions for creating a health care exchange in Missouri. It read in part if the law should, quote, “deny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care.”  Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder called the language used by the Democratic Secretary of State unbelievably biased.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:09 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Cole County judge strikes down language in Mo. health care measure

jodimarr Flickr

A Cole County judge has struck down language authorized by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan in a ballot initiative dealing with the creation of a health insurance exchange. 

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Politics
5:34 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Commentary: Harry Truman's seat

The desk Harry Truman used while in the U.S. Senate
USGOV

The contemporary history of U.S. Senate elections in Missouri is fascinating.  It is filled with twists and turns, tragedy and farce.  It is extraordinary how rich its arc is and how fabulous the alternative histories that emerge from it are.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:41 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Report: LGBT Missourians tend to be less healthy, have less access to care

Lindsey Turner Flickr

A new study finds Missouri’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has poorer health outcomes and less access to healthcare than the general population.

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Education
1:08 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

University of Missouri Press will remain open

Adam Procter Flickr

Updated 8/29/12 3:00 p.m.

The University of Missouri says it will keep its academic publishing business open and drop plans for a new reimagined publishing operation.

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Politics
8:19 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Springfield council tables ordinance changes

Ludovic Bertron Wikimedia Commons

The Springfield City Council voted to table a proposal to expand the city's nondiscrimination ordinance.

The city is considering prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The council was considering Monday night whether to vote on the issue or put it to a public vote.

Instead, the council voted 7-2 to postpone action on the ordinance.

The city will instead appoint a task force to work toward a compromise on an issue that has created passionate debate for weeks.

Business
8:15 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Southwest Airlines announces Branson flights

A Southwest Airlines plane at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), Manchester, NH.
afagen FLICKR

Southwest has announced that it’s taking over the Branson operations of its AirTran subsidiary in March next year.

KYTV reports that Southwest will drop daily nonstop service between Branson and Baltimore while adding one direct daily flight to Love Field in Dallas. Nonstop daily service to Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby will continue, and a Saturday-only direct flight between Branson and Orlando is being added.

Agriculture
8:06 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Mo. drought relief program totals $29M for farmers

A Missouri program to improve the water supplies of drought-stricken farmers could end up costing nearly 15 times the original estimate.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced a $2 million program a month ago in which the state would cover 90 percent of the cost for farmers to drill or deepen wells or expand their irrigation systems. But demand far exceeded expectations, and the governor expanded the program.

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Politics
8:03 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Judge hears lawsuit over Mo. health care measure

Sara Westermark FLICKR

A Missouri judge is preparing to weigh arguments on the wording of a health care proposal on the state's November ballot.

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers claim in a lawsuit that the ballot language written by Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is misleading.

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Crime
7:53 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Hamoodi to begin federal prison sentence

Hamoodi Family HelpHamoodi.org

Columbia Businessman Shakir Hamoodi is expected to begin a 3 year federal prison sentence Tuesday afternoon.

Shakir’s son Husam was working at World Harvest Market in Columbia Monday afternoon – Shakir’s last day before he began his prison sentence.

Husam said around 50 people had stopped by the store throughout the day to say goodbye to Shakir.

He also said Shakir has been very busy these past few days. He compared his father’s prison sentence to it being like someone saying ‘you have three months to live.’

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Arts and Culture
5:46 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Storytelling as part of our lives

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

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Agriculture
3:05 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Drought could edge livestock producers out of business

Alfred Brandt says he will have to pay $100,000 in out-of-pocket feed costs to get his 150 Holstein cows fed through next spring.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Brandt Dairy sits on Swan Creek at the end of a meandering gravel road in Linn, Missouri. The farm is bucolic with its twin silos, red barn and black-and-white Holstein cows. But the brown pastures, dry river bed and burnt corn fields are a reminder that there have been less than two inches of rain here in the last two months.

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Education
8:12 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Missouri State gets $2.5M federal grant

Missouri State University has been awarded a $2.5 million federal grant aimed at providing graduate courses for mid-career students at the Department of Defense.

The grant goes to the university's Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, which is located in Washington. The department will work with the National Defense University to provide graduate courses for up to 48 mid-career students with the Department of Defense.

Science, Health and Technology
8:05 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Mo. agency suspends permits for deer facilities

dishfunctional Flickr

The Missouri Conservation Commission has stopped issuing permits for new big-game hunting and breeding facilities that hold white-tailed or mule deer.

Officials say the goal is to help protect deer from fatal chronic wasting disease, a contagious illness that attacks the nervous system.

Faith/Religion
7:32 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Hundreds turn out for Joplin mosque rally

Jennifer Davidson KSMU

Hundreds of people turned out for a rally aimed at showing solidarity with area Muslims whose mosque was destroyed in a suspicious fire.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat August 25, 2012

New minister of First Baptist Church pushes through challenges

The Rev. Carol McEntyre began her role as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia in July. During her first week, news broke that Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt, a member of the church, was killed in Afghanistan.
Photo courtesy of First Baptist Church

Harum Helmy finds out what the Rev. Carol McEntyre's first week as senior pastor at First Baptist Church was like.

About one month ago, the Rev. Carol McEntyre started as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Columbia.

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Politics
6:08 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Planned Parenthood bus holds rally in Columbia

Planned Parenthood Action Fund

A crowd of 120 supporters greeted the Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s “Women are Watching” bus tour as it rolled into Columbia Thursday evening. The Action Fund has been holding rallies across the country to energize voters in support of candidates who back Planned Parenthood health centers.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:10 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

MU Study: Carbon nanotubes are toxic to aquatic animals

An environmental scanning microscopy shows an electron beam deposited nanowire between two microelectrodes (left) and a multiwall carbon nanotube sample.
Kristian Molhave Opensource Handbook of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

When fresh water animals, such as worms and mussels, were exposed to water loaded with carbon nanotubes, their health suffered, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. In fact, the bottom-dwelling critters didn’t grow as quickly and they didn’t survive as long as their counterparts living in cleaner water.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Akin holds sudden St. Louis press conference, again, says he's still in race

Rep. Todd Akin (file photo)
Kris Husted KBIA

Republican U.S. Representative Todd Akin held a brief press conference this afternoon in St. Louis, where he again re-iterated his intention to stay in the race for the U-S Senate against Democrat Claire McCaskill.

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Politics
8:30 am
Fri August 24, 2012

U.S. Capitol Police investigating reported threat on Akin, Huckabee pledges support

U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a reported threat against U.S. Representative Todd Akin, the U.S. Representative from Missouri who has been criticized for comments he made recently about rape.

A police spokesperson says there is "an active, open investigation" into a reported threat against the Republican lawmaker. She added that she could not discuss details regarding security of members of Congress.

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Weather
8:14 am
Fri August 24, 2012

New data shows drought intensifying, with slight reprieve expected in coming week

Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

The ongoing drought has intensified slightly in Missouri over the past week, according to new data released by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska. 

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Global Journalist
6:41 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Reporting in war torn Syria

Photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie photographed members of the Free Syrian Army in March 2012.
Jonathan Alpeyrie

The trick to a war photographer’s success is being in the right place at the right time -- and, of course, not getting wounded, captured or killed. 

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Agriculture
5:52 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

The Midwest's version of Bernie Madoff gets 9 years

Asbury's cattle rustling schemes netted him 9 years in federal prison.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

A former central Missouri man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for a pair of cattle fraud schemes that cost investors nearly $8 million.

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Education
4:26 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Shakeup at MU Health Care: CEO retiring, new interim dean of School Medicine

The University of Missouri Health System has announced that chief executive officer Jim Ross will retire at the end of the year.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Rasmussen poll shows McCaskill up 10 points on Akin

Sen. Claire McCaskill (file photo)
Kris Husted KBIA

Rasmussen Reports has released a poll of 500 Missouri voters that shows US Representative Todd Akin is now trailing his Democratic opponent in the US Senate race by 10 points.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Group of former Mo. Supreme Court judges oppose selection changes

steakpinball Flickr

Defenders of Missouri's method of selecting appellate judges are fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the system.

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Education
8:59 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Higher ed dept: Mo. college costs trend lower compared to rest of U.S.

David Chico Pham Flickr

Speaking on KBIA’s Intersection earlier this week, Deputy Commissioner for the Missouri Department of Higher Education Paul Wagner said that Missouri has been a national leader in keeping college tuition down. He said that tuition increases at public four year institutions in the state were the lowest in the country over the last three years. That statistic comes from a College Board Report released earlier this month. Wagner points to two factors that have helped limit tuition increases.

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