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2:39 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Columbia hotel workers learn to spot incidents of human trafficking

Credit Flickr Creative Commons / Ira Gelb

A seminar taking place today in Columbia aims to train hotel and motel employees to identify and combat human trafficking.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:20 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Concerns over drinking water motivate drug take-back participation

Credit Jenn Durfey / flickr

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department collected almost 650 pounds of prescription drugs from drop-off locations around Boone County in a drug pick-up event this past weekend … and the sheriff’s department reports there is an increase in people dropping off prescriptions for environmental reasons.

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Business
5:10 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Hearing begins Patriot's bid to cut benefits

A bankruptcy hearing is under way over a coal company's quest to significantly cut health care and pension benefits for its union workers, who protest the move.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Mo. House panel OKs plan to stop document scans

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

A Missouri House committee has adopted a measure to stop the state Revenue Department from scanning driver's license applicants' personal documents.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:53 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

FEMA gives Joplin deal on 2 fire engines

Joplin residents approved a bond measures giving the local school district money to build storm shelters.
File KBIA

The federal government is giving the city of Joplin a deal on two fire engines it loaned the city after the 2011 tornado.

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Agriculture
12:36 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Tiny variations the key to better wheat at MU research farm [video]

Each section (marked out in brackets) represents a different variety of wheat.
Credit Cade Cleavelin / KBIA

At MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center, researchers are testing thousands of genetically unique variations of wheat. They'll ultimately insert the best of them into the market as more productive, profitable wheat varieties.

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Sports
12:19 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Boston strong: 5K race shows support for bombing victims, families

Brittany Crocker KBIA

This weekend, Columbia hosted the 118th Boston Strong 5K race. The event was part of a global effort by pavementrunner.com to raise awareness and support for Boston marathon bombing victims.

About 35 runners, walkers, volunteers and supporters gathered in the rain at Stephens Lake Park Saturday morning for the 118th Boston Strong 5K run. The race began at 9:30 a.m. with a moment of silence, where participants raised their hands in a number-one sign to signify their support for Boston.

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Crime
9:44 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Documentary to focus on man convicted Mo. killer

The plight of a Missouri man convicted of killing a newspaper sports editor soon will be the focus of a documentary film as he continues his battle for freedom.

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Politics
9:42 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Akin not ruling out political return after loss

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Todd Akin isn't ruling out a political comeback, nearly six months after losing Missouri's U.S. Senate race amid widespread criticism of his comments about "legitimate rape."

Akin recently spoke to KSDK-TV in his first interview since losing the November election to Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. He said he's ready for a comeback, but hasn't decided if that will be in academia, public speaking, or even politics.

Education
9:41 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Part-time profs lose work over insurance mandate

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Some adjunct professors at Moberly Area Community College are losing work as the school seeks to keep down the costs of providing health insurance to employees.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the school has told its part-time professors that they will have a six-credit teaching limit this summer and a nine-credit limit in the fall semester.

The federal Affordable Care Act requires employers with at least 50 workers to offer health insurance to all employees who work an average of 30 hours weekly.

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Business
9:28 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Longer runway could spur more air traffic in Camdenton

Leaders in the City of Camdenton said they are optimistic about the potential for its airport. The conclusion to a three-part expansion plan includes the lengthening of its runway from four to five thousand feet. With this change, the airport will be able to accommodate more air traffic and larger planes.

City officials said this increase in traffic will lead to economic growth and job creation for the lake community.

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Education
8:53 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Columbia's oldest parent co-op preschool is closing after more than 54 years in business.

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Southwest Play School is the first parent-owned and operated preschool in Columbia and has been educating children for almost 50 years. Sharen Garrett started teaching at Southwest 19 years ago. She’s been teaching her whole life, and now plans to retire. Garrett teaches at the co-op weekdays, while parent-volunteers work alongside the children for a set number of days each semester.

“The needs for co-ops have changed," Garrett said. "I just love what I do. I love the children, I love their parents. You know it’d be terrible to go to job every day you didn’t love what you did.”

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Arts and Culture
6:32 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Missouri runners join race for Boston, in 'Boston Strong Como' event

randy Clark runs the Boston Strong CoMo 5K course at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Brandy, an Army veteran has participated in multiple 5K's over her years in service, but at three months pregnant, she ran this race for two.
Brittany Crocker KBIA

Runners, walkers, volunteers and supporters gathered in the rain at Stephens Lake Park Saturday morning for the 118th Boston Strong 5K run. The race began at 9:30 a.m. with a moment of silence, where participants raised their hands in a number-one sign to signify their support for Boston.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Wagner's 'Die Meistersinger' reaches back to Reformation, forward to World War II

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith & Values. Find more stories like this one at ColumbiaFAVS.com. You can get instant updates each day on Facebook and Twitter.

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Education
5:21 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Chancellor Deaton discusses study showing low professor pay at MU

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
Jay Buffington Wikimedia Commons

MU departments and department chairs are working with Chancellor Brady Deaton to increase faculty wages on a case by case basis. Deaton spoke today with KBIA’s Sydney Miller and reiterated that higher wages are a priority.

The affirmation comes after the release of a survey from the Association of American University Professor’s that shows MU salaries as less than average.

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