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11:26 am
Fri March 8, 2013

How one enzyme manufacturer catalyzed success

Katie and Brian Thompson started Elemental Enzymes a few years ago.
Megan Stoll Studios

Researchers Katie and Brian Thompson of the University of Missouri took the plunge to start a company a few years ago.  They relocated to the Missouri Innovation Center in Columbia, which provides them office space and mentorship support. The husband and wife team developed a technology that stabilizes enzymes.  They created a platform technology, which has applications in many industries. 

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Business
10:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

True False Fest is like Christmas for CoMo businesses

Credit True False Film Festival

Some downtown Columbia business owners are saying their businesses saw some of the biggest crowds they've ever had during last weekend's True False Film Fest. And some business owners are already considering advertising and promotion plans for next year’s festival.

This year’s festival sold a record 40,000 tickets. 

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Politics
6:23 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Lower state income tax debated

Missouri State Capitol
File Photo KBIA

The Missouri Senate granted preliminary approval yesterday to a bill that would decrease the state income tax by 0.75 percent.

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Politics
6:13 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Competing drug monitoring programs designed either to pass General Assembly or fail ballot vote

Sen. Rob Schaaf
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Two bills that would create a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri received a hearing today before a State Senate committee.

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Politics
6:05 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Term limit changes pass Missouri House by a wide margin

Missouri State Capitol
File KBIA

The Missouri House has passed a bill that would amend the term limits law passed by state voters in 1992. 

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Politics
5:58 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Gov. Nixon challenges Republican alternative to Medicaid expansion

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon has raised concerns about a Republican-backed Medicaid plan.

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PM Newscasts
5:58 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Newscast for March 7, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Legislators are posturing over a bill that would create a prescription drug monitoring program in the state
  • An update on the utility surcharge bill in the state house
  • The Missouri Senate gives preliminary approval to a bill that would decrease the state income tax
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Education
3:19 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Four things you don’t know about college costs

Credit File / KBIA

Annual tuition hikes over the past five years have made some Mizzou students question whether college is really worth the price tag. However, Nikki Krawitz, MU’s vice president for finance and administration, said the 2.3 percent per year rises in tuition are pretty reasonable compared to the 6 percent of colleges in surrounding states, according to the MU website.

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Agriculture
9:09 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Health insurance unknowns loom for farmers as Affordable Care Act approaches

Marilyn Andersen, who raises angora goats and llamas for wool near Story City, Iowa, is one of many farmers and ranchers entering the individual health insurance marketplace.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

Marilyn Andersen raises angora goats and llamas for wool that she spins and weaves in her studio at Two Cedars Weaving in Story City, Iowa. She also has a part-time job coordinating distribution of local produce through a service called Farm to Folk. Neither effort comes with health insurance.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Consumer Expert Mel Zelenak

Today Paul Pepper lets consumer guru and retired economics professor MEL ZELENAK talk about "information overload," and buying items off television.

Education
8:16 am
Thu March 7, 2013

MU forestry students take maple syrup to market

Kevin Hossman

University of Missouri forestry students have created maple syrup with a black and gold touch.

The Columbia Missourian reports the MU Ag Foundation provided a $15,000 grant to help students and landowners produce "MUple" syrup.

Ten students at the university's Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center near Ashland worked on the pancake-ready project. They purchased 100 taps and a new evaporator to remove water from the tree sap.

Education
8:09 am
Thu March 7, 2013

MU Honors College graduation change draws petition

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

Change to MU honors College tradition upsets current student and alumni. MU’s registrar has recently decided to move May’s 2013 honors graduation from Francis’s Quadrangle to Mizzou Arena.

This has prompted over 290 students to sign a petition to not bring the ceremony back to the Quadrangle.

Senior Michelle Fiesta was the founder of the petition and states that her drive to bring the ceremony back to the quadrangle roots from her first memories as a Missouri Tiger.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Mo. House backs new tax incentives for businesses

In Jefferson City, Mo., Senate Republicans have scuttled Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee to direct the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
File photo KBIA

The Missouri House has endorsed the creation of several new tax breaks intended to lure high-tech businesses and foreign trade to the state.

House members gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill authorizing $60 million of tax credits for international exporters over the next eight years. They also gave initial approval to bills creating tax credits for investors in high-tech startup businesses and authorizing state and local sales tax breaks for computer data centers.

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Politics
7:54 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Mo. Senate Endorses Tax Cut Legislation

In Jefferson City, Mo., Senate Republicans have scuttled Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee to direct the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
File KBIA

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a phased-in tax overhaul designed to help the Show-Me State compete with neighboring Kansas, which recently slashed its tax rates.

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Views of the News
5:27 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Fox Sports 1, Conservative Journalism, Woodward 'Threat', Buffett's Bet

Professor Mike McKean

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

Arts and Culture
4:59 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Columbia Native Lindsey Lang wins Grammy with Kansas City Chorale

 

  Columbia native Lindsey Lang along with the Kansas City Chorale won a Grammy award last month in the Best Chorale Performance for their CD 'Life and Breath: Chorale Works by Rene Clausen'. KBIA's Trevor Harris recently interviewed Lang. They visited about Lang's Columbia roots, the Grammy award experience and future plans for Lang and the Kansas City Chorale. 

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Politics
4:14 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

St. Louis system will acquire Mexico hospital

A St. Louis-based health system says it will acquire the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. senator rolls out new tax overhaul proposal

A Missouri Senate committee is considering legislation that would make CPR training mandatory for high school graduates, beginning in the fall of 2014.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

A Missouri senator is rolling out a new proposal to overhaul the state's taxes in an effort to keep pace with neighboring states such as Kansas.

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Politics
3:37 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. House backs measure aimed at child sex abuse

File photo KBIA

Missouri House members have given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at helping child sex abuse prosecutions.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. high court hearing challenge to spending cuts

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The Missouri Supreme Court is examining whether the governor has wide discretion to cut spending, even when revenues aren't running short.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:34 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Why local advocates are rallying to support Missouri's 911 Good Samaritan bill

Credit Alexandra Olgin / KBIA News

A recent study by researchers at Chicago’s Roosevelt University found that between 2007 and 2011, the number of deaths from heroin overdose in the state of Missouri more than tripled. In 2007, fewer than 70 people died from heroin overdose. In 2011, that number ballooned to 244. 

Studies show most accidental overdoses happen in the presence of others. KBIA’s Alexandra Olgin takes us to a rally in Jefferson City on Tuesday supports a bill that could encourage overdose witnesses to be a Good Samaritan and call 911.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:09 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Ireland's former president brings message to Missouri, urging fight against climate injustice

Credit Rachel Wittel / KBIA

The former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, is targeting youth specifically to find and act on low-carbon solutions to reverse climate injustice and secure a livable future world. Mary Robinson is also the former United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights.

Robinson spoke last night as part of a Columbia College lecture series titled, “Making Human Rights the Compass for All Ethical Globalization.”

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Politics
7:50 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. Senate panel adopts bill nullifying gun laws

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A Missouri Senate panel is trying to prevent the enforcement in the state of President Barack Obama's executive orders on gun control.

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Politics
7:44 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. high court hearing challenge to spending cuts

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Lawyers for Missouri's governor and auditor are battling before the state Supreme Court over the governor's power to make spending cuts.

The Supreme Court was to hear arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of about $170 million of budget cuts announced by Gov. Jay Nixon in June 2011 and challenged by Auditor Tom Schweich (schwyk).
The case is an appeal of a July decision by a Cole County judge, who ruled that Nixon had a legal right to cut spending but also said that Nixon should not have been able to transfer money among various budgeted purposes.

Politics
7:38 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. jobless rate falls to 6.5 percent in January

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A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate edged lower in January while the state recorded a net loss of 4,700 jobs.

Tuesday's report from the Department of Economic Development says the state's jobless rate stood at 6.5 percent in January, down one-tenth of a point from December.

The trade, transportation and utilities sector reported the largest decline in jobs with a drop of 2,700 positions. The manufacturing sector lost 1,400 jobs, and the information sector lost 1,200 jobs.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

St. Louis Public School District debates student transfer law

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The Missouri Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of a 1993 law requiring failing school districts to pay for students to transfer to neighboring schools.

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Politics
4:17 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Lawmakers could see term limits lengthened

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Missouri lawmakers could serve longer in the House or Senate but not spend more overall time in the state Legislature under a term limits proposal that has gained first-round approval.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Local advocates rally at capitol to support "Good Samaritan" bill

Credit Alexandra Olgin

Local advocates are striving to get the heroin problem in Missouri under control.The Missouri Recovery Network and Roosevelt University in Chicago conducted a study of heroin use. They found more people sought treatment for heroin and opiates than for methamphetamines in Missouri.

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Education
3:10 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

"100-Man Lunch" gathers male mentor support for preschoolers

Credit Rebekah Rigby

Mizzou football players, firemen and fathers were among dozens of men who joined up to spend Tuesday afternoon with preschoolers from Title I Preschool.

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