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5:08 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Missouri schedules execution amid lethal injection questions

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Death-row lawyers and other opponents say the nation's third botched execution in six months is more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Lt. Col. Mike Fayette & Rebecca Johnson, Veterans and Shelter Dogs

Today Paul Pepper chats with REBECCA JOHNSON, from the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at MU, and retired Lt. Col. MIKE FAYETTE, a veteran from the Iraq War, about RCHAI's Veterans and Shelter Dogs project. July 24, 2014

  

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Education
7:43 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Deal with community colleges expands online education options for Missourians

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Missouri's community colleges have a new tuition agreement with an online university.

The Missouri version of Western Governors University has agreed to provide a 5 percent tuition discount for community college graduates who take its online courses.

The Missouri Community College Association says the deal with WGU is the first such statewide agreement that the association has signed on behalf of its members. Community college graduates also will be eligible for special scholarships from the online school.

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Politics
7:36 am
Thu July 24, 2014

KC city council set to consider gun ban

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A City Council committee in Kansas City has endorsed a measure that would ban people from openly carrying firearms in the city limits.

The Kansas City Star reports Mayor Sly James has pushed for the ban, noting that the tourist town of Lake Ozark also has voted for a similar prohibition, even by those with concealed carry permits.

The council's Public Safety Committee on Wednesday endorsed the ban, which will go before the full City Council on July 31.

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Views of the News
4:31 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Views of the News: What the Russians Know About MH17

Guest panelist Stacey Woelfel

Strange theories abound following the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. What impact is that having on the people of Russia? Rupert Murdoch makes a bid for Time Warner. What does that mean for the future of corporate media? And Jill Abramson has been making the rounds, speaking with several prominent women journalists, but have they been going easy on her? Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Judd Slivka and Stacey Woelfel discuss these issues and more on this edition of Views of the News.

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Views of the News
9:50 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Views Preview: What the Russians Know About MH17

Makeshift memorial at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for the victims of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
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  While Western media have for days been focusing on Russian-backed separatists as the culprits behind the missile attack on MH 17 over eastern Ukraine, the people of Russia have been hearing different stories from their government-controlled media.

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Politics
8:27 am
Wed July 23, 2014

President Obama to visit Kansas City next week

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The White House has announced President Barack Obama will be in Missouri next week to deliver a speech on the economy.

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Crime
7:32 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Jefferson City Police end landfill search for Christopher Cray's body

Christopher Cray
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Jefferson City Police say they are ending the search for the body of Christopher Cray at the Allied Waste Landfill, just under a month after it began.

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Health
4:49 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

VA chief pledges end to whistleblower retaliation

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The acting secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs spoke Tuesday in St. Louis and said the beleaguered federal agency is making progress on a host of problems that led to his predecessor's forced resignation.

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Agriculture
4:46 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Missouri governor tours Iowa ethanol plant

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon traveled to Iowa to get a personal look at the latest methods in ethanol production.

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Intersection
1:03 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Intersection: What are CAFOs and how do they affect Missouri

Host Ryan Famuliner with guests Raymond Massey and Teng Lim
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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, are prevalent in Missouri’s agriculture industry. The large farms are very controversial, and many have concerns about the environmental impact of the farms and humane treatment of animals living there. In Callaway County, plans for a new CAFO have prompted very vocal opposition. But CAFOs are also a mainstay of the agriculture industry, and are legal if maintained correctly.On this Intersection we addressed CAFOs in-depth: about what they are, how they’re used in Missouri, about the controversy surrounding them, and about the future of the operations in the state.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

PM Newscast for July 18, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri regulators return to the issue of paying bills with payday loans
  • Demolition scheduled to begin on Monday at University Village Apartments
  • Columbia City Council will vote Monday on approving funds for snow removal expenditures from last winter
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Politics
4:36 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Columbia city council to consider paying for snow removal

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The Columbia City Council is set to take a final vote Monday to appropriate funds to cover expenditures from the planned snow removal budget, according to the Columbia Tribune.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

University Village Demolition to begin Monday

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Demolition is scheduled to begin Monday at the University Village Apartment Complex on South Providence Road in Columbia, according to the Columbia Tribune.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Missouri Regulators reconsider payday loan issue

A payday loan shop window.
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Missouri regulators are again considering whether to stop payday lenders from collecting utility bill payments from their customers.

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Agriculture
8:03 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Farm country tires of waiting for EPA ethanol ruling

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in November proposed a reduction in the amount of ethanol made from corn in the nation’s gas supply, much to the dismay of Corn Belt farmers. The agency has twice postponed its ruling, and the delay is vexing many Midwest farmers and politicians.

The EPA wants to reduce the amount of corn-based ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply—though the exact amount of this reduction hasn’t been decided.

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Agriculture
7:57 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Recent USDA figures show 90 percent of corn is GM

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Recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that over 90 percent of U.S. field corn is genetically modified. That figure has nearly doubled over the past 10 years.

Most of the corn farmers plant has been embedded with a gene—usually from a bacteria—that protects the corn from pests or herbicides.

Ten years ago, less than half of the corn planted had a genetically modified trait. Today, 93 percent of all field corn does, up from 90 percent last year.

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Business
5:12 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

CAT TV left out of Columbia's proposed fiscal year budget, again

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The city of Columbia finance department confirmed Thursday that funding for Columbia Access Television, or CAT TV, will not be included in the 2015 fiscal year budget.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

St. Louis county executive campaign gets heated

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley
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St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's new campaign ad accuses his primary opponent of condoning sex trafficking, a charge that the opponent says "rises to the level of defamation."

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Faith/Religion
5:05 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Parish worker suing Roman Catholic Diocese over firing

A parish food pantry worker who was fired over her marriage to another woman is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

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Business
5:02 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Money in place to replace Kemper Arena

Arenacross at Kemper Arena in Kansas City
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American Royal leaders say they raised more than $10 million toward the organization's goal of building a new structure to replace Kemper Arena in Kansas City.

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Science and Technology
7:54 am
Thu July 17, 2014

St. Louis officials will launch investigation into Coldwater Creek cancer claims

An online survey has collected 1,242 reports of cancer from current and former residents of the neighborhoods around Coldwater Creek in North St. Louis County.
Credit Credit Via Coldwater Creek Facts PowerPoint presentation.

St. Louis County health officials say they will hire researchers to study illness rates among residents near a creek that was contaminated decades ago by nuclear waste.

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Education
4:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Missouri A+ scholarship program to be expanded

Missouri education officials plan to expand a scholarship program to some high school students who came to the US illegally before their 16th birthday.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education says those students will be eligible to participate in the A+ program, which gives qualifying students to receive two free years of tuition at a Missouri community college.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the program will be opened to students who have applied with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" status.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Wed July 16, 2014

League of Women Voters & Second Chance

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHIMDT, League of Women Voters, about two events attempting to educate you, the voter, ahead of the election on August 5th! At [5:12] JOSH SAFRANSKI tells us about an adoption event (with Second Chance) happening this Friday at Columbia's Alpine Shop! July 16, 2014

  

Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Future doctors learn from rural communities

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MU medical student Kayla Matzek is working at Cox Hospital in Branson, Missouri this summer. While a community with a population of only 10,000 might not seem attractive to some medical students, southwest Missouri is right where Matzek wants to be.

“I specifically want to go to a rural community because I think that you just get to know people more and it’s more of an intimate setting,” said Matzek, who grew up in a small town less than 30 minutes away from Branson.

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Crime
4:38 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Koster asks to overturn stay of execution

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is asking an appeals court to overturn a stay of execution for John Middleton, scheduled to die early Wednesday for killing three people in northern Missouri in 1995.

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Health
4:36 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

VA delays lead to crisis center in St. Louis

Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital in Columbia
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The long delays for veterans seeking medical care at VA hospitals have prompted The American Legion to set up a short-term crisis center in St. Louis this week.

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Education
4:32 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

New dean appointed to the University of Missouri School of Medicine

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The MU School of Medicine announced Tuesday Dr. Patrice Delafontaine will take on the position of dean.

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Missouri Environment
7:04 am
Tue July 15, 2014

More Missourians turn to land trusts

James "Pop" Menafee discusses details about his property in Carthage with Margo Heekin of The Ozark Regional Land Trust.
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For a long time in this country, landowners have taken steps to preserve their land from ever being developed.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Missouri governor approves cannabis extract law

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Missourians with epilepsy that cannot be effectively treated by conventional means will now be able to use a cannabis extract under legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The legislation was sponsored by St. Louis County Republican Eric Schmitt, a state senator whose 9-year-old son has the central nervous system disorder.

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