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8:03 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri universities raise funding concerns

Officials from Missouri's public universities are raising concerns about reduced revenues for education as state lawmakers consider an income tax cut.

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

Missouri legislator supports Medicaid coverage for oral health

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The Missouri House of Representatives has proposed adding $48 million in federal and state funds to next year’s Medicaid budget to cover adult dental care. Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to the additional $48 million, but with some caveats. The money would only be used to pay for preventative dental care, like maintenance and extraction procedures. Part of the $48 million would also go towards paying dentists more for these procedures. Currently, the state only reimburses dentists up to 35 percent of usual and customary costs.

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Education
5:25 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Missouri House endorses Bright Flight expansion

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  Missouri House members have endorsed legislation that could offer additional financial assistance to persuade more top students to stay in the state after graduation day.

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Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
4:52 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Views of the News: Franken's fight against Comcast, Time-Warner

Sen. Al Frankin (D-Minn.)
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Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is the leading voice in Congress, urging colleagues to say no to the proposed merger between Comcast and Time-Warner.

If allowed, the merger will combine the nation's number one and number two cable and internet providers -- something that Franken says is bad for consumers and bad for America.

Ashley Parker, New York Times: “Franken’s campaign against Comcast is no joke

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Politics
4:51 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Ginny Chadwick sworn in as First Ward representative

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  Ginny Chadwick was sworn in Monday as the new First Ward representative to the Columbia City Council. Although, last night was a time to celebrate, today, her first day on the job, has been very busy.

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Crime
4:47 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Dozens in jail after Texas County drug sting

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  Dozens of Texas County residents are in jail following a massive drug sting executed by Missouri law enforcement on Monday. A grand jury issued 110 indictments for 58 individuals for mostly drug related offenses. 45 people were arrested on Monday and 4 others named in the operation were already in prison, leaving nine more at large.

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Education
4:42 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Columbia Daily Tribune hosts 13th annual Hero Awards

The Columbia Daily Tribune presented seven local volunteers with awards on Monday, April 14, 2014 as recognition of the work they have done. Categories for the awards include community protection, education or literacy, health care, in the arts, youth, group and individual volunteer of the year.
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  On Monday, April 14, the Columbia Daily Tribune recognized 41 individual volunteers and groups at the 13th annual Hero Awards. Of the 41 nominees, seven received awards for their contributions.

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Hermanndeutsch
12:11 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

A disappearing German dialect still spoken in Missouri

KBIA producer Ryan Schuessler visited with Terry Loehnig, a Missouri native who runs a farm outside McKittrick, Mo. Loehnig's parents and grandparents were born in or near Hermann, Mo., and he grew up learning a regional dialect of German at home called Hermanndeutsch. It's a mixture of Low and High German, and English.

These days, it's hard to find anyone who speaks Hermanndeutsch, and the dialect is quickly becoming a distant memory.

Education
8:54 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Columbia school board discusses Common Core, attendance boundaries

Chris Belcher
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The Columbia Board of Education has re-elected Christine King as its president, and has re-elected James Whitt as Vice-President.  At the Columbia Board of Education's regular meeting last night, the board discussed Missouri's progress on adopting the Common Core Standards, a series of national guidelines designed to increase consistency and quality in K-12 schools across the U.S.

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Business
8:46 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Ameren starts construction on natural gas pipeline

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Ameren Missouri says construction is underway on an 11-mile natural gas pipeline from Columbia to Ashland, which currently does not have natural gas service.

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Weather
8:32 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Mid-April freeze threatens fruit trees

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The winter that just won't quit has one more punch for the nation's Heartland — a cold front bringing a brief return to sub-freezing weather, creating concerns for growers of apples, peaches, grapes and other fruit.

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Politics
8:26 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Mo. Senate sets aside debate on ethics legislation

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
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The Missouri Senate has temporarily set aside debate on ethics legislation that would curb lobbying.

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Politics
8:24 am
Tue April 15, 2014

The world according to Peter Stiepleman, and his vision for Columbia schools

CPS superintendent Stiepleman on Intersection

It’s a new era for Columbia Public Schools...

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Politics
8:10 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Design firm picked for Fulton State Hospital

Jay Nixon
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Missouri officials have selected a company to design plans for a new facility at the Fulton State Hospital campus.

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Missouri Environment
7:04 am
Tue April 15, 2014

University of Missouri helps Feds with climate change research

M.U. School of Natural Resources research specialist Tom Bonnot works with data to develop models that predict how climate change will effect forests and wildlife.

With all the bickering taking place in Congress about what to do or what not to do about climate change, you might think federal agencies wouldn't be dealing with it either.

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