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9:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Mo. state senator "light-headed" during debate, heads to hospital

A Missouri state senator was being examined at a Jefferson City hospital after becoming light-headed during a debate on education issues.

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Politics
8:59 am
Thu May 17, 2012

KU license plate ban on the way to Nixon

Missouri House and Senate have reached an agreement on a bill banning the creation of a KU license plate in Missouri.
david shane flickr

Language that would ban the creation of a Kansas Jayhawks specialty license plate in Missouri is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon.

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Agriculture
5:39 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

A most unusual planting season

By late May, David Hausman plans to plant soybeans on top of oats on his flood-ravaged field.
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

On this bright spring morning at Blackbird Bend, along the Missouri River, the scene is a little odd.  A 24-row corn planter is brushing over the tops of a stunning winter wheat crop, 12 inches high.

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Business
5:26 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Columbia lawyer seeks to bring “immigrant investors” to mid-Missouri

Karla Klingner Diaz
Eva Dou KBIA

When it comes to jobs in Missouri, Karla Klingner Diaz believes that immigration is not the problem -- but rather the solution.

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Health & Wealth Update
12:13 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

7000 miles bicycling and banjo-ing against war

Jacob George, on the Katy Trail in Hartsburg, en route to Chicago.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Afghan war veteran Jacob George is a self-proclaimed hillbilly farmer from the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. After three tours as a combat engineer, he now spends his days bicycling around the country protesting U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan. He recently passed through Missouri on his way to protest the NATO summit taking place in Chicago next week.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:00 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Mo. House passes legislation protecting abortion alternatives

The Missouri House has passed legilsation that would bar municipalities from interfering with the day-to-day operations of abortion agency alternatives.
j.stephenconn flickr

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would bar local governments from interfering with the day-to-day operations of alternatives to abortion agencies.

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Politics
8:54 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Lawmakers approve work-related injury legislation

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor legislation prohibiting workers from suing each other for accidental on-the-job injuries.

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Politics
8:51 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Workers' compensation reform bill on the way to Nixon

The Missouri legislature has approved a scaled-back version of a workers' compensation reform bill. It now heads to Gov. Jay Nixon.
david shane flickr

The Missouri House and Senate have both passed a scaled-back version of a workers’ compensation reform bill. 

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Politics
6:36 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Gov. Nixon optimistic over reaching a deal over workers compensation

Nixon previously vetoed legislation that would have placed work-related diseases under worker’s compensation coverage, instead of letting parties go to court.
File KBIA

With just a few days left to go in Missouri’s legislative session, Governor Jay Nixon says he’s optimistic about reaching a deal with lawmakers on workers’ compensation legislation he previously rejected.  While visiting a medical supplies company in North Kansas City on Tuesday to highlight positive economic and employment trends in the state, Nixon said he met with lawmakers Monday evening, before continuing work on the workers’ comp legislation.

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Politics
6:18 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Legislative measure would bar Jayhawks specialty license plate

A depiction of the Jayhawk, the symbol of the University of Kansas.
ensign_beedrill Flickr

The Missouri House has approved language designed to bar the creation of a Kansas Jayhawks specialty license plate.  The measure was added onto a larger higher education bill passed by the House Tuesday.

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Business
5:51 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Missouri unemployment numbers dip slightly in April

Unemployment numbers in Missouri decreased to 7.3 percent in April.
Tim Patterson Flickr

Missouri added about 6,000 jobs in April as its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged down slightly.

Figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Economic Development also show that Missouri added more jobs in March than originally thought. The March job growth was revised upward from 4,800 to 6,800 new jobs.

Missouri's unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point in April to 7.3 percent. The department said that is the lowest level in 40 months.

The national unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in April.

Health & Wealth Report
10:44 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Stories from prison: roar!

Callion Barnes.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

In Missouri state prisons, about 60 percent of inmates have kids. That's 18,000 moms and dads behind bars – and tens of thousands of kids on the other side. To help those parents and kids connect, volunteers make their way through the metal detectors at Missouri state prisons with big tubs of blank tapes and CDs, stamped envelopes, and lots of children's books. 

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Sports
10:42 am
Tue May 15, 2012

MU freshman quarterback arrested for leaving scene of accident

Corbin Berkstresser was arrested Tuesday morning.

Missouri quarterback Corbin Berkstresser was arrested Tuesday morning for leaving the scene of an accident.

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Education
9:23 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Columbia School Board examines new transportation methods

The Columbia School Board could eliminate 50 buses from current fleet.
File KBIA

Members of the Columbia Board of Education are considering a proposal that would change how student transportation operates within Columbia Public Schools.

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