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12:32 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Missouri National Guard agribusiness team returns home

Members of the Missouri National Guard's Agribusiness Development Team 5 returned home to a welcome ceremony, Wednesday, April 25th.
KBIA

Agribusiness Development Team Five has returned home, after an 11-month tour in Afghanistan. The Missouri National Guard team was tasked with helping was improve agricultural practices in Afghanistan.

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Science, Health and Technology
11:07 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Debate continues over Westwood Avenue trees

A photo of one of the trees on Stewart Rd. in Columbia.
Chad Herwald City of Columbia

A dispute about the removal of several old trees from a “leafy” Southwest Columbia neighborhood may be a step closer to a resolution.

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Politics
8:23 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Missouri GOP goes after McCaskill on fundraising comment

A statement from Democractic Senator Claire McCaskill's office says: "Claire did nothing wrong and the Missouri Republican Party knows it."
KBIA KBIA

The Missouri GOP filed an ethics complaint yesterday against Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. At issue are fundraising comments McCaskill made in an interview on MSNBC with Chris Mathews.

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Global Journalist
6:42 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Changing tides in Myanmar

A woman places her vote during elections held earlier this month in Myanmar.
Richard Wainwright AP Images

The dramatically swift democratic reform in Myanmar has been the geopolitical surprise of the past year. The new government -- headed by former military Thein Sein -- freed thousands of political prisoners and signed truces with rebel groups. 

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Science, Health and Technology
5:41 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Women in rural Missouri face obstacles to prenatal care

Chandra Grawe, 32, of Macon, Mo., hugs her five-year-old daughter Veronica. Grawe had both of her children at a hospital in Moberly, a 30-minute drive from Macon.
Charles Minshew KBIA

There is a shortage of primary care physicians in rural areas and more than half of Missouri counties have no OB-GYN specialists, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. KBIA’s Marie French takes us to Macon, where many pregnant women often drive 30 minutes or more to get care. 

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Columbia Police Department
4:48 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Columbia City Manager stands behind police chief

The Columbia Fraternal Order of Police, or FOP, is calling for the removal of Police Chief Ken Burton.  The Mayor and City Manager were sent a 349-page complaint that detailed grievances against Burton and his alleged violations.  City Manager Mike Matthes responded with his support of the embattled police chief.

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Business
4:35 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Judge upholds minimum wage ballot summary

A judge upheld the language of a proposed ballot initiative Thursday that, if passed, would raise the state minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.25. Kansas City Restaurant Owner Victor Allred challenged the initiative, claiming the language was unfair. But Cole County Circuit Judge rejected his challenge. Missouri Jobs for Justice is the group supporting the initiative, and will turn in the signatures to the Missouri Attorney General next week. 

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Politics
4:31 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Whistleblowers face reduced protections

 

The Missouri House has approved legislation that could make it harder for employees to be shielded from retaliation by their employer for reporting wrongdoing in the workplace.

In an 86-66 vote Thursday, the House approved a measure that limits "whistleblower" status to employees who report or refuse to carry out illegal acts. The bill also caps the amount of punitive damages a person can recover if a company retaliates against the whistleblower.

Education
9:15 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Future of UM System presidential mansion in doubt

UM System Pres. Tim Wolfe and his family will live in temporary housing for now.
File KBIA

A recent inspection found that the University of Missouri System President's house needs approximately $88,000 dollars worth of restoration.

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Politics
9:07 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Mo. House budget chair not pleased with blind pension cut reversal

The budget chairman for the Missouri House is not happy with the Senate’s decision early today (Wednesday) to restore 28 million dollars for blind pensions.  An amendment by GOP Senator Jim Lembke of St. Louis County reversed the cut that the House wanted to use for Higher Education.

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Politics
9:01 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Missouri House approves tax breaks to auto parts manufacturers

The Mo. House gave first-round approval to bill granting tax breaks to auto manufacturers.
File KBIA

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would expand tax breaks for auto parts manufacturers.  Ford and General Motors already have access to the incentives. 

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Education
5:58 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Jefferson City Public Schools working deal for new high school

Jefferson City Public Schools is in negotiations with Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College as part of a plan to build a new high school to replace the old facility.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Mo. Senate panel considers CPR training in schools

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 Senate committee is considering legislation that would make CPR training a requirement for graduating from high schools.

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Education
3:16 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

UMSL to host interdisciplinary conference

Starting on Thursday, the University of Missouri-St. Louis is hosting a conference on “consilience.”

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Politics
2:55 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Mo. Senate panel backs 911 tracking on cellphones

A Missouri Senate panel has backed tracking emergency calls.
David Shane Flickr

Phone companies would have to help Missouri law enforcement agencies locate cellphone callers in emergency situations, under legislation moving through the state Senate.

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