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5:30 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

President of Regional Economic Development, Inc. to retire

The Columbia business landscape hasn't always been as commercial as it is now.  Mike Brooks has been a fixture in the city's business outlook for five years, but that reign is coming to an end as Brooks announced his retirement from Regional Economic Development Incorporated (REDI) Wednesday.

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Agriculture
5:29 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Midwest a cattle paradise as drought stretches beef country

Cattle come to Van Housen Feed Yard to be fattened up before heading to one of the nearby meat packing plants. Drought in beef states like Texas and Oklahoma has led to growth feedlots in Nebraska.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

 

Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds from California to Coloradoand from Texas to Nebraska seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.

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Science and Technology
5:28 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

MU researchers grow stem cells in pigs

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For years, medical researchers have been searching for a way to study the effectiveness of stem cell therapies without testing them on humans. But it's difficult, and many problems pop up, including the fact that many animals reject the stem cell grafts or transplants.

MU researchers Dr. R. Michael Roberts and Dr. Randall S. Prather believe they've found the answer: The two have collaborated to create a genetically modified pig with an immune system that doesn't allow rejection.

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Politics
5:21 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Ashland hosts non-motorized transportation expansion meeting

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

The city of Ashland is looking into expanding non-motor transportation. This includes producing more sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and bike trails throughout the city. The city hosted an open meeting to talk about this expansion Wednesday. About 25 members of the community participated and voiced their concerns about where sidewalks and walkways should be placed.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission discusses future of cycling

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Members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission are recharging this morning after tensions rose during a conversation on electric bikes at last night’s meeting in Columbia. During their monthly meeting, members of the commission spent a majority of their time discussing the future of bicycles: electric bikes.

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Health
3:07 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Thousands in Missouri may need new doctors

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Thousands of Missourians may have to switch doctors after UnitedHealthcare notified more physicians that they will be removed from the company's Medicare Advantage plan on Sept. 1.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Koster reaches agreement with landfill owner

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office has reached agreement with the owners of the Bridgeton Landfill, measures aimed at better controlling underground smoldering and reducing a strong odor that has troubled neighboring residents for months.

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Arts and Culture
8:23 am
Thu June 19, 2014

World Cup features Kansas City-designed stadium

While watching the FIFA World Cup match between the United States and Ghana on Monday night, perhaps you noticed the venue.

The 42,000-seat stadium, called Arena das Dunas or The Stadium of the Dunes, has a petal-shaped canopy and was designed by Populous, a sports architecture firm based in Kansas City, Mo.

According to the firm, the challenge was to create a "grand space" for the people of Natal, Brazil. Architects drew inspiration from the flowing sand dunes that dominate the city.

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Education
8:16 am
Thu June 19, 2014

MU adds dorms to standard inspection rotation

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In an effort to continue its standardization of inspection patterns, the University of Missouri has added residence halls to its regular facility inspection process. The fatal walkway collapse that caused the death of a Columbia, Missouri firefighter at University Village Apartments in February called attention to the safety of MU campus facilities.

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Agriculture
8:10 am
Thu June 19, 2014

'Right to Farm' opponents plan Capitol rally

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Opponents are planning to rally at the Missouri Capitol against a proposed amendment to the state Constitution establishing a "right to farm ."

The question on the state's Aug. 5 ballot asks voters whether the right "to engage in farming and ranching" should be "forever guaranteed" in the Missouri Constitution.

Critics contend the measure will lead to lawsuits over what farming practices are permitted, and to special protections for large agricultural special interests.

Supporters of the proposal say their goal is to protect and promote agriculture.

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Agriculture
8:06 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Callaway County residents consider fighting hog CAFO proposal

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Some residents of central Missouri's Callaway County say they're exploring legal strategies to fight a proposed indoor hog farm near Kingdom City.

Eichelberger Farms of Iowa plans to buy 20 acres from a private owner just south of Interstate 70 for a 10,000-hog confined animal feeding operation.

Residents who oppose the project tell the Columbia Missourian they will "explore all legal options available to protect our health, lifestyles and property rights."

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Health
8:03 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Bridgeton Landfill class-action plaintiffs can pursue seperate radiation suit, judge rules

Credit Veronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

A federal judge has ruled that residents who collect damages from a $6.8 million class-action settlement over the smoldering Bridgeton Landfill in St. Louis County can still pursue separate legal claims related to radiation risks.

A tentative agreement reached in April calls for the landfill's owner to pay an average of nearly $13,000 per household to hundreds of affected residents. But some were prepared to turn down the deal, which required approval by 95 percent of the 400 remaining class members.

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Politics
4:18 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Poonam Inc. seeks rezoning to house Missouri veterans

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Many homeless Missouri veterans could soon have a roof over their heads.

Poonam Incorporated is requesting the rezoning of about four acres of land located on the south side of Business Loop 70 East near Old Highway 63 for the creation of a "Veteran's Campus".

A public information meeting was held at City Hall on Tuesday night to give members of the community more details about the site.

Project planner Clint Smith is confident that the housing would benefit a good cause.

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Agriculture
4:06 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

MU researchers develop soybean database

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Researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a new all-inclusive web database for collecting soybean information.

The Soybean Knowledge Base is a public database that will store and integrate information on a variety of soybean topics, such as genes and genomes.  Although the ability to collaborate information was important, the University mostly developed the database to store their own information.

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Views of the News
2:21 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Views of the News: Pundits return to talk about Iraq violence, ISIS

Professor Mike McKean

As the violence escalates in Iraq, there’s a steady stream of hawkish pundits on television talking about the need to act. What do Wolfowitz, Bremer, McCain and Graham have to say today that’s different than before the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Also, Eric Cantor’s primary defeat catches the national press off guard, another CNN documentary raises questions about transparency and authenticity, and Chelsea Clinton’s $600,000 paycheck. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Margaret Duffy: Views of the News.

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Arts and Culture
1:18 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Creating Native Landscapes

Elizabeth Hamilton-Steele explains in this Thinking out Loud how native plants provide habitat and nourishment for polinators some of whom are endangered.
Brooke Hamilton/Grindstone Photography

Establishing a landscape rich in native plant species is a different process from putting in an annual planting of tomatoes and beans. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, Trevor Harris talked with Elizabeth Hamilton-Steele about the work that goes in to building a native landscape for yard or pasture.

On this episode of 'Thinking Out Loud' KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with Elizabeth Hamilton-Steele about the process involved in creating a native landscape. This episode originally aired on KBIA 91.3FM on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

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Arts and Culture
1:15 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

'The Strong Man' gets the symphonic treatment

The 1926 silent film 'The Strong Man' plays at Columbia's Missouri Theatre Thursday evening with the score performed by the Missouri Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Credit: IMDB

Each summer, Kirk Trevor and the Missouri Symphony Society take classical music to a range of venues around Columbia and Mid-Missouri. From Stephens Lake Park to Douglass Park to Shelter Gardens, classical music fans get to absorb symphonic and chamber works in a range of diverse settings. This Thursday, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra returns to the Missouri Theatre stage to play film music.

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Arts and Culture
8:10 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Columbia demolition job becomes historic preservation project

Credit Amy Munneke / KBIA

A Columbia parks demolition project has turned into a possible preservation project.

Jeremy Sapp was tearing down part of the Parks Management Center Friday when he noticed something.

“We were in the process of tearing the building down and pulling the brick off the face of the building and found the beam and just kept following it to see what it was," he said.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Fruits, veggies and a healthier lifestyle

Columbia Farmer's Market
Credit Hope Kirwan / KBIA

  The Columbia Farmer’s Market brings many different people together on Saturday mornings. Thanks to a local food program run by Sustainable Farms and Communities, this includes low-income families who can receive extra help to purchase fresh and locally-produced foods.

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Intersection
5:55 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Transportation infrastructure and Amendment 7

For years now the state of Missouri’s infrastructure has been a concern for public officials, politicians and Missourians on the whole.The Missouri Department of Transportation and state legislators have come up with a way to combat the department’s shrinking budget, but it’s up to Missouri voters to approve it. Amendment 7 will be on the August ballot: it’s a three quarter cent statewide sales tax increase on everything except groceries and medicine.

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Views of the News
5:26 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Views Preview: Pundits return to talk about Iraq violence, ISIS

As the violence escalates in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), there's a steady stream of hawkish pundits on television talking about the need to act.  What to Paul Wolfowitz, Paul Bremer, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have to say today that's different than prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq?

Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post: “Iraq hawks are still dominating the media debate

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Business
5:11 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Missouri unemployment unchanged last month

A decrease in jobless claims has led to the end of a Missouri extended benefits program.
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A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.6 percent last month while employers expanded payrolls by a net of 3,700 jobs.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Nixon vetoes legislation aimed at shortening unemployment benefits

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have shortened the duration of unemployment benefits.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Mid-Missouri group uses Grim Reaper to protest the death penalty

A man dressed as the grim reaper stands in front of the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. on June 16, 2014. The Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation was protesting the scheduled execution of John Winfield. Winfield might be the 75th pe
Tom Kackley KBIA

Controversy continues to surround the death penalty around the nation since a botched execution in Oklahoma in April.

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Education
4:44 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Lawsuit claims ballot initiative to limit tenure protection is unconstitiutional

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A new lawsuit seeks to block the public from voting on a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit tenure protections for public school teachers.

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Arts and Culture
7:54 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Gateway Arch project could receive up to $15 million in tax credits

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Missouri officials are considering whether to grant up to $15 million of tax credits to help finance the redevelopment of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

The tax credits would be used to leverage private contributions for the renovation and expansion of a museum at the Arch.

The Missouri Development Finance Board is to consider the tax credits Tuesday.

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Education
7:42 am
Tue June 17, 2014

State board of education limits Normandy transfers

Normandy High School
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More than 130 students whose families moved into the Normandy school district last summer to be able take advantage of the school transfer program will be shut out of the program this coming school year under a policy adopted by the state board of education Monday.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Callaway Plein Air & Columbia Farmer's Market

Today Paul Pepper talks to BRIAN MAHIEU about Callaway Plein Air, an art exhibit on display now thru June 29 at The Art House in downtown Fulton. At [4:47] MATT JERNIGAN invites everyone to the Farm to Table fundraising event on June 22 which will support Access to Healthy Foods. June 16, 2014

  

Agriculture
8:21 am
Mon June 16, 2014

So-called 'Right to Farm' amendment wording creates confusion

Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson / Harvest Public Media

The wording of a proposed amendment to Missouri's Constitution that would guarantee residents' right to "engage in agricultural production and ranching practices" is leading to questions from both sides of the issue – including a question of whether the amendment would have any impact at all.

Supporters of the so-called "right to farm" measure on the August ballot say it gives farmers more legal standing to challenge unfair regulations. Opponents fear it could unravel environmental and animal welfare laws.

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Arts and Culture
8:11 am
Mon June 16, 2014

City task force seeks to help Highsteppers community drill team

Credit Missouri Highsteppers

Members of the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence have plans to help a local youth drill team find a home. During the most recent meeting of the task force in Columbia, co-chair and Second Ward councilmember Michael Trapp pushed to make helping the Highsteppers the force’s third formal recommendation.

The Highsteppers lost their former rehearsal space at Hickman High School in Columbia after neighbors complained about the noise. The drill team has been “homeless,” according to task force member Pam Hardin, ever since.

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