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5:30 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Bill would cap state spending

The Missouri state house floor
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would cap state spending, based on each year’s inflation rate and population growth.  The vote split almost entirely along party lines.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

MO chief justice wants to shrink prison population

Chief Justice Richard Teitelman
mo.gov

One day after Governor Jay Nixon made his State of the State Address, the annual State of the Judiciary Address was delivered to Missouri lawmakers Wednesday.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

At State of the State address, Nixon presents a budget with wide cuts

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Governor Jay Nixon delivered his annual State of the State Address last night Tuesday night.  He touched briefly on the state budget and other issues, while spending lots of time showcasing his administration’s accomplishments and praising the values of Missouri citizens as he prepares for his re-election bid this fall.  Marshall Griffin recaps the address from Jefferson City:

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Health & Wealth Update
7:05 am
Wed January 18, 2012

The exercise commonly known as 'jumping jacks'

It's not official yet. But still good exercise.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

In all the political coverage lately, you may have missed Missouri House Bill 1063: it would make "the exercise commonly known and referred to as 'jumping jacks'" the official exercise of the state of Missouri. In this week's Health & Wealth update, could getting more kids jumping help reduce childhood obesity?

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Intersection
12:28 am
Wed January 18, 2012

State of the State analysis

Panelists discussed how Gov. Nixon's proposals could affect residents of the state.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Taking the grass-fed road less traveled

Prescott Frost holds a photo of his great grandfather, poet Robert Frost.
Hilary Stohs-Krause NET

Two roads diverge in the U.S. beef industry. Americans are buying more alternatively raised meat — organic, natural, grass-fed and the like – but most large-scale cattle producers in the Midwest are not cashing in on the trend.

By Clay Masters.

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Sports
4:55 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Rams owner mum on stadium

The Rams play against the 49ers in December 2011.
KRob2005 Flickr

St. Louis Rams owner and Columbia resident Stan Kroenke  says there’s no reason for him to comment right now on the likelihood the St. Louis Rams will remain in the city.

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Politics
2:51 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Mo. court upholds challenges to redistricting maps

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Plaintiffs challenging Missouri’s new Congressional and State Senate maps are celebrating.

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Education
1:59 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Proposal seeks to ban Mo. teacher tenure

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A proposed state constitutional amendment would bar tenure for Missouri's school teachers.

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Business
12:11 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

St. Louis businesses look for opportunity in Indonesia

The night skyline in Jakarta, Indonesia.
yohanes budiyanto Flickr

Government, business and university officials from the St. Louis area are in Indonesia this week pursuing trade opportunities and stronger educational ties.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the delegation arrived over the weekend in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta.

The trade mission was organized by the World Trade Center St. Louis and Kit Bond Strategies, a consulting business created by Bond after he retired last year following four terms in the U.S. Senate.

Executives of Boeing Co. and five other businesses are along on the week long visit.

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Politics
11:26 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Missouri Rep. Wallingford to run for state Senate

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Missouri Representative Wayne Wallingford has announced his candidacy for the Missouri Senate.

Wallingford announced his decision to represent the revised 3rd Senate District on Monday. The Southeast Missouri reports that about 60 people attended the announcement. The vacant seat covers Cape Girardeau, Perry, St. Francois and Ste. Genevieve counties.

Politics
11:18 am
Tue January 17, 2012

State Senate proposes constitutional amendment to grow conservation commission

Missouri senators are proposing a state constitutional amendment that would double the size of the Conservation Commission and make it geographically diverse.

The commission oversees the Department of Conservation which is currently made up of four members, with no more than two from the same political party. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

The proposed change in the state Constitution would expand the commission to eight members and require that they be from different areas of Missouri.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Nixon to deliver State of the State address Tuesday night

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Jay Nixon will deliver his fourth State of the State Address as Missouri Governor Tuesday night. 

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Business
2:55 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Joplin reports damage costs being paid on schedule

Matt Evans KBIA

A new report says the city of Joplin might not end up with any debt related to the May 22 tornado.

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Environment
2:35 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

With deer hunting totals below 10-year average, MDC points to decline in deer population

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Missouri's Conservation Department says hunters killed nearly 239,000 deer during the 2011-12 firearms hunting season.

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Politics
9:26 am
Mon January 16, 2012

State senator wants new judicial panel election process

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Some Missouri lawmakers are making a renewed push to change the way appellate judges are selected.

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Politics
9:19 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Legislation aims to make grants, state cuts transparent

Missouri senators are pushing legislation that could make more information available to the public about federal grants and state budget cuts.

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Off the Clock
5:12 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

The Ruins of Us: An interview with author Keija Parssinen

Local writer Keija Parssinen is something of a fixture on Columbia’s literary scene.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:00 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Western Mo. meat company expands recall

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A western Missouri meat company has expanded its recall to include 137 pounds of cooked head sausage.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Sen. Blunt has coronary stent implanted

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 Blunt's office said Friday that the 62-year-old Republican senator underwent "a routine and successful" outpatient medical procedure Thursday at George Washington University Hospital.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Nixon's campaign account has $5 million for re-election bid

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has more than $5 million in his campaign account as he heads into the 2012 elections.

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Politics
11:11 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Legislature will consider loan interest cap

A payday loan shop window.
By Gregory F. Maxwell Wikimedia commons

A Missouri House member is proposing legislation that would ask voters to approve tougher regulation of certain installment loans.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:44 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Understanding Amber Alerts

Friday is National Amber Alert Day.  Law enforcement officials across the nation are recognizing the importance of the Amber Alert System, which is a high-speed, high-tech way of alerting the public when a child has been abducted. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there’s been some misunderstanding about the criteria that must be met before the alert can go out.

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Flood victim found
9:23 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Trooper's body found in NW Missouri

Fred Guthrie, Jr.
Photo courtesy Missouri Highway Patrol

The body of a Missouri highway patrolman who disappeared while watching over flooded areas last summer was found Thursday not far from the original search area, authorities said.

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Global Journalist
10:24 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

The future of local journalism, part 2

In a report released earlier this year, the FCC acknowledged that some of its policies and regulations are out of sync with the swiftly evolving media markets and the information needs of communities.

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Science, Health and Technology
10:10 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

New research provides insight into frog evolution

Carl Gerhardt led the study into how the eastern grey tree frog may have evolved.
Rehman Tungekar KBIA

New research out of the University of Missouri shows that when it comes to female mate preference in a certain species of tree frog, there may be more than meets the eye.  Females may actually prefer the calls of males that share the same number of chromosomes.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:48 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Former engineer calls for an investigation of the Callaway nuclear plant

The Callaway Plant is one of 104 nuclear plants in the U.S. and 429 nuclear plants in the world.
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A former engineer at the Callaway Nuclear Plant is requesting that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, look into possible violations of the operating license at the Callaway plant, owned and operated by Ameren Missouri.

By Janet Saidi

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Politics
6:00 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

MO Supreme Court hears challenge to new congressional maps

The Mid-Missouri portion of the "Grand Compromise Map."

The Missouri Supreme Court heard three lawsuits Thursday that seek to erase new maps drawn during last year’s redistricting processes.

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AM Newscasts
10:45 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Newscast for January 12, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom:

  • Winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6pm today
  • An Ameren plant in Missouri is a top-ten polluter in the US

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