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6:06 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Columbia teachers elect union representation

Columbia teachers now have representation for collective bargaining.
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Teachers in the Columbia Public School District have chosen the Columbia Missouri National Education Association to represent them through collective bargaining.

More than 900 teachers went to the polls on Thursday to decide if they wanted to be represented by a union.  Winning 55 percent of the votes, teacher’s union Columbia Missouri National Education Association will now be able negotiate legally-binding agreements with the school district about Columbia teacher’s salaries and working conditions. President Susan McClintic says the next step is to survey their teachers.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:53 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

New clinic to treat sickle cell patients

"Welcome, sickle cell patients."
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University of Missouri Health Care is opening a new clinic to treat patients with sickle cell disease.  The clinic will be open the second and fourth Thursdays of every month.

Sickle cell is a genetic disease where red blood cells are in short supply.  According to Children’s Mercy Hospital, most of the treatment centers are aimed toward children. Elizabeth Gunier, a sickle cell coordinator at Women's and Children's Hospital's blood disorder and cancer unit, says the new clinic is specifically for adults.

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Politics
5:41 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Spence sues Nixon for defamation over bank ad

Republican challenger Dave Spence does not like Gov. Jay Nixon's attack ad against him.
Andrew Yost KBIA

Republican challenger Dave Spence has filed a defamation lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon over a campaign ad.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Cole County claims Nixon maliciously or recklessly broadcast false statements about Spence's role with a bank. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Nixon's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nixon has been running ads that describe Spence as a banker and claim Spence used part of a $40 million federal bank bailout to buy a vacation home.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:11 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Surreptitious genome sequencing could come from discarded coffee cups

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A federal panel is calling for stronger privacy protections for human genetic data.

In a report out Thursday, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues said “whole genome sequencing” — which provides a unique blueprint of each person’s DNA — holds great promise for advancing medical research and clinical care.

But the Commission said genetic data can also be misused and need to be adequately protected.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Majority of Comprehensive Plan Task Force members skip scheduled meeting

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Members of a task force set up to create a Comprehensive Plan for the City of Columbia say they are frustrated by a lack of participation, coordination and timeliness in the planning process.

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Arts and Culture
4:44 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

North Cherokee Nation members reunite in Columbia

New members to the tribe are given a feather to symbolize their membership. The feather is painted to look like an eagle feather, because it is illegal to use real ones.
Meredith Turk KBIA

A couple dozen members of The North Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory took part in an annual reunion in Columbia last weekend.

The tribe has about 10,000 members scattered across the country, but are headquartered in Columbia, Mo.  Beverly Baker has served as the chief of the nation for 27 years and has worked to uncover the tribe’s history, which she says dates back to Spanish documents from 1721.

“I was one of the fortunate ones who found my Cherokee ancestry on the first Cherokee roll of 1835.  So I am very fortunate in that way,” Baker said.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

MU fraternity continues support for Mo. gubernatorial nominee Dave Spence

Andrew Yost KBIA

Following a controversial incident over the summer, members of an MU fraternity continue to show their support for Republican nominee for governor Dave Spence.  Numerous windows of the Beta Theta Pi house facing College Avenue have Spence for Governor signs in them, with no other signs supporting other political candidates.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:55 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Columbia mall restaurants re-open following cockroach infestation

Two Columbia mall restaurants have reopened after a Columbia Department of Health and Human Services inspection found 19 code violations.

Two Columbia restaurants: Famous Cajun Grill and Stir Fry 88 reopened Wednesday after making changes to their operations following a failed health inspection by the Columbia Department of Health Services.  In the first inspection of the restaurants, the department found unclean food contact surfaces, storage of raw food with ready-to- eat food and a cockroach infestation.

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Agriculture
2:36 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Field Notes: Farm bill delay no surprise for former ag secretary

The Farm Bill is still on the agenda for lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

For this edition of Field Notes, Harvest Public Media's Grant Gerlock spoke with Clayton Yeutter, a former agriculture secretary, about the difficulty in getting a farm bill passed.

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Faith/Religion
1:44 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Bluegrass brings new life to old traditions at Rocheport church

Congregants gather inside First Christian Church in Rocheport for the monthly bluegrass service.
Ryan Schuessler/ColumbiaFAVS

One Rocheport church is finding new life in old traditions. 

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Global Journalist
6:18 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

A conversation with director Scott Thurman

There is nothing unusual about political fights over public school curricula and the content of textbooks. The textbooks can influence how people think about history and social issues, sometimes for decades or more. So, the battles take place around the United States,  and they take place around the world.

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Business
6:11 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

"Tentative agreement" for flights to Dallas, Chicago from Columbia Regional Airport

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Columbia Regional Airport has a tentative agreement with American Airlines to offer two daily flights to Dallas, and one flight a day to Chicago, Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid announced Thursday.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:05 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Couple leaves $1.3 million to MU Hospital

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MU announced Thursday that George and Melna Bolm of Warren County left $1.3 million to the University of Missouri School of Medicine. The Bolms weren’t alumni of the University and were never treated at the University Hospitals or Clinics. They decided to donate the money because MU was close to their home and served the people in their area.

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Politics
5:59 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Columbia attorney among MO Supreme Court nominees

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A state nominating commission has selected a Columbia attorney as one of the three finalists to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court.

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Under the Microscope
5:20 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Numerous health problems disproportionately impact LGBT Missourians

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A wealth of factors are leading to poorer health outcomes within Missouri’s LGBT community.

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