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6:01 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Talking Politics: Akin in Senate race for good, more from Senate and Governor debates

Rep. Todd Akin
Andrew Yost KBIA

All eyes were on Columbia as the candidates for Governor and the US Senate squared off in the first debate of this election cycle on Friday. This week on the show we have more in-depth reporting on what happened at the debates.

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Agriculture
4:15 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

National Pork Month is on the horizon

October is National Pork Month, but Missouri has already begun its celebrations.

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Education
9:09 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Southern Boone District gives its Superintendent an improvement plan

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The Southern Boone School District placed Superintendent Charlotte Miller on a professional improvement plan.

Earlier this summer, former Assistant Superintendent Carolyn Deffenbaugh released a letter of resignation – in it she slammed Miller, accusing her of favoritism, careless spending and mismanagement.

School Board President Ellen Kesterson says a committee of board members will meet with Miller every month to follow up with the goals outlined in the plan.

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Agriculture
9:02 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Crop, livestock price increases drive up rent costs

In southwest Kansas, baled hay sits in an open field.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

It cost more to rent an acre of cropland or pasture land in 2012, according to new figures from the USDA.

The average cost to rent an acre of cropland in Missouri went up by 4 percent. Pastureland increased by 10 percent.

Ron Plain is an agricultural economics professor at the University of Missouri. He says rental rates and a land’s market value are both tied to the value of what is being produced on that land.

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Politics
8:51 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Texas gov campaigns for Mo. AG candidate

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Missouri Republican Ed Martin is getting help in his run for state attorney general from Texas Governor Rick Perry. Martin and Perry campaigned Monday in Columbia.

Martin, a St. Louis lawyer who was chief of staff to former Governor Matt Blunt, is challenging Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster. At Bleu Restaurant Monday, Perry compared Martin’s campaign to an SEC football event.

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Intersection
6:04 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Standardized tests and assessing student learning

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

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Science, Health and Technology
4:40 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Employment on the rise at Lake Regional Health System

Image of doctor from different hospital.
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Employment at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach has increased in the last four years. Its current payroll totals more than 70 million dollars with more than eleven hundred employees.

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Education
4:22 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Missouri SAT scores fell amongst high school grads

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A report shows the SAT college-entrance exam scores of Missouri high school graduates fell this year.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Conservative group considers supporting Akin

Akin at previous event.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

A group supporting conservative Senate candidates is considering whether to toss a last-minute life preserver to Missouri congressman Todd Akin.

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Politics
10:01 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Akin approaches critical campaign week

U.S. House of Representatives

Republican congressman Todd Akin has been slowly rebuilding his Senate campaign in Missouri after apologizing for inflammatory remarks about pregnancy and rape.

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Politics
9:51 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Missouri to pay more for state worker pensions

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Missouri will chip in nearly $330 million next year to pay for state worker pensions.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports state government will pay about 20 percent more than in the current year largely because of lower investment returns and longer life expectancies. The board for the Missouri State Employees Retirement System approved the increase by a 10-1 vote.

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the increased payment is not a surprise.

Business
9:47 am
Mon September 24, 2012

"Old Town" Jefferson City begins to look new

Missouri Department of Tourism Missouri Department of Tourism

An effort to revitalize Jefferson City’s historic “Old Town” district is showing progress. The Old Town Revitalization Company in Jefferson City has announced that it has received its first property donation.

The non-profit organization allows Jefferson City property owners to donate property to Old Town for a tax deduction. The Old Town Revitalization Company then partners with nearby home builders to rehabilitate the property.

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Education
8:55 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Mo. Board of Education tentatively revises school standards

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Missouri’s Board of Education approved a tentative plan for revised standards in schools across the state. The updated standards provide schools with guidelines for educator evaluation systems, which is required in school districts to help assess teacher performance.

Now, the board takes a variety of factors into account when evaluating student achievement such as standardized test performance, graduation rates and socio-economic breakdown of the districts. The new criteria are a more evolved version of the old standards.

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Politics
8:49 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Fireworks could soon be banned in Columbia

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The Columbia City Council is considering a ban on possessing fireworks within the city limits.

The proposed law would make possession of fireworks a misdemeanor. The existing law prohibits the sale, manufacture and use of fireworks inside the city.

Columbia Police Sergeant Jill Schlude says existing laws restrict officers’ ability to respond to complaints. Shooting usually stops before they arrive.

“It just became a real issue – that enforcement was close to impossible based on the current language,” Schlude says.

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Faith/Religion
8:44 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Environment, atheism key contemporary religious issues

Cliff Cain delivers the opening remarks at Westminster College's symposium on religion on Sept. 18. Cain is a religious studies professor and the chair of this year's symposium committee.
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Religion was one of those things Cliff Cain's mother raised him not to talk about in public – that, along with politics and sex.

With religion alone, he's breaking that rule – in his words, "Religion is as polarizing as politics and as passionate as sex."

Cain is a religious studies professor at Westminster College in Fulton, and he was the chair of the committee for the school's annual symposium. This year, the topic was religion, and more than 40 experts came to give lectures and facilitate discussions. 

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