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12:26 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Funds from tobacco tax hike would waft to MU's Medical School

A report says one in four US high schoolers smoke first cigarettes before turning 18.
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Smokers won't be the only ones affected if Missouri voters decide to raise the tobacco tax in November. If Proposition B passes, part of the extra tax proceeds will benefit the MU Medical School.

The medical school is collaborating with CoxHealth and Mercy health systems in Springfield to construct the city’s first clinical campus. CoxHealth Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dan Sontheimer says the tobacco tax initiative would mean a speedier process for this new clinical campus to become a reality.

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Politics
12:12 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Gingrich to raise money for Akin's Senate campaign

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Former presidential candidate and House Speaker Newt Gingrich is coming to Missouri to raise money for Todd Akin's U.S. Senate campaign.

Akin campaign adviser Rick Tyler, who is a former Gingrich aide, says Gingrich will be in the St. Louis area Monday for a series of events with the Republican congressman.

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Science, Health and Technology
11:46 am
Thu September 20, 2012

More students enter college with severe mental illnesses

Kevin Dooley FLICKR

MU’s Counseling Center is hosting a depression screening day for MU students Thursday. Computer stations across campus will provide assessments of depression and anxiety for participating students.

The growing number of students who enter college with severe mental illnesses has been on the rise for the last decade, according to a study by the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Christy Hutton is a programming and communications coordinator with MU Counseling Center. She says she’s seeing more students with mental health problems on campus.

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Science, Health and Technology
11:26 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Drought and disease take a toll on Missouri's deer population

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It’s been a while since Jeff Lampe turned on his windshield wipers. But even on a rainy day like this it’s easy to see the toll the drought has taken on his land.

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Politics
9:10 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Jefferson City Council approves $31 million budget

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The Jefferson City Council approved the 2013 city budget on Monday.

Councilman Ralph Bray says it took the council over a month to come up with the $31 million budget.

“We were able to be more efficient by making cuts through all the different departments and kind of redirect some funds to programs that needed funding and programs that are working, making Jefferson City a better place to live,” Bray says.

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Politics
9:05 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Jefferson City pumps $100,000 into fund for new airline in Columbia

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The Jefferson City Council agreed to provide the Columbia Regional Airport with $100,000 to help attract more airline services.

City Councilman Ralph Bray says Columbia has approached a number of cities in mid-Missouri for help in its attempt to bring a third airline to the airport.

“Well, it’s very, very exciting," Bray says. "Columbia has done a lot of work for the past couple of years or so, I believe, in studying the issue of providing greater air transportation and that would allow for international connections.”

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Politics
7:54 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

New women's group defends Akin in Mo. Senate race

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Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is gaining support from some women who believe he has been unfairly judged.

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Faith/Religion
6:38 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Nontheism increasing in U.S. and worldwide

Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, discusses atheism at Westminster College's symposium, Religious Experience in Global Society on Sept. 18.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

For 19 years, Dan Barker preached from a Christian pulpit. Now, he’s co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and is an atheist activist. He said he outgrew his religious beliefs. These days, that’s not unusual.

“Agree with it or not, atheism is really growing," he said. "Millions and millions of good Americans don’t believe in a God.”

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Business Beat
4:44 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Higher percentage: ethanol in gas, hogs sent to market

Some U.S. gas pumps feature gas with 15 percent ethanol in the gas.
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There’s a new kind of gas on the market, with more ethanol in it than the gas we usually put in our cars. That’s beneficial for corn farmers who grow the corn that ethanol is made from and want more of it in your gas. But while the ethanol industry fought for years to bring this fuel to the market, now that they’ve won… good luck finding it. Even in Corn Country, pickings are slim.

Agriculture
4:31 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Low feed means more hogs sent to market

This little piggy went to market. So did a lot of the others.
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The gravel road leading to Harrison Creek Farms is sandwiched between one field of withering corn, and one field of stunted soybeans. The drought has hurt farmers like Kenny Brinker who owns Brinker Farms and Harrison Creek Farms in Auxvasse, Mo.

“The hog farm we have here in Callaway County is what you call your standard feral to finish operation," he says. "We own the hogs ourselves."

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Agriculture
2:56 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Are you afraid of melons? [Results]

In the produce section of the Schnucks grocery store in Columbia, Mo., the store posted a statement about the watermelon recall on a box of non-recalled watermelons.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

Last week we asked you two simple questions: are you avoiding cantaloupes or melons?

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Agriculture
11:35 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Debate this: Which presidential candidate is better for agriculture?

Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge (left) and Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns stand in for the presidential candidates in a Presidential Forum on Agriculture in Des Moines in mid-September.
Sandhya Dirks Iowa Public Radio

The presidential candidates have yet to meet in a face-to-face debate. But last week in Des Moines, Iowa, ag leaders witnessed a preview of sorts during a Presidential Forum on Agriculture held in advance of the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

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Politics
11:29 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Commentary: The Mayor and the "Bogeyman"

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Two small items in the New York Times from the Democratic Convention caught my eye.  The first was that Rahm Emanuel, the Mayor of Chicago, is now leading a Democratic SuperPac, one of those new types of fund-raising organizations, trying to pry big dollars loose from liberal donors.  Some of these donors have refrained out of principled opposition to SuperPacs.  Others have more personal reasons.  For example, George Soros has taken a pass because he could not get face time with President Obama.  So it will be a tough sell.

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Politics
9:26 am
Wed September 19, 2012

State grant could boost some rural economies

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Several agricultural projects in Missouri are benefiting from a state grant program aimed at boosting the economies in rural areas of the state.

The Missouri Value-Added Grant Program announced this week that it’s granting $370,000 to six agricultural business projects across the state. The program is funded through the Missouri Agriculture and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) and gives funding based on creation and development in rural agricultural business.

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