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9:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Spence linking Nixon to Obama in Mo. gov's race

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence has begun running a TV ad linking Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to President Barack Obama.

The ad that began airing Tuesday criticizes the Democratic governor for implementing Obama's economic stimulus act in Missouri and shows pictures of Obama and Nixon together. Spence's ad claims that the stimulus has failed and that Missouri's economy is poor.

Nixon's campaign manager claimed Spence is running a "dishonest and desperate" campaign. Nixon asserts that Missouri's economy has been improving.

Science, Health and Technology
8:58 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Deer dying in Mo. due to fly-biting disease

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The Missouri Conservation Department says it has been getting reports of hundreds of dead deer around the state.

The agency says the deer appear to have fallen victim to hemorrhagic disease, which is spread by the bites of the small midge fly.

As of mid-September, the department had received reports of about 2,800 dead deer, with the disease being the suspected cause.

The department says outbreaks of hemorrhagic disease tend to increase during droughts, when deer and flies both congregate near the diminished number of watering spots.

Business
8:11 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Butternut Bread plant requests pay cut from employees

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The Butternut Bread plant in Boonville is going bankrupt and is asking 80 employees to take an 8 percent pay cut along with reductions in company-paid pensions.

Frank Hurt, President of The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), says employees have an obvious decision to make, and they will not choose the pay cut.

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Politics
7:57 am
Wed September 19, 2012

McDavid secures $3 million for Columbia Regional Airport

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Mayor Bob McDavid says he now has secured $3 million in pledges to attract a new airline to the Columbia Regional Airport. Roughly half of the money comes from the city. The rest is from private business interests, the Boone County Commission and MU.

McDavid says the new destinations will be big boost for businesses in Columbia, but also for people connected to the University of Missouri

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Politics
11:20 am
Tue September 18, 2012

UPDATE: Former CEO of Mamtek arrested, faces criminal charges

With the old Mamtek site in Moberly, Mo., as a backdrop, Attorney General Chris Koster announced that Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole was arrested this morning in California.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

UPDATE: 3:00 pm, Tuesday September 18:

Former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole was arrested at his home in Dana Point, California on Tuesday after the Missouri Attorney General charged him with theft and fraud.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster told reporters that Bruce Cole -- the former CEO of the now defunct company Mamtek -- has been charged with stealing and four counts of securities fraud.

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Politics
11:09 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Columbia Police Captains now "at will" employees

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The Columbia City Council has approved an amendment that changes the status of Columbia's Police Captains from classified to unclassified employees. Under the new classification the police captains lose their right to due process and are now "at will" employees under Police Chief Kenneth Burton.

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Politics
11:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Columbia City Council passes 2013 budget

City Manager Mike Matthes
Janet Saidi KBIA

The Columbia City Council passed its budget for the 2013 fiscal year Monday night. Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes says one of the main focuses this year was to try to relieve the general fund by closing the gap between revenues and expenses by a million dollars.

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Politics
9:06 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Mo. appeals court upholds judicial ballot measure

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

A Missouri appeals court panel has upheld the ballot summary for a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the process for selecting appellate judges.

In its ruling Monday, a three-judge panel of the Western District Court of Appeals certified the summary that voters will see on the November ballot.

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Politics
8:56 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Columbia tenants could see rent increase

Columbia tenants may see a slight increase in rent in the coming years. City council members approved an amendment to the city code that raises the rates for rental inspections that landlords are required to schedule.  Stanley Diaz owns properties throughout the city and says he might have to raise rates because of the increased inspection costs.

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Politics
8:52 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Children at play signs continue to dwindle in Boone County

Boone County Public Works stands by its decision not to replace a “children at play” sign removed from Columbia – even as some residents disagree.

Boone County points to several studies that disprove the effectiveness of the signs. A report released from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation says many national agencies do not support these types of signs, including the Federal Highway Administration.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Sec. of State candidate Schoeller attacks "puppy mill" language

Shane Schoeller
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The Republican nominee for Secretary of State is conducting a so-called “Farm Values Tour” across Missouri this week. 

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Education
5:55 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

College of the Ozarks file lawsuit opposing Affordable Care Act

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College of the Ozarks filed a lawsuit today against the US Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury, arguing that the so-called “contraceptive mandate” in the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. 

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Politics
5:46 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Jefferson City funeral home to stay away from pre-arranged funeral contracts

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

A judge has ordered the operators of a closed Jefferson City funeral home to stay away from offering pre-arranged funeral contracts after claims that the home mishandled numerous others in the past.

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Politics
5:39 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Columbia Parks and Recreation still pushing for Grindstone Creek Trail

Hinkson Creek Trail
Columbia Parks and Recreation

Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is moving forward on the contested Grindstone Creek Trail project.

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Intersection
5:24 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Shakir Hamoodi and the world of international sanctions

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

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