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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Muslims in Joplin receive interfaith support after mosque fire

Remnants of prayer rugs lie amid the rubble of what used to be a mosque in Joplin. The mosque burned down on Aug. 6. The fire is still under investigation.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

It’s been about one month since a fire destroyed the only mosque in Joplin. Now, members of the Islamic Society of Joplin – and the interfaith community there – are picking up the pieces.

The mosque was burned down before daylight on August 6, during the holy month of Ramadan.

The FBI is still investigating the cause of the fire. Earlier in summer, on July 4, someone tried to set fire to the roof. That incident is still under investigation, too. 

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Science, Health and Technology
5:45 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

A Cape Girardeau man is diagnosed with West Nile virus

A southeast Missouri man is hospitalized in St. Louis after being diagnosed with West Nile virus.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:23 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Columbia Water and Light will talk renewable energy at a weekend fair

Columbia Water and Light is taking this weekend’s Sustainable Living Fair as an opportunity to talk about the city’s progress in renewable energy usage. Columbia currently has a requirement that 2 percent of the electric portfolio include energy generated from renewable resources.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Todd Akin speaks at Columbia Pachyderm Club

Republican Congressmember Todd Akin
U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Representative and Senatorial candidate Todd Akin said Friday he plans to recover his campaign after the criticism over his comments about rape and abortion. He addressed this at the Columbia Pachyderm Club.

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Business
4:56 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Boone County Fire Protection District repays misused funds

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The Boone County Fire Protection District repaid more than $200,000 in misused funds to the Federal Emergency Management Agency yesterday, settling a federal audit from the year 2009.  

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Agriculture
10:05 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Even after Hurricane Isaac, some Midwest farmers mired in drought

Hurricane Issac in Wisconsin.
MaryLouiseEklund/flickr

Heavy rains from Hurricane Isaac provided relief to some – but not all – farmers and ranchers in the drought-stricken Midwest, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly report, which came out on Thursday.

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Under the Microscope
7:20 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Show-Me Medicaid expansion? Missouri weighs the costs

Richard Freese sits in the waiting room of Family Care Health Centers in St. Louis. Freese is self-employed, servicing and selling industrial machines. But he says if he wound up hospitalized, he’d have no income – and no way to pay his bills.
Veronique LaCapra St. Louis Public Radio

When the US Supreme Court upheld the federal health care law in June, it ruled that states couldn’t be penalized for failing to expand their Medicaid programs.

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Global Journalist
6:10 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Tensions flare up between China and Japan over disputed islands

This June 2011 file photo shows Uotsuri Island, one of the islands of Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, in the East China Sea.
AP Photo/Kyodo News

There’s a new twist to an epic territorial dispute between Japan and China.

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Politics
5:58 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Obama to accept nomination Thursday night

Barack Obama speaking at an event
File photo KBIA

President Barack Obama will take the stage tonight (Thursday) in Charlotte, North Carolina, to cap the Democratic National Convention.  In 2008, Obama narrowly lost in Missouri. 

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Education
5:40 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Cushing to step down from school board

Paul Cushing is stepping down from the Columbia Board of Education.
File KBIA

Columbia Public Schools announced Thursday that one of its board members, Paul Cushing, is stepping down to take a job in Minnesota.

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Education
8:27 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Westminster College branches out to Arizona

Humphreys Peak from I-40 in Arizona
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Fulton’s Westminster College has received license approval from Arizona to open a campus in the state’s third largest city of Mesa.  President Barney Forsythe says that after the city of Mesa completed its marketing study research, researchers found that there was an under representation of private residential higher education in Arizona. 

Forsythe says that the school’s intent is to hire mostly locally in the Mesa and Phoenix area for the new campus.

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Sports
8:21 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Some Columbia residents open homes to visiting SEC fans

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Some Columbia homeowners are taking advantage of packed hotels this year by renting out their properties on home game football weekends. MU’s transition to the SEC has inspired a number of homeowners to open their homes for a weekend to visiting fans.

Dan Reidt, local property owner, decided to join the bandwagon after hearing about the money other renters were hoping to earn.

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Business
8:17 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Columbia Regional Airport adds one-time flight to Atlanta

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The University of Missouri football team will host its first Southeastern Conference game on Saturday night, but Delta Airlines is preparing for the occasion as well.

Delta has added an extra, one-time direct flight from Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport to Columbia Regional Airport on Saturday, ahead of Missouri’s matchup with the University of Georgia. An extra, nonstop flight returning to Atlanta has also been scheduled for Sunday morning.

The flights are in addition to the regular, daily flights between the airports that began in June.

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Education
8:10 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Mo. taps reserve fund for second straight month

Missouri has tapped a state reserve fund for cash flow purposes for the second consecutive month. The Office of Administration said Wednesday the state has borrowed $100 million from the Budget Reserve Fund, the same amount borrowed the previous month. The funds must be repaid by next May 15.

Missouri State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the reserve fund can be used if monthly revenue collections do not meet monthly expenditures.

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Politics
8:07 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Mo. Lt. Gov. Kinder opposes vehicle tax measure

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has found some common ground with Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

Kinder said Wednesday that he does not believe the Republican-led Legislature should override Nixon's veto of a bill that would retroactively re-impose local sales taxes on vehicles.

Like Nixon, Kinder says the local taxes should go to a vote of the people. Kinder says he also has concerns about the constitutionality of retroactively taxing people.

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