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10:11 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Columbia airport to add twice-weekly Frontier flight to Orlando

Mayor Bob McDavid introduces the new Frontier Airlines route at a press conference at Columbia City Hall on August 16. (Behind McDavid, from left) Mike Matthes, Dan Atwell, Greg Steinhoff, John Glascock and Don Elliot.
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

Story updated at 5:47pm Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Columbia Regional Airport will offer nonstop flights to and from Orlando, Florida, beginning November 20. Frontier Airlines will fly 138 passengers directly between the Columbia Regional Airport and the Orlando International Airport in Florida on the Airbus 319. Mayor Bob McDavid told reporters at a press conference Thursday that the new route will increase the airport’s passenger traffic by 27 percent.

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Education
8:48 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Columbia and Jefferson City public schools see enrollment surge

As public school starts Thursday in both Columbia and Jefferson City, those school districts are dealing with a surge in student enrollment. To deal with this, the districts have hired several teachers at the last minute to maintain a healthy ratio of students to instructors.

Although enrollment numbers are expected to fluctuate for the next few weeks, Columbia and Jefferson City have added several teachers at the elementary level to accommodate the influx of younger students.

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Crime
8:26 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Columbia grocer from Iraq prepares for prison

A Columbia grocer convicted of violating federal sanctions against Iraq by sending money overseas is preparing to start a three-year prison sentence later this month.

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Politics
8:24 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Nixon says Missouri exports increase from 2011

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

State officials say exports by Missouri businesses rose by 6 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2011.

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Agriculture
8:22 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Mo. department seeks to oust feral pigs

The Missouri Department of Conservation has been working to rid its lands around the state of feral hogs.

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Faith/Religion
8:20 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Enough money raised for Joplin rally for Muslims

Donors have stepped forward to make sure a rally to support Muslims in Joplin will be held.

The Neighbors — Joplin Mosque Rally will be held Saturday at Landreth Park.

Organizer Ashley Carter said several people contributed about $2,500 this week to fund the rally, which will feature speakers and entertainment.

The event was planned after a suspicious fire destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin's mosque on Aug. 6. A reward totaling $25,000 has been offered for information on the fire. The FBI is investigating.

Utilities
8:18 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Some western Mo. electric bills to decrease

Missouri Public Service Commission Seal
Missouri Public Service Commission website

Electric bills are on the way down for some residents of western Missouri, thanks to a decline in fuel prices.

The Missouri Public Service Commission has reduced the fuel adjustment charge for Kansas City Power & Light's Greater Missouri Operations. Fuel adjustment clauses allow power companies to adjust rates for changes in the price of natural gas.

The reduction takes effect Sept. 1.

Politics
8:15 am
Thu August 16, 2012

SW Mo. House member plans to seek recount

A state House member from southwest Missouri says he'll seek a recount after a narrow loss in his Republican primary election.

Election results certified in Greene County this week show incumbent Thomas Long losing to challenger Jeff Messenger by 28 votes in the Aug. 7 primary. Long told the Springfield News-Leader on Wednesday he'll ask to have the ballots in the 130th House District counted again.

Missouri law allows candidates to request recounts if they lose by less than 1 percent of the total vote.

Agriculture
4:54 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

What if Congress doesn't pass a farm bill?

Ed Greiman, a cattle producer and president-elect of the Iowa Cattlemen, climbs onto the front of a truck hauling silage on his ranch near Garner, Iowa. Like other ranchers, he's getting a feel for what life would be like without a farm bill.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

Roy Pralle is an 85-year-old retired farmer from Latimer, Iowa. He spends most afternoons playing cribbage with other retired farmers at Dudley's Corner, a diner attached to a gas station in north-central Iowa.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Another candidate's late tax payments found; this time AG Koster

KBIA file photo

Late personal property tax payments have emerged in another Missouri political campaign.

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Views of the News
4:15 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Zakaria's Plagiarism; J-School Change; Debate Moderators; Saving CNN

Professor Mike McKean

Media criticism from the Missouri School of Journalism's Mike McKean, Lee Wilkins and Charles Davis.

Agriculture
2:36 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

MU professor: grazing drought-damaged crops and pasture can harm livestock

A parched corn field in Cass County, Illinois.
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

A University of Missouri veterinary professor says farmers need to be careful when feeding drought-damaged corn to their livestock.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:25 am
Wed August 15, 2012

MU medical researchers accused of plagiarism

KBIA file photo

Two University of Missouri heart researchers are accused of plagiarism after a medical journal retracted an article they co-wrote.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the American Journal of the Medical Sciences pulled the February 2012 article after determining that the authors "plagiarized significant aspects" of a 2006 article in the journal Heart.

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Politics
9:23 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Mo. unemployment rises slightly to 7.2 percent

A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate edged higher last month while the number of nonfarm jobs declined.

The Department of Economic Development says the jobless rate rose one-tenth of a point in July to 7.2 percent. That compares with a national rate of 8.3 percent.

The Missouri agency also reported Tuesday that nonfarm payroll employment decreased in July by 7,700 jobs.

Officials said record heat and severe drought affected outdoor jobs in such areas as construction, landscaping, lawn care and recreation.

Education
9:05 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Columbia welcomes international students

As College students make their way back to Columbia this week, thousands of international students are among them. At Stephens Lake Park, an event is meant to help these students adjust to their new city.

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