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Agriculture
3:39 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

My Farm Roots: When you hail from farm country, roots run deep

Kate Edwards grew up helping her grandfather on his farm. Those memories are part of what spurred her to start her own farm.
Andrea Silenzi Harvest Public Media

This is the first installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s new series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land.

Kate Edwards hasn’t always been a farmer. No, she came back to the farm after college, grad school and a stint as an environmental engineer.

Now, she farms a small one-acre plot near Solon, Iowa. On her small farm, she feeds 30 families through a Community Supported Agriculture project, a CSA. Edwards was drawn back to farming, she says, because of family memories.

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Faith/Religion
2:31 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Flags surround church in honor of fallen soldier Sterling Wyatt

American flags line the sidewalk around First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia in preparation for the funeral Saturday of Spc. Sterling Wyatt, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

The Patriot Guard placed flags around First Baptist Church on Broadway in downtown Columbia in preparation for the funeral of Spc. Sterling Wyatt. 

Wyatt died July 11 while on duty in Afghanistan. Groups of supporters lined the streets of Columbia Thursday  during a procession from Columbia Regional Airport to Wyatt's home. 

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Agriculture
8:55 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Engineers check on reconstruction following floods last year

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The Army Corps of Engineers visited Cairo, Illinois on yesterday to check on reconstruction projects following last year’s devastating floods. The Corps will invest more than $100 million toward flood protection systems at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

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Politics
8:44 am
Fri July 20, 2012

McCaskill targets Republican opponents in TV ads

Sen. Claire McCaskill in Columbia earlier this year.
Natalie Cheng KBIA

For months, Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate candidates have been campaigning by criticizing Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill and McCaskill has returned fire during campaign events. Now McCaskill says she is launching TV ads individually targeting her potential Republican competitors — Congressman Todd Akin, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner.

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Global Journalist
6:44 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Covering North Korea from within

In June, Global Journalist producer and MU graduate student David Cawthon traveled to Seoul where media professionals gave a glimpse of it’s like to report within the shrouded borders of North Korea. He joined Global Journalist to discuss what journalists revealed about one of the world’s most secretive nations.

Science, Health and Technology
5:47 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Unwinding the helix: using genetics to treat childhood cancer

Washington University’s Todd Druley uses a magnet to separate DNA-coated magnetic beads from a liquid reaction buffer, to isolate specific genes from patient DNA for sequencing analysis.
Scott Suppelsa

Pediatric leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. There are about 3,000 new cases in the United States every year, typically in children between the ages of four and six.

With treatment, about three-quarters of affected children are able to beat the disease.

But for those with what’s known as “high risk” leukemia, the odds of survival are much worse.

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Weather
5:41 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

NOAA predicts dry, hot weather will linger

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Federal weather forecasters predict the unusually hot dry weather that has gripped much of the nation will linger into fall, especially for the parched heartland.

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Sterling Wyatt
3:43 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Groups line streets of Columbia to honor Army soldier Sterling Wyatt

Abby Spudich KBIA

Groups of supporters lined the streets of Columbia from the regional airport to the city’s downtown today, in honor of  fallen Army soldier Sterling Wyatt, a Columbia native who was killed July 11th while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Columbia citizens lined Stadium Boulevard and Broadway this morning with hanging heads and waving flags to greet the funeral procession carrying Wyatt's body from Columbia Regional Airport to the funeral home.

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Politics
8:47 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Mo. AG candidate proposes regulation task force

Missouri Republican attorney general candidate Ed Martin is calling for the creation of a new task force dealing with government regulations.

Martin says the task force would focus on regulations for energy and the environment, health care and small businesses. It would be in the state attorney general's office. He says excessive government regulations hurt businesses and the economy.

On Thursday, Martin was traveling in southwestern Missouri to discuss his proposal during campaign stops in Branson, Neosho and Mount Vernon.

Fire
8:29 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Officials on the lookout for forest fires

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During a typical year, Missouri has a spring fire season and fall fire season. Summer is usually a downtime for forest fires. That’s not the case this year.

In June and July alone, there were 50 wildfires that burned more than 4,000 acres in the Mark Twain National Forest. Compare that to an average year, when about 5,000 acres burn over 12 months.

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Fort Leonard Wood
8:27 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Fort Leonard Wood building honors female soldier

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Fort Leonard Wood is dedicating a new building in honor of Missouri's first female soldier killed by hostile fire.

The south-central Missouri Army base says a memorial plaque honoring Sergeant Amanda Pinson of St. Louis will be formally unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 26th for the new Training Support Center.

Pinson was 21 in March 2006 when a mortar exploded in the central Iraq city of Tikrit, killing her and 22-year-old Specialist Carlos Gonzalez of Middletown, New York. Both were based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Immigration
8:14 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Immigration directive won't help Mo. woman

The U.S. Capitol

A gap in immigration policy means an England-born Missouri woman waiting for a green card won't be able to take advantage of a new directive from President Barack Obama that halts the deportations of many young people.

Lauren Gray has been living in the United States legally since she was 4. But Obama's directive is aimed at immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Gray has been allowed to live in Trenton on her parents' work visa. But she will lose the privilege when she turns 21 in August.

Courts
8:12 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Mo. judge says Guatemala mom loses parental rights

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A Missouri judge has terminated the parental rights of a Guatemalan woman who's been contesting her son's 2008 adoption by a Carthage couple.

The decision comes a year after the Missouri Supreme Court ordered a new trial, saying the initial adoption didn't follow state adoption laws.

Greene County Judge David Jones ruled Wednesday that Encarnacion Bail Romero abandoned her son and ended her parental rights. The decision clears the way for the couple, Seth and Melinda Moser of Carthage, to adopt the child again.

Business
8:09 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Investors, management to buy cable co. Suddenlink

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The company that runs the St. Louis-based cable provider Suddenlink Communications has agreed to sell itself to its management and other investors who will invest about $2 billion in the company.

Investors BC Partners and the Canada pension plan's CPP Investment Board are joining with Suddenlink managers including Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent in the deal to buy Cequel Communications Holdings L.L.C.

Cequel's previous ownership group included Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Quadrangle and Oaktree Capital Management. The deal values the company at $6.6 billion, including debt.

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Crime
6:57 am
Thu July 19, 2012

St. Louis Co. crime down in first 6 months

stlouisco.com

Crime is on the decline in St. Louis County.

County police on Wednesday announced that the overall crime rate is down 12.5 percent for the first six months of 2012, compared with the same period in 2011. Violent crime is down 7.2 percent.

The county had 12 homicides in the first half of 2011, compared to two through June of this year. Forcible rapes are down 25 percent, arson 22.2 percent, burglary 28.1 percent, robbery 11.5 percent and aggravated assault 1.1 percent.

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