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Fallen soldiers
4:40 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Volunteers honor Sterling Wyatt and his family

Volunteers put flags into the ground along the route between Highway 63 and the Wyatt family's home on Friday, July 13, 2012
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Scores of people showed up to Shepard Boulevard Elementary in Columbia Friday afternoon to line the streets with American flags along the route to the home of the family of Sterling Wyatt, who was killed by an IED in Afghanistan Wednesday. Wyatt’s family is expected to return home Friday night after retrieving his body. Listen to the audio postcard above to hear from those at the event, including Wyatt's grandmother.

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Agriculture
2:34 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Crop duster plane crashes in Randolph County

A crop duster plane has crashed in north-central Missouri, killing the pilot.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the crash occurred Friday morning in Randolph County when the small plane crashed into a corn field north of Huntsville.

Randolph County Sheriff Mark Nichols says the victim's name hasn't been released.

Nichols says a witness told deputies the small plane appeared to have clipped a tree top before crashing.

Arts and Culture
2:18 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

CoMo Weekender: Summertime ft art, wine and plays

Part of PS Gallery's Summer 2012 exhibit
Laura Lloyd

Beat the heat with these indoor events. Sip wine and enjoy art. Catch a musical or comedy. Go anywhere that has the A/C pumping.

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Arts and Culture
1:22 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Portrait of a Dreamer: Young Missourians consider a future under Obama's immigration-policy change

Diana Martinez: A self-described "Dreamer" contemplates a future in the United States
Kelsey Kupferer/Lukas Udstuen KBIA

20 year-old Diana Martinez likes to say she was born in Mexico but made in America:

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Off The Clock
12:55 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Staying or going: 'My Life, My Town' in Glasgow

Madelyne and Landon Brand, from Glasgow, Mo: Only time will tell whether they stay in the town they love, or make a life in a new place.
Lizz Cardwell KBIA/Columbia Missourian

A high school senior, Madelyne cheerleads, serves as the Glasgow FFA President, and participates in Band and Choir. On the weekends, she works at the local bank. She cannot wait to leave the small-town life and the farm.

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Agriculture
9:25 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Farmers talk drought at MU field day

Irrigation waters a field of soybeans at Bradford Research Center outside Columbia, Mo. on August 12, 2012.
Camille Phillips Harvest Public Media

Missouri is in the midst of the worst drought since 1988 – that was the buzz on the MU campus yesterday, as more than 200 farmers and researchers gathered for the annual Pest Management Field Day. Although they came to learn about the latest research on pesticides and herbicides, conversation frequently turned to the bone-dry conditions on Missouri's farms.

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Politics
8:56 am
Fri July 13, 2012

State House candidates face off in Columbia

Mid-Missouri's State House districts are different this year, after redistricting following the 2010 census.
Missouri Redistricting Office

State House primary candidates for mid-Missouri's 44th and 47th Districts debated last night at a League of Women Voters forum at the Columbia Public Library. Among the hot topics: the federal health care law and how to maintain Missouri's aging highway system.

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Global Journalist
5:44 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Escalating tensions in Egypt

Newly-elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi waves to guests after giving an inaugural address at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt.
Amr Nabil AP Images

Egypt is an ancient civilization with a newborn democracy.  So, after revolutionaries toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak, growing pains were expected. The top generals have been ruling the country for six decades, and they weren’t about to give up power without a fight. 

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Under the Microscope
5:36 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

On starting a startup

Photo courtesy of Listener Approved

This week, we’ll hear from the creator of a new start-up that aims to connect people with free music.

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Military
5:18 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Two Columbia soldiers have died this week

MBK (Marjie) Flickr

Two Columbia military members have died in the last five days.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Nixon signs 12 bills into law, vetoes 10

KBIA file photo

Missouri Democratic Governor Jay Nixon was busy Thursday, making decisions on 22 bills the legislature put on his desk.

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Politics
1:53 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Columbia leaders detail plan to address pension problem

City leaders are asking Columbia city council to allow them to make significant changes to the city’s benefit plans for new employees. It’s an effort to address the city’s ailing pensions.

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Health & Wealth
11:50 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Nixon vetoes controversial contraception bill

Governor Jay Nixon announced the veto at a press conference in Jefferson City.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have exempted religious organizations from covering contraception under their health insurance plans, if that coverage would go against the organizations' beliefs. Nixon said in his remarks that existing law adequately protects religious liberties.

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Politics
7:41 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Messages to Mo. gov. top 10K on contraception bill

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon now has received more than 10,000 messages urging him to sign or veto legislation related to health insurance coverage for contraception.

Nixon has scheduled a Thursday news conference to announce his action on legislation. That comes a couple days ahead of a Saturday deadline for him to sign, veto or allow bills to become law without his signature.

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Politics
7:35 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Mo. Gov. takes no stance on health care exchange

Governor Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

The idea of a health care exchange in Missouri continues to be a political sticking point between Republicans and Democrats. And Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has yet to take a stance on the issue.

The day after Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder filed a lawsuit that alleges the wording for a healthcare exchange ballot initiative is misleading; Governor Jay Nixon did his best to sidestep the issue.

In fact, Nixon says he hasn’t really looked at how the ballot measure is written. As for the idea of healthcare exchanges in general, the governor isn’t ready to commit.

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