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8:57 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Joplin council to consider tornado recovery plans

Joplin after the tornado
KBIA File photo

A master planner hired to guide Joplin's recovery from the deadly May 2011 tornado plans to present his first slate of projects to city elected leaders Monday night.

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Arts and Culture
5:33 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Out in a small town: 'My Life, My Town' goes to Macon

Trinity Rainey, a teen from Macon, MO. is profiled in the "My Life, My Town" series of multimedia portraits featuring teens in rural Missouri.
Elizabeth Trovall/Grant Hindsley KBIA/Columbia Missourian

On this week's edition of "Off the Clock," we hear a third portrait from the “My Life, My Town” series that documents the stories of teens in rural Missouri. Today  we visit Trinity Rainey in Macon.

KBIA and the Columbia Missourian have been working with rural teens all over Missouri to get their stories about … being a teen, in rural Missouri. Called “My Life My Town,” the project worked with teens to create multimedia portraits about their lives. Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard the audio versions of these portraits on “Off the Clock."

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Weather
12:11 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Columbia asks for less water use while it repairs equipment

Florian Flickr

Columbia Water and Light is asking its customers to cut down on their water use between now and 6 o’ clock Saturday morning.

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CoMo Weekender
11:36 am
Fri July 6, 2012

CoMo Weekender: For ‘merica ft. First Friday, Camelot and concerts

Artlandish art gallery
Artlandish

Continue celebrating 'merica this weekend. Catch First Friday at Artlandlish Gallery or shows at Mojo's and the Fugue. Round out the weekend with play.

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Business
8:59 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Mo. insurers to issue nearly $61M in refunds

Under a provision in the federal healthcare law, Mo. insurers will pay nearly $61 million to Missourians.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Some of Missouri's largest insurance companies will be refunding consumers almost $61 million this month under a provision of the federal healthcare law. Insurers who failed to spend at least 80 percent of premium-dollars on medical care and quality improvement have to repay the difference to consumers.

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Politics
8:45 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Nixon signs Mo. license plate, higher ed fund bill

No Kansas Jayhawks will be appearing on Show-Me State license plates — at least unless Missouri lawmakers say it is OK.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law Thursday a broader higher education measure that would require state lawmakers to approve specialty license plates for colleges and universities. State lawmakers were seeking to impede possible efforts by fans to have the University of Kansas featured on a Missouri license plate.

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Politics
8:30 am
Fri July 6, 2012

McCaskill reaffirms support for federal healthcare law

Senator Claire McCaskill
KBIA

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is breaking her silence on the Supreme Court’s health care ruling.  The Democrat told supporters Thursday at a party campaign office in St. Charles that she stands firm in her support of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.  She also says the solutions for fixing health care offered by her Republican opponents would be burden seniors.

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Politics
8:21 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Former Mo. governor seeks probation for donations

Former Governor Roger Wilson

A former Missouri governor plans to ask for probation when he is sentenced Monday in federal court for misusing money involved in illegal political donations.

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Arts and Culture
8:15 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Missouri Military Museum undergoes renovations

Museum of Missouri Military History
Missouri National Guard

The Missouri military history museum in Jefferson City has decided to move to a larger building and undergo a technology renovation.

The museum currently has 2,000 square feet of exhibition space, and will move to a building three times that size. The museum director Charles Machon, says the museum was running out of space.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

MO Lt. Gov. to challenge health care ballot language

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder
KBIA file photo

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is once again filing suit against a health care measure. He and some other Republican lawmakers have announced plans to challenge the secretary of state’s office on newly issued ballot language for a health care measure that’s slated to appear on the November ballot.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:57 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

New law limits work hours at mental health facilities

Fulton State Hospital
Missouri Department of Mental Health

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that could provide relief for state employees working long hours at high-security mental health facilities.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:49 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Aflac to pays Missouri $700K in settlement

a.drian Flickr

Missouri insurance regulators say Aflac Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million in fines to three states to settle allegations about its business practices.

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Lake of the Ozarks
2:43 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

UPDATE: Two Ashland children electrocuted in Lake of the Ozarks

The State Highway Patrol says two siblings from Ashland were electrocuted Wednesday at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Politics
8:59 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Mo. expects to save $44M through debt refinancing

Lawmakers and the Governor want to refinance $500 million in bonds.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri expects to save about $44 million this year by refinancing some of its debt at lower interest rates.

Two separate boards of state officials gave preliminary authorization this week to the bond refinancing.

That action had been anticipated for some time. Gov. Jay Nixon had proposed to refinance more than $500 million of bonds as part of the budget plan he outlined in January. Lawmakers also had calculated the savings into the budget for the 2013 fiscal year that began this past Sunday.

Weather
8:56 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Hot, dry conditions bring mixed forecast for Missouri wine producers

rustinpc flickr

Missouri winemakers are watching their grape vines carefully this summer.

A little stress can positively effect grape quality, but as wine experts are concerned this year’s heat and drought may be too much. 

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