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12:51 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Is school too easy or too boring?

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NPR reports that a survey by the National Assessment of Educational Progress shows that many students are simply "not being challenged in school." Parents, what's your take?
Many students in American classrooms don't feel challenged enough. That's according to new analysis of federal data (pdf) conducted by the
Politics
9:34 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Nixon's stance unclear on Medicaid expansion

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the federal health law, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is not taking a clear stance on whether he thinks the state should take part in a voluntary expansion of its Medicaid program.  The health law originally required states to raise Medicaid eligibility to about 130 percent of the federal poverty level. But the Supreme Court ruling now leaves that decision up to states.  Speaking to reporters in Kansas City Monday, Nixon said he hopes to work with providers, businesses, and lawmakers to figure out what’s best for Missouri.

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Politics
9:26 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Report shows two-thirds of Missouri's uninsured could get health coverage

A new report by the Missouri Foundation for Health estimates that about two-thirds of Missouri’s more than 800,000 uninsured could get health insurance under the federal health care law. The county level data suggest that rural counties will benefit the most.

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Politics
9:16 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Blue Ribbon transportation committee meets

Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

A panel created by the Missouri House to review the state's transportation needs met Monday afternoon in Columbia.

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Politics
9:10 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Ex-Mo. gov. gets probation for campaign payment

Fmr Gov. Roger Wilson

Former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson has been sentenced to two years of probation for misusing money to make political donations.

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Politics
9:07 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Biden calls Mo. Sen. McCaskill a 'strong ally'

Vice President Joe Biden
Barack Obama flickr

Vice President Joe Biden praised Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill as a "strong, strong ally" while helping raise money for her re-election campaign.

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Politics
9:00 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Lt. Gov. Kinder challenging Mo. ballot summary

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (KBIA file photo)

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is filing a lawsuit to challenge the ballot summary for a measure restricting the creation of a state health insurance exchange without specific approval from lawmakers or voters.

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Lake of the Ozarks
6:40 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Third person electrocuted at Lake of the Ozarks

A 26-year-old Hazelwood woman has died in another electrocution near a dock at Lake of the Ozarks.

The Lake Sun Leader reports that the woman was swimming with two children near Dry Branch Cove's 4-mile marker on Saturday night when a current of electricity hit the water. The two children were not injured.

Science, Health and Technology
6:35 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Work to resume at damaged Mo. levee

Brett Ciccotelli Flickr

Work is resuming on the intentionally breached Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri now that a protest to a construction bid has been deemed "without merit" by the Army Corps of Engineers.

An Oklahoma company last month protested the $20 million in contracts awarded to three other companies to rebuild the levee, which was intentionally breached at the height of 2011 flooding along the Mississippi River. The breach relieved pressure on the flood wall at nearby Cairo, Ill., but damaged 130,000 acres of rich Missouri farmland and dozens of homes.

Intersection
6:21 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

The future of university presses

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Business
10:16 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Columbia, MU drop out of proposed broadband group

Columbia City Hall
File KBIA

The city of Columbia and the University of Missouri are dropping out of a national effort to bring extremely high-speed broadband networks to research university communities.

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Weather
10:13 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Water use on the rise in Columbia

florian flickr

Columbia Water and Light says its customer’s water use is up this summer, amid hot and dry weather over the last few weeks.

The Department saw a significant increase in water use in June compared to June of last year. Spokesperson Connie Kacprowicz says in July there’s already been 20 million gallons of water used in Columbia most days, even getting as high as 23 million gallons a day.

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Science, Health and Technology
10:02 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Hardee’s to end use of gestation crates

Gestation crates for sows
Wikimedia Commons

The fast food chain Hardee’s says it will stop buying pork from suppliers who use gestation crates – the cramped metal cages where many industrial pork producers house pregnant sows for most of their adult lives.

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Politics
9:57 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Politics surround Mo. ballot measures

Missouri Republicans have been complaining of political bias in a ballot summary for a health care measure written by Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

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Politics
9:49 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Sentencing scheduled for ex-Mo. gov., attorney

Former Governor Roger Wilson

A former Missouri governor and a St. Louis attorney are to be sentenced in federal court for misusing money to make political donations.

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