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Off the Clock
4:02 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Como Gadget Works: Columbia's own hackerspace

Some of the "circuit bending" instruments from hackerspace rock band, CMKT4.
Scott Pham KBIA

When you imagine a hacker, you’re probably thinking of someone banging away at a keyboard, doing something shadowing and illegal on the internet.  These days a lot of hackers are banding together, and it’s far from illegal.  They’re forming groups called hackerspaces--community workshops where hackers (some of whom prefer the term “makers”) get together to build robots, modify electronics and socialize.

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Business
12:03 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Hear a former inmate's story from MSP

The administration building is one of the oldest on the prison site. Its decaying façade sits opposite a recently-opened federal courthouse across the street.
Samantha Sunne KBIA

One man’s historic building is another’s nightmarish living conditions. Listen to the audio to hear former MSP inmate Joshua Kezer talks about what it was like to be incarcerated for 10 years in one of the oldest prisons in the U.S.

Science, Health and Technology
9:17 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Police discuss heroin increase

Emily, a former heroin addict, talks about her struggle for sobriety at the town-hall meeting. Emily, who didn't share her last name with reporters, has been sober for five months, the longest stretch since she was 13.
Lukas Udstuen KBIA

Columbia Police started seeing an increase in the number of heroin-related arrests and overdoses beginning about six months ago. Heroin is now the number-one drug the department investigates. Last night police held a town-hall meeting to inform residents about the growing threat.

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Radio Friends
8:51 am
Fri May 25, 2012

RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc.

Today's guest is DR. DAVID NEWMAN from RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc. Dr. Newman shares the "Lincoln Experiment" story.

Global Journalist
6:19 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

South African youth learn advocacy through journalism

Students enrolled in the Umuzi Photo Club learn how to use their photography to document social and economic problems, like high unemployment and teenage pregnancy.
Photo courtesy of the Umuzi Photo Club

In poor areas of South Africa, trainers from a small organization called the Umuzi Photo Club give disposable cameras to high school students and teach them basic photography.

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Agriculture
5:27 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Blending of cultures may be blueprint for growth

Luis Campos came to the U.S. illegally but eventually became a legal resident. Campos is now the parlor manager at Winding Meadow Dairy in Rock Valley, Iowa.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

Sioux County, in northwest Iowa, is known for its Dutch pastries. The landscape is dotted with Lutheran and reform churches.  But today, Catholic churches and tortillerias are creeping into the landscape — signs of the new residents joining this vibrant community.

In Sioux County, as in a scattering of communities across the Midwest, Hispanic immigrants are working in meat processing plants, dairies, egg-laying facilities and hog barns. In fact, the majority of U.S. farm laborers today were born outside the U.S.

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Business
4:57 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

New bus route to run between MU, downtown Columbia

Columbia Bob McDavid explains the new FASTCAT route which will improve service by creating a new hub.
Chloe Dake KBIA

The city of Columbia announced Thursday the addition of a new city bus route that will directly connect the University of Missouri and downtown Columbia.  Mayor Bob McDavid calls the plan FASTCAT –“CAT” being short for Campus Access Transit. The new route will bypass Wabash station creating a new central hub.

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Education
4:51 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

University of Missouri Press to be eliminated

KBIA file photo

The University of Missouri Press will close. That’s according to a press release issued today by the University of Missouri system. The UM system provides the University of Missouri Press with a $400,000 yearly subsidy, and according to the press release, the Press has been unable to operate without a deficit in recent years.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Missouri first state to adopt propofol for executions

KBIA file photo

The Missouri Department of Corrections will switch to propofol for all executions.

It’s is best known as the anesthetic that killed pop star Michael Jackson.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

FOP still pushing for removal of Chief Burton

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton
KBIA file photo

Columbia Police policies have changed but a police union is still calling for bolder action.

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Politics
4:01 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Missouri Council of the Blind trying to establish Columbia chapter

The Missouri Council of the Blind hopes to foster improvements for the visually impaired in Columbia by establishing a new chapter. The council hopes to identify key people in the community and  is searching for leaders to run the Columbia council. With MU being a large part of the state Columbia community, executive director of the Council of the Blind, Chris Gray says the chapter would benefit the area.

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Business
12:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Films, events, donations fund other aging prisons

Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc

The Missouri State Penitentiary is one of the oldest prisons in the country, but there are even older ones that survived both centuries of inmates and decades of decay. The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield and the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia are now fully operating tourist sites.

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Politics
9:15 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Prayer in public to be on August primary ballots

Gov. Jay Nixon placed the constitutional amendment on the August Missouri primary ballot.
File KBIA

A proposed amendment to Missouri's Constitution asserting the right to pray in public will go before voters in August.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:09 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Washington University study compares short- and long-term birth control methods

A new study out of Washington University suggests that women who use short-term birth-control methods like the pill are 20 times more likely to have an unintended pregnancy than those who use longer-term options like intrauterine devices or implants.

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Politics
9:04 am
Thu May 24, 2012

MU fraternity embroiled in gubernatorial spat

MU fraternity Beta Theta Pi has become involved in a gubernatorial dispute after hanging up a banner supporting Republican candidate Dave Spence.
File KBIA

A fraternity at the University of Missouri-Columbia is removing a Republican campaign banner after concerns were raised by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's communications director.

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