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5:11 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

House and Senate budget negotiators debating how to fund veterans' homes

House and Senate budget negotiators remain at an impasse on what’s become the main barrier to reaching an agreement: finding a way to fund veterans’ homes.

The House this week passed legislation that would fund veterans homes with gaming revenues currently designated for early childhood programs, and replace it with money from a tobacco settlement.  The Senate has so far refused to take up the measure.  House Budget Chair Ryan Silvey accuses Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer of playing games:

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Science, Health and Technology
4:58 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Missouri hospitals report shortages in pharmaceutical drugs

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Many Missouri hospitals are reporting shortages of necessary pharmaceutical drugs. The Missouri Hospital Association says such shortages are keeping hospitals from effectively delivering care in a safe and timely way to its patients.

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CoMo Weekender
4:52 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Cinco de Mayo weekend ft. Believers, theater and Thai food

The Believers

Branch out from the classic Mexican food y margaritas Cinco de Mayo celebration. Before you hit up La Siesta or El Maguey, go to these events. Those tequila shots can wait. You have all weekend.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Petitions submitted for Missouri tobacco tax increase

Supporters of a ballot initiative to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax turned in signatures today.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:45 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Warmer temperatures may cause unhealthy air

Warming temperatures may have you wanting to spend more time outdoors. But warm weather can mean more unhealthy air.

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Business
4:10 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Missouri House votes to trim business taxes

Missouri House members approved legislation trimming taxes on businesses.

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Education
1:59 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Businesses join with Columbia public schools

Daina Schnese KBIA

The city of Columbia held the 28th Partners in Education flag celebration last night to honor local businesses for their contributions to Columbia Public Schools. 

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Off the Clock
11:22 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Bringing cellos to the people

Portland Cello Project
Tarina Westlund

Portland Cello Project is a collective of classically trained cellists that came out of, you guessed it, Portland, in 2007. And they’re bringing the cello to pop culture, playing music that you may not normally associate with the instrument.  They’ve played everywhere from a punk rock club in Fargo North Dakota to a sports bar in Lubbock Texas.  I spoke with the group’s artistic director Doug Jenkins who started off by explaining how the group began.

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Politics
10:37 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Prescription drug database doomed in Senate

Republican Senator Rob Schaaf, of St. Joseph.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

 A Missouri senator has successfully killed a bill that would have authorized a government database to track people's prescription drug purchases.

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Politics
10:06 am
Fri May 4, 2012

House narrowly passes teacher layoff bill

The Missouri House passed legislation yesterday that would bar school administrators from using teacher seniority in layoffs. Under the bill, teachers' performance would need to be the most important factor in those decisions.

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Global Journalist
6:55 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

The state of press freedom

An Egyptian protester chants slogans and waves a national flag in front of a minaret at Cairo's Tahrir Square. The country experienced a flourishing of new media outlets after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
Amr Nabil AP Images

May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. The annual celebration began with a proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. 

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Science, Health and Technology
5:26 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Pioneering scientist reflects on distinguished career

At 82 years old, Edward O. Wilson continues to work and publish in the fields of ecology and evolution.
Véronique LaCapra St. Louis Public Radio

Biologist Edward O. Wilson is an emeritus University Research Professor at Harvard. Through his life-long research on the behavior of ants, he has transformed the disciplines of ecology and evolution, developing new theories and pioneering the field of sociobiology.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:13 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

MoDOT to crack down on youth impaired driving

The Missouri Department of Transportation is cracking down on youth impaired driving.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Missouri lawmakers unlikely to pass legislation making I-70 a toll road in 2012

It appears unlikely that Missouri lawmakers will pass any legislation this year that would turn Interstate Highway 70 into a toll road.

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Education
4:42 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Columbia College breaks ground for 14 million dollar science building

A 10-year-old vision took its first step toward reality at Columbia College.

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