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5:43 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Kirksville shows most growth in northeast Missouri

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Kirksville led northeast Missouri in job postings over the last few months thanks in part to the Northeast Regional Medical Center, based in Kirksville.

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Politics
5:38 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Columbia residents dispute fate of troublesome trees

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Residents of Columbia’s Westwood Avenue neighborhood are split on the City’s decision to remove troublesome trees in the area.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Lawmakers consider allowing casinos loan money to patrons

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Missouri lawmakers are considering a measure allowing casinos to loan money to patrons, something opponents say could make things worse for those with gambling addictions.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the House Financial Institutions Committee added the change onto a banking bill Wednesday with no debate. Committee members endorsed it by a 13-1 vote, sending the measure to the full House after the Rules Committee approves it.

Gamblers who pass a credit check would be able to borrow money and exchange it for electronic tokens and chips for wagering.

Business
5:23 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Kirksville grocery store shuts down

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A locally-owned Kirksville grocery store is closing.  Near and Far Downtown Grocery sells produce from local farmers to stock its shelves. Velda Salt opened the store with her husband after having success at the farmer’s market. But she says the college town environment, and its seasonal nature, made it tough to be profitable year-round.

“More than half of our clientele are students," said Salt. "But it’s not just the students, because when school is out the professors are gone, a lot of them. The community…overall the town decreases.”

Health & Wealth Blog
5:22 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Health equity: zip code, not genetic code

Jacob Fenston KBIA

Health experts gathered in Columbia today to discuss ways to address disparities in health and access to health care.

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CoMo Weekender
3:00 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Lovin’ the locals ft. farmers market, plays and cool stuff

North Village Arts District Farmers and Artisans Market

Everyone can feel like a local this weekend. Yes, even you with the out-of-state drivers license. Just spend some time in The District. Check out a farmers market or a few local theater productions. Take a final trip to Cool Stuff. That will definitely stamp you as a cool local and stuff.

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Arts and Culture
2:30 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Rotten in the state of Denmark:"Hamlet" and its state of decay

Jon Arnold Drtina Photo courtesy of MU Department of Theatre

William Shakespeare's famous tragedy "Hamlet" is one of the Bard's most-performed plays and features one of the best-known characters in all of literature. Hamlet's famous question, "To be, or not to be," has been posed in a variety of cultural eras, settings and time zones—from Disney to spaghetti westerns.

Now, MU's theater department is placing Shakespeare's classic drama in a dark, dystopian future. KBIA's Wendy Mader talked with Kevin Brown, an assistant professor of theater at MU, about the vision behind the show.

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Agriculture
12:32 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Missouri National Guard agribusiness team returns home

Members of the Missouri National Guard's Agribusiness Development Team 5 returned home to a welcome ceremony, Wednesday, April 25th.
KBIA

Agribusiness Development Team Five has returned home, after an 11-month tour in Afghanistan. The Missouri National Guard team was tasked with helping was improve agricultural practices in Afghanistan.

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Science, Health and Technology
11:07 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Debate continues over Westwood Avenue trees

A photo of one of the trees on Stewart Rd. in Columbia.
Chad Herwald City of Columbia

A dispute about the removal of several old trees from a “leafy” Southwest Columbia neighborhood may be a step closer to a resolution.

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Politics
8:23 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Missouri GOP goes after McCaskill on fundraising comment

A statement from Democractic Senator Claire McCaskill's office says: "Claire did nothing wrong and the Missouri Republican Party knows it."
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The Missouri GOP filed an ethics complaint yesterday against Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. At issue are fundraising comments McCaskill made in an interview on MSNBC with Chris Mathews.

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Global Journalist
6:42 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Changing tides in Myanmar

A woman places her vote during elections held earlier this month in Myanmar.
Richard Wainwright AP Images

The dramatically swift democratic reform in Myanmar has been the geopolitical surprise of the past year. The new government -- headed by former military Thein Sein -- freed thousands of political prisoners and signed truces with rebel groups. 

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Science, Health and Technology
5:41 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Women in rural Missouri face obstacles to prenatal care

Chandra Grawe, 32, of Macon, Mo., hugs her five-year-old daughter Veronica. Grawe had both of her children at a hospital in Moberly, a 30-minute drive from Macon.
Charles Minshew KBIA

There is a shortage of primary care physicians in rural areas and more than half of Missouri counties have no OB-GYN specialists, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. KBIA’s Marie French takes us to Macon, where many pregnant women often drive 30 minutes or more to get care. 

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Columbia Police Department
4:48 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Columbia City Manager stands behind police chief

The Columbia Fraternal Order of Police, or FOP, is calling for the removal of Police Chief Ken Burton.  The Mayor and City Manager were sent a 349-page complaint that detailed grievances against Burton and his alleged violations.  City Manager Mike Matthes responded with his support of the embattled police chief.

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Business
4:35 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Judge upholds minimum wage ballot summary

A judge upheld the language of a proposed ballot initiative Thursday that, if passed, would raise the state minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.25. Kansas City Restaurant Owner Victor Allred challenged the initiative, claiming the language was unfair. But Cole County Circuit Judge rejected his challenge. Missouri Jobs for Justice is the group supporting the initiative, and will turn in the signatures to the Missouri Attorney General next week. 

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Politics
4:31 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Whistleblowers face reduced protections

 

The Missouri House has approved legislation that could make it harder for employees to be shielded from retaliation by their employer for reporting wrongdoing in the workplace.

In an 86-66 vote Thursday, the House approved a measure that limits "whistleblower" status to employees who report or refuse to carry out illegal acts. The bill also caps the amount of punitive damages a person can recover if a company retaliates against the whistleblower.

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