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8:55 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Hoppe dominates Sixth Ward race

Supporters of Barbara Hoppe congratulated her for her victory in the 6th ward council race at her watch party in downtown Columbia. After hearing the final results, Hoppe said her victory shows what kind of campaign the citizens want.

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Elections
11:24 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Hoppe says clean campaign helped her win 6th ward seat

Supporters of Barbara Hoppe congratulated her for her victory in the 6th ward council race at her watch party in downtown Columbia. After hearing the final results, Hoppe said her victory shows what kind of campaign the citizens want.

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Elections
10:45 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Michael Trapp wins ward 2 council seat

Michael Trapp has won the Second Ward seat on the Columbia City Council, taking 44 percent of the vote to Bill Pauls' 36 percent and Mike Atkinson's 20 percent.

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Elections
7:16 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Mid-Mo elections live post and results

Polls just closed in mid Missouri and KBIA is following the results.  We're closely following the two Columbia city council races, two Columbia school board races and two Columbia ballot measures to fund area schools.  Check this live post for regular updates and results.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Nixon to travel to Brazil on trade mission

 

Governor Jay Nixon will travel to Brazil this month on a trade mission. The trip comes on the heels of the news that Missouri saw its strongest year ever for exports in 2011.  The governor will travel with a delegation of business leaders hoping to expand their exports to the South American nation. According to the governor’s office, several Missouri businesses are expected to negotiate contracts with Brazilian customers during the trip.

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Politics
5:08 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Novinger mulls first-ever sales tax

Novinger, a small town west of Kirksville, is voting Tuesday on a proposition that would implement the town’s first ever sales tax. The proposed tax is a 1% sales tax and is estimated to raise between $10,000 and $15,000 annually.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Columbians head to the polls

The President of the United States may not be on the ballot, but there is still an important election in Columbia Tuesday. Voters in Columbia’s second and sixth wards will be electing new City Council members, while the rest of the city will vote on two new school board members and new tax levies. Columbia resident David Harrison said he'll stick to voting on the issues.

“The school bond issues, my ward is not even in the elections this time. I am mostly just voting for the school bonds and the levies,” Harrison said.

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Health & Wealth Report
10:13 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Payday loans: credit option or debt trap?

Rachel English, with Grass Roots Organizing, gathers signatures in Columbia for the 36 percent cap.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri is fertile ground for payday lenders. With some of the loosest regulations in the nation, we are among the states with the most payday lending stores per capita. In this Health & Wealth report, the payday lending industry in Missouri fights for its life, as activists aim for the November ballot to try to rein in these lenders they say trap the working poor in a cycle of debt.

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Intersection
6:21 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Columbia municipal elections

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

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Business
5:48 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Federal Trade Commission okays merger between Medco and Express Scripts

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The Federal Trade Commission approved the $29.1 billion merger between Express Scripts and Medco.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:40 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Bat disease found north of St. Louis

Angell Williams flickr

Three Missouri bats are confirmed to have white nose syndrome, found north of the St. Louis area.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:26 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

MU professor discovers animal-shaped mounds in Peru

An orca-shaped mound, dated to about 5000 years ago.
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MU professor emeritus of anthropology Robert Benfer has discovered rare animal-shaped mounds in Peru. The mounds are three to five thousand years old.

MU’s spokesperson Tim Wall says this research is great contribution for the university.

“This is groundbreaking research by an MU anthropologist," said Wall, "who has found not only some of the oldest structures in the western atmosphere but some of the oldest structures on the planet. These are as old as like the pyramids.”

Science, Health and Technology
5:22 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Money raised for Thompson Center during autism awareness month

Beverly & Pack flickr

The “Light it Up Blue” national campaign to raise autism awareness has landed a check for Columbia’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders. 

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Politics
9:21 am
Mon April 2, 2012

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looks to avoid lawsuit

Farmers in southeast Missouri are suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over flooding in 2011.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 140 southeast Missouri farmers over damage caused by last year's intentional breach of the Birds Point levee at the height of spring flooding.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:16 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Insects deal with unusually warm temperatures

This year's mild winter and early spring has plants flowering and putting out leaves about three weeks sooner than usual. Some insects are out early too, but that may not mean it's time to stock up on extra bug spray.

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