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8:03 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Bridgeton Landfill class-action plaintiffs can pursue seperate radiation suit, judge rules

Credit Veronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

A federal judge has ruled that residents who collect damages from a $6.8 million class-action settlement over the smoldering Bridgeton Landfill in St. Louis County can still pursue separate legal claims related to radiation risks.

A tentative agreement reached in April calls for the landfill's owner to pay an average of nearly $13,000 per household to hundreds of affected residents. But some were prepared to turn down the deal, which required approval by 95 percent of the 400 remaining class members.

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Politics
4:18 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Poonam Inc. seeks rezoning to house Missouri veterans

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Many homeless Missouri veterans could soon have a roof over their heads.

Poonam Incorporated is requesting the rezoning of about four acres of land located on the south side of Business Loop 70 East near Old Highway 63 for the creation of a "Veteran's Campus".

A public information meeting was held at City Hall on Tuesday night to give members of the community more details about the site.

Project planner Clint Smith is confident that the housing would benefit a good cause.

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Agriculture
4:06 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

MU researchers develop soybean database

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Researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a new all-inclusive web database for collecting soybean information.

The Soybean Knowledge Base is a public database that will store and integrate information on a variety of soybean topics, such as genes and genomes.  Although the ability to collaborate information was important, the University mostly developed the database to store their own information.

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Views of the News
2:21 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Views of the News: Pundits return to talk about Iraq violence, ISIS

Professor Mike McKean

As the violence escalates in Iraq, there’s a steady stream of hawkish pundits on television talking about the need to act. What do Wolfowitz, Bremer, McCain and Graham have to say today that’s different than before the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Also, Eric Cantor’s primary defeat catches the national press off guard, another CNN documentary raises questions about transparency and authenticity, and Chelsea Clinton’s $600,000 paycheck. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Margaret Duffy: Views of the News.

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Arts and Culture
1:18 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Creating Native Landscapes

Elizabeth Hamilton-Steele explains in this Thinking out Loud how native plants provide habitat and nourishment for polinators some of whom are endangered.
Brooke Hamilton/Grindstone Photography

Establishing a landscape rich in native plant species is a different process from putting in an annual planting of tomatoes and beans. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, Trevor Harris talked with Elizabeth Hamilton-Steele about the work that goes in to building a native landscape for yard or pasture.

On this episode of 'Thinking Out Loud' KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with Elizabeth Hamilton-Steele about the process involved in creating a native landscape. This episode originally aired on KBIA 91.3FM on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

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Arts and Culture
1:15 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

'The Strong Man' gets the symphonic treatment

The 1926 silent film 'The Strong Man' plays at Columbia's Missouri Theatre Thursday evening with the score performed by the Missouri Symphony Orchestra.
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Each summer, Kirk Trevor and the Missouri Symphony Society take classical music to a range of venues around Columbia and Mid-Missouri. From Stephens Lake Park to Douglass Park to Shelter Gardens, classical music fans get to absorb symphonic and chamber works in a range of diverse settings. This Thursday, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra returns to the Missouri Theatre stage to play film music.

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Arts and Culture
8:10 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Columbia demolition job becomes historic preservation project

Credit Amy Munneke / KBIA

A Columbia parks demolition project has turned into a possible preservation project.

Jeremy Sapp was tearing down part of the Parks Management Center Friday when he noticed something.

“We were in the process of tearing the building down and pulling the brick off the face of the building and found the beam and just kept following it to see what it was," he said.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Fruits, veggies and a healthier lifestyle

Columbia Farmer's Market
Credit Hope Kirwan / KBIA

  The Columbia Farmer’s Market brings many different people together on Saturday mornings. Thanks to a local food program run by Sustainable Farms and Communities, this includes low-income families who can receive extra help to purchase fresh and locally-produced foods.

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Intersection
5:55 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Transportation infrastructure and Amendment 7

For years now the state of Missouri’s infrastructure has been a concern for public officials, politicians and Missourians on the whole.The Missouri Department of Transportation and state legislators have come up with a way to combat the department’s shrinking budget, but it’s up to Missouri voters to approve it. Amendment 7 will be on the August ballot: it’s a three quarter cent statewide sales tax increase on everything except groceries and medicine.

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Views of the News
5:26 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Views Preview: Pundits return to talk about Iraq violence, ISIS

As the violence escalates in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), there's a steady stream of hawkish pundits on television talking about the need to act.  What to Paul Wolfowitz, Paul Bremer, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have to say today that's different than prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq?

Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post: “Iraq hawks are still dominating the media debate

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Business
5:11 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Missouri unemployment unchanged last month

A decrease in jobless claims has led to the end of a Missouri extended benefits program.
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A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.6 percent last month while employers expanded payrolls by a net of 3,700 jobs.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Nixon vetoes legislation aimed at shortening unemployment benefits

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have shortened the duration of unemployment benefits.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Mid-Missouri group uses Grim Reaper to protest the death penalty

A man dressed as the grim reaper stands in front of the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. on June 16, 2014. The Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation was protesting the scheduled execution of John Winfield. Winfield might be the 75th pe
Tom Kackley KBIA

Controversy continues to surround the death penalty around the nation since a botched execution in Oklahoma in April.

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Education
4:44 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Lawsuit claims ballot initiative to limit tenure protection is unconstitiutional

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A new lawsuit seeks to block the public from voting on a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit tenure protections for public school teachers.

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Arts and Culture
7:54 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Gateway Arch project could receive up to $15 million in tax credits

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Missouri officials are considering whether to grant up to $15 million of tax credits to help finance the redevelopment of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

The tax credits would be used to leverage private contributions for the renovation and expansion of a museum at the Arch.

The Missouri Development Finance Board is to consider the tax credits Tuesday.

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Education
7:42 am
Tue June 17, 2014

State board of education limits Normandy transfers

Normandy High School
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More than 130 students whose families moved into the Normandy school district last summer to be able take advantage of the school transfer program will be shut out of the program this coming school year under a policy adopted by the state board of education Monday.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Callaway Plein Air & Columbia Farmer's Market

Today Paul Pepper talks to BRIAN MAHIEU about Callaway Plein Air, an art exhibit on display now thru June 29 at The Art House in downtown Fulton. At [4:47] MATT JERNIGAN invites everyone to the Farm to Table fundraising event on June 22 which will support Access to Healthy Foods. June 16, 2014

  

Agriculture
8:21 am
Mon June 16, 2014

So-called 'Right to Farm' amendment wording creates confusion

Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson / Harvest Public Media

The wording of a proposed amendment to Missouri's Constitution that would guarantee residents' right to "engage in agricultural production and ranching practices" is leading to questions from both sides of the issue – including a question of whether the amendment would have any impact at all.

Supporters of the so-called "right to farm" measure on the August ballot say it gives farmers more legal standing to challenge unfair regulations. Opponents fear it could unravel environmental and animal welfare laws.

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Arts and Culture
8:11 am
Mon June 16, 2014

City task force seeks to help Highsteppers community drill team

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Members of the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence have plans to help a local youth drill team find a home. During the most recent meeting of the task force in Columbia, co-chair and Second Ward councilmember Michael Trapp pushed to make helping the Highsteppers the force’s third formal recommendation.

The Highsteppers lost their former rehearsal space at Hickman High School in Columbia after neighbors complained about the noise. The drill team has been “homeless,” according to task force member Pam Hardin, ever since.

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Education
7:59 am
Mon June 16, 2014

MU women head to Nicaragua to help build community school

Students stand outside of the current school in Elena Maria, Nicaragua. Twelve women from the Circle of Sisterhood chapter at the University of Missouri visited the village from June 7 to June 14, 2014 to build a new schoolhouse.
Credit MU Circle of Sisterhood

The Senior Coordinator of MU Greek Life, Julie Drury, describes the Circle of Sisterhood foundation as a way to bring all women together for a common purpose.

“The focus is on awareness…trying to show the women on campus how their experience is not the norm compared to women around the world,” Drury said.

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Views of the News
6:40 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

15 reasons to date a journalist

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  The folks at the online dating site eHarmony have some advice for people looking for Mr. or Ms. Right -- journalists make great life partners! Missouri School of Journalism professors Katherine Reed, Mike McKean and Amy Simons talk about the positives and negatives of dating a journalist.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Transportation tax could widen I-70 to three lanes if approved

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Missouri highway officials are proposing to widen Interstate 70 to three lanes in each direction between suburban St. Louis and Kansas City if voters approve a transportation sales tax.

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Crime
8:35 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Man found guilty for murder in 2013 "drug deal gone bad" in Columbia

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A Columbia man has been found guilty of second-degree murder for the shooting death of a Jefferson City man.

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Faith/Religion
7:54 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Fayette R-III settles lawsuit alleging school promotion of Christianity

The Fayette R-III School District will be making several changes to its school policy after a lawsuit from a national organization. The American Humanist Association settled a lawsuit with the school district regarding alleged violations of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

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Views of the News
6:51 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Should the Washington Post stand behind George Will?

George Will
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Did George Will go too far, writing in his Washington Post column that being a sexual assault victim has become a "coveted status" on college campuses? Missouri School of Journalism professors Katherine Reed, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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World Cup
10:15 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ragtag Cinema hosting free World Cup screenings

Credit Conner Handel

Ragtag Cinema will be airing live World Cup matches up to the finals in July.

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Crime
6:56 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

SUV driver dead, three children rushed to hospital in Columbia school bus accident

Twenty-two children and a bus driver are being evaluated by Columbia healthcare personnel after an SUV collided with a Two Mile Prairie school bus. The driver of the SUV identified as Lawrence W. Ferguson of Auxvasse was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident occurred on the students' way home from summer school Thursday, between Judy School Road and Mexican Gravel Road.

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Business
3:07 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Local nonprofit sends final shipment to Georgia (for now)

Patricia Blair and Mel West present the final shipment of aid to be sent to Georgia. ACTS has shipped 2,800 containers to Georgia as part of Operation Provide Hope.
Credit Bailey Harbit / KBIA

A Call To Serve International sent their final shipment of aid to the country of Georgia Thursday, unless it can find other funding. ACTS has been sending aid to the country for 22 years through the U.S. State Department’s Operation Provide Hope. ACTS has sent medical supplies and books, baby quilts, wheelchairs and food to Georgia since 1992, when Georgia was cut off from resources provided by the former Soviet Union.

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Politics
3:01 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Citing tourism, Lake of the Ozarks town bans open carrying of guns

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City leaders in a Lake of the Ozarks community have voted to ban open carrying of firearms to boost the area's image as a family friendly tourist destination.

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Health
2:56 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Computer woes blamed for idle health care workers

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The federal government agency that oversees applications for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act says that the computer problems which plagued early sign-ups are to blame for problems at a suburban St. Louis processing center.

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