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9:13 am
Wed April 18, 2012

March Missouri unemployment numbers steady

Missouri added about 4,800 jobs in March as its unemployment rate remained steady.

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Business
4:39 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Hotels support smaller tax increase for airport improvements

The head of a Columbia Chamber of Commerce task force trying to find ways to improve air travel in Mid-Missouri says it will consider a smaller hotel tax increase, now that a larger one has appeared to stall. Greg Steinhoff says hotel owners in Columbia weren’t thrilled with the idea of a 3 percent increase to the hotel tax, with the proceeds to be used for airport upgrades. But now that an organization representing those owners has said it would support a 1 percent hotel tax increase, Steinhoff says his task force will try to figure out how far that money would go.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Mo. bill criminalizes undercover videos at farms

The Missouri House has endorsed legislation seeking to make it a crime for undercover activists to produce videos portraying poor conditions at agricultural facilities.

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Crime
2:43 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Forensic expert questions motive in Heitholt death

An expert witness hired by convicted murderer Ryan Ferguson is questioning a police theory that former Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt was killed during an attempted robbery.

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Talking Politics
1:34 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Talking Politics for April 17, 2012

Roger Wilson previously served as Missouri governor after the death of Mel Carnahan over a decade ago.
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This week on Talking Politics, we look into the indictment of former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson--a man many long-time statehouse figures held in high esteem.

Crime
9:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Witnesses raise more questions about Heitholt death

Two more witnesses are raising questions about evidence that helped convict a Missouri man in the 2001 death of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.

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Politics
8:58 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Legislative leaders wrangle over bills with Nixon

Missouri legislators and Gov. jay Nixon are searching for common ground on two workplace reform bills.
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Republican leaders in the Missouri House say they’ve been negotiating with Democratic Governor Jay Nixon over the two bills he vetoed in March.

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Politics
8:52 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Boone Co. officials discuss renaming government center

Officials are mulling over whether to change the name of the Boone Co. Gov. Center.
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Boone County officials have yet to decide whether to remove the name of former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson from the county government center.

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Ryan Ferguson hearing
6:03 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Ferguson's evidentiary hearing starts

Ryan Ferguson's evidentiary hearing began today in Jefferson City.

Ferguson's attorney is attempting to disprove the evidence used to convict Ferguson of murder in 2005. That confession includes the confession of Charles Erickson who implicated himself, and Ferguson in the murder.

Interrogation expert Joseph Buckley testified Monday that police interviews of Erickson were below standard. Buckley said it was hard to tell if Erickson's words were his own, or were suggested by the interviewing officers.

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Education
5:34 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Elementary schoolers learning through video game design

Students work on their computers in the video game club at Benton Elementary in Columbia, MO
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Benton Elementary School revised its curriculum this year to focus more on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM fields. One volunteer is picking apart a favorite pastime among his students, video games, to teach them about all these subjects.

Lucas and Kiren are video game designers based in Columbia. They are currently working on a video game called ‘Alphamon Apple’s Adventure’ which they think is going to turn a few heads.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

State representatives push bills to help seniors

Tax Day can be a tough time for anyone, but it’s especially hard for seniors facing rising personal property taxes on a fixed income. That’s according to some local lawmakers who are asking the state to give seniors a break.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Reps. Carnahan, Clay both report more than $400K

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Congressmen Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay are on similar financial footing heading into a Democratic primary in St. Louis.

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Business
3:07 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Council to discuss Westwood Avenue trees issue

The Columbia City Council will review the removal of trees on Westwood Avenue tonight.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Mo. Gov. Nixon raises $1.7M to start 2012

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon raised $1.7 million this past quarter, helping build a campaign account of more than $6 million for his re-election bid.

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Arts and Culture
8:55 am
Mon April 16, 2012

High school artists star in Perlow-Stevens exhibit

Generation Next is an unusual exhibit at the Perlow-Stevens Gallery in downtown Columbia.  All pieces are coming from local high school artists.

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Politics
8:49 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Very low voter turnout for Mo. GOP caucuses

Fighting between legislators and Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon marred the GOP caucuses.
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Less than one-half of 1 percent of Missouri's registered voters participated in the Republican caucuses that served as the first step in the presidential selection process.

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Crime
8:27 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Hearing to review new Ferguson murder trial evidence

A Columbia man convicted nearly seven years ago for killing a newspaper sports editor in 2001 returns to court Monday in his latest bid for a new trial.

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Off the Clock
6:10 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Lunafest travels to Columbia

Every Mother Counts: Obstetric Fistula
Photo courtesy of Lunafest

This week's show highlights a film festival by for and about women. Andlater in the show: an audio essay from a woman who gives a unique perspective to  kissing and being kissed.

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Politics
6:03 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Supporters of USPS rally in Columbia

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About 20 supporters of the post office rallied in downtown Columbia Thursday.  Gathering outside Senator Claire McCaskill's office, supporters held banners and flyers opposing Senate bill 1789, which would cut funding to the U.S. Postal Service. They say a cut from 6 days to 5 days in service will slow down many deliveries. Eale Breedlove, a 30 year veteran of the postal service, says it could also put many veterans out of a job.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Bigger reservoirs would not have prevented river flooding

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 A report released today by the Army Corps of Engineers says that having more free space in reservoirs along the Missouri River would not have eliminated last year’s record floods.

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CoMo Weekender
5:24 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

The CoMo Weekender: Feelin’ Lucky Edition ft. Art Films, Shop Hopping and Kite Flying

A film still from Chelsea Turner's animated documentary, “Fraidy Cat."
Chelsea Turner

Sure, today's Friday the 13th, and Tax Day is next week. Who cares? Not this girl. The weekend starts today, and that’s reason enough to feel lucky. Watch a film. Shop downtown. Pick up a free tree. Here’s a list of events to ward off bad luck, or at least boredom. 

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Education
5:22 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

MU students remembered today by university, families and friends

Flags at MU are at half-staff today in memory of students who passed away during the past year.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

St. Louis lawyer joins former Governor Wilson in guilty plea

Fmr Gov. Roger Wilson

A St. Louis attorney pleaded guilty to misusing money from an insurance company to funnel contributions to the Missouri Democratic Party.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Higher education bill in Capitol may not be too helpful

A bill proposing to aid Missouri colleges and universities may not as helpful as originally thought.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:43 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Volunteers to help clean up Columbia

Columbia is receiving a cleanup this weekend as hundreds of volunteers pick up trash.

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Politics
9:04 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Mo. House passes legislation placing cellphones on No Call Lists

Legislation allowing Missourians to place their cellphone numbers on the state's telemarketing No Call List is moving forward.

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Politics
9:02 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Police Review Board backs new policy for off-duty cops

The new policy would require police officers to wear their uniforms when performing off-duty security work.
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The Columbia Citizens Police Review Board has unanimously voted to back a city policy requiring police officers to wear their uniforms while performing off-duty security work. 

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Global Journalist
6:48 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Reporting on the conflict in Sudan

Rebel fighters belonging to the Sudan People's Liberation Movement stand north of the new border in Blue Nile State.
Photo courtesy of Pete Muller

More than a year has passed since South Sudan voted to secede from Sudan and become an independent country. But after months of escalating tension, the two Sudans are once again on the brink of an all-out war. 

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Politics
5:48 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Ex-Missouri governor pleads guilty to federal indictment

Former Missouri Governor Roger Wilson has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to an illegal political donation made after he left office. 

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Science, Health and Technology
5:42 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

MU Health Psychology Department says stress contributes to cognitive decline in breast cancer

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The Health Psychology Department in the Missouri School of Health Professions has released a study saying stress contributes to cognitive decline in women with breast cancer. 

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