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8:11 am
Tue March 5, 2013

CoMo officials consider airport changes, improvements

Columbia city officials are considering upcoming improvements and funding for the Columbia Regional Airport.  The airport was a focal point for discussion at last night's (Monday) city council meeting in Columbia. Council members heard from Mayor Bob McDavid on proposed improvements to the airport and what those changes might mean for the city.  A possible new terminal and funding for the air traffic control tower are under consideration. 

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Education
5:46 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

MU grad school Dean resigns for ASU job

Darren Hellwege KBIA

The University of Missouri announced that Graduate School Dean George Justice is resigning effective June 1. Justice is taking the position of Dean for Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

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Politics
5:41 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Missouri's revenues up for 2013 fiscal year

A third piece of cigarette tax-related legislation was filed in Jefferson City.
j.stephenconn flickr

Missouri's revenues are up nearly 9 percent through the first two-thirds of the state's fiscal year.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:13 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Plane diverted to St. Louis airport lands safely

Lambert Airport in St. Louis hopes to reopen terminal C in April.
dbking Flickr

Eight passengers safely walked off a small aircraft Monday afternoon at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport after the pilot reported landing gear troubles.

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Education
4:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Westminster's Mesa campus gets accredited

The History Faculty Flickr

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association has given accreditation to Westminster College’s new campus in Mesa, Arizona.

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Arts and Culture
11:37 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Did you miss Ushio Shinohara box a canvas at True/False this year? Check this out

The results of Ushio Shinohara's painting demonstration on Sunday at True/False
Credit Scott Pham / KBIA

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Science, Health and Technology
9:56 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Mo. S&T prepares for 105th St. Pat's celebration

The Missouri University of Science and Technology is continuing a tradition that began in 1908 when a group of Rolla students declared that St. Patrick was the patron saint of engineers.

The St. Patrick's celebration has grown to include more than a week's worth of events. The first is from March 4 through March 7 when students will club plastic snakes with large decorative sticks called shillelaghs. On March 13, a Missouri S&T student portraying St. Pat will arrive in downtown Rolla with his court aboard the traditional manure spreader.

Politics
9:21 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Mo. Senate panel to consider expanded gun rights

~Steve Z~ flickr

The Missouri Constitution already enshrines the right to bear arms, but a state senator wants to expand that protection.

The Senate General Laws Committee scheduled a vote Monday on the proposal by Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia.

The proposed constitutional amendment would define the right to bear arms as "inalienable" and require the state to defend against any "infringement" of that right.

Schaefer filed his measure shortly after President Barack Obama outlined his plans for stricter federal gun control laws.

Politics
9:08 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Mo. utility measure includes expense tracking

images_of_money Flickr

Missouri power companies would track costs for operations and maintenance for their next rate case under proposed state legislation.

The new tracker would be used to compare the difference between the costs factored into electric rates and the expenses actually incurred. The differences would be included in the calculation for electric rates when the utility files its next case with the Public Service Commission.

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Crime
9:05 am
Mon March 4, 2013

SOS issues alert about fake letter

KBIA

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander said that some businesses are receiving a phony letter that appears to come from his office.

Kander's office said the letter comes from an entity called Corporate Records Service. He said it falsely suggests Missouri businesses have to complete a certain form and pay a $125 fee.

Kander said the letter looks official but is not from his office. Any official correspondence from the Secretary of State's Office will contain the Missouri state seal and contact information for its Corporations Division.
 

Agriculture
9:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Exploring our global food system at the Natural History Museum

“Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture,” on view now at the American Museum of Natural History, explores how our food is produced, distributed and eaten.
Mansoor Khan for Harvest Public Media

Can a watermelon be grown in the shape of a square? What do Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps eat for breakfast? Which island nation produces the most lamb in the world? Consumers interested in pulling back the curtain on our food system will get these and many other questions answered at “Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture.” The exhibition, on view now at the American Museum of Natural History, explores how our food is produced, distributed and eaten.

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Politics
8:54 am
Mon March 4, 2013

McCaskill: Why Congress should see a reduction in pay in the event of sequestration

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri said she's planning to introduce a bill that would cut pay for members of Congress if federal employees are furloughed because of the so-called “sequestration,” or across-the-board spending cuts.

The bill calls for a reduction in Congressional salaries once federal furloughs begin. As the sequestration goes into effect, many federal workers are expected to be subject to furloughs because Congress and the White House did not reach an agreement on a deficit reduction plan.

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Crime
8:50 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Hearing set for suspect in VA hospital killing

A 33-year-old Sedalia man charged with killing a fellow VA hospital patient in Columbia is due back in court.
Rudy Perez Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 1 death of 78-year-old Robert Hill of Warsaw at Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. His attorney, David Tyson Smith, says Perez is schizophrenic.

Arts and Culture
8:48 am
Mon March 4, 2013

True False: The sights and sounds

The annual True False March March parade took place Friday, March 1, 2013, to celebrate the festival opening.
Credit Sidney Miller / KBIA

The 10th annual True False Film Fest is in the bag.

This year's festival screened more than 40 films over four days, and was punctuated by original music from the festival's official troupe of buskers, a rambunctious parade, outrageous costumes, and pleasantly crowded cafes filled with locals, visitors, filmmakers, and international accents.

As usual, True False also brings inspiration. And because of the subject matter of the films, it can be an emotionally intense weekend amidst the revelry, as KBIA's  Sidney Miller captured in her audio postcard from the festival.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat March 2, 2013

'The Amen Corner' brings church challenges, life lessons to the stage

The cast of the MU production of James Baldwin's "The Amen Corner," directed by Clyde Ruffin.
FAVS photo courtesy Clyde Ruffin

Community and campus converge in the cast of MU's production of "The Amen Corner," a play by James Baldwin that finishes its run this weekend. 

The play tells the story of an African-American woman who starts a small storefront church in Harlem in 1965. She's recently migrated there from the south with her 18-year-old son, who plays the church piano.

But unbeknownst to the congregation, she has a secret past. She was once married to a jazz musician who was an alcoholic, but after their child died, she left him. His arrival one Sunday sends a scandal through the church. 

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