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Education
9:02 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Missouri focuses on college completion for non-traditional students

The Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Missouri Community Colleges Association were selected for the Competency-Based Education Jumpstart Program. 

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Politics
8:57 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Analysis: Mo. business tax break has wide reach

Jay Nixon
Credit File Photo / KBIA

A tax-cut bill pending before Missouri Governor Jay Nixon would create a special deduction for thousands of business owners.

Nixon has criticized the measure as a giveaway to lawyers and lobbyists. But that may be oversimplifying the issue.

The legislation would phase in a 25 percent deduction for business income reported on personal tax returns. Many lawyers and lobbyists would benefit because of the way their businesses are structured.

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Politics
8:33 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Missouri House approves expansion of castle doctrine

gun
Credit chuybenitez / Flickr

An amendment to a self-defense law that would increase protection for Missourians who use deadly force against intruders is on its way to the Senate.

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Education
8:20 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Mo. mulls state funds to districts for preschool

Credit Photo provided by Missouri Association for Community Action

Missouri House members this past week passed legislation that would allow public schools to begin counting some children attending early childhood education programs toward the basic state funding they receive. 

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Arts and Culture
12:05 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

New Music Festival kicks off with performance and film

The MU New Music Ensemble performs before Choking Man next Tuesday at Ragtag Cinema.
Credit Credit: Gene Royer/MU School of Music

This summer as in the past several summers, a festival comes to Mid-Missouri that brings contemporary classical composers, performers and fans together from around the world.

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Crime
5:15 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Downtown Columbia businesses vandalized

Lakota was vandalized early Friday morning. Vandals smashed the windows and threw paint on the coffee shop's awning.
Credit Hope Kirwan / KBIA

    

Lakota Coffee on 9th street was vandalized around 1:45 a.m. on April 18.

The vandal broke the glass in the front door and both front windows. They also threw red oil paint across Lakota's awning.

General Manager Andrew Ducharme says police were dispatched to the store after a 9-1-1 call came in just before 4:00 a.m.

"It's just sad that somebody decided to vandalize downtown," Ducharme said. "Coffee Zone got hit last week, we got hit this week. Hopefully the police can get out on the street and stop whoever it is."

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Hermanndeutsch
4:31 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

In search of Missouri's German legacy

It’s well known that some of Missouri’s earliest European settlers were French, founding cities like St. Louis, Florissant, and St. Genevieve in the eastern part of the state. But it was the Germans who settled along the Missouri River Valley and into northern Missouri. They started to arrive in the early 1800s. They had their own dialect of German, their own newspapers, and were known for their wine, which they made it what is called the Missouri Rhineland. For many, German was their first language and the language they spoke at home.  

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Singer Larry Brown

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local singer/songwriter LARRY BROWN, who performs Tom Chapin's "Common Ground" on the guitar [2:10].

  

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Crime
8:43 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Trial delayed for former sweetener plant CEO

The unfinished Mamtek plant in Moberly, Mo.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

The criminal trial of former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole has been delayed until December by a St. Charles County judge presiding over the case.

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Politics
8:20 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Mo. Senate panel endorses penny transportation tax

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A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects.

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Agriculture
8:17 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Missouri farmers oppose power line construction

Credit File / KBIA

A group of Missouri farmers says they will oppose construction of a power line cutting through the state. The Missouri Farm Bureau says they don’t want the company Grain Belt Express using their land for electrical lines. 

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Science and Technology
5:29 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Training the brain to learn a new dominant hand

Scott Frey, PhD, discusses his research into how amputees learn to use a non-dominant hand, and how this research could help those suffering from disabilities following a stroke.
Credit Jacob Jones / KBIA

University of Missouri researchers are starting to uncover details about how the brain adapts to the loss or impairment of an individual's dominant hand. Dr. Scott Frey with MU's Department of Psychological Sciences has been working with amputation and stroke patients and his research may hold the secret to training the brain and the body to use a non-dominant hand. I recently say down with Frey to learn more: 

Can you give me a little background information as to what got you started with this research?

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Science and Technology
5:28 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Intelligent plants? Researcher unravels mysteries of plant life

Jack Schultz, director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU, leads a discussion on the “Thoughts of Plants.”
Credit Marissanne Lewis-Thompson / KBIA

When we think of plants, intelligence is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe plants are more than a decorative feature to our dining room table.

On a recent Tuesday night, the sounds of restaurant chatter, music and the aroma of food fill Columbia’s Broadway Brewery. But in the middle of the crowd, on a wooden stool sits an ordinary green plant.

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Education
4:56 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

MU researchers present work at Life Sciences Week

Scientists and researchers at the University of Missouri gather for the second poster session on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 as part of the 30th annual Life Sciences Week. Ginny Booker, marketing and communications manager for the Bond Life Sciences Center, hopes that collaboration will grow by allowing scientists to view each other's' work.
Credit Stephanie Kawula / KBIA

Nearly 300 scientists and researchers at the University of Missouri presented their work at the 30th annual Life Sciences Week.

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Basketball
4:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Report: Mizzou's Frank Haith to become head coach at Tulsa

Frank Haith shown here during an exhibition game on Oct. 29, 2012, will be the next men’s basketball coach at Tulsa.
Credit Karen Mitchell

According to multiple reports on Thursday, Missouri coach Frank Haith has verbally accepted an offer to become the head basketball coach at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. 

Tulsa World had reported that Haith is a “very solid front-runner” and was expected to meet with Tulsa President Steadman Upham and athletic and athletic director Derrick Gragg. A short time later ESPN and CBSsports learned he has verbally accepted an offer to join Tulsa. 

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Crime
3:17 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Boone County hires lawyers for civil rights case

Ryan Ferguson filed a civil rights suit earlier this month against Boone County, a former prosecuting attorney and the two investigators.
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

Boone County has hired four attorneys to help defend itself and three employees named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man whose murder conviction was overturned after he served nearly a decade behind bars.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Missouri Senate confirms Social Services director

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

The Missouri Senate has confirmed a longtime employee of the Missouri Department of Social Services to be the agency's new director.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass e-cigarette legislation

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

The Missouri House and Senate have each passed bills that would prevent people younger than 18 from purchasing electronic cigarettes.

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Science and Technology
12:31 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Biomedical researcher Robert Gallo sparks excitement for some MU faculty

Credit Sara Pang / KBIA

Dr. Robert Gallo is the biomedical researcher who unearthed HIV as the cause of AIDS and was the first to identify a human retrovirus known to cause human cancer. Gallo’s discoveries don’t just stop there; his current research includes finding a prevention for the disease despite the challenges.

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Arts and Culture
10:58 am
Thu April 17, 2014

A musical take on Missouri and the Civil War

The Battle of Westport
Credit: The State Historical Society of Missouri

When you think about the Civil War in Missouri what comes to mind? If Stefan Freund has anything to do with it you'll soon be more familiar with the sounds and images that the 1861-65 conflict produced. KBIA's Trevor Harris recently interviewed Freund, an MU School of Music faculty member about his new Civil War Oratorio that will have its premiere April 24 in Columbia's Jesse Auditorium.

Listen here to a preview of Stefan Freund's Civil War Oratorio. KBIA's Trevor Harris interviewed MU School of Music faculty member and composer Freund and the Museum of Art and Archaeology's Dr. Arthur Mehrhoff about the work and premiere happening April 24 in Columbia's Jesse Auditorium.

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Education
9:51 am
Thu April 17, 2014

UM system hires risk management expertise on sexual assault and mental health issues

Credit File Photo / KBIA

The University of Missouri has announced it's hiring the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management to provide a third-party assessment of sexual assault and mental health resources on all four campuses. 

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Health
9:13 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Secretary of State clears three anti-tobacco petitions for circulation

Secretary of State Jason Kander’s Office announced Monday that three initiative petitions regarding cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement have been cleared for circulation.  The petitions would create a one and a half cent tax per cigarette and repeal or change the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, which requires tobacco companies to compensate states for increased public health costs created by cigarettes.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Dave Mars, Columbia Water and Light

  Today Paul Pepper and DAVE MARS, with the City of Columbia Water and Light Department, talk about saving money with water-efficient plants.

  

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Politics
4:46 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri House endorses early voting measures

The Capitol House floor. House members gave first-round approval Wednesday, April 16 to a constitutional amendment and companion bill as part of new early voting legislation.
Credit KBIA File Photo

 

The Missouri House has endorsed a pair of early voting measures, though some Democrats contend they could create confusion for a proposed initiative petition that seeks to go further in allowing advanced voting.

House members gave first-round approval Wednesday to a constitutional amendment and companion bill. It would allow early voting for nine days, ending the week before state and federal elections. Polls would be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and four hours on Saturday. There will not be early voting on Sunday.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Doctor inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

Andrew Taylor Still poses for a picture c. 1914. Still is the latest member of the Hall of Famous Missourians.
Credit Public Domain/Library of Congress

 

A physician regarded as the father of osteopathic medicine has been inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

Andrew Taylor Still founded the American School of Osteopathy, now called A.T. Still University, in Kirksville in 1892. His form of medicine focused on the body, mind and spirit. There now are more than 82,000 osteopathic physicians.

Family members, medical students and physicians were among those watching Wednesday's induction ceremony in the state House chamber.

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Politics
4:17 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri universities raise funding concerns

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Officials from Missouri's public universities are raising concerns about reduced revenues for education as state lawmakers consider an income tax cut.

A statement signed by the governing board presidents of nine state universities cites concerns that legislation could limit the money available for education.

Although the letter does not specifically mention the proposed income tax cut, the executive director of the Council on Public Higher Education said that is the subject of the concerns.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri Senate endorses drug program renewal

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The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation to renew an expiring prescription drug benefit for over 200,000 low-income and disabled seniors.

The Missouri Rx Program is scheduled to expire in August, but the measure endorsed on Wednesday would extend the benefit until 2017. State officials estimate more than 9 million prescription drug claims will be filed for 230,000 Missourians during the current budget year. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has called on lawmakers to renew the program.

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Views of the News
2:17 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Franken's fight against Comcast, Time-Warner

Professor Amy Simons

Journalists often end up catching illegal activity on video or in photographs? When should they turn those images over to law enforcement? Also, Sen. Al Franken’s fight against the Comcast-Time Warner merger, coverage the Boston Bombing anniversary and why a big-city newspaper nixed reader comments from its website . From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Jim Flink.

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Politics
10:11 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Talking Politics: Petition initiatives and sunshine laws

Initiative petitions touching on 19 different issues are circulating right now to get on the ballot in November. They range from allowing early voting to eliminating teacher tenure. Signature gatherers are out, clipboards in hand, to get the thousands of signatures necessary by May 4. The catch is this: Most of these initiatives won’t make it on the ballot. KBIA's Justin Paprocki found out just what it takes to get an issue on the ballot.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Vera Massey, University of Missouri Extension

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, University of Missouri Extension, talk about the importance of being happy and optimistic! 

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