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8:50 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Akin holds back on details about abortion protest

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Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin has said he was arrested as an abortion protester about 25 years ago, but he's not saying anything more about it.

Akin campaign adviser Rick Tyler said Wednesday that Akin never was charged and the campaign will not release any further details about the incident.

At a news conference last Friday in Kansas City, Akin acknowledged the arrest but did not go into specifics. An aide had said the campaign would release more details later.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:46 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Weekly rural flu clinics soon available in rural Boone County

Lance McCord FLICKR

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services plans to hold weekly rural flu clinics throughout the county, starting Oct. 11.  Department spokesperson Trina Teacutter says that the rural flu clinics in Boone County communities have been happening consistently for years.

"You know, doing community clinics in Ashland, Hallsville, Centralia, Sturgeon and Harrisburg — those places," Teacutter says. "We have done rural clinics in all of those areas for over 20 years."

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Politics
6:46 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

More Akin abortion remarks stir criticism

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is again drawing attention for comments about abortion — this time, for saying that doctors are "giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant."

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Politics
6:13 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

McCaskill says she raised $5.8M for Mo. Senate bid

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says she raised about $5.8 million for her re-election campaign over the past three months.

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Business
5:52 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Sweetener company CEO headed back to Missouri

Last month, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced that Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole was arrested in California
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Missouri officials say the former head of an artificial sweetener company has agreed to return from California to face charges of theft and securities fraud stemming from a failed factory project.

Bruce Cole was chairman and CEO of Mamtek U.S. Inc., which received $39 million of industrial development bonds from the city of Moberly to build a sweetener plant.

Cole is charged in Missouri with using bond revenues to avoid foreclosure on his Beverley Hills home and misleading investors about his company's financial health.

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Business Beat
5:32 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Water blues and prison maintenance blues

The administration building is one of the oldest on the prison site. Its decaying façade sits opposite a recently-opened federal courthouse across the street.
Samantha Sunne KBIA

Water use has become a hot issue among Midwest farmers after this summer's drought. Nebraska irrigates more acres of farmland than any other state in the nation. Kansas is also near the top. And that Irrigation infrastructure helped some farmers keep the drought at bay this year. Their fields stayed green long after others withered away. But as Grant Gerlock reports for Harvest Public Media, using so much water now may force some farmers to use less water in the future.

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Business
5:08 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Mo. state prison's maintenance blues

Kary Scott shares a dance with his service dog, Cisco, at the "Inside the Walls" festival promoting the Missouri State Penitentiary as a tourist destination.
Lukas Udstuen KBIA

As a 5-piece band wound its way through an acoustic set of music, guests slowly shuffled into the “Inside the Walls” festival at the Missouri State Penitentiary. To the southwest, the main entrance to the prison towered over the festival.

Charles Vaughan used to live in a house across the street. He remembers the 1954 riots, which were the worst in the history of the penitentiary. Vaughan remembers his dad and brother were on top of a nearby building with guns.

“There was a big fire going on," he said. "My mom was keeping me in the house which upset me because I wanted to get on the roof and my mom was piling furniture right in front of the front door.”

But now the penitentiary looks much lonelier. Its paint peels. Some of its buildings have been torn down. In fact — of those that remain, some parts are even off limits to tours – this is due to a process Steve Picker calls “demolition by neglect.” He’s the former executive director of the Jefferson City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

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Agriculture
3:17 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Rediscovering my family farm

My dad, Mike Swanson, gets his first combine ride from our cousin, Darwin Swanson, during soybean harvest.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

This past weekend, for the first time in 25 years, my dad and I visited our family’s farm in Woodhull, Ill.

By family, I mean extended family. Brothers Doug and Darwin Swanson — my dad’s first cousins — run the farm, which got its start with land bought in 1890 by my great-great grandfather, Swan Swanson, when he moved to Illinois from Sweden.

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Business
1:41 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Energy assistance program secures funding through December

Low-income residents could turn to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for help.
McBeth Flickr

A program that provides heating and energy assistance for low-income Missourians reports that it should have enough funding to meet its winter demand through December.

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Arts and Culture
12:40 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

MU swings into Celebrate Ability Week

Dany Baker demonstrates golfing from his accessible golf cart on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the MU Student Recreation Complex in Columbia, Mo. Baker co-hosted the adaptive golf presentation as part of Ability Week 2012.
Jennifer Lask KBIA

The University of Missouri swings into its 2012 Celebrate Ability Week with an adaptive golf demonstration at the MU Student Recreation Complex.

Dany Baker, who has golfed for more than 30 years, began participating in Celebrate Ability Week four years ago.

“I just want to help spread the awareness and help educate, so they can take it on as far as telling their hometown golf courses that they need to be accessible," Baker says.

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Education
12:30 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Tiger Pantry aims to reduce food insecurity at MU

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A new MU resource, the Tiger Pantry, has opened its doors for those who need assistance.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the food bank, Tiger Pantry Founder and MU student Nick Droege says the pantry’s goal is to reduce food insecurity at MU.

Anne Deaton, the wife of MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, encouraged Droege to develop the pantry. She says the Tiger Pantry has brought life to the meaning of One Mizzou, an organization that helps bring MU students together.

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Politics
12:21 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Support dwindles for Amendment 3

Kyle Stokes KBIA

A Missouri ballot measure proposing to change how judges are appointed is losing support. Amendment 3’s supporters say they don’t like the summary that will appear on the ballot.

Amendment 3 will show up on Missouri ballots come Nov. 6, but its supporters say they’re not happy with what voters will read about it.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan wrote the summary of the amendment for the ballot, but supporters say the summary is misleading and filed suit.

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Politics
12:14 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Schaefer, Still square off in debate on MU campus

Rep. Mary Still and Sen. Kurt Schaefer debate on the University of Missouri campus on October 2, 2012
Connor Wist KBIA

Higher education funding and the state budget were the dominant topics in the most recent state senate debate between incumbent Republican Senator Kurt Schaefer and his Democratic challenger, Representative Mary Still.

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Politics
12:14 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Republican women in Columbia prepare for November 6

Sherry Berry makes calls for her husband's campaign.
Jessica Reese KBIA

According to a Rutgers University study, during every Presidential election since 1964, more women have turned out to vote than men. That proportion has been increasing significantly in the last few elections, in 2008, almost 10 million more women voted than men, out of about 130 million votes cast.

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Politics
12:05 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Mo. tobacco tax foes cite cost to cities, counties

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Opponents of a tobacco tax initiative on the Missouri ballot say local governments could lose money if the measure passes.

The proposal would raise the state cigarette tax from 17 cents to 90 cents per pack and also increase taxes on other tobacco products.

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