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6:48 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Drought could edge livestock producers out of business

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Currently, the USDA expects the prices of beef, pork, poultry and dairy to shoot up five percent next year. You can blame the drought for a lot of that increase as this summer a lot of small livestock producers are struggling just to stay in business. A version of this story ran on KBIA's Business Beat, a weekly program about business and economics in mid-Missouri.
Brandt Dairy sits on Swan Creek at the end of a meandering gravel road in Linn, Missouri. The farm is bucolic with its twin silos, red barn and black-and
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Business
6:37 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Economic index shows Midwest economy is slowing, prices are rising

Drought conditions are slowing down the Midwestern economy
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If you've been out of town for a little while, then you this might be news: this rain we've been getting is a rare, rare, thing. Yes, the drought has been on our minds--and our radio--all summer long and a little rain this week doesn't change the fact that it's been devastating to farmers and the economy.

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Politics
6:27 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Council considers proposal for $800,000 to boost Jefferson City Fire Department

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The Jefferson City Council is considering a proposal that would provide the fire department with more than $800,000 of funding.

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Prime
2:03 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

A pitch for getting more ranchers to produce higher-quality beef

Consumers are willing to pay more for prime grade steaks than they have in the past. Production hasn’t kept up with demand, which could mean more money in cow-calf producers’ pockets.
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As part of a new project called “Quality Beef by the Numbers,”  the University of Missouri is hoping to get more cow-calf operators in Missouri and neighboring states to produce higher-quality beef from their herds. The university says the move, announced in Columbia, Mo., last week, will make ranchers more money.

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Politics
12:57 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Rolling trash bin program hits a bump of opposition

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City Manager, Mike Matthes, says a 5.8 million dollar plan to use rolling trash bins is not in the budget for 2013. Columbia resident, Frankie Minor, spoke at the city council meeting on behalf of a large group of people who say they oppose the program.

“There is a lot of concern that the carts are going to sit there all day being unsightly," Minor said. "They’re going to roll down hills, elderly or people with mobility issues will not be able to manipulate them as well.”

Minor questions a plan that would replace a program many Columbia citizens are satisfied with.

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Views of the News
12:12 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

The Dems' Turn; Pouting Journalists; Hot Mic, Lost Job; The NYT and the CIA

Professor Mike McKean

Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Lee Wilkins and Charles Davis.

Agriculture
8:49 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Corn harvest continues to speed ahead of schedule

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The U.S. corn harvest continues ahead of schedule with some states nearly half-finished at a time when they usually are just getting started.

The USDA said Tuesday in its weekly crop update that little has changed in the condition of drought-damaged corn and soybeans. That's because the plants are too far along for recent rain to make a difference.

Corn was planted several weeks earlier this year and matured more quickly in the summer heat, allowing farmers to start harvesting early.

Politics
8:47 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Mo. gov. seeks to avoid veto override on tax bill

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is pressing his case that 122,000 vehicle owners would be hit with a retroactive tax if lawmakers override one of his vetoes.

Politics
6:26 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Sen. McCaskill: Rep. Akin will eliminate student loans

Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke to students at the University of Columbia Tuesday about the differences between herself and Rep. Todd Akin when it comes to students loans.
Gina Cook

Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke on the University of Missouri Columbia campus Tuesday to kick off her “On Our Campus, On Our Side” tour.

The Democratic incumbent told students it’s important to keep Pell Grants and federal student loans available to sustain education. McCaskill says her opponent, Rep. Todd Akin,  wants to eliminate student loans and that would hurt the middle class.

Politics
6:01 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Battle over Gov. Nixon's vetoed bill heats up

Gov. Jay Nixon is defending his veto on a bill to prevent retroactive taxes on Missouri residents.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and the Republican-led General Assembly will face-off next week over a bill vetoed earlier this year that would have required Missouri residents to pay sales taxes on vehicles purchased in other states.

The bill in question sought to reverse a State Supreme Court ruling that local sales taxes cannot be levied on out-of-state vehicle purchases.  Governor Nixon says overriding the veto would result in a retroactive tax hike without a vote of the people:

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Education
5:51 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

MU to invest $2.5 million in online education

More undergraduate and graduate programs may soon be available through the University of Missouri.

The University of Missouri has decided to invest $2.5 million into its online education program to better cater to students’ needs.

The main reason for expansion? To reach out to new groups of students, according to Jim Spain, vice provost for undergraduate studies.

“We’re targeting students who can’t physically come to Columbia," he says. "So, it’s an effort to improve and increase accessibility.”

MU spokesperson Christian Basi says Mizzou Online will implement more degrees where students can do all their coursework online -- without ever entering a classroom.

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Education
5:41 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Heat continues to force Columbia schools to release early

The late summer heat has some Columbia schools ending class early.

Wednesday will be the eighth time -- since the school year began less than a month ago -- that some students at Columbia public schools are dismissed early because of the heat.

Jefferson and West Junior High schools don’t have air conditioning. Five Columbia elementary schools had units installed during the summer. But, Michelle Baumstark, spokesperson for Columbia Public Schools, says it may take more than a year to complete the remaining two schools.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Judge William Ray Price, Jr. on issues facing Mo. courts as he steps away

Judge William Ray Price, Jr.
Tim Bommel Mo. House Communications office

Judge William Ray Price, Jr. served on the Missouri Supreme Court for 20 years including two terms as chief justice.

Price left the high court earlier this month to return to private practice.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Commentary: The Republican National Convention

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Okay.  What’s the deal with Clint Eastwood at the Republican Convention?  Dirty Harry said, at the end of one of those movies: “A man’s got know his limitations.”  Eastwood should have taken Dirty Harry’s advice.  What were the Republicans thinking?

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Agriculture
8:16 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Isaac rains help soybeans in Midwest

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Several days of rain brought some relief to farmers in the nation's midsection as they contend with the worst drought in the U.S. in decades.

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