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1:35 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Rural brokers pick up pieces after MF Global crisis

Rural commodities broker Tom Leffler checks the markets and speaks to a client on the phone.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

When futures trading firm MF Global went bankrupt at the end of October, regulators discovered $1.6 billion in customer funds missing, much of it belonging to Midwest farmers and ranchers. But MF Global clients aren’t the only ones hurting in farm country.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:03 am
Wed May 2, 2012

If you tax them, they will quit

According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, for every ten percent rise in cigarette prices, smoking rates decline by three to five percent.
tobaccofreekids.org

You have probably heard the statistic: Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation – just 17 cents a pack, compared to the national average of $1.46. In this week's Health & Wealth update, public health advocates want to raise Missouri's tobacco tax to deter people from smoking, and to help offset the costs that tobacco incurs.

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Politics
9:06 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. Senate approves amendment to appellate judge selection process

The Missouri Senate has approved a proposed constitutional amendment revising the selection process for appellate judges.

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Politics
9:02 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Blunt criticizes speed of Birds Point Levee rebuilding

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) says the speed of the rebuilding of Birds Point Levee is "unacceptable."
File KBIA

One year after the intentional breach of the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, Sen. Roy Blunt is criticizing the Army Corps of Engineers for the pace of efforts to rebuild the levee.

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Politics
8:58 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. senators continue budget negotiations

Mo. senators are deciding which aspects of their 2013 state budget they should "bind" to before negotiations with House begin.
File KBIA

The Missouri Senate took the next step Tuesday toward beginning final negotiations with the House on next year’s state budget.  Senate members struggled with whether to bind themselves to various positions they support.

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Meet the Wilsons
5:28 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

"Like any other American family"

Josh Wilson puts his arm around his father, Dan, after his team captured the gold medal at Columbia Parks and Recreation’s Special Olympics basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 19, 2012, in Columbia, Mo.
Nick Gass KBIA

Sue Wilson says her family is “just like any other American family,” in her words. The family of four is almost always on the go—basketball games, ballet recitals and so on. But for her two sons, Josh and Ryan, sports have opened up a world that once seemed closed to them. KBIA’s Nick Gass has this audio postcard.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:44 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Missouri health centers receive funding boost

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services granted over 10 million dollars to Missouri health centers Tuesday. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s new health care law, the funds are going to five community health centers across the state. Martin Kramer is a spokesperson for the U.S. Health, Resources and Services Administration. He says the funds will allow the centers to expand their services to more people in need.

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Politics
4:36 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Nixon now open to compromise on workers' comp.

After vetoing a bill that would have changed the state's workers' compensation system, Missouri's governor now says he would be open to a compromise with Republican lawmakers.

In a letter to Senate leaders, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon says he would sign legislation that would prevent employees from suing their co-workers over on-the-job injuries.

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Crime
4:31 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Boone County judge urges third murder trial

A Boone County judge has ruled that a Chillicothe man twice convicted in the 1990 slaying of a Missouri farm wife was victim of "a manifest injustice" and should have his conviction set aside.

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Politics
9:05 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Mo. lawmakers approve veteran job training measure

The measure would help military veterans receive on-the-job training for private sector jobs.
File KBIA

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that could help military veterans receive on-the-job training for private-sector jobs.

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Politics
8:59 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Proposed housing development worries north Columbia residents

A housing development in north Columbia has area residents worried about the future of their neighborhood.
File KBIA

Members of a neighborhood association in north Columbia are expressing concern about how their neighborhood will be affected by a planned multiple-unit development on the corner of Walnut Street and College Avenue. At a meeting Monday the North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association requested the developers put $1 million in a form of a trust to give back to the community.

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Intersection
6:18 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

News and information during a disaster

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Weather
6:06 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Boone County flooding expected to slow

paukrus flickr

Boone County experienced flash flooding today due to extreme rainfall last night.

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Politics
6:01 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

State of Missouri considers new slogan

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A new slogan may be included in marketing the state of Missouri. 

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