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6:07 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Uncertainty looms over part-time faculty as Affordable Care Act approaches

Academic institutions such as Moberly Area Community College could be affected most by the Affordable Care Act, as many of them rely greatly on part-time faculty members.
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The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide health insurance to everyone working more than 30 hours a week starting in 2014. This new regulation presents an issue in the academic world, as many adjunct faculty members across the country are having their working hours cut.

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Education
5:58 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Mo. schools receive bump in state funding

Mo. House and Senate members decided to increase public education funding, pending certain performance criteria like graduation rates are on par.
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Missouri public schools and universities will be getting a funding increase under an agreement by legislative budget negotiators.

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Education
5:53 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Mo. Senate gives initial approval of new academic standards

Mo. Senate gave initial approval of to legislation requiring public hearings to discuss new academic performance standards.
Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation requiring the state education department to hold public hearings on new standards for math, reading and writing.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

House and Senate budget negotiations bode well for Mo. DMV

Mo. Budget Chairman Rick Stream wants changes to the current scanning and storing policies for Mo.'s Department of Revenue.
Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

House and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to restore most, but not all, of the funding for Missouri’s Motor Vehicles division within the Department of Revenue.

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CoMo Explained
5:25 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Why the Missouri legislature is at war with the DMV

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This one's a fun one. The Missouri State Senate grilled the Department of Revenue over whether the state agency (which oversees the DMV) made copies of Concealed Carry Licenses and sent them to the federal government. What started as a kind of weird, bureaucratic witch hunt became a lot more interesting--turns out they actually did it!  But why would the DMV send these documents to the higher ups.  And is it as illegal as it sounds?

CoMo Explained breaks it down in the podcast:  

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Politics
4:43 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Moberly City Council approves upgrade to 911 call center

The upgrade to the Moberly call center allowed for newer technologies to be added to the Moberly police force.
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The Moberly City Council approved the police department’s proposal to purchase new equipment for the emergency call center. Moberly Police Chief Officer Russell Tarr says the upgrade will cost about $190 thousand dollars.

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Faith/Religion
9:25 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Candlelight vigil honors life of Arvarh Strickland

University of Missouri students and faculty joined together Monday night, to honor former MU professor Dr. Arvarh E. Strickland with a candlelight vigil.

The MU Legion of Black Collegians student government (LBC) and the iGUIDE Leadership Team hosted the event just outside of Strickland Hall, for whom the building was named, in memory of MU’s first-tenured black professor who passed away on April 30 at age 82.

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Politics
9:18 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Columbia ban on lighted window signs to continue

The Columbia City Council approved a measure leading to the eviction of Regency residents.
File photo KBIA

Following Monday night’s Columbia City Council meeting, businesses will face continued restrictions on how they can advertise in their windows.

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Crime
9:12 am
Tue May 7, 2013

2012 Columbia Police report: Fewer incidents require police intervention

The 2012 annual police report reveals a decrease in the number of incidents in Columbia requiring police intervention. The 438 incidents in 2012 in which police had to use force are significantly fewer than the 604 reported in 2011. The report also showed that officers drew firearms on 285 occasions this past year, a 37 percent decrease from 2011. Sergeant Barbara Buck of the Internal Affairs Division said the police department is being proactive in its efforts to reduce crime in Columbia.

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Politics
9:03 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Columbia plans to expand its parks and trails

Columbia Parks and Recreation

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is reviewing its 10-year development plan.

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Politics
8:54 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Nixon touts nonprofit online university in new ad

KBIA File Photo

A nonprofit virtual college is getting another vote of confidence from Missouri's chief executive.
Gov. Jay Nixon touts Western Governors University in a new television and radio ad airing in Columbia, St. Louis and other major media markets.

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Politics
8:51 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Number of conceal carry permits issued in Boone County quadruples over six years

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The Boone County Sheriff’s Department said the total number of newly issued and renewed conceal carry permits has increased so far in 2013.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Mo. celebrates centennial of Capitol construction

Jim Bowen Flickr

Missouri officials are celebrating the 100th anniversary of groundbreaking for the state Capitol.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Mo. lawmakers must finalize budget this week

Debate over a voter ID bill heated up in the Missouri Capitol Monday.
File KBIA

Missouri lawmakers have until Friday to finalize the state's roughly $25 billion operating budget.

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Education
8:37 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Camdenton Middle School chosen as site for special ed integration program

Credit Camdenton R-III School District

Camdenton Middle School is one of six schools chosen from across the country as a knowledge development site for a University of Kansas-based program that integrates special education with general education programs.

The program, known as the SWIFT Center, or School-wide Integrated Framework for Transformation, is based out of the University of Kansas and is federally funded with $24.5 million over five years.

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