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10:26 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Missouri's vibrant cowboy poetry scene

Lisa Higgins, director of the Missouri Folk Arts Program, poses in her office on April 22, 2013. Tiny cowboy boots decorate Higgins' workplace. The folk arts program helps fund the annual Missouri Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival.
Credit Harum Helmy / KBIA News

Listen to this week's Health & Wealth Update to preview the upcoming Missouri Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival in Mountain View, Mo. The event kicks off Friday, April 26.

If you think all cowboys are of the rugged, silent and stoic Marlboro Man type – think again. Some cowboys write poetry.  

Every year since 1998, for a weekend in April, a group of cowboy poets Missouri and its surrounding states gather in Mountain View, Mo., near West Plains. They spend three days in town, usually from Friday to Wednesday, giving poetry performances, playing folk songs, telling classic cowboy stories. The gathering, also known as the Missouri Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, is one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest. 

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Education
10:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Tenure, non tenure: why does it matter at MU?

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Last month, University of Missouri faculty voted to give Non-Tenure Track faculty members the right to vote at Faculty Council meetings and in campus-wide elections. At MU over the past few years, there has been an increase of Non Tenure Track faculty, or NTTs, while the percentage of tenure track members has slowly declined.

But that’s not unique, the New York Times reports in the last few decades colleges across the country have been hiring more NTTs.

To students, concerns about faculty basically have to do with teachers giving them the information they need each day in class to be successful and get a good grade.

To teachers, it is not that simple. They have to figure out the curriculum to teach, what to teach from a class to class basis, as well as taking care of other things the school requires.

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Politics
9:14 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Mo. bill lets state workers carry guns in car

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State employees could keep firearms in their vehicles on state property under a bill heard by a Missouri Senate committee.

The measure considered Tuesday by the Senate General Laws Committee would allow those employees to have a firearm in their car if it is locked and the gun is not visible.

The legislation would also increase penalties for convicted felons who use an illegal firearm while committing another crime. But the committee's chairman, Republican Sen. Brian Nieves, said he wants to take that provision out of the bill.

Politics
9:09 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Bill to fund construction projects at colleges, parks sent back to Mo. house committee

A Cole Co. judge declared lawmakers' inability to pass tax credit legislation in the fall rendered a Missouri science investment bill unconstitutional.
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The Missouri House has sent back to a committee a proposal to issue $1.2 billion in bonds to fund construction projects at college campuses, parks and other state facilities.

House member Chris Kelly, a Democrat from Columbia, says the proposal needs adjustment and that working it out at the committee level would save time.

The bonding package would need voter approval if it clears the Legislature, which adjourns May 17. The House Budget Committee will re-examine the bonding measure, and Kelly says the full chamber could vote on it next week.

Crime
9:05 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Ceremony honors Boone County’s victims of crime

Annually, 18.7 million Americans are affected by crime according to the federal Office for Victims of Crime. The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s office held a ceremony for local victims of crime, Tuesday to coincide with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week which runs April 21 - April 27.

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Politics
8:20 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Mo. Senate budget cut may miss target

Missouri senators trying to target budget cuts at the agency that issues driver's licenses may have instead blocked funding for the registration of boats and mobile homes.

The Senate passed a budget plan late Monday that eliminates the entire $3.5 million allotment for the Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing Division.

During debate, senators said the proposed cut could halt the issuance of driver's licenses. They described it as negotiating leverage to get additional information from state officials about the data collected from driver's license applicants.

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Arts and Culture
8:07 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Missouri runners support Boston, in planned Boston Strong 5K race

The Boston Strong 5K run in Columbia is scheduled for Saturday morning, April 27, at Stephens Lake Park. Shown here: Runners in the 2009 Boston Marathon.
Credit Christopher S. Penn / flickr

Columbia is scheduled host the Boston Strong 5K run Saturday morning at Stephens Lake Park.

Pavementrunner.com created the race to show support for Boston marathon bombing victims and their families, with events worldwide. The website says Boston Strong runs give runners a chance to unite, and run for those who were unable to finish, and those who may never run again.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Missouri slows progress on software for IDs

Missouri slows work on biometric analysis for state driver's licenses and identification cards.
Credit File / KBIA

Missouri appears to have slowed work on a high-tech computer program that would conduct a biometric analysis of photos taken for state driver's licenses and identification cards.

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Business
4:12 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Monsanto plans $400M expansion in Chesterfield

Monsanto looks to expand its St. Louis facilities, adding more jobs, greenhouses and laboratories.
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Monsanto Co. plans a $400 million expansion at its suburban St. Louis research center that could add 675 jobs over the next three years.

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Education
3:01 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

St. Louis rental car company gifts $2 million to MU

Enterprise Holdings, a St. Louis based company, announces its gift of $2 million to MU.
Credit File / KBIA

A St. Louis-based global car-rental company has announced a gift of $2 million to the University of Missouri.

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Arts and Culture
11:44 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Local hackers win boat race fundraiser [video]

The winning boat in the "Float Your Boat" fundraiser on Saturday
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  Last Saturday was the second annual "Float Your Boat" fundraising event for the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. It's a wacky event where teams build real boats out of cardboard and duct tape and then race them at the lake behind the Bass Pro Shop in Columbia.

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Arts and Culture
8:51 am
Tue April 23, 2013

With 'No More Trash Bash' MoDOT stresses roadway cleanup efforts

MoDOT design engineer for the central district Nicole Kolb Hood looks for more litter along Route 94 in Callaway County Monday afternoon.
Credit Evan Townsend / KBIA

For Earth Day,  the Missouri Department of Transportation hosted its 11th annual “No MOre Trash! Bash. Department employees volunteered to pick up litter and debris along a stretch of Route 94 in Callaway "County.  This year nine people showed up to spend a few off-the-clock hours taking care of Missouri’s roads. 

The event is a way for MoDOT to highlight their Adopt-a-Highway program, where anyone can volunteer to maintain a stretch of roadway. District engineer David Silvester says he hopes raising awareness of the program will also get more volunteers.

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Business
5:41 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Investors, donors warned to be wary of scams involving unrealistic dividends, bogus charities

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Secretary of State Jason Kander has issued an alert to investors, warning them to be wary of fraudulent schemes.

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Business
5:27 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Columbia pays $0 out of Airline Guarantee Fund for March

Credit www.flymidmo.com / KBIA

American Airlines and the City of Columbia announced today that it didn’t have to pay any money out of the Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund in March 20-13.

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Weather
4:54 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Mississippi River crests at some hard-hit towns

A coalition of environmental groups has filed two lawsuits against the EPA on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, seeking to limit nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico.
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The Mississippi River is on the way down at some hard-hit Midwestern towns.

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