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5:37 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Statewide voter turnout 23% for primary

KBIA

Fewer than one-fourth of Missouri's registered voters cast ballots in this year's primary elections.

The secretary of state's office said Wednesday that 23 percent of the state's nearly 4.1 million registered voters actually voted in Tuesday's primary.

The top draw was a constitutional amendment expanding the right to pray in public places, which attracted a total of nearly 943,000 votes while easily passing.

About twice as many people cast Republican ballots as Democratic ballots — led by the GOP race for U.S. Senate, won by Congressman Todd Akin.

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Health & Wealth Report
2:49 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

The end of a lead-laced era: polluting smelter to close after 120 years

Jack and Leslie Warden, at the gate that now blocks their old street in Herculaneum.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Herculaneum, Mo., a small town on the bluffs above the Mississippi River, was always a company town.  The company, Doe Run, is the largest lead producer in North America, trucking in lead from Missouri's rich mines to a 120-year-old smelter on the river.  For 25 years, the smelter didn't meet federal air standards for lead, and now, after decades of battling government regulators and angry parents, Doe Run is leaving town at the end of next year.

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Health & Wealth Update
9:25 am
Wed August 8, 2012

New autism guide helps parents and providers sift through mountains of research

Kim Ratcliffe thumbs through the autism interventions guide.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

As more and more children are diagnosed with autism, there's also a lot more research on the disorder.  Now, a new guidebook can help Missouri parents and people who work with kids on the autism spectrum sort through it all.

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Politics
8:55 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Steelman third in Republican race for US Senate, puts support behind Akin

Republican Sarah Steelman talks with Mikaela Insall, the girlfriend of one of her sons, shortly after arriving at the Steelman watch party. Supporters gathered at a corner pizzeria in Rolla.
Kellie Kotraba KBIA

About two dozen Sarah Steelman supporters gathered last night at Alex's Pizza Palace, a favorite local hangout in Rolla. They hoped she would win the Republican US Senate nomination. But just after 10, Steelman conceded and threw her support behind US Representative Todd Akin. She said one plus to losing would be catching up on life at home.

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Faith/Religion
1:42 am
Wed August 8, 2012

"Right to Pray" amendment passes

KBIA file photo

Missouri voters voiced their support for Amendment 2 yesterday.

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Politics
1:38 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Rep. Hartzler wins easily, Robbins loses by 59 votes

Boone County Commission candidate Lance Robbins watches his slight lead slip away on Tuesday's Republican primary.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

In Columbia at the Stony Creek Inn, Republican spirits began sky high, then turned uneasy and ended up tumbling down. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler began the night by easily coasting to a win in the Republican primary for U.S. district four.

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Politics
1:34 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Wright secures Democratic nomination in 47th House district

John Wright celebrates his primary victory in Rocheport
Matt Evans KBIA

A two-guitar band featuring John Wright’s uncle played into the night at the Rocheport General Store as Wright beat out Nancy Copenhaver to win the Democratic nomination for state House district 47.

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Politics
12:46 am
Wed August 8, 2012

The August primary in social media

Storify is a way of telling stories through the social media that grows up around events. KBIA reporters spent time with the candidates in the August primary as the results rolled in and here's some of their coverage through twitter and photos.

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Politics
12:19 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Rowden gets nod from Republicans in 44th District

A 29-year-old newcomer to politics is the Republican nominee for the newly-drawn 44th State House District. Caleb Rowden got 41 percent of the vote in the 4-way race for the seat, which will represent Columbia’s third ward and most of Northeast Boone County. Rowden says economic development would be one of his main concerns as a legislator.

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Politics
11:49 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

The August primary in photos

Republican Vicky Hartzler was cool as a cucumber before the results came in. She went on to win her party's nomination for the District 4 US House seat.

KBIA doesn't have much in the way of photojournalists, but we've got some smart reporters with some pretty smart smartphones!  Our news team spent most of the night in the field with the candidates as they waited for election results to come in and they had their twitter accounts fired up the whole time.  Check out our online coverage @kbia or at on the #midmovotes hashtag.  We've compiled a few of our twitpics here.

Politics
6:20 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Tobacco tax on November ballot, minimum wage and payday loan restrictions fall short

Missouri voters will be asked in November to raise the state's tobacco tax and let St. Louis run its own police department.

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Politics
4:32 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Sen. McCaskill: 'Underdog' in U.S. Senate race

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., visited Columbia, Mo., Aug. 7, 2012, to call voters and ask for support for the general election in the fall.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

After U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill voted Tuesday morning in St. Louis, she traveled to Columbia’s Democratic headquarters to call on voters for support in November’s general election. She plans to fight hard to keep her spot in office from whichever opponent comes out on top in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Missouri primary elections live blog

KBIA file photo

UPDATE: 10:13PM:

The AP calls the democratic nomination for Susan Montee (Lt. Governor) and the republican nomination for Akin (US Senate).  Though we're still waiting on over 1,000 precincts statewide, so stay tuned.

Every single Boone County precinct is in.  Recapping, again, the important races:

Northern District Commissioner: Bormann just barely inched ahead with 59 votes.  This one was a hair raiser!

District 44 State Representative: 29-year old republican Caleb Rowden takes his party's nomination.  He'll face democrat Ken Jacob.

District 47 State Representative: John Wright easily takes the democratic party's nomination.  He'll face 29 year-old Mitch Richards (what's with all the 29 year-olds?).

Governor: Republican David Spence will face incumbent Jay Nixon in the fall.  

Attorney general: Republican Ed Martin will face democrat Chris Koster in November.

Lt. Governor: Democrat Susan Montee.  No clear winner yet between republicans Brad Lager and Peter Kinder.

District 4 US Representative: Republican Vicky Hartzler will face democrat Teresa Hensly in the fall.

Secretary of State: Jason Kander.  Republican challengers are still in a three-way race.  Shane Schoeller has pulled ahead slightly but we're still waiting on a few precincts.

Amendment 2:  The AP has called "Yes."  Looks like a landslide to us, with 414,626 ayes to just 64, 018 nays.  That's with over half the precincts in.

UPDATE 10:00 PM: 

Nearly all the precincts are in Boone County.  State House district looks pretty good in favor of John Wright for the democrats.  He'll be facing 29 year-old Mitch Richards in the fall.  

The Northern District Commissioner race is the tightest we've seen this August.  With only 1 precincts left, Robbins is up over Bormann with just over 13 votes.  

UPDATE 9:30PM:

Things are moving along!  Nearly half of the votes are in statewide and a bunch of races have been called by the AP . Let's recap.

Governor: The AP has called the republican nomination for David Spence.  He'll face incumbent Jay Nixon in the fall.  

Attorney general: The AP is calling the republican nomination for Ed Martin.  He'll face democrat Chris Koster in November.

Lt. Governor: The AP is calling the democratic nomination for Susan Montee.  Brad Lager and Peter Kinder are still neck and neck in a tight race.

District 4 US Representative: Vicky Hartzler has called the republican nomination for herself.  She'll face democrat Teresa Hensly in the fall

Secretary of State: Jason Kander has accepted the democratic nomination.  Meanwhile, his republican challengers are in a three-way race that's too close to call.

Amendment 2:  The AP has called "Yes."  Looks like a landslide to us, with 414,626 ayes to just 64, 018 nays.  That's with over half the precincts in.

UPDATE 9:15PM:

Almost half of Boone County's precincts are reporting in.  Robbins and Bormann are neck and neck for the Northern District Commissioner nomination.  On the Democratic side, things are less even: Thompson leads Fugit in the double digits.  We expect these races will be decided soon.

UPDATE 9:08PM:

Vicky Hartzler calls her win for the Republican nomination in the District 4 US Rep. race.  Amendment 2 is poling at 52% but votes are still early.  The AP is calling the GOP nomination for Ed Martin (Attorney General) and Dave Spence (Governor).  More soon.

UPDATE 8:45PM:

We're at 11% precincts reporting statewide and we've got our first non-absentee ballots from Boone County.  Don Borman falls 7 points behind Lance Robbins in the Republican primary for the Northern Commissioner's seat.  On the Democratic side, public defender Janet Thompson surges ahead with 60% of the vote.  

In state rep. races, 29 year old Caleb Rowden is doing well in the republican race for the 44th.  

In other news, it's slow going over here!  Just about everyone and their mother is trying to get up-to-the second voting tallies from the Secretary of State's website.  It's been crashing periodically throughout the evening . In a tweet, the Secretary said that new software and heavy traffic were slowing down the servers . They say they're looking for a solution.

UPDATE 8:16PM:

We're up to 2% precincts reporting, and results are pretty evenly spread in the Senate race between Steelman, Akin and Brunner.  In the primary for the Governor race, Spence takes a hearty lead with 64% of these early votes.  In the Lt. Governor's race, Lager and Kinder are neck and neck for the Republican primary, hovering around 25% of the votes.  The the democratic primary, Susan Montee takes a solid lead.

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Business
2:46 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Company will make soy-based chicken in Columbia

Ethan Brown speaks at the press conference announcing Beyond Meat's re-location to Columbia, Mo. August 7, 2012
Matt Evans KBIA

Columbia city officials announced today Tuesday a new plant scheduled to open this fall is expected to bring more than 60 jobs to Columbia in the next five years.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Columbia council approves consultant for zoning issues

KBIA file photo

Columbia City Council voted Monday night to hire an outside consulting service to help with the revision of the city’s zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations. Council members hope hiring an outside consultant to focus on city-specific zoning issues will help spur urban growth. Community Development Director Tim Teddy says the project would be a multiyear effort.

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Politics
1:56 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Republican Primary will decide Sen. McCaskill's opponent

Three Missouri Republicans are vying for the chance to take on Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill this November.  All three have a strong chance of winning the GOP an extra Senate seat.

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Crime
6:25 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Fire destroys Joplin, Mo. mosque

Prayer rugs lined the floor of the Joplin Islamic Center in 2009; the mosque burned to the ground on August 6, 2012.
Jennifer Davidson KSMU

The only mosque in Joplin, Mo., has burned to the ground.  The cause of the fire is still unknown. 

The loss of property leaves the Islamic community without a place of worship in its most sacred time of the year:  Ramadan.

The imam of the mosque, Dr. Lahmuddin Lahmuiddin, had only  finished leading the special “Taraweeh” night prayers a few hours before he was awakened by a phone call from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department.  That prayer takes place every night at about 10:00 during the month of Ramadan.

Lahmuddin got in his car and started driving.

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Intersection
6:02 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Missouri's China connection

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

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Faith/Religion
11:42 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Missouri 'Right to Pray' amendment stirs debate

The Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

An amendment to the Missouri constitution is under debate as voters prepare for tomorrow’s primary election. 

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Politics
8:25 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Six candidates vie for Boone County Northern District Commissioner nomination

Boone County Northern District Commission
showmeboone.com

A total of six candidates are vying for a spot to be the next Boone County Northern District Commissioner on the primary ballot.  The candidates are now on the final stretch of their campaigns before the primary election on Tuesday.  Lance Robbins and Don Bormann are the two candidates going head-to-head in the Republican primary campaign. Brian Dollar, Darin Fugit, O.J. Stone, and Janet Thompson are all gunning for the Democratic nomination.

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Faith/Religion
9:03 am
Sat August 4, 2012

A look back: Vacation Bible School season comes to a close

Paul Jordan Baxter and Callie Brinkman try to answer questions in the opening gameshow at Forum Christian Church's Vacation Bible School program. Teenage volunteer Kaitlyn Marsh passes the microphone between contestants.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Summertime is coming to a close, and with it, Vacation Bible School season. 

For Vacation Bible School, a tradition among Christian churches, children come to church for a few hours a day for about a week. But it's not just formal Bible lessons – they play games, sing songs, do crafts and eat snacks. 

The producer behind KBIA's new Columbia Faith and Values desk visited some of the Vacation Bible Schools that happened in Columbia this summer and spoke with volunteers, leaders and of course, the children. 

Politics
5:30 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Springfield OKs marijuana ballot

Dey Flickr

Springfield officials have certified the signatures on a petition that seeks to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the city.

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Sports
5:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Missouri's elite athletes compete in London Olympics

Multiple Missouri-born athletes are competing in the London 2012 Olympics.
Dave Catchpole Wikimedia Commons

The Olympic Games in London are about halfway through, but many Missouri athletes competing there are just beginning. Here’s a rundown of what happened Friday and what’s coming up this weekend.

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Faith/Religion
4:54 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Finding my religion: Author Pamay Bassey's year of worship

Pamay Bassey is the author of "My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey."

When author Pamay Bassey suffered the loss of two family members and the end of  a relationship she embarked on a unique journey – she visited a different place of worship, every week, for a year, in search of guidance.

That experience became a book called My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey.

Kristin Torres, reporting for KBIA and the Columbia Faith and Values desk, spoke to Bassey, before her appearance in St. Louis this weekend.

4:48 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Snoop Lion: A perspective from our friends at Columbia Faith and Values

Lead in text: 
The lion, apparently, has a significant place in Rasta theology. Who knew?
(RNS) Snoop Dogg scored a huge hit with the hip-hop anthem "What's My Name?" back in 1993. Announcing his conversion to Rastafarianism on Monday, the rapper unveiled a new answer to that lyrical question. "I want to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion," he said at a press conference.
1:35 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

57 days till the Farm Bill Expires and "The uncertainty is mind boggling."

Lead in text: 
So says Brent Boydston, vice president of the Colorado Farm Bureau. Congress takes a 5-week break and meanwhile, the clock ticks down on the Farm Bill. It's Day 57 and our colleagues at Harvest Public Media are on the watch:
The farm bill is stuck. It's set to expire on Sept. 30, but Congress can't get new legislation on track. The U.S. Senate passed its version () of the farm bill in June, but the House has yet to take up the legislation.
Arts and Culture
1:34 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

My Farm Roots: Just taking notes

Tom Karst feels right at home on a summer morning at a farmer's market in Overland Park, Kan.
Donna Vestal Harvest Public Media

Sometimes farm roots don’t blossom into a farm life.

But those memories can still have a huge influence, perhaps even determining a career choice.

That’s the case for Tom Karst, a soft-spoken, well-respected journalist who’s been covering the fruit and vegetable industry for more than 25 years.

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Crash
9:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Woman who died in Megabus crash was traveling to Columbia

A Megabus vehicle
cseeman Flickr

A 25-year-old passenger who died in the crash of a double-decker Megabus in Illinois was a native of India traveling to central Missouri.

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Crime
8:56 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Mo. woman sentenced for $150K fraud

jonathunder Wikimedia Commons

A Joplin woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for embezzling $150,000 from her partner in an interior decorating business.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 39-year-old Peggy Newton must also repay the money under the sentence she received Thursday.

Newton was a partner of Diane Pine in a decorating business called Evergreen and Amber. Prosecutors said that from late 2006 to mid-2009, Newton wrote 393 checks on the company account for her personal use.

Conservation
8:53 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Drought affects Mo. elk herd

A juvenile elk - one of the first to be held in Missouri.
Missouri Department of Conservation

Drought and stressful moving conditions are killing off some reintroduced elk in the Missouri Ozarks.

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