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8:43 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Lawmakers to continue to provide funding for blind pension program

Missouri budget negotiators have agreed to keep a program that provides health coverage for the blind, but they've also attempted to attach some strings.

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Politics
8:31 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Mo. House approves bill granting it control over Capitol area

A bill passed by the Mo. House would give lawmakers control over an area of the Capitol that includes the Hall of Famous Missourians.
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The Missouri House has voted to give lawmakers authority over space in the Capitol that includes the Hall of Famous Missourians after controversy over the induction of radio host Rush Limbaugh.

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Inside the eez
5:30 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Inside the EEZ Part 2: Where is blight? And where isn't it?

Regional Economic Development Inc., or REDI, proposed an Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Columbia in February. The state program offers tax incentives to businesses investing in economically depressed areas. On Monday, Columbia City Council voted to throw out the original proposal, and possibly start the process over. It’s not yet clear whether the same area would be proposed for an EEZ, but KBIA’s Sarah Redohl analyzed the old data to see how it measured up to the blight designation. She explains the original proposal didn’t include some of Columbia’s poorest neighborhoods.

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The China Connection
7:58 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Missouri teacher sees China through eyes of a Chinese family

Barbara Leonhard, 60, is an instructor in the Intensive English Program and English-language Support Program at MU. In fall of 2008, she met her Chinese student Brandon Du, who practices Tai Chi. Because of their common interests in Tai Chi, they spent a lot of time together. In 2009, Leonhard visited China after being invited by Du’s family.

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Health & Wealth Update
6:28 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Long distance running, one state at a time

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Jacob Fenston KBIA

Planning a road-trip this summer? In this week's Health & Wealth update, the best way to see the country might be to run across it.

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Politics
5:56 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Dred Scott honored at Missouri Capitol ceremony

A black man who helped galvanize anti-slavery efforts before the Civil War has been inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Mo. House backs pregnancy center advertising bill

The Missouri House has endorsed legislation barring local governments from regulating the speech and advertising of centers that counsel women on alternatives to abortion.

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Education
3:53 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

University of Missouri-Kansas City eyes new name

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City is considering changing its name to the University of Kansas City.

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The China Connection
11:39 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Chinese exchange students at MU share their experiences

In China, the United States is widely regarded as the best place to send students who want a quality education. KBIA surveyed MU students who came from China to the United States so that they could attend college at the University of Missouri. They were asked about the difficulty of the application process, what they like and dislike about the university and what they plan to do after they graduate. It was found that almost half of the students came to MU through an agency to help them with the college application process.

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The China Connection
11:24 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Small Columbia firm has a direct link to Chinese markets

In 2005, Columbia stockbroker Alex LaBrunerie placed a very long-distance cold call.

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Inside the EEZ
9:30 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Inside the EEZ Part 1: A fit for Columbia?

A proposed enhanced enterprise zone in Columbia has generated a lot of discussion for the last few months. Concerns about the designation of blight required for the EEZ have been widely discussed in the news and at city council meetings. On Monday, Columbia City Council voted to throw out the original proposal and possibly start the process over.  In part 1 of her 3 part series on the EEZ program, KBIA’s Sarah Redohl explores whether Columbia is different from other EEZs.

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Politics
9:27 am
Wed May 9, 2012

McCaskill under extra security after supposed threat

Sen. Claire McCaskill is under extra security after a comment was made at a Springfield Tea Party rally.
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Sen. Claire McCaskill has extra security in place following a comment at a Tea Party rally last week.

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Crime
9:23 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Kansas City man arrested for Columbia bank robbery

A Kansas City man was arrested after an attempted robbery of a Columbia bank.
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A suspected bank robber who was shot following a chase in Columbia confessed to police that he robbed another bank last month.

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Politics
9:20 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Stalemate over state budget talks causes a Missouri veteran's hunger strike

The Missouri General Assembly's passage of a state budget has come to a standstill due to an argument over funding for veterans' homes.
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A final vote awaits on a bill that would include solidifying funding for veteran's homes. Up to $30 million would be shifted within a casino entrance fee fund from early childhood education and put forward to veterans homes. While this awaits a vote in the Senate, one Missouri veteran is on a hunger strike.

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