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8:04 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Ashland officials look to expand 'livable streets'

Columbia 'bike boulevard'
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The city of Ashland is looking into expanding non-motor transportation. This includes producing more sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and bike trails throughout the city. They city held an open meeting to talk about this expansion Wednesday. About 25 members of the community participated and voiced their concerns about where sidewalks and walkways should be placed.

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Views of the News
6:30 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Views Preview: Deciding the Aereo case

Credit via Jeff Weisbien

The Supreme Court of the United States found in favor of major broadcasters, and against Aereo, in a case over the streaming of copyrighted material on the Internet.

Jordan Crook, Tech Crunch: "Aereo loses in Supreme Court, deemed illegal"

Katy Bachman, POLITICO: "Aereo loses copyright fight at Supreme Court"

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Sports
5:01 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Missouri Supreme Court rules on mascot mishap

Kansas City Royals mascot Sluggerrr
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The Missouri Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Kansas City Royals fan injured by a hot dog tossed by the team mascot.

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Education
3:52 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Nixon vows to veto school transfer legislation

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Gov. Jay Nixon came to St. Louis County Tuesday to make official his vow to veto school transfer legislation that allowed the use of public money to pay for certain students to attend private schools.

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Politics
8:08 am
Tue June 24, 2014

MoDot seeks comment on transportation tax in run-up to August primary

MoDot officials and Missouri residents gathered in Sedalia, Monday, June 23, for a public comment session on the proposed Amendment 7 transportation tax to raise funds for infrastructure projects.
Credit Shelby Mann / KBIA

MoDOT is holding public comment sessions to gather feedback on a proposed transportation tax in Missouri.

The proposed Amendment 7 introduces a three-quarter cent sales tax that would fund transportation projects over a 10 year time period from 2015 to 2025. Voters will decide on the August fifth primary election ballot.

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Business
5:43 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Missouri to allow Sunday motorcycle sales

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Missouri consumers will soon be able to buy motorcycles on Sundays.

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Education
5:36 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

MU planning teacher and learning center

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  University of Missouri teachers could be getting some extra training in the next few years.

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Intersection
5:05 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

What the VA hospital controversy means for the future and for Missouri

The United States Veterans Health Administration has recently been under national scrutiny, after reports that veterans were on waiting lists at some VA hospitals for more than 30 days… in some cases, dozens of people had died while still on waiting lists to receive care. Moreover, there’s been evidence of efforts at some hospitals to hide evidence of those long waiting lists. Congress is discussing the issue, and the Veterans Affairs Secretary resigned last month.

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Education
8:32 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Normandy parents anxiously await outcomes, seek options

'We're praying': The Chaney family
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Anxiety crept through SheRon Chaney when she heard that the Francis Howell School District would no longer accept about 350 transfer students from Normandy who were signed up to continue in the program. 

“Last year we were hopeful, this year we’re fearful,” she said. 

Chaney transferred her middle school aged daughter BrenNae to Maplewood Richmond Heights last year.  And even though Francis Howell’s decision --  made during a closed session of its school board -- doesn’t affect her directly, it has Chaney and hundreds of other parents holding their breath.

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Arts and Culture
8:26 am
Mon June 23, 2014

St. Louis Gesher Music Festival opens with cellist Matt Haimovitz

Matt Haimovitz
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The 2014 Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists opens this week in St. Louis. This year the festival opening gala features cellist Matt Haimovitz, who is known for pushing the envelope and blurring the lines between classical and popular music.

“I have a range of passions musically, and I tend to just follow my heart,” said Haimovitz when asked about his sometimes unusual musical choices.  He’s been known to take his cello to a bar and play the music of Jimi Hendrix.

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Education
8:21 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Missouri NEA president calls for teacher involvement in common core and tenure decisions

Springfield Library Center
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Educators across Missouri have been debating the issues of common core state standards and teacher tenure. Missouri National Education Association President, Charles E. Smith, said whatever route Missouri goes, teachers should be involved in the decision.

The bill that could replace national common core standards with a new set of standards developed by Missouri state educators is still sitting on Governor Nixon's desk.

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Science and Technology
7:58 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Ameren to install $145 million piece in reactor

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Workers at Ameren’s Callaway Energy Center near Fulton will install a new, multi-million dollar piece of equipment later this year.

Ameren said it’s a nuclear reactor vessel head, which protects important parts of the reactor, and will be installed during a refueling outage in a few months. Barry Cox, Ameren’s Senior Director of Nuclear Operations, said the outage will come around mid-October.

The piece will replace a 30-year-old vessel head, which has been in use since the reactor opened back in 1984. Ameren said it invested $145 million in the new part.

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Views of the News
10:06 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Pundits return to talk about Iraq violence

  As the violence escalates in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), there's a steady stream of hawkish pundits on television talking about the need to act.  What do Paul Wolfowitz, Paul Bremer, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have to say today that's different than prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Missouri School of Journalism professors Margaret Duffy, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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Views of the News
9:06 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Native advertising works for Netflix, NYT

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  The New York Times has launched a multimedia report -- complete with video, audio and interactive graphics -- on what life is like for women in our federal prison system.  It is native advertising, paid for by Netflix, as a promotion for its hit series, Orange is the New Black. Missouri School of Journalism professors Margaret Duffy, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

New bill reaffirms Missouri's ban on protests near funerals

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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation reaffirming Missouri's ban on protests near funerals. 

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Education
8:42 am
Fri June 20, 2014

DESE recommends new transfer policies for unaccredited districts

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Missouri education officials have released new guidance for student transfer policies.

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Education
8:41 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Higher ed performance based funding becomes Mo. law

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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that enacts performance-based funding for Missouri's public universities and community colleges.

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Education
8:26 am
Fri June 20, 2014

UM Curators approve budget and discrimination policy change; consider atheltics projects, Title IX

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At its meeting Thursday the University of Missouri Board of Curators approved the 2015 fiscal year budget, which is nearly $3 billion dollars in total revenue for the four campus system.

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Crime
8:18 am
Fri June 20, 2014

New DWI procedure in Miller County takes delay out of blood test

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Miller County authorities now have a new way to conduct DWI investigations. The new method makes it much easier for officers to attain search warrants when administering blood draws from suspected drivers.

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Arts and Culture
6:01 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

MU officially purchases the Missouri Theatre

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MU signed a lease-to-purchase agreement with the Missouri Symphony Society in 2011 that gave the University the option to purchase the theatre.

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Business
5:30 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

President of Regional Economic Development, Inc. to retire

The Columbia business landscape hasn't always been as commercial as it is now.  Mike Brooks has been a fixture in the city's business outlook for five years, but that reign is coming to an end as Brooks announced his retirement from Regional Economic Development Incorporated (REDI) Wednesday.

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Agriculture
5:29 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Midwest a cattle paradise as drought stretches beef country

Cattle come to Van Housen Feed Yard to be fattened up before heading to one of the nearby meat packing plants. Drought in beef states like Texas and Oklahoma has led to growth feedlots in Nebraska.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

 

Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds from California to Coloradoand from Texas to Nebraska seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.

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Science and Technology
5:28 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

MU researchers grow stem cells in pigs

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For years, medical researchers have been searching for a way to study the effectiveness of stem cell therapies without testing them on humans. But it's difficult, and many problems pop up, including the fact that many animals reject the stem cell grafts or transplants.

MU researchers Dr. R. Michael Roberts and Dr. Randall S. Prather believe they've found the answer: The two have collaborated to create a genetically modified pig with an immune system that doesn't allow rejection.

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Politics
5:21 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Ashland hosts non-motorized transportation expansion meeting

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

The city of Ashland is looking into expanding non-motor transportation. This includes producing more sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and bike trails throughout the city. The city hosted an open meeting to talk about this expansion Wednesday. About 25 members of the community participated and voiced their concerns about where sidewalks and walkways should be placed.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission discusses future of cycling

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Members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission are recharging this morning after tensions rose during a conversation on electric bikes at last night’s meeting in Columbia. During their monthly meeting, members of the commission spent a majority of their time discussing the future of bicycles: electric bikes.

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Health
3:07 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Thousands in Missouri may need new doctors

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Thousands of Missourians may have to switch doctors after UnitedHealthcare notified more physicians that they will be removed from the company's Medicare Advantage plan on Sept. 1.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Koster reaches agreement with landfill owner

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office has reached agreement with the owners of the Bridgeton Landfill, measures aimed at better controlling underground smoldering and reducing a strong odor that has troubled neighboring residents for months.

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Arts and Culture
8:23 am
Thu June 19, 2014

World Cup features Kansas City-designed stadium

While watching the FIFA World Cup match between the United States and Ghana on Monday night, perhaps you noticed the venue.

The 42,000-seat stadium, called Arena das Dunas or The Stadium of the Dunes, has a petal-shaped canopy and was designed by Populous, a sports architecture firm based in Kansas City, Mo.

According to the firm, the challenge was to create a "grand space" for the people of Natal, Brazil. Architects drew inspiration from the flowing sand dunes that dominate the city.

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Education
8:16 am
Thu June 19, 2014

MU adds dorms to standard inspection rotation

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In an effort to continue its standardization of inspection patterns, the University of Missouri has added residence halls to its regular facility inspection process. The fatal walkway collapse that caused the death of a Columbia, Missouri firefighter at University Village Apartments in February called attention to the safety of MU campus facilities.

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Agriculture
8:10 am
Thu June 19, 2014

'Right to Farm' opponents plan Capitol rally

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Opponents are planning to rally at the Missouri Capitol against a proposed amendment to the state Constitution establishing a "right to farm ."

The question on the state's Aug. 5 ballot asks voters whether the right "to engage in farming and ranching" should be "forever guaranteed" in the Missouri Constitution.

Critics contend the measure will lead to lawsuits over what farming practices are permitted, and to special protections for large agricultural special interests.

Supporters of the proposal say their goal is to protect and promote agriculture.

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