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Economy
8:08 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Finding a job extra difficult for older workers

The recession has been particularly hard on older workers, and many suspect age discrimination.

Among them is Larry Wilson, a 57-year-old resident of St. Charles County. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he long ago stopped counting the number of rejected employment applications and is resigned to the fact he may never find a full-time job again.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that unemployed job-seekers over 55 typically wait 56 weeks to find a job, far more than the 38-week average for the rest of the unemployed population.

Politics
6:09 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Missouri Farm Bureau endorses Akin

U.S. House of Representatives

Missouri’s two main US Senate hopefuls made pitches Friday to members of the Missouri Farm Bureau in Jefferson City. 

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Faith/Religion
5:18 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Arrival of new pastor eases stress at Catholic churches, but challenges remain

Sacred Heart Catholic Church near downtown Columbia was without a pastor to call its own for about a year. Fr. Thomas Saucier of the St. Thomas More Newman Center served both parishes until the recent arrival of Fr. Herb Hayek.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Earlier this summer, Fr. Herb Hayek arrived from Chicago as the new pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia. 

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Politics
5:18 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

GOP candidate Dave Spence receives nod from Missouri Farm Bureau

spenceforgovernor.com

Democratic Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and his Republican challenger Dave Spence spent Friday persuading members of the Missouri Farm Bureau to give them their endorsement.  Nixon told them that he has sought relief for drought-plagued farmers, hawked Missouri farm products around the world, and stood up to his own party’s president over how much work kids can do on family farms.

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Agriculture
11:36 am
Fri August 10, 2012

My Farm Roots: "Little Miss Janice Ann Robinson and the Cow"

When Jan Phillips was a baby, her parents said they knew by her laughter in response to a cow-driven buggy ride that she would be adventurous. Seventy years later, she's still proving them right. This is her last year on a trip to Asia.
Courtesy Jan Phillips

Ninety years ago this May, my grandfather, Ronald Merle Phillips, and his twin brother, Robert Earl, were born on a farm near Chetopa, Kan. His twin died of influenza before their second birthday, but my grandpa is still alive and well. To celebrate that fact, 150 family and friends gathered at the community center in Parsons, Kan. last month.

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Global Journalist
6:06 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Bloggers evade censorship in China

Chinese Netizens are seen at an Internet cafe in Beijing, China.
Bao fan AP Images

Blogs and microblogs are the primary sources of independent news in China. 

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Politics
5:45 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Five close primary races could prompt recounts

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Five candidates who ran in this week's Missouri party primaries appear eligible for recounts.

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Crime
2:15 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Inmate back in custody after hijacking car from deputy

A sheriff's deputy for Pettis County was overtaken by an inmate he was transporting on Aug. 9, 2012. The inmate escaped in the deputy's car but was recaptured a few hours later.
Ben Skirvin WFIU

A Missouri County jail inmate is back in custody after hijacking a car from a sheriff’s deputy.

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Crime
12:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Man dies after reportedly jumping from downtown garage

A man died after jumping off the parking garage at 5th and Walnut in Columbia Thursday morning.

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Agriculture
10:11 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Crate question looms over pork producers

Elite Pork Partnership keeps sows and piglets inside in facilities like this one Carroll, Iowa.
Sarah McCammon Harvest Public Media

Craig Rowles grew up on an Iowa farm, and like a lot of farm kids, he’s done his share of heavy lifting.

“I know what that means to carry feed in 5-gallon buckets through the mud and through the snow and through the heat,” he said. “And I understand what it takes to try to keep animals alive in those extreme kinds of temperatures.”

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Agriculture
9:42 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Ranchers battle suffocating drought

Nathan Pike was born on this land during the Dust Bowl, but he’s never seen it this dry. With little for his cattle to eat, he has been forced to liquidate most of his herd.
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

It’s hot and dry out in western Kansas in a good year. South of Dodge City, the native grass is tough. So are the ranchers. But this year is not a good year.

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State Fair
8:40 am
Thu August 9, 2012

State Fair may hold bounty in unclaimed property

mostatefair.com

The Missouri treasurer's office will have a team at the State Fair to help people determine if they have any unclaimed property being held by the state.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel says his office has about $700 million in unclaimed property. Members of his office's unclaimed property team will be at the Mathewson Exhibition Center throughout the fair.

The fair runs was opening Thursday and runs through Aug. 19.

Zweifel says more than 400 account owners found $90,000 at the fair last year. People can also search for unclaimed property on the treasurer's website.

State Fair
8:38 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Nixon helps kick off annual Mo. State Fair

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
KBIA File Photo

Gov. Jay Nixon is helping kick off the events at the 110th annual Missouri State Fair.

Nixon planned to purchase ticket for the fair Thursday in Sedalia, then greet attendees at the entrance gate before taking part in the official opening ceremony.

The fair runs from Thursday through Aug. 19. It features the standard fair attractions — lots of livestock, carnival-style rides, concerts and shows and, of course, food.

Nixon and many other politicians plan to be on hand Aug. 16 for the fair's annual governor's ham breakfast.

Agriculture
8:36 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Mo. approves 3,700 applications for well projects

Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri officials have approved more than 3,700 applications totaling $18.7 million to help drought-stricken farmers and ranchers get more water.

The emergency program provides for the state to pay 90 percent of the cost of drilling or deepening a well or expanding an irrigation system. The state's match is capped at $20,000 per project.

Nixon announced the program in late June. Monday was the deadline for farmers and livestock producers to apply.

Politics
8:31 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Several Mo. lawmakers fall in party primaries

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Several Missouri legislators appear to have been defeated in their party primaries.

Unofficial results from Tuesday's elections show voters ousting a Democratic state senator from St. Louis and two House Democrats from the St. Louis area.

In southwestern Missouri, a Republican House member was trailing Wednesday in a race close enough that a recount could be requested.

In addition, newly redrawn House districts matched up Democratic incumbents in four St. Louis area races.

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