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4:51 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

University of Missouri Press to be eliminated

KBIA file photo

The University of Missouri Press will close. That’s according to a press release issued today by the University of Missouri system. The UM system provides the University of Missouri Press with a $400,000 yearly subsidy, and according to the press release, the Press has been unable to operate without a deficit in recent years.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Missouri first state to adopt propofol for executions

KBIA file photo

The Missouri Department of Corrections will switch to propofol for all executions.

It’s is best known as the anesthetic that killed pop star Michael Jackson.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

FOP still pushing for removal of Chief Burton

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton
KBIA file photo

Columbia Police policies have changed but a police union is still calling for bolder action.

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Politics
4:01 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Missouri Council of the Blind trying to establish Columbia chapter

The Missouri Council of the Blind hopes to foster improvements for the visually impaired in Columbia by establishing a new chapter. The council hopes to identify key people in the community and  is searching for leaders to run the Columbia council. With MU being a large part of the state Columbia community, executive director of the Council of the Blind, Chris Gray says the chapter would benefit the area.

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Business
12:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Films, events, donations fund other aging prisons

Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc

The Missouri State Penitentiary is one of the oldest prisons in the country, but there are even older ones that survived both centuries of inmates and decades of decay. The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield and the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia are now fully operating tourist sites.

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Politics
9:15 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Prayer in public to be on August primary ballots

Gov. Jay Nixon placed the constitutional amendment on the August Missouri primary ballot.
File KBIA

A proposed amendment to Missouri's Constitution asserting the right to pray in public will go before voters in August.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:09 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Washington University study compares short- and long-term birth control methods

A new study out of Washington University suggests that women who use short-term birth-control methods like the pill are 20 times more likely to have an unintended pregnancy than those who use longer-term options like intrauterine devices or implants.

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Politics
9:04 am
Thu May 24, 2012

MU fraternity embroiled in gubernatorial spat

MU fraternity Beta Theta Pi has become involved in a gubernatorial dispute after hanging up a banner supporting Republican candidate Dave Spence.
File KBIA

A fraternity at the University of Missouri-Columbia is removing a Republican campaign banner after concerns were raised by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's communications director.

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Business
5:20 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

"Neglect" a threat for Missouri State Penitentiary

Water damage threatens the stability of Housing Unit 3, which once housed Martin Luther King Jr’s killer, James Earl Ray. MSP officials worry roof leaks will eventually cause the historical buildings to crumble.
Samantha Sunne KBIA

The Missouri State Penitentiary closed in 2004 due to deteriorating conditions at the 150-year-old facility. KBIA’s Samantha Sunne explains how this deterioration has continued into the prison’s life as a Jefferson City tourist destination and historic landmark.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Leniency sought for Mo. man in Iraq sanctions case

walknboston Flickr

Supporters of a Columbia man sentenced to three years in prison for sending money to Iraq despite federal sanctions are organizing an effort to commute his federal sentence.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:32 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Corps: States can help improve flood forecasting

Missouri river flooding in Sioux City, Iowa, South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, on June 8, 2011. Levees were built near homes to prevent the Missouri river from flooding properties.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Oscar Sanchez US Department of Agriculture

The top military officer in charge of managing the Missouri River system says the agency needs help from states to improve its ability to predict water runoff.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Mo National Guard exempt from Sunshine Law

Missouri National Guard Soldiers with the 117th Engineer Team work search and rescue missions in Joplin, Mo., just hours after a deadly tornado passed through.
Ann Keyes Missouri National Guard

Missouri National Guard members have been disciplined for looting in Joplin after the massive tornado.

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The 40/40 Project
11:10 am
Wed May 23, 2012

KBIA visits Centralia, Missouri

Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Centralia is the second largest town in Boone County, with a population of about 4000. A small part of the today also stretches east into Audrain County. An employee at the unique one-stop-shop, Kinkead Pharmacy, tells us more about the town.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:40 am
Wed May 23, 2012

'Cocaine? No thanks!'

Boone County courthouse.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Back in the late 1980s, while the nation was in the grips of the war on drugs, some courts started experimenting with alternative sentencing programs they hoped would be cheaper and more effective than incarceration.  This week, the most recent batch of offenders graduated from the Boone County drug court, which is seen as a national role-model.

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