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9:06 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Mo. appeals court upholds judicial ballot measure

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

A Missouri appeals court panel has upheld the ballot summary for a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the process for selecting appellate judges.

In its ruling Monday, a three-judge panel of the Western District Court of Appeals certified the summary that voters will see on the November ballot.

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Politics
8:56 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Columbia tenants could see rent increase

Columbia tenants may see a slight increase in rent in the coming years. City council members approved an amendment to the city code that raises the rates for rental inspections that landlords are required to schedule.  Stanley Diaz owns properties throughout the city and says he might have to raise rates because of the increased inspection costs.

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Politics
8:52 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Children at play signs continue to dwindle in Boone County

Boone County Public Works stands by its decision not to replace a “children at play” sign removed from Columbia – even as some residents disagree.

Boone County points to several studies that disprove the effectiveness of the signs. A report released from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation says many national agencies do not support these types of signs, including the Federal Highway Administration.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Sec. of State candidate Schoeller attacks "puppy mill" language

Shane Schoeller
shaneschoeller.org

The Republican nominee for Secretary of State is conducting a so-called “Farm Values Tour” across Missouri this week. 

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Education
5:55 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

College of the Ozarks file lawsuit opposing Affordable Care Act

Joe Gratz Flickr

College of the Ozarks filed a lawsuit today against the US Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury, arguing that the so-called “contraceptive mandate” in the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. 

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Politics
5:46 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Jefferson City funeral home to stay away from pre-arranged funeral contracts

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

A judge has ordered the operators of a closed Jefferson City funeral home to stay away from offering pre-arranged funeral contracts after claims that the home mishandled numerous others in the past.

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Politics
5:39 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Columbia Parks and Recreation still pushing for Grindstone Creek Trail

Hinkson Creek Trail
Columbia Parks and Recreation

Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is moving forward on the contested Grindstone Creek Trail project.

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Intersection
5:24 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Shakir Hamoodi and the world of international sanctions

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

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Politics
4:54 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

U.S. Senate and Missouri governor debates on Friday

Candidates running for U.S. Senate and Missouri governor will debate Friday in Columbia.
File Photo KBIA

A couple of back-to-back debates are planned this week for candidates running for U.S. Senate and Missouri governor.

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Politics
8:50 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Analysis: Mo. at center point of sexual politics

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The Legislature's veto override of a bill expanding religious exemptions from insurance coverage for birth control is the latest example of how Missouri has become a center point in a national debate about pregnancy.

Missouri's law is apparently the first to intentionally contradict an Obama administration policy requiring insurers to cover birth control for women at no additional cost. But the override was closer than expected in the House. One lawmaker acknowledged skipping the vote because he was disgruntled with Missouri Right to Life.

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Agriculture
8:47 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Red fire ants could be hitching a ride to Missouri

In southwest Kansas, baled hay sits in an open field.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

Missouri livestock producers are looking beyond the Show Me State’s borders for hay, and many are buying it from southern states where red imported fire ants are prevalent.

The stinging insects are known to hitch rides on hay bales, and that makes some agriculture officials nervous.

Red imported fire ants are originally from South America, but are now found throughout the south.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:29 am
Mon September 17, 2012

New virus pegged to NW Missouri

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A new virus has been discovered in northwest Missouri, where in June 2009 it sickened two men who live miles apart.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says so far it's unclear what causes the virus, which is called the Heartland virus. The CDC says an investigation is under way to determine if the illness stems from bites from ticks or other insects.

Symptoms of Heartland virus include fever, diarrhea and fatigue. Both patients were treated at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph and recovered after about a month.

Politics
8:26 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Jefferson City's newly appointed Director of Finance withdraws

File Photo KBIA

Jefferson City’s newly appointed Director of Finance has withdrawn from the position. After several months of searching, the Jefferson City Council hired Robin Milne as the new Director of Finance last week. Milne was scheduled to start as Director on October 1, 2012.

Jefferson City Communications Manager Michelle Gleba says that the City Council will begin to interview replacement candidates in the coming months.

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Politics
8:17 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Mid-MO Muslims condemn violence after film mocks Islamic Prophet

Muslims gather for prayer inside the Islamic Center for Central Missouri on Friday September 14, 2012.
Mikkel Christiensen KBIA

A film mocking the prophet Muhammad has sparked outrage and violent attacks overseas. But many Muslims in mid-Missouri are condemning the violence as well.

Friday prayer in Columbia’s Islamic Center on Fifth Street.  Hundreds of Muslims have gathered to hear the words of their imam.

This is two days after the American ambassador to Libya was killed by angry protesters. They were upset over a movie insulting their prophet, Muhammad.

Chairman of the Islamic Center, Dr. Rashed Nizam, condemns the violent protests and the murders.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Dignitaries discuss young Vietnamese religion Cao Dai

Canh Tran, a visiting dignitary for the Cao Dai religion, shows the pictures in a book about Cao Dai to a KBIA reporter. Tran and other dignitaries were visiting for a presentation on the religion.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

In this week's faith and values update, we learn about a religion that was founded in Vietnam less than 100 years ago. It’s called Cao Dai, and those who practice it see it as one religion to unify the rest.

Dignitaries of Cao Dai came Columbia earlier this week to do a presentation on the religion and spread the word about the religion – but not in the way you might think. 

Proselytizing is forbidden in the religion, so they weren't trying to gain converts. Instead, they were looking for prospective researchers.

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