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Transportation
8:13 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Nixon says state observing river levels for shipping

The Missouri River near Rocheport, Mo.
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Governor Jay Nixon (D) says his administration is keeping tabs on river levels along the Missouri and Mississippi as drought conditions persist across the state.  He indicates that the Missouri River may be in worse shape.

“I think that the challenges on the Missouri are a little more significant than the Mississippi," Nixon said at a gathering Wednesday in Jefferson City.  "Minnesota has had a fair amount of rain in that part of the country, but we’re watching those issues very carefully.”

Politics
8:08 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Nixon appoints ex-lawmaker to Mo. veterans panel

Former Republican Missouri House Member Chuck Wooten
house.mo.gov

Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a former Republican state lawmaker to the Missouri Veterans' Commission.

Chuck Wooten is a World War II veteran from Nixa who served five terms in the Missouri House.

The commission provides information to veterans and their families about their rights and helps them obtain state and federal benefits. It also oversees skilled nursing facilities for veterans and veteran cemeteries.

Nixon announced Wooten's appointment Wednesday. If confirmed by the state Senate, he would serve until November 2015.

Agriculture
8:04 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Dragonflies migrate out of Missouri

Bob Gillespie
Jacob McCleland KRCU

Migratory dragonflies are leaving Missouri and Illinois for areas further south. It’s part of these great travelers' annual migration pattern.

The Wandering Glider and Spot-winged dragonfly typically pass through the region in July. By early August, they are on their way out.

Bob Gillespie is a natural history biologist at the Missouri Department of Conservation. He says, up until a few year ago, scientists knew very little about how they migrate.

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Business Beat
6:06 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Entrepreneurship increases in economic recession, new study says

Maria Figueroa-Armijos is a doctoral student in the University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs
University of Missouri

Microsoft, Staples, and SouthWest Airlines.

What do these companies have in common? Yes, they're big companies, they employ a lot of people and they're successful. But here's one more thing--all of these companies were created in a period of economic downturn.  The Fortune 500 is littered with stories like this.

Business Beat spoke with Maria Figueroa-Armijos who's one of the authors of a new study which suggests that certain types of entrepreneurs are on the rise and it’s not in spite of the recession--it’s because of it.

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Health & Wealth Update
1:51 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Payday loans, minimum wage and cigarette tax one step closer to voters

Canvassing in Columbia, earlier this year.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Initiatives that would cap payday loan interest rates, raise the Missouri minimum wage, and raise the state's tobacco tax are a step closer to the November ballot, after a Missouri Supreme Court ruling yesterday. The three initiatives were tied up for months in court – one judge struck down the payday petition, ruling the ballot summary was "likely to deceive petition signers." But yesterday, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld all three ballot summaries.

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10:39 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Farm Bill Countdown: Day 59

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It's August now and the Farm Bill will expire September 30th. Without a stable, federal policy on US agriculture, farmers are going to have a difficult time planning for the future. Our colleagues at Harvest Public Media are bringing us daily updates on the political wrangling that may or may not bring us the new legislation farmers need. We'll bring you these daily updates as we get them.
Facing the prospect of heading back to angry drought-ravaged farmers and ranchers during Congress’ August Recess, House Republicans stopped work on contentious farm bill legislation and started pushing a drought assistance bill.
Community
8:15 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Study claims Columbia as one of the best cities for seniors

78-year-old David Walters isn't surprised about Columbia's high ranking.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

A new study dubs Columbia one of the better cities in the U.S.  for seniors to live in. Researchers evaluated more than 350 metro areas when putting together the rankings.

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Education
8:04 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Nixon announcing 'Innovation Campus' grants

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon
KBIA File Photo

Missouri officials are preparing to award nine grants worth nearly $9 million to create so-called "Innovation Campuses" involving colleges and universities.

The program pairs universities and colleges with businesses to train students for jobs in high-demand fields. It's partly aimed at helping students earn their degrees faster and graduate with less debt.

Gov. Jay Nixon planned to discuss the grants Wednesday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri State University in Springfield and Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.

Weather
7:57 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Report shows Midwest is heating up

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According to a new study, the Midwest is getting hotter. With this summer's record-breaking temperatures, that probably doesn't sound like news.

But a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows our hot weather isn't an anomaly - things have been heating up across the Midwest for the past six decades.

The study found that on average, some Midwestern cities like St. Louis now have twice the number of very hot, humid, summer days as it did in the 1940s. Nighttime temperatures are also on the rise, and heat waves of three or more days are becoming more common.

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Agriculture
5:29 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

USDA releases crops progress report

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According to the USDA's crops progress report, which was released on Monday, in Missouri, 83 percent of the corn acreage and 72 percent of soybeans are in very poor or poor condition. Both figures are the worst for any major agricultural state. Optimism for a good corn yield is dwindling, but Southeast Missouri State University’s Michael Aide says there is still hope for soybeans.

4:41 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Poll: Would you eat at Chick-fil-A?

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There's not Chick-fil-A in Columbia – the closest ones are near St. Louis and Kansas City – but the company's comment still provides food for thought. (Yes, pun intended . . . ?)
Since Chick-fil-A's president stated that the company is opposed to gay marriage, the company has been under fire. Where do you stand?
Business
9:16 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Columbia Airport adds flights to Atlanta

www.flymidmo.com KBIA

Beginning in September, most flights from Columbia Regional Airport will fly to Atlanta, rather than Memphis.

Currently, Delta Air Lines offers one daily flight to Atlanta and the rest of the flights go to Memphis.

Delta said Monday that starting Sept. 5, the morning flight Sunday through Friday will go to Memphis, while the midday and evening flights will go to Atlanta. On Saturdays, the morning and afternoon flights will go to Atlanta.

Politics
9:11 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Mo. House candidates prepare for primary elections

Kyle Stokes KBIA

Primary candidates vying for a house seat in Columbia’s 44th and 47th districts are getting ready for primary elections now just a week away.

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Politics
8:26 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Mo. GOP gubernatorial hopeful keeps self-financing

spenceforgovernor.com

Republican businessman Dave Spence has kicked in more money in his quest to become Missouri governor.

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