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Health & Wealth Update
5:26 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

After Supreme Court decision on health care, Missourians split on next step

Republican State Representative Chris Molendorp, who chairs the House Health Insurance Committee, said the ruling has a "silver lining for states' rights advocates."
Jacob Fenston KBIA

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the federal health care law in a ruling this morning. Among Missouri officials, and on the streets of downtown Columbia this afternoon, reaction was mixed.

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Faith/Religion
3:34 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Secular Coalition for America to create Missouri chapter

The Capitol of Missouri in Jefferson City.
david_shane Flickr

Missouri is next on the list to create a state chapter of a national organization that lobbies for strong separation of religion and government. 

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Global Journalist
3:24 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Online newspapers bypass censorship in Malaysia

The sun rises through a thick haze over the skyline of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mark Baker AP Images

The most popular website in Malaysia is an enigma – an online newspaper that’s thriving in a country where freedom of the press has always been suffocated.

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Agriculture
11:37 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Public comment period ending for Army Corp project near Arrow Rock

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the public comment period is ending for the Jameson Island project near Arrow Rock – the project is intended to improve Missouri River wildlife habitat at a site in central Missouri. The public comment period ends Saturday.

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Business
11:32 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Talks continue about resuming rail service between Mexico and Fulton

Conversations about reestablishing service on the 27-mile rail line between Mexico and Fulton have been ongoing for the past decade. The line has been out of service since the late 1990’s when it failed to generate enough business to stay running. In 2007 the project became more feasible when new owner Mike Williams showed an interest in developing the line. President of the Fulton Area Development Corporation Bruce Hackmann says progress has been made but many details of the project remain unsolved.

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Politics
11:24 am
Thu June 28, 2012

City planners seek feedback on adding more Tax Increment Financing districts

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes, left, Feb. 9 of this year.
Matt Veto KBIA

Columbia officials are seeking feedback from the public on TIFs – or Tax Increment Financing, and its impact on the city. 

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Politics
11:12 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Governor Jay Nixon signs law offering tax breaks for some small businesses

The capital building in Jefferson City.
david_shane Flickr

Legislators last year approved a tax deduction for small businesses based on each job they add. This year's measure is designed to clarify the types of businesses that can claim the deduction.

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Weather
8:54 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Burn bans underway in central Missouri fire districts

Fire departments in several central Missouri cities have stopped issuing burn permits because of dry conditions and several have banned open fire burning all together. Columbia’s fire department issued a burn ban Tuesday morning. The department will not issue any burn permits and discourages any open burning such as bonfires. Officials say the low humidity and dry vegetation creates a high risk for fire.  The Stephens Lake Park and Kiwanis Park bonfire pit are closed for now.

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Agriculture
5:12 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Enzyme factory mixes into ethanol's future

A vial of ethanol enzyme is displayed during the grand opening of the Novozymes laboratory in Blair, Neb.
Grant Gerlock NET

Inside a new facility in Blair, Neb., north of Omaha, a gleaming maze of steel tubes connect a line of giant fermentation tanks that will cultivate some of the most advanced biotechnology in the ethanol industry.

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Views of the News
5:12 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Anthony Shadid; Can Women Have It All?; Citizens United; Murdoch's Breakup

Lee Wilkins fills in for Mike this week.

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Education
5:01 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

UM system undeterred in UM Press shutdown

KBIA file photo

The University of Missouri is standing behind its cost-cutting decision to shutter the school's academic press.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Nixon OK's small biz tax breaks and charter schools, vetoes bus route bill

KBIA file photo

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law a measure offering a tax break for some small businesses in Missouri.

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Business
4:46 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Columbia business incubator awarded tax credits

The Missouri Department of Economic Development awarded state tax credits to five small business incubators on Monday. The Life Science Business Incubation Center in Columbia was awarded a $100,000 in tax credits.

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Health & Wealth Update
4:08 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

New dental school targets Missouri's dentist shortage

Jack Magruder, president of A.T. Still University, standing in front of the future school of dentistry in Kirksville.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

About 20 percent of Missourians live in areas where there aren't enough dentists, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In Kirksville, the A.T. Still University is tackling the problem by building a new school of dentistry, which, in a few years, will be graduating dozens of new dentists each year.

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