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5:53 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

New state money means raises, new jobs at Jefferson City public schools

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The Jefferson City Board of Education is reporting a $500,000 increase in state appropriations for the upcoming year’s budget.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:32 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

We’re not alone: healthy humans have more microbes than cells

Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture

The bacterium Enterococcus faecalis, which lives in the human gut, is just one type of microbe that was studied as part of the Human Microbiome Project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Researchers have completed the first comprehensive census of the human “microbiome” — the trillions of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that live in and on our bodies.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:41 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Who are you calling a corporate farmer?

Chris Boeckmann grows turkeys for Cargill on his Loose Creek, Mo., farm. But he also raises grass-fed all-natural beef for his private label.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

A surprising thing happens while touring Chris Boeckmann’s turkey farm, where 50,000 birds are grown each year for Cargill Inc.

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News
4:01 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Bank robbery puts 3 Columbia schools on modified lockdown Thursday

Three Columbia schools were on modified lockdown for about an hour Thursday afternoon.

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Science, Health and Technology
10:35 am
Thu June 14, 2012

How to stay happier for longer

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Psychology professors Kennon Sheldon and University of California-Riverside professor Sonja Lyubomirsky have published a study claiming that happiness boosts from positive life changes. 

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Science, Health and Technology
10:12 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Missouri to receive more Medicaid dollars for elderly

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The state of Missouri is expected to get about $100 million dollars in additional Medicaid funds over several years under a federal program intended to encourage more home- and community-based services for the elderly and disabled.

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Politics
10:06 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Kirksville discusses storm water issue

The city of Kirksville is holding a public open house Thursday to discuss storm water issues on the city. Kirksville started an initiative two years ago to fix storm water problems like flash flooding and drainage in the city.

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Politics
9:57 am
Thu June 14, 2012

AmeriCorp shooting for 16,000 volunteers in Joplin

Joplin shortly after the storm in 2011
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The city of Joplin will be getting more AmeriCorps volunteers to help with recovery and rebuilding following the tornado in May 2011. Wendy Spencer, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, says Rebuild Joplin will receive $2,800,000 in AmeriCorps funding. 

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Business
5:43 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

AmeriCorps expanding for Joplin recovery

Matt Evans KBIA

The national service group AmeriCorps plans to boost its volunteer force helping Joplin rebuild from the deadly May 2011 tornado.

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Education
5:32 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

The corporations, the ag research, and the money

A Missouri Cornfield
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A report in April from the Washington based environmental group Food and Water Watch researched the relationship between public universities and the corporations that give the schools agriculture research grants. The study found that corporate money was accounting for a large part of funding to agriculture schools all around the country, including the University of Missouri.

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Harvest Public Media
4:40 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Is the agriculture industry being bullied?

Jamie Pudenz wants to own a cow-calf operation, but he's worried the current political climate will have adverse effects on production agriculture.
Sandhya Dirks Harvest Public Media

There is a culture war raging in the heartland. It’s not about abortion or religion or gay marriage, it’s about how food is produced in this country.

As in any war, language is playing a big role. Take, for instance, the way Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad defended the beef product that came to be known as “pink slime.”

“It’s just tragic that people use smear language against products,” Branstad said. “We would never let people smear somebody because of who/what they look like, or their race, or their religion.”

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Business
1:03 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Ashland considering a downtown district

Downtown Ashland
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The Ashland Planning and Zoning Commission has updated a proposal to create a downtown district. The expanded zone includes more businesses than the original 2009 plan. The proposal would establish architectural standards for a uniformed downtown area. 

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Science, Health and Technology
12:46 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Families of children with Autism pay more for health care

A new study conducted by a University of Missouri faculty member found families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders are paying more for health care than families of children with other medical conditions. Assistant professor Nancy Cheak-Zamora says families are paying more for fewer services: “Most of the families, she says, "spent over one-thousand dollars or more just in out of pocket costs, which is significantly higher than other families.”

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Health & Wealth Update
10:28 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Missouri's meth addiction, part two

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In 2011, Missouri law enforcement busted about five meth labs each day on average – almost double the number of any other state. The state spends more than $2 million dollars a year on cleanup of these labs, and millions more on incarceration, child care, and drug treatment.

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