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Health & Wealth Report
10:13 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Payday loans: credit option or debt trap?

Rachel English, with Grass Roots Organizing, gathers signatures in Columbia for the 36 percent cap.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri is fertile ground for payday lenders. With some of the loosest regulations in the nation, we are among the states with the most payday lending stores per capita. In this Health & Wealth report, the payday lending industry in Missouri fights for its life, as activists aim for the November ballot to try to rein in these lenders they say trap the working poor in a cycle of debt.

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Intersection
6:21 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Columbia municipal elections

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

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Business
5:48 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Federal Trade Commission okays merger between Medco and Express Scripts

The Javorac flickr

The Federal Trade Commission approved the $29.1 billion merger between Express Scripts and Medco.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:40 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Bat disease found north of St. Louis

Angell Williams flickr

Three Missouri bats are confirmed to have white nose syndrome, found north of the St. Louis area.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:26 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

MU professor discovers animal-shaped mounds in Peru

An orca-shaped mound, dated to about 5000 years ago.
Google Earth

MU professor emeritus of anthropology Robert Benfer has discovered rare animal-shaped mounds in Peru. The mounds are three to five thousand years old.

MU’s spokesperson Tim Wall says this research is great contribution for the university.

“This is groundbreaking research by an MU anthropologist," said Wall, "who has found not only some of the oldest structures in the western atmosphere but some of the oldest structures on the planet. These are as old as like the pyramids.”

Science, Health and Technology
5:22 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Money raised for Thompson Center during autism awareness month

Beverly & Pack flickr

The “Light it Up Blue” national campaign to raise autism awareness has landed a check for Columbia’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders. 

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Politics
9:21 am
Mon April 2, 2012

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looks to avoid lawsuit

Farmers in southeast Missouri are suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over flooding in 2011.
File KBIA

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 140 southeast Missouri farmers over damage caused by last year's intentional breach of the Birds Point levee at the height of spring flooding.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:16 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Insects deal with unusually warm temperatures

This year's mild winter and early spring has plants flowering and putting out leaves about three weeks sooner than usual. Some insects are out early too, but that may not mean it's time to stock up on extra bug spray.

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Politics
9:09 am
Mon April 2, 2012

St. Louis Co. Republican proposes business tax breaks

Missouri businesses and businesses owners could start paying less in taxes under a bill moving through the state Senate.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Meet the candidates for Columbia's Second Ward City Council seat

Mike Atkinson
Matt Veto KBIA

This is KBIA’s special coverage of the race for Columbia’s second ward city council seat, which is up for grabs in the election on April 3rd. KBIA reporters caught up with all three of the candidates, and here are their stories:

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Off the Clock
4:49 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Riding with the Bike Brigade

SFBike Flickr

This week, we hear how one person deals with homesickness, when home is almost ten thousand miles away. But first, we hit the streets of Columbia on bikes.

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Arts and Culture
4:48 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Why, Yes, That Is Sunshine Edition ft. Picnics, Pictures and Puppies

Les Bourgeois
Les Bourgeois

The kids might have the whole week off, but you have something better: the weekend. Soak up some sun this weekend and pretend you're on spring break, too. Visit the vineyards. Run a 5K. Adopt a new pup--anything to stay in the sun!

 

A-Frame Grand Re-Opening at Les Bourgeois Vineyards (Sat, 3 p.m.)

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Politics
4:17 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

New rule lets people take themselves off casino exclusion list

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Officials with the Missouri Gaming Commission say they’re getting a lot of inquiries about a new rule that allows people to take themselves off the state’s voluntary casino exclusion list.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

State auditor Schweich reports federal funds misuse

State of Missouri

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has released a report questioning how federal money is spent by state government in several programs.

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Agriculture
3:40 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

More corn production this year

jungmoon flickr

Farmers intend to plant 96 million acres of corn this year, according to a new study by the National Agricultural Statistic Service, or NASS. That’s a 4 percent increase over last year, and the most land dedicated to corn since 1937. Here are the factors for this year's record amount of corn production.

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