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2:43 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Missouri lawmaker wants to allow recording in MU's classrooms

A digital tape recorder
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A St. Louis-area lawmaker wants to reverse a new University of Missouri policy that limits how students can redistribute recorded classroom lectures.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a bill filed by Republican Representative Paul Curtman of Pacific would allow public college students to freely share audio and video recordings of lectures.

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Politics
2:18 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Nixon slashes higher education budget but doesn't want tuition raised

Governor Jay Nixon
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The governor wants to cut the state’s Higher Education budget by nearly 106 million dollars, or 12.5%.

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Arts and Culture
1:52 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Bonnie and Clyde's arsenal goes up for auction

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, sometime between 1932 and 1934, when their exploits in Arkansas included murder, robbery, and kidnapping.
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Two guns thought to have been used by bank-robbing fugitives Bonnie and Clyde have snatched $210,000 at an auction in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Harvest Public Media
1:35 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Victorious vegetarian eating in the heartland

Are most Midwest dinner tables filled with rows and rows of iceberg lettuce?
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Did you know the most common fresh produce in Kansas City and in the Midwest is iceberg lettuce? Yes, the green that is mostly water is apparently the best get in fly-over country. At least, the New York Times thinks so.

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Education
1:19 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Future uncertain for Board of Curators nominee

Craig van Matre
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The nomination of a Columbia attorney to the University of Missouri Board of Curators remains uncertain as state lawmakers continue to question his gubernatorial appointment.

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Business
12:06 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Ameren vows to increase energy efficiency

Ameren's nuclear plant in Callaway, Missouri
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Ameren Missouri is pledging to increase its energy efficiency programs starting in 2013.  If the plan is approved, it would allow Ameren to provide 145 million dollars in energy efficiency rebates over three years – a cost that would be passed on to consumers.

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Health & Wealth Blog
8:36 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Getting kids to eat their broccoli: interview with Marion Nestle

Writer Marion Nestle.
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In this extended interview with food and nutrition writer Marion Nestle, we discuss Michelle Obama's anti-childhood obesity campaign, what food companies are doing to fight it, and how to get kids to eat their broccoli.

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Education and Politics
4:50 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Nixon wants colleges to keep tuition hikes minimal amid cuts

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is urging college administrators to think twice before proposing large tuition increases in response to state budget cuts.

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Education
2:20 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

UM Curator Haggard steps down

The University of Missouri
KBIA file photo

A member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators has stepped down.

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Off the Clock
2:14 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Interview with author Ron Nichols

Author Ron Nichols
Photo courtesy of Martin Sisters Publishing

Where the Sky Doesn’t End is the name of a new novel that tells the story of a young Missouri boy and girl, Brendan and Aria, who befriend an African-American janitor at their school, Mr. Washington,who's also a former Tuskegee Airmen mechanic. The story blends themes from history, race and friendship into a coming-of-age tale that’s uniquely Missourian, and American.

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Politics
10:59 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Cannabis activists jailed while gathering signatures

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A Missouri marijuana advocacy group is protesting the citation of two petitioners in St. Charles over the weekend.

By Joseph Leahy, KWMU.

Two volunteers for Show-Me Cannabis Regulation say they were detained by police shortly after midnight while collecting signatures.

“I think they legitimately thought that that counted as soliciting," said John Payne, a spokesman for the group. "But gathering signatures for a petition is very much protected by the First Amendment. That is pure political expression in a purely public area.”

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Politics
10:54 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Missouri approves petitions to tax tobacco

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Missouri’s Secretary of State has now approved more than a dozen petitions related to the taxing of tobacco products.  But a lot fewer are likely to end up in circulation.  Of those remaining, the aims may be very different.  

By Elana Gordon, KCUR.

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Politics
10:40 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Insider testifies on Mamtek, cites concerns before the deal was closed

Governor Jay Nixon announcing the Mamtek plas in 2012
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A patent attorney who vouched for a Chinese artificial sweetener factory has testified that he became aware of concerns about the Chinese site before a deal closed to finance the construction of a similar plant in Moberly.

Los Angeles attorney Michael Wise testified yesterday by video conference after being subpoenaed by a special Missouri House committee investigating the failure of Mamtek U.S. Incorporated, which had been offered state and local incentives to open a factory in Moberly.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

House passes budget caps

The Missouri House of Representatives
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One day after giving it first-round approval, the Missouri House has passed a proposed constitutional amendment to place spending caps on the state budget.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Democrat Baker enters race for Mo lieutenant governor

Judy Baker
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Former Missouri House member Judy Baker has entered the Democratic race for lieutenant governor.

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