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2:37 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Mo. Republicans choose Jason Smith for 8th District Congress race

Rep. Jason Smith
Missouri House of Representatives

Missouri Republicans have chosen a young state lawmaker promising a "fresh approach" as their candidate to replace former Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat February 9, 2013

LISTEN: Researcher explores relationship between death, supernatural belief

Kenneth Vail is a researcher in the psychology department at MU. His recent research explores the connection between awareness of mortality and supernatural belief.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Awareness of death can lead people to strengthen and defend their own religious beliefs, according to a recent psychological study led by MU researcher Kenneth Vail. 

And that doesn't just apply to those who believe in a higher power already.  

The foundation of Vail's researcg comes from the idea that part of the motivation for religious belief is the awareness of death – an idea that has deep philosophical roots, Vail said. Recent experimental research also points to the notion that people use belief to help manage awareness of mortality. 

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Politics
6:43 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Rep. Korman introduces house bill to redefine 'renewable energy'

Missouri State Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

State Representative Bart Korman has sponsored a bill to reclassify electricity generated at any sized hydroelectric plant as renewable. 

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Politics
5:44 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Kander announces early voting commission

Voting
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Secretary of State Jason Kander is pursuing a means for allowing Missourians to cast ballots before Election Day.

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Faith/Religion
3:21 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Westminster College launches lecture series on religion and C.S. Lewis

Cliff Cain is the first to hold the Harrod-C.S. Lewis Professorship in Religious Studies at Westminster College in Fulton.
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For some, there's a clear separation of religion from reason, reason from religion.

But that's not the way author C.S. Lewis saw it.

To him, religion and reason went together. That idea was the foundation of a talk on Thursday at Westminster College in Fulton. 

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Politics
3:14 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

What does Medicaid have to do with Missouri's credit rating?

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  Governor Jay Nixon loves to brag about Missouri’s “spotless Triple-A” credit rating and did so again in his State of the State speech. But that rating might be in danger now, according to a statement released by credit rating agency Moody’s on Tuesday.

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Global Journalist
6:30 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Global Journalist: Why jihadists are taking root in North Africa

French soldiers patrol with units of the Malian army in Sévaré, Mali.
Jeremy Lempin AP Images

The recent hostage crisis at a gas plant in Algeria, and Islamist violence in Mali, both illustrate the reach of jihadist movements in Northern Africa.

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PM Newscasts
5:55 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Newscast for February 7, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Mo. House passes legislation to revive three benevolent tax credit programs
  • Gov. Jay Nixon says expanding M0. Medicaid program will bring more federal money to the state
  • Legislation to help failing schools clears Mo. Senate without opposition
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Education
3:44 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

House reprentative pushes for new school bullying policies

Missouri House members have endorsed legislation requiring school districts to bolster policies against bullying.
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A Missouri House Representative is pushing for new school bullying policies. Representative Sue Allen’s House Bill 134 was heard at a public hearing this morning by the Committee for Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Education
3:36 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Lincoln University's next president talks about goals

Dr. Kevin Rome will take over as President of Lincoln University in June.
North Carolina Central University

The administrator recently named as Lincoln University’s new president says more funding and national recognition are two key goals he has for the university.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:15 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

HIV/AIDS testing offered on MU's campus

Rachel Gleason KBIA

Free HIV/AIDS testing was offered Thursday at MU’s Student Center, as a consortium of campus organizations came together to raise awareness of the epidemic to black communities. The MU Black Men’s Initiative, also known as MBMI, sponsored the 3rd annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Thursday. MBMI Coordinator Marcus Mayes says it’s important to address the stigma that comes with being tested.

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Politics
2:59 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Nixon calls Medicaid expansion a 'smart business decision' during visit to Columbia

Olga Khrustaleva KBIA

During a visit with business and healthcare leaders on the MU campus Thursday. Governor Jay Nixon said expanding Missouri's Medicaid program would bring more federal money to the state and create about 24,000 new jobs in the first year. Nixon called the expansion a smart business decision that would bring Missouri taxpayer money back into the state.

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12:04 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Uncovering the lost albums of Lena Hughes, Missouri musical legend

Lead in text: 
We'll admit that we've never heard of it till this NPR story came along: parlor music. It's a genre of music popular in the late 19th century--before recorded music gave people something to listen to in the parlor. Lena Hughes was never famous outside of Missouri but she was a master of the genre. Now, more than a decade after her death, one of her superfans is reissuing the only recording she ever made.
  • Source: Kbia
  • | Via: Ariel Morrison
Sometime in the mid-1960s - no one's really sure when - Lena Hughes walked into a recording studio, probably in Arkansas. What we do know is that she
Politics
9:37 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Mo. House Republicans propose smoking policy

Fried Dough Cigarette

Missouri House Republicans are considering a policy to let lawmakers continue smoking in their offices while encouraging them to be "conscientious" and "respectful."

Smoking is barred in the House chamber and public galleries. House rules require the Republican and Democratic caucuses to establish smoking policies for legislators' private offices.

House Democrats have decided to bar smoking in their own private offices.

Politics
9:30 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Recipients of proposed Ashland tax increase unclear

A proposition to raise taxes in Ashland passed its first approval, but needs clarification as it moves forward.

The Ashland Board of Aldermen approved the first reading of a city sales tax on Tuesday. The plan would call for a rise in sales tax by a half-cent.

Although board members are pushing for this tax increase, they understand that a clearer definition of who will benefit from the tax increase is necessary. Board Member David Thomas said voters should know what they're voting on.

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Education
8:51 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Nixon nixes Ponder's appointment to MU Board of Curators

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Michael Ponder’s tenure with the University of Missouri Board of Curators is over — at least for now. Governor Jay Nixon appointed the Cape Girardeau attorney to the board last month before the start of the 2013 legislative session, but he still needed Senate confirmation for his appointment to become permanent.  Nixon formally reversed Ponder’s appointment Wednesday night when it became apparent that he would not win Senate confirmation by Thursday deadline.

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PM Newscasts
5:54 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Newscast for February 6, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • State legislators consider a bill that would make Missouri a Right to Work state
  • Laura Nauser takes over the vacated 5th Ward Columbia City Council seat
  • Debate continues over MU considering hiring Larry James
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Science, Health and Technology
5:20 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

While students checked email, computers at CMSU were breaking mathematical records

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While students at Central Missouri University browsed the internet and checked their email, their computers were slowly working toward a world record.  

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Politics
4:56 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Nauser back to work on Columbia council following special election win

KBIA file photo

Councilwoman Laura Nauser is very familiar with the Columbia City Council and the fifth ward seat she just won in a special election Tuesday.

Nauser previously served on the City Council for six years ending in 2011 until she narrowly won a bid for the fifth ward seat Tuesday night.  She says she ran in this special election because there were council votes she disagreed with while she was out of office.  Nauser emphasized her desire to establish a more uniform approach to government decision making.

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Views of the News
3:25 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Super Bowl, Scientology, Chinese Hackers, Skeetgate

Education
2:42 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Panel reiterates arguments against MU’s potential hire of former Army psychologist

Bradford Boyd-Kennedy of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Michael Ugarte of MU's romance languages department, Faizan Syed of CAIR and Aamer Trambu of the Muslim Student Organization gave a news conference against the possible hire of Larry James.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Four panelists Wednesday morning reiterated arguments against MU's potential hire of former Army psychologist Larry James, who is being considered for a leadership position in the College of Education.

James is currently the dean of professional psychology at Wright State University in Ohio. But in the past, he was in a leadership position as an Army psychologist at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. Since his role as an intelligence psychologist was during a time of intense abuse allegations, some people are concerned about his personal ethics.

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Health & Wealth Update
12:28 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Why pregnant rural women have high stress levels

MU assistant nursing professor Tina Bloom studies rural women. She's currently recruiting pregnant women who live in rural communities to help test a new online safety planning to help women in abusive relationships protect themselves. She can be reached at 660-537-4213 or bloomt@missouri.edu.
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In this week's Health & Wealth Update, listen to a conversation with Tina Bloom about her latest study.

  MU nursing professor Tina Bloom interviewed 24 pregnant rural Missouri women to learn about what makes them stress. She said what she found challenges her idyllic vision of rural life.

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Politics
9:45 am
Wed February 6, 2013

States propose limiting use of drones by police

Lawmakers in at least 11 states including Missouri are looking at plans to restrict the use of drones over their skies amid concerns the unmanned aerial vehicles could be exploited to spy on Americans.

The American Civil Liberties Union says state legislators are proposing various restrictions on the new technology.

The Montana Senate looked at two bills Tuesday that hinder the use of drones, most often associated with overseas wars.

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Politics
9:43 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Mo. House panel to take up 'right to work' bill

Legislation from Jefferson City attacks Pres. Obama's contraception mandate.
File KBIA

A Missouri House committee is taking up legislation that would bar union membership or dues as a condition of employment.

The House Workforce Development Committee scheduled a public hearing Wednesday on the bill, which supporters call "right to work."

Approval by the Legislature would put the proposed new law to a statewide vote this November.
Supporters argue the legislation would allow Missouri to be more competitive in the job market. Opponents say it would weaken unions and hinder collective bargaining.
 

Politics
9:40 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Nixon calls on lawmakers to broaden Medicaid coverage

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Healthcare reform was on the agenda in Gov. Jay Nixon’s 2013 State of the State address as he called upon lawmakers to broaden Medicaid so more Missourians would have access to healthcare. Nixon’s proposed budget includes an expansion of Missouri’s Medicaid program. Estimates are the plan would add nearly 260,000 lower-income adults to the healthcare program through the use of $908 million in federal funds, money that would be received by opting in to the federal Medicaid expansion.

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Politics
9:24 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Funding sought for Mo. child sex abuse victims

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Advocates for child sex abuse victims are urging the Missouri Legislature to renew a funding increase for their social services.

At issue is an increase of more than 20 percent in funding for child assessment centers that was included in the 2013 budget. That $500,000 increase brought the total funding for the centers to $2.8 million.
The centers conduct forensic interviews and sexual assault exams on children that can help make a legal case against their perpetrators.

Politics
9:16 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Niedermeyer building honored as it's up for possible demolition

The Niedermeyer building
Ryan Famuliner KBIA file photo

The Niedermeyer apartment building was recognized as one of the six Most Notable Properties in Columbia at a Columbia Historic Preservation Commission gala last night as the building faces possible demolition. St. Louis Developer Fred Hinshaw wants to build a student-housing complex in place of this oldest building in downtown Columbia.

At the gala, Preservation Commission Chairman Brian Treece said that the Niedermeyer building has been a staple in Columbia’s history for more than 170 years.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:06 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Will Missouri Adopt A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program?

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Efforts to establish a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri are making a comeback this year. But there’s a twist: the main opponent of establishing such a program is now sponsoring legislation.

“I think it’s a severe intrusion of our liberty to have the government create a database that is accessible by thousands of people, if not tens of thousands of people, who would then have access to sensitive private information,” said Republican Senator Rob Schaaf, a physician in St. Joseph, Mo.

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Talking Politics
5:45 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

A look at some of the major issues this legislative session

Rep. Rick Brattin's bill would require lawmakers to take drug testing during session.
File photo KBIA

This week on the show, we’ll talk about some of the major issues the state legislature plans to take on this semester. Some very familiar, others not so much.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Voter photo ID bill clears House Committee

Missouri House Committee
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A Missouri House committee has adopted a measure requiring voters to show photo identification before casting ballots.

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