Columbia Public Schools announced Wednesday an expansion of an electronic reading program throughout the district. With the myON reader program, students can log on to a website and have access to thousands of free electronic books.
Superintendent Chris Belcher calls it “amazon.com” for kids. He says the district has purchased a password to access the site for every 4-year old in the district.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to talk with representatives of General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. this week while also attending the North American International Auto Show.
The governor is starting his second term in office by traveling to Detroit to meet with the automobile manufacturers. The trip marks the fourth time Nixon has visited Detroit to meet with auto industry executives since he took office in January 2009.
The Columbia School District's Board of Education is reconsidering the school start times included in its controversial three-tier transportation plan. At last night’s board meeting,district parents, students and employees spoke loud and clear: The current proposed start times simply don’t work.
The University of Missouri Extension is offering a series of courses aimed at helping women in agriculture.
The courses are part of Annie's Project, a program that started in Illinois about nine years ago, and has since spread to other states. The program is named for an Illinois woman who ran a farm and raised six children in the 1950s.
Topics include farm record-keeping and taxes, business plans, how property is titled, pasture rental contracts and estate planning.
It’s been dubbed the Interdisciplinary Intercampus Research Program and it has a starting fund of a million dollars. The new program’s goal is to promote research that has high potential for external funding and commercialization.
Mike Nichols is the UM system’s vice president for research and economic development. He says a successful collaboration by scientists at UMKC and engineers at Missouri S&T inspired the funding’s creation. The team developed a bioactive glass material that helps heal open wounds.
Right now, Missouri Vegetable Farm located 70 miles south of St. Louis doesn’t have anything in its fields. But come summer and fall, peppers, tomatoes, squash, eggplant, sweet corn and pumpkins will be harvested and sold at Wal-Mart.
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Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is muscling in on one of the fastest growing segments of American agriculture: local food.
Wal-Mart says 11 percent of the produce sold in its stores nationwide comes from local farms, a large increase from the mere 4 percent it sold two years ago when the chain announced its intention to step up local sourcing as part of a larger sustainability platform and a commitment to buy from small businesses.
A federal court is scheduled today, to take up one Missouri businessesman’s challenge to a recently enacted provision of the federal health law. The provision requires that most employee-health plans include no-cost coverage of contraceptives. But the rule has faced backlash from several businesses and lawmakers around the region.
Members of the Joplin Elks Lodge that was destroyed in the 2011 tornado are holding a grand reopening.
The Joplin Globe reports that the lodge is holding its grand reopening Saturday, nearly 20 months after the May 2011 tornado destroyed the lodge, scores of other Joplin buildings and killed 161 people, including four people who were at the lodge.
The Elks have been meeting in a large garage on the lodge property. But with the help of insurance and donations, members broke ground on the new $2.7 million lodge a year ago.
A judge has ruled in favor of an effort to develop a new coal ash landfill in eastern Missouri's Franklin County.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the judge on Friday rejected claims that the Franklin County Commission acted unlawfully in approving a zoning amendment for the landfill.
Ameren Missouri wants to add to the coal ash landfill next to its Labadie power plant. The Labadie Environmental Organization opposes the landfill because of its proximity to the Missouri River floodplain and filed suit a little over a year ago to overturn the commission's decision.
A report from the Missouri auditor confirms that a state fund for disabled workers is insolvent.
State Auditor Tom Schweich said Friday that Missouri's Second Injury Fund had barely $3 million as of the end of 2012 but had unpaid obligations of $28 million.
The fund covers workers' compensation claims for employees who have previous injuries or disabilities and then suffer a new job-related injury. Auditors and financial analysts have warned for several years that the fund was on a path toward insolvency. But lawmakers have done nothing to address it.
Governor Jay Nixon says lengthening the school days in Missouri from 174 to 180, brining Missouri in line with the national average, will better prepare our students for careers and college.
Speaking this morning at John Thomas School of Discovery, part of the Nixa school district in southwest Missouri, the governor says the amount of school days in the state rank fourth fewest in the U.S.
Nixon also called for opening the doors of higher education for every Missouri student and increased funding for preschool education programs.
The new executive director of Pednet has almost finished her first week on the job. Annette Triplett took over for departing director Ian Thomas on Monday.
Pednet is an organization that advocates for alternative modes of transportation. Triplett was a childhood nutrition expert with the University of Missouri Extension for 5 years before coming to Pednet. She says her experience in nutrition is easily parlayed into her new role at Pednet.
A Catholic parish in eastern Missouri is mourning the theft of relics brought to the church from Rome more than a half-century ago.
KSDK-TV reports that nine relics were stolen from Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church sometime around Christmas. The relics were present around the time of Christmas masses, but cleaning crews noticed they were missing on Jan. 4.
St. Louis leaders are taking a tough approach to stop people from asking for money at exit ramps.
Director of Human Services Bill Siedhoff told KMOX Radio that some are so aggressive that drivers are intimidated. He says some drivers have changed their routes to avoid the ramps such as one at Interstate 64 and 14th Street.
To address the problem, the city has put up "no begging" signs at 25 locations and plans another two dozen.
Public schools could receive state money for preschool programs under a new proposal by a Missouri senator. But budget concerns could diminish its prospects of passage.
Sen. Joseph Keaveny filed two bills Thursday that would fund preschool programs through the state formula that already distributes money for K-12 education. One version would provide state aid for all preschool students; the other would pay only for lower income students.
Republican Senate leaders said Thursday that they like Keaveny's idea but it's unlikely the state can afford it.
Aside from Medicaid expansion, the most talked-about issue so far during the just-begun Missouri legislative session is whether Gov. Jay Nixon has the authority to appoint a new Lt. Gov. if Peter Kinder succeeds Republican Jo Ann Emerson in Congress.
Following his annual prayer breakfast, Gov. Nixon told reporters he believes he has the authority to appoint a new lieutenant governor if the office suddenly becomes vacant.