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Science, Health and Technology
8:38 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Still no Mo. DNR decision on MU-Flat Branch acid spill

Columbia's Flat Branch Creek.
File KBIA

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources hasn't decided yet if it will penalize the University of Missouri for the release of about 25 gallons of sulfuric acid.

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Politics
8:35 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Judge blocks MO birth control insurance law

Joe Gratz Flickr

A federal judge has blocked a new Missouri law requiring insurers to offer policies excluding birth control coverage because it conflicts with a federal law mandating such coverage.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:32 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Phase 1 of Birds Point levee restoration complete

USACEpublicaffairs Flickr

The first phase of restoration work has been completed on a Mississippi River levee that was intentionally breached in 2011 during record flooding.

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Agriculture
10:19 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Field Notes: Drought will continue to haunt beef industry

Kevin Good talks to ranchers about the drought's impact on the beef industry at the Missouri Cattlemen's Association's 2012 convention.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

For this edition of Field Notes, I spoke with Kevin Good, an analyst for the agriculture research firm CattleFax, about how the ongoing drought will affect the beef industry in 2013 and 2014. Good was one of the speakers at this year's Missouri Cattlemen's Association convention.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat December 22, 2012

For Missouri monks, fruitcake is a slice of the divine

The taste of fruits, nuts, spices, burgundy wine and rum blend together in a moist fruitcake made by the Trappist monks at Assumption Abbey outside of Ava, Mo. The monks there have been making fruitcakes for 25 years.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

Some monasteries make jelly, creamed honey, even world-class beer.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Sen. McCaskill touts wartime contracting bill passed by Congress

File Photo KBIA

Congress has given final approval to new oversight requirements for wartime contracting that had been sought by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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PM Newscasts
4:12 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Newscast for December 21, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Former Congressman Wendall Bailey throws his hat in the ring to replace Jo Ann Emerson
  • Mamtek investors will begin getting a small portion of their money back
  • The MU athletic department gets a pledge of $6.4 million over the next 10 years
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Politics
4:05 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Bailey joins group hoping to replace Emerson in U.S. House

Wendall Bailey
Missouri State Treasurer's office

Former Republican congressman Wendell Bailey has joined a crowded field of candidates hoping to fill a vacancy in southeast Missouri's 8th Congressional District.

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Crime
4:00 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Highway Patrol investigates threat against Governor Nixon

KBIA File Photo

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it is investigating a threat reported by Springfield police against Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Business
3:28 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Mamtek investors to get small portion of money back

A bank says that most investors in the failed Mamtek factory project in Moberly will soon begin receiving small payments from a recent auction of the company’s equipment.

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Sports
11:25 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Anonymous donors pledge $6.4 million to MU athletics scholarship fund

File Photo KBIA

In a press release Friday, the University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced it’s secured a pledge of $6.4 million over the next ten years toward its Tiger Scholarship fund. The donors asked to remain anonymous.

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Crime
8:52 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Governor Nixon calls for moment of silence in remembrance of Newtown

Governor Jay Nixon urged Missourians today to pause today to remember the victims of the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Politics
8:48 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Missouri House member explains proposal for arming teachers, says it wouldn't be 'Wild West'

Credit Hakan Dahlstrom / flickr

The sponsor of a bill that would allow Missouri teachers to be armed in classrooms says they won’t be running around their schools with guns drawn, acting like Rambo. 

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Science, Health and Technology
5:40 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Drugged-up horsemeat (from U.S.) showing up in Europe

Silky Shark, a racehorse that earned over $100,000 during his racing career.
Courtesy Ken Terpenning

 

Silky Shark was a beautiful animal and a successful race horse. Over the course of his career he earned over $100,000 for his Kentucky owner. But Silky Shark ended up as meat on someone’s plate – most probably somewhere in Europe.

Silky Shark’s story isn’t unusual. Over 100,000 American horses – race horses, ranch horses, teaching stable horses - are eaten abroad every year.

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PM Newscasts
5:26 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Newscast for December 20, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is urigning the National Rifle Association to help prevent future mass killings
  • Public schools in Columbia and Jefferson City will be under heightened security Friday
  • A winter storm causes numerous power outages in Mid-Missouri
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Politics
5:15 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

McCaskill urges NRA to help stop future mass shootings

Claire McCaskill
Kristofor Husted KBIA

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is circulating an online petition urging the National Rifle Association to "make their voice a part of the solution" to prevent future mass killings like the one last week in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Global Journalist
5:07 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

A look into the U.S. war on drugs

KBIA

A documentary film called The House I Live In takes a critical and comprehensive look at the 40- year war on drugs in the United States. 

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Crime
2:52 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Politics, not massacres, drives gun sales

Shoppers perusing firearms at a Cabela's.
zombieite Flickr

After the mass shootings in Auoroa, Colo., last summer, the media were flush with articles noting huge runs on guns and spikes in the numbers of background checks associated with firearm purchases.

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Education
1:50 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Columbia schools under heightened security Friday amid rumors

file photo
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Superintendent Chris Belcher says Columbia Public Schools will be under heightened security tomorrow following rumors and chatter about a possible planned violent act at one of the district’s schools. In a letter to parents today, Belcher said the district and the Columbia Police Department have investigated the rumors and can’t find any credible evidence.

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Weather
11:37 am
Thu December 20, 2012

High winds main culprit in power outages at homes, businesses, airport

Boone County Electrict

There have been numerous power outages in Mid-Missouri today as the area is experiencing a winter storm with high winds.

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Education
10:27 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Winter storm causes partial power outages at three Columbia schools

Strong winds blow snow over Columbia on December 20, 2012
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Columbia Public School district spokesperson Michelle Baumstark says three Columbia schools were experiencing sporadic power outages Thursday morning due to a winter storm in the area. Baumstark says the outages at New Haven elementary school, Parkade elementary school and West Junior High School started around 9:45am Thursday.

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Weather
8:59 am
Thu December 20, 2012

As first winter storm hits, MoDOT advises against travel in Northwest Missouri and Kansas City

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA file photo

Snow blown by strong winds closed parts of Interstate 29 and made driving hazardous throughout northwest Missouri.

Missouri transportation officials closed Interstate 29 from St. Joseph to the Iowa border and near Kansas City International Airport early this morning (Thursday) because of traffic accidents.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:52 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Analyst says opting out of Medicaid expansion could most affect rural Missourians

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Rural Missourians may be disproportionately impacted if the state decides to opt out of Medicaid expansion during the 2013 legislative session. That’s according to a policy analyst with the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Thomas McAuliffe, a policy analyst with the Missouri Foundation for Health, says that under the rules of the Affordable Care Act people at the poverty line or making upwards of four times it would qualify for federal subsidies to purchase insurance.

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PM Newscasts
5:56 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Newscast for December 19, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri legislators introduce a bill that would allow teachers and administrators to carry guns in schools
  • Missouri's U.S. Senators discuss gun control
  • Animal advocates appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court over fees
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Politics
4:59 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Missouri lawmakers propose allowing some teachers to carry guns

The Missouri House approved legislation changing the way school districts handle teacher layoffs.
File KBIA

Hear Marshall Griffin's newscast report on the proposal to allow some teachers to carry firearms:

More than two dozen Missouri lawmakers are backing legislation that would allow teachers and administrators with concealed gun permits to carry weapons in schools.

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Business
3:52 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Columbia's City Council reexamines downtown zoning classification

The ordinance was introduced after a demolition permit was filed for the Niedermeyer building in downtown Columbia.
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Columbia City Council is considering an ordinance that would put a temporary abeyance on demolition permits in downtown Columbia. This comes after a petition to demolish the oldest building in downtown Columbia to possibly make way for high-rise student housing. 

City development services manager Pat Zenner says the petition to demolish the 175-year-old Niedermeyer building at 10th and Cherry downtown theoretically could be approved in a matter of weeks.

"Basically, the applicant has made a legitimate request to demolish a building,” he tells KBIA.

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Agriculture
3:27 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Judging a cow by more than its cover

Maddee Moore, a “cow-fitter,” helps competing heifers look their best at the American Royal livestock show.
Credit Frank Morris / Harvest Public Media

This story on the American beef industry is part of a special reporting series from Harvest Public Media.  Check out the rest of their stories at harvestpublicmedia.org.

Backstage behind the cattle pens at the giant livestock show at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo., “cow fitter” Maddee Moore was awash in glamour goods.

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Views of the News
11:54 am
Wed December 19, 2012

The Newtown Massacre

Professor Mike McKean

Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Lee Wilkins and Charles Davis.

Health & Wealth Update
11:06 am
Wed December 19, 2012

My Life My Town: Go, Fight, Win

Alaysha Jefferson
Yi-Chin Lee Columbia Missourian

Alaysha Jefferson loves cheerleading at the Hallsville High School in Hallsville, Missouri. Living in a small town that has the population of 1,300 and without a car to drive around, Alaysha has a quiet life. She spends her time in classes, cheerleading practice, and doing homework at home.

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Business
8:12 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Army Corps plans release of water on Missouri River

Credit KBIA

After weeks of lobbying, the Army Corps of Engineers now plans to release extra water from reservoirs upstream on the Missouri River. But the releases are not for the benefit of downstream navigation on the Mississippi.

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