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1:23 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Audio postcard: carolers lobby with song

Carolers with Grass Roots Organizing
Jon Ingram KBIA

Grass Roots Organizing and the Community, Faith, and Labor Groups of Mid-Missouri added a political twist to holiday caroling in Columbia Monday. Together they caroled outside the headquarters of several Missouri politicians urging them to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as well as raise taxes for the wealthy. Listen to this audio postcard to hear the carolers lobbying with song.

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Science, Health and Technology
1:02 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Missouri health care already changing under Affordable Care Act

Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking at the Affordable Health Care Act anniversary in March
SEIU International Flickr

Missourians are already seeing changes in healthcare coverage since the Affordable Care Act was first implemented. According to Ryan Barker,  Director of Health Policy for the Missouri Foundation for Health, changes already affecting Missourians include provisions allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until the age of 26, Medicare coverage of preventative services without a co-pay, and a new rule that requires some insurance providers to partially reimburse customers if they don’t limit overhead and administrative costs.

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Politics
12:10 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Aussies to Blame?; BuzzFeed Ethics; What Fiscal Cliff?; Skinny on Beef

Professor Charles Davis

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

Science, Health and Technology
10:55 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Army Corps to blow up rock outcrops in Mississippi River

The removal of these rocks could open up space for barges to cruise through on the Mississippi River.
Credit Jacob McCleland / KRCU

Two river navigation trade associations say the Army Corps of Engineers will blow up rock outcrops on the Mississippi River next week.

The rock pinnacles in Thebes, Ill., could block river traffic after Christmas if water levels continue to fall.

The rock removal is a half-victory for barge companies, who also want the Corps to release water from Missouri River reservoirs.

American Waterways Operators spokesperson Ann McColloch says the rock blasting project is welcome news, but adds the work will take an extended period of time.

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Politics
10:18 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Legislator pushes for seat belt fine raise again

Soon, it might cost you $50 for not wearing your seat belt.
Credit Benjamin Goodger / Flickr

A St. Louis legislator plans to try again to get seat belt fines raised in Missouri.  Democratic Sen. Joe Keaveny’s  bill would increase the current fine of $10 to $50, and apply it to everyone in the front seat of a vehicle. 

Keaveny has sponsored the bill each year he’s been in the State Senate, and each year it’s gone nowhere.  He says this time around he hopes lawmakers will consider the number of teenagers who’ve died because they didn’t buckle up:

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Health & Wealth Update
9:49 am
Wed December 12, 2012

My Life My Town: Because of my dad

Alizebeth Wright
Benjamin Hoste

With her father in the military, Alizebeth Wright is the first to acknowledge that her childhood has been anything but typical. Each time he's re-stationed she's been forced to move around the world, along with her mom, four sisters, and little brother.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

'Fiscal cliff' could affect Mo. economy, budget

If officials in Washington don't reach a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," Missouri could see a hit to its economy and budget.

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Talking Politics
4:01 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Talking Politics: Organic labels, right to work, and performance-based funding

Schnuck’s produce manager Dave Guthrie says the store only carried two kinds of this organicgirl product back in 1995. Now, due to customer demand, they carry eight varieties of the organic Salinas County, Calif. greens.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

This week on the show – New enforcement creates questions about whether organic certification is worth it for farmers. Plus, details about the likelihood of Missouri becoming a right to work state, and a report from Jefferson City about the possibility of Missouri switching to performance based funding for higher education.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Mo. unlikely to follow Michigan lead on union law

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Missouri Republican leaders say it would be difficult to follow Michigan's lead in passing a "right-to-work" law that prohibits union dues as a condition for employment.

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Education
3:03 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Columbia Public Schools making schools safer

Credit Brad Flickinger / Flickr

Improvements in safety are on the horizon for many of Columbia’s public schools.

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Education
9:13 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Columbia school board seeks feedback on three-tier plan

A classroom at Columbia's Jefferson Junior High, which will be a middle school next school year. The Columbia Board of Education is considering a three-tiered system for transportation and start times at Columbia schools.
Credit KBIA

The Columbia School District's Board of Education has agreed to move forward with a three-tier transportation system for district schools. The three-tier system means that elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools will have staggered start times allowing busses to have layered pickup and dropoff times. At a regular board meeting last night, board members said the next step is getting community feedback.

The board is issuing a survey later this week asking parents, teachers, and students for feedback about the potential three-tier system.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Columbia advocacy group calls for increase in renewable energy

Credit USDA

An activist group in Columbia is looking to increase the renewable energy standards for the city.

People’s Visioning meets monthly to generate ideas to improve energy use, transportation, education and development. The Columbia Climate Change Coalition sponsors the group and now, it wants to raise Columbia’s target percentage for renewable energy.

Right now, 8 percent of the city’s energy is renewable energy. The city wants to increase the amount of renewable energy used to 15 percent by 2022.

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Intersection
7:28 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

The benefits and challenges of giving

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

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Education
5:11 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Funding draft recommendations released for Missouri colleges and universities

Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri Campus
cindyt7070 Flickr

A joint committee of Missouri House and Senate members is considering an overhaul of how the state’s colleges and universities are funded each year.  A first draft of recommendations was released today, and it includes basing 10 percent of an institution’s state funding on performance standards such as graduation rates. 

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Politics
4:17 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Three MU grads are now part of U.S. Senate

Three US Senate spots filled by MU grads
File Photo KBIA

The University of Missouri will have three graduates in the U.S. Senate for at least the next six years.

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Politics
4:10 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones touring the state

timwjones.com

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is hitting the road, planning to visit 20 cities this week to speak with voters and community leaders about the upcoming legislative session.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid stresses importance of airline deal

Flight out of Columbia Regional Airport
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Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid plans to run for a second term and is putting extra importance on issues that he says still need resolving. McDavid thinks transportation is the key to improving Columbia’s economy in the coming years.

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Education
3:47 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Stephens College selling properties to Hagan Scholarship Foundation

Students work in an AP Calculus class at Hickman high school in Columbia
Camille Phillips KBIA

Stephens College announced Monday that it will sell properties to the Hagan Scholarship Foundation. Missouri businessman Dan Hagan started the foundation in 2009 to help students from rural counties.

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Politics
8:33 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid announces run for second term

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid says he wants to continue the work he's begun on projects such as the Columbia Regional Airport's expansion. Pictured, McDavid makes an announcement about the airport, last March.
Credit Matt Veto / KBIA

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid says he plans to seek re-election for a second term.

McDavid told The Columbia Daily-Tribune that he wants see through some initiatives started during his watch, including efforts to improve air service and public transit.

McDavid was elected in 2010, becoming Columbia's first new mayor since 1995, when Darwin Hindman's 15-year tenure as mayor began. McDavid was elected with 54 percent of the vote.

The deadline for candidates to file for the April elections is Jan. 8th. So far, no challengers have filed to seek the mayor's seat.

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Arts and Culture
8:28 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Holiday assistance programs report increase of families in need

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Volunteering programs set up in both Boone and Callaway Counties have seen an increase in families asking for assistance this holiday season.  And many other families and organizations have stepped in to provide the assistance.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:15 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Local science and health researchers discuss health impact of global warming

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Nearing the end of one of the warmest years on record, local researchers and healthcare professionals are urging Mid-Missourians to take steps to cope with the rising temperatures. 

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

Kelsey Gillespy's "Little Light"

Kelsey Gillespy, the Catholic writer for Columbia Faith and Values, stopped by the studio for an interview about her video project, "This Little Light."
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

In this week's faith and values update, we hear from Kelsey Gillespy, the Catholic writer for Columbia Faith and values. She just finished a made-at-home documentary called "This Little Light," which aims to dispel misconceptions about Christianity – some of which she used to have herself, even though she grew up Christian. 

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PM Newscasts
5:15 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Newscast for December 7, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Columbia Police Chief speaks about crime
  • Columbia P&Z tables South Route K development vote
  • Mo. Tax Reform Proposal Includes Another Cigarette Tax Hike, Flat Income Tax
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Crime
2:54 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Columbia Police Chief speaks about crime

File Photo KBIA

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton discussed the local crime rate and answered questions at the Boone County Democratic Muleskinners club meeting Friday.

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Agriculture
1:21 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Field Notes: Have land-grant institutions lost their sense of social mission?

Chuck Hassebrook is a member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. He is critical of corporate funding for research at land-grant universities.
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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.

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Politics
9:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Columbia P&Z tables South Route K development vote

The Columbia Planning & Zoning Commission meets on December 6, 2012
Maoling Xiong KBIA

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted Thursday night to table a vote on the controversial housing development project on South Route K until next month.

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Politics
8:54 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Nixon had $414,000 left over from campaign

File Photo KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon spent $15.5 million on his re-election campaign and still has hundreds of thousands of dollars left over.

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Business
8:31 am
Fri December 7, 2012

New Chamber of Commerce Director taking over in Callaway

On January 1st, Claudia Starr will take over as the new executive director of the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce.

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