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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.
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This week on the show ‚Äď 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

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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

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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
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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
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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

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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

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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 ‚Äď 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

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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

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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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Under the Microscope
7:59 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Telling stories about science

Graduate researcher Tabitha Finch looks at the utensils and machinery used for studying elephants in her laboratory.
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

The University of Missouri has awarded $25,000 to a group of scientists, journalists and other communicators on campus who want to make their research more accessible to the wider public. To do this, some graduate student researchers are looking to the art of storytelling to help describe their work.

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Global Journalist
5:49 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Filmmaking in Iran

Iranian actress Leila Hatami, and actor Peyman Moadi, act in a scene of the movie "A Separation," which won this year's Academy Award in the foreign film category.
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This has been an eventful year when it comes to Iranian filmmakers.  

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Education
5:24 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Possible budget cuts could affect public schools

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The Missouri National Education Association is warning of the fallout for public schools if congress does not act to avoid the so called fiscal cliff.   

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Education
5:13 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

MU curators consider benefits proposal

Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri Campus
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A long-sought proposal to extend University of Missouri worker benefits to same-sex domestic partners has been expanded to include committed couples of the opposite sex, as well as other unrelated dependent couples, such as roommates.

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Agriculture
11:18 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Can you make any money raising organic beef in Missouri? [infographic]

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In Tebbetts, Mo., JJR Family Farm raised USDA-certified organic livestock without antibiotics or genetically-modified feed.  After six years of raising and selling organic beef, they decided it was just too expensive to keep the certification.  Rancher John Rice helped us figure out just how much it costs to raise organic beef in Missouri.  

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Agriculture
10:15 am
Thu December 6, 2012

How much is organic certification worth?

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

The organic farming industry is booming. Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched its federal organic certification program in 2002, the number of organic farms has more than doubled. U.S. organic food sales have also grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $31.5 billion in 2011, according to the Organic Trade Association.  

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