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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.
AP Images

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

KBIA file photo

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
cindyt7070 Flickr

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]

Credit Scott Pham / KBIA

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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Education
8:09 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Southern Boone School District gets community input on superintendent search

The Missouri School Board Association hosted a forum, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Southern Boone High School about the Southern Boone School District's search for a superintendent.
Credit Lukas Udstuen / KBIA

After some controversy in its school district the Ashland community is working with state education officials to find a new schools superintendent for its Southern Boone School District. The Missouri School Board Association hosted a forum at the high school Wednesday night to discuss the search a new superintendent.

About 13 community members, some of them also school board members, showed up last night to offer input on the qualities required for the next Southern Boone superintendent.

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Politics
8:01 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Nixon visits National Guard members in Afghanistan

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) during a 2009 visit with Missouri soldiers in Iraq. The Dept. of Defense has not yet cleared any photos of Nixon's current trip to Afghanistan.
Credit Missouri Governor's office

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is in Afghanistan visiting members of the Missouri National Guard who won’t be home for the holidays. 

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Crime
5:40 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Cameras allowed in court for Mamtek case

Flickr steakpinball

A central Missouri judge will allow media to have cameras, audio and video recording during court appearances by the former head of an artificial sweetener company now facing charges of theft and securities fraud.

Bruce Cole was chairman and CEO of Mamtek U.S. Inc., which received $39 million in industrial development bonds from the city of Moberly to build a sweetener plant. Construction stalled after a bond payment was missed. Authorities accuse Cole of using bond revenues for personal purposes and misleading investors.

Politics
5:28 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Zim Schwartze to become Springfield's 911 director

Justin Brockie Flickr

Former director of the Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management and Joint Communications Zim Schwartze has been selected as Springfield's new 911 director. Cora Scott, the Springfield city spokesperson, says Schwartze’s experience and background in Columbia will be extremely beneficial to the emergency team in Springfield.

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Business Beat
3:40 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Weathering the recession, drought

There may not be much corn to sell in 2013, but other grains are set up to carry some of the load.
Credit jungmoon / Flickr

In recent months, a fairly severe drought and a slowly recovering economy have thrown food businesses for a loop.

Coming up we’ll listen in on a conversation Abbie Fentress Swanson had with President Barack Obama’s top agriculture guy about the looming dip in corn exports. But first, some businesses have been able to weather the storm better than others. Jennifer Davidson has this report about one successful shop in West Plains.

Now, things aren’t so peachy for everyone in the food industry. Clearly.

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Business
3:29 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Organic shop weathers the recession storm

Spices line the shelves at the Meadowbrook Natural Foods store in West Plains.
Credit Jennifer Davidson / KSMU

On East Main Street in West Plains, Mo., a stone’s throw away from the quaint town square, Meadowbrook Natural Foods sits sandwiched between an insurance agency and a title company. When you step inside, the aroma of spices, herbs, and vitamins hits you.

This store is owned and run by Joe and Adele Voss, who met later in life as random partners at a square dancing lesson.

“We’ve got baking items and snack items and pastas and grains and flours and cereals and nuts and dried fruits and beans and spices and herbs...” says Adele Voss.

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Views of the News
12:03 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Costas & Guns; Dixon & Alden; Subway Ethics; After Leveson; The Daily's Dead

Professor Lee Wilkins

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

Agriculture
10:12 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Agriculture Sec. Vilsack: Farm Bill expiration affects exports

Ed Greiman, a cattle producer near Garner, Iowa, checks on his silage in this file photo.
Clay Masters for Harvest Public Media

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latestOutlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade,” which was published on Nov. 29, forecasts American farm exports increasing and predicts they will come in at $145 billion in 2013. That's a 50 percent increase from 2009.

Such a high export number gave me pause, since the USDA is also predicting that in the coming year U.S. corn exports will be at a 40-year low because of a domestic corn shortfall caused by the drought.

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Politics
7:50 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Medical debt cited as chief cause of bankruptcy, as advocates urge legislators to expand Medicaid

Credit Creative Commons / Flickr

People and groups who work with Medicaid clients are urging Missouri lawmakers to expand coverage in next year’s state budget.

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PM Newscasts
5:27 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Newscast for December 4, 2012

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Business
5:13 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

November general collections report

Missouri’s November general collections report show a 6.0 percent increase of revenue compared to November of last year.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Mark Jones plans files for vacant fifth ward position

A second person will be filing for the vacant Ward 5 position on the Columbia City Council.

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Business
4:45 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Heibel-March building may be renovated

Credit File Photo / KBIA

The historic Heibel-March building may finally be getting a face lift.

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Education
4:22 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Contracts signed for Jefferson City High School land

Credit File / KBIA

Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College have signed a contract to purchase the campus that will soon be vacated by Jefferson City High School.

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Health & Wealth Update
4:01 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

My Life My Town: A Different Path

Monica Smith
Photo by Greg Kendall-Ball Columbia Missourian

Monica Smith is consumed with school, work and so many extra curricular activities she can't keep count. People find it surprising that at 18, Monica keeps straight A's, works and participates in sports… when they find out what she has gone through. Monica's parents have been in and out of jail since she was 8 years old. She currently lives with her grandparents in Higginsville, Missouri. 

Producers Greg Kendall-Ball and Alexandra Olgin bring us Monica’s story, as part of KBIA and the Columbia Missourian’s My Life My Town project.

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Talking Politics
3:30 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Jo Ann Emerson retires, the fiscal cliff and MU

United States Congress

This week on Talking Politics: the latest on Jo Ann Emerson’s retirement and the rush to find a replacement in the US House. Plus, the so-called fiscal cliff, and what it would mean for the University of Missouri system.

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Education
3:26 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Sequestration would hit MU research funding hard

Sequestration, or the automatic across-the-board funding cuts set to kick in nationwide at the beginning of 2013, will tally nearly $110 billion dollars in cuts over the next nine years. The cuts are meant to alleviate the trillion dollar deficit. Congressional Republicans and Democrats are currently facing a stalemate on a solution to the severe fiscal cuts sequestration calls for while still fixing the deficit. KBIA’s Kristofor Husted reports that millions of dollars are at stake for the University of Missouri System.

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Politics
3:01 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Columbia looks to raise renewable energy standards

Credit Lance Cheung for USDA / Flickr

Solar panels could be coming to the city of Columbia’s residential neighborhoods in the next three years.

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Education
2:54 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Truman State adds to non-discrimination policy

Credit Ian Monroe / Flickr

The Truman State Board of Governors voted to add sexual orientation to their non-discrimination policy on Saturday.

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Crime
2:38 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Chiefs had given counseling to Belcher, girlfriend

Credit out of focus / Flickr/Creative Commons

Police say the Kansas City Chiefs had been providing counseling to linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend before he killed her and committed suicide over the weekend.

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Politics
9:33 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Tax credits feature in pre-filed Missouri Senate bills

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Monday was the first full day that Missouri lawmakers in both chambers can pre-file bills for next year’s regular session.  Much of the legislation pre-filed in  the State Senate so far deals with tax credits:

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Business
9:27 am
Tue December 4, 2012

State House proposal would ban 'Black Friday Eve'

Credit Dale Muckerman / flikr

A proposal in the Missouri House would make it illegal for retail stores to open for business on Thanksgiving Day.  It’s one of several bills pre-filed Monday by state legislators ahead of next year’s regular legislative session.  The proposal is sponsored by Democrat Jeff Roorda of Jefferson County.  He says it’s in response to the ongoing push by retailers to open for business on nationally-recognized holidays: “It’s Thanksgiving Day, it’s not Black Friday’s Eve…it’s just silly what these retailers are doing to the families of folks that work for them…(it’s) supposed to be about family an

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Politics
9:17 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Columbia council approves land purchase, but not purpose

Credit File Photo / KBIA

The Columbia City Council approved the purchase of a plot of land, but council members haven’t agreed on what the city will use it for. The city of Columbia is purchasing a two-acre plot of land on Vandiver Drive at US 63. City Manager Mike Matthes says it will cost three hundred thousand dollars.

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Politics
8:47 am
Tue December 4, 2012

GOP possibles line up to fill Emerson's US House seat

Credit United States Congress

Southern Missouri Republicans are jockeying for their shot at Jo Ann Emerson’s seat in the US House.

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