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12:04 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Nixon's anti-contraceptive coverage veto overridden

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Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of anti-contraceptive coverage bill has been overridden by both the Missouri House and Senate.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Roots "N" Blues "N" Barbecue Festival returns for 5th year

The Roots “N” Blues “N” Barbeque Festival is returning for its fifth year next week. Downtown businesses now know what to expect during the festival and how to prepare financially. Sub Shop General Manager Scott Schulte says one of the concert stages is in their parking lot and that always helps business.

“It almost doubles are business for the day; we have a concert that usually helps bring in more people also," Schulte says.

But other businesses are not so lucky. Déjà vu Managing Partner Matt Istwan says he's found a way to draw people in.

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Education
11:53 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Columbia Public Schools considers hiring permanant substitute teachers

Teacher Denise Lasley uses an iPad at Benton Elementary School.
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Columbia Public Schools are having a difficult time finding enough part-time substitute teachers. So the School District is considering hiring full-time substitutes to help solve the problem. Columbia Public Schools’ spokesperson Michelle Baumstark explains full-time substitutes would have to fill in wherever they were assigned. Part-time substitutes don’t have to.

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Science, Health and Technology
11:46 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Coal Free Mizzou speaks to Board of Curators

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The group “Coal Free Mizzou” is planning to lobby directly to the Board of Curators as it meets Thursday on MU’s campus.

The goal of the group is to promote clean energy and get the university to shut down the coal-fired power plant on campus. But group spokesperson Kelsey Wingo says students are not allowed to put items on the Board of Curators agenda, so they have to get the message out in a different way.

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Soldier returns
6:25 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

GALLERY: Ashland Soldier surprises kids with early return home

Sergeant Major Mike Lederle and his wife Kena planned a surprise for their children at their school in Ashland Wednesday, September 12th. His 9th and 11th graders, Trinten and Samantha, thought Mike was still on deployment to Afghanistan.
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Sergeant Major Mike Lederle surprised his children at their school in Ashland Wednesday afternoon. His 9th and 11th graders, Trinten and Samantha, thought they were just attending a flag presentation assembly at Southern Boone County high School. But during the ceremony, their father – who they thought was still on deployment to Afghanistan – walked out to greet them with a hug.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Missouri House picks Jones as new speaker

Representative Tim Jones
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Missouri House members have chosen Republican Tim Jones of St. Louis County as their speaker for the next few months.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Mo. lawmakers skip veto override on sales tax bill

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Missouri House Republicans have decided against trying to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation on vehicle sales taxes.

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Business
3:51 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Job type plays role in unemployment across gender, race

Job differences between men, women and racial groups play a role in the U.S. unemployment rate.
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The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent in July, but several groups are still feeling the heat more than others. 

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Business Beat
3:35 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Drought-resistant corn tested; unemployment in women, minorities

Corn is facing a tough test during this summer's drought, but a hybrid strain could help production output during waterless times.
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Growing across the Midwest is a strain of hybrid corn that should perform well under the driest conditions. Harvest Public Media’s Rick Fredericksen says this summer’s parched farmland is providing an ideal test.

Politics
3:30 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

State lawmakers override veto of birth control bill

The Missouri state Capitol
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Missouri lawmakers have overridden Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill expanding religious exceptions for insurance coverage of birth control.

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Agriculture
3:21 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Drought-resistant corn faces real-life test

Corn has had a tough time thriving in this summer's drought. A new hybrid strain might solve that problem.
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The sub-par corn harvest of 2012 is coming in early, after the worst growing conditions in more than 2 decades.

“We’ve been really dry all summer," farmer Bill Simmons says. "I talked to an older gentleman some time ago that said he had taken  47 crops off of his farm and this was about the worst that he’d ever seen it."

Simmons is combining 13-hundred acres of corn on the Clan Farm outside Atlantic, Iowa. Multiple varieties were planted, but one field turned out to be especially interesting: a 300-acre section devoted to AQUAmax, a new drought-resistant product from DuPont Pioneer.

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Education
3:04 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

MU moves closer to forming a press advisory committee

MU leaders are getting close to forming a new advisory committee to lead the University of Missouri Press. Spokesperson Mary Jo Banken says a transition team is currently reviewing nominations and plans to send out invitation letters later this week.

MU Chancellor Emeritus Richard Wallace says this committee is the first of its kind and has a main goal.

“To offer advice, to help this campus, MU have the very strongest, highest quality academic press that we can,” Wallace says.

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Education
2:55 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

"Clickers" could come to Jefferson City Public Schools

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Jefferson City officials are considering the use of “clickers” – an interactive teaching device.

The Jefferson City School Board met last night  to discuss how the devices could benefit teachers.

Sharla Buthod is the Library Coordinator for Jefferson City public schools. She says the “clickers” would give teachers a better idea of how students are learning during lessons.

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Education
2:49 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Deatons host Patriot Day barbecue on the quad

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This year in honor of Patriot Day, Chancellor Brady Deaton and Dr. Anne Deaton hosted a barbecue on the quad.

MU Senior Matthew Beckum is in MU’s ROTC program and says they appreciate the Chancellor honoring the university’s veterans.

“We’re here to show our support, to let our presence be known and to congratulate and thank all the veterans that are here attending with us.” Beckum says.

Beckum says he and his classmates graduating this year are looking forward to starting their service.

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Crime
2:32 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Candlelight Vigil calls for peace and unity after 9/11 attacks

Central Missourians gathered outside the Boone County courthouse Tuesday night to remember the thousands of victims who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Mid-Missouri Peaceworks and the Islamic Center of Central Missouri collaborated to put on the event that called for peace and unity. Ruth Schaefer, coordinator of the event, says the candlelight vigil drew about 100 participants, many of whom are involved in local peace organizations.

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Politics
8:52 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Support grows for increasing cigarette tax

A report says one in four US high schoolers smoke first cigarettes before turning 18.
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A proposition on the November ballot that aims to increase the tobacco tax is picking up support. Missouri’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education is the latest to advocate for higher tax rates on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Proposition B represents the third attempt to increase Missouri’s low tax rate on tobacco products, and while previous proposals were turned down by the state’s residents in 2002 and 2006, this year’s version has steadily gained support.

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Politics
8:47 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Lawmakers gear up for annual veto session

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Lawmakers return to Jefferson City Wednesday for their annual veto session.  House and Senate leaders will attempt to override Governor Nixon’s veto of a bill that levies sales taxes on out-of-state vehicle purchases.

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Business
7:15 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Columbia businesses evacuated after gas leak downtown

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A gas leak Tuesday evening in Columbia caused emergency officials to evacuate several businesses and close down a section of Ninth Street South.

At 4:59 p.m. the Columbia Fire Department responded to reports of a gas odor outside the construction site at 308 Ninth Street South, according to James L. Weaver, public information officer with the Columbia Fire Department.

Several nearby businesses were closed including Starbucks, Chipotle and Cold Stone Creamery, Weaver said.

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Agriculture
6:01 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Food stamps dividing support for farm bill

Margo Rush goes to FoodNet in the basement of the Lakeview Methodist Church in Lincoln, Neb., to make her budget and SNAP benefits last through the month.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

With Congress going back into session, farm groups are demanding action on a new farm bill. The current law expires at the end of September. But an issue that goes beyond the farm is edging in on the debate.

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Politics
5:53 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Commentary: The Democratic National Convention

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I again asked students in my American Political Parties class at Columbia College if President Obama’s acceptance speech was a success and if it changed their minds about him.  Of the six who sought the bonus points, four went in supporting Obama and none changed their minds.  Most comments were about the emotional power of the speech and how good a public speaker he is.  The criticisms were of the lack of specifics.  One was very positive despite her feeling that he had made little progress on his promises from four years ago.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:04 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Indiana farm linked to contaminated cantaloupe also recalls watermelons

In the produce section of the Schnucks grocery store in Columbia, Mo., the store posted a statement about the watermelon recall on a box of non-recalled watermelons. (Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media)
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The Indiana farm that recalled cantaloupes linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has killed two and sickened 204 is now recalling its watermelons. Chamberlain Farms issued the voluntary recall because the melons could be contaminated with Salmonella Newport.

Foodborne illness is always a danger for farmers, grocery stores and customers alike.

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Science, Health and Technology
2:57 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Boone County offering free flu immunizations to children

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Boone County is offering free flu shots to children in elementary and middle schools this flu season.

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Politics
1:25 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Final meeting for response to natural disasters

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An interim committee examining Missouri’s response to natural disasters is holding its final meeting in Jefferson City today.

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Crime
9:10 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Family, Mo. utility settle over fatal blast

Survivors of an elderly Columbia couple who died in a natural gas explosion four years ago have settled a wrongful death lawsuit against Ameren Missouri.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Boone County court officials were told of the settlement Monday, one day before the case was to go to trial.

The blast in March 2008 destroyed the home of 87-year-old Carl Sneed and his 85-year-old wife, Merna. Both were retired professors at the University of Missouri. Carl Sneed taught mechanical engineering; his wife taught home economics.

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Education
9:05 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Columbia approves changes to teachers salary negotiation process

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The Columbia School Board has also approved a plan to allow public school teachers in the district the ability to have a specific organization represent them in negotiating their salaries. School Board members voted unanimously to approve the representation at a budget meeting Monday night.

For representation , teachers can choose the Columbia Missouri National Education Association, or maintain the current system, which involves an informal mode of communication between teachers and administrators.

Education
9:03 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Columbia considers new kindergarten assessments

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The Columbia School District is considering new kindergarten readiness assessments.

The Columbia Board of Education addressed the program at its meeting Monday night. Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools Peter Stiepleman says that better assessments are necessary because the children entering kindergarten have a wide variety of experience.

Weather
8:57 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Drought takes toll on building foundations

Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

This year’s drought is beginning to take a toll on building’s foundations. Heather Bain’s home in Moberly has been affected by the drought. Her home is in need of foundation repairs. After the lack of rain the clay is shrinking leaving her dry wall cracking, her doors sticking and the trim no longer meets the floor.

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Politics
8:54 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Mo. House panel to review job-creation tax breaks

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would prohibit employees from suing co-workers for injuries they sustain on the job.
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A Missouri House committee plans to review the effectiveness of the state's job-creation incentives.

State Rep. Jay Barnes says his committee will look into the Missouri Quality Jobs program and other economic development tax credits when the Legislature convenes in January. Barnes is a Republican from Jefferson City and chairman of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability.

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Education
8:51 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Chinese soon offered in some Columbia Public Schools

Chris Belcher, superintendent of Columbia schools
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A new Chinese language program will be taught at several Columbia public schools. The program is a partnership between Columbia Public Schools and University of Missouri’s International Program and Confucius Program. Three Chinese teachers will be training Columbia School teachers the language so they can start the program in fall of 2013.

The Institute signed the memorandum on Friday for the program and Spanish teacher John Becker is happy they have it set in stone.

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