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5:13 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Curators discuss proposed budget cut outcomes

The columns at the University of Missouri.
File photo KBIA

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators is meeting today in Kansas City. One item on the agenda, and on everyone's minds, is the budget.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:20 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Interview with author Michael Pollan

Author and self described "food advocate" Michael Pollan.
Photo by Ken Light

Michael Pollan considers himself a writer, a professor and eater.  

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AM Newscasts
9:16 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Newscast for February 2, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Curators discuss proposed budget cut outcomes
  • Senate Democrats end filibuster
  • Judge hears closing arguments in congressional redistricting
Education
9:16 am
Thu February 2, 2012

UM curators to discuss possible tuition increases

UM Curators are urged to raise tuition at the University of Missouri in Columbia by as much as 7.5 percent.
File Photo KBIA

University of Missouri curators are meeting Thursday in Kansas City to discuss a possible tuition increase for the 2012-13 academic year.

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Politics
9:11 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Senate Democrats end filibuster

The Missouri Capitol building, where Senate Democrats filibustered a workplace discrimination reform bill into the evening hours Wednesday.
File KBIA

Senate Democrats have ended their filibuster of a workplace discrimination bill, after an agreement was reached with the bill’s sponsor.  But that doesn’t mean they won’t try blocking the bill again.

Democrat Maria Chappelle-Nadal agreed to end the filibuster after the bill’s sponsor, GOP Senator Brad Lager, allowed her to add an amendment – that amendment would guarantee the right to a jury trial in all workplace discrimination cases.  She says, though, that the bill’s definition of what constitutes workplace discrimination is still flawed.

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Business
6:08 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Missouri United Way changes funding strategy

The Heart of Missouri United Way voted last week to adopt a new strategy that will focus future funding on programs that address poverty and other issues with at-risk children.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Mo. senators scuttle Nixon's nominee

In Jefferson City, Mo., Senate Republicans have scuttled Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee to direct the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
File KBIA

 

Senate Republicans have scuttled Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee to direct the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Mo. Senator delays vote on workplace discrimination law

A Missouri senator is again delaying a vote on legislation to change the state's workplace discrimination laws.
David Shane Flickr

A Missouri senator is again delaying a vote on legislation to change the state's workplace discrimination laws.

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Business
2:55 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Columbia ranked in top 25 places to live for a working retirement

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
Jay Buffington Wikimedia Commons

According to Forbes, Columbia, Missouri is one of the top places to move to for a working retirement in the United States.

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Education
9:32 am
Wed February 1, 2012

MU professor wants to reexamine university spending

The columns of MU covered in snow. A MU professor says the university can restructure how it spends its money.
File KBIA

As Governor Jay Nixon is proposing a large cut to funding for higher education, MU English Professor Richard Schwartz is encouraging students and universities to reconsider everything their money is going towards.  In his e-book, “Is a College Education Still Worth the Price?,” Schwartz says that universities, like MU, have many services and benefits for students that are driving up student costs.

"Students in general in America live better now than they lived when I went to college and living better costs more," Schwartz said.

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Education
9:19 am
Wed February 1, 2012

GOP state legislators oppose curator appointment

The Capitol building in Jefferson City. GOP legislators are opposing the appointment of a Columbia attorney to the UM System Board of Curators.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Columbia attorney Craig Van Matre faces obstacles of time and partisan politics in his bid for a permanent seat on the UM System Board of Curators.

Craig Van Matre’s time is running out as a UM curator. He’s held the position since Governor Jay Nixon appointed him last June, but Missouri’s constitution requires a vote on his confirmation by Thursday. Some aren’t keen on making Van Matre a permanent board member.

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Education
9:12 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Senate committee scrutinizes school transfer bill

A state Senate committee is examining legislation allowing children from unaccredited schools to transfer to accredited ones.
File Photo KBIA

Legislation that’s designed to stem a potential flood of students from unaccredited schools in St. Louis and Kansas City to nearby suburban schools was heard Tuesday before a Missouri Senate committee.

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Education
9:07 am
Wed February 1, 2012

UM System urges tuition increases

Students at the University of Missouri may see their tuition prices increase by as much as 7.5 percent.
File KBIA

The UM system recommends curators approve an average tuition increase of 6.5 percent, with prices at the University of Missouri in Columbia spiking at as much as 7.5 percent.

State Rep. Chris Kelly (D - Columbia) says the decision is inevitable if the system wants to pay its expenses.

"The Governor's office left the Curators no choice but to go to tuition for money. The state's failing in its obligation, so we're transferring the cost of our education from students and their parents," Kelly said.

Health & Wealth Update
7:05 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks jobs, farm safety net

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking at a roundtable in Kansas City last week.
Andy Dandino USDA

Following up on President Obama's State of the Union address last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is touring the country, touting his boss's job-creation efforts in rural America -- Missouri was his latest stop. In this week's Health & Wealth update, a conversation with Secretary Vilsack: we talk rural jobs, USDA office closures, and the fate of the farmer's safety net in the face of natural disasters and shrinking budgets. 

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Politics
5:07 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Judge hears redistricting arguments

Opening arguments were held Tuesday for the congressional redistricting lawsuit.  The suit is being held in lower court because the Missouri Supreme Court ordered a review of the redrawn map.

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Education
4:34 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Curator confirmation faces deadline

University of Missouri System Flickr

Columbia attorney Craig Van Matre’s spot on the University of Missouri Board of Curators must go up for a vote by the end of the week. But his confirmation faces opposition from Republicans in the Senate. Republican State Senator Kevin Engle, among others, tells KBIA he plans to filibuster Governor Jay Nixon’s choice to fill the seat that was vacated in June.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Dave Spence airs first ads for Governor

Republican Dave Spence is casting himself as a "job creator" as he launches the first ads of Missouri's governor's race.

Spence, a businessman from St. Louis, is making his first run for public office while seeking to challenge Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in this year's elections.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Nixon endorses new oil pipeline

Governor Jay Nixon is endorsing plans for new oil pipeline that would cut across Missouri.

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Health & Wealth Report
2:09 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Mormons returning to northwest Missouri, 174 years after 'extermination order'

"We believe that this is the birthplace of the human race," said Barry Bartlett, who moved to Missouri 16 years ago. His great, great, great, great grandfather wielded a mean oak stick back in the Gallatin election day battle of 1838.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Ever since Mormon prophet and founder Joseph Smith revealed the Book of Mormon in 1830, his followers have struggled for acceptance. If you want to understand the "why" behind this rocky relationship, the rolling farmland of northwest Missouri might be the best place to start -- the birthplace of the human race, according to Joseph Smith, and the place where Christ will first step down in the second coming. 

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Talking Politics
1:36 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Talking Politics for January 31, 2012

The Missouri Capitol building at night. The proposed 2013 budget includes drastic cuts to higher education.
forwardstl flickr

This week on Talking Politics two Jefferson City lawmakers (both from Columbia) delve into the future of higher education in the state of Missouri as potentially massive budget cuts in 2013 loom large.

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Politics
10:40 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Legislative Black Caucus fights workplace discrimination bills

Missouri Capitol building
david_shane Flickr

The Legislative Black Caucus is vowing to fight attempts in both the Missouri House and Senate to pass Republican-sponsored workplace discrimination bills. As St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin tells us, both Senate and House bills would redefine discrimination as a motivating factor in actions taken against an employee:

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Education
10:13 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Millions practice earthquake safety in the Great Central US Shakeout

Earthquake seismogram
Dave Schumaker Flickr

The two-hundredth anniversary of the New Madrid earthquake was recently. The Great Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium is not waiting around for it to happen again. The group is helping set up region-wide readiness programs.

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Politics
9:09 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Santorum swings by Missouri

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum badly trails front-runner Mitt Romney.
michaelrighi flickr

An overflow crowd piled into an auditorium at St. Charles Community College Monday for an appearance by Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

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Education
9:03 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Cuts would be "devastating" says Chancellor Deaton

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton speaking at an event in Columbia.
File KBIA

A proposal to cut state funding to higher education would be devastating, according to MU Chancellor Brady Deaton.

Speaking on KBIA’s Intersection, Deaton said the 12.5% cut to MU’s budget would set the university’s state funding back to 1997 levels, despite having increased student enrollment by 50% in the time since. He says this would come on top of an already low record of state funding to higher education, with Missouri ranking lowest in terms of per capita funding among southeastern states.

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Intersection
6:29 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Proposed higher education funding cuts

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

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

MU research park searches for tenants

A view of the quad at the University of Missouri
File photo KBIA

A new University of Missouri research park in south Columbia is struggling to find tenants.

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Politics
4:43 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Corps inspecting Southeast MO levee daily

Missouri levee
File photo KBIA

Inspectors with the Army Corps of Engineers are performing daily inspections of the area where the Birds Point levee was intentionally breached in May.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Santorum coming to Missouri for jobs speech

Rick Santorum
michaelrighi Flickr

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is coming to Missouri to give a speech about jobs and the economy.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Republican Senate hopefuls square off in Branson

studio08denver flickr

Two of Missouri's three Republican senatorial candidates are expected to meet in a debate in Branson.

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman both have committed to participate in Monday night's debate. The third candidate — St. Louis businessman John Brunner — is not planning to attend.

All three Republicans are seeking to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in the November elections.

Monday's debate is to be held at the Branson High School Auditorium, which has room for several hundred people.

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