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1:20 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Demolition of Joplin hospital begins

Demolition has begun on a Joplin hospital that took a direct hit from a deadly May 22nd tornado.

The Joplin Globe reported that about 1,000 people turned out Sunday for a ceremony at the shell of the once-bustling St. John's Mercy Hospital. Speakers talked about the history of the hospital before a wrecking ball ceremonially smacked the side of the building a few times. From there, the crowd went to a groundbreaking ceremony for the new structure. It is being built at a site three miles away.

Politics
1:15 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Fresh debate over "right-to-work" legislation arises

Legislation to make Missouri a "right-to-work" state is again coming up in state Senate.

A senate panel last week endorsed two bills that would make it a misdemeanor to require workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment.

One of the two proposals, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, would go before voters if it passes the Legislature. The other would go to the governor's desk.

Harvest Public Media
9:46 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Selling doctors on rural communities

File photo KBIA

Recruiting doctors to small towns is a chronic problem. Most places try to lure a physician by rolling out the red carpet with a big salary, a home on a golf course or other cushy perks.

Not so in Ashland, Kan., population 855, where the CEO of a tiny hospital is building a reverse recruitment model based on remote access and problems commonly found in third-world countries.

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Agriculture
5:27 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

US Ag Secretary talks cuts

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is in Missouri touting President Obama’s job creation plans, laid out this week in his state of the union address. This comes as the agriculture department faces a shrinking budget.

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Off the Clock
5:13 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Lewis Black on politics, his fans and God

Lewis Black
U.S. Air Force/Michael R. Holzworth Wikipedia

He’s an actor, playwright, bestselling author, award-winning stand-up comedian and popular political commentator.

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Politics
1:04 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Sales tax advocacy group receives huge donation

 

A group pushing to replace Missouri's income tax with a broader sales tax says it's received a million-dollar contribution.

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Business
8:17 am
Fri January 27, 2012

MODOT chief says making I-70 toll road would finance reconstruction

Dreamstime

The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation says charging tolls on Interstate 70 is the only real option for funding reconstruction of the highway, if the state wants to do something about it right now. 

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Agriculture
8:09 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Missouri treasurer announces financial assistance for farmers

The Missouri treasurer's office will partner with community banks to negotiate lower interest loans on equipment and land.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has announced a new financial assistance package for beginning farmers trying to make their way in an expensive industry.

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Global Journalist
6:30 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Hungary's constitution sparks controversy

Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, has been vilified this month from both inside and outside the borders.

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Education
5:29 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

MU looking at student transportation needs

Wabash Station in Columbia
KBIA file photo

The University of Missouri is undertaking a study that will evaluate the transit needs of its students.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

MO Supreme Court wants map issue to go through lower courts

A portion of the new maps
State of Missouri

The Missouri Supreme Court is declining to weigh in on the constitutionality of new state House districts — at least for now.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Ed Martin running for AG, not Congress

St. Louis attorney Ed Martin is dropping his congressional campaign to instead seek the Republican nomination for attorney general.

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Global Journalist
12:08 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Global Journalist and Ragtag Cinema partner for special screening

A scene from How to Die in Oregon

This Monday at the Ragtag Cinema, True/False and Global Journalist present a special screening of the documentary How to Die in Oregon. The film explores the state’s Death with Dignity Act, which enables physicians to prescribe – but not administer – a lethal dose of sedative. A special panel discussion with the film’s director will follow the screening. It all takes place this Monday evening at 6:45 at the Ragtag Cinema.

Arts and Culture
11:33 am
Thu January 26, 2012

MU celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. through comedy, inspiration

MU students, faculty and community members gathered for an annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Missouri Theatre last night (Wednesday, Jan. 25).
Elizabeth Trovall KBIA

A bronze replica of the MLK National Memorial in Washington DC has been presented to MU. The statue replica was presented at MU’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. KBIA’s Elizabeth Trovall was there, and has this report.

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Politics
11:23 am
Thu January 26, 2012

ACLU sues St. Louis over prison grievances

Missouri State Penitentiary
St. Louis Landmark Association website

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the city of St. Louis, asking a judge to make the city turn over jail records related to inmate grievances.

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Politics
11:01 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Democrats block weak workplace discrimination bill in the State Senate

A group of Democratic State Senators is blocking a bill that would redefine Missouri’s workplace discrimination standards.  They believe the bill will undo nearly a half-century of civil rights progress.

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Politics
10:38 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Republicans block $27 million in grant for health care exchange

Missouri Statehouse in Jefferson City
j.stephenconn Flickr

The use of twenty seven million dollars in federal funds to help create a health insurance exchange in Missouri has come to a complete halt. 

By Elana Gordon, KCUR.

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Politics
5:31 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Big trucks on small roads

MoDOT engineers worry that heavier trucks would spell rutted roads in rural Missouri.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Cattlemen in Missouri are backing a bill in the House that would increase weight limits for hauling livestock on the state's highways. But department of transportation engineers worry heavier trucks would damage already-strained rural roads.

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Views of the News
4:53 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Views of the News for January 25, 2012

Harvest Public Media
2:12 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Liberal arts degrees grow jobs at Con Agra

Technology and hands-on computer skills are important assets for most job seekers in today’s economy.

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Politics
11:56 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Threatening stickers found outside Mo. congressional offices

They were discovered Tuesday outside the offices of five Democratic State Senators and one Republican House Member.  Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal of St. Louis County says someone planted two stickers outside her office:

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Business
11:32 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Matthes says proposed tax increase could finance regional airport

A proposed tax increase on hotel rooms could help finance improvements to the Columbia Regional Airport, according to Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:45 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Who's at fault when an emu attacks?

Art Gelder with his Missouri mulefoot hogs.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Agriculture and tourism are two of Missouri's biggest industries. But when the two activities meet -- think wine tastings or hay rides -- legal complexities ensue. On this week's Health & Wealth update, farmers in Missouri want the legislature to pass a law clarifying who is liable if someone gets hurt in the corn maze.

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Business
10:21 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Missouri casino operators resist tax to fund state-operated veterans' homes

Missouri casino operators say they should not be solely responsible for boosting funding to state-operated veterans' homes.

Missouri House members have suggested adding $1 to the $2 per-patron entrance fee that casinos already pay the state. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has said the fresh revenue could provide a dedicated funding source for the seven existing veterans' homes and possibly pay for one more.

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Education
9:39 am
Wed January 25, 2012

MU leaders discuss budget constraints

File photo KBIA

The MU Budget Office held an open meeting Tuesday to discuss the state of the university’s funds. 

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Politics
5:26 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Similar voter ID bill resurfaces

National Register of Historic Places

A Missouri House committee has passed legislation that would require voters to show a photo I-D at the polls.  As  Marshall Griffin reports from Jefferson City, the measure is similar to the one vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon last year.

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Politics
12:48 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

State legislators consider changing workplace discrimination rules

The capitol building, Jefferson city
j.stephenconn Flickr

Legislation that would change Missouri’s workplace discrimination standards is getting attention this week by both State House and Senate members.

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Politics
12:26 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Vicky Hartzler could face hometown challenger

Vicky Hartzler is a freshman congresswoman in the 112th congress.
Wikimedia Commons

Freshman Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler could face a challenger from her Missouri hometown as she seeks a second term from the redrawn 4th U.S. House district.

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Politics
12:21 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Missouri refinances millions in debt to balance its books

The state has already refinanced the $20 million it cost to build Mizzou Arena
chip Flickr

Missouri is planning to refinance more than $500 million of debt as part of Gov. Jay Nixon's plan to balance the state budget.

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Intersection
7:33 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Columbia Regional Airport expansion

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

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