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7:58 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Kinder calls on legislators to refuse health insurance exchange, Medicaid expansion

Health insurance exchanges are online marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can buy plans. It's a component of the Affordable Care Act.
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Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is urging state lawmakers to refrain from creating a health insurance exchange or expanding Medicaid when they convene for their regular session next year. 

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Education
7:43 am
Fri November 16, 2012

MU pushes forward its smoke-free campus policy

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The University of Missouri has announced that MU’s campus will become 100 percent smoke–free earlier than planned. The smoke-free date has been moved up from January 2014 to July next year.

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Global Journalist
5:53 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Conflict erupts in northern Mali

Fighters from Islamist group Ansar Dine stand guard in Timbuktu, Mali, as they prepare to publicly lash a member of the Islamic Police found guilty of adultery.
Uncredited AP Images

There’s a West African city that represents the end of the world, the remote place that inspired the phrase, “From here to Timbuktu.”

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Under the Microscope
5:36 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Dust Bowl memories offer present warning

A dust cloud rises over an unspecified town on the southern Plains.
Photo courtesy kansasmemory.org, Kansas Historical Society

The Dust Bowl of the 1930s left an indelible mark on the Midwest and on history. It is the drought against which all others are measured. And it was a man-made disaster that could still offer lessons today.

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Politics
5:28 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Panel to review Historic Preservation tax credit

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Members of a panel created to review Missouri’s tax credits, are leaning towards recommending that the cap on Historic Preservation tax credits be cut nearly in half.  The incentives program is popular with developers, but Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and a group of Republican State Senators say it’s draining off revenues from the state budget.

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Crime
4:52 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

'Columbia Cease fire Initiative' aims to prevent violent crimes and assaults

KBIA

The Columbia Police began the ‘Columbia Cease fire Initiative’ on Wednesday which compiles the names and photographs of individuals and close associates suspected of being involved with several shootings over the last four months.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:52 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Former Sen. Kit Bond sponsors alternative energy lecture series

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Thursday the University of Missouri hosted a lecture series, sponsored by former US senator, Kit Bond. The lectures covered topics about alternative forms of energy, and the impact current energy resources have on the economy and environment.

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Education
3:40 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

University of Missouri to go smoke free July 1

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The University of Missouri announced Thursdsay that MU’s campus will become 100 percent smoke–free earlier than planned. The smoke-free date has been moved up from January 2014 to July next year. KBIA’s Maddie Heidenreich reports.

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Politics
10:28 am
Thu November 15, 2012

What we learned about Mo. voters from the Akin/McCaskill race

Rep. Akin, left, lost a large chunk of votes to Sen. McCaskill in Missouri's U.S. Senate race thanks in large part to women and young people backing McCaskill.
Credit Kristofor Husted, Scott Pham / KBIA

With the election in the rearview mirror, the national parties have spent the last week poring through the results and voter demographic data. Turns out women, young people and Latino voters matter a lot in a presidential race.

Here in Missouri, the results for the U.S. Senate race displayed some similarities.

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Politics
8:37 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Commentary: Owning up to election predictions

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Time to check my election predictions.  Even though they were a group project – three good and knowledgeable friends helped – I take full responsibility.

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Education
7:47 am
Thu November 15, 2012

EEZ discussion spills into Columbia School Board meeting

Columbia resident and anti-EEZ advocate Monta Welch is preparing for her speech on School Board meeting Monday night.
Maoling Xiong KBIA

Columbia's very public discussion about a proposed Enhanced Enterprise Zone in the city made an appearance at Monday night's School Board meeting, where residents said the policy could negatively impact education funding by reducing tax revenue to schools. The EEZ policy has been supported by some economic development groups to encourage new-business development in the city.

Five Columbia residents spoke out against the EEZ policy in the Columbia School Board's public comment session Monday night.

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PM Newscasts
6:08 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Newscast for November 14, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • McCaskill, Blunt take opposing stances on taxes
  • After 30 Years Locked Up, George Allen Released From Custody
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Politics
5:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

McCaskill, Blunt take opposing stances on taxes

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Missouri's two U.S. senators are taking opposite positions on whether to raise taxes on the wealthy as part of a solution to the so-called fiscal cliff facing the economy.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said Wednesday that she supports President Barack Obama's insistence that top income-earners should face higher tax rates. But Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said he opposes increasing the tax rates for anyone.

The divide between Missouri's senators is emblematic of the stalemate in Washington.

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Agriculture
2:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

MU veterinarian reports rise in equine pigeon fever

Nitzan Brumer FLICKR

The lengthy drought this past summer in Missouri not only affected crops, but it's affecting horses, too.

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Science, Health and Technology
1:35 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Mo. receives "C" in ranking of premature birth rates

Alex E. Proimos FLICKR

For the second year in a row, the March of Dimes has given Missouri a grade of “C” in its annual state rankings of premature birth rates. Factors including maternal smoking, lack of access to health care, and obesity are to blame.

The Director of Newborn Medicine at St. Louis Children's Hospital, Dr. F. Sessions Cole, calls preterm birth a major problem for our region.

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