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Insurance Premiums Hit Record High

Sep 27, 2011

Health care premiums are at a record high – up nine percent since last year. A survey released Tuesday shows the average family is now paying over 15 thousand dollars a year on health care premiums. KBIA’s Jacob Fenston reports the rising costs are affecting Missourians as well.

ACLU Targets Camdenton Over LGBT Sites

Sep 26, 2011

At public schools across the nation, internet filters keep students from looking at pornography and other material deemed harmful. It’s required under a federal law passed more than a decade ago. But now, one rural school district in central Missouri is at the heart of a national legal battle over whether schools may use this law to block websites that promote gay rights.

This week Exam looks at a conflict in Camdenton arising over the issue of the high school’s use of website filtering that’s blocking educational websites of gay organizations.

Pinball wizard

Sep 23, 2011
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This week, we uncover a three-letter mystery.

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Think of the most natural, pristine place you've ever visited. You might envision a national forest or state park. These locales provide a landscape of solace, peace and quiet. We relate to these getaways as pure, real nature that's managed to stay untouched through centuries of human intervention. Now imagine your favorite hiking path or placid lake as a construction of wildlife: an outdoors reality based on someone else's idea of an anti-urban, off-the-beaten-path wilderness. On this episode of Field Notes, we explore nature conservation with environmental journalist Emma Marris.

Agriculture Secretary on Rural Jobs

Sep 22, 2011

President Obama has been touring the country trying to sell voters on his American Jobs Act. According to the White House, the bill would, if passed, give the state of Missouri $700 million for transportation projects and cut the taxes of 120,000 Missouri businesses. And agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack says that rural areas in particular would benefit from the jobs bill. Vilsack spoke with KBIA’s Jacob Fenston.

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This week, we sit down with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to discuss the American jobs act. Plus, advancements in ice-cream technology.

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This week: Yogurt businesses are booming in Columbia, but is it because of a preconceived notion? Mamtek International, based in Moberly, was suppose to bring 600 more jobs to the city but is now having financial difficulty.  And Monday’s City Council meeting left Columbians unhappy with a new price increase.

Hosted by Nick Adams.

Today's guest is HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Programs, Inc "Phoenix Fringe".

Health Care Exchanges Spark Clash

Sep 16, 2011

A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony Thursday on the health care exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The legislature must either create an exchange or let the federal government do so. Republicans on the committee clashed with Governor Jay Nixon’s administration.

Creativity is in the air and this weekend marks two debuts. We sit down with a local filmmaker about his newly produced concept short, which debuts Saturday. But first, we head to Kansas City for the long-awaited opening of a new performing arts center.

This week, a food pantry that’s trying to offer healthier food to low-income families. Plus, an MU researcher tells us how quitting smoking may make you a happier person.

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Today's guest is FRANK SCHMIDT, MU United Way.

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This week: Young farmers are finding it harder to start a farm.  And, federal cuts have been proposed to cut state Amtrak Lines.

Hosted by Nick Adams.

USDA Commits $14 Million to Rural Jobs

Sep 14, 2011

Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced $14 million in new funding Wednesday to help stimulate rural job growth. Small businesses across the country will get money, including a tiny airport in southern Missouri.

Health Reform Targets Health Literacy

Sep 13, 2011

Nearly one million more Americans were without health insurance in 2010, compared with the year before. That’s according to new Census numbers released Tuesday, which also show the Midwest has one of the lowest rates of uninsured in the nation. But even for people who have health insurance, understanding a doctor’s orders can be an obstacle to getting good care.

Most Missourians Still Oppose Health Care Law

Sep 13, 2011

Americans now know less about the main provisions of Obama’s health care reform law than they did at the end of last year. That’s according to the latest monthly poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Here in Missouri, a majority continues to oppose the law.

The second warmest summer on record is coming to a close, but states like Texas and Kansas are still gripped by high temperatures and extremely low rainfall. Now, the drought has spread north to southwestern Missouri where farmers in the parched Ozark foothills haven't seen real moisture since May.

Festival recap

Sep 9, 2011
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Fall’s unofficially begun and that means festivals galore here in Columbia. This show is dedicated to two of them.

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This week, we hear from a Washington University virologist whose made it his mission to combat bio-terrorism. Plus: robots!

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

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This week: the deficit may affect the Farm Bill in 2012. We have an update on the progress of Missouri’s special legislative session. And, an MU business professor explains that two CEO’s are better than one.

Hosted by Nick Adams.

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This week, we take a look at the tricky link between farm policy and obesity. Plus, the State Veterinarian talks about what his office does – and why it’s important.

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Daniel Longar

This week: more on the impact of the University of Missouri’s agreement with the Missouri Theatre. Plus, young adults are having a hard time finding work.

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When it comes to selling produce, farmers have a few options. There are grocery stores, then there are farmers markets. In Kansas City, mobile markets are even cropping up. Check out that story, here. Now, we bring you barebones farmers on wheels. Road bikes are the preferred form of travel and mode of commerce for the operators of Quail Bone Farm in Columbia, Mo.

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