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Science, Health and Technology
8:29 am
Mon September 17, 2012

New virus pegged to NW Missouri

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A new virus has been discovered in northwest Missouri, where in June 2009 it sickened two men who live miles apart.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says so far it's unclear what causes the virus, which is called the Heartland virus. The CDC says an investigation is under way to determine if the illness stems from bites from ticks or other insects.

Symptoms of Heartland virus include fever, diarrhea and fatigue. Both patients were treated at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph and recovered after about a month.

Politics
8:26 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Jefferson City's newly appointed Director of Finance withdraws

File Photo KBIA

Jefferson City’s newly appointed Director of Finance has withdrawn from the position. After several months of searching, the Jefferson City Council hired Robin Milne as the new Director of Finance last week. Milne was scheduled to start as Director on October 1, 2012.

Jefferson City Communications Manager Michelle Gleba says that the City Council will begin to interview replacement candidates in the coming months.

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Politics
8:17 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Mid-MO Muslims condemn violence after film mocks Islamic Prophet

Muslims gather for prayer inside the Islamic Center for Central Missouri on Friday September 14, 2012.
Mikkel Christiensen KBIA

A film mocking the prophet Muhammad has sparked outrage and violent attacks overseas. But many Muslims in mid-Missouri are condemning the violence as well.

Friday prayer in Columbia’s Islamic Center on Fifth Street.  Hundreds of Muslims have gathered to hear the words of their imam.

This is two days after the American ambassador to Libya was killed by angry protesters. They were upset over a movie insulting their prophet, Muhammad.

Chairman of the Islamic Center, Dr. Rashed Nizam, condemns the violent protests and the murders.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Dignitaries discuss young Vietnamese religion Cao Dai

Canh Tran, a visiting dignitary for the Cao Dai religion, shows the pictures in a book about Cao Dai to a KBIA reporter. Tran and other dignitaries were visiting for a presentation on the religion.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

In this week's faith and values update, we learn about a religion that was founded in Vietnam less than 100 years ago. It’s called Cao Dai, and those who practice it see it as one religion to unify the rest.

Dignitaries of Cao Dai came Columbia earlier this week to do a presentation on the religion and spread the word about the religion – but not in the way you might think. 

Proselytizing is forbidden in the religion, so they weren't trying to gain converts. Instead, they were looking for prospective researchers.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:21 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Downtown Moberly should expect a power outage this weekend

ForwardSTL

Downtown Moberly will be without power for a few hours on Sunday morning. Ameren Missouri will be upgrading a 4 kilovolt line to a 12 kilovolt line. Ameren spokesperson Kent Martin said the power outage won’t affect too many local businesses.

“About 105 customers will be affected by the outage. It’ll begin about six o clock in the morning; it should end no later than ten, we’re hoping it’ll be sooner than that. We’ve scheduled it on a weekend when the most of these are commercial customers, businesses will be affected and most of them will be closed at the time,” Martin said.

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Politics
4:44 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

The Columbia Hospitality Association concerned about proposed tax

The Columbia Hospitality Association says it’s concerned with a proposed lodging tax increase.  The tax, which would increase current lodging taxes by three to seven percent, would help fund improvements to the terminal at Columbia Regional Airport.  President of CHA, Heather Hargrove says that bearing the burden of restructuring or building a new airport terminal is not fair to other industries, the lodging industry in particular.

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Education
4:41 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

More male role models in Columbia public schools

Students at Benton Elementary in Columbia, MO
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

Columbia public schools are implementing programs that bring more male role models into the school environment. The new program is called the Males On Duty Squad, or MOD Squad.  These male volunteers serve as crossing guards and play with students during recess and lunch. Shepard Elementary Principal Jacquie Ward said that the largely female faculty introduced the program to fulfill students’ need for positive male role models.

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Field Notes
4:22 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Talking science, decision-making and the Green Revolution with Dr. Roger Pielke Jr.

Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. speaks to a group on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Field Notes is a regular feature by Harvest Public Media, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

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Agriculture
12:07 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Tell us: are you afraid of melons?

Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

An Indiana farm issued a voluntary recall of cantaloupe and watermelons because the fruit could be contaminated with Salmonella. Let us know: is this affecting your eating and buying habits?

Click here to take survey

Global Journalist
6:41 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Colombian peace talks could end decades of violence in the country

A former hostage waves to comrades before a press conference in Bogota. Earlier this year, Colombia's main rebel group freed what it says were its last 10 military and police captives.
William Fernando Martinez AP Images

Peace talks between Colombia’s government and the country’s most powerful rebel group are scheduled to take place in October at a neutral site: Norway’s capital, Oslo.

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Business
5:45 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

New Downtown Incubator attracts entrepreneurs and English teachers

City Manager Mike Matthes speaks with the founders of Rockupied at the official opening of the Columbia Downtown Incubator
Scott Pham KBIA

If you’ve got a sharp eye you might have noticed a new building in downtown Columbia.  Last week the City of Columbia and local entrepreneurial group The League of Innovators officially opened the Brent and Erica Beshore Downtown Incubator. 

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Education
5:38 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

MU Extension applies new strategies to better focus programs

Darren Hellwege KBIA

MU Extension is implementing a new staffing model and budget structure that would give programs a more geographic focus. 

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Education
5:38 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Students lobby UM Curators over coal power plant

Coal Free Mizzou demonstrators wait to present 3,000 student signatures to the University of Missouri Board of Curators during a meeting on Sept. 13 in Columbia. Chancellor Brady Deaton accepted the petition and agreed to meet with the group later.
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

Student advocacy group Coal Free Mizzou presented the MU Board of Curators today with 3,000 student signatures asking the University of Missouri to transition from coal to clean energy.

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Sports
4:06 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

MU Police warn of fake football tickets

One of the fake tickets sold to last weekend's football game.
Photo provided by Matt Noonan

Some Mizzou football fans got less than they bargained for at last Saturday’s game. MU Police received several reports of fraudulent tickets after the game against the University of Georgia. Those with fake tickets were turned away at the gate. MU Police Captain Brian Weimer says it’s only when you look at a real ticket next to a fake one that you may be able to tell the difference.

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Arts and Culture
1:53 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Columbia ranked among 100 best communities for young people

Kids play on a playground. The Buddy Pack program sends kids in 32 Missouri counties home with a backpack of nutritious food each weekend, but the program is facing the challenges of rising food and fuel costs.
File photo KBIA

Columbia has been named one of the “100 best communities for young people” by a national organization.

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