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11:53 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Columbia Public Schools considers hiring permanant substitute teachers

Teacher Denise Lasley uses an iPad at Benton Elementary School.
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

Columbia Public Schools are having a difficult time finding enough part-time substitute teachers. So the School District is considering hiring full-time substitutes to help solve the problem. Columbia Public Schools’ spokesperson Michelle Baumstark explains full-time substitutes would have to fill in wherever they were assigned. Part-time substitutes don’t have to.

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Science, Health and Technology
11:46 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Coal Free Mizzou speaks to Board of Curators

Jeffrey Beall FLICKR

The group “Coal Free Mizzou” is planning to lobby directly to the Board of Curators as it meets Thursday on MU’s campus.

The goal of the group is to promote clean energy and get the university to shut down the coal-fired power plant on campus. But group spokesperson Kelsey Wingo says students are not allowed to put items on the Board of Curators agenda, so they have to get the message out in a different way.

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Soldier returns
6:25 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

GALLERY: Ashland Soldier surprises kids with early return home

Sergeant Major Mike Lederle and his wife Kena planned a surprise for their children at their school in Ashland Wednesday, September 12th. His 9th and 11th graders, Trinten and Samantha, thought Mike was still on deployment to Afghanistan.
Russell Chapin KBIA

Sergeant Major Mike Lederle surprised his children at their school in Ashland Wednesday afternoon. His 9th and 11th graders, Trinten and Samantha, thought they were just attending a flag presentation assembly at Southern Boone County high School. But during the ceremony, their father – who they thought was still on deployment to Afghanistan – walked out to greet them with a hug.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Missouri House picks Jones as new speaker

Representative Tim Jones
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Missouri House members have chosen Republican Tim Jones of St. Louis County as their speaker for the next few months.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Mo. lawmakers skip veto override on sales tax bill

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Missouri House Republicans have decided against trying to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation on vehicle sales taxes.

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Business
3:51 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Job type plays role in unemployment across gender, race

Job differences between men, women and racial groups play a role in the U.S. unemployment rate.
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The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent in July, but several groups are still feeling the heat more than others. 

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Business Beat
3:35 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Drought-resistant corn tested; unemployment in women, minorities

Corn is facing a tough test during this summer's drought, but a hybrid strain could help production output during waterless times.
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Growing across the Midwest is a strain of hybrid corn that should perform well under the driest conditions. Harvest Public Media’s Rick Fredericksen says this summer’s parched farmland is providing an ideal test.

Politics
3:30 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

State lawmakers override veto of birth control bill

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Missouri lawmakers have overridden Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill expanding religious exceptions for insurance coverage of birth control.

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Agriculture
3:21 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Drought-resistant corn faces real-life test

Corn has had a tough time thriving in this summer's drought. A new hybrid strain might solve that problem.
Peter Blanchard Flickr

The sub-par corn harvest of 2012 is coming in early, after the worst growing conditions in more than 2 decades.

“We’ve been really dry all summer," farmer Bill Simmons says. "I talked to an older gentleman some time ago that said he had taken  47 crops off of his farm and this was about the worst that he’d ever seen it."

Simmons is combining 13-hundred acres of corn on the Clan Farm outside Atlantic, Iowa. Multiple varieties were planted, but one field turned out to be especially interesting: a 300-acre section devoted to AQUAmax, a new drought-resistant product from DuPont Pioneer.

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Education
3:04 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

MU moves closer to forming a press advisory committee

MU leaders are getting close to forming a new advisory committee to lead the University of Missouri Press. Spokesperson Mary Jo Banken says a transition team is currently reviewing nominations and plans to send out invitation letters later this week.

MU Chancellor Emeritus Richard Wallace says this committee is the first of its kind and has a main goal.

“To offer advice, to help this campus, MU have the very strongest, highest quality academic press that we can,” Wallace says.

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Education
2:55 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

"Clickers" could come to Jefferson City Public Schools

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Jefferson City officials are considering the use of “clickers” – an interactive teaching device.

The Jefferson City School Board met last night  to discuss how the devices could benefit teachers.

Sharla Buthod is the Library Coordinator for Jefferson City public schools. She says the “clickers” would give teachers a better idea of how students are learning during lessons.

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Education
2:49 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Deatons host Patriot Day barbecue on the quad

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This year in honor of Patriot Day, Chancellor Brady Deaton and Dr. Anne Deaton hosted a barbecue on the quad.

MU Senior Matthew Beckum is in MU’s ROTC program and says they appreciate the Chancellor honoring the university’s veterans.

“We’re here to show our support, to let our presence be known and to congratulate and thank all the veterans that are here attending with us.” Beckum says.

Beckum says he and his classmates graduating this year are looking forward to starting their service.

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Crime
2:32 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Candlelight Vigil calls for peace and unity after 9/11 attacks

Central Missourians gathered outside the Boone County courthouse Tuesday night to remember the thousands of victims who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Mid-Missouri Peaceworks and the Islamic Center of Central Missouri collaborated to put on the event that called for peace and unity. Ruth Schaefer, coordinator of the event, says the candlelight vigil drew about 100 participants, many of whom are involved in local peace organizations.

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Politics
8:52 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Support grows for increasing cigarette tax

A report says one in four US high schoolers smoke first cigarettes before turning 18.
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A proposition on the November ballot that aims to increase the tobacco tax is picking up support. Missouri’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education is the latest to advocate for higher tax rates on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Proposition B represents the third attempt to increase Missouri’s low tax rate on tobacco products, and while previous proposals were turned down by the state’s residents in 2002 and 2006, this year’s version has steadily gained support.

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