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We’ll see how the next couple weeks are vital for the European Union, and how this will affect Mid-Missouri. Plus, we’ll dig a little deeper into the ongoing story about Mamtek and how this affects other cities in Missouri.

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Local news from the KBIA Newsroom.

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The University of Missouri is studying how to make life easier for student parents. Plus, research shows a Prison GED program has multiple benefits.

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Business Beat October: 7th, 2011

Oct 10, 2011

Our first story deals with rural hospitals in Missouri.  Two weeks ago, President Obama told the nation, Washington has to live within its means. As Democrats and Republicans continue to scour the federal budget for over a trillion dollars in possible cuts, one group very likely to be affected is rural hospitals in the Midwest and across the nation. KBIA’s Jacob Fenston reports.

Amateur hour

Oct 7, 2011
Jessica Pupovac

Does the idea of standing up in front of a bunch of strangers and trying to make them laugh seem horrifying or exhilarating? For some people it’s both. This week, we explore the world of stand-up comedy and discover what kind of person willingly puts themselves out there.

This week, we look at a bill that could take some of the uncertainty out of end-of-life decisions. Plus, will funding woes doom agricultural research?

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Lawmaker Seeks New 'Family Consent' Law

Oct 6, 2011
Jacob Fenston / KBIA

End-of-life decisions can be wrenching for families. In the early 2000s, the case of Terri Schiavo riveted the nation, as her family battled over whether to remove her feeding tube or keep her on life support. Now, 44 states have so-called “family consent” laws, which help determine which family member should make health care decisions. Missouri is one of the six states with no such law, putting families and doctors in legal limbo. But a bill headed for the Missouri legislature could change that.

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Kelly Gehringer

This week: President Obama’s budget tax could effect Missouri Hospitals.  Another company cuts jobs from Moberly.  The Columbia Regional Airport is approved to have major renovations.

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Ellen Thommesen / Columbia Missourian

This week: students in unaccredited school districts with ambitions for college could find themselves in limbo. Plus, kids get up close and personal with alpacas.

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Rural Hospitals Face Medicare Cuts

Oct 3, 2011
Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Two weeks ago, President Obama told the nation, “Washington has to live within its means.” As Democrats and Republicans continue to scour the federal budget for over a trillion dollars in possible cuts, one group very likely to be affected is rural hospitals in the Midwest and across the nation.

The Citizen Jane episode

Sep 30, 2011
James Muspratt

Filmmakers and filmgoers alike are flooding into Columbia for the 4th annual Citizen Jane Film Festival. We’ll check in with two of this year’s featured film-makers. And … it’s the season to be scary- and a darker sort of vampire has already landed in Columbia.

This week, we look at a video-game accessory that could prevent injuries among the elderly. Plus, Columbia College is getting a new science building.

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

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This week:  Direct payments for farmers could be coming to a halt.  … And a business incubator built in Sedalia could have a positive impact lined up for the city.  Hosted by Nick Adams

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
Jacob Fenston / KBIA

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.

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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
Jessica Naudziunas

This week, we uncover a three-letter mystery.

Jessica Naudziunas / Harvest Public Media

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
USDA

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.

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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.

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