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Agriculture
2:36 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

MU professor: grazing drought-damaged crops and pasture can harm livestock

A parched corn field in Cass County, Illinois.
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

A University of Missouri veterinary professor says farmers need to be careful when feeding drought-damaged corn to their livestock.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:25 am
Wed August 15, 2012

MU medical researchers accused of plagiarism

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Two University of Missouri heart researchers are accused of plagiarism after a medical journal retracted an article they co-wrote.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the American Journal of the Medical Sciences pulled the February 2012 article after determining that the authors "plagiarized significant aspects" of a 2006 article in the journal Heart.

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Politics
9:23 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Mo. unemployment rises slightly to 7.2 percent

A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate edged higher last month while the number of nonfarm jobs declined.

The Department of Economic Development says the jobless rate rose one-tenth of a point in July to 7.2 percent. That compares with a national rate of 8.3 percent.

The Missouri agency also reported Tuesday that nonfarm payroll employment decreased in July by 7,700 jobs.

Officials said record heat and severe drought affected outdoor jobs in such areas as construction, landscaping, lawn care and recreation.

Education
9:05 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Columbia welcomes international students

As College students make their way back to Columbia this week, thousands of international students are among them. At Stephens Lake Park, an event is meant to help these students adjust to their new city.

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Politics
8:55 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Missouri GOP hopefuls barnstorm across Show-Me State in a bus

The GOP campaign bus parked outside the party's Jefferson City campaign office.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Most of the Republican nominees for statewide offices in Missouri are touring the state together in a bus Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Transportation
8:49 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Caution urged for farmers on roads

The head of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says drivers need to be careful now that the state has granted drought-related waivers that will result in more farm machinery on the roads.

The Missouri Department of Transportation granted the waivers because the drought is forcing some farmers to travel longer distances to obtain hay, silage and grain.

Patrol Superintendent Ron Replogle encouraged farmers to review regulations related to farm vehicles and the transportation of goods.

Politics
8:46 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Hearings set in case over Mo. health care measure

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A Missouri judge has scheduled two hearings this month on a challenge to the ballot language of a health care measure that goes before voters in November.

The lawsuit by Republican Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers contends the ballot summary is unfair and misleading. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, wrote the summary.

Online court records show Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green will hear arguments Friday and again on August 28th.

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Agriculture
8:29 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Milk Board reinstates NW Mo. dairy's permit

Shatto Milk Company logo
shattomilk.com

A northwest Missouri dairy has resumed operations less than a week after some of its products were recalled by the state Department of Agriculture.

Missouri's Milk Board on Tuesday reinstated the plant permit for Shatto Dairy of Osborn after tests showed its pasteurization process was working.

Agriculture officials temporarily suspended the dairy's operations Aug. 8 after test results showed some of its milk products may have been unpasteurized or improperly pasteurized.

Drought
8:14 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Drought causing cracks in basement walls

A house with a daylight basement in Atlanta, GA.
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Many homeowners are seeing the impact of the drought with cracked walls in the basement, forcing thousands of dollars in repair bills that insurance generally doesn't cover.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that basement repair companies are overwhelmed with calls from customers about cracking and shifting foundations.

The drought has drained moisture from the soil for several feel underground. Drying clay shrinks, which undermines support beneath basements.

Politics
6:13 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Schoeller discusses Speaker succession

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Steven Tilley’s resignation Monday from the Missouri House Speaker’s post has left Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller in charge of the chamber.  But he doesn’t anticipate holding onto the job for long.

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Politics
6:03 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court declines to set execution dates

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The Missouri Supreme Court has declined to set execution dates for six condemned killers, saying doing so is "premature" until the courts decide if Missouri's new execution method passes constitutional muster.

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Politics
5:47 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Missouri Republicans rally to start fall campaigns

Missouri GOP candidates for statewide office gathered in Jefferson City.
Jim Bowen Flickr

Missouri GOP candidates for statewide office are starting their fall campaigns with a call for teamwork among Republicans.

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Education
8:49 am
Tue August 14, 2012

MAP scores highlight Columbia school district's performance

An AP World Studies class at Rock Bridge high school in Columbia
Camille Phillips KBIA

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the state’s 2012 school test scores Tuesday. And while the data show a small but fairly consistent improvement across most subjects, Columbia still has some work to do in a few categories.

The Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, tests students from third grade through high school in areas such as communication arts, math and science. For the 2012 school year, the Columbia district met all 14 state standards to remain an accredited district.

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Drought
8:30 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Crops, soil dry out further in Missouri

Irrigation waters a field of soybeans at Bradford Research Center outside Columbia, Mo. on August 12, 2012.
Camille Phillips Harvest Public Media

The recent break from Missouri's oppressive summer heat has done little to help crops and pastures.

In its weekly update, the Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that supplies of topsoil and subsoil moisture were just 1 percent adequate — with the 1 percent due to irrigation in southeastern Missouri.

Ninety-eight percent of pastures throughout Missouri were ranked in poor to very condition, and livestock producers are still coping with massive shortages of stock water.

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Faith/Religion
8:27 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Rally to support Joplin Muslims lacking funds

A rally to support Muslims after a fire destroyed a mosque in Joplin is still planned, although the organizer says more money is needed to finance the event.

A fire that destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque Aug. 6 has been called suspicious but a cause has not been determined.

Organizer Ashley Carter says the rally is scheduled for Saturday at Landreth Park. She is seeking nearly $3,000 by Wednesday for insurance and rent. But she says speakers and entertainment are lined up and she expects the event to be held.

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