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Science, Health and Technology
5:34 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Dairy the likely culprit behind E Coli outbreak

Seven cases of E. coli have been reported in central Missouri, according to the State Department of Health and Senior services. Three of these cases are Boone County residents, with one patient requiring hospitalization. Columbia and Boone County Health Department spokesperson  Genalee Alexander said that all three residents had one thing in common:

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Science, Health and Technology
4:51 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Study suggests Army Corps made right call at Birds Point levee

A new study suggests the Army Corps of Engineers made the right decision when it blew up the Birds Point-New Madrid levee last year.
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A new study suggests the Army Corps of Engineers made the right decision when it blew up the Birds Point-New Madrid levee last year.

The study’s authors argue the floodway would have been inundated with or without Corps action.

Ken Olson is a soil sciences professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he co-authored the study.

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Politics
2:34 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. Attorney General Koster reports raising more than $890,000

Democratic Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster reports raising more than $890,000 for his re-election campaign during the past three months.
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Democratic Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster reports raising more than $890,000 for his re-election campaign during the past three months.

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Politics
2:20 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. Senate stalls on gubernatorial election change

A proposed amendment to the state constitution would require candidates for governor and lieutenant governor to run as a ticket, just as the president and vice president do. Senators debated the measure but set it aside Tuesday.
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Some senators are balking at a proposal to make Missouri's gubernatorial elections more like presidential ones.

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Politics
2:07 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. House passes bill to reduce jail lawsuits

Missouri House members have approved legislation that supporters hope will reduce lawsuits stemming from suicides by inmates at jails and prisons.
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Missouri House members have approved legislation that supporters hope will reduce lawsuits stemming from suicides by inmates at jails and prisons.

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Business
1:46 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Railroad Looking to Roll Again

Unused for years, the train tracks at the Farmers' Co-op Association in Forest City, Iowa, are set to see rail cars again soon.
Dean Borg Harvest Public Media

It’s been seven years since folks around Forest City, Iowa, have heard a train whistle on the nearby tracks. But Iowa Northern locomotives will soon be switching railcars alongside the towering grain silos at the town’s co-op elevator.

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Business
1:38 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Dairy Farmers Looking for Change

Cows at Terry Van Maanen's farm in Sioux County, Iowa, wait to be milked.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

Many dairymen are calling the government price support system broken, but just how to fix it isn't clear. There's debate over how much the government should step in to help in tough times and as to what degree it should let the free market govern.  

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Politics
9:02 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. House OKs proposed amendment to state gun laws

State House members have approved a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution guaranteeing the right to own and manufacture ammunition.

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Politics
8:56 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. lawmakers rework budget, discuss fate of blind pension fund

A reworked Senate budget proposal includes preserved funding for a pension program for the blind.
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Budget writers in the Missouri Senate have crafted a proposal designed to preserve funding for blind pensions.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:50 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Thousands of fish die in Columbia creek

Scientists are still unsure what exactly caused the death of nearly 14,000 fish in Columbia's Flat Branch Creek.
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Thousands of fish from several different species were found dead in Flat Branch Creek on Monday.

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Politics
8:47 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Paul takes contentious St. Charles Co. caucus

On the day Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential race, Ron Paul — not presumptive frontrunner Mitt Romney — has stolen the show at the do-over Republican caucus in one of Missouri's largest and most conservative counties.

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Politics
8:45 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Legislators review re-worked workplace discrimination bill

A State House committee began a hearing Tuesday into a stripped-down version of the workplace discrimination bill. 

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Arts and Culture
5:14 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

MU to conduct diversity survey

The Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative at MU will be conducting new research to improve the climate for diversity on campus. This new phase of the study will use an online survey to reach all members of the community. Project director Roger Worthington says this year’s study differs from past version.

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Education
5:05 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Lottery allows restoration of education funding

 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is restoring about $6.8 million that he previously cut from public education because of budget concerns.

Nixon's administration said Tuesday it is providing $5 million for transportation assistance at K-12 schools and $200,000 for fine arts and scholars academies.

Cuts to two scholarship programs also were reversed. The Access Missouri scholarship will get more than $357,000 and nearly $650,000 will go to the A+ Schools program.

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