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9:02 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Possibly threatening email sent to lawmakers

The emails come weeks after a gun-target stickers were placed on some lawmakers' office doors.
File KBIA

An angry email that named four Missouri state senators and mentioned an Arizona congresswoman who was shot and wounded last year has been traced to an eastern Missouri resident.

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Politics
8:58 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Cole Co. Judge declares MOSIRA unconstitutional

The judge said failure by lawmakers to pass wide-ranging tax credit legislation in the fall special session renders the bill unconstitutional.
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The Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA, has been ruled unconstitutional by a Cole County judge.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:46 am
Wed February 22, 2012

New program eases debt for rural medical students

Brady Didion, fourth-year med student at MU, was recently chosen for an early loan repayment program with the National Health Service Corps.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

The average medical school student graduates with close to $160,000 in debt. That heavy burden is one reason why there is a long-running shortage of primary care doctors in rural America. More and more graduating students choose higher-paying specialties over rural primary care. In this weekly update, a new pilot program helps medical students pay off loans as soon as they start residency, so it's easier to choose a lower-paying, but possibly more fulfilling career path.

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Education
4:20 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Missouri files for No Child Left Behind exemption

Eleven states have been issued waivers from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, but Missouri was not one of them.  But as Maria Altman reports, the State Board of Education is trying to change that.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Mo. House rejects plan to increase some farm taxes

KBIA

 

Missouri House members have voted to reject a tax plan that would increase property taxes for the best farms.

Property taxes for farms are based on the land's "productive value." Farms are divided into eight groups based on land quality, with the best in Grade 1 and the worst in Grade 8. The Missouri Tax Commission has recommended increasing productive values for the four highest grades.

Science, Health and Technology
2:59 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

High school athletes at risk for concussions

 

Eight hundred and seventy one high school students suffered concussions during last fall, according to a new survey conducted by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. Unsurprisingly, 75 percent of those concussions happened to football players.  State lawmakers made this survey mandatory last year, so there isn’t any previous data with which to compare it.

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Field Notes
12:16 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Translating science into news

Shari Freyermuth teaches science to non-science majors at the University of Missouri. She attended the workshop designed to help her communicate her research clearly.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

Scientists researching complex topics often come up empty-handed when it comes time to explain their findings. It’s hard to distill years of intricate, complex research into tiny bytes a layman can understand.

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Politics
11:28 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Legislators debate bill punishing unruly behavior near worship centers

Legislation inside of the general assembly would punish unruly behavior near religious centers.
File KBIA

Sparked by past events around the nation, one Missouri senator is trying to make disrupting a house of worship punishable by up to 15 days in jail and a three hundred dollar fine for first time offenders.

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Politics
11:20 am
Tue February 21, 2012

House approves English-only driver's tests

Legislation would make English the sole language on driver's license tests.
File KBIA

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require driver’s license exams be given only in English.

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Education
11:14 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Curators approve tuition increase

Tuition at the University of Missouri, where Brady Deaton serves as Chancellor, will rise as much as 7.5 percent.
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University of Missouri curators have voted to increase tuition by 3 percent for Missouri residents starting this summer. Out of state students will see a tuition increase of 7.5 percent.

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Intersection
7:07 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Talent clusters and the economy of the future

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Exam
5:24 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

As tuition goes up, is it worth the price?

Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri Campus
cindyt7070 Flickr

With the cost of a college education continuing to increase and state funding simultaneously decreasing, some are beginning to question the value of attending a university at all.

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Business
5:04 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Missouri foreclosures spike in January

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The number of foreclosures in Missouri jumped nearly 14 percent in January compared to the month before. Meanwhile, foreclosures were up only 3 percent nationwide.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Springfield group pushes discrimination ban

The Springfield City Council is being asked to consider ordinances that would ban discrimination against gay people.

The Mayor's Commission on Human Rights sent three proposed ordinances to the city council that are designed to work together to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Education
11:40 am
Mon February 20, 2012

UM Board of Curators approves tuition increase

KBIA file photo

The University of Missouri's in-state undergraduates received a good news today.  The UM Board of Curators voted to hold tuition increases to three percent starting this fall.  In past weeks there was discussion of raising tuition by two or three times that much.  However, the proposed tuition increase will leave MU with a forty-seven million dollar budget gap.

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