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Weather
4:47 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Joplin looking to get weather radios

zensmom1 Flickr

Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr wants the city to distribute weather radios to all Joplin homes that don't already have one.  Rohr says a survey indicated 58 percent of Joplin homes don't have a weather radio, meaning the city would have to distribute about 11 thousand radios at a cost of more than 300 thousand dollars.

The Joplin Globe reports the state denied the city's application for money to fund the project. The American Red Cross donated 50 thousand dollars and Rohr says he will ask the Joplin Tornado First Response fund for an additional 250 thousand dollars.

Off the Clock
3:03 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Black women in art and the stories they tell

Elizabeth Catlett, “My role has been important in the struggle to organize the unorganized,” 1947. From The Negro Woman series (Edition 14/20). Linocut (2001.10). Gilbreath-McLorn Museum Fund
Image courtesy of the Museum of Art and Archeology

The Museum of Art and Archeology is commemorating Black History Month with an exhibition called "Black Women in Art and the Stories They Tell."

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Politics
10:16 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Columbia officials consider transit cuts

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes, left, addresses the Disabilities Commission alongside Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine Thursday, Feb. 9. Matthes said city transit is on track to exceed its budget by $1 million.
Matt Veto KBIA

Columbia city officials are still discussing options for shoring up a projected one-million-dollar shortfall in the city’s transit budget.

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Education
10:02 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Out-of-state applicants at record high for MU

Jacob Fenston KBIA

The University of Missouri’s out-of-state applications outnumbered in-state applications for the first time in the school’s history. Vice Provost for Enrollment Manager Ann Korschgen said the recent rise is thanks to an increased recruitment the country, as well as the school's reputation.

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Agriculture
9:46 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Something foul in the water

An aerial view of Missouri River flooding between Kansas City, Mo., and Rulo, Neb., on June 20, 2011.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

It’s been eight months since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released massive amounts of reservoir water from locations north of the Missouri River. Those reservoirs were filled to the brim with historic rainwater and melted snow that accumulated over a long winter of inclement weather across the Midwest.

Most of that released water poured over valuable farmland and residential areas in northwest Missouri. The resulting financial and family devastation has opened up a huge Missouri-style feud that will likely last as long as it will take the flooded land to return to normal.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:26 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Grant will help keep Columbia creeks clean

Bill Bumgarner flikr

Boone County and the City of Columbia are using a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to study storm-water runoff into Bear Creek, north of I-70. A task force will focus on reducing pollutants, which flow directly into the creek, untreated.  

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Global Journalist
6:30 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Getting information out of Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on opposition forces is escalating. Six straight days of heavy bombardment has left hundreds dead in Homs.

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Politics
5:48 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Gov. Nixon speaks with University leaders about cuts

Gov. Jay Nixon
KBIA file photo

Two days after promising a decrease to higher education cuts, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon met with university presidents in Jefferson City.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Koster gives details about $196M settlement distribution

Chris Koster speaks at a press conference in Kansas City on Thursday, February 9th, 2012.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

As part of the national settlement with the five biggest mortgage service banks, amid allegations of mass loan abuse and fraud, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has started looking for home owners to take payments.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

MO House passes voter ID bill

KBIA file photo

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls. 

The Thursday vote split exactly along party lines.

Democrats hammered away at Republicans’ arguments that the bill would combat voter fraud, saying there hasn’t been a documented case of voter fraud in decades – and that the bill does nothing to deal with voter registration fraud.  GOP House Member Todd Richardson of Poplar Bluff disagreed.

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Under the Microscope
5:00 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Cleaning up the Missouri River

Last year, Missouri River Relief traveled across the state, cleaning up the river by barge.
Melanie Cheney Flickr

On February 2, the non-profit organization Missouri River Relief will host the Wild and Scenic film festival at the Blue Note in Columbia. Festival-goers can expect to see a variety of environmental and adventure films. One of those films, Big Muddy Clean Sweep, documents the organization’s trek across the state, cleaning the Missouri River aboard a barge.

Steve Schnarr is the program manager for Missouri River relief. We spoke to him about what it was like traveling across the state, his own connection to the Missouri River and what people could expect at the festival.

Education
10:20 am
Thu February 9, 2012

University updates staff on budget issues

Jesse Hall
enign beedrill Flickr

The second meeting discussing MU’s  budget took place Wednesday where Director of Budget Tim Rooney led an updated presentation on the university’s financial situation for the coming year.

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Crime
9:20 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Bustamante apologizes; receives life in prison for Olten murder

A Missouri teenager who had described the slaying of a young neighbor girl as an "ahmazing" thrill made an emotional apology Wednesday to the girl's family and was sentenced to a potential lifetime in prison.

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Politics
9:17 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Legislators hear support for anti-bullying bill

The bill would make schools crack down on bullying.
File KBIA

A bullied high schooler testified in favor of proposed anti-bullying legislation in a House committee hearing Wednesday.

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Politics
9:08 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Mo. Senate passes workplace discrimination reform bill

Mo. Senate Democrats tried to filibuster the workplace discrimination reform bill last week.
File KBIA

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would redefine what constitutes discrimination in the workplace. The vote was a mere formality following last week’s battle to kill the bill.

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