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8:31 am
Mon April 7, 2014

MU Biochemistry receives $1.1 million gift

University of Missouri
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The MU Department of Biochemistry received a $1.1 million gift that will fund a new faculty chair in biochemistry on Friday.

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Politics
8:22 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Boone County Fire Protection District requests $14 million bond issue

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Boone County’s Fire Protection District is requesting a $14 million bond issue on this April’s ballot in hopes of acquiring funds to purchase new fire trucks and renovate several fire stations.  

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Politics
8:15 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Boone County voters to decide on $2 million Harrisburg schools bond

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Boone County voters will decide on Proposition 2 on Tuesday.  The passing of the bond would grant the Harrisburg school district $2 million.  

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Politics
7:57 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Medicaid change sought for disabled, elderly

Missouri Capitol
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Some Missouri Republicans have adamantly opposed expanding Medicaid to low-income adults by tapping into billions of federal dollars under President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Politics
1:29 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A conversation with the European Union's ambassador to the U.S.

João Vale de Almeida, the European Union's ambassador to the United States, spoke to Global Journalist about the relationship between the two entities, and other topics.
Credit Global Journalist

João Vale de Almeida is the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States of America. He sat down with Global Journalist's Jason McLure to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, the EU-U.S. relationship, and other topics. Below are excerpts from that interview, but you can listen to the whole interview above, or watch a video of it at the bottom of this page.

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Politics
10:07 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Columbia Public Works shares plans for project

A webcam posted at the Scott Blvd. construction site updates city residents on the project's progress with images such as this.
Credit Columbia Public Works

The Columbia Public Works Department hosted an open house Wednesday night at Mill Creek Elementary School to present design concepts on a future road project.

Phase three of the Scott Boulevard road construction project is set to begin in 2016. The department plans to add four miles of new sidewalk and nine storm mitigation basins from Vawter School Road to Route KK.

Other highlights include expanding the road to five lanes and building a new bridge over Mill Creek.

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Business
9:57 am
Fri April 4, 2014

New hotel opens in downtown Columbia

The Broadway
Credit The Broadway

A new downtown hotel has formally opened its doors in Columbia.

The Broadway, a project four years in the making, celebrated its grand opening Wednesday with a ribbon cutting. The ceremony had members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce as well as representatives from Hilton. The hotel has 114 rooms as well as a restaurant and rooftop bar offering panoramic views of Columbia.

The hotel was designed with Columbia in mind as ownership hopes it attracts local residents to The Broadway.

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Health
4:11 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Illinois expanded its Medicaid program. Missouri didn’t. How are those choices working out?

In his hospital room at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centerville, patient Steven Glispie finishes signing the paperwork to enroll in Medicaid.
Credit Véronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

 

Listen to this story as it aired on KBIA's Under The Microscope.

For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children.

Then along came the Affordable Care Act. It was designed to grow health insurance coverage across the board. One of its tenets was to expand Medicaid coverage beyond the extremely poor and disabled to include all adults earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty levels.

But in 2012, the Supreme Court gave states the chance to opt out Medicaid expansion.

Illinois is one of 25 states that went ahead with expanding the program. Neighboring Missouri did not.

We looked into the impacts of those differing decisions. Here’s what we found out.

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Education
4:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Moberly college approves domestic partner benefits

Full-time employees of Moberly Area Community College will soon have benefits extended to their domestic partners.
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Moberly Area Community College will offer benefits for domestic partners of full-time college employees.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri House approves limit on union fee collections

The bill would require authorization from public employees before unions spend money taken from paychecks.
Credit File Photo / KBIA

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require public employees to give annual written authorization for unions to spend money automatically deducted from a person's paycheck.

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Politics
3:39 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri House approves bill to nullify federal gun laws

Missouri House members approved a bill allowing citizens to sue federal agents for enforcing gun laws the state considers to be infringement.
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Federal gun laws that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms would be deemed null and void under legislation passed by the Missouri House.

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Politics
3:31 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri House sets aside transportation tax increase

The Missouri House tabled a one-cent tax increase for transportation following discussion on funding for bicycle paths.
Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

A debate on state funding for bicycle paths caused legislation to impose a one-cent tax increase to be set aside in the Missouri House.

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Politics
3:23 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri Senate passes $600 million bonding plan

The bonding plan would finance millions of dollars in bonds for the improvement of state institutions and facilities for health and education.
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

 

A potential $600 million bonding plan for state buildings has passed the Missouri Senate.

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Weather
2:21 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

As storms roll through Missouri, National Weather Service issues weather warnings [UPDATES]

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Update 4/4/14 8:13 a.m.: (AP) As a second wave of violent weather rolled through eastern Missouri, it brought scattered reports of tornado sightings. The public reported a tornado shortly after 7 last night near the town of Washington, Missouri, but Franklin County emergency management director Abraham Cook says there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. A tornado touched down briefly around 5:30 yesterday morning in the St. Louis suburb of University City.

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Crime
11:55 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri transfer Zach Price arrested, suspended from basketball team

Missouri Tigers forward Zach Price was arrested early Thursday morning.
Credit Courtesy of Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Missouri forward Zach Price has been indefinitely suspended from the team after being arrested on suspicion of assault.

Police Sgt. Joe Bernhard told The Columbia Daily Tribune the 20-year-old Price was arrested early Thursday after he punched a 23-year-old male roommate and a pushed a 23-year-old female to the ground during an argument.

He was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and third-degree domestic assault. Price posted bond and was released from jail.

Both victims suffered minor injuries.

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