Arts and Culture
9:06 am
Mon April 22, 2013

'Angels in America' playwright Kushner at MU

Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner comes to the University of Missouri this week as part of a conference on gays and lesbians in the theater.

Kushner's play "Angels in America" chronicles the early AIDS crisis in New York City and won both a Tony and Pulitzer Prize in 1993.

Theater professor David Crespy will interview Kushner at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the university's Rhynsberger Theatre.

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Crime
8:59 am
Mon April 22, 2013

MU graduate student earns Pulitzer Prize

Charles Minshew

Before he even had a chance to cross the stage in May, University of Missouri School of Journalism graduate student Charles Minshew was recognized, along with the Denver Post news team, with a Pulitzer Prize.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Montessori School & League of Women Voters

Today Paul Pepper welcomes LORIE STEELE, Jefferson City Montessori School, 30th Annual Silent Auction fundraiser this Saturday, April 27. Also, LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, runs down the busy list of activities in which you're invited - starting tomorrow!

Politics
8:40 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Mo. Senate budget plan notable for zeros

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri senators are considering a roughly $25 billion budget plan that may be most notable for what it doesn't contain.

Senate debate on the budget is scheduled to begin late Monday, with some of the most agreeable items up first. Those include a $66 million increase in basic aid for public schools and a $34 million increase for public colleges and universities.

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The Two-Way
8:38 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Reese Witherspoon Apologizes For Her Behavior

Actress Reese Witherspoon in a photo provided by the City of Atlanta Department of Corrections after her arrest early Friday on a disorderly conduct charge.
AP

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 12:34 pm

Now, something completely unrelated to the heavy news of recent days:

"I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said," actress Reese Witherspoon says in a statement sent to Entertainment Weekly and other news outlets about her arrest Friday in Atlanta.

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The Two-Way
8:37 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Bodies Of First Responders Identified From Texas Explosion

A view of the devastation from the fertilizer plant blast on Wednesday in West, Texas.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 12:22 pm

Authorities have identified four more sets of remains of first responders who battled last week's fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Wednesday's blast killed at least 14 people and injured more than 200, according to officials cited by The Associated Press.

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NPR Story
8:36 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Nixon Vetoes Vehicle Sales Tax Bill

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 6:48 pm

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill which would have levied sales taxes on out-of-state auto, boat and other vehicle purchases. 

The Governor vetoed a similar bill in May of last year.

Friday's action marks the second time in two years he has rejected the Legislature's attempt to reverse the effect of a 2012 Supreme Court ruling.

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Politics
8:34 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Mo. offering tax break on some appliances

The Columbia Power Plant has been serving the energy needs of Columbia residents in some capacity since 1914. The EPA will soon enforce a rule that will require the plant to cut emission levels.
Matt Veto KBIA News

Missouri consumers are being offered a temporary break on the state sales tax on energy-efficient appliances.

The Revenue Department says its fifth annual Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday runs through Thursday of this week. The event lifts the 4.2 percent state sales tax on dishwashers, furnaces, air conditioners and other appliances that carry the Energy Star label.

The agency says 11 counties, 51 cities and 18 special taxing districts are also taking part, meaning buyers will be spared the local sales taxes as well.
 

Arts and Culture
8:23 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Westminster College student gets funding to empower women, children in Nepal

A Westminster College student is one of only nine students in the country to receive funding for the Clinton Global Initiative.

When Sahadev Yangmali Rai visited Bhojpur, a town in his home country of Nepal, he knew he had to do something.

“They don’t have electricity," Rai said. "They don’t have phone service. They don’t have a toilet, they don’t have drinking water. Literally, they don’t have anything.”

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Environment
7:45 am
Mon April 22, 2013

This Scientist Aims High To Save The World's Coral Reefs

Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science takes a water sample during his experiment on part of the Great Barrier Reef. The water is slightly pink because his team is using a dye to trace an acid-neutralizing chemical as it flows across the reef.
Richard Harris NPR

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 8:52 pm

Most scientists find a topic that interests them and keep digging deeper and deeper into the details. But Ken Caldeira takes the opposite approach in search for solutions to climate change. He goes after the big questions, and leaves the details to others.

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