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9:29 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Newscast for April 8, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Republican leaders set out key issues at Boone County Lincoln Days Banquet
  • Following ridership decrease, Columbia Transit wants your feedback
  • Mail service in Columbia could slow down
  • Columbia remembers Tom Clements

Politics
9:22 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Blasts raise questions about pipeline safety

Questions are being raised about the role of emergency shutoff valves in preventing natural gas explosions like the recent one at a Kansas City restaurant.

Regulations require their installation, but not their use in emergencies. Instead of shutting valves before a February blast leveled JJ's restaurant and killed a server, crews waited for a backhoe to arrive in a failed attempt to vent the leak.

One experts likened shutoff valves to the brakes on a car.

Politics
9:18 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Following ridership decrease, Columbia Transit wants your feedback

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Columbia Transit and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services are calling on residents to provide input for possible changes to the city’s public transportation system.

Columbians are invited to participate in an online survey regarding their transit use, desired changes and funding possibilities. All residents are encouraged to take the survey regardless of if or how often they use public transportation.

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Politics
9:11 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Mo. Senate panel to take up state budget

A Cole Co. judge declared lawmakers' inability to pass tax credit legislation in the fall rendered a Missouri science investment bill unconstitutional.
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A Missouri Senate panel is preparing to begin drafting its plan for the roughly $25 billion state operating budget.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has scheduled hearings throughout the week to begin work on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The panel is also scheduled to consider the budget for the state Revenue Department, despite recent tensions between the department and Republican senators over new driver's license procedures.

Business
9:06 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Mail service in Columbia could slow down

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Columbia residents may soon have to wait a little bit longer for their mail to arrive.

The U.S. Postal Service has put together an Area Mail Processing proposal to move some operations, including 91 Columbia jobs, to St. Louis and Kansas City. This is in large part due to a decrease of 53 billion pieces of mail during the past seven years, a fourth of the overall volume.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:52 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Google names KC company to test Google Glasses

Google has selected a Kansas City company to test Google Glass, the search giant's wearable computer device.
The Kansas City Star reports that Engage Mobile will join other Google Glass testers. The goal is to prepare Google Glass for launch next year.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Heart of Missouri United Way & Comedy Night

Today Paul Pepper talks to TIM RICH, Heart of Missouri United Way, about how United Way is improving impact in people's lives. Also, the Assistance League and Job Point is holding their annual comedy night fundraiser. DORIS ROSS has the lineup!

Politics
8:44 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Republican leaders set out key issues at Boone County Lincoln Days Banquet

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U.S Senator Roy Blunt said as long as there is Republican House of Representatives there will be no more tax increases passed by Congress. The Senator from Missouri said spending caps will help ease the federal budget in the next 10 years.

Blunt made the remarks in Columbia Friday, at the annual Boone County Lincoln Days Banquet, where Blunt and Missourian Republican leaders set out some of the issues that might be key to their 2014 election campaigns.

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Politics
8:34 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Boone County organizations work to keep tax break

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The Missouri State Senate has passed legislation that would eliminate tax breaks for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities living in rental properties. According to Jessica Macy, the executive director of the Boone County Council on Aging, this tax break allows seniors to pay their bills and improve their quality of life.

“This is really money that really helps offset their everyday living expenses,” Macy said.

Macy said the tax break allows seniors to support local businesses by using their money to purchase necessities, such as groceries and prescriptions.

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Remembrances
8:29 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Margaret Thatcher's Life And Legacy In Britain

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 9:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

On a Monday, it is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

Britain and the world are reflecting this morning on the life of Margaret Thatcher. The former British prime minister has died at the age of 87. Britain's current Prime Minister David Cameron remembered her this way.

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