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9:03 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Newscast for March 20, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Boone County: 130 calls to 911 each month unanswered for more than 60 seconds
  • Mo. court strikes down science incentive fund
  • Mo. sees little change in unemployment in February
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Politics
8:56 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Boone County: 130 calls to 911 each month unanswered for more than 60 seconds

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On April 2, Boone County residents vote on whether the county should increase its sales tax to fund improvements to its 911 dispatch center.

Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill said there haven’t been any major changes to the center since 1990s. Currently in Boone County, 130 calls each month take more than 60 seconds to answer, while industry standard dictates that most calls are processed within 15 seconds.

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes said the joint communications and 911 dispatch center needs to keep up with Boone County’s growing population.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Valley View Community Church

Today Paul Pepper welcomes RUBEN BOLTON, Valley View Community Church, who talks about "The Lamb - A Passover Perspective of The Last Supper", opening tonight at 7:00! Donations accepted.

Shots - Health News
8:48 am
Wed March 20, 2013

How Ideas To Cut ER Expenses Could Backfire

Wilfred Mobley pushes a patient to the radiology department at the University of Miami Hospital in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 12:58 pm

Cash-strapped states are coming up with an appealingly simple fix for soaring Medicaid costs: Don't pay for emergency room visits for people who aren't sick enough to be there.

There's a problem, though. It's almost impossible to figure out who's sick enough and who isn't at the moment they walk in the door, researchers say.

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Though It Doesn't Feel Like It In Parts Of The Country, It's Really Spring!

A snow-covered cherry blossoms at the Yuyuantan Park in Beijing, China.
Li Xin Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 8:58 am

Don't tell Chicago, Buffalo or Minneapolis — which will see high temperatures just in the 20s, today — but at 7:02 a.m. ET., the Earth's axis was neither tilted from nor toward the sun, marking the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere.

So: Happy spring equinox!

The National Weather Service provides this explanation for what's happening with the Earth's orbit:

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Education
8:43 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Westminster College hosts Maldivian political, environmental icon

Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. is hosting international alum, Shauna Aminath this week. She will share her experiences as a political and environmental icon during her first visit back to the school since 2008.

Aminath has been busy in the five years since her graduation from Westminster. She became an integral component in the election of the first Democratic political party in her home country of the Maldives, an island nation located to the south of India.

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
8:37 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Views of the News: Less Reporting, More Opining; CNN & HS Rape; UK Press Regs; Abandoning Manning?

Credit New York Post

The Pew Study: Less Reporting, More Opining

The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism: "The State of the News Media 2013"

Brian Stelter, The New York Times: "Local TV News is Following Print's Path, Study Says"

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Politics
8:24 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Mo. sees little change in unemployment in February

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Missouri's unemployment rate inched up slightly in February although the state also posted gains in the number of jobs.

Figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Economic Development show Missouri's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent last month, up one-tenth of a percentage point from January.

Seasonally adjusted, nonfarm payroll rose by 3,900 jobs in February, with gains in the construction industry offset partially by loses in food services.

Crime
8:21 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Mo. court strikes down science incentive fund

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The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a decision striking down a 2011 law that created an incentive fund for science and technology-based businesses.

In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, the court said the law was unconstitutional because the Legislature linked it to an unrelated bill about tax credits. That separate bill ultimately did not pass during a 2011 special session.

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The Two-Way
7:51 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Colo. Department Of Corrections Chief Shot And Killed At His Home

This undated image provided by the Colorado Department of Corrections shows its director Tom Clements.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 11:08 am

The head of Colorado's Department of Corrections was shot and killed after answering the front door of his home.

Gov. John Hickenlooper made the announcement in an email sent to corrections employees.

"I can hardly believe it, let alone write words to describe it," Hickenlooper wrote.

The AP reports:

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