Business
2:21 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Not Your Grandma's B&B: Traditional Inns Transform For Young Travelers

Innkeepers are combating old stereotypes about bed and breakfasts. The Abbott Room at the Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield, Vt., was renovated in 2009 to reflect more modern tastes.
Jumping Rocks

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 10:16 am

There is a war going on. The enemy is an innocuous little piece of ornamental fabric.

When the Professional Association of Innkeepers launched the Death to Doilies Campaign this year, the approach was tongue-in-cheek, but the message of change was serious: The doily has had the run of bed and breakfasts for too long.

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Politics
9:18 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

House Pulls 'Plan B' Tax Measure From The Floor

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

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World Cafe
6:32 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Minus The Bear On World Cafe

Minus The Bear.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 8:59 am

The majority of Minus The Bear's records have been iterations of the intricate, melodic rock the Seattle band has been playing since it formed in 2001. In 2010 the band made a slight departure with Omni, an album that relied much more heavily on synthesizers and keyboards.

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Under the Microscope
5:50 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Problematic US horsemeat shows up in Europe

Silky Shark, a racehorse that earned over $100,000 during his racing career.
Courtesy Ken Terpenning

On this week’s show, we’ll hear about problematic US horsemeat showing up in Europe, and hear from one researcher about ways to convince people to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:40 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Drugged-up horsemeat (from U.S.) showing up in Europe

Silky Shark, a racehorse that earned over $100,000 during his racing career.
Courtesy Ken Terpenning

 

Silky Shark was a beautiful animal and a successful race horse. Over the course of his career he earned over $100,000 for his Kentucky owner. But Silky Shark ended up as meat on someone’s plate – most probably somewhere in Europe.

Silky Shark’s story isn’t unusual. Over 100,000 American horses – race horses, ranch horses, teaching stable horses - are eaten abroad every year.

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PM Newscasts
5:26 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Newscast for December 20, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is urigning the National Rifle Association to help prevent future mass killings
  • Public schools in Columbia and Jefferson City will be under heightened security Friday
  • A winter storm causes numerous power outages in Mid-Missouri
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Politics
5:15 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

McCaskill urges NRA to help stop future mass shootings

Claire McCaskill
Kristofor Husted KBIA

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is circulating an online petition urging the National Rifle Association to "make their voice a part of the solution" to prevent future mass killings like the one last week in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Global Journalist
5:07 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

A look into the U.S. war on drugs

KBIA

A documentary film called The House I Live In takes a critical and comprehensive look at the 40- year war on drugs in the United States. 

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It's All Politics
5:05 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Financial Ties Bind NRA, Gun Industry

In this photo illustration, a Rock River Arms AR-15 rifle is seen with ammunition.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 9:51 am

Leaders of the National Rifle Association plan to break their weeklong silence Friday and make their first public comments on the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

They say they will be speaking for the NRA's 4 million members. But they will also be speaking for the gun industry, which has close financial ties to the association.

The NRA and the gun industry are reeling after last week's massacre. The primary weapon used — an AR-15-style rifle — is one of the most popular guns in America.

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U.S.
4:53 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Is The Border Secure Enough To Tackle The Immigration System?

A hilltop view of the 18-foot fence along the U.S.-Mexico border west of Nogales, Ariz.
Ted Robbins NPR

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 7:10 pm

Since the mid-1980s, the U.S. Border Patrol has quintupled in size — growing from about 4,000 to more than 20,000 agents.

The government has constructed some 700 miles of fencing and vehicle barriers. It has placed thousands of ground sensors, lights, radar towers and cameras along the border. And Customs and Border Protection is now flying drones and helicopters to locate smuggles and rescue stranded immigrants.

So here's the question: Is the Southwest border secure?

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