The Two-Way
10:50 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Stalker Who Inspired 'The Natural' Dies; Lived Real Life In Obscurity

Ruth Ann Steinhagen, then-19, in the Cook County Jail after she shot Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Eddie Waitkus in 1949. On the table: a photo of Waitkus taken in the hospital where he was recovering from his bullet wound. The story of his shooting was the inspiration for Bernard Malamud's novel The Natural. Steinhagen died this past December.
AP

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 4:54 pm

  • NPR's Robert Siegel and Bob Goldsborough of the Chicago Tribune: What happened to Ruth Ann Steinhagen?
  • Bob Goldsborough on Ruth Ann Steinhagen's quiet life

Though we've seen The Natural many times, we have to confess we didn't know that a real woman shot a real baseball player in 1949 and that their story inspired Bernard Malamud's 1952 book and Robert Redford's 1984 movie.

Read more
Agriculture
10:16 am
Mon March 18, 2013

GMO labeling laws on deck in the Midwest

Labels at Swiss Meat and Sausage Co. near Hermann, Mo., do not indicate if products contain genetically modified organisms.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Just south of Hermann, Mo., Swiss Meat and Sausage Co. processes 2 million pounds of meat a year -- everything from cattle to hogs to buffalo to elk.

And everything gets a label.

“No antibiotics added, raised without added hormones, all natural, minimally processed," Glenn Brandt, the production manager for Swiss Meat, reads from a hefty roll of hickory smoked beef sausage stickers.

What this label does not indicate, however, is whether or not the sausage contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Read more
AM Newscasts
9:54 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Newscast for March 18, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • I-70 construction to start at Stadium Blvd.
  • Analysis: Mo. Senate bills could raise tax revenue
  • Ag officials search for Missouri century farms
Read more
Agriculture
9:38 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Ag officials search for Missouri century farms

In southwest Kansas, baled hay sits in an open field.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

Agriculture officials want to recognize more Missouri farms that have been in the same family for at least 100 years.

More than 8,000 century farms have been honored since Missouri began the program in 1976 as part of the nation's bicentennial celebration.

The University of Missouri Extension says farms that have been in the same family since December 31st, 1913, can receive the distinction. Applications must be postmarked by May 15th.

Read more
Politics
9:36 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Audit gives good rating to Mo. secretary of state

KBIA

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has given an "excellent" rating to the office of former Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

Carnahan's term ended in January, and the state auditor routinely reviews offices when executives leave.

Schweich's report found no problems with the office's oversight of significant financial functions, no legal violations and nothing lacking in its management procedures. The "excellent" rating is the highest available on Schweich's four-level assessment chart.

Politics
9:34 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Analysis: Mo. Senate bills could raise tax revenue

stopnlook FLICKR

The Missouri Senate has passed an unusually large number of tax cuts, credits, deductions and increases at the midway mark of the legislative session.

The bottom line could be a net gain in state revenues, if all the proposed changes become law.

A calculation prepared for The Associated Press by former legislative tax analyst Brian Schmitt shows that Missouri may reap $355 million in 2016, with that gradually decreasing to $118 million by 2019.

Read more
Politics
9:26 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Mo. stops releasing records in child tragedies

A joint newspaper investigation shows the Missouri Department of Social Services' practice of releasing information after the deaths or near deaths of children has come to an abrupt, unexplained halt.

After high-profile tragedies a decade ago, the state system charged with protecting children began releasing records previously closed to the public.

But the Springfield News-Leader and The Kansas City Star reported that the openness ended in June after a 10-year-old girl was freed from a Kansas City closet weighing 32 pounds.

Read more
Science, Health and Technology
9:13 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Missouri continues to investigate illness outbreak

The Missouri River cuts through Jefferson City and the rest of mid-Missouri.
Missouri Department of Tourism flickr

Health officials are investigating the cause of an outbreak of illnesses during a recent gathering of the Missouri Coroners' and Medical Examiners' Association.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 40 to 50 members of the group became ill during a three-day conference at a Jefferson City hotel. About 100 members of the association attended the conference.

Read more
The Two-Way
9:11 am
Mon March 18, 2013

China Edges Out U.K. As World's Fifth-Largest Arms Supplier

More than 200 companies attended an International Defense Exhibition in Karachi, Pakistan, in November, most from the U.S., China and Europe.
Asif Hassan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 9:46 am

The U.S. still leads the world in one area — arms sales. But even there, China is closing the gap.

Made-in-China weapons have moved into the No. 5 slot, displacing U.K.-manufactured arms, but the Asian giant still trails far behind the U.S. and Russia, whose weapons account for 30 percent and 26 percent of the market, respectively, according to a new report released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute on Monday.

Read more
The Two-Way
9:07 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Weapons, Explosives Found In Florida Dorm After Student's Death

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 11:42 am

There's worrisome news from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where a man who authorities say was a student at the school apparently killed himself Monday — which led to the discovery of "a handgun, an assault weapon and [improvised explosive devices]" in his dorm room, according to school officials.

Read more

Pages