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10:25 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Newscast for February 21, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Winter storm hits mid-Missouri
  • Columbia PD reports decrease in crime since 2011
  • Plaza Explosion Timeline Raises Questions
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Politics
10:14 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Mo. Senate panel OKs utility surcharge measure

A Missouri Senate energy committee has advanced legislation that would let power companies seek permission for an infrastructure surcharge.

Under legislation approved by the committee with two dissenting votes Wednesday, power companies could seek to levy the surcharge between formal rate cases.

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Crime
10:07 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Columbia PD reports decrease in crime since 2011

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If Columbia seems less dangerous these days, there may be a reason. Data from The Columbia Police Department show that crime rates have decreased since 2011 with the exception to reported rape and sexual assaults.

Columbia police have looked at past crimes and trends in the city, and have adapted to prevent future crimes. Columbia Police Department Spokesperson Latisha Stroer recalls recent changes.

“We had some violence that occurred in and around Douglas Park,” Stroer said. “We had two-man units placed there to help this relationship with the community and that area.”

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Politics
10:03 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Mo. House Dem proposes ban on anti-union measures

Rep. Rick Brattin's bill would require lawmakers to take drug testing during session.
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Missouri House Democrat's plan would send colleagues to prison for proposing legislation limiting collective bargaining rights.

Representative Jeff Roorda of Barnhart introduced the bill Friday in response to a Republican House member's proposal to jail lawmakers for introducing gun control measures.Roorda says he was "inspired" by the GOP approach to protecting gun rights and he wants to do the same for unions. Representative Mike Leara, of St. Louis County, is sponsoring the bill banning gun-control legislation.

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World
10:02 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Corruption Reigns In Spain; King's Son-In-Law Accused Of Embezzling

Iñaki Urdangarin, Duke of Palma and the Spanish king's son-in-law, is accused of embezzling millions of dollars in public funds.
Manu Mielniezuk AP

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 9:26 am

There is no end, it seems, to revelations of corruption in Spain, exacerbated by the country's economic crisis. The latest scandal threatens to topple the pedestal on which Spain's royals have long stood.

The newest suspect is the king's son-in-law, who is accused of embezzling millions of dollars in public funds and faces a judge this weekend.

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Politics
10:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Lawmakers discuss bill to teach evolution in schools

Ryk Neethling flickr

A Missouri State Representative thinks evolution needs to be more clearly taught in schools.

Representative Andrew Koenig’s House Bill 179 was discussed at a public hearing Wednesday morning by the Committee for Elementary and Secondary Education.

Koenig’s bill would allow teachers to teach the strengths and weaknesses of evolution freely. He said this approach will encourage students to explore science.

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Business
9:54 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Plaza Explosion Timeline Raises Questions

James cautions not to assign blame in Plaza blast before all the facts are in.
Frank Morris KCUR

The investigation into the blast and fire that rocked the Country Club Plaza and destroyed JJ’s Restaurant has entered a new phase. 

“The people stage has basically concluded,” said Kansas City Mayor Sly James. “We are now moving into that part of the investigation about what caused the explosion.”

We know what caused the gas leak: a crew laying fiber-optic cable accidently pushed the cable into a two-inch gas main just before five o’clock Tuesday evening. A lot of attention will focus on what happened between then and 6:04, when JJ’s blew up.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Existing Home Sales Rise Again; 'Seller's Market Is Developing,' Realtors Say

A "for sale" sign in San Francisco last summer.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 9:46 am

Sales of existing homes rose 0.4 percent in January from December and were up 9.1 percent from January 2012, the National Association of Realtors reports.

The trade group also says "a seller's market is developing and home prices continue to rise."

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The Salt
9:35 am
Thu February 21, 2013

More Antioxidants In Your Diet May Not Mean Better Health

The flavonoids in coffee may have health benefits, but preventing stroke may not be one of them.
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Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 11:34 am

Antioxidants in foods are good for you, so more should be better, right?

Evidently not.

In a new study, people who ate more antioxidants overall didn't lower their risk of stroke and dementia in old age. That flies in the face of earlier research that found that the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables reduce stroke and dementia risk.

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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Thu February 21, 2013

In A Swirl Of Humanity, A Chance Encounter With A Saint

Gyanesh Kamal, a Hindu saint, attends the Kumbh Mela on the banks of the Ganges River in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. The gathering is the largest religious festival in the world.
Anoo Bhuyan NPR

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:49 am

Kurt Vonnegut once said, "What makes life worth living are the saints. ... They can be longtime friends or someone I meet on a street. They find a way to behave decently in an indecent society."

And so it is with Gyanesh Kamal, a man I met at India's Kumbh Mela, one of the oldest festivals on Earth. To the uninitiated, this spiritual spectacle is a discombobulating din of prayers, loudspeakers and pilgrims so ceaseless it disorients the senses.

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