The Two-Way
10:44 am
Tue February 19, 2013

The Snake's A Snitch: Why Florida Released Biggest Python Caught In Hunt

A Burmese python at Zoo Miami. Authorities are trying to cut down the number of such snakes in the state.
Peter Andrew Bosch MCT /Landov

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 11:47 am

This headline may make you go "huh?"

"Biggest Python in Florida Snake Hunt Released Back into the Wild."

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Shots - Health News
10:09 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Few Public Family Planning Centers Accept Insurance, Yet

Health plans are required to pay for contraceptives, but the clinics that are common sources of family planning services aren't used to dealing with insurers.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 1:44 pm

Most women can expect to get contraceptives without paying out of pocket for them thanks to the federal Affordable Care Act.

Women who are young or those who are poor and rely on publicly funded family planning centers for reproductive health services are covered, too.

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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Obama Pushes Congress To Avoid Automatic Cuts; GOP Says It's Not The Problem

As he pressed Congress for action Tuesday, President Obama stood before a group of first responders. He made the case that their departments will be hurt if automatic budget cuts go into effect March 1.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 10:54 am

Standing in front of first responders who he says could lose their jobs, President Obama pushed Tuesday for Congress to act now to avoid $85 billion in "automatic, severe budget cuts" set to kick in starting on March 1.

The cuts due because of the so-called sequestration "are not smart, they are not fair [and] they will hurt our economy," the president said.

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The Salt
9:58 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Pictures Don't Lie: Corn And Soybeans Are Conquering U.S. Grasslands

A corn field is shrouded in mist at sunrise in rural Springfield, Neb.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 12:56 pm

For years, I've been hearing stories about the changing agricultural landscape of the northern plains. Grasslands are disappearing, farmers told me. They're being replaced by fields of corn and soybeans.

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AM Newscasts
9:44 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Newscast for February 19, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • MU softens decision to move nuke engineering team
  • Study finds obesity coverage mostly negative in black newspapers
  • Boone hospital to build new cancer center
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Politics
9:02 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Cultural Battle Over Women's Reproductive Health Issues Resumes In Mo. Senate Hearings

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 9:28 am

Four bills dealing with the ongoing cultural battle surrounding women’s reproductive health were heard Monday night before a Missouri Senate committee.

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Politics
9:02 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Mo. House Democrats File Medicaid Expansion Bill

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 10:47 pm

House Democrats are sponsoring legislation to expand Medicaid in Missouri, despite the fact that the state budget filed by Republicans leaves out the proposed expansion.


House Bill 627 would expand Medicaid to an additional 300,000 Missourians, and House Democrats say not passing it would cost the state 5,000 jobs and could force some rural hospitals to close their doors.  Kerry Noble is CEO of Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems in the Missouri Boot-heal.

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Politics
9:01 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Mo. Senate passes local vehicle sales tax bill

Cities and counties would be able to resume collecting taxes on cars that were not purchased at Missouri dealers under a bill passed by the Senate.

The Senate voted 28-0 to send the bill to the House on Monday.

A Missouri Supreme Court decision last year has prohibited local governments from collecting sales taxes on cars bought from out-of-state dealers or from a private sale between Missouri residents.

Education
8:57 am
Tue February 19, 2013

MU softens decision to move nuke engineering team

Adam Procter Flickr

A nuclear engineering research team at the University of Missouri receives a modest reprieve after it was targeted by administrators for elimination.

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