8:49 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Cape Girardeau casino opens two months early

stopnlook FLICKR

Missouri’s newest casino, the Isle of Capri Casino, opened Tuesday morning in Cape Girardeau two months ahead of schedule.

Isle of Capri president and CEO Virginia McDowell lauded  her company’s efforts to build the casino so quickly and hire local workers.

“We had 9,000 applications for jobs, and we picked the 700 best people you are going to meet when you go through those doors," McDowell said. "And I am proud to say 80 percent of those people live within 50 miles of Cape Girardeau."

The project cost $135 million.

8:43 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Mo. court rejects challenge to cash-only bail

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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a criminal defendant may be forced to pay cash to be released from jail before trial.

A St. Louis County set a $75,000 cash-only bail for a man accused of invading people's privacy by using a concealed camera in a massage therapy business. The defendant, Kirk Jackson, challenged the cash bail order.

Science, Health and Technology
8:27 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Boone Hospital Center president steps down

Nitzan Brumer FLICKR

President of Boone Hospital Center Dan Rothery announced this week he will be leaving his position.

Rothery has taken a new leadership position with BJC HealthCare in Saint Louis. One of the company’s Group Presidents Bob Cannon said Rothery will serve as president of home care and community services.

“Another area he will be responsible for are BJC Behavioral Health Services and then there’s BJC Corporate Health Services," Cannon said.

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Arts and Culture
8:20 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Tiger Night of Fun offers supervised trick-or-treating

lobo235 Flickr

To promote both fun and safety, organizations throughout Columbia have been offering special Halloween events. The Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation hosts the “Tiger Night of Fun” -- an alternative event held at Hearnes Center Field House, where children of young families can be in a safe, supervised environment.

Spokesperson Janel Twehous said the department first offered its Halloween event 18 years ago when there were fears of tainted candy. Twehous said the department wanted to offer a safe alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating.

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The Salt
8:19 am
Wed October 31, 2012

The Truth About Nepal's Blood-Drinking Festivals

Yaks roam the hills in the Mustang District, in Nepal's Dhaulagiri Zone. Every day during the annual blood-drinking festival, attendees wait and watch for the yaks. Only male yaks are bled.
Jana Asenbrennerova

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 2:44 pm

"Blood-drinking festival." Reading those words, it's hard not to get either creeped out or curious — especially around Halloween.

I opted for curiosity. Which is how I discovered photojournalist Jana Asenbrennerova's stunning photo essay on an obscure custom that takes place each year in the remote, mist-wrapped highlands of Nepal. These festivals are actually a reflection of the complex relationship that Nepal's Buddhists have with eating meat.

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Planet Money
8:10 am
Wed October 31, 2012

America's Most Expensive Storms

A firefighter surveys the smoldering ruins of a house in the Breezy Point section of New York.
Mark Lennihan AP

While we're on the subject of devastating storms, consider a report published last year by the National Hurricane Center. The title alone makes it worth a look:


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8:09 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Voter turnout forecast at 72 percent in Missouri

Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri election officials are predicting that 72 percent of the state's registered voters will cast ballots in the Nov. 6 election.

If it's borne out, the turnout predicted Tuesday by the secretary of state's office would be the highest in Missouri in quite some time.

More than 69 percent of Missouri voters cast ballots in the 2008 presidential election. The 2000 and 2004 elections both saw smaller turnouts than that.

A 72 percent turnout would equate to more than 3 million of Missouri's nearly 4.2 million registered voters casting ballots.

AM Newscasts
8:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Newscast for October 30, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Mo. Task Force 1 rolls east in wake of Hurricane Sandy
  • MU hosts bi-annual Diversity Summit
  • Hartzler's "Vicky for Jobs" tour stops in Columbia
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The Two-Way
7:49 am
Wed October 31, 2012

N.Y. Drama: Officer Dies After Saving Family; Videos Show Rooftop Rescues

A lift to safety: New York City Police officers used "Helicopter 23" — named for the 23 officers killed on Sept. 11, 2001 — to rescue six people from rooftops on Staten Island.

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
7:39 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Views of the News: The SuperStorm; October Surprise; Don't Forget Locals; China Blocks Times

Credit The Newseum

Don't Call It Frankenstorm

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