Politics
6:04 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Chairman of Mo. utility regulatory panel to resign

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Missouri's top utility regulator says he is stepping down effective March 1.  Kevin Gunn announced his resignation Wednesday during a meeting of the Missouri Public Service Commission.

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Politics
6:01 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Mo. House GOP defeats 2nd effort by Democrats to ban smoking in lawmakers' offices

Flickr Creative Commons user SuperFantastic

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 4:16 pm

Republican members of the Missouri House who smoke will still be able to, while Democrats won’t.


A new rule adopted today by the full House allows each party caucus within the House to set its own rules for such things as whether a lawmaker can smoke in his or her own Capitol office.  Shelley Keeney (R, Marble Hill) chairs the House GOP Caucus.


“I do think it was a good compromise," Keeney said.  "Clearly there were a wide range of views and opinions on the issue.”

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Education
6:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Columbia Public Schools unveils electronic reading program

An increasing number of schools across the country are introducing tablet technology into the classroom.
Brad Flickinger Flickr

Columbia Public Schools announced Wednesday an expansion of an electronic reading program throughout the district.  With the myON reader program, students can log on to a website and have access to thousands of free electronic books.

Superintendent Chris Belcher calls it “amazon.com” for kids. He says the district has purchased a password to access the site for every 4-year old in the district.

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World Cafe
5:54 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Big Star And Ardent Music On World Cafe

Big Star's members pose in front of their barn.
Andy Modla

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 7:25 am

Our "Sense of Place" visit to Memphis, Tenn., moves away from soul music to the place where some of the seminal American power-pop records were created. Ardent Studios is where the Memphis band Big Star made three albums that helped define the genre.

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Shots - Health News
5:53 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Schedule Of Childhood Vaccines Declared Safe

Some parents have worried that kids get too many vaccinations too quickly. A review of all the available research suggests those concerns are misplaced.
Dmitry Naumov iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 6:16 am

Childhood vaccines for diseases like measles, polio and whooping cough have repeatedly been proved safe and effective. Even so, some parents still worry that the schedule of vaccinations — 24 immunizations by the age of 2 — can be dangerous. That worry is likely misplaced, according to a yearlong review of all available scientific data.

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The Two-Way
5:47 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Americans Among Hostages Seized By Militants In Algeria

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 6:25 am

Militants seized dozens of hostages, apparently including Americans as we reported earlier, in a deadly raid on an Algerian gas facility Wednesday.

As State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said earlier: "The best information we have at this time is that U.S. citizens are among the hostages."

Now, more is becoming known about what happened in the Algerian gas field, and about some of the hostages.

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The Salt
5:26 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Jihadi Fighters Win Hearts And Minds By Easing Syria's Bread Crisis

A man makes bread as residents, background, stand in line in front of a bakery during heavy fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and government forces in Aleppo, Syria, on Dec. 4, 2012.
Narciso Contreras Associated Press

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 6:16 am

In Syria, the staple of most meals is a thin, round, flat bread that we would probably call pita.

Back in November, as fierce fighting raged across Syria, people started to run out of this bread. Government forces were attacking bakeries in rebel-held areas and cutting off electricity so mills couldn't grind flour. By late last year, Syrians were desperate.

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U.S.
5:26 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Violence-Riddled Chicago Hopes Gun Proposals Will Help Shield It

Community leaders and family members of murder victims attend a press conference Jan. 3 at St. Sabina Church in Chicago to make a plea for stronger gun regulations.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 6:16 am

As President Obama unveiled his gun control proposals Wednesday, he highlighted mass shootings at schools in Colorado, Virginia and Connecticut. He also mentioned another group of children, not in school — the ones on the street corners of Chicago.

Chicagoan Annette Holt was at the White House during Obama's address. Her teenage son, Blair, was shot to death five years ago on a Chicago bus as he shielded a fellow student from a spray of bullets.

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Business Beat
4:58 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Wal-mart and the local farmer; Mississippi River and barge business

Mississippi River near Thebes, Ill.
Credit Jacob McCleland / KRCU

The lingering drought continues to keep the Mississippi River at historically low levels. But now the Army Corps of Engineers says the river will likely stay open for transportation at least through this month. But many grain and energy industries that send products up and down the river aren’t yet breathing a sigh of relief. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports from the Corn Belt where a lot of grain begin its journey south down the Mississippi.

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Politics
4:57 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Interior Secretary's Legacy Defined By Issues Of Oil

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks at the dedication for the Southwest's first urban wildlife refuge on the southern edge of Albuquerque, N.M., on Sept. 27, 2012. Salazar has announced that he'll leave his post in late March and return to Colorado.
Susan Montoya Bryan AP

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 6:16 am

The Department of the Interior is huge — more than 70,000 employees manage a half-billion acres of public land, mostly in the West. The department does everything from operate national parks to administer Native American social programs and manage wild horses.

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