World Cafe
2:13 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Next: The Pharmacy

The Pharmacy.
Courtesy of the artist

Scott Yoder and Brendhan Bowers formed The Pharmacy in 2002, envisioning it as a garage-punk band before also embracing dance-pop and psychedelic rock. In 2007, classically trained pianist Stefan Rubicz joined the group, which has since maintained a steady schedule, earning positive reviews and touring with Vivian Girls, Matt+Kim and Japanther.

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It's All Politics
2:09 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

What Else Could $6 Billion Buy?

The Italian-built Lamborghini Aventador costs nearly $400,000. The money spent on election 2012 — for TV ads and other things — could theoretically get you more than 15,000 of these V12 cars. But that's a lot more than have been built.
Adek Berry AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 2:39 pm

The cost of the 2012 election will top a record $6 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. If you find it difficult to visualize that figure, here are a few other ways to think about what $6 billion could buy:

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Middle East
1:32 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

U.S. Presses Fractured Syrian Opposition To Unite

A Syrian rebel fighter takes aim at government forces from an apartment in the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday. While the fighting rages, the Syrian opposition is holding talks in Qatar in an attempt to create a new, more unified front. The U.S. announced last week that it favors an overhaul of the opposition leadership.
Philippe Desmazes AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 2:27 pm

Could a united Syrian opposition be the game changer that finally topples President Bashar Assad, after almost 20 months of revolt and more than 30,000 dead?

"You need a game changer, either military or political, and hope it will break the stalemate," says Amr Azm, a Syrian-born professor at Shawnee State University in Ohio.

The Obama administration appears to embrace this view, and last week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the surprise announcement that the U.S. backed a plan to overhaul the Syrian opposition.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Lt. Governor race heats up after long lull

Peter Kinder and Susan Montee
KBIA

While the Governor and US Senate races in Missouri have attracted more attention, the campaign for the Lt. Governor’s office has heated up after a quiet lull that followed the August primaries. 

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AM Newscasts
1:26 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Newscast for November 5, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Mo. state workers off on Black Friday as economy improves
  • Columbia Housing Authority aims to eliminate discrimination with policy change
  • Mo. plays role in fracking boom with silica sand
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The Two-Way
1:26 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Superstorm Sandy: Latest Figures & How To Help Those In Need

Long Beach, N.Y.: Volunteers unloaded water at an aid distribution center on Sunday.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 4:13 pm

NPR librarians continue to help us keep track of the recovery from Superstorm Sandy and the deadly toll from the storm that blasted New Jersey, New York City and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England one week ago.

-- Number of deaths: At least 115 in the U.S., by NPR's count. The Associated Press reports there were at least 106 fatalities. There were 69 Sandy-related deaths in the Caribbean and two in Canada.

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The Two-Way
1:21 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Arizona Group Reveals Source For $11 Million Political Contribution In California

California Gov. Jerry Brown appears at a rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 4:29 pm

This morning a shadowy Arizona group decided to disclose where $11 million in political contributions came from. The money was used to fight for an anti-union ballot measure and against a proposition from Gov. Jerry Brown to raise sales and income taxes.

California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) says the $11 million is the largest contribution "ever disclosed as campaign money laundering in California history." FPPC says it may be the largest anonymous donation in state history.

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Education
1:06 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

MU welcomes Chief Diversity Officer

UM Curators are urged to raise tuition at the University of Missouri in Columbia by as much as 7.5 percent.
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MU is welcoming a fresh but familiar face to the role of Chief Diversity Officer.

Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton appointed Noor Azizan-Gardner to coordinate the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative (CDI) as Chief Diversity Officer. Duties of this position include efforts in increasing diversity of students, staff and faculty, as well as maintaining a convivial campus community.

Chief Diversity Officer Noor Azizan-Gardner said she is excited to get everyone working together so the board can begin making dramatic but positive changes.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Columbia Housing Authority aims to eliminate discrimination with policy change

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The Columbia Housing Authority’s policy will be updated to better comply with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of family. The CHA will define family as any individual or group living together.

This definition aims to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status.  Phil Steinhaus, CEO of the Columbia Housing Authority, said the CHA has already based it’s program on the inclusive definition and the text change is just a formality.

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Politics
12:47 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Callaway County delays in mailing residents' tax bills

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The Callaway County collector’s office will not be mailing resident’s tax bills on time.

Computer glitches in the new taxpayer software that the collector’s office is using will delay the mailing of Callaway County’s real estate and property tax bills this year. The new PC based software was implemented in February.

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