Education
10:57 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Vegetables, vegetables everywhere, but not enough to eat [INFOGRAPHIC]

A student’s tray full of food looks nearly the same as when it was purchased seconds before it is dumped into a trash can during lunch in New Franklin, Mo., Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. School officials are trying new strategies to combat the increase in waste
Chelsea Stuart KBIA

Like the old joke about restaurant complaints (“The food is awful, and the portions are so small!”), kids across the country are complaining their school lunches have too many fruits and vegetables, and they’re leaving lunch hungry.

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U.S.
10:25 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Sandusky Sentenced For Penn State Assaults

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And here's another story we've been following throughout the morning: Jerry Sandusky was sentenced today to at least 30 years in prison. The former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted in June, of sexually abusing 10 boys. NPR's Jeff Brady was in the Pennsylvania courtroom today. He joins us now. Jeff, what's the sentence? More details.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:11 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Debate Heats Up About Contentious Bird Flu Research

When a case of the potentially lethal H5N1 bird flu was found in British poultry in 2007, Dutch farmers were told to keep their poultry away from wild birds by closing off outdoor areas with wire mesh.
Ed Oudenaarden AFP/Getty Images

What was supposed to be a 60-day moratorium on certain experiments involving lab-altered bird flu has now lasted more than eight months. And there's no clear end in sight.

Researchers still disagree on how to best manage the risks posed by mutant forms of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu. The altered viruses are contagious between ferrets, which are the lab stand-in for humans. The fear is that these germs could potentially cause a deadly flu pandemic in people if they ever escaped the lab.

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Sports
10:10 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Tell Us: What one word describes how you feel about Mizzou Football?

A Mizzou helmet and an SEC helmet were on display at the announcement. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Announcer Mike Kelly was unable to find the white helmet for the official presentation to Brady Deaton earlier in the press conference. Photo by KAREN MITCHELL
Karen Mitchell University of Missouri

Remember when the letters SEC were enough to start a conversation or sell a T-shirt? Now, with Missouri at 3-3 halfway through the season, the picture doesn't look as rosy.

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The Two-Way
9:27 am
Tue October 9, 2012

NPR Names New Executive Editor

Madhulika Sikka.
Doby Photography NPR

Madhulika Sikka, who has been Morning Edition's executive producer since joining NPR six years ago, will become the organization's executive editor in January.

In announcing the promotion this morning, NPR Senior Vice President for News Margaret Low Smith lauded Sikka's work at Morning Edition, saying she "brought real vision" to the show and that it has "evolved into a more interesting and relevant program" under her leadership.

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Education
9:04 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Columbia School Board supports raising state's cigarette tax

A report says one in four US high schoolers smoke first cigarettes before turning 18.
Sudipto_Sarkar flickr

Columbia's school board has come out in favor of a state ballot measure that would raise the state's cigarette tax and possibly bring money to public schools.

Proposition B is a proposed tobacco tax on November's ballot. It would raise taxes on cigarettes purchased in Missouri, which is currently ranked 11th in smoking rates and has the lowest cigarette tax of any state. The proposed tax would move Missouri to 36th place in nation-wide cigarette taxes and some of the money collected would be used to fund public schools.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Mycological Society & Columbia Art League

Today Paul Pepper welcomes STAN HUDSON, with the Missouri Mycological Society, which is having a "Fall Foray" this Saturday, Oct. 13 at Rock Bridge State Park. Also, the Boone County Art Show is this weekend! Art lovers rejoice! DIANA MOXON, Columbia Art League, has details.

Education
8:44 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Rock Bridge, Hickman High Schools cancel joint homecoming parade

Rock Bridge High School and Hickman High School changed their homecoming tradition this year due to a big weekend for MU.

Both Rock Bridge and Hickman canceled their joint homecoming parade on Oct. 13. The schools expect a large crowd downtown because MU plays No. 1 Alabama, and continued construction on Broadway. Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher says safety of the students is the main reason for the cancelation.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:28 am
Tue October 9, 2012

The City As Infestation

This nighttime photograph taken from the International Space Station shows much of the Atlantic coast of the United States. Parts of two Russian vehicles parked at the orbital outpost can also be seen in the frame.
NASA

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 6:10 pm

For all their variety and variation, cities are, at their root, physical systems. That means, at some fundamental level, they are also expressions of the laws of physics. In physics size matters (or "scale" as we call it). Physicists learn different things about an object by looking at it from different scales. In our first exploration of physics and cities we stayed at the street level. At that scale we saw cities as machines: cars and elevators, pipes and plumbing. Then we went up to the roof. At that scale we saw cities as engines, vast systems for turning energy into work.

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Business
8:25 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Osage Sierra Club takes action against Aspen Heights

File Photo KBIA

Once again, controversy surrounds the development of Aspen Heights. The student living complex is being built at the location of the old Regency Mobile Home Park.

Aspen Heights broke ground earlier this year. But, Osage Group Sierra Club Conservation Chair Ken Midkiff says the company violated a city ordinance. He says after a recent visit to the site, he believes the Aspen Heights developer, Crockett Development, did not preserve 25 percent of native trees.

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