Africa
3:26 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Uganda's Leader: 26 Years In Power, No Plans To Quit

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled since 1986, speaks in January at Uganda's Makarere University in the capital Kampala. Uganda celebrates a half-century of independence next month, and Museveni has ruled for more than half of that time.
Ronald Kabuubi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 2:19 am

Rebel leader Joesphy Kony, head of the infamous Lord's Resistance Army, has achieved greater notoriety than any other Ugandan in the world today.

Idi Amin, who ruled the country through most of the 1970s, still stands as a symbol of African dictators who abused power and inflicted gross human rights abuses.

Yet as Uganda celebrated 50 years of independence on Tuesday, the man who has most shaped the country is far less known, at least in the West.

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It's All Politics
3:25 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Romney's Debate Performance Swings Polls In His Favor

Mitt Romney and President Obama wave to the audience during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, on Wednesday.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 9:10 pm

In the five days since Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was declared by many the winner of the first presidential debate, political watchers have waited to see if polls would shift in response to his performance. And, they did.

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Around the Nation
3:21 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

In Pumpkin Regatta, It's Toothy Grins All Around

Peter Geiger lines up before the start of the pumpkin race in Damariscotta, Maine.
Patty Wight Maine Public Radio

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 7:37 pm

The typical jack-o'-lanterns that don front stoops this time of year pale in comparison to their multihundred-pound brethren: the giant pumpkin. Every year in Damariscotta, Maine, people hollow them out, climb inside and race them in the annual pumpkin regatta. There are two divisions — paddleboat and powerboat — and thousands gather to see whether it will be sink or swim for the contestants.

Topher Mallory bolts a wooden frame onto the flesh of his 550-pound pumpkin powerboat. The stern is large enough to mount a 10 horsepower engine — double that of most competitors.

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Politics
2:53 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Missouri Lt. Gov. candidate Susan Montee releases TV ad

Missouri Lieutenant Governor candidate Susan Montee
MonteeforMissouri.com

Democrat Susan Montee is starting her first TV ad in the Missouri lieutenant governor campaign.

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Politics
2:49 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Non-Missouri voter registration ends Wednesday

Voting sign from previous election
File Photo KBIA

If Non-Missouri residents have not registered to vote already, they might be left without a ballot in the upcoming election.  

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World
2:37 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

War And Violence On The Decline In Modern Times

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Suicide bombers explode themselves in the heart of Damascus; tens of thousands killed in that Syrian civil war and counting; the U.S. ambassador to Libya and four other Americans murdered in an attack in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11; in Minneapolis, a gunman kills four people at a local post office before shooting and killing himself; just a few of the recent headlines from a world seemingly afflicted by war and violence.

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Politics
8:54 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Columbia searches for an Information Technology Department director

Jamison Judd FLICKR

Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine will temporarily serve as interim director for Columbia’s Information Technology Department.

St. Romaine replaces Bob Simms, who resigned after 12 years. He’ll eventually have to find an IT Director that can handle the challenges of an expanding technology field. St. Romaine is trying to find an update to the position that had stability for more a decade.

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AM Newscasts
8:47 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Newscast for October 8, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Debate heats up on Mo. cigarette tax increase
  • Proposed ground rules aim to maintain Kirksville's historic character
  • Mo. State Historical Society discovers letter written by Benjamin Franklin
Arts and Culture
8:32 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Mo. State Historical Society discovers letter written by Benjamin Franklin

State Historical Society Manuscript Specialist Elizabeth Engel discovered this letter written by Benjamin Franklin to George Washington. Engel says she discovered the letter is a copy Franklin made.
Evan Townsend KBIA

The State Historical Society of Missouri is working to digitize the thousands of records in their archives. Along the way, staff has rediscovered many significant documents, including one written by an American founding father.

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Politics
8:17 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Proposed ground rules aim to maintain Kirksville's historic character

David_Shane Flickr

The Kirksville Historic Preservation Commission is working to establish some ground rules for downtown construction to maintain Kirksville’s historic character.

The commission is conducting surveys of downtown properties with the hope of creating a “design and review” ordinance.

The commission wants to establish new guidelines for what buildings can and cannot be built in downtown Kirksville in order to preserve a cultural environment.

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