The Salt
1:43 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Billionaires Fund A 'Manhattan Project' For Nutrition And Obesity

Billionaires John and Laura Arnold are betting that the country's top nutrition researchers can get to the bottom of the obesity epidemic.
Courtesy of the John and Laura Arnold Foundation

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 8:46 am

Why would a billionaire energy trader-turned-philanthropist throw his foundation's dough behind a new think tank that wants to challenge scientific assumptions about obesity?

John Arnold, 38, whose move from Enron to a spectacularly successful hedge fund got him on the list of wealthiest Americans, isn't crazy about talking to the press. But certainly his decision with his wife Laura to back a newly launched operation called the Nutrition Science Initiative, or NuSI, is an intriguing one.

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AM Newscasts
1:21 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Newscast for September 20, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Jefferson City pumps $100,000 into fund for new airline in Columbia
  • Funds from tobacco tax hike would waft to MU's Medical School
  • Central Mo. toddler's death linked to E. coli infection
The Two-Way
1:08 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

White House: 'Self-Evident' Attack On Consulate 'Was A Terrorist Attack'

The Obama administration continued walking a fine line today when describing the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

"It is, I think, self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack," White House spokesman Jay Carney said aboard Air Force One, according to Reuters. "Our embassy was attacked violently and the result was four deaths of American officials. So, again, that's self-evident."

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Education
1:05 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Community college enrollment might be shrinking

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The economic downturn caused a boom in enrollment at community colleges nationwide. But that trend may now be reversing in Missouri.

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, national enrollment at community colleges grew 20 percent between 2007 and 2011.

Now, enrollment may be coming down. Some St. Louis schools are anticipating declines in head count between 10 and 20 percent.

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Religion
12:59 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Atonement In Judaism, Christianity And Islam

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 1:33 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, begins at sundown next Tuesday. It's one of the holiest days of the year and marks a time for reflection and repentance. People of many faith backgrounds, and also those who are not especially religious, think about atonement, what it takes to achieve it, and how it affects their lives.

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History
12:59 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Civil War Buff Takes On McClellan's Critics

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 1:20 pm

Gen. George McClellan's Union forces narrowly won the battle of Antietam, but he has long been blamed by historians and politicians for botching an opportunity to destroy Gen. Robert E. Lee's army and bring an early end to the Civil War. Cartographer Gene Thorp argues his critics have it wrong.

World
12:59 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Americans Abroad, Working Under Fire

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 1:14 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. Anti-American tensions flared in many countries over the past two weeks, and it's been difficult for Japanese in China, too, amid protests over disputed islands. In such a situation, what's it like for the businesspeople, diplomats and volunteers who get caught up in the crisis, when they suddenly find their home country the target of violence and outrage?

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Science, Health and Technology
12:43 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Central Mo. toddler's death linked to E. coli infection

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The Boone County medical examiner says the death of a 2-year-old boy from central Missouri has been linked to E. coli.

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The Two-Way
12:43 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Justice Ginsburg Predicts Gay Marriage Question Headed To High Court

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made a bit of news during an appearance at the University of Colorado, yesterday. When she was asked a question about the issue of gay marriage, she smiled and declined to answer, the AP reports. She said the issue is likely to come up before the court, so she couldn't adress it.

"I think it's most likely that we will have that issue before the court toward the end of the current term," she said.

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Education
12:37 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

eMINTS prompts students to ask questions while learning

Charter Communications representatives say further expansion in Columbia will help increase Internet speeds.
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Classrooms in New Franklin, Mo. got a visit from members of the U.S. Department of Education. Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement Jim Shelton, who wanted a firsthand look at the eMINTS approach to education.

eMINTS (enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies) is a professional development program created by the University of Missouri. The New Franklin School District implemented the eMINTS program about 10 years ago. It promotes inquiry-based learning as well as an increased focus on using technology.

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