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Economy
3:56 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Job Trend More Than A Blip, But U.S. 'Can't Stop'

President Obama speaks after touring Rolls-Royce Crosspointe engineering plant in Virginia on Friday. Obama declared America "will thrive again" after another encouraging report on jobs growth.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 10, 2012 12:49 pm

The American job market is still a long way from healthy, but its pulse feels a lot stronger now than it did six months ago. The Labor Department says employers added 227,000 workers to their payrolls in February, a solid — if not spectacular — performance. It continues a trend that suggests a genuine recovery, not a temporary blip.

The unemployment rate held steady at 8.3 percent, even as nearly 500,000 people joined the workforce.

Improvement in the job market is a boon for President Obama as he tries to hold onto his own job in November.

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Three-Minute Fiction
11:01 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Three-Minute Fiction Round 8: She Closed The Book...

Luis Alberto Urrea was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction in 2005.
Nicole Waite Little, Brown & Co.

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 10:06 pm

Ready for some creative competition? Weekends on All Things Considered is launching Round 8 of its Three-Minute Fiction contest. Here's what we look for: original, short fiction that can be read in less than three minutes — that's no more than 600 words.

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Animals
10:27 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Stubborn As A Mule's Knot: Chiropractor Eases Pain

Mules have carried people and supplies in Grand Canyon National Park for more than a century. Now they have a chiropractor to soothe their aching muscles.
John Moore Getty Images

The famous pack mules that carry supplies and people in and out of the Grand Canyon have back pain, as you might imagine. One man is on a mission to make the lives of these beasts of burden a little less painful.

When Rene Noriega retired a few years ago after a long career as a Border Patrol agent, he took what — for him — was the next natural step.

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The Two-Way
5:47 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

VIDEO: Chilling New View Of The 1986 Challenger Explosion

Challenger explosion.
Huffington Post

Today, The Huffington Post released what it says is a never-before-seen video of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

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PM Newscasts
5:46 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Newscast for March 9, 2012

This is regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A look back as state legislators take their spring break
  • Governor Nixon sends off a troop from the Missouri National Guard
  • Branson city officials assess the damage after February's tornado
  • Columbia officials revise their Enhanced Enterprise Zone plans
  • Columbia residents to vote on funding for Columbia Public Schools
CoMo Weekender
5:21 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

CoMo Weekender ft. Women, Plays and Bikes

COMOPOLO players Aaron Hand, Johnathon McDowell, Christian Losciale and Aimee Cunningham (clockwise from top-left) play a pick-up game at Cosmo Park in July 2011.
Nick Schnelle

IAT's 4th Annual Short Women's Play Festival (Fri-Sun, 7 p.m.)

Get ready for another festival, and this one won’t have you standing in the Q before the show. The Independent Actors Theatre is hosting the 4th Annual Short Women’s Play Festival at The Bridge. In conjunction with Woman’s History Month, the six featured plays are new works by female playwrights from around the country.

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Off the Clock
5:20 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Glory days for the Mafia in Kansas City

"Where two brothers where shot to death from ambush in Little Italy this morning."
Terence O'Malley

Kansas City may be famous for its jazz and barbeque, but it also has the dubious distinction of having had one of the best Mafias in the country.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Gov. Nixon sees off MO National Guard team

Members of a Missouri National Guard Agribusiness Development Team have received a sendoff from Gov. Jay Nixon as they prepare for deployment to Afghanistan.

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Business
5:00 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Columbia makes changes to its EEZ proposal

The ongoing debate over the Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Columbia prompted a change today. The proposed blight zone for Columbia is now a little bit smaller.  The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Advisory Board unanimously voted in favor of eliminating six portions of the original blight zone. 

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