George Varney

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  Tuesday is the first day of the Medicare open enrollment period that extends to December 7.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

supplemental nutrition assistance program
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP and formerly known as food stamps, will have its benefits reduced for every household across the nation for the first time in the program’s history Nov. 1.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

News coverage from the KBIA newsroom.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

News coverage from the KBIA newsroom.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including: 

  • Plans for a new 9-1-1 call center
  • A trial of a new energy source
  • Government information leaker Edward Snowden's possible effects on First Amendment law
  • Expansion of a Fulton machine company
  • Police reaction to a new proposed gun bill

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Jay Nixon announces $3 million expansion of a Troy, Mo. auto part manufacturer
  • New Missouri state law to give military veterans higher education benefits
  • Attorney General Chris Koster has sided with Gov. Jay Nixon in a veteod tax bill determination
  • Strikes for better wages take place across the country, Columbia  
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Extra patrol officers from the Columbia Police Department are scheduled to enforce fireworks ordinances from July 1 to July 5. While the police department typically has extra officers on duty around this time every year, this is the first year possession of fireworks is illegal in the city limits.

Columbia Police Department spokesperson Latisha Stroer is asking that individuals with fireworks complaints call the non-emergency number at (573) 442-6131 and not 9-1-1.

horse
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Missouri horse owners are on alert for signs of a rare horse disease after an outbreak in 12 horses in Nebraska earlier this month.

Equine infectious anemia, or EIA, is a viral disease spread by biting insects and the sharing of medical needles between horses. While the virus is related to HIV in humans, EIA can only be contracted by horses, donkeys, and mules.

Dr. Phillip Johnson is a professor of equine medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri. He says the most common outcome for an infected horse in North America is euthanasia.

Farmland prices increase at concerning rates

May 30, 2013
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Farmland prices in mid-Missouri have reached record highs - more than doubling over the last 10 years. But historical trends may give farmers reason for concern.  

Cattle tramp through the mud on Nathan Martin’s Centralia farm.

There are about 360 head here.  There’s corn and soybeans growing, too.

Martin bought the land in 1983, and has been working it full-time since.

It was after prices started dropping, and bottomed out three years later.

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