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2:46 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House passes electronic tracking bill

Tracking of electronic or cellular devices could be forbidden without a warrant if the bill passes in the Missouri Senate.
FIle Photo KBIA

Law enforcement could not track the location of an electronic or cellular device without a warrant under a bill passed by the Missouri House.

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2:36 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Missouri House approves bill to add fees supporting emergency services

The bill would allow Missouri counties to vote on a monthly fee to support emergency services like 911 response and poison control.
Creative Commons Flickr

Missouri House members have approved legislation that could lead to new fees to support the state's 911 and poison control networks.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:50 am
Wed May 8, 2013

MU research develops farm safety smart phone tool

In southwest Kansas, baled hay sits in an open field.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

Cell-phone toting farmers caught in dangerous tractor rollovers may soon be able to more easily signal for help thanks to a new smart phone application in development at the University of Missouri.

The app uses GPS sensors to detect rollovers. The program then sends automatic email and phone alerts with the accident coordinates to an emergency contact.

The Vehicle Rollover Prevention Education Training Emergency Reporting System was developed by Bulent Koc, an assistant professor of agricultural systems management.

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8:45 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Columbia Public Schools to allow cell phones in schools

J Haymes photography Flickr

The Columbia School Board decided to allow the use of cell phones in schools.  Christine King, president of the Columbia Public School Board of education, said this policy will help students access school material through their phones.

“We want to provide the technology of online instruction through a variety of ways to students.  In order for them to use their iPhone, for example, to look up whatever it is they need to do for a class, we have to allow them to bring that into school,” said King.

Arts and Culture
4:19 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

This is what a photosphere of the MU quad looks like

Francis Quadrangle as a "photosphere"
Credit MU_Photospheres / Reddit

"Photospheres" are like panoramic photos that show all of the space around you--even above, below and behind you.  Android's latest operating system (4.2 Jellybean) has a cool camera setting that stitches these photos together automatically on your cell phone.

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9:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mo. texting while driving law nabs few violators

J Haymes photography Flickr

A 2009 Missouri law that bans young drivers from using their cell phones to send text messages has led to few citations and remains difficult to enforce, a Columbia newspaper reports.

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Science, Health and Technology
2:17 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Jefferson City announces mobile app contest winner

Jefferson City’s mobile app contest announced its first place winner, Michael Roling last week. City Administrator Nathan Nikolaus proposed the event in April in hopes of encouraging local developers and residents to start thinking about interactive features for the city. The apps list information about nightlife, local businesses, social media and news information.

Michael Roling, developer of the JCMO app said he wanted to do something for his hometown.

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6:33 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Lawsuit challenges Mo. on cellphone tracking

A federal lawsuit is seeking to strike down a new Missouri law making it easier for police to track people's cellphone signals during emergencies.

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8:21 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Kids playing with cellphones called problematic

hockeyshooter flickr

The 911 Services administrator for Stoddard County in southeast Missouri is calling attention to a growing problem of children playing with discarded cellphones and accidentally calling 911.

The Dexter Daily Statesman reports that Carol Moreland says parents are apparently unaware that dialing random numbers from a cellphone or landline phone will eventually reach the 911 dispatch center, causing a distraction for dispatchers and emergency personnel.

9:16 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Cell phone tracking bill currently before Gov. Nixon

The bill before Nixon would require cell phone companies to provide police with the location of any customer who's been reported missing.

Among the more than 110 bills passed by Missouri lawmakers this year is one designed to help law enforcement officers track a missing person through the potential victim’s cell phone signal.

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9:04 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Mo. House passes legislation placing cellphones on No Call Lists

Legislation allowing Missourians to place their cellphone numbers on the state's telemarketing No Call List is moving forward.

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4:52 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Missouri House approves adding cellphones to No Call List

Legislation allowing Missourians to place their cell phone numbers on the state's telemarketing No Call List is moving forward.

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Off the Clock
4:45 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Down by the river

The scene at The Honky Tonk and Blues Jam
Scarlett Robertson KBIA

This week we head down to the Missouri River, hear a technology-centric essay about cell phones and celebrate Easter a few days early.

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9:17 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Cell phones added to no call list

New legislation would bar telemarketers from calling cell phones.

Legislation adding cell phones to Missouri's no call list faced no objection in the Senate Monday.

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