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Global Journalist
9:01 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

How the US debt-ceiling crisis affected America's foreign standing

At dawn, the sun breaks through dark clouds over Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Credit J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

Foreign countries were generally puzzled by the U.S. government’s partial shutdown and its flirtation with the debt ceiling. With the debt authorization deadline fast approaching, the newspaper Le Monde’s front-page story had this headline, referring to France’s favorite founding father: “Jefferson, wake up, they’ve gone crazy.” 

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Politics
5:25 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

U.S. Representative Visits Hickman High School

U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler visited Hickman High School in Columbia on Monday.
Credit Kate Grumke

United States Representative, Vicky Hartzler (R), of the Fourth District was in Columbia Monday, Oct. 21, touring Hickman High School.

The congresswoman spoke about the stalemate in Washington during the partial government shutdown.

Hartzler did her student teaching at Hickman in the family and consumer sciences department when she was an education student at M-U, and on Monday she toured the career services wing.

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Politics
8:44 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Missouri Senators voted to reopen federal government

Senator Roy Blunt
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Both of Missouri’s U.S. Senators voted in favor of the bill Wednesday night that reopened the federal government and raised the country’s debt ceiling.

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Politics
8:27 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Mo. National Park sites reopen after shutdown

Gateway Arch in St. Louis
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Visitors to Missouri can once again go up in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and pitch tents at federally-run campsites, now that the government shutdown has ended. 

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Politics
6:15 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Federal Workers Head Back To Jobs As Government Reopens

A furloughed federal worker protests outside the U.S. Capitol last week, demanding an end to the shutdown.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 9:49 am

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers on furlough for two weeks are going back to work after Congress approved a late-night deal Wednesday to fund the government and stave off default.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Central Missouri Honor Flight completes 25th flight

A banner welcoming World War II veterans is displayed at the entrance of the Marriott Hotel on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in Columbia, Mo. Veterans from World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars visited national memorials in Washington earlier that day.
Michael Losch KBIA

Central Missouri Honor Flight took 64 veterans to visit national memorials dedicated to their service on Tuesday, despite the government shutdown. Later that night, the veterans returned home with the guide of the Patriot Guard to a crowd of family members and friends.

Dane Gregg served in the Marines during the Vietnam War. When he came home, he saw the support of family members and friends, all wearing blue shirts stating “Team Dane.” The shirts were made to support their vet who has survived two heart attacks and is currently battling cancer.

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Politics
8:51 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Protesters in Jefferson City demand end to shutdown

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer
Credit KBIA

A group of protesters Tuesday called on Missouri Republican Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer to vote to end the federal government shutdown that began Oct. 1. 

The 40 demonstrators outside Luetkemeyer’s Jefferson City office included David Meinell with the group Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans.  He says they want a “clean bill” that will reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling:

“We do not believe what is going on in Washington DC is conducive to good representation," Meinell said. "They’re holding all of us hostage because of their dirty politics.”

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Agriculture
5:44 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Government shutdown creates backlog of ag chemicals used in pesticides

Millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to make pesticides are being held at U.S. ports because the EPA personnel that normally inspect the shipments are furloughed during the government shutdown.
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The government shutdown is creating a backlog of chemicals needed to produce the steady supply of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides American farmers count on to keep pests from destroying their crops.

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Education
8:21 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Active military students see their tuition dollars vanish with shutdown

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Because of the federal government shutdown, some active duty military students cannot get the tuition assistance they rely on to pay for college. Several have already dropped their classes. 

Tuition assistance is not the same as the GI Bill tuition, which is usually for veterans who are out of the military. As of now, GI Bill benefits are still covered.

“Tuition assistance” is a benefit awarded to active duty service men and women.

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Politics
8:25 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Gov. Nixon proposes reopening National Park sites in Mo.

Gateway Arch in St.Louis
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Missouri has joined a growing list of states looking to reopen national parks within their borders as the federal government shutdown continues.  

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Agriculture
3:09 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Government shutdown stops USDA data, leaves farmers guessing

Hog farmers are used to using vast amounts of USDA data to properly price their hogs, but the government shutdown has left them largely in the dark.
Credit Frank Morris/Harvest Public Media

Normally, Friday, Oct. 11, would be a big day for the commodity markets. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Report is due, providing what is widely excepted to be the most trusted and complete snapshot of farm markets in the middle of harvest season.

But, with the government shut down the report is not coming out. In fact, farmers and ranchers aren’t getting any of the USDA information they rely on, and in this case, ignorance is not bliss.  

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Agriculture
5:30 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Shutdown stifles tracking of salmonella outbreak

An outbreak of salmonella linked to raw chicken is spreading across the country. But, the partial government shutdown could make it tougher to track.

More than 270 people have been sickened across 18 states. But when you call the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food safety information office, you hear a recorded message saying: “Hello, you have reached the congressional and public affairs staff. We are not in the office at this time. We are on furlough due a lapse in federal government funding.”

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Education
8:45 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Missouri Head Start donation won’t reach Columbia programs

Children in a Head Start program
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The National Head Start Association says that a donation of $10 million from two philanthropists will help keep Head Start programs in six states, including Missouri, from closing during the federal government shutdown.

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Education
8:12 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Donors pledge up to $10 million to fund Head Start

A teacher reads to children in a classroom helped by the National Head Start Association.
Credit Photo provided by Missouri Association for Community Action

National Head Start Association officials say a donation of up to $10 million from two philanthropists will help keep Head Start programs in Missouri and several other states running during the federal government shutdown.

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Education
4:54 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Shutdown causes headaches for military students

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Military students who rely on federal funding to pay for college are facing headaches because of the government shutdown.

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