2:43 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

House approves bill proposing Missouri-Kansas business truce

The bill approved by the Missouri House comes after the Senate voted to pass a similar bill last week.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

A proposed truce in the Kansas City business battle between Missouri and Kansas has gained another endorsement in Missouri.

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3:39 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Missouri tax cut backers, foes both cite Kansas cuts

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Supporters and critics of Missouri tax cut plans both are pointing to the results of recent tax cuts in Kansas.

Several business groups testified during a Senate committee hearing Thursday that Missouri must cut taxes to discourage employers in the Kansas City area from moving across the state line.

But opponents said Kansas revenues and education funding have suffered as a result of its tax cuts.

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12:22 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Missouri Governor Calls For Truce In Economic Border War

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon answers reporters' questions after outlining his proposal to abate the economic border battle with Kansas.

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 5:47 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for a temporary halt to what’s known as the economic “border war” between Kansas and Missouri Tuesday, in an address to the Greater Kansas City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Both states have a history of offering incentives to draw companies across state line. Nixon wants a temporary moratorium for the Kansas City metro area.

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5:30 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

With waiver expired, some Kansans will have to work for food stamps

Funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, commonly known as food stamps, is a hot-button issue in Washington.
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This week, Kansas let a 2009 government waiver expire that provided food stamps for the unemployed. Now, able-bodied Kansans between 18 and 49 who do not have dependents, have to work or be in a job training program to have access to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.

Kansas currently has about 318,000 food stamp recipients. Advocates for low-income people say this change will create a dangerous hole in an already thin safety net.

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5:39 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Cerner says thousands of new employees could be housed on new KCMO campus site

Cerner, one of the largest employers in Kansas City, announced Thursday afternoon it intends to purchase about 237 acres at the site of the former Bannister Mall, which it hopes to use to build a new campus to house thousands of new employees.

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Business Beat
5:29 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Nixon hammers home flaws in tax-cut bill; seed vault tour

Gov. Jay Nixon visits the University of Missouri flagship campus to discuss the education funding cuts House Bill 253 could lead to if passed.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA file photo

Gov. Jay Nixon stopped by Columbia twice this week. He has spent his summer drawing attention to the many problems he and other critics see with House Bill 253. That is the income-tax cut bill he vetoed in June. There is a chance state Republicans could make a run for an override of that bill in September. The bill cuts income tax and corporate taxes and under certain circumstances allows business taxes to be claimed on personal income taxes. Conservative estimates peg a state revenue loss of $692 million dollars if the bill were to become law.

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7:17 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Bob Dole celebrates 90th birthday

Sen. Bob Dole in 2008.
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Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole celebrated his 90th birthday Monday, and the University of Kansas in Lawrence is celebrating his life of public service.

The event Monday will be held at the Dole Institute of Politics where the former Republican U.S. senator's archives are housed. The institute opened in 2003. Dole is not expected to attend.

Dole served in the U.S. Senate from 1969 until 1996, when he retired to run for president but lost to Democratic incumbent Bill Clinton. Dole is a World War II veteran who served in Europe, where he was severely wounded in battle in Italy.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:03 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Missouri, Kansas see increase in drowning deaths

Missouri River.
Credit KBIA file photo

Drowning deaths have risen dramatically in both Missouri and Kansas this year.

State officials say that before this weekend, 24 drownings had been reported this year in Missouri, four more than all of last year. And in Kansas, 12 drownings had been reported before this weekend, double the average for an entire year.

The Kansas City Star reports officials in both states say the pleasant summer weather likely has contributed to the increase, with more people venturing out to the states' waterways.

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Business Beat
10:52 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Immigrant farming; Indpendence goes green; Missouri's tax situation

Originally from Laos, Air Philavanh now farms 11 acres near Milo, Iowa. He’s built a shelter for his cattle out of a dilapidated barn.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Our neighboring city of Independence, Mo., is going green with its lighting over the few years. 

At the 81st annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Las Vegas last past weekend, Independence announced its plans to partner with Philips Lighting on an energy and maintenance saving project.

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Business Beat
5:23 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Rural Kansas tries to entice businesses; Community rallies to stop fort's job cuts

 Photo 3: Members of the communities surrounding Fort Leonard Wood gathered Tuesday to discuss the U.S. Army proposal to remove troops from the fort. Under the proposal, the fort could lose as many of 4,000 of its troops.Edit | Remove

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4:46 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Kansas seeks turning point for rural communities

Kendra Short (center) works with students on a dance number at her studio in Belleville, Kan. Short and her husband Shannon have applied for the Rural Opportunity Zone program in Republic County, and are building a house.
Credit Photo courtesy Rebecca Brown

When the Homestead Act of 1862 made land in the Great Plains virtually free, people rushed in to settle rural Kansas. But 150 years later, the dust has truly settled. Between 2000 and 2010, more than half of Kansas counties declined in population — many by 10 percent or more. 

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4:41 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Columbia will not be reimbursing American Airlines for March

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The American Airlines announced that the Columbia Regional Airport reached its revenue goal for the month of March.

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7:54 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Mo. Senate Endorses Tax Cut Legislation

In Jefferson City, Mo., Senate Republicans have scuttled Gov. Jay Nixon's nominee to direct the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a phased-in tax overhaul designed to help the Show-Me State compete with neighboring Kansas, which recently slashed its tax rates.

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9:15 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Mo. airports reopen with several cancellations

St. Louis' Lambert Airport is open for business with several flight cancellations.
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Airports in Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis reopened but passengers were told to expect several cancellations, particularly in the morning.

American Airlines flight 3215 from Columbia to Dallas was canceled this morning, but the remaining flights are scheduled to take off and arrive as planned.

Lambert International Airport in St. Louis and Kansas City International Airport both closed Thursday after a massive snowstorm hit Missouri.

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8:59 am
Thu May 17, 2012

KU license plate ban on the way to Nixon

Missouri House and Senate have reached an agreement on a bill banning the creation of a KU license plate in Missouri.
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Language that would ban the creation of a Kansas Jayhawks specialty license plate in Missouri is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon.

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PM Newscasts
6:01 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Newscast for May 9, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City considers a name change
  • Dred Scott honored at Missouri Capitol ceremony
  • Mo. House backs pregnancy center advertising bill
8:46 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Alert systems help avoid severe weather damage

Storms caused multiple outbreaks of severe weather most of Sunday from Kansas to Minnesota.

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9:13 am
Thu February 16, 2012

A potential border war between state legislatures

A bill before the Missouri House would prevent the body from giving tax credits moving jobs from Kansas to Missouri.

A House committee reviews a bill that gives Kansas an ultimatum.

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1:56 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

HPM: Is the NBAF worth the risk?

Kansas political leaders and top officials at Kansas State University are united in support of a plan to bring the nation's premier agricultural disease laboratory to the K-State campus. But many people remain uneasy about bringing dangerous pathogens into the nation’s heartland -- pathogens that could devastate the livestock industry and possibly harm humans as well.

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Business Beat
5:32 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Business Beat: February 8, 2012

Iowa farmer Larry Stolte can store about 60 percent of his crop harvest, and is adding another 75,000 bushel grain bin this summer.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

This week: Farmers buying up grain bins to help play the market. Plus, how refineries in Kansas and Iowa could help find another source of bio fuel.

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1:41 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

A new source of biomass

Corn stalks, leaves and cobs like these at the Kansas State Southwest Research and Extension Center in Garden City, Kan., can be harvested as biomass.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

Corn has been the engine behind the ethanol industry for years, and that food vs. fuel debate doesn't look to end anytime soon.  But as researchers work to unlock the biofuels potential in crop residue and other biomass, a refinery is being built in Kansas may help take the industry to another level.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:29 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

How One Hospital Entices Doctors To Work In Rural America

Dr. Dan Shuman (right), who was recruited to the Ashland Health Clinic as part of its mission-focused medicine program, consults with a patient about smoking cessation.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 8:04 pm

Recruiting doctors to live and work in rural America is a chronic problem. Most health centers try to attract workers with big salaries and expensive homes.

Shots previously reported that one center in Maine was trying to lure medical students to the countryside for their final two years with the hope that they stick around.

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