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Politics
8:01 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Behaving With Secrecy, Another State Botches Execution

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 11:36 pm

For the fourth time this year, an inmate's lethal injection did not go as planned. Last night, it was Arizona, but the state has company.

An Ohio inmate took 25 minutes to die in January. In Oklahoma, there were two apparent botches: In one,  an inmate said, "I feel my whole body burning," and in another, the prisoner took more than 40 minutes to die.

But Arizona's execution took even longer. Joseph Wood's execution began at 1:52 p.m., and he died nearly two hours later at 3:49 p.m.

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Views of the News
9:50 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Views Preview: What the Russians Know About MH17

Makeshift memorial at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for the victims of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
Credit Roman Boed / Flickr

  While Western media have for days been focusing on Russian-backed separatists as the culprits behind the missile attack on MH 17 over eastern Ukraine, the people of Russia have been hearing different stories from their government-controlled media.

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Education
8:41 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Higher ed performance based funding becomes Mo. law

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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that enacts performance-based funding for Missouri's public universities and community colleges.

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Politics
6:19 am
Fri June 20, 2014

'Right To Farm' Opponents Stage Rally At Missouri Capitol

Around 50 people took part Thursday in a rally opposing the "Right to Farm" constitutional amendment that's on Missouri's August 5th ballot.

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 11:08 am

 Around 50 people rallied at the State Capitol Thursday against a proposed constitutional amendment to limit regulations on farmers and ranchers in Missouri.

Opponents of the "Right to Farm" ballot measure say state law already protects farmers and ranchers, and the proposal is really geared toward protecting corporations that engage in large-scale farming and animal-producing operations.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Columbia's Missouri College Advising Corps gets $524K AmeriCorps grant

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that 21 Missouri organizations will receive $4,232,627 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

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Politics
3:59 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Gov. Nixon signs parental consent bill for teen tanning

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation requiring anyone younger than 17 to have written parental consent to use a booth, bed or other tanning device at a business.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Missourian O'Malley named ambassador to Ireland

President Barack Obama has appointed St. Louis attorney Kevin O'Malley as U.S. ambassador to Ireland.

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Arts and Culture
2:59 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Westminster College hosts naval art exhibit for D-Day anniversary

A visitor of the museum interacts with the Interim Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum, Kit Freudenberg, at the opening reception of the new art exhibit “D-Day Normandy: Operation Overlord” on Friday, May 30, 2014.
Credit Lina Young / KBIA

A commemorative art exhibit made its first stop in Fulton, Mo., on May 30. The National Churchill Museum at Westminster College presented its new exhibit “D-Day Normandy: Operation Overlord” in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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Politics
7:33 am
Wed June 4, 2014

'Right-To-Farm' Tour Hits Jefferson City; Former Lt. Gov. Criticizes Proposal

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, speaks in favor of the "right-to-farm" constitutional amendment in Jefferson City.

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 9:06 pm

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to limit regulations on farmers and ranchers in Missouri continue to tour the state this week.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Missouri attorney general wants execution changes

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Missouri's attorney general says the state should establish its own laboratory to produce chemicals for use in executions rather than rely on an "uneasy cooperation" with medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies.

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Health
3:58 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

St. Joseph smoking ban to start in 10 days

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A judge has rejected a request to delay a smoking ban in St. Joseph while a civil lawsuit opposing the ban is considered in court.

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Education
2:55 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Over 10K register for Missouri college savings giveaway

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On College Savings Day, Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced that over 10,000 people have signed up for a chance to win $5,290 for contribution into an account with MOST, Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan. Zweifel said the giveaway is a great way to raise awareness of the importance of investing for future higher education expenses from an early age.

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Health
7:35 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Mo. already starting reponse to new EPA emissions regulations

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Missouri's environmental regulators already are making plans to respond to new federal regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

New Missouri task force looks for ways to help people with MS

Event volunteer at a National Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 in Columbia. A representative of the National MS Society from Missouri will serve on the new MS Task Force.
Credit KOMU News

 The Missouri legislature passed a resolution to establish a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Task Force on May 6.

According to the resolution, Missouri lawmakers created the task force to “identify and address the unmet needs of persons with MS.”

Among many issues, the task force will be looking at MS treatments for Missourians.  Medical expenses for a person with MS can reach almost $70,000 per year. Access to these treatments can also be a concern.

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Faith/Religion
1:25 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Two-room Lutheran school provides close-knit classroom setting

Zion Lutheran School in Lone Elm, Mo., has been around since 1896.
Kellie Moore, ColumbiaFAVS.com

When Lauren Wieland graduated from eighth grade this month, there were 3 students in her graduating class.

  She was one of 32 students attending Zion Lutheran School, a two-room schoolhouse in Lone Elm, near Boonville.

When the school opened in 1896, it had only one room. It turns out, there are many one-room schoolhouses that still dot the landscape of rural Missouri today.

In the 1960s, Zion Lutheran got its second classroom. That’s also when the school got bathrooms – until then, it had old-fashioned outhouses.

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Faith/Religion
4:23 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Man drowns in NW Missouri river

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 19-year-old man drowned in a northwest Missouri river.

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Hermanndeutsch
12:11 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

A disappearing German dialect still spoken in Missouri

KBIA producer Ryan Schuessler visited with Terry Loehnig, a Missouri native who runs a farm outside McKittrick, Mo. Loehnig's parents and grandparents were born in or near Hermann, Mo., and he grew up learning a regional dialect of German at home called Hermanndeutsch. It's a mixture of Low and High German, and English.

These days, it's hard to find anyone who speaks Hermanndeutsch, and the dialect is quickly becoming a distant memory.

Education
3:58 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

FBI looking into school district stipends

Questions about the use of stipends for school administrators in St. Joseph, Mo. have caught the attention of the U.S. FBI.
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  Federal investigators are looking into questions about a northwest Missouri school district's finances.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Rep. wants Missourians to vote on repeal of gay marriage ban

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

A Missouri House Democrat has introduced legislation that would repeal the state's ban on gay marriage.

Mike Colona, a House member from St. Louis who is gay, filed a proposed constitutional amendment this week that would go before voters in November. Colona was joined by 30 of his Democratic colleagues as co-sponsors.

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Politics
3:58 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

For Election Junkies, 2014 Is A Great, Big Bust

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 3:55 pm

For all intents and purposes, the 2014 election season looks to be a great, big bust.

Nobody should be surprised, as 2014 was always a way station to 2016. But hardly anybody expected that the only statewide race on the ballot would feature state Auditor Tom Schweich facing off against a Libertarian or Constitution Party candidate -- but not even a token Democrat. And some previously heated state Senate contests completely fizzled out.

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Agriculture
2:02 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

From Brooklyn to Boone County, and back again

Our Abbie Fentress Swanson (second from left) reported stories while hip-deep in water and on the road across the Midwest.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

When I was offered this job nearly two years ago, I jumped at the opportunity to move to Columbia, Mo., from Brooklyn, N.Y., to cover agriculture and food production in the Heartland.

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Politics
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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Business
5:54 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Iowa company pleads guilty to release of gasoline-contaminated water

The contamination of a southwest Missouri sewer system led to the evaucation of an elementary school in Duenweg, Mo.
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An Iowa company has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the release of thousands of gallons of gasoline-contaminated water into a sewer system in southwest Missouri.

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Business
5:49 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Moberly ruled not responsible for Mamtek bonds

A U.S. district judge ruled that the city of Moberly, Mo., had legally issued bonds in relation to the construction of a Mamtek plant in 2010.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

A federal judge has ruled that the city of Moberly, Mo., and its industrial development authority are not responsible for bonds involved in a failed artificial sweetener plant project.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Number of military records believed lost increases

Federal employees are looking into the disappearance of thousands of military files from a St. Louis federal records center.
paparutzi Flickr

The number of missing or destroyed military records at a federal government warehouse in St. Louis is significantly larger than initially believed.

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Education
6:09 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Online-based university students granted in-state status

Students of Western Governors University - Missouri will now be eligible for the Access Missouri grant.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Western Governors University-Missouri students are now eligible for the Access Missouri grant.

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Michael Sam
7:40 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Why it’s not a surprise the Michael Sam story is happening in Missouri

Center: Michael Sam. Clockwise, from top right: Llyod Gaines, James Rollins, John Brown, Todd Akin, Jackie Robinson, the Missouri Compromise, and Dred Scott. Remember these guys at your next trivia night.

Only one Missourian has ever been President of the United States, and Harry Truman used to keep a sign on his desk that read “The buck stops here.” 

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Politics
4:36 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Missouri revenue up through first half of fiscal year

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Missouri revenues have grown by slightly less than 3 percent through the first half of the state's budget year.

Figures released Thursday by the state Office of Administration show Missouri's general revenues stood at nearly $3.9 billion at the end of December. That was up more than $100 million from the same period a year earlier — a growth rate of 2.8 percent.

Missouri's 2014 fiscal year began last July and ends this coming June 30.

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Business
4:45 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Mo. unemployment rate falls; 15,000 jobs added

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Missouri's unemployment rate declined in November while payrolls expanded by 15,000 jobs.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday the jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent in November from 6.5 percent in October.

The leading gainer was educational and health services, which added 5,200 jobs last month. The construction sector grew by 2,300 and professional and business services increased by 2,000 jobs. The information, leisure and hospitality sectors each declined by 200 jobs.

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Media talk from the Missouri School of Journalism
4:36 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Views of the News: 2013 Security Edition

The past week has been a busy one for stories about national security and how the media have handled those stories.  A judge rules the National Security Agency's phone records collection program is probably unconstitutional.  Meanwhile, the plaintiff in that lawsuit gets into an on-air battle with a CNN anchor and analyst.  60 Minutes airs what many critics consider a puff piece on the NSA.  The AP and Washington Post publish a story connecting a missing American to a rogue CIA program in Iran.  And American leaker Edward Snowden gets the nod from many for "person of the year."

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