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8:52 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Analyst says opting out of Medicaid expansion could most affect rural Missourians

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Rural Missourians may be disproportionately impacted if the state decides to opt out of Medicaid expansion during the 2013 legislative session. That’s according to a policy analyst with the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Thomas McAuliffe, a policy analyst with the Missouri Foundation for Health, says that under the rules of the Affordable Care Act people at the poverty line or making upwards of four times it would qualify for federal subsidies to purchase insurance.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:06 am
Wed December 19, 2012

My Life My Town: Go, Fight, Win

Alaysha Jefferson
Yi-Chin Lee Columbia Missourian

Alaysha Jefferson loves cheerleading at the Hallsville High School in Hallsville, Missouri. Living in a small town that has the population of 1,300 and without a car to drive around, Alaysha has a quiet life. She spends her time in classes, cheerleading practice, and doing homework at home.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:28 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Army Corps adding water to Mississippi River to aid barge traffic

Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Amid strong concerns about the declining level of the already low Mississippi River, the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from an Illinois lake to add to the flow of the Mississippi.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:24 am
Fri December 14, 2012

New I-49 unveiled in SW Missouri

An I-49 mural made by students at Joplin East Middle School
Scott Harvey KSMU

1,300 new signs now line the highway formally known as 71, following Wednesday’s unveiling of Interstate 49 between Kansas City and Pineville.

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Under the Microscope
6:35 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

On fuel and fellowships

Equipment innovations such as this corn stover baler have helped make harvesting of biomass more practical.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we’ll hear about changes in the ethanol industry and talk to the recipient of a prestigious science fellowship.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:59 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

MU researcher awarded prestigious fellowship

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization that has been around since 1848. The goal of the organization is to advance science, engineering and innovation globally. It publishes the prestigious journal Science and several other scientific publications. Every year AAAS names fellows based on their contributions to science. This year the University of Missouri had six members of its faculty earn the esteemed honor of being named a fellow. ​Dr. Stephen Alexander is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at MU and was a recipient of the award. KBIA’s Alexandra Olgin sat down with him, to discuss his award and his research. 

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Science, Health and Technology
5:07 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Mo. hospitals provided $1.1B in uncompensated care

KBIA

Missouri hospitals report providing a record $1.1 billion of uncompensated care to patients in 2011.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:06 am
Thu December 13, 2012

MU study connects personal health management to online avatars

Credit Daneel Ariantho / Flickr

Second Life is an online, virtual 3-D world where someone can create an Avatar, or an online representation of themselves.

Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz is an assistant professor of communication in MU’s College of Arts and Science. She surveyed 279 people to find a better understanding of how their experiences with their avatar might affect their life outside of the virtual world.

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Science, Health and Technology
1:02 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Missouri health care already changing under Affordable Care Act

Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking at the Affordable Health Care Act anniversary in March
SEIU International Flickr

Missourians are already seeing changes in healthcare coverage since the Affordable Care Act was first implemented. According to Ryan Barker,  Director of Health Policy for the Missouri Foundation for Health, changes already affecting Missourians include provisions allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until the age of 26, Medicare coverage of preventative services without a co-pay, and a new rule that requires some insurance providers to partially reimburse customers if they don’t limit overhead and administrative costs.

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Science, Health and Technology
10:55 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Army Corps to blow up rock outcrops in Mississippi River

The removal of these rocks could open up space for barges to cruise through on the Mississippi River.
Credit Jacob McCleland / KRCU

Two river navigation trade associations say the Army Corps of Engineers will blow up rock outcrops on the Mississippi River next week.

The rock pinnacles in Thebes, Ill., could block river traffic after Christmas if water levels continue to fall.

The rock removal is a half-victory for barge companies, who also want the Corps to release water from Missouri River reservoirs.

American Waterways Operators spokesperson Ann McColloch says the rock blasting project is welcome news, but adds the work will take an extended period of time.

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Health & Wealth Update
9:49 am
Wed December 12, 2012

My Life My Town: Because of my dad

Alizebeth Wright
Benjamin Hoste

With her father in the military, Alizebeth Wright is the first to acknowledge that her childhood has been anything but typical. Each time he's re-stationed she's been forced to move around the world, along with her mom, four sisters, and little brother.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Columbia advocacy group calls for increase in renewable energy

Credit USDA

An activist group in Columbia is looking to increase the renewable energy standards for the city.

People’s Visioning meets monthly to generate ideas to improve energy use, transportation, education and development. The Columbia Climate Change Coalition sponsors the group and now, it wants to raise Columbia’s target percentage for renewable energy.

Right now, 8 percent of the city’s energy is renewable energy. The city wants to increase the amount of renewable energy used to 15 percent by 2022.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:15 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Local science and health researchers discuss health impact of global warming

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Nearing the end of one of the warmest years on record, local researchers and healthcare professionals are urging Mid-Missourians to take steps to cope with the rising temperatures. 

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Under the Microscope
7:59 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Telling stories about science

Graduate researcher Tabitha Finch looks at the utensils and machinery used for studying elephants in her laboratory.
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

The University of Missouri has awarded $25,000 to a group of scientists, journalists and other communicators on campus who want to make their research more accessible to the wider public. To do this, some graduate student researchers are looking to the art of storytelling to help describe their work.

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Health & Wealth Update
4:01 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

My Life My Town: A Different Path

Monica Smith
Photo by Greg Kendall-Ball Columbia Missourian

Monica Smith is consumed with school, work and so many extra curricular activities she can't keep count. People find it surprising that at 18, Monica keeps straight A's, works and participates in sports… when they find out what she has gone through. Monica's parents have been in and out of jail since she was 8 years old. She currently lives with her grandparents in Higginsville, Missouri. 

Producers Greg Kendall-Ball and Alexandra Olgin bring us Monica’s story, as part of KBIA and the Columbia Missourian’s My Life My Town project.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:51 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Federal housing for Joplin tornado victims reaching an end

Matt Evans KBIA

Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that nearly 600 federal trailers housing Joplin residents since the May 2011 tornado are slowly emptying, with only about 80 of the trailers still occupied.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:48 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Case of whooping cough at Hickman High School

Dreamstime

The 15th case of whooping cough has been reported in Boone County. Columbia Public Schools are working to prevent further cases of whooping cough after a confirmed case in the school district.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:46 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

A look at the ag census

Justin Jones hopes to expand his fruit and vegetable farm to three or four acres next year. That may seem small, but his business is part of a trend. The U.S. added 110,000 farms under 50 acres from 2002-2007.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we’ll learn about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ag census , and hear about the importance of getting a flu shot.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:47 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

New report says Medicaid expansion would be a boon for Mo.

The Javorac Flickr

Missouri’s participation in a federal Medicaid expansion would be an economic boon for the state and even pay for itself, according to a new report commissioned by the Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Foundation for Health. Under the federal health law, states can choose whether or not to expand Medicaid, which provides health insurance to the poor and disabled. The federal government would fully pay for an expansion during the first few years, but many state lawmakers, like Republican house speaker Tim Jones, worry about the long-term costs.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:26 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Cleanup of closed Mo. nuclear fuel plant ongoing

Credit Chris Murphy / Flickr

The coordinator of the cleanup of a closed eastern Missouri nuclear fuel plant says he's pleased with the pace of a $200 million cleanup.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:13 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Researcher tests heating system at Mo. turkey farm

A researcher is testing a geothermal heating system at a turkey farm in central Missouri that could help trim utility costs.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that an engineering professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia is trying out the system, which uses the soil to regulate the temperature of water flowing through buried pipes. The water then transfers the warmth from the ground into the barn.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:50 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Columbia to study city use of fluoride in water

Jenn Durfey flickr

The city of Columbia is now reviewing the use of fluoride in the city’s water supply.

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Under the Microscope
5:00 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

The science of food

Shirley Corriher is the author of CookWise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking.
Vanderbilt University Flickr

This week, families across the country will gather around the table to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:17 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

More than 200,000 deer killed during Missouri firearms season

SIWILD FLICKR

Missouri's Department of Conservation says hunters took nearly 205,000 deer during November's 11-day firearms season. That's the highest number in four years and 7.7 percent higher than last year.

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Health & Wealth Update
1:23 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Learning what poverty's really like

Ed Yourdon Flickr

According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, 14 percent of people in Missouri live below the poverty line. That’s almost 900,000 Missourians. KBIA’s Harum Helmy finds out how one nonprofit organization attempts to educate the 86 percent about what it’s like to be on the other side.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:42 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Route 66 State Park passes dioxin tests

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The EPA says a new round of dioxin sampling at Route 66 State Park confirms it poses no risk to park workers and visitors.

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Science, Health and Technology
2:16 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Downtown Columbia may get Wi-Fi

Columbia’s Downtown Community Improvement District plans to conduct a Wi-Fi trial test run in its downtown district beginning May 2013 and going through October.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:58 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Kinder calls on legislators to refuse health insurance exchange, Medicaid expansion

Health insurance exchanges are online marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can buy plans. It's a component of the Affordable Care Act.
Credit flickr

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is urging state lawmakers to refrain from creating a health insurance exchange or expanding Medicaid when they convene for their regular session next year. 

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Under the Microscope
5:36 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Dust Bowl memories offer present warning

A dust cloud rises over an unspecified town on the southern Plains.
Photo courtesy kansasmemory.org, Kansas Historical Society

The Dust Bowl of the 1930s left an indelible mark on the Midwest and on history. It is the drought against which all others are measured. And it was a man-made disaster that could still offer lessons today.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:52 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Former Sen. Kit Bond sponsors alternative energy lecture series

Adam Procter flickr

Thursday the University of Missouri hosted a lecture series, sponsored by former US senator, Kit Bond. The lectures covered topics about alternative forms of energy, and the impact current energy resources have on the economy and environment.

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