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Science, Health and Technology
9:00 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Mo. House passes legislation protecting abortion alternatives

The Missouri House has passed legilsation that would bar municipalities from interfering with the day-to-day operations of abortion agency alternatives.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would bar local governments from interfering with the day-to-day operations of alternatives to abortion agencies.

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Health & Wealth Report
10:44 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Stories from prison: roar!

Callion Barnes.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

In Missouri state prisons, about 60 percent of inmates have kids. That's 18,000 moms and dads behind bars – and tens of thousands of kids on the other side. To help those parents and kids connect, volunteers make their way through the metal detectors at Missouri state prisons with big tubs of blank tapes and CDs, stamped envelopes, and lots of children's books. 

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Science, Health and Technology
9:20 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Report suggests new way to handle Missouri River flooding

A new report by the advocacy group American Rivers says when it comes to managing flooding along the Missouri River, the US Army Corps of Engineers should rely on floodplains and wetlands, not levees and dams. But the Corps doesn't see flood management as an "either/or" proposition.

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Under the Microscope
5:05 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

How to be happy

Gary Robinson, a jeweler by trade, brightens the lives of some by doubling as an electronics repairman.
Scott Pham KBIA

On today’s show, we’ll hear about an unlikely place to get small electronics repaired, and learn more about the key to being happy.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:03 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

A jeweler with cutting edge technology

Robinson shows off his auto-CAD machine. This is a 3D plan for a custom ring he built.
Scott Pham KBIA

Personal technology is getting cheaper, better, smaller.  But have you ever tried to get fixed a broken cell phone or mp3 player?  When I broke my portable USB flash drive, I brought it to a computer repair technician, unsure if he’d simply turn me away or not.  Those little “thumb” drives are just so small.  No moving parts really, they’re all circuitry.  Turns out that getting it fixed wasn’t an impossibility.  I just had to go to some unusual places.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:58 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

MU professor discusses his "happiness model"

Dr. Kennon Sheldon, MU professor of psychology
Matt Veto KBIA

An MU psychology professor has put a tactical spin on happiness. 

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Health & Wealth Update
6:28 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Long distance running, one state at a time

Chris Nicholas.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Planning a road-trip this summer? In this week's Health & Wealth update, the best way to see the country might be to run across it.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:26 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Federal, state, and local officials agree to reduce Hinkson Creek pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency has called for reducing stormwater runoff into Hinkson Creek by nearly 40 percent.
File KBIA

Columbia area residents and officials have started developing recommendations for cleaning up a local waterway.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:58 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Missouri hospitals report shortages in pharmaceutical drugs

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Many Missouri hospitals are reporting shortages of necessary pharmaceutical drugs. The Missouri Hospital Association says such shortages are keeping hospitals from effectively delivering care in a safe and timely way to its patients.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:45 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Warmer temperatures may cause unhealthy air

Warming temperatures may have you wanting to spend more time outdoors. But warm weather can mean more unhealthy air.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:26 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Pioneering scientist reflects on distinguished career

At 82 years old, Edward O. Wilson continues to work and publish in the fields of ecology and evolution.
Véronique LaCapra St. Louis Public Radio

Biologist Edward O. Wilson is an emeritus University Research Professor at Harvard. Through his life-long research on the behavior of ants, he has transformed the disciplines of ecology and evolution, developing new theories and pioneering the field of sociobiology.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:13 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

MoDOT to crack down on youth impaired driving

The Missouri Department of Transportation is cracking down on youth impaired driving.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:23 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Missouri senator tries to block prescription database

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A Missouri senator who is a family physician says he'll try to block legislation authorizing a government database to track drug prescriptions unless it is put to a statewide vote.

Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf, of St. Joseph, Mo., began Thursday's debate on the prescription monitoring legislation by vowing to filibuster until he gets his way about a referendum.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:03 am
Wed May 2, 2012

If you tax them, they will quit

According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, for every ten percent rise in cigarette prices, smoking rates decline by three to five percent.
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You have probably heard the statistic: Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation – just 17 cents a pack, compared to the national average of $1.46. In this week's Health & Wealth update, public health advocates want to raise Missouri's tobacco tax to deter people from smoking, and to help offset the costs that tobacco incurs.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:44 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Missouri health centers receive funding boost

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services granted over 10 million dollars to Missouri health centers Tuesday. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s new health care law, the funds are going to five community health centers across the state. Martin Kramer is a spokesperson for the U.S. Health, Resources and Services Administration. He says the funds will allow the centers to expand their services to more people in need.

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Health & Wealth Blog
4:38 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Three interviews on health disparities

Thomas LaVeist, professor of public health at Johns Hopkins University.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

At the health equity conference in Columbia last week, between the steady stream of PowerPoints and pie charts, I had the chance to talk with some smart folks who spend their time thinking about health disparities and how to end them:

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Science, Health and Technology
9:13 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Columbia aims to bring natural gas to residents

Columbia could be the next city in Missouri to bring natural gas fuel to residents.  The city is also considering purchasing new natural-gas-powered garbage trucks.

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Health & Wealth Blog
5:22 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Health equity: zip code, not genetic code

Jacob Fenston KBIA

Health experts gathered in Columbia today to discuss ways to address disparities in health and access to health care.

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Science, Health and Technology
11:07 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Debate continues over Westwood Avenue trees

A photo of one of the trees on Stewart Rd. in Columbia.
Chad Herwald City of Columbia

A dispute about the removal of several old trees from a “leafy” Southwest Columbia neighborhood may be a step closer to a resolution.

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Under the Microscope
5:53 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Rural doctor shortages and prenatal care

One-year-old Bryce Grawe sleeps in his crib at his family’s home in Macon, Mo. When he was born, doctors in Moberly thought his heart was abnormally large, but doctors in Columbia determined otherwise.
Marie French KBIA

On this week's show, we’ll debunk some myths about forensic science and learn how a rural doctor shortage affects some patients.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:41 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Women in rural Missouri face obstacles to prenatal care

Chandra Grawe, 32, of Macon, Mo., hugs her five-year-old daughter Veronica. Grawe had both of her children at a hospital in Moberly, a 30-minute drive from Macon.
Charles Minshew KBIA

There is a shortage of primary care physicians in rural areas and more than half of Missouri counties have no OB-GYN specialists, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. KBIA’s Marie French takes us to Macon, where many pregnant women often drive 30 minutes or more to get care. 

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Health & Wealth Update
10:31 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Contraception debate moves to the Missouri House

Republican State Senator John Lamping, of St. Louis County.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Debate continues in the Missouri legislature over the Obama administration's "contraception mandate," which will require health insurance to include coverage for birth control. In this week's Health & Wealth update, a House committee hears testimony on a largely symbolic bill, opposing the mandate.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:20 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Ameren shareholders reject proposals dealing with environmental concerns

Ameren Missouri shareholders met in St. Louis on Tuesday.
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Ameren shareholders have voted against three proposals that sought to push the company to do more to address environmental risks from its coal-fired power plants.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:53 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Missouri House gives first-round approval for tanning restrictions

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require most teenagers to get their parents’ permission to use tanning beds.  

Those younger than 17 would have to have a parent or guardian show up in person at the tanning salon and sign a document giving their consent. The bill’s sponsor, GOP House Member Gary Cross of Lee’s Summit, says his daughter suffered cell damage from regular tanning bed use.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:43 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Religious and community leaders attend disaster relief event

 

More than 300 religious and community leaders and emergency response professionals attended a disaster relief event at the Bible Baptist Church in Jefferson City Tuesday.  

The event was put together to discuss the widespread natural disasters in Missouri in 2011. Phillip Iman is the disaster relief coordinator at the American Red Cross.  He says there are many different ways for community organizations to partner with the Red Cross following a disaster. 

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Science, Health and Technology
4:15 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Ameren shareholder proposals voted down

 

Ameren shareholders have voted against three proposals that sought to push the company to do more to address environmental risks from its coal-fired power plants.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:01 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Communications company expands Columbia coverage

Charter Communications representatives say further expansion in Columbia will help increase Internet speeds.
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Columbia Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Monday for Charter Communications. The company already operates communication servers in North Columbia, but they’re ready to expand.

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Under the Microscope
5:50 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

MU project engages students through games

MU senior Max Smith, left, uses his smartphone to navigate around Columbia with senior Amanda Vanslyke. The students are particpating in the university's "REBOOT Mizzou" project, which teaches sustainable practices through a game format.
Matt Veto KBIA

This week, we'll take a look at games. We'll hear how one MU project is trying to engage young people through a futuristic competition. And stay tuned to the end of the show for a discussion of the science behind baseball.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:44 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Missouri energy companies to collaborate on developing nuclear reactors in Callaway County

 

Westinghouse and St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri will collaborate on developing small modular nuclear reactors, or SMR’s, and will seek to build them at Ameren’s Callaway County plant. 

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Science, Health and Technology
4:18 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Health care rebuke passes House

The Missouri House has passed legislation that seeks to both bar and criminalize enforcement of the 2010 federal health care law. 

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