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4:15 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

MDC conducting DNA test to determine if killed animal is a wolf

Scientists with the Missouri Department of Conservation are conducting DNA tests to determine whether this canid, shot and killed in Wayne County, is a wolf.
Credit Courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation

 

The animal shot and killed by a hunter last month was a canine, wandered the woods and showed no signs of escape from captivity. But was it a wolf?

Scientists with the Missouri Department of Conservation are using DNA testing to find out.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:07 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Nixon to promote training for mental health jobs

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon has developed a proposal to help more Missourians pursue careers in mental health care.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:01 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Moberly to get air ambulance base

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A helicopter ambulance company that operates in 15 states has chosen the northeastern Missouri city of Moberly for a new base.

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Missouri Environment
7:04 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Battle over homegrown solar energy continues

Vaughn Prost, CEO of Missouri Solar Applications, stands amidst a solar array his company installed on the roof of Grace Episcopal Church in Jefferson City.
Credit Meredith Turk / KBIA News

The fight over Proposition C continues.

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Under the Microscope
4:19 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Columbia schools use new technology; photojournalist documents climate change

German diver and marine biologist, Rupert Krapp, of the Norwegian Polar Institute, pumps his fists in victory after surfacing with plankton samples from under the ice at 82 degrees North, 500 miles from the North Pole.
Credit Randall Hyman

This week, we’ll hear from a Missouri-based photojournalist about his experience documenting climate change in the Norwegian Arctic, and learn how new technology is being used in Columbia's public schools.

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Science, Health and Technology
11:10 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Columbia public schools use new technology in classrooms

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Grants for laptops and iPads in recent years have put more technology in the hands of Columbia Public Schools students .

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Science, Health and Technology
9:59 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Photojournalist goes under the ice to document Arctic climate change

German diver and marine biologist, Rupert Krapp, of the Norwegian Polar Institute, pumps his fists in victory after surfacing with plankton samples from under the ice at 82 degrees North, 500 miles from the North Pole.
Randall Hyman

Randall Hyman is a St. Louis-based photojournalist and writer. For more than three decades, he has traveled the globe covering cultural and environmental issues.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:32 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Sierra Club Alleges Thousands Of Air Quality Violations At Ameren's St. Louis-Area Plants

The Sierra Club's Andy Knott speaks at a rally on Thursday in front of a 15-foot tall inflatable inhaler in Keiner Plaza.
Sarah Skiold-Hanlin, St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 10:17 pm

Updated Thursday 10:15 p.m.

The Sierra Club says Ameren has been routinely violating air quality standards at its St. Louis-area power plants.

In a Notice of Intent to Sue delivered to Ameren on Wednesday afternoon, the Sierra Club alleges the company's Labadie, Meramec, and Rush Island plants have exceeded air pollution limits almost 10,000 times since 2008.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:31 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

More Missourians turn to healthcare exchange

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports 4,124 Missouri residents have selected a health insurance plan through the federally run online marketplace healthcare.gov.

The department released the figures Wednesday. HHS said the insurance exchange had more than 31,000 applications from Missouri through Nov. 30. The applications sought coverage for nearly 63,000 people.

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Science, Health and Technology
2:30 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Wetland helps keep Hinkson Creek clean

Credit Kyle Winker / KBIA

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is continuing to check the progress of a wetland constructed in Columbia this past summer. The city funded part of the 3M Flat Branch-Hinkson Creek Wetlands, which is located off of the MKT trail behind Katy Place Apartments, with $45,000 from the city’s park sales tax. 3M Company provided the initial seed money of $40,000.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:18 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Study finds rate of Missouri car commuters has declined

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Some Missouri drivers are changing the way they get around their communities, that’s according to a report released by the Missouri Public Interest Research Group on Wednesday. That report said that the rate of cars commuting in Missouri’s urbanized areas has declined. At the same time, the report also shows that the use of alternative transportation has increased over the years. 

Alec Sprague, Midwest advocate of MoPIRG, said the report could bring changes to policy making.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:24 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Scientists look for ways microbes can help farmers

Researchers at chemical company BASF are working to harness bacteria and microbes for beneficial purposes.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Farmers and scientists have long understood that what lives beneath the soil affects how crops grow. Often, they work to fight plant diseases—warding off infectious viruses and damaging fungi, for example. But now some microbiologists are focused on how to harness the good things microbes can do, with the goal of increasing farmers’ yields and diminishing their dependence on chemical inputs.

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Under the Microscope
4:46 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Microbes used for the good of Ag; wetland keeps Hinkson Creek clean

Researchers at chemical company BASF are working to harness bacteria and microbes for beneficial purposes.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

This week, we'll hear how scientists are using microbes to increase crop yields, and learn about a new wetland in Columbia.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:41 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Mo. appoints new dental director

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The Department of Health and Senior Services has appointed Missouri’s first dental director in more than a decade.

Dr. Ray Storm is a dentist from the St. Louis area. He founded Give Kids a Smile, a nonprofit that holds annual free dental clinics for children in need. The Missouri Oral Health Coalition helped raise the funds to reinstate the position in the state. Gary Harbison, the coalition’s director, said he’s pleased with Storm’s appointment.

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Missouri Environment
7:04 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Finding different ways to save birds

Veronica Mecko of the Missouri River Bird Observatory gets some vital statistics from a Gray Catbird during a migration count at Van Meter State Park in October.
Credit Gary Grigsby / KBIA News

Listening to birds sing and talk is probably something we all take for granted at times.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:45 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

MU research reactor changes maintenance schedule to ensure radioisotope supply

The University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) is changing its maintenance schedule to ensure global supply of radioisotopes does not run out.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:06 am
Mon December 2, 2013

MU reschedules maintenance on research reactor

MU Research Reactor
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The University of Missouri has pushed back a two-week maintenance project on its research reactor because of a disruption in the supply of radioactive isotopes used to detect and treat some medical conditions.

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Under the Microscope
5:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Missouri's hunger rates on the rise, atlas provides comprehensive data on the problem

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The 2013 edition of the Missouri Hunger Atlas is a 145-page-strong document and, according to one of its main creators, has more than you'd ever want to know about the extent of food insecurity in the Show-Me State. Missouri is in the top ten of states with highest number of food-insecure residents in the nation.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:56 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Myanmar skin product believed to have caused lead poisoning in two Kansas City children

Kansas City health officials say at least two area children have lead poisoning from a contaminated cosmetic product commonly used in Myanmar.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1fIOfrj ) the product, which is called Thanakha, is a yellowish paste made from tree bark that is worn on the face and arms to treat acne or as a sunscreen.

Science, Health and Technology
1:11 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Interactive: Obamacare rates depend on where you live in Missouri

If you're a 38-year-old Missourian living in Pemiscot County in the Bootheel, an Affordable Care Act "gold" insurance plan will cost you at least $418 per month, before subsidies. If you're a 38-year-old living in Kansas City, a similar plan will cost you about $263 per month. 

Here's why:

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Science, Health and Technology
4:30 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Nixon selects new Missouri Medicaid director

Gov. Jay Nixon
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon has selected the chief medical officer for the Missouri Department of Mental Health to lead the state's Medicaid health care program.

Joe Parks will take over as director of the MO HealthNet Division of the Department of Social Services starting Dec. 16. He replaces Ian McCaslin, who left that position in May after serving as director since August 2007.

Nixon announced the new Medicaid director Friday.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:27 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Washington University researcher explains the risk factors of childhood obesity

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Obesity has increased dramatically in the United States over the past several decades.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:45 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Frac sand mine permit approved by DNR

Ste. Genevieve County resident Mike Miller asks the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to deny Summit Proppants its frac sand mining permit.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources approved the permit for a 73-acre frac sand mine in Ste. Genevieve County Thursday.  The department also denied a request for an official hearing on the proposed mine owned by Summit Proppants.

Several people who live near the proposed mine have been fighting the approval of the permit for most of the year. They’ve cited health, environmental and quality of life concerns. Ste. Genevieve county resident Mike Miller says they are disappointed but will continue to fight the mine in the legal system.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:39 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Will Mo. insurance providers extend canceled health plans?

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Health insurers serving the individual and small group markets in Missouri can continue selling plans that would have been canceled by Dec. 31 for not meeting the requirements outlined in the Affordable Care Act, according to the state's Department of Insurance. 

Starting in 2014, all health insurance plans must include some services from all of the law's "10 essential health benefit" categories. The broadly defined categories include, among others: maternity care, behavioral health treatments, prescription drugs, laboratory services and preventive services.

Insurance companies have now sent cancelation notices to millions of Americans who hold health plans that did not meet those requirements.  Following nationwide criticism, President Barack Obama proposed on Nov. 15 that the administration would allow the canceled plans to remain effective until the end of 2014.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:32 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Mo. DNR seeks public input on waterways that don't meet quality standards

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is looking for public input on its list of impaired bodies of water. 

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Missouri Environment
7:04 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Trees stressed by drought

Drought can kill a tree quickly or it can take years to do its damage.
Credit Gary Grigsby / KBIA News

As you watch a a tree grow you can grow attached to it.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:19 am
Fri November 15, 2013

MU Health Care recognized for electronic information systems

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MU Health Care clinics have reached the top level of advanced electronic medical records. 

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Science, Health and Technology
9:11 am
Fri November 15, 2013

MU medical students showcase research

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The MU Health System showcased hundreds of students’ year-long research Thursday at its annual Health Sciences Research Day.                

Associate Dean for the MU School of Medicine Dr. Jerry C. Parker said the research day is one of his favorite days of the year because it showcases and honors medical students’ hard work.

“It takes a lot of energy and work and dedication to produce research findings, and just to see the creativity and excellent thought process that has gone into some of these student research projects is really exciting,” Parker said.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:58 am
Fri November 15, 2013

MU researchers make soybeans healthier

Soybean field
Credit Camille Phillips / Harvest Public Media

On November 7, the Food and Drug Administration made a preliminary decision. That decision stated trans fats as unsafe in food. Trans fats are found in most processed foods.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:38 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

751 Missourians have chosen insurance plans on HealthCare.gov as of Nov. 2

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Out of nearly 28,000 Missourians who have completed the applications for insurance through HealthCare.gov, only 751 so far have chosen insurance plans. The online marketplace, a key part of the Affordable Care Act, opened for enrollment on Oct. 1. Technological glitches made signing up nearly impossible in its first couple of weeks. 

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