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4:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

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

Credit Marcus Mo / Flickr

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.

Before the atlas, no one really kept a centralized collection of the different aspects of Missouri’s food insecurity problem. 

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Science, Health and Technology
11:58 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Check out the 'How much is Obamacare going to cost me?' calculator

Credit 401(K) 2013

Starting Oct. 1, anyone looking to purchase health insurance plans can enroll in the new online marketplace. A key component of the Affordable Care Act, the marketplace has been touted as a totally new way to buy insurance. You, the consumer, can go to the marketplace website and do a side-by-side comparison of the benefits, premiums and coverage of different insurance plans.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:43 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

St. Joseph plant uses ultraviolet light to kill bacteria

Missouri River photo by US Army Corps. of Engineers via Flickr.

A new $18 million project at a St. Joseph plant uses ultraviolet lights to remove E. coli from wastewater before it goes into the Missouri River.

Officials cut the ribbon Wednesday at the UV and Effluent Pump Station Facility.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports the plant contains 972 ultraviolet lights, which kill DNA found in E. coli so it can't reproduce.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:27 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Nixon urges corps to put Mo. River project on hold

The Missouri River project's goal is to help the pallid sturgeon.
Credit SuperIDR / flickr

Gov. Jay Nixon is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop work on a Missouri River project designed to help an endangered fish.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:48 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Springfield utility planning big solar project

Credit Lance Cheung for USDA / Flickr

A Springfield utility is planning to partner with two companies to build what would be the largest solar farm in Missouri.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:53 am
Mon September 23, 2013

University Hospital among Mo. hospitals fined for readmission rates

Credit KBIA file photo

Hear Heather Adams' newscast report here:

This year, University of Missouri Hospital was one of many hospitals in the state penalized for not meeting Medicare’s readmission rate goals, which are used to judge the quality of patient care in a hospital. 

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Science, Health and Technology
8:06 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Top U.S. Health Official Says Insurance Marketplace Will Help Many ― But Not All

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaks to reporters at St. Louis City Hall, while St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis City Health Director Pam Walker, and St. Louis County Health Director Delores Gunn look on (left to right).

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 10:35 am

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in St. Louis on Thursday to talk about the Affordable Care Act.

Sebelius met with city and county officials and representatives of the local healthcare community in a closed-door session at St. Louis City Hall.

Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, Sebelius said as of October 1, Missourians will be able to purchase health insurance through a new online marketplace.

Sebelius said many of Missouri's 800,000 uninsured will be able to get coverage.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:43 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Prototype app to monitor depression

Photo from Sam Davyson via Flickr.

Researchers, investors, and entrepreneurs pitched innovative ideas ranging from depression, diabetes, and cleaner energy from cow manure. The researchers met at the Mansanto Auditorium at the University of Missouri for the 4th annual 2013 Tech Expo. The products that could derive from the Expo include smart phone apps and micro-chip fiber processors. Keynote speaker Han Chen is the Managing Director of Kapyon Ventures LLC.

“The only thing that can change fundamentally how we as a country survive and progress is technology,” Chen said.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:18 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Report finds one-fifth of Mo. households with children are 'food insecure'

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A report from the University of Missouri’s Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security shows more than one in five Missouri households with children are food insecure, meaning that they worry about not having enough food.

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Under the Microscope
4:41 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Selling the Affordable Care Act to rural areas

Bob Bernt and his wife, Kristine, have gone without health insurance for the last 20 years, and don’t plan on buying coverage to meet the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

On this week's episode, we'll hear why some rural residents are reluctant to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:23 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

MU receives funding for rare biomedical research

The University of Missouri held an awards ceremony to announce a partnership between MU and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

The official announcement occurred this morning and pertained to an approximate $600,000 grant. The grant will fuel six biomedical research projects through both the MU College of Engineering and MU School of Medicine.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:59 am
Fri September 13, 2013

UM Board of Curators approves University Hospital renovation

The hospital was built in 1954
Credit KBIA file photo

The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted unanimously in favor of renovating the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th floors of the  University Hospital building on Thursday. According to Interim Vice President Thomas Richards, the $19 million plan is necessary because the current state of the private patient rooms are not up to standards with the rest of the hospital.

“These existing patient rooms are highly outdated when compared to the new rooms in the patient tower, the new Orthopedic Institute, and the other renovated portions of the hospital,” said Richards.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:51 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Missouri’s Power Plants Among Worst U.S. Greenhouse Gas Polluters

Originally published on Sun September 15, 2013 8:01 am

Missouri's coal-fired power plants are among the largest sources of carbon dioxide pollution in the country and a significant contributor to global warming.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:36 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Report says hunger on the rise in Missouri

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A report from the University of Missouri says the number of people worrying about not having enough 

  food is on the rise.

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Under the Microscope
10:34 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Pork checkoff funds research, can't please all producers

John Mabry, an animal science professor at Iowa State University, has a grant from the National Pork Board to study nutrition in Berkshire hogs.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we'll hear about a program that funds pork research, and revisit a story about food hubs.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:53 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Contamination site worries neighboring residents

Residents living near a former metal aircraft manufacturing site in north St. Louis County are expressing concerns about contamination.

The Environmental Protection Agency hosted a public meeting Thursday night about the former Missouri Metals plant near Overland. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that EPA leaders told residents they're doing what they can to remedy the problem, but residents worry about health effects and decreases in property values.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:51 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Columbia Water and Light department to test new renewable energy source

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Columbia Water and Light Advisory board members approved a trial burn of a new renewable energy source for the city on Wednesday morning.

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Labor Day Weekend
5:13 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Holiday weekend causes increased traffic throughout Missouri

Missouri recorded an increase in highway and waterway traffic and fatalities over Labor Day weekend. There were seven fatalities in car accidents in Missouri over the holiday weekend from a total of 248 traffic crashes.

Although the number of deaths matched the number from last year’s holiday, it was still an increase over a typical weekend. State Highway Patrol officers said that most accidents occurred on state highways, which saw the biggest increase in traffic due to the holiday. There were many factors that caused heavy traffic and accidents over the weekend.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:09 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Drought Conditions Plaguing Northern Missouri

Nat. Drought Mitigation Ctr., Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 4:09 pm

Drought conditions are again plaguing the northern half of Missouri, according to the latest U.S. drought monitor report.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:53 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Ag groups want Gov. Nixon to oppose Mo. River dredging

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Nearly a dozen Missouri agriculture groups sent a letter to Governor Jay Nixon this week calling for his support to oppose a dredging project in the Missouri River.

The project – near Arrow Rock, Missouri – was set up several years ago to create a shallow water habitat for several fish species including the pallid sturgeon – an endangered fish. Under the US Army Corps of Engineers plan, the soil excavated from the site would be deposited into the Missouri River.

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Under the Microscope
5:27 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Controlling feral hog populations

A trapped feral hog huffs and puffs inside a corral near Piedmont, Mo. Conservation agents had been baiting this site for one week to lure the pig into the trap.
Credit Jacob McCleland / Harvest Public Media

 

On this week's episode, we'll hear about efforts to control feral hog populations.

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Science, Health and Technology
12:14 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Campaign to raise awareness of new insurance marketplace kicks off

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In about one month, a key part of the Affordable Care Act kicks off nationwide. The health insurance marketplace opens for enrollment -- and consumers can shop for an insurance plan from what could be hundreds of options. And this week, a Missouri-wide campaign to raise awareness about the marketplace begins, it's led by the Missouri Foundation for Health. States had the option to run their own marketplaces or let the federal government do it for them. Missouri, along with 26 other states, chose the latter. 

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Science, Health and Technology
5:26 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

SLU Students Help NASA Ozone Study Soar Over Saint Louis

Art Chimes

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 7:29 am

If you happen to be near the Saint Louis Science Center planetarium at around 2 o’clock in the afternoon, look up. You might see a weather balloon.

Students at Saint Louis University are launching them as part of a study sponsored by the U.S. space agency NASA.

The mission aims to improve our understanding of air pollution and global climate.

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Science, Health and Technology
10:28 am
Wed August 21, 2013

How The Flood Of 1993 Impacted And Changed North Jefferson City, Rhineland

MoDOT

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 6:13 am

It's been twenty years since the Great Flood of '93 swelled the Missouri River to record-high crests.  Since then, levees have been upgraded, flood preparations improved, and in a few places, communities bought out and relocated.  St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin visited some sites along the river in central Missouri and talked to people who battled the flood waters in 1993, and who still keep an eye on the river today:

Flooding damages north Jefferson City & triggers buyout of Cedar City

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Science, Health and Technology
10:22 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Mo. Environmental Group Sues Army Corps Over Pipeline Project

Enbridge Energy Company, Inc.

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 5:01 pm

Updated at 5:00 p.m.

A St. Louis-based environmental group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for failing to provide information about a multi-state oil pipeline project.

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment says the Corps unlawfully withheld documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

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10:13 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Missouri Drone Journalism Program to reconfigure goals after FAA letter

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As many news outlets have reported over the last eight months, KBIA's Content Director Scott Pham is the founder of the Missouri Drone Journalism Program, which studies the use of drones (think less military, more toy helicopters) for journalistic purposes. The program has hit a snag, as the Federal Aviation Administration has sent the program what amounts to a "cease and desist" letter, at least until the program gets what the FAA deems proper certification based on the somewhat limited restrictions the FAA currently has for the devices. Pham explains further in his blog post on the subject, linked below. He defended the project's activities thus far, but also sees limited application for journalism agencies like KBIA under the FAA rules as applied here, at least until new restrictions are put in place in 2015.
Through the eight months the Missouri Drone Journalism Program has operated, we've flown under the guidelines the FAA has set down for remote control aircraft. Those guidelines are generally as follows: a pilot may not fly above 400 feet, over populated areas, or near airports. A pilot may not fly beyond his range of sight,...
Under the Microscope
5:28 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Managing school gardens and battling invasive pests

Don Proffitt, Pottersville, holds a tall thistle he removed from his farm.
Credit Jennifer Davidson / KSMU

This week on Under the Microscope we'll talk about school gardens, and hear how some farmers are managing an invasive thistle species.

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Science, Health and Technology
1:44 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Two Mo. organizations will hire Affordable Care Act navigators

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Primaris Healthcare Business Solutions and the Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging have been granted federal money to hire people who will help Missouri consumers navigate the new insurance marketplace, set to open for enrollment on Oct. 1.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services quietly announced the grantees Thursday.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:58 am
Thu August 15, 2013

State Senate panel hears from health care professionals on issue of Medicaid

Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri Senate interim committee looking into the state's Medicaid system heard from several doctors and other health care providers Wednesday at a hearing in Jefferson City.  

Among those testifying was Thomas Hale, M.D., a St. Louis-based physician working with Sisters of Mercy.  He told the panel that Medicaid needs to be expanded to make up for the pending loss of federal reimbursements to hospitals, known as DSH payments ("dish").

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Science, Health and Technology
7:37 am
Mon August 12, 2013

KU demolishes former nuclear reactor building

An artist's representation of the new facility.
Credit University of Kansas

A 42-year-old University of Kansas building that formerly housed a small, experimental nuclear reactor has been torn down.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Burt Hall was demolished to help clear space on campus for expansion of the School of Engineering complex.

The nuclear reactor was removed from Burt Hall in the early 1990s. But the demolition took several months as workers carefully searched for any radioactive material. Associate engineering dean JoAnn Browning said she knew of no traces of radiation being found.

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