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Health & Wealth
5:21 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

ACLU Targets Camdenton Over LGBT Sites

Camdenton High School. The school district is at the center of the ACLU's lawsuit over filtering of LGBT web sites.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

At public schools across the nation, internet filters keep students from looking at pornography and other material deemed harmful. It’s required under a federal law passed more than a decade ago. But now, one rural school district in central Missouri is at the heart of a national legal battle over whether schools may use this law to block websites that promote gay rights.

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Health & Wealth
5:21 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Agriculture Secretary on Rural Jobs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
USDA
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President Obama has been touring the country trying to sell voters on his American Jobs Act. According to the White House, the bill would, if passed, give the state of Missouri $700 million for transportation projects and cut the taxes of 120,000 Missouri businesses. And agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack says that rural areas in particular would benefit from the jobs bill. Vilsack spoke with KBIA’s Jacob Fenston.

Science, Health and Technology
8:46 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Under the Microscope: September 22, 2011

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in 2010
Flickr

This week, we sit down with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to discuss the American jobs act. Plus, advancements in ice-cream technology.

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

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Science, Health and Technology
12:00 am
Tue September 20, 2011

NOAA Interviews Joplin Survivors for Future Storm Procedures

NOAA, or the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, has been interviewing survivors from May’s deadly tornado in Joplin to find out how it can better save lives in the event of another devastating storm. The agency oversees the National Weather Service, which is in charge of sending out severe weather alerts.

By Jennifer Moore (Springfield, Mo.)

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Science, Health and Technology
12:00 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Missouri Announces New State Veterinarian

Missouri has a new state veterinarian for the first time in nearly 20 years.

By Tom Martin (Columbia, Mo.)

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Health & Wealth
12:00 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Health Care Exchanges Spark Clash

A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony Thursday on the health care exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The legislature must either create an exchange or let the federal government do so. Republicans on the committee clashed with Governor Jay Nixon’s administration.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:02 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Under the Microscope: September 15, 2011

Flickr

This week, a food pantry that’s trying to offer healthier food to low-income families. Plus, an MU researcher tells us how quitting smoking may make you a happier person.

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

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Health & Wealth
4:54 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

USDA Commits $14 Million to Rural Jobs

Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced $14 million in new funding Wednesday to help stimulate rural job growth. Small businesses across the country will get money, including a tiny airport in southern Missouri.

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Health & Wealth
4:28 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Health Reform Targets Health Literacy

Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at US health and human services, was in Columbia for a summit on health literacy.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Nearly one million more Americans were without health insurance in 2010, compared with the year before. That’s according to new Census numbers released Tuesday, which also show the Midwest has one of the lowest rates of uninsured in the nation. But even for people who have health insurance, understanding a doctor’s orders can be an obstacle to getting good care.

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Health & Wealth
4:09 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Most Missourians Still Oppose Health Care Law

Americans now know less about the main provisions of Obama’s health care reform law than they did at the end of last year. That’s according to the latest monthly poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Here in Missouri, a majority continues to oppose the law.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:10 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Under the Microscope: September 8, 2011

The Toxic Teens readjust their robot.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

This week, we hear from a Washington University virologist whose made it his mission to combat bio-terrorism. Plus: robots!

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:21 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Under the Microscope: September 1, 2011

This week, we take a look at the tricky link between farm policy and obesity. Plus, the State Veterinarian talks about what his office does – and why it’s important.

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

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Science, Health and Technology
12:00 am
Wed June 15, 2011

The Gender Gap and University Careers

Rebecca Dingo and her daughter, Lucia, play outside of her home in Columbia. Dingo is an assistant professor in MU's English and Women's Studies departments and is taking advantage of the University's clock-stop policy, which allows new parents extra time

A special report on the academic gender gap: Or, the difference between how women professors and male professors do in their careers. A collaborative report with Investigative Reporters and Editors, on KBIA’s Exam, hosted by KBIA’s Janet Saidi.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:00 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Rural Missourians struggle with mental health treatment options

Antique map of Hickory County, Mo.
Mitchell's New Universal Atlas.... (Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1857) Courtesy of Dickinson College

There are 1.6 million people living in rural Missouri, and many have a hard time accessing health care. In the 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s healthy county rankings, Hickory County in West Central Missouri is rated one of the worst in the state in terms of mental health. It’s so bad, residents say they experience just over a week’s worth of poor mental health days each month. They are also unhealthier and experience more poverty than the national average.

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Science, Health and Technology
12:00 am
Thu November 11, 2010

Disease May Affect MO’s Black Walnut Trees

Missouri is known for its black walnut trees—they’re a precious commodity, and Missouri has more black walnuts than any other state. Now, Missouri is starting to mount a defense against Thousand Cankers Disease.

By Lauren Hasler (Columbia, MO)

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Under the Microscope
12:00 am
Thu November 4, 2010

Under the Microscope: November 4, 2010

Marionville Deputy Clerk Kathy Urschel holds up her white squirrel, Rocky.
Rebecca Wolfson KBIA

White Squirrels thrive in Marionville, Missouri, in spite of their genetic deficiencies on “Call of the Wild.”  New research at MU’s PRIME Lab reveals findings about stereotypes.

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Science, Health and Technology
12:00 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Under The Microscope: October 21, 2010

Up to one million swallows land in this cornfield in Linn County, Missouri during their southern migration each year.
Rebecca Wolfson

Edamame, ed-a-mommy, eda who? Listen to a feature from Harvest Public Media on edamame production in the Midwest. Also, a first-person narrative about a failed attempt to see Missouri’s greatest birding spectacle.

Hosted By Rebecca Wolfson (Columbia, MO)

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Science, Health and Technology
12:00 am
Thu September 23, 2010

Under the Microscope: September 23, 2010

 

“Call of the Wild” kicks off the first part of a bear series. Follow KBIA’s Margaret Berglund as she traps bears, explains the Science behind new bear research and explores the controversy surrounding bear-hunting. Lead author of MU’s Bisphenol A study talks about the health implications of this toxic chemical found in plastics.

Hosted by Rebecca Wolfson

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Science, Health and Technology
12:00 am
Thu September 16, 2010

Under the Microscope: September 16, 2010

Conference Organizer Nadia Navarrette-Tindal shows attendees of Columbia’s Native Pollinator Conference the wildlife at Bradford Research and Extension Center.

This week’s “Call of the Wild” features the bee, and a movement to revive native pollinator populations. A new hunger atlas tracks food insecurity in Missouri.

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Science, Health and Technology
12:00 am
Thu September 9, 2010

Under the Microscope: September 9, 2010

Happiness guru and MU professor Kennon Sheldon is all smiles on campus.
Rebecca Wolfson

 

MU Psychology professor Kennon Sheldon is the happiness guru, and talks about the keys to happiness. Also, “Call of the Wild,” a weekly segment featuring Missouri animals, debuts with a dove hunting trip.

Hosted by Rebecca Wolfson

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Science, Health and Technology
12:00 am
Tue June 15, 2010

The Gender Gap and University Careers

Rebecca Dingo and her daughter, Lucia, play outside of her home in Columbia. Dingo is an assistant professor in MU's English and Women's Studies departments and is taking advantage of the University's clock-stop policy, which allows new parents extra time
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A special report on the academic gender gap: Or, the difference between how women professors and male professors do in their careers. A collaborative report with Investigative Reporters and Editors, on KBIA’s Exam, hosted by KBIA’s Janet Saidi.

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Science, Health and Technology
12:00 am
Mon May 24, 2010

Investigative Report: Looking Into Callaway Nuclear Power Plant’s “Safety Culture”

Since 2005, there have been at least 17 documented cases of alleged discrimination at the Callaway Nuclear Generating plant, according to Nuclear Regulatory Commission documents acquired under the Freedom of Information Act
Daniel Longar

Note: The following report was originally released in May 2010.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials and documents describe the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant just south of Fulton, MO as having a safety conscious work environment. However, since 2005, there have been at least 14 documented allegations of discrimination against employees for reporting safety concerns at the Callaway plant, according to commission reports.

By Patrick Sweet and Rebecca Townsend

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