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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

Credit Alan Cleaver / flickr

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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Science, Health and Technology
4:17 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Flooding causes state of emergency in Pulaski County

Light rain falls Tuesday morning on the MSU campus. Additional rains throughout the region on top of already saturated soil is causing flash flooding
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency after heavy rain caused flash flooding in the south-central part of the state. Nixon has spoken with emergency responders in Pulaski County and Waynesville, assuring them the region will get help.

A child was killed and several homes and businesses damaged after several inches of rain last night and this morning caused flooding in Waynesville. The Highway Patrol deployed extra troopers, a rescue helicopter and other assets to help emergency responders. Nixon's executive order also activates the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, allowing state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions on emergency services.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:34 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Oops: MO HealthNet sent 1,357 people's private info to wrong addresses

Credit Orin Zebest / Flickr

Talk about a paperwork nightmare: a so-called “software error” caused Missouri’s Medicaid agency, also known as MO HealthNet, to send mail containing private information of 1,357 program participants to the wrong address for almost two years.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:24 am
Mon August 5, 2013

FDA launches new gluten free rules

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Walk down a grocery store aisle or open a restaurant menu.

Gluten-free labels are everywhere.

Gluten is a starchy protein compound found in products made from wheat, barley and rye. It’s what gives dough a chewy texture. But up until this point, there has been little oversight on what qualifies as gluten-free and what doesn’t.

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Accident
3:05 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

18 injured in Montgomery County I-70 bus accident

This post will be updated:

Missouri Highway Patrol Troop F spokesperson Sgt. Paul Reinsch says 18 people were injured in a bus that overturned near mile marker 170 in Montgomery County around 1:20pm Friday. 

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Under the Microscope
7:05 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Exploiting the soybean; Ozarks watershed gets 'Blueways' designation

The theatre in the West Plains Civic Center was the site of the Congressional Hearing on the Blueways Designation for the White River Watershed, which has since been rescinded by the federal government.
Credit Jennifer Davidson / KSMU

On this week's show, we'll discover some lesser known uses of soybeans, and hear about a decision to redesignate a the White River Watershed in the Ozarks.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:57 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Crowd packs field hearing on 'Blueways' designation

The theatre in the West Plains Civic Center was the site of the Congressional Hearing on the Blueways Designation for the White River Watershed, which has since been rescinded by the federal government.
Credit Jennifer Davidson / KSMU

The term “Blueways” has some Ozarks residents seeing red.  At least, that was the case at a Congressional field hearing Monday in West Plains over the “National Blueways Program.” 
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Science, Health and Technology
4:38 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

PSC: Ameren owes electric customers $26.3 million

Credit Christopher S. Penn / Flickr

Ameren Missouri customers can expect to see a slightly lower bill after state regulators determined the utility owes its electric customers slightly more than $26 million for failing to include some revenue in its calculations.

The Missouri Public Service Commission approved an order Wednesday for the St. Louis-based company to refund the money to customers. But Ameren Missouri won't be sending out checks. Instead, the $26.3 million will be applied by adjusting a fuel charge that customers otherwise would pay.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

'Several Days' Before Callaway Nuclear Reactor Will Be Back Online

Ameren Missouri

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 5:49 pm

Missouri's lone nuclear reactor remains shut down while workers and officials continue to investigate what caused a small fire at the Callaway County plant Friday night.

Ameren Missouri spokesman Cleve Reasoner said it'll be several days before the plant is back online.

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