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Business Beat - Eat or Be Eaten: How 'Big Ag' Came to Be

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:31:30 +0000

The massive industry that supplies farmers with the tools to raise crops is on the brink of a watershed moment. High-profile deals that would see some of the largest global agri-chemical companies combine are in the works and could have ripple effects from farm fields to dinner tables across the globe. Six companies currently dominate the marketplace for agricultural seeds and farm chemicals, like fertilizer and pesticides: BASF, Bayer, DuPont, Dow, Monsanto and Syngenta. Of those, only BASF is not currently in discussions to merge. Dow and DuPont want to join forces and then spin off three separate companies, one of them dedicated to agriculture. Monsanto, currently the world’s largest seed company, has accepted an offer from Bayer. And China National Chemical Company, known as ChemChina, wants to purchase Syngenta. In some ways, the growth and consolidation of the agriculture industry is a common story of American business: growth snowballed until small companies become part of

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Morning Newscast for October 26, 2016

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:45:10 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: Republican Eric Schmitt Lays Out His Vision for the State Treasurer's OfficeDemocrat Judy Baker on Her Bid to Become Missouri's Next State TreasurerKoster, Greitens Oppose Tobacco-Tax Proposals, but Split on Other Ballot MeasuresMissouri Candidate Accused of Sexual Assault Won't Be ChargedConstruction Begins on Business Loop 70

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Afternoon Newscast for October 25, 2016

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:38:54 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: Missouri Says Reporter Doesn't Have Right to See Executions$220 Million Ballpark Village Expansion in St. LouisJefferson City Discusses Storm Water UtilityTruman VA Looks For Better Ways to Support Mental Health of Veterans After Awareness Summit

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Discover Nature: Beavers Are Active Now

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:42:52 +0000

Can you name a common Missouri animal that is also one of the least visible? This week on Discover Nature we learn more about beavers.

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Morning Newscast for October 25, 2016

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:05:47 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: Missouri Says Reporter Doesn't Have Right to See ExecutionsAuthorities Investigating Berkeley Vote Fraud AllegationsGrowth, Drought May Strain Southwest Missouri Water SupplyShigellosis Cases Declining in Moberly

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Afternoon Newscast for Oct. 24, 2016

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:25:06 +0000

Amid expensive governor's race, voters weigh donation limitsMU receives diversity grant for STEM educationMissouri says reporter doesn't have right to see executionsKoster, Greitens oppose tobacco-tax proposals, but split on other ballot measures

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Morning Newscast for October 24, 2016

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:05:25 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Koster, Greitens Oppose Tobacco-Tax Proposals, Split on Other Ballot MeasuresiPads Could Streamline Voting at Some Missouri Polling LocationsMissouri Universities Receive Grant for STEM Education

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Lack of Public Interest Equals Lack of Funds for Pettis County Museum

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:08:13 +0000

The Pettis County Museum in Sedalia holds records of all the schools and railroads that have existed in the area. Its collection contains records of Pettis County’s residents who have fought in wars. The museum also houses Native American artifacts. It’s home to objects that have traveled from Angola to mid-Missouri, given to the museum by a Pettis County woman who was a missionary in Angola. The museum is free and open to members of the public to see the historic items, but there’s a chance that these objects won’t be available for display any longer as a result of the museum’s relocation. The museum closed its doors for the season at the end of September. Its collection won’t be available to the public, unless it finds adequate funding to reopen. Pettis County Courthouse used to house the Pettis County Museum, but the courthouse needed more space, according to Rhonda Chalfant, president of the Pettis County Historical Society. The local Jewish congregation, Temple Beth El, gave its

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Intersection – Missouri Honor Medalists

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:40:04 +0000

This week on Intersection, we're featuring conversations with Missouri Honor Medal recipients from the Missouri School of Journalism. Every year, the school's faculty awards medals to journalists on the basis of lifetime or superior achievement. Past recipients include Tom Brokaw, Christiane Amanpour, Winston Churchill, and Gloria Steinem. Jim Flink, professor of strategic communication, sat down with this year's medalists to talk about excellence in journalism and media. Listen to the full interview:

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Morning Newscast for October 21, 2016

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:09:38 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Missouri Gets $8.7M From Volkswagen After Emissions ScandalMissouri Scholarship Recipients Face Potential Funding CutMissouri Law Could Cost Medicaid Patients MoreColumbia City Council Approves $1.1M Land Purchase

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Global Journalist: Uzbekistan's Dictatorship at a Crossroads

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:04:44 +0000

The central Asian nation of Uzbekistan is known for its spectacular mosques, vast fields of cotton and immense natural gas reserves. It's also one of the world's most repressive police states, where the government reportedly once disposed of two political prisoners by boiling them alive. But Uzbekistan's regime has been shaken by the death last month of President Islam Karimov - the only president the country has had since the collapse of the Soviet Union. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at Uzbekistan after the dictator's death.

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Afternoon Newscast for October 20, 2016

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:47:22 +0000

Special Olympics Needs Money for Training FacilityColumbia City Council Introduces a Minority and Women-Owned Business ProgramCole County Deputies get New Body CamerasColumbia Hopes to Keep up with Growing Demand with Integrated Water Resource PlanBlunt Talks About Possible Election Results

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Our Reporter Tries Rocky Mountain Oysters

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:18:17 +0000

A guy who covers agriculture in the West who’s never put a skinned, sliced, battered, deep-fried bull testicle into a cup of cocktail sauce and then into his mouth? I couldn’t let it stand. They’re known by many names: lamb fries, bull fries, Montana tenders, huevos de toro, cowboy caviar. In my corner of Colorado, they’re Rocky Mountain oysters and I somehow coaxed myself into thinking I needed to try them to be more a part of the place I live, to be a true blue Coloradan.

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Morning Newscast for October 20, 2016

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:16:42 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom in Columbia, including: Columbia Organization Raises Almost $100k for CharitiesColumbia Hosts Missouri Traffic Safety Conference

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Business Beat - Farmers, Antitrust Activists Are Worried That Big Ag Is Only Getting Bigger

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:56:38 +0000

Like most farmers, Mark Nelson, who grows corn, soybeans and wheat near Louisburg, Kan., is getting squeezed. He's paying three times more for seed than he used to, while his corn sells for less than half what it brought four years ago. "It's a – that's a challenge," Nelson says. "You're not going to be in the black, let's put it that way." Low commodity prices are rippling up and down the farm-economy food chain — from the farm to the boardroom — and it has many of the huge companies that control farm inputs looking to a new future. Most of the seeds and chemicals used to grow the world's crops come from just a handful of big companies, and the largest of those multinational companies — Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, and Syngenta — are trying to get even bigger. The prospect of fewer, larger companies controlling so much of the basic food supply is giving some farmers and antitrust advocates heartburn. With massive supplies of the world's most important crops, like corn and soybeans,

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Afternoon Newscast for October 19, 2016

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:03:02 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom: LBC Homecoming Performance Remembers Its History As Students Look ForwardCommunity Improvement District Donates Money to Columbia Police DepartmentAppeals Court Sides with Officers in Ryan Ferguson LawsuitMissouri Receives $8 Million Gift Toward Football FacilityGreitens' Use of Charity Donors Prompts Ethics Complaint

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Gap in Kids' Food Program Can Put Families at Risk

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:24:01 +0000

Chantelle DosRemedios was pregnant with her second child when she and her husband both lost their jobs in Rhode Island. Like millions of others, she depended on a federal program designed to aid in early childhood development to keep her children fed. Moms and kids who qualify can participate in a federal program called Women, Infants and Children, or WIC. The program provides nutritious food packages and other benefits to some eight million moms and young kids nationwide.

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Commentary: A Front Row Seat to America's Freak Show

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:45:00 +0000

Is it November 8 yet? On the Planet Tralfamador Americans are tuning into presidential debates that are enlightening, illuminating and helpful to voters. There, on the other side of the galaxy, Americans are watching ads on TV and social media that are professionally and substantively addressing the issues that separate the candidates. There Americans are turning out to vote in record numbers in a national show of civic pride and duty. On the Planet Earth Americans are being involuntarily plunged into a political cesspool without historical precedent. They are cowering in suspicion and uncertainty as they await the inevitable new revelations about both presidential candidates. Many voters will stay home. Many who do vote will be voting in anger or defiance or resignation or desperation. As the late and greatly missed comic George Carlin said: “When you’re born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.” And if you live in Missouri, the

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Morning Newscast for October 19, 2016

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:39:58 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom: Man Sentenced for Arson Fire that Destroyed MosqueMcDonald's to Pay $56,500 Settlement with EEOCCrossbows Now Legal During Archery and Turkey Hunting SeasonsKirksville Residents to Pay Higher Utilities in 2017

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Afternoon Newscast for October 18, 2016

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:32:26 +0000

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: Utility Bill for Kirksville Residents Will Increase in 2017Alpha Phi Fraternity Suspended at Missouri S&TFord Cutting Production as US Demand SlowsMissouri State QB's Suspension to Last for the Rest of the Season

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