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Emerson: Poor Air Quality Could Hurt SE Missouri Economy August 31, 2009

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Jo Ann Emerson serves Missouri's 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jo Ann Emerson serves Missouri's 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson visited Perryville recently to meet with leaders of the Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission to discuss compliance with Environmental Protection Agency clean air guidelines. Air quality non-attainment status could be detrimental to the economic health of the region.

KRCU’s Jacob McCleland reports.

Kansas City Family Awaits Loan Modification Decision August 31, 2009

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Aquilla and Eliot Clark outside their home. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Aquilla and Eliot Clark outside their home. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

In the first six months of this year, foreclosures in Kansas City marked a decline, even while the national numbers continued to rise. But in that time period, according to RealtyTrac, one out of every 122 area homes were in some stage of foreclosure. And in a few neighborhoods, those statistics are much higher. For local families facing foreclosure, the mortgage crisis is personal – destroying the middle class dream of home ownership. KCUR’s Sylvia Maria Gross talked to one such family.

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Amish Auctions Create Rare Partnership with Outside Community August 25, 2009

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An Amish woman and her son at an auction.

An Amish woman and her son at an auction.

The Amish are a relatively unknown group in the United States. In certain areas, signs tell automobile drivers to “share the road” with them and their horse-drawn buggies. Many consider their baked goods and hand-built furniture to be top-notch. And they’re pretty much automatically associated with bonnets and beards. Yet when KBIA’s Megan Granger traveled north to the border of Iowa and Missouri, she found a partnership that has arisen between two communities that rarely interact anywhere else.

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Local College Student Turns Recyclables into Fashion Trend August 25, 2009

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Hair clips made from old newspaper and buttons.

Hair clips made from old newspaper and buttons.

Not many people would think of putting used household items in their hair, but one Springfield college student is recycling common household junk to create a new fashion trend. KSMU’s Kristian Kriner reports.

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Columbia Regional Airport to Expand, Transportation Department to Fund More Barges August 14, 2009

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The Mississippi County Port Authority will use the funding to purchase a new barge

The Mississippi County Port Authority will use the funding to purchase a new barge

Business Beat 08/12/09

Recent reports from the Columbia Regional Airport show passenger numbers on the rise, and the airport wants to get bigger. The expansion could result in one family losing their farm. Plus, the U.S. Department of Transportation is providing over $900,000 in stimulus funding to improve a method of transportation that conjures images of Mark Twain and Life on the Mississippi.