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Business Beat: June 30, 2010 June 30, 2010

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The Jefferson City City Council unanimously voted to place a smoking-ban ordinance on the November ballot.

On this week’s Business Beat from KBIA: The Jefferson City City Council unanimously voted this month to put a smoking-ban ordinance on the November ballot. If passed, the ordinance will make restaurants, bars and other enclosed public places in the capital city smoke-free. Plus, University of Missouri System officials say they hope to expand the network of statewide research parks under new leadership. Hosted by KBIA’s Courtney Flatt.

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Disability, Mental Health Providers Deal with Reduced State Funds June 24, 2010

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Psychologists, in-home care providers for the disabled, and drug abuse counselors in Missouri are facing a two percent payment reduction from the state.KCUR’s Elana Gordon has this report.

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Business Beat: June 23, 2010 June 23, 2010

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Sirens may not be the only way Jefferson City residents learn about bad weather soon. The city's police department is looking into adding phone alerts to its warning system.

On this week’s Business Beat from KBIAMissouri’s Department of Economic Development reports that the unemployment rate fell slightly in May. And, Jefferson City Police, along with more and more companies, look into alerting residents with two systems. Hosted by KBIA’s Courtney Flatt.

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Simulating Poverty June 22, 2010

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If you grew up in Kansas City anytime since 1980, you probably took a school field trip to Exchange City. At this learning center, grade school students take on the roles of various members of an adult community, like the mayor, banker and radio reporter, to learn how the economy of the “real world” really works.

The United Service Community Action Agency in Kansas City offers adults a chance to play make believe and learn about a different kind of “real world”: the reality of poverty. In a poverty simulation, participants are invited to take on the role of a person struggling to make ends meet.

KCUR’s Alex Smith went to a poverty simulation to find out more.

Here’s the story.

Unemployed Often Face Depression While Job-Searching June 17, 2010

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Steve Johnson, Executive Director at Ozarks Counseling Center (OCC), provides information to those who have questions concerning the cost of counseling. OCC determines its fee based on your income and the number of people in the household. (Photo by: Brittni Bynum, KSMU)

A New York Times/CBS News Poll shows that almost half of those who have lost their jobs suffer from depression or anxiety. One local center is doing its part to help.KSMU’s Justin Lux has the story.

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Business Beat: June 16, 2010 June 16, 2010

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon tours the Dana Automotive Systems Group’s parts plant in Columbia on June 15. Nixon was visiting the plant to speak with workers and the press about legislation that intends to attract the Ford Motor Company to do more business in the state. (Photo by Quint Smith, KBIA)

On this week’s Business Beat from KBIA: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon promotes the Automotive Manufacturing Jobs Act, saying auto jobs will soon be a driving force in the state’s economy. The Columbia Chamber of Commerce selects its 2010 Outstanding Citizen of the Year. And, the Better Business Bureau branch announces a new Columbia location, just as REDI says it may open offices in the city’s downtown. Hosted by KBIA’s Courtney Flatt.

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The Gender Gap and University Careers June 15, 2010

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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 before going up for tenure.

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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UMKC Professors Take Heterodox View on Economy June 14, 2010

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UMKC Associate Professor of Economics and Law Bill Black

If you’ve been paying careful attention to the financial crisis in the past few years, or the more recent news of financial reform proposals, you’ve probably come across the unconventional views of economist and law professor Bill Black. He’s recently testified before Congress four time, and he’s appeared on Bill Moyer’s Journal, and in Michael Moore’s film Capitalism: A Love Story. He’s also been heard as an expert commentator on NPR news and This American Life.

Black represents an economic point of view that’s rarely heard in main stream public discourse: heterodox economics. But at the UMKC department of economics where he teaches, Bill Black is just one of many voices that challenge the dominant orthodox view of the economy.

KCUR’s Alex Smith recently spoke to several UMKC professors to find out how this unique field developed.

Here’s their conversation.

Missouri Debt to be Refinanced June 12, 2010

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The state of Missouri is moving to have its debt refinanced, to save money. St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin reports.

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UM System: Further State Budget Cuts Shouldn’t Hurt University June 11, 2010

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UM System President Gary Forsee speaks outside of the University of Missouri Board of Curators meeting.

UM officials say they shouldn’t be subjected to more cuts from the governor’s office. KBIA’s Maureen McCollum brings us this story.

At the University of Missouri Board of Curators meeting Thursday, curators questioned whether they should keep accepting cuts, even though it made a deal with governor’s office to not raise tuition in exchange for minimal blows to the school’s budget. Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to cut another $350 million across the board from next the next fiscal year budget, which begins July 1.

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