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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.

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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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State Historical Society Could Receive Funding for New Facility June 10, 2010

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The State Historical Society could receive funding for a new facility.

From KBIA, Maureen McCollum reports that the State Historical Society could be getting money to move into a new facility. University of Missouri System officials have made it a priority to budget more than $46 million to the Historical Society for fiscal year 2012. The funding would still need approval from the state legislature. The State Historical Society is currently located in a wing of Ellis Library. UM Vice President for Finance and Administration Nikki Krawitz says the Historical Society wants a new building to take better care of its collection.

“The facilities are inadequate for their needs, and the ability of the public to have access to the documents and the materials the State Historical Society has is limited because of the parking and access issues.”

The Historical Society has experienced a number of state budget cuts in recent years. It’s had to downsize staff and cutback on hours of operation. Krawitz says the system’s funding would only go towards a new building, and not towards other Historical Society needs. It would be up to the Historical Society to find a new facility or location.

Business Beat: June 9, 2010 June 9, 2010

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Female business leaders listen to U.S. Sen. Kit Bond speak at a recent Women's Business Conference in Columbia.

Female business leaders listen to U.S. Sen. Kit Bond speak at a recent Women's Business Conference in Columbia.

On this week’s Business Beat from KBIA: The University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business appoints a new dean. Plus, Democrats propose raising the state’s cigarette tax. And, U.S. Sen. Kit Bond attends a Women’s Business Conference. Hosted by KBIA’s Courtney Flatt.

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Summit Focuses on Revitalizing Rural America June 7, 2010

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Vilsack speaks to reporters at the Rural Summit in Hillsboro. (Photo by: Veronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio.)

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced several new grant and loan programs Thursday intended to help stimulate the rural economy. The Secretary made his announcement at the National Summit of Rural America, where as St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra reports, he described the Administration’s new priorities for the rural sector.

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Funds Available for 2008 Storm Damage Repairs June 3, 2010

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Damage from storms in Novinger, Mo.

There’s money available for Missourians who may have lingering damage left over from storms in 2008. A grant project from the U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services sent money to Missouri along with several other Midwest states to help with damage caused by the disasters. KBIA’s Sara Wittmeyer reports.

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