Polls just closed in mid Missouri and KBIA is following the results. We're closely following the two Columbia city council races, two Columbia school board races and two Columbia ballot measures to fund area schools. Check this live post for regular updates and results.
Governor Jay Nixon will travel to Brazil this month on a trade mission. The trip comes on the heels of the news that Missouri saw its strongest year ever for exports in 2011. The governor will travel with a delegation of business leaders hoping to expand their exports to the South American nation. According to the governor’s office, several Missouri businesses are expected to negotiate contracts with Brazilian customers during the trip.
Novinger, a small town west of Kirksville, is voting Tuesday on a proposition that would implement the town’s first ever sales tax. The proposed tax is a 1% sales tax and is estimated to raise between $10,000 and $15,000 annually.
The President of the United States may not be on the ballot, but there is still an important election in Columbia Tuesday. Voters in Columbia’s second and sixth wards will be electing new City Council members, while the rest of the city will vote on two new school board members and new tax levies. Columbia resident David Harrison said he'll stick to voting on the issues.
“The school bond issues, my ward is not even in the elections this time. I am mostly just voting for the school bonds and the levies,” Harrison said.
Missouri is fertile ground for payday lenders. With some of the loosest regulations in the nation, we are among the states with the most payday lending stores per capita. In this Health & Wealth report, the payday lending industry in Missouri fights for its life, as activists aim for the November ballot to try to rein in these lenders they say trap the working poor in a cycle of debt.
MU professor emeritus of anthropology Robert Benfer has discovered rare animal-shaped mounds in Peru. The mounds are three to five thousand years old.
MU’s spokesperson Tim Wall says this research is great contribution for the university.
“This is groundbreaking research by an MU anthropologist," said Wall, "who has found not only some of the oldest structures in the western atmosphere but some of the oldest structures on the planet. These are as old as like the pyramids.”