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Adult obesity often goes undiagnosed by primary care physicians

Carla Dyer, assistant professor of internal medicine at MU, center, leads medical student Peter Dawson, left, resident physician Lance Goodall, right, and the rest of her team through patient rounds at MU Children's Hospital. Dyer teaches a course on patient-centered care at MU's School of Medicine.

How do you — politely — tell someone he or she needs to lose weight? Studies show that this uncomfortable conversation often doesn't take place between doctors and their obese patients, creating one of several barriers preventing them from getting the care they need.

UPDATE: Revised dog-breeders bill moves to governor's desk

Bill supporters maintain that voters were unaware of the costly consequences that the law would have on dog breeders — a claim that critics of the legislation argue against fiercely.

UPDATE: Nixon signs extension of Missouri's jobless benefits

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation allowing retroactive payments to 10,000 people whose unemployment benefits ran out April 2. But people who lose their jobs Sunday or later will only get 20 weeks of benefits instead of 26.

Strong pitching, hitting fuel Rock Bridge baseball team's win over Hickman

In front of a packed crowd at Hickman High School, Rock Bridge pitcher John Miles threw six scoreless innings in the Bruins' 8-0 victory. 

Football TV deal buoys Big 12 Conference

The Big 12 Conference and Fox Sports announced a 13-year cable TV deal Wednesday that officials say will ensure the long-term stability of the league.

Columbia manufacturing plant in line for break on sewer rates

To save manufacturing jobs, the City Council is proposing an ordinance that would allow four factories, including Oscar Mayer, to get a break on sewage rates. Some argue the exemption is unfair.

Missouri Senate bill tackles issues in health care transparency

The Missouri Senate is considering a bill that would force insurance companies to create websites telling people what their out-of-pocket expenses would be for various medical procedures with different health care providers. The bill will receive a third hearing, and a vote will move it to the House.

Missouri baseball team drops eighth straight

After getting swept in two road series, a 7-2 loss to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium didn't help matters.

A great day for Missouri softball and pitcher Chelsea Thomas

Tigers' pitcher Chelsea Thomas got her 18th win of the season, found out she could be a national softball player of the year and was reunited with friends and family.

Missouri men's basketball team adds Louisville assistant coach Tim Fuller to staff

Fuller is leaving the Cardinals to take the same position under Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith.

Missouri Senate passes congressional redistricting plan

Senators reached a vote on their version after Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, brought the bill up while an opponent of the plan was not in the chamber. The Senate version of the legislation now goes back to the House, which can either accept the changes and send the plan to Nixon or ask for a conference committee with senators to try to work out a compromise.

Citizens Police Review Board approves closing some portions of meetings

Closing certain cases or sessions would help police officers save face and allow complainants to come forward that would not otherwise, board members said.

Aldi welcomes large crowd at new location

The grocery store relocated to a new location roughly one mile away on Business Loop 70 West.

Missouri governor extends unemployment benefits

The legislation will provide $105 million in federal stimulus to the 10,000 Missourians who have already exhausted other unemployment benefits, including emergency federal benefits. The extended benefits continue until Jan. 7, 2012.

Columbia District board wants more time to consider parking rates

Members of the Special Business District Board of Directors say they want three months to more fully consider options for raising parking rates downtown before making a recommendation to the Columbia City Council.

Eastern Missouri ACLU hosts first Muslim Day at Capitol

More than 100 people attended the Capitol's first Muslim Day, organized by the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri Muslim Rights Task Force.

Payday loan restrictions get initial approval from Missouri House

A bill in the Missouri House of Representatives would limit rates and payback periods for payday lenders. Some question the extent of the loan reform.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers deal setback to high-speed rail plan

Gov. Nixon is searching for $1 billion in federal money for a high-speed rail system, but the House Republicans fear the state will not be able to pay for subsequent costs.

Maya Angelou to speak at Jesse Hall

The author and poet Maya Angelou plans to speak about courage Thursday as part of a MU One Mizzou event.

Man gets life in prison for killing St. Louis police officer

Todd Shepard, who killed University City Police Sgt. Michael King on Halloween three years ago, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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