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KCUR Morning News 9-16-09

By Maria Carter

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Kansas City, MO – Area business, health, and community leaders kicked of a campaign yesterday aimed at helping Kansas City residents increase their physical activity, eat better, and reduce their exposure to tobacco over the next few years.

The Kansas Health Policy Authority has to cut two-million dollars from its budget next year to meet targets set by the governor. The agency's board has endorsed a three-step plan to do just that.

A State House committee studying the impact of autism in Missouri took testimony yesterday.

Missouri's higher education department says the student loan default rate in the state has risen by more than 40 percent.

The president of Operation Rescue says the Wichita-based anti-abortion group is in financial crisis and is close to shutting down.

The Kansas City Royals continued their recent winning ways last night, overpowering the Detroit Tigers 11-1 for their fifth straight victory against the division leaders.

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