Top Of The Morning News: April 11, 2013
The President includes funding for NBAF in his budget. Kansas City recycles human waste as fertilizer. The Missouri Senate gives first round approval to a bill that would ban the state revenue department from scanning source documents when people apply for a driver’s license or conceal carry license.
$714 million for NBAF in Obama Budget
President Obama's 2014 budget proposal includes $714 million for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. It’s the state-of-the-art biosecurity lab planned for Manhattan, adjacent to Kansas State University. Read more here.
From Flush To Fertilizer: City Farms Recycle Waste
Farmers all over the Midwest know that fertilizer is an expensive input. Faced with millions of tons of sewage to dispose of, Kansas City, Mo., is killing two birds with one stone – using that sewage by land-applying treated human waste as fertilizer on a city-owned farm. The city can actually use some of its waste to make money on the farm instead of burning money burning solid waste. For a Midwestern city nestled in farm country, it’s almost a no-brainer. Learn more here.
Blunt, McCaskill At Odds Over Background Check Bill
Missouri’s U.S. Senators are divided on a bill that would expand background checks to more gun buyers. Republican Blunt has indicated that he does not support the bill, while Democrat Claire McCaskill says she will. Find out more here.