Over the past few weeks, the media and public focus has been on the budget, the government shutdown, the Affordable Care Act and the debt ceiling. One little-discussed piece of legislation is the Farm Bill, which expired on September 30--the same day as the budget did.

While most farming aspects of the bill are either part of mandatory spending or are authorized through the end of this calendar year, one are of immediate impact has been the food commodity program. This program supplies food pantries across the nation, including locally.

We can't control the timetables of congressional leaders or the president. We can however help our own. The food pantries are crying out for help with food donations. It is up to us to help these people in need.

Please spread the word about this dire situation!


6 days 5 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Freshman Cross Country Runner Julia McIntyre from New Haven High School. Julia finished sixth in the state meet in Jefferson City with a time of 20:58.40 at the Oak Hills Golf Course in Jefferson City earlier this month. She helped her team to a 12th place finish. Julia was a straight A student at Franklin County R-2 and she continues to get A's in high school.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

1 week 4 days ago

Football players strike. A university president resigns. Suddenly, the University of Missouri is in the eye of a media firestorm. Mizzou has now supplanted Ferguson as the hash tag known round the world.



9 hours 1 min ago

Scottie Upshall scored the game-winning goal early in the third period to help the Blues slip by the Blue Jackets 3-1 at the Scottrade Center. Vladimir Tarasenko added his 14th goal of the season and Jake Allen made 23 saves to earn the win for St. Louis, which improved to 15-6-and-3. Ryan Johansen tallied the lone goal for Columbus, which had won two straight. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 of 31 shots in the loss.