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October 27, 2015 Leave a comment

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  1. This article from the Kansas City Star explores the new “Clean Power Plan” introduced in Missouri., and polled residents of the state to get a feel for whether they supported this bill to lower the states’ carbon footprint. The results show that over half, 62%, do support this bill.
  2. Because the article doesn’t state how the data was collected, it makes one wonder how they ‘randomly’ collected a sample that is supposed to reflect the attitudes of the entire state.
  3. As stated, I wonder how accurately that sample reflects the state’s actual opinion on the bill, or if the KC Star was lazy with their sampling and simply asked people close to them. Because this bill has the potential to heavily change Missouri’s coal industry (which it relies heavily on), it is receiving a lot of backlash.
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Percentage of Missouri Residents with Earthquake Insurance Decreasing

October 26, 2015 1 comment
  1. This article shows statistics for the number of households that have Earthquake Insurance Coverage in counties ranging from New Madrid, where the New Madrid seismic zone is located, to high risk, medium risk, and low risk counties. I thought this article was interesting because the threat of an earthquake is most prominent along the West Coast, not in Missouri. However, there is a fault line named the New Madrid fault because it is located in New Madrid county. The most recent earthquake there occured this year in April.
  2. The data was collected by the Missouri Department of Insurance. It wasn’t collected through surveys or questionaires, but rather the data is based on “market trends over the past 15 years” for earthquake insurance.
  3. The data suggests that earthquake coverage throughout the state has decreased significantly. Why is this?

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Blog #6: Clean Power Plan

  1. This tweet is about how 62% of Missouri residents are in favor of a new plan that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This plan would put limitations on the carbon pollution that is produced by power plants that use coal.
  2. The data used within this article was not cited. Therefore, I question the validity of the data and the author.
  3. The article didn’t expand on the specifics of the plan or when this plan would go into effect if it was voted through. These are some questions I have pertaining to the information provided in the article.
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Blog Post #6: Offenses and Arrests in Missouri Data

October 26, 2015 1 comment

1) I shared this data because I found the way they display their data really well illustrates the crime rates in Missouri over the years. I think this information is helpful to anyone that lives in Missouri.

2) The data in the article is from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Statistical Analysis center, It was conducted between 1995 and 2013.

3) A question I have about this data is, What made the violent crime arrests go down in the recent years? Also, if there was anything done differently in 2006 to prevent officer deaths, and if this could be repeated to help protect them more effectively?

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Blog 6: Missouri leading nation in new business creation

October 26, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. I chose this article because Missouri is listed as the number one state to start a new business in which is a good thing for both graduating college students as well as the economy of Missouri.
  2. The data was collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and analyzed by the Kauffman Foundation. Missouri had a 16% increase between 2012 and 2013.
  3. My question is now that Governor Nixon has included $16 million in funding for entrepreneurship in the budget, how will Missouri continue to improve in creating new businesses.

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Missouri Leads Nation with New Businesses

October 26, 2015 1 comment

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Blog 6:The Cost of Eliminating Background Checks

October 26, 2015 Leave a comment

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1- This article talks about how Missouri used to required every handgun buyer to have a background check and pass it to get a purchase permit. In 2007 the background check requirement was eliminated. This data shows the results of the policy change, how the numbers of gun trafficking and gun homicides have increases since. The number of crimes involving traded crime guns from in-state has gone up 28% because people can buy guns from unlicensed sellers. After the repeal of Missouri’s background check policy the number of guns recovered at Missouri crime scenes within two years of their sale nearly doubled.Missouri’s homicide rate is now the fifth highest in the nation and at 43% percent higher than the national average.

2-The information in this article came from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It shows an assortment of information regarding Successfully Traced Crime Guns,and firearm homicides per 100,000 residents. It was published in 2014- “Erratum To: Effects of the Repeal of Missouri’s Handgun Purchaser Licensing Law on Homicides.” It all looked at how the numbers have changed since the repeal of the background check requirement policy.

3- I wonder if there are any changes going to be made. There has clearly been a significant increase in gun issues since the policy has been repealed. Is there a correlation with the policy or is it more of an exploitation of society?

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