A constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot seeks to drastically revamp teacher tenure based on student performance. 

Missouri Constitutional Amendment 3 would require that teachers' continued employment and pay be based on student performance evaluations and would change teacher contract lengths.

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Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

A constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot could limit gubernatorial power over the state's budget. 

Missouri Constitutional Amendment 10 seeks to restrict the governor's power to withhold revenue based on projected budget shortfalls. It has quickly become one of the most politicized amendments on the ballot.

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  This week, we are beginning a series that profiles how issues raised by events in Ferguson intersect with what's happening in area classrooms.

 

As the months have passed since protests erupted following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, some educators are beginning to weave Ferguson into their lesson plans.

 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • CMU received it's largest donation ever this weekend.
  • Missouri democrats are continuing to fund state campaigns in hopes of gaining seats.
  • The Camdenton school district could undergo a rezoning project.

Top Missouri Democrats are continuing to pump money into state campaigns as the Nov. 4 election approaches.

Citizens of Columbia and the city’s public school district agreed that increasing support at home for students would lead to better academic performance at Wednesday night’s meeting.

CMU receives largest gift in school history

Oct 28, 2014

Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, received the largest gift in its history on Saturday.

State Senator Chappell critical of Nixon's plans

Oct 27, 2014
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  State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal continues to criticize the governor. She says Nixon’s plans for a new commission to study social unrest inflamed by Ferguson shooting come too late to help the community.

“The Governor and his approach should have occurred year ago if not 77 days ago," Chappelle-Nadal said. "To have a commission is very easy and simple to do. It is 'low hanging fruit.'”

Nixon's commission first order of business will be to conduct a study of underlying social and economic conditions that creates unrest in Ferguson.

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  The vice-chair prosecuting attorney for Moniteau County, Shayne Healea of California, Mo. was arrested Saturday night in Columbia after he allegedly backed his Ford F-150 into a glass wall of Addison's Grill.  

The crash on Saturday night sprayed glass about 20 feet into the restaurant, sending four people to University Hospital.

Healea, 36, was released from Boone Country Jail after posting a bond of $22,500. He has been charged with fleeing the scene of an accident, and four counts of second-degree assault.

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  St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says he's stunned by the death of 22-year-old outfielder Oscar Taveras. He says his players are struggling with deep anguish after losing their young teammate.

Taveras and an 18-year-old woman were killed Sunday afternoon in a car crash in the Dominican Republic

Matheny says the team had forged deep ties and affection for Taveras, who debuted in the majors this past season and batted .239 in 80 games with three home runs and 22 RBI.

Several Cardinals players have expressed their sadness on Twitter.

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Missouri's most generous political donor is hosting an election night fundraiser for Republican Senator Roy Blunt in St. Louis.

Blunt isn't up for re-election until 2016. But St. Louis Public Radio reports that financier Rex Sinquefield and his wife Jeanne are hosting an early-evening event on Nov. 4 for the incumbent at their Central West End home.

Tickets start at $1,000 and go as high as $10,400 a couple. The reception is scheduled to end when polls close at 7 p.m.

A careful examination of frozen caribou poop has turned up two never-before-seen viruses.

The viruses are hundreds of years old: One of them probably infected plants the caribous ate. The other may have infected insects that buzzed around the animals.

The findings prove viruses can survive for surprisingly long periods of time in a cold environment, according to Eric Delwart, a researcher at Blood Systems Research Institute in San Francisco.

Talking Politics: Data in elections

Oct 27, 2014

This week two Missouri political consultants joined the show to talk about how campaigns in Missouri utilize data. John Hancock, a Republican, is starting a Super PAC that will focus on micro-targeting voters through consumer data in 2016.  Patrick Lynn, a Democrat, is a consultant with Show Me Victories.  Hancock and Lynn discussed the advantages of this new method of voter targeting.

Today Paul Pepper and Rachel Bauer talk about "The How and the Why," on stage in the Corner Playhouse starting this Wednesday! At [4:09] VALERIE CHAFFIN, Second Chance, asks for your help fostering dogs. Interested? Watch! October 27, 2014

A Moniteau County official is in custody after authorities say a vehicle he was driving struck a restaurant window in downtown Columbia and he fled the scene.

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Ragtag Programming for Film and Media Art was rewarded $28,225 from the Missouri Arts Council earlier this month.  

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The President of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce says recent growth in Columbia is the reason many major chain restaurants have begun opening their first locations in the city recently.

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A Missouri board has approved a bond issuance to finance a new mental health facility at the Fulton State Hospital.

New leader for MU soybean breeding efforts

Oct 24, 2014
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This week Andrew Scaboo accepted a new position at the University of Missouri as Assistant Research Professor in soybean breeding.  

"People's Visioning" promotes voting and ballot education

Oct 24, 2014
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"We need to wake people up and get them to vote."

The search for the University of Missouri’s next Provost continues to progress, and one candidate for the job spoke to students and faculty at the MU Student Center Thursday afternoon.

Last week, the National Association of Black Journalists issued a press release citing concern with the atmosphere and working conditions for African-Americans at the cable network. CNN responded by saying it was reconsidering its sponsorship of NABJ events. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Jim Flink and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment Off the Clock, KBIA producer Jenn Cooper hangs out with Tao Weilundemo, the owner of Maya Creek, sustainable living commune in Calwood, Mo.


  Today Paul Pepper visits with GINGER MEYER from the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics about "Eating for a Health Heart," a special event at the Columbia Public Library in which you're invited! At [5:11] JOAN STACK talks about "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," hosted in part by the Missouri State Historical Society and MU Libraries. The exhibit closes in a week - don't miss it! October 24, 2014

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Jefferson City Mayor Eric Struemph announced Thursday he will not seek re-election in 2015.

After holding public office for six years, Struemph said the decision will be best for his family. He said he would like to spend more time with his daughters. Struemph also said he wanted to spend more time with his parents, since his father has been battling Alzheimer's.

Struemph said earlier this year he battled bladder cancer. He said he became ill soon after and that's when he started thinking about not seeking re-election.

UM Board approves new financing plan

Oct 24, 2014
University of Missouri

    

The University of Missouri Board of Curators unanimously voted to approve a financing plan that will allow the sales of revenue bonds in order to fund the construction projects in the UM system. The board voted to approve $150 million of the $255 million of the system’s revenue bonds last night.

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A partial solar eclipse on Thursday has people looking forward to a total solar eclipse in the coming years.

MU Department of Physics and Astronomy hosted a viewing party Thursday afternoon at Laws Observatory so the community could catch a glimpse of the partial solar eclipse.

Ten-year-old Samuel Kingsley was at the event with his family and said he’s seen a blood moon before, but never a solar eclipse.

“It looked like someone bit the corner off the sun,” he said.

Samuel was just one of over 50 people who came out to watch the eclipse.

A new bill could mean new responsibilities for teachers

Oct 24, 2014
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Due to a new Missouri law, teachers could be taking on a new responsibility.

Senate Bill 656 allows school districts to appoint staff members in the district to carry a concealed weapon for protection in case of an emergency. Only members of the district's Board of Education will know the names of these select individuals. The district must then notify the director of the department of Public Safety who these individuals are.

This law is not a required to be implemented in each district. It is strictly a district by district decision.

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