COLUMBIA – Under the newly imposed Title IX policy, university employees are required to report any act of discrimination 


MU's mandated reporter training is still under development. UM system communication coordinator, John Fougere said, "Our goal is to ensure that the training for all mandated reporters is as convenient and effective as possible, so what we're looking at is mostly likely an online training." 


Fougere said UM System employees on all four campuses should receive training by the end of this year. 


Citizens voice concerns over lack of crossings on Broadway

Oct 16, 2014

There is about a half-mile stretch between Stadium Boulevard and Clinkscales Road in Columbia where Broadway has no sidewalk on its south side and no safe place to cross. At the monthly Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission meeting, Columbia resident Debbie Rodman explained why she thinks Broadway’s lack of sidewalks or safe crossing points is a safety hazard for students at West Middle School.


Missourians to decide on early voting measure

Oct 16, 2014

An initiative, Amendment 6, for early voting prior to the elections in Missouri will be decided November 4. The amendment gives the Missourians access to the ballet box six days earlier, ending on the Wednesday before the election. 


Aaron Baker, spokesperson for Missourians for Free and Fair elections, says it would be a good idea, because this Amendment 6 will improve ballot access for all voters.


9 Myths about MizzouWireless

Oct 16, 2014
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If you’re a student at Mizzou, you were probably hooked to this story just by mentioning MizzouWireless. But if you’re not, then what you may need a little filling in.

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Down 7-3 in the eighth inning of the American League Wild Card game, it seemed inevitable, even fitting, really. The Kansas City Royals waited 29 years to return to the postseason, only to be swept out in a one-game wild card playoff that has only existed for three years. The loss would have cut deep, like they always have in Kansas City. At least that I can remember.

U.S. farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But all that productivity has a big financial downside: plunging prices that have many Midwest farmers hoping to merely break-even on this year’s crop.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • The president of the Missouri Nurses Association says hospitals and nurses are prepared for any outbreak, including Ebola.
  • The City of Columbia hopes charities utilize the funds Boone County has available.
  • There is still a push to have teacher evaluations based on student performance. 

Today Paul Pepper is joined by the Artistic Director of Maples Rep Theatre, TODD DAVISON, and the 'bingo ladies!' The ladies perform "I Still Believe in You" at [1:33] and "Gentleman Caller" at [5:09] from "Bingo: The Winning Musical," on stage now in Macon. October 16, 2014

Kirksville traffic light debate still ongoing

Oct 16, 2014

The traffic light debate in Kirksville is still being reviewed after last month’s decision to decrease the amount of lights downtown.

Opponents of Missouri’s Right to Farm bill filed suit against the state regarding the ballot language in the proposed constitutional amendment.

The amendment passed during the primary elections by 2,375 votes. A recount, the fourth in the past two decades in Missouri, affirmed the original result of the election.

Leslie Holloway, the director for regulatory affairs at the Missouri Farm Bureau, said the language in the ballot is consistent with other constitutional amendments.

Columbia hopes charities utilize Boone County funding

Oct 16, 2014

Nine organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri and Rainbow House, are in the process of applying for city funding of their youth assistance programs. Several of these organizations had applied for funding from Columbia but not Boone County, even though the county has significantly more money to give.

NBC Cheif Medical Editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, broke her voluntary Ebola quarantine to go get takeout from her favorite restaurant. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss NBC’s released statement on the issue and weigh in on whether Snyderman should have personally apologized for the incident. ​

Just a few months after Harvard University announced a new, tougher policy against campus sexual assault, a group of Harvard law professors is blasting the rules as unfair.

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There are many opinions on whether Columbia is overbuilt or not. KBIA’s Lauren Langille spoke with the city and professionals in the housing and real estate industry to see what’s going on with supply and demand.

Both the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals made it into baseball’s post-season this year. And while fans are happy, businesses that sell licensed team shirts, hats and even socks are happier. KBIA’s Annie Rice reports on how postseason runs – and a few bandwagon fans – can be a home run for local businesses.

PM Newscast for October 15, 2014

Oct 15, 2014

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Columbia Public Schools to hire more paraprofessionals 
  • MU open forum discusses healthcare and staff benefits
  • Missouri River flooding not likely
  • St. Louis job applications see a change

Do you want to know about every person tested for Ebola or hear about every airline passenger with a fever? Has the media’s attempts to localize the Ebola epidemic gone too far, resulting in the reporting of “non-stories?” New Jersey puts NBC Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Synderman under a mandatory quarantine after she was spotted picking up soup from her favorite restaurant. Speculation swirls after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reappears after 40 days without a trace and the New York Times says it’s time to end the trade embargo against Cuba – in Spanish. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Studies have shown that students who went to preschool have higher rates of achievement later in school. It's also believed that preschool has a positive effect on children’s social and emotional development.

But the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has identified several areas of the state where families don’t have access to quality preschools. The state has applied for a grant through the U.S. Department of Education to expand the state’s program in these high-need areas. Missouri is competing with 16 other states for the Preschool Development grant, which will be awarded by the end of December.

KBIA’s Hope Kirwan sat down with Stacey Preis, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Early and Extended Learning, to talk about Missouri’s need to expand preschool education.

Talking Politics: $200,000 for a Judicial Race

Oct 15, 2014

Eli Yokley of PoliticMo joined the show this week to discuss an unusually large amount of spending in the race for the Cole County 19th Judicial Circuit Court.

  The Washington D.C.-based Republican State Leadership Committee has contributed $200,000 to its Missouri-based political action committee.  $100,000 of that money was passed along to Brian Stumpe, Republican candidate for the Cole County 19th Judicial Circuit Court, and the other $100,000 is on its way.  Stumpe hopes to unseat Democrat Patricia Joyce, who has served on the court since 2002.

Today Paul Pepper and DAVE MARS talk about the annual 'Sustainable Living Fair," happening this Friday and Saturday at City Hall in The District! Watch for details. October 15, 2014

The American Prize

Fans of live classical music performance have an abundance of shows to experience this fall. On this week's Thinking Out Loud  we look at a pair of upcoming performances in Mid-Missouri.

PM Newscast for October 14, 2014

Oct 14, 2014

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: 

Local church leaders respond to Vatican document

Oct 14, 2014
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Local church leaders are adjusting after the Vatican released a document on Monday welcoming gay people, divorcees, unmarried couples and their children in the Catholic Church. The document addresses the changes in families across cultures and it recognizes some of the "positive aspects of civil unions and cohabitation."

New director of economic development announced

Oct 14, 2014

Columbia city manager Mike Matthes announced Monday that Stacey Button will be taking over for Mike Brooks as the City’s director of economic development. Brooks, who served for five years, will look to retire in November.

Ameren brings new jobs with maintenance work

Oct 14, 2014
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Ameren Missouri’s Callaway energy center is working with locals on a large scale maintenance operation. This is Ameren’s 20th planned refueling and maintenance, but this time a nuclear reactor vessel head is being replaced for the first time.

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The Boonville Police Department is starting to test three different body-worn cameras with prices ranging from $350 to $800.  Bobby Welliver, the chief of police for the Boonville Police Department, said body-worn cameras will both benefit the police officers and the community.

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OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) — A member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says trooper training was deficient before the May drowning of a man under arrest in the Lake of the Ozarks.

Patrol Sgt. Randy Henry told a panel of state lawmakers Tuesday that the lack of proper training was obvious. He spoke during a second hearing in a review of the 2011 merger of the highway and water patrols.

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NBC Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman and the team she worked with in Liberia are now under a mandatory quarantine ordered by the New Jersey Health Department.

On last week's Views of the News, we talked about how Synderman was self-monitoring and in isolation after being exposed to Ebola by cameraman Ashoka Mukpo.

Sexual assault and sexual violence on college campuses has been an issue for a long time, but it is now at the forefront of the national focus.  While university administrators and federal lawmakers say they're trying to do what they think is best for the victims of sexual assault, some feel that's not always the case. 

Kelsey Burns is the presentation coordinator for the relationship and sexual violence prevention center at MU.  She says she was assaulted her first year as a student but did not report the incident.  She now works to better educate the MU community about sexual violence. 

 This interview has been condensed and edited for content and clarity. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Voluntary Action Center, about VAC's annual Christmas program. Are you interested in sponsoring a family this holiday season? Watch for details! At [4:50] ED HANSON returns with a plug for "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," which is the latest show at Talking Horse Productions! October 14, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • A Kansas City, Kansas man may have contracted Ebola.
  • Missouri lawmakers are considering legislation to take local prosecutors off a case if a police officer shoots someone.
  • The Columbia School District is considering adding girls lacrosse as a sport for next year.