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Orrin Evans on Creating Music Based on Thomas Hart Benton Mural

There was a party on Wednesday night at The Roof in downtown Columbia and at the center of it was jazz musician Orrin Evans. Evans is the leader of the New York-based Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band which was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a piece based on the mural America Today by Neosho, Missouri native Thomas Hart Benton.
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In January, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced the state would expand dental benefits to an estimated 282,000 Medicaid recipients for the Fiscal Year 2016. The expansion is being funded with money collected from a one-time tax amnesty for delinquent taxpayers.

This marks the first time dental benefits have been included in Medicaid coverage in Missouri since 2005.


Today Paul Pepper visits with JACK SCHULTZ, Director of MU's Bond Life Sciences Center, about why scientists are not understood by the general public. According to a study, it's because 'scientists aren't trained in psychology or sociology.' Find out why that matters, how it pertains to climate change and what's being done to help break down the walls of communication! February 3, 2016

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Missouri's economic development director has signed a $750 million export agreement with the country of Colombia.

A Missouri House committee is considering yet another proposal to loosen the state’s universal helmet law for motorcyclists. State Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, is sponsoring a bill (HB 1464) that would allow motorcyclists over the age of 21 to opt out of wearing a helmet if they meet certain requirements.

Visiting Owl Highlights Loss of Missouri Prairie

Feb 2, 2016
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On a cold but clear Saturday evening, with the sun dipping towards the horizon, a group of 20 or so bird watchers assembled at Wah Sha She Prairie, about half an hour north of Joplin. They braved the cold, hoping to see the migratory short-eared owl.


via Flickr user Stephen Cummings

The Iowa caucuses are over, and the nation’s attention turns to New Hampshire. What does Monday’s win mean for Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio? And, how might a tight race on the Democratic side change the narrative?

Nick Baumann, Huffington Post: “Don’t let the media and Marco Rubio tell you he ‘won’ by finishing third in Iowa

Regional News Coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

PERRY, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a Missouri couple suspected in several Alabama robberies and kidnappings have been spotted in central Georgia, where police have accused them in another crime.

Police in Perry, Georgia, issued an advisory Tuesday about Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Nicole Harper. Police say the two were involved in an armed robbery and kidnapping about 11 p.m. Monday at a gas station .

Police say the couple was last seen headed south on Interstate 75 in a stolen silver 2010 Ford Edge.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A leading bond-rating company is downgrading the outlook of the University of Missouri System's credit rating.

Standard & Poor's announced Monday that the outlook of the four-campus system's AA+ credit rating has dipped from stable to negative. The agency says in a report that maintaining the current rating on the system's facilities revenue bonds will require a "marked improvement in available resources to debt."

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