Scott Pham http://kbia.org en Columbia-based Newsy acquired by E.W. Scripps for $35 million http://kbia.org/post/columbia-based-newsy-acquired-ew-scripps-35-million <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Media company E.W Scripps has acquired Columbia-based media startup </span><a href="http://www.newsy.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">Newsy</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for $35 million according to </span><a href="http://www.scripps.com/press/details?id=1327" style="line-height: 1.5;">this press release</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:38:26 +0000 Scott Pham 45001 at http://kbia.org Columbia-based Newsy acquired by E.W. Scripps for $35 million MU announces R. Bowen Loftin as new Chancellor [live blog] http://kbia.org/post/mu-announces-r-bowen-loftin-new-chancellor-live-blog <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KBIA is covering the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">announcement of MU's next chancellor live and online. Check this space regularly for updates. </span></em></p><p>University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe announced today the appointment of R. Bowen Loftin as MU's next chancellor. Loftin previously served as president of Texas A&amp;M from 2010 to last July.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:40:42 +0000 Scott Pham 44785 at http://kbia.org MU announces R. Bowen Loftin as new Chancellor [live blog] The crucial zoning law that determine's downtown Columbia's future [rebroadcast] http://kbia.org/post/crucial-zoning-law-determines-downtown-columbias-future-rebroadcast <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week CoMo Explained shows how something called the C-2 zoning ordinance determines how Columbia is built.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 20:05:01 +0000 Scott Pham 44498 at http://kbia.org The crucial zoning law that determine's downtown Columbia's future [rebroadcast] What happens in CoMo when the twisters come http://kbia.org/post/what-happens-como-when-twisters-come <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;In t</span>his week's&nbsp;CoMo Explained we breakdown tornado prediction, the siren system and explain how 'Tornado Alley' works.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They're quiet unobtrusive until they're not:</span><a href="https://www.gocolumbiamo.com/EM/Disaster_Preparedness/sirens.php" style="line-height: 1.5;">tornado sirens</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. About 80 of them dot Boone County with the majority of them in a few mile radius of downtown. This week we wondered--how do those sirens get turned on?</span></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Scott Pham 44180 at http://kbia.org What happens in CoMo when the twisters come Propofol explained: Why Missouri is in hot water for its execution protocols http://kbia.org/post/propofol-explained-why-missouri-hot-water-its-execution-protocols <p>This week on CoMo Explained we explain what all the fuss about Propofol is and how it's got Missouri in the national eye again.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:18:13 +0000 Scott Pham 43874 at http://kbia.org Propofol explained: Why Missouri is in hot water for its execution protocols Square founder wants to fix the tech talent shortage (starting with St. Louis) http://kbia.org/post/square-founder-wants-fix-tech-talent-shortage-starting-st-louis <p></p><p>It's a story you hear mostly from <a href="http://www.quora.com/Is-there-an-engineering-talent-shortage-in-Silicon-Valley">Silicon Valley</a>: the "tech talent shortage." But it's a problem that affects the Midwest, too. Some are saying that the talent shortage is the single biggest obstacle holding back an emerging field of Midwestern tech companies--the very companies that could provide the jobs of the near future.</p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:32:09 +0000 Scott Pham 43785 at http://kbia.org Square founder wants to fix the tech talent shortage (starting with St. Louis) 7 things you might have wrong about the Ryan Ferguson ruling http://kbia.org/post/7-things-you-might-have-wrong-about-ryan-ferguson-ruling <p></p><p>This week: what's next for Ryan Ferguson and what exactly is in that appeals court ruling?</p><p><em>Update: This article was written the week before Ryan Ferguson's release. The 30-day timeline we outline below is based on state prosecutors taking no action at all, allowing legal deadlines to stretch out and pass. For coverage of Ryan Ferguson's release, </em><a href="http://kbia.org/post/ryan-ferguson-free?nopop=1">read our latest story.</a></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 17:50:19 +0000 Scott Pham & Ryan Famuliner 43433 at http://kbia.org 7 things you might have wrong about the Ryan Ferguson ruling Where your recycling goes when it leaves the curb http://kbia.org/post/where-your-recycling-goes-when-it-leaves-curb <p>This week, it's a story you might have heard before, but with the answers you never got: Where,&nbsp;<em>exactly</em>, does your recycling go when it leaves the curb?&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/columbiamo/comments/1mxwe4/hey_umangggg_i_have_a_suggestionquestion_for_your/">plucky listener</a>&nbsp;asked us to figure out what exactly happens to our recycling here in Columbia and if we could break it down resource by resource.</span></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:57:29 +0000 Scott Pham 43098 at http://kbia.org Where your recycling goes when it leaves the curb The spookiest spots in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/spookiest-spots-missouri <p></p><p>This week, CoMo Explained tells you where the most haunted places in Missouri are.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:22:22 +0000 Scott Pham 42551 at http://kbia.org The spookiest spots in Missouri Why are there so many roundabouts in Missouri?[Rebroadcast] http://kbia.org/post/why-are-there-so-many-roundabouts-missourirebroadcast <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This week the CoMo Explained team tries to answer why there are so many roundabouts in Columbia compared to other cities:</p><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:00:51 +0000 Scott Pham 42238 at http://kbia.org Why are there so many roundabouts in Missouri?[Rebroadcast] Why are there so many billboards in Missouri? http://kbia.org/post/why-are-there-so-many-billboards-missouri <p>This week CoMo Explained tries to answer that question all your out-of-state friends keep asking you: &quot;What&#39;s with all the billboards around here?&quot;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ryan </span>Famuliner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> knows the experience well: a friend drives into town to hang out for the weekend and the first thing he says is &quot;hey, what&#39;s with the billboards advertising sex shops and strip clubs?&quot;</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:50:58 +0000 Scott Pham 41974 at http://kbia.org Why are there so many billboards in Missouri? Everything you wanted to know about roadkill http://kbia.org/post/everything-you-wanted-know-about-roadkill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This week we answer all your burning questions about roadkill.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:28:50 +0000 Scott Pham 41148 at http://kbia.org Everything you wanted to know about roadkill How the employers of the future get their start in Columbia http://kbia.org/post/how-employers-future-get-their-start-columbia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week the Como Explained team goes to Startup Weekend, the premier event for Columbia's booming (really!) tech scene:</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:30:48 +0000 Scott Pham 40790 at http://kbia.org How the employers of the future get their start in Columbia Columbia's Startup Weekend draws entrepreneurs with stories to tell http://kbia.org/post/columbias-startup-weekend-draws-entrepreneurs-stories-tell <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Startups are an important part of any community, but they’re especially important for a city that’s adding population, but shedding jobs in sectors like manufacturing. Businesses that are being built now could be the badly needed employers of the future.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 23:30:45 +0000 Scott Pham 40758 at http://kbia.org Columbia's Startup Weekend draws entrepreneurs with stories to tell Why can't Missouri pronounce its towns right? http://kbia.org/post/why-cant-missouri-pronounce-its-towns-right <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This week CoMo Explained explores some of the more "alternative" pronunciations in Missouri place names.</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:38:09 +0000 Scott Pham 40416 at http://kbia.org Why can't Missouri pronounce its towns right? This is why crime was the number one story this summer http://kbia.org/post/why-crime-was-number-one-story-summer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This week we take a quick look back to explain how crime quickly rose to become the number one story in Columbia:</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 19:02:24 +0000 Scott Pham 40094 at http://kbia.org This is why crime was the number one story this summer Why there are so many roundabouts in Columbia http://kbia.org/post/why-there-are-so-many-roundabouts-columbia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week we answer a pretty common </span>CoMo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> question: what's with all the roundabouts in Columbia?&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:18:33 +0000 Scott Pham 39565 at http://kbia.org Why there are so many roundabouts in Columbia House Rep. LaFaver arrested for marijuana possession http://kbia.org/post/house-rep-lafaver-arrested-marijuana-possession <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State Representative Jeremy LaFaver was arrested Sunday in Boone County for possession of a small amount of marijuana.</p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:12:09 +0000 Scott Pham 39439 at http://kbia.org House Rep. LaFaver arrested for marijuana possession Why are there so many hot air balloons in Columbia? http://kbia.org/post/why-are-there-so-many-hot-air-balloons-columbia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Columbia was once a hot-spot of &nbsp;hot air ballooning. &nbsp;But you can still see a lot of balloonists flying over downtown on a clear afternoon.</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:17:44 +0000 Scott Pham 39187 at http://kbia.org Why are there so many hot air balloons in Columbia? Callaway nuclear power plant back online after fire http://kbia.org/post/callaway-nuclear-power-plant-back-online-after-fire <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After weeks of being out of commission, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ameren's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Callaway nuclear energy plant is back in service.</span></p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:40:24 +0000 Scott Pham 39060 at http://kbia.org Callaway nuclear power plant back online after fire Former Kansas City Star columnist explains his suicide in a website http://kbia.org/post/former-kansas-city-star-columnist-explains-his-suicide-website <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Updated at 11:59 am with information from Overland Park PD, Overland Park City Hall</em></p><p>Martin Manley, 60, reportedly committed suicide in front of a police station just south of Kansas City, Kansas yesterday morning. The Overland Park police department did confirm that a suicide happened "Thursday morning" in the "vicinity" of the police department. &nbsp;But they would not confirm if the suicide was Martin Manley or not.</p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:43:35 +0000 Scott Pham 38944 at http://kbia.org Former Kansas City Star columnist explains his suicide in a website How do local taxes work? http://kbia.org/post/how-do-local-taxes-work <p>On this week's podcast, we break down your local tax dollar with guest-host Lora Wegman from the Columbia Daily Tribune.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:37:20 +0000 Scott Pham 38825 at http://kbia.org How do local taxes work? Obama rodeo clown fallout: "idiot" banned from fair, Boonville looking at Superintendent's role http://kbia.org/post/obama-rodeo-clown-fallout-idiot-banned-fair-boonville-looking-superintendents-role <p><em>Updated 10:28am, 12:56pm</em></p><p>Missouri State Fair director Mark Wolfe says the rodeo clown responsible for the controversial act over the weekend has been banned from the fair.&nbsp; The clown had donned a mask of President Obama and asked spectators if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull."</p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:40:22 +0000 Ryan Famuliner, Associated Press & Scott Pham 38742 at http://kbia.org Obama rodeo clown fallout: "idiot" banned from fair, Boonville looking at Superintendent's role Rodeo clown at Missouri State Fair wore Obama mask http://kbia.org/post/rodeo-clown-missouri-state-fair-wore-obama-mask <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>This story is updating</em></p><p>People and politicians are speaking out against an incident at the the Missouri State Fair on Saturday. A clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask appeared at a rodeo this weekend, and the announcer asked spectators if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull."</p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:37:34 +0000 Scott Pham 38672 at http://kbia.org Rodeo clown at Missouri State Fair wore Obama mask Why are there two farmers markets on the same day? http://kbia.org/post/why-are-there-two-farmers-markets-same-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not only are there two farmers' markets on the same day, but they're less than a mile away from each other.</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Scott Pham 38393 at http://kbia.org Why are there two farmers markets on the same day? This guy made a farce out of the Lt. Governor's office http://kbia.org/post/guy-made-farce-out-lt-governors-office <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We cover a lot of elections at KBIA but Mike Carter's 2012 run for Lt. Governor was bizarre, hilarious, wonderful. We'll explain:</span></p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:28:49 +0000 Scott Pham 38027 at http://kbia.org This guy made a farce out of the Lt. Governor's office Columbia Fire Department strikes social media gold with funny public service video http://kbia.org/post/columbia-fire-department-strikes-social-media-gold-funny-public-service-video <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Updated &nbsp;4:25 pm with better social analytics information.</span></em></p><p>The Columbia Fire Department (CFD) is claiming that their latest public service announcement has been viewed over one million times on Facebook. &nbsp;At the risk of stating the obvious, that is quite a feat for a station that serves a town of 113,000 people.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:53:40 +0000 Scott Pham 37700 at http://kbia.org Columbia Fire Department strikes social media gold with funny public service video Why does the water taste so funny in Columbia? http://kbia.org/post/why-does-water-taste-so-funny-columbia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Actually we think it's pretty ok. But some people can't stand it! CoMo Explained investigates with guest host </span><a href="http://www.kbia.org/people/abbie-fentress-swanson">Abbie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Fentress</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.kbia.org/people/abbie-fentress-swanson"> Swanson</a>:</span></p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:55:03 +0000 Scott Pham 37222 at http://kbia.org Why does the water taste so funny in Columbia? Will Missouri ever play nice with Obamacare? http://kbia.org/post/will-missouri-ever-play-nice-obamacare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This week guest host <a href="http://kbia.org/people/harum-helmy">Harum Helmy</a> explains all the ways Missouri is mucking up the implementation of "Obamacare."</p><p></p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:19:15 +0000 Scott Pham 36800 at http://kbia.org Will Missouri ever play nice with Obamacare? Are there really tunnels underneath downtown Columbia? http://kbia.org/post/are-there-really-tunnels-underneath-downtown-columbia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week CoMo Explained investigates the legend of Columbia's underground tunnels.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:15:00 +0000 Scott Pham 35493 at http://kbia.org Are there really tunnels underneath downtown Columbia?