Kate Grumke http://kbia.org en Talking Politics: End of Spring Legislative Session http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-end-spring-legislative-session <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">Missouri lawmakers are scrambling this week to finalize and pass legislation before the end of the legislative session on Friday, May 16. </span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 23:02:29 +0000 Kate Grumke 52895 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: End of Spring Legislative Session Talking Politics: Remembering Rwanda http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-remembering-rwanda <p></p><p>KBIA's Hope Kirwan&nbsp;sits down to talk with Nadege Uwase to talk about what it was like growing up in Rwanda during the genocide and what the international community has learned from this tragedy.</p><p>And later on the program, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;bill proposed in the state House to begin discussion on the Missouri state flag’s design has some historians worried. One flag expert, though, says the state’s a long way from a redesign process. ­Jack Howard reports. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Kate Grumke 51815 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: Remembering Rwanda Talking Politics: Petition initiatives and sunshine laws http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-petition-initiatives-and-sunshine-laws <p>Initiative&nbsp;petitions<span style="line-height: 1.5">&nbsp;touching on 19 different issues are circulating right now to get on the ballot in November. They range from allowing early voting to eliminating teacher tenure. Signature gatherers are out, clipboards in hand, to get the thousands of signatures necessary by May 4. The catch is this: Most of these initiatives won’t make it on the ballot. KBIA's Justin Paprocki&nbsp;found out just what it takes to get an issue on the ballot.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:11:00 +0000 Kate Grumke 51418 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: Voters head to the polls for municipal elections http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-voters-head-polls-municipal-elections <p>Mid-Missourians headed out to the polls today to cast their votes on school board, city council, and mayoral candidates and a range of issues on ballots in the municipal elections.</p><p>KBIA's news team captured some of the sights and sounds on election day in this edition of Talking Politics, hosted by Kate Grumke.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:38:26 +0000 Kate Grumke 50994 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: Voters head to the polls for municipal elections Talking Politics: Right to Work and Missouri blue laws http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-right-work-and-missouri-blue-laws <p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Kate Grumke 49834 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: Right to Work and Missouri blue laws Talking Politics: First Ward Candidates and Missouri's Possible Official Greeting http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-first-ward-candidates-and-missouris-possible-official-greeting <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>This week on Talking Politics, there are three candidates running for the First Ward Columbia City Council seat. Bill Easley, Ginny Chadwick and Tyree Byndom&nbsp;will be on the April 8 ballot.</p><p>Also on the show, a freshman state representative from St. Louis County wants to make the high five the official greeting of Missouri.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:45:23 +0000 Kate Grumke 49443 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: First Ward Candidates and Missouri's Possible Official Greeting Columbia City Council Candidates Meet to Discuss Disability Issues http://kbia.org/post/columbia-city-council-candidates-meet-discuss-disability-issues <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Candidates for the Columbia City Council and School Board met today to discuss disability issues at a Forum at city hall.</p><p>Multiple Mid-Missouri disability services agencies hosted the forum to get the candidates talking about accessibility in the city. Community members submitted questions online, and the candidates discussed a range of issues, from playground accessibility, to inclusive hiring processes and expansion of the para transit system.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:22:13 +0000 Kate Grumke 49431 at http://kbia.org Columbia City Council Candidates Meet to Discuss Disability Issues Talking Politics: Missouri mulls LGBT changes http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-missouri-mulls-lgbt-changes <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Last week, it was hard to miss the huge news coming out </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">of Columbia.</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:46:43 +0000 Kate Grumke 48375 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: Missouri mulls LGBT changes Winter storm: Some school closings for Thursday, road crews move to residential routes [UPDATES] http://kbia.org/post/winter-storm-some-school-closings-thursday-road-crews-move-residential-routes-updates <p><em>UPDATE 5:00pm Thursday:</em> Columbia Public Schools will be closed again on Friday due to weather and road conditions. Jefferson City Public Schools will be in session Friday, although busses will run on snow routes in Callaway County in the morning and afternoon.</p><p><em>UPDATE 5:00 p.m. Wednesday</em>:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Missouri officials <a href="http://mualert.missouri.edu/">announced</a> that&nbsp;the Columbia campus will be open Thursday for all regularly scheduled operations.</span></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:24:12 +0000 Kate Grumke & Margaux Henquinet & KBIA Staff 47599 at http://kbia.org Winter storm: Some school closings for Thursday, road crews move to residential routes [UPDATES] The State of the State, on social media [Storify] http://kbia.org/post/state-state-social-media-storify-0 <p></p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State was&nbsp;thoroughly&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">documented&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">on social media. We pulled the most interesting posts and put them together in a </span>Storify<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for you:</span></p><p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 03:37:14 +0000 Kate Grumke 46958 at http://kbia.org The State of the State, on social media [Storify] Nixon to promote training for mental health jobs http://kbia.org/post/nixon-promote-training-mental-health-jobs <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Gov. Jay Nixon has developed a proposal to help more Missourians pursue careers in mental health care.</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:07:31 +0000 Associated Press & Kate Grumke 45471 at http://kbia.org Nixon to promote training for mental health jobs Columbia school board: Sessions and Cone file, Rose declines run http://kbia.org/post/columbia-school-board-sessions-and-cone-file-rose-declines-run <p></p><p>Tuesday was the first day candidates could file to run for the school board, and School board member Tom Rose has announced he will not run for reelection.</p><p>After seven years on the school board, Rose's term will expire in April. Rose plans to focus on his private veterinary practice, but he said he will still be involved with education.</p><p>“I'll still stay involved in the school, especially involved in early childhood education and those types of things but I also see that there are, can certainly give an opportunity for other people that had expressed interest in serving on the board as well," Rose said. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:36:46 +0000 Kate Grumke 45440 at http://kbia.org Columbia school board: Sessions and Cone file, Rose declines run Columbia to pay consultants $150,000 for zoning codes update http://kbia.org/post/columbia-pay-consultants-150000-zoning-codes-update <p>The Columbia City Council has appropriated $150,000 to pay a consulting company to update the city’s development codes.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:44:58 +0000 Kate Grumke 45398 at http://kbia.org Columbia to pay consultants $150,000 for zoning codes update CPS redistricts Mill Creek Elementary area http://kbia.org/post/cps-redistricts-mill-creek-elementary-area <p>On Monday, Columbia Public Schools decided to redistrict the area around Mill Creek Elementary School, which means next year, about 100 students will be switching to either Grant, Paxton Keeley or Russell Boulevard Elementary Schools.</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:27:09 +0000 Kate Grumke 45170 at http://kbia.org CPS redistricts Mill Creek Elementary area Columbia City Council changes definition of family for zoning purposes http://kbia.org/post/columbia-city-council-changes-definition-family-zoning-purposes <p>The Columbia City Council Monday changed the definition of a family in the city code to include domestic partnerships.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:13:52 +0000 Kate Grumke 44739 at http://kbia.org Columbia City Council changes definition of family for zoning purposes Military Voices: "Everybody was very happy and very sad at the same time" http://kbia.org/post/military-voices-everybody-was-very-happy-and-very-sad-same-time <p></p><p>5-year-old Kylie Journell’s father is in Japan with the Navy, and she lives with her grandmother Maria Oropello in Columbia, who cares for her as a mother. They came to story corps to talk about their family history and how the military has impacted it.</p><p>This story was produced by Kate Grumke for KBIA. Music by Chris Zabriskie</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:03:00 +0000 Kate Grumke 44057 at http://kbia.org Military Voices: "Everybody was very happy and very sad at the same time" Jefferson City Council moves forward with proposals for convention center http://kbia.org/post/jefferson-city-council-moves-forward-proposals-convention-center <p>The Jefferson City Council voted last night to move forward with two proposals for a new convention center, effectively putting off making a decision on which plan to choose.</p><p>The council plans to spend more than $9 million on the new convention center, but Fourth Ward City Council member Carrie Carroll said neither proposal is up to par. She was one of the four council members in the minority that voted against moving forward with both.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:16:35 +0000 Kate Grumke 44045 at http://kbia.org Jefferson City Council moves forward with proposals for convention center MU homecoming candidate challenges gender norms http://kbia.org/post/mu-homecoming-candidate-challenges-gender-norms <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time in the University of Missouri's history, a student who self-identifies as gender-queer is on homecoming court. Josie Herrera is running for </span>Mizzou's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> homecoming king, and is also a member of a sorority.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:56:04 +0000 Kate Grumke 42731 at http://kbia.org MU homecoming candidate challenges gender norms Why arborists are providing TLC for the 'Big Tree' http://kbia.org/post/why-arborists-are-providing-tlc-big-tree <p>Arborists and tree lovers from across Missouri joined together Tuesday to care for the famous "Big Tree," just South of Columbia, a Bur Oak that is hundreds of years old- and starting to show its age.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:17:59 +0000 Kate Grumke 42558 at http://kbia.org Why arborists are providing TLC for the 'Big Tree' U.S. Representative Visits Hickman High School http://kbia.org/post/us-representative-visits-hickman-high-school <p>United States Representative, Vicky Hartzler (R), of the Fourth District was in Columbia Monday, Oct. 21, touring Hickman High School.</p><p>The congresswoman spoke about the stalemate in Washington during the partial government shutdown.</p><p>Hartzler did her student teaching at Hickman in the family and consumer sciences department when she was an education student at M-U, and on Monday she toured the career services wing.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:25:52 +0000 Kate Grumke 42474 at http://kbia.org U.S. Representative Visits Hickman High School Hunger is on the rise in Missouri even as Congress cuts assistance programs http://kbia.org/post/hunger-rise-missouri-even-congress-cuts-assistance-programs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri already has one of the highest rates of </span><a href="http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">food insecurity in the country</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and one of the lowest rates of assistance available to families, according to Sandy </span>Rikoon<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, director of the </span><a href="http://foodsecurity.missouri.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Upcoming cuts in to benefits could have an unusually harmful effect on Missouri residents living below the poverty line.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:50:47 +0000 Kate Grumke 41965 at http://kbia.org Hunger is on the rise in Missouri even as Congress cuts assistance programs Navigators: your guide to the Affordable Care Act http://kbia.org/post/navigators-your-guide-affordable-care-act <p>Navigators are federally funded counselors who are trained to help people understand their options under the <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/opa/affordable-care-act/index.html">Affordable Care Act</a>.</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Kate Grumke 41562 at http://kbia.org Navigators: your guide to the Affordable Care Act Documentarian shows what huge campaign contributions are doing to democracy http://kbia.org/post/documentarian-shows-what-huge-campaign-contributions-are-doing-democracy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Money is speech. That is what the Supreme Court decided in Buckley v. </span>Valeo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (1976), which upheld limits on campaign contributions.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:18:37 +0000 Kate Grumke 41154 at http://kbia.org Documentarian shows what huge campaign contributions are doing to democracy Roots n Blues n social media [Storify] http://kbia.org/post/roots-n-blues-n-social-media-storify <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival blew up on social media all weekend. We pulled out some of the more interesting posts and put them together in a Storify for you:</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/KBIA/new-roots-n-blues-location-same-feel/embed" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:25:35 +0000 Kate Grumke 41020 at http://kbia.org Roots n Blues n social media [Storify] Controversial rodeo clown makes first appearance since MO State Fair, Obama mask http://kbia.org/post/controversial-rodeo-clown-makes-first-appearance-mo-state-fair-obama-mask <p>At the <a href="http://www.jeffcityjaycees.org/">Jaycee fairgrounds </a>in Jefferson City Friday night, people laughed and applauded as Tuffy Gessling, the controversial rodeo clown, performed for the first time since his infamous appearance at the <a href="http://kbia.org/post/rodeo-clown-missouri-state-fair-wore-obama-mask">Missouri State Fair</a>. Gessling was banned from the Missouri State Fair and the video of the stunt involving an Obama mask was in national media.</p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:12:42 +0000 Kate Grumke 40582 at http://kbia.org Controversial rodeo clown makes first appearance since MO State Fair, Obama mask 4 reasons Columbia is a writer’s haven http://kbia.org/post/4-reasons-columbia-writer-s-haven <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even though Columbia is a relatively small city, it is full of published writers. On Intersection this week, local authors </span>Keija<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Parssinen<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Marlene Lee and Alex George told us why they think Columbia is such a writer&rsquo;s haven.</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:15:00 +0000 Kate Grumke 40365 at http://kbia.org 4 reasons Columbia is a writer’s haven City task force on violence to discuss solutions for community http://kbia.org/post/city-task-force-violence-discuss-solutions-community <p></p><p>A new city task force on violence will meet for the second time this week. The group was put together by Mayor Bob McDavid and is looking at ways to reduce violence in Columbia. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:31:18 +0000 Kate Grumke 40177 at http://kbia.org City task force on violence to discuss solutions for community Nitrate runoff part two; City Council amends development ordinances http://kbia.org/post/nitrate-runoff-part-two-city-council-amends-development-ordinances <p></p><p></p><p>Columbia City Council members approved stricter requirements for a controversial potential housing development near Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. KBIA’s Kate Grumke reports dozens of residents spoke up about their concerns at Monday’s meeting.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 22:00:25 +0000 Kristofor Husted & Kate Grumke 39986 at http://kbia.org Nitrate runoff part two; City Council amends development ordinances Columbia City Council approves tougher ordinances for parkside subdivision http://kbia.org/post/columbia-city-council-approves-tougher-ordinances-parkside-subdivision <p></p><p>Columbia City Council members amended and approved stricter requirements for a controversial potential housing development near Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.</p><p>The tougher ordinances affect the amount of impervious surfaces the new development is allowed to have.&nbsp; Impervious surfaces are surfaces such as streets or sidewalks that reduce the amount of water that soaks into the ground. The changes come on the heels of dozens of water concerns community members voiced about the project.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:45:02 +0000 Kate Grumke 39983 at http://kbia.org Columbia City Council approves tougher ordinances for parkside subdivision MU grad's new-music composition featured in SLSO lineup http://kbia.org/post/mu-grads-new-music-composition-featured-slso-lineup <p>For the first time in memorable history, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra chose to play a recent MU graduate&rsquo;s work during its 2014 season. The symphony&rsquo;s focus on new music is giving Stephanie Berg the chance to hear her music come to life in Powell Hall. An MU program made this possible.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:03:25 +0000 Kate Grumke 35862 at http://kbia.org MU grad's new-music composition featured in SLSO lineup