missouri state penitentiary http://kbia.org en Penitentiary tours re-open to public http://kbia.org/post/penitentiary-tours-re-open-public <p></p><p>The old Missouri State Penitentiary site in Jefferson City is back open for tours today after closing briefly to deal with a mold problem for tours. Environmental tests had shown unacceptable levels of mold inside buildings on the site, closing the site down in September. The State of Missouri and the City of Jefferson reached an agreement to return the buildings to an acceptable state for tours late last year.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:15:47 +0000 A.J. Feather 51952 at http://kbia.org Penitentiary tours re-open to public PM Newscast for April 21, 2014 http://kbia.org/post/pm-newscast-april-21-2014 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:</p><ul><li><h1 itemprop="name">C<a href="http://kbia.org/post/city-columbia-considers-retail-surveyors-sales-tax-revenue">ity of Columbia considers retail surveyors for sales tax revenue</a></h1></li><li><h1 itemprop="name"><a href="http://kbia.org/post/moberly-add-fresh-food-farmers-market">Moberly to add a fresh food farmers market</a></h1></li><li><h1 itemprop="name"><a href="http://kbia.org/post/rally-kicks-sustainability-week-mu">Rally kicks off Sustainability Week at MU</a></h1></li></ul> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:43:36 +0000 Maureen Lewis-Stump 51717 at http://kbia.org Prison tours returning to Jefferson City tourist attractions http://kbia.org/post/prison-tours-returning-jefferson-city-tourist-attractions <p>The old Missouri State Penitentiary site in Jefferson City is back open for tours today after closing briefly to deal with a mold problem for tours.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:25:51 +0000 A.J. Feather 51715 at http://kbia.org Prison tours returning to Jefferson City tourist attractions Missouri State Penitentiary to re-open http://kbia.org/post/missouri-state-penitentiary-re-open <p>The Jefferson City News-Tribune <a href="http://bit.ly/1r5HWSs">reports</a> that tours in limited areas of the Missouri State Penitentiary are scheduled to resume April 21.</p><p>Public tours were stopped last fall after high levels of mold were discovered. The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that full walkthroughs of the facility would begin July 1.</p><p>Last year, the city agreed to split with the state the estimated $2 million in repair costs and mold remediation at the former prison.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:04:30 +0000 Associated Press 50114 at http://kbia.org Missouri State Penitentiary to re-open Historic Jefferson City penitentiary temporarily cancels tours http://kbia.org/post/historic-jefferson-city-penitentiary-temporarily-cancels-tours <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri State Penitentiary has </span>cancelled<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> its tours for the rest of the 2013 season, a move that could hinder potential tourism in Jefferson City.</span></p><p>The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Wednesday that state testing found a mold problem at the penitentiary. The state prohibits anyone from entering the building until it&rsquo;s cleared up. Convention and Visitors Bureau spokesperson Ryan Burns said she hopes the closing will not keep future visitors away.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:46:43 +0000 Maddison Hill 41554 at http://kbia.org Historic Jefferson City penitentiary temporarily cancels tours Water blues and prison maintenance blues http://kbia.org/post/water-blues-and-prison-maintenance-blues <p>Water use has become a hot issue among Midwest farmers after this summer's drought. Nebraska irrigates more acres of farmland than any other state in the nation. Kansas is also near the top. And that Irrigation infrastructure helped some farmers keep the drought at bay this year. Their fields stayed green long after others withered away. But as Grant Gerlock reports for Harvest Public Media, using so much water now may force some farmers to use less water in the future.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 22:32:02 +0000 Kristofor Husted 22232 at http://kbia.org Water blues and prison maintenance blues Mo. state prison's maintenance blues http://kbia.org/post/mo-state-prisons-maintenance-blues <p>As a 5-piece band wound its way through an acoustic set of music, guests slowly shuffled into the “Inside the Walls” festival at the Missouri State Penitentiary. To the southwest, the main entrance to the prison towered over the festival.</p><p>Charles Vaughan used to live in a house across the street. He remembers the 1954 riots, which were the worst in the history of the penitentiary. Vaughan remembers his dad and brother were on top of a nearby building with guns.</p><p>“There was a big fire going on," he said. "My mom was keeping me in the house which upset me because I wanted to get on the roof and my mom was piling furniture right in front of the front door.”</p><p>But now the penitentiary looks much lonelier. Its paint peels. Some of its buildings have been torn down. In fact — of those that remain, some parts are even off limits to tours – this is due to a process Steve Picker calls “demolition by neglect.” He’s the former executive director of the Jefferson City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.</p><p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 22:08:26 +0000 Lukas Udstuen 22231 at http://kbia.org Mo. state prison's maintenance blues Hear a former inmate's story from MSP http://kbia.org/post/hear-former-inmates-story-msp <p>One man&rsquo;s historic building is another&rsquo;s nightmarish living conditions. Listen to the audio to hear former MSP inmate Joshua Kezer talks about what it was like to be incarcerated for 10 years in one of the oldest prisons in the U.S.</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 17:03:40 +0000 Samantha Sunne 14681 at http://kbia.org Hear a former inmate's story from MSP Films, events, donations fund other aging prisons http://kbia.org/post/films-events-donations-fund-other-aging-prisons <p>The Missouri State Penitentiary is one of the oldest prisons in the country, but there are even older ones that survived both centuries of inmates and decades of decay. The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield and the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia are now fully operating tourist sites. Thu, 24 May 2012 17:00:23 +0000 Samantha Sunne 14678 at http://kbia.org Films, events, donations fund other aging prisons "Neglect" at MSP could be trouble in Jefferson City http://kbia.org/post/neglect-msp-could-be-trouble-jefferson-city <p>An update on the EEZ in Columbia. Plus, some say the situation at the old Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City is getting desperate. Wed, 23 May 2012 22:48:02 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 14682 at http://kbia.org "Neglect" at MSP could be trouble in Jefferson City "Neglect" a threat for Missouri State Penitentiary http://kbia.org/post/neglect-threat-missouri-state-penitentiary <p>The Missouri State Penitentiary closed in 2004 due to deteriorating conditions at the 150-year-old facility. KBIA&rsquo;s Samantha Sunne explains how this deterioration has continued into the prison&rsquo;s life as a Jefferson City tourist destination and historic landmark. Wed, 23 May 2012 22:20:44 +0000 Samantha Sunne 14677 at http://kbia.org "Neglect" a threat for Missouri State Penitentiary