como explained http://kbia.org en 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 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 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? Who should you blame for the glitches in Missouri's health care exchange? http://kbia.org/post/who-should-you-blame-glitches-missouris-health-care-exchange <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on CoMo Explained we look at how Missouri is implementing </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and ask whether it'll be successful or not.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:49:37 +0000 Harum Helmy 41532 at http://kbia.org Who should you blame for the glitches in Missouri's health care exchange? 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 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 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? 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? 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 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? Why are Mo. politicians so riled up about the tax cut bill? http://kbia.org/post/why-are-mo-politicians-so-riled-about-tax-cut-bill <p></p><p>This week Como Explained dives into the tax cut bill the Governor vetoed. It's not dead yet.</p><p>We’ve talked about the <a href="http://www.kbia.org/post/how-does-veto-proof-super-majority-work">Republican veto-proof majority</a> on this show before. Well, that’s one of the main causes behind a situation playing out in Jefferson City (and across the state) right now.</p><p>Republicans <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB253">pushed a bill through the legislature</a> this year that would reduce the personal income tax rate by half a percentage point and the corporate rate by three points.&nbsp; Both would be phased in over the next 10 years. Many Republicans touted the bill as one of their key accomplishments in the 2013 session, and if it becomes law, it will likely be the most noticeable change in the state that comes out of this past session. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:20:17 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 36115 at http://kbia.org Why are Mo. politicians so riled up about the tax cut bill? How the Providence Rd improvement project became such a huge deal http://kbia.org/post/how-providence-rd-improvement-project-became-such-huge-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week we explain exactly what went down with the Providence Road improvement project and how it became such a huge mess.</span></p><p></p><p>The busiest intersection in Columbia is at Providence Rd and Stadium Boulevard. When the city started to look into ways to improve traffic flow about eight years ago, nobody knew it would turn into the big mess that it did. &nbsp;Before it was over, the meetings multiplied, emotions went high and the city government was accused of arranging backdoor deals.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Scott Pham 35285 at http://kbia.org How the Providence Rd improvement project became such a huge deal Why government transparency matters--and not just to journalists! http://kbia.org/post/why-government-transparency-matters-and-not-just-journalists <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on the&nbsp;</span>CoMo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Explained podcast we talk about why government transparency matters.</span></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Scott Pham 34880 at http://kbia.org Why government transparency matters--and not just to journalists! What's wrong with bridges in Missouri? http://kbia.org/post/whats-wrong-bridges-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The collapse of </span><a href="http://www.kbia.org/post/collapsed-bridge-was-not-structurally-deficient" style="line-height: 1.5;">a county highway bridge</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in southeast Missouri on Saturday was almost certainly not due to structural defects. And the fact that this collapse came on the heels of </span><a href="http://www.google.com/news/url?sr=1&amp;ct2=us%2F0_0_s_0_1_a&amp;sa=t&amp;usg=AFQjCNEDm-i1y7TKKWGo4tRIvoIuXrzKDQ&amp;cid=43982071238732&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2F8301-201_162-57586034%2Fbridge-collapse-in-washington-state-blamed-on-tractor-trailer%2F&amp;ei=Q96fUdDrC46utweyRw&amp;sig2=4HKbwdSS4N06NPM6fw0vag&amp;rt=HOMEPAGE&amp;vm=STANDARD&amp;bvm=section&amp;did=-7696046024355113119&amp;ssid=h" style="line-height: 1.5;">a similar disaster in Washington state</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is unfortunate but not necessarily related. Yet it's just a plain fact that bridges in Missouri are aging rapidly and are in serious need of repair.</span></p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Scott Pham 34487 at http://kbia.org What's wrong with bridges in Missouri? Columbia’s state lawmakers share highlights from the 2013 legislative session http://kbia.org/post/columbia-s-state-lawmakers-share-highlights-2013-legislative-session <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri's 2013 legislative session came to a close Friday evening after deliberation of state Medicaid expansion, tax credit reform and </span><a href="http://kbia.org/post/what-gun-show-loophole" style="line-height: 1.5;">gun control</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Katie Moritz 34185 at http://kbia.org Columbia’s state lawmakers share highlights from the 2013 legislative session How does a veto-proof super majority work? http://kbia.org/post/how-does-veto-proof-super-majority-work <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the first year in modern history that we've seen a Republican veto-proof </span>super majority<span style="line-height: 1.5;">: that's a two-thirds majority that allows Republicans to not only push through most any legislation they want, but also nullify a possible veto from their Democratic Governor, Jay Nixon.</span></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:19 +0000 Scott Pham 34163 at http://kbia.org How does a veto-proof super majority work? What does immigration look like in mid-Missouri? http://kbia.org/post/what-does-immigration-look-mid-missouri <p>Earlier this month, a “Gang of Eight” bipartisan senators introduced an immigration bill that would grant low-skilled immigrant workers the opportunity to stay in the United States legally without a green card, among other reforms. Called “W-visas,” these visas <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/29/how-low-skilled-guest-workers-could-become-citizens-under-gang-of-8-bill/">would allow immigrants to fill positions that don’t require bachelor’s degrees</a> for three years.</p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 18:23:16 +0000 Scott Pham & Katie Moritz 32969 at http://kbia.org What does immigration look like in mid-Missouri? How zoning laws shape downtown Columbia http://kbia.org/post/how-zoning-laws-shape-downtown-columbia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An influx of student housing downtown has Columbia wondering what will become of its beloved District, for better or worse. And the Niedermeyer house, the city’s oldest building, <a href="http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/local/niedermeyer-may-be-razed-for-student-housing/article_81c37584-91c3-5f38-b289-d09a8027d8dd.html">was almost demolished to make way for another high-rise apartment building</a>. But why is this happening?</p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:00:41 +0000 Katie Moritz 32720 at http://kbia.org How zoning laws shape downtown Columbia How C-2 zoning could make or break Columbia http://kbia.org/post/how-c-2-zoning-could-make-or-break-columbia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most of downtown Columbia is zoned for "central business." &nbsp;But the same zone that lets developers build small boutiques with loft apartments lets in huge, disruptive housing complexes like the </span><a href="http://www.liveatbrookside.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Brookside Apartments</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:12:16 +0000 Scott Pham 32580 at http://kbia.org How C-2 zoning could make or break Columbia How can Columbia stop high school students from dropping out? http://kbia.org/post/how-can-columbia-stop-high-school-students-dropping-out <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the very first episode of </span>CoMo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Explained, a new podcast from the </span>KBIA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> newsroom that breaks down the big news of the day and explains how </span>Columbia<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;works.</span></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:36:59 +0000 Scott Pham 32175 at http://kbia.org How can Columbia stop high school students from dropping out?