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For the past year, KBIA has been working on a special long-form story about a place in Northeast Missouri called Heartland. It’s a story with threads of religion, law, business, and morality that all end in a knot, in the middle of a cornfield.



  It’s harvest time in Mid-Missouri and students at some Columbia Public Schools are getting the opportunity to learn about the science behind their favorite foods. These new lessons are thanks to a partnership with the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture.

  Leemer Cernohlavek stood in the front of a classroom, scrolling through pictures of his apple orchard on the teacher’s smart board. He was describing his work to second and third graders, who sat quietly listening on a rainbow-colored square rug.

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  The movie "Gone Girl" put Missouri in the cinema spotlight. But the state might not be able to attract other major motion picture companies with the end of the film production tax incentive program.

The program, offered by the Department of Economic Development, began in 1999. Since the program expired last November, Missourians have been concerned that the expiration will prevent revenue and publicity for the state of Missouri.

Film production companies that qualified could earn a credit up to 35% of the expended amount.

Tasting the future of elderberry juice

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  MU researchers should start preparing their taste buds for a new study comparing different kinds of elderberry juices. The researchers received a grant from the US Department of Agriculture to examine the different juices and find “off” flavors in certain varieties of elderberries.

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  The cities of Osage Beach and Lake Ozark have written a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency expressing community concerns regarding the proposed re-definition of the phrase "Water of the United States."  In Osage Beach, the new definition will affect 4,500 full time residents and over twice that many in vacation home owners. 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • An update on the race for state auditor.
  • Two important issues on the November ballot, including teacher evaluations and budget-balancing powers.
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Laura Poitras' documentary, CitizenFour, will screen in Columbiam, Mo. on Sunday in conjunction with True/False. The film documents NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's meetings with journalists from the Guardian in a Hong Kong hotel room. Early reviews of the film are strong, and already there's Oscar talk buzzing around it.​ Could this film change public perception? Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss. 

  This week on Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we bring you a presentation from local artist Kevin R. Doyle. We've adapted a story of his, "One Helluva Gig," for the radio show. 

Doyle is a teacher and fiction writer from central Missouri. His short stories have been published in more than 20 magazines, mainly in the horror and suspense genres. "One Helluva Gig" is his first mainstream novelette, and you can find the entire story online.

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The Associated Press has said it won't be reporting every instance in which an individual is tested for Ebola. The goal of the media should not be to create undue fear among the population. How much of the reporting out there is helpful, how much is creating panic? Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: 

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A proposed ordinance that would remove any question regarding a person’s criminal background on job applications has local business leaders concerned.

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Missouri officials have approved tougher regulations for deer ranchers and hunting preserves in an attempt to prevent the spread of disease.

Columbia College officially inducts new president

Oct 17, 2014
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Columbia College formally inducted their new president today in a ceremony conducted in the Southwell Complex on campus. 

A sit-in to protest police shootings is in its fifth day at Saint Louis University.

The fight to save United Methodist Camps

Oct 17, 2014
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Brittanee Jacobs, 24, has been attending the camps since she was 8 years old, accepted Christ there at age 10 and continues to love and fight for the camps, even 16 years later.

Koster aims to ban Ebola waste at St. Louis center

Oct 17, 2014
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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is seeking to block a sterilization company from handling any medical waste contaminated with Ebola at its St. Louis facility.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says the state now has a designated Ebola testing lab approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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On this week's Under the Microscope, we take a look at the junk we have left in space and a record-breaking harvest of corn and soybeans. 

 

Americans had to dig deep into their wallets to cover costs associated with foodborne illnesses, according to new estimatesfrom the U.S. Department Agriculture.

The governor toured Lafferre Hall on the MU campus prior to a Board of Public Buildings meeting in the hall. Gov. Nixon approved funding to make improvements to the building and said that improvements to facilities is a way to make the University of Missouri a world leader for engineering. 

“The only way you can truly win that competition is to have the facilities necessary to attract the top students and to be able to give them the best education possible,” Nixon said. 

The governor also said he is glad that his administration for making a move on this project.  

COLUMBIA – Under the newly imposed Title IX policy, university employees are required to report any act of discrimination 

 

MU's mandated reporter training is still under development. UM system communication coordinator, John Fougere said, "Our goal is to ensure that the training for all mandated reporters is as convenient and effective as possible, so what we're looking at is mostly likely an online training." 

 

Fougere said UM System employees on all four campuses should receive training by the end of this year. 

 

Citizens voice concerns over lack of crossings on Broadway

Oct 16, 2014

There is about a half-mile stretch between Stadium Boulevard and Clinkscales Road in Columbia where Broadway has no sidewalk on its south side and no safe place to cross. At the monthly Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission meeting, Columbia resident Debbie Rodman explained why she thinks Broadway’s lack of sidewalks or safe crossing points is a safety hazard for students at West Middle School.

 

Missourians to decide on early voting measure

Oct 16, 2014

An initiative, Amendment 6, for early voting prior to the elections in Missouri will be decided November 4. The amendment gives the Missourians access to the ballet box six days earlier, ending on the Wednesday before the election. 

 

Aaron Baker, spokesperson for Missourians for Free and Fair elections, says it would be a good idea, because this Amendment 6 will improve ballot access for all voters.

 

9 Myths about MizzouWireless

Oct 16, 2014
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If you’re a student at Mizzou, you were probably hooked to this story just by mentioning MizzouWireless. But if you’re not, then what you may need a little filling in.

Note: We received several requests for a more technical explanation of what may be causing the issues users experience. Please see the bottom of this story for an update.

Down 7-3 in the eighth inning of the American League Wild Card game, it seemed inevitable, even fitting, really. The Kansas City Royals waited 29 years to return to the postseason, only to be swept out in a one-game wild card playoff that has only existed for three years. The loss would have cut deep, like they always have in Kansas City. At least that I can remember.

U.S. farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But all that productivity has a big financial downside: plunging prices that have many Midwest farmers hoping to merely break-even on this year’s crop.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • The president of the Missouri Nurses Association says hospitals and nurses are prepared for any outbreak, including Ebola.
  • The City of Columbia hopes charities utilize the funds Boone County has available.
  • There is still a push to have teacher evaluations based on student performance. 

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