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By most indicators, Columbia is a thriving city. It ranks high on several “best small places” lists. The unemployment rate is pretty low – 3.7% in 2013. The growth rate is pretty high – up 5.9% between 2010 and 2013. And you’d think as goes the city, so goes its government.

But during budget discussions at city council earlier this month, city manager Mike Matthes noted, “every city department is about 30% understaffed from our competition, our bench mark, our comparison cities.”

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  Some Ferguson residents have received body cameras to videotape police.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports We Copwatch of California raised more than $6,000 to purchase 110 devices. The group distributed the cameras and trained residents on how to use them over the weekend.

Ferguson's police chief says residents are entitled to wear and use the small cameras. He says the department's officers have been told not to interfere with that right. He also noted many people already have been recording police on their phones.

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  The University of Missouri System chief of staff was announced today by President Tim Wolfe.

Zora Mulligan is currently the executive director for the Missouri Community College Association and will begin her position at the University of Missouri System chief of staff on October 20.

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  Last Friday, MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced a new voluntary separation program that will serve as an incentive for retirement for MU's tenured faculty members.

Faculty members who decide to participate in the program will receive a one-time payment of one and a half times their base salary. This payment cannot exceed $200,000.

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  Educators and parents chosen to rewrite learning benchmarks for Missouri children are divided on how to move forward.

Work groups tasked with writing new education standards spent their first meeting Monday clashing over the state education department's involvement and how to rework the national goals currently in place.

A law passed in May requires new goals for learning in each grade to replace the standards adopted in the Common Core. Those standards are used to create consistency between states, but opponents say they were adopted without enough local input.

Part 1: Food waste weighing down U.S. food system

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More from this series: Tossed Out – Food Waste in America

 

It’s a hot summer day outside of Lincoln, Neb., and Jack Chappelle is knee-deep in trash. He’s wading in to rotting vegetables, half-eaten burgers and tater tots. Lots of tater tots.

“You can get a lot of tater tots out of schools,” Chappelle says. “It doesn’t matter if it’s elementary, middle school or high school. Tater tots. Bar none.”

Chappelle is a solid waste consultant with Engineering Solutions & Design in Kansas City, Kan. Local governments hire his crew to literally sort through their garbage and find out what it’s made of. On this day, he’s trudging through Lincoln’s Bluff Road Landfill.

  Today Paul Pepper and the Columbia Art League's DIANA MOXON talk about the annual Betty Brown Afternoon Tea fundraiser happening this Thursday. RSVP today! At [3:59] MEG LADD, ParentLink, and MEGAN HERNANDEZ, Jose Jalapeños, tell us about the Tigers on the Prowl silent auction event October 3rd at The Crossing. September 22, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Police are warning Missouri schools of a Scholastic imitator scam. 
  • More arrests in Ferguson as protests resume.
  • The Missouri Lottery hopes to see more money go towards education. 
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Four newly appointed Missouri Lottery Commission members say they want to make the agency more efficient so that more of its proceeds can go to education.

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The week-long celebration for the 175th anniversary of the University of Missouri concluded  Friday night with a columns lighting ceremony. KBIA's Jordon Schultz shot this video of the presentation:

The University of Missouri continued its efforts to raise awareness about the new Title IX policies that are being put in place.  

An MU professor’s research was used to help write a bill that is headed to President Obama's desk. 

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A judge is giving residents of a small Maries county town a chance to choose public humiliation over jail time for some legal problems.

MU Journalism school recieves $10M donation

Sep 19, 2014
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MU’s journalism school gave Donald W. Reynolds a scholarship worth $22 a month. Nearly 90 years later, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation gave MU’s journalism school $10 million on Friday morning.

    The pressure is on for big-name NFL advertisers, like CoverGirl cosmetics, to pull their ad dollars after the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal. How has the news media contributed to the discussion? Should companies pull ads? Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

Contamination in Pickard Hall to be surveyed

Sep 19, 2014
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Pickard Hall at the University of Missouri will either be destroyed, remediated or saved following an analysis by MU.  The building was closed last October due to the contamination.  A comprehensive survey plan is now in the works to figure out the amount of radioactive contamination present in the building.

The survey plan will make measurements from what can be seen, as well as take down walls, remove support beams and pull other structures from the building.

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Voluntary Action Center, about "Warm Up Columbia," a program entirely dependent on donations! At [4:48] NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL tells us about Lincoln University's field day titled, "In Touch with Nature," happening tomorrow in Jefferson City! September 19, 2014

The procession to Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin's inauguration passes the columns.
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The University of Missouri celebrated the inauguration of the chancellor tonight at the Missouri Theatre. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin is MU's 22nd chancellor.  The ceremony included a procession that began at the Reynolds Alumni Center and concluded at the Missouri Theatre.

Interim Provost Kenneth D. Dean welcomed the crowd of students, faculty and alumni. The Curators Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus William Bondeson recited the invocation.

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The Cole County Commission met today to discuss the possibility of creating a new 911 dispatch center. Marc Ellinger, the Presiding Commissioner for the Cole County Commission, said Cole County currently operates out of the Jefferson City Police Department 911 center.

“We are looking at all the options. We need to get a lot of information. Right now it seems like it’s potentially, fiscally a possibility to stand a separate 911 center but we need to get all of the information before making a decision. And that’s the process we’re embarking on now,” Ellinger said.

Columbia hires civil engineering firm to fix sewers

Sep 18, 2014
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The City of Columbia hired Engineering Surveys and Services this week to fix the sewer lines that run through Flat Branch Creek and the sewer main under Sixth and Elm Street.

According to Columbia City Councilman Karl Skala, the project should take developers several years to complete.

Student housing developers are also adding $450,000 to improve the sewer line that runs underneath Turner Avenue and into the Flat Branch trunk sewer.

Columbia City Councilwoman Laura Nauser said MU's push for more students influenced the decision on the project.

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On this week's Under the Microscope, Springfield schools implement local foods in kids lunches and research from Washington University is shedding light on schizophrenia.

Paul Pepper: Osher Book Talks & CROP Walk and 5K

Sep 18, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with CATHY SALTER about the next Osher Book Talk, which will feature author Nina Furstenau, happening October 4th! At [4:54] EDITH PRINCE and STEVE KEITHAN tell us about this Sunday's CROP Walk and this Saturday's CROP Run, which raises money to feed the hungry in Central Missouri. September 18, 2014

Columbia city flag design contest kicks off

Sep 18, 2014
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The City of Columbia is looking for the best designs for an official city flag.

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Dr. Jane Goodall greeted a packed house at Mizzou Area Wednesday night to share her hopeful message for the future. Goodall is best known for her work with chimpanzees. She introduced herself as a chimpanzee would, in noises and grunts, sparking laughter from the packed arena.

Columbia students to learn with robot technology

Sep 18, 2014
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Students at Smithton Middle School will soon be learning with new technology.

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  President of Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI), Mike Brooks, will retire at the end of September. Since assuming the role in 2009, Brooks has helped REDI focus its efforts on attracting new business, expanding existing business, as well as building an entrepreneurial-friendly environment.

This week we sat down with Brooks, to talk about the importance of entrepreneurship to the local economy, and the challenges mid-Missouri faces in economic development. 

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Have you ever been out on the Missouri River? If so, you know it is big, wide, and muddy. There's also litter in the river. Now, there's a lot less litter thanks to the work of Missouri River Relief. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, Trevor Harris talked with Melanie Cheney about why a cleaner Missouri River matters (Think drinking water.) Also, hear music from Violet Vonder Haar, who will be performing this Saturday's Boonville River Festival.


PM Newscast for September 17, 2014

Sep 17, 2014

 

  • Former officials are pushing for high school citizenship test
  • Prosecutor threatens to release transcripts/audio recordings from Ferguson
  • City Council discusses indoor ban of e-cigs
  • Proposed transmission line to help with renewable energy

Pitch: #7 Piano Player

Sep 17, 2014

In 2007, there was a little Irish film called Once that starred Glen Hansard from the band The Frames and musician Markéta Irglová. If you never saw it, you might remember when it won the academy award for best song the next year. Glen and Marketa talked about the importance of dreaming big and taking chances and making art.

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