Missouri US Sen. McCaskill Votes to Confirm Pompeo

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Missouri U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill has voted to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state.

Missouri's auditor says she's turning over records to the FBI and state attorney general related to allegations of conflicts of interest between state agencies and a trucking technology company.

GOP Seeks to Boot 4 Candidates From Primary Ballot

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The Missouri Republican Party is seeking to boot four candidates from the primary ballot, including two Congressional challengers, arguing that they aren't really members of the GOP.

Missouri Will Return $575,000 in Parks Money to Feds

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources plans to return $575,000 it received for two new state parks to the federal government.

Missouri Senate OKs Stable University Funding

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Missouri senators have adopted a budget proposal that includes stable funding for public colleges and universities next year.

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The imbalance between the supply of organs for transplant and the demand for them can be staggering.

There are about 75,000 people active on the U.S. waiting list for kidneys, livers and other transplantable organs. On average, 20 of them die each day.

And globally, the situation is much worse.

The international shortage of transplantable organs has lead to a booming underground industry known as the "Red Market,” where people illegally buy and sell human body parts to the highest bidder.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at how the donor shortage has fueled a lucrative underground market, and how efforts to stifle it are shaping international policy.

Help ten veterans take part in the Central Missouri Honor Flight AND enjoy strawberry pie, jam, wine, shortcake - you name it - at the Strawberry Festival June 9th in Millersburg. CHERIE RUTTER tells us all about it! Plus, CHERYL UNTERSCHUTZ invites everyone to take part in the Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run Spring 5K next Saturday in Columbia. Volunteers are needed! (4:39) April 26, 2018

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To Professionals, Pooling Resources Is The Best Solution for Opioid Epidemic

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There might not be a single solution to the current opioid epidemic. Instead, representatives from across the state are talking about combining their efforts to try to lower the rate of opioid addiction and overdose, particularly in rural communities.

A Missouri House committee investigating Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has hired former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Edward "Chip" Robertson Jr. as special counsel.

A Missouri judge has ruled that corporations cannot contribute money to political action committees that they create.

Downtown District Looks to Change Ordinances for Outdoor Sidewalk Dining

Apr 25, 2018

The rise of new restaurants’ outdoor dining areas is adding to the bustle of the sidewalks of downtown Columbia, but some are technically violating city ordinances.

The Downtown Community Improvement District is aiming to change ordinances governing sidewalk dining to ensure all restaurants comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards and can accommodate additional foot traffic downtown.

National Drug Take-Back Event this Weekend

Apr 25, 2018
U.S Drug Enforcement Administration

The National Drug Take-Back event is this Friday 10 am to 2 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. You can bring any expired or unused medications to several locations across Boone County.

Eric Stann is the Community Relations Specialist for Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services.

“We support this effort to prevent prescription pills from being lost stolen or misused. And this effort also helps keep these medications from being improperly disposed of in ways that can hurt the environment.” Stann said.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is advising motorists to keep an eye out for turtles crossing the road this spring.

Joe Jerek, a spokesman for the department, said warmer weather brings turtles out of their burrows in search of food and mates, and sometimes they end up on the road.

Jerek says motorists should avoid hitting turtles and brake if it is safe to do so. He also has advice for people who want to help a wayward turtle across the road.

Lawyers for a transgender student and a gay man argued before the Missouri Supreme Court Wednesday that state law protects LGBT rights even though sexual orientation or gender aren't mentioned in its human rights statute.

The court heard cases involving a transgender student kept from a boys' locker room and a gay man who said he was discriminated against as an employee of the Department of Social Services.

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Following our live Thinking Out Loud broadcast, we had a conversation with the audience and Hannah Reeves of Sager Braudis Gallery about Cuban Contemporary Exhibit. 


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In this special KBIA event, Darren Hellwege and Hannah Reeves of Sager Braudis Gallery discuss the Cuban Contemporary Exhibit at the gallery before a live audience. 

KBIA Wins 9 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Apr 25, 2018

The Radio and Television Digital News Association has awarded KBIA nine regional Edward R. Murrow awards for our work as a small-market radio station in Region 5. These awards recognize "the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world."

Afraid of the stock market, but want to invest for the long run? Alex says the first thing to do is define a "long run." The number of years your investment needs in order to grow (before you withdraw it as income) should factor into your risk tolerance. Great tips, insights and more from today's guest, LaBrunerie Financial president ALEX LABRUNERIE. April 25, 2018

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Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley's spokeswoman says the campaign will return $1,000 from a former U.S. senator who resigned decades ago amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Campaign finance records show Bob Packwood donated to Hawley last month. Packwood resigned in 1995 after the Senate Ethics Committee voted to expel him. Women accused Packwood of unwanted sexual advances that included touching and kissing.

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A St. Louis judge is considering a request to disqualify St. Louis prosecutors from one of the two felony cases against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Defense attorney Jack Garvey on Tuesday told Judge Rex Burlison that investigatory misdeeds in the invasion of privacy case against Greitens have "permeated and corroded" the second case, a computer tampering charge filed Friday. Garvey asked the judge to appoint a special prosecutor. Burlison took the request under advisement.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The legal battle between lawyers from Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and St. Louis prosecutors is escalating, with a judge considering Tuesday a request to disqualify the circuit attorney's office from a felony case over Greitens' use of charity donor list for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign.

An attorney for the ex-husband of a woman who had an extramarital affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been issued a subpoena by a legislative committee concerning $100,000 in anonymous payments to the attorney's firm.

Attorney Al Watkins on Tuesday confirmed he's received a subpoena. He expects to meet with the committee in early May. Watkins says he'll be "as cooperative as possible."

New Components Added to Missouri House Bill Changing Missouri Clean Water Law

Apr 24, 2018

New components were added to a Missouri House bill that would exempt agricultural storm runoff and other agricultural practices from the Missouri clean water law. One is meant to appease the concerns of some Missouri citizens and environmentalists.

House Bill 1973, sponsored by Rep. John Wiemann, R-O’Fallon, was discussed in a Senate committee hearing Monday after previously being approved in the House.

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Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, rock bass build nests for the spawning season. 


Closely related to shadow bass and Ozark bass, and collectively referred to as ‘goggle eye,’ none of these fish are true bass. 


Their greenish-olive to brassy color patterns with dark mottling and large mouths are reminiscent of bass, but goggle eye are all heavy-bodied sunfish species. 


Natalie Maupin stands in front of a bright blue wall. She wears a black sweater and a blue, beaded necklace. She has long blonde hair and smiles into the camera.
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Natalie Maupin is a sexual assault nurse examiner and the forensic program coordinator at Mosaic Life Care medical center in St. Joseph.

She spoke about some of the work she does with victims of assault, and about ways others can be more aware of the traumatic events these victims have experienced.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at