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Sales tax. Not a great opening line for journalists trying to educate people about how a city functions. The moment sales tax is mentioned eyes glaze over, something else suddenly becomes important, and we all casually scroll through twitter on our phones.

But sales tax is actually a really fascinating topic, especially right now in our city and country’s history. To learn why, we have to go back…way back, to 1970.

This is the third story in a series from the Health & Wealth desk on Healthy Nevada

Dr. Kristi Crymes is a family medicine doctor at the Nevada Medical Clinic. Crymes came up from Springfield three years ago to work in Vernon County, which has some of the state’s poorest health rankings. In 2010 the obesity rate in Vernon County was 30 percent. The incidence of adult diabetes has hung around 11 percent for the past 3 years. 

MU faculty and students create first university mace

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The story of the University of Missouri’s new mace dovetails with the inauguration of Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. After all, before Loftin came to Columbia, university administrators didn’t even know what a ceremonial mace was, let alone have one. John Murray, Senior Director of Auxiliary and Service Operations at MU, said a simple question from Loftin is how the ball got rolling on the mace project.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Sen. Claire McCaskill to discuss ways to address sexual violence at Missouri colleges and universities.
  • Moberly Area Community College received a grant to fund STEM education.
  • State representatives to review the merger between the state highway and water patrols.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is planning to travel to Missouri colleges and universities to discuss ways of addressing sexual violence on campuses.

  Today Paul Pepper chats with ADAM SAUNDERS about this Saturday's Harvest Hootenanny fundraiser at Urban Farm in Columbia! Don't miss the meal as prepared by Brook Harlan and the Columbia Career Center. At [4:11] TIM REINBOTT returns with a pink pumpkin (aka: porcelain doll) in hand to plug the Bradford Farm Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser! October 1, 2014 (Pardon the audio! It's good information and worth listening to at least once.)

Moberly Area Community College received a federal grant of $336,000 on Monday to support education in the fields of science, technology engineering and math, otherwise known as STEM.

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Biomedical research teams receive grants

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The University of Missouri awarded $600,000 to biomedical research teams at the Reynolds Alumni Center on Tuesday. The grants are part of the University’s Coulter Translational Partnership Program, which supports innovations by faculty in the MU School of Medicine and College of Engineering.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Boone County officials and some vendors say they are concerned the closing of the Central Missouri Events Center could hurt the region's economy.

The center, formerly known as the Boone County Fairground, will hold only a few events before closing shortly after Thanksgiving. The decision came after county voters in August soundly defeated a proposed eight-cent sales tax to support the center, other county parks and economic development.

This is the second story in a series from the Health & Wealth desk on Healthy Nevada

The town of Nevada, in southwest Missouri, is changing in very subtle ways. To see it you really need to know where to look. For example, Walton Park, on Atlantic Street, used to be one of the town’s less popular parks for kids – just a small slide, a merry-go-round, and two swings. But today Walton Park is where all the cool six-year-olds go, thanks to one new piece of playground equipment.  

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Sen. Roy Blunt toured the state yesterday asking law enforcement officials how the federal government can best help in major emergency situations.
  • City of Columbia employees received a two percent pay raise yesterday.
  • MU has been awarded two federal grants to implement programs on family farms.

  Today Paul Pepper and KELLY SMITH talk about River City Habitat for Humanity's 90th house in Jefferson City! Would you like to help? Visit their Re-Store! At [4:55] VALERIE CHAFFIN tells us about 30 years of Second Chance and this weekend's 'Paws in the Park' fundraiser, now two days! September 30, 2014

On a warm humid Mid-Missouri afternoon, a celebration 175 years in the making was held in City Hall Plaza in direct sunlight. As you looked down eight street from the plaza you could see the top of Jesse Hall. It was a picture perfect setting to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the partnership between the University of Missouri, Columbia and Boone County.

“It’s a very symbiotic relationship,” said Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid. “I think it’s a relationship that can’t help but grow and get stronger in the future.”

Local pond rated a high potential hazard by the EPA

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Citizens of Columbia need to be extra cautious near a local pond the next time it rains heavily.

The University of Missouri has been awarded two federal grants worth more than $830,000 to implement programs on family farms.

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  US Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, met with local law enforcement in Jefferson City on Monday to discuss when police use military surplus equipment.

The meeting, which was closed to the media, comes almost two months after police responded to protests following the death of Michael Brown with tear gas, armored vehicles and other military equipment acquired through Department of Defense and Homeland Security programs.

Blunt said law enforcement officials he has talked to only use the equipment for defensive purposes and that programs like these are beneficial.

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  Career changers and those looking to strengthen job security sometimes turn to the American Board for online teacher certification. Elementary education was just added to Missouri’s list of approved online certification programs with the American Board in August.

“It actually didn’t take us very long,” Miranda Amir senior director of operations at The American Board said. “We just requested to ad EE this year and it only went through one legislative session so it was quite fast in comparison to how long it usually takes to get a subject.”

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  Eight more people have been arrested following another night of protests in Ferguson.

No violence was reported from the Sunday night protest that was at times boisterous in the St. Louis suburb where unrest has been common in the month-and-a-half since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a Ferguson police officer.

Protesters banged drums, pots and pans. Police said they would enforce a noise ordinance at 11 p.m., and police made a few arrests involving those who continued to make noise.

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  The Missouri State Highway Patrol will testify in front of the legislative committee and Missouri citizens on the effectiveness of its merger with the state’s Water Patrol.

The departments merged in 2011 under Governor Jay Nixon who said the state would save an annual 3 million dollars upon signing the legislation.

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  Missouri's assistant attorney general has argued that state law, backed by the vote of the people, makes it clear that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman.

Jeremiah Morgan defended Missouri's same-sex marriage ban Monday in a St. Louis courtroom. St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison is deciding whether the ban is constitutional.

St. Louis City Counselor Winston Calvert argued the state has no business treating gay and lesbian couples as "second-class citizens."

This is the first story in a series from the Health & Wealth desk on Healthy Nevada

Pookie Decocq is the healthy living coordinator for the YMCA in Nevada, Missouri. She’s also the town’s official Pickleball Ambassador, which is a team sport played with two wooden paddles, a whiffleball and a low net, like ping pong or badminton.

Pookie’s dream is to hold a pickleball tournament here in this rural town in southwest Missouri. But the average Nevada resident isn’t exactly the picture of health. Like a lot of small rural towns in the state, Nevada has very high rates of obesity and heart disease. Its diabetes rates are some of the highest in the country at 11 percent.

  Today Paul Pepper chats with JEFF MORAN, first about PET, which stands for Personal Energy Transportation; and then about the next Bluegrass Gospel Worship Service at Millersburg Christian Church. At [4:37] find out all about the good the Assistance League has done after 20 years as chapter in Mid-Missouri! September 29, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Jay Nixon traveled to Afghanistan over the weekend.
  • Details on Missouri Rail Safety Week.
  • Missouri state employees can receive a discount for online education. 

The Missouri Office of Administration had partnered with Western Governors University to offer Missouri state employees a five percent discount off tuition.

With the release of John Ridley’s Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side, it seems like everybody has something to say about the guitar god and Andre 3000, the rapper and actor who portrays him on the silver screen. WRITING FOR GRANTLAND, Alex Pappademus juxtaposes the two artist’s careers and, particularly, the way they stand up to audience perception. He also digs into Hendrix’s many afterlives, noting how the musician’s bio has been transmuted by appropriation and the fog of collective memory:

When you strip them of historical context, trim their legacies to three or four hit songs in a Jack-FM playlist, and slap their images on T-shirts to be sold to generations of collegiate stoners, is there really that much of a difference between Marley and Hendrix anymore? Between Hendrix and Jim Morrison? Between Morrison and Tupac? The more tragic the public figure, the more easily they lend themselves to souvenir-ification and commercialized mourning.

Meanwhile, Andre 3000 has outlived his rap group, Outkast. He is living the kind of adulthood that Hendrix might even have experienced himself: High expectations, and the possibility that he has already produced his greatest work.  

Pitch: #8 Your Old Friend

Sep 28, 2014

In 1994, Nas put out his debut album, Illmatic. There’s been a lot of fanfare for the 20th anniversary, and for good reason.

Illmatic is, in my opinion, and a lot of people’s opinion, the finest hip hop album ever been created,” says Jay Kang, science and technology editor for NEWYORKER.COM. He was a gigantic hip hop fan throughout the 1990’s. “It’s the sort of cinematic quality of Illmatic, the storytelling in Illmatic, the writing, even of hooks in Illmatic.”

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