Columbia shoppers could be looking at an extra charge when they get to the end of the checkout line in the grocery store. The Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club proposed an ordinance at Monday’s city council meeting that would ban single-use plastic bags. The ordinance would require shoppers to bring their own reusable bags or pay for paper bags to use at checkout.

The Sierra Club is proposing this ordinance because of the harm single-use plastic bags cause the environment. Jan Dye is the chairperson of the Columbia chapter of the Sierra Club.

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On this week's Under the Microscope, we look at a UV light emitting, germ-killing robot and the art of wool-making. 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The ride-sharing company Lyft will temporarily stop operating in Kansas City while it works out an agreement to operate legally in the city.

Lyft officials said Wednesday that the drivers will stop working Friday for up to 60 days.

The Kansas City Star reports the agreement, which requires a federal judge's approval, also temporarily stops a federal court lawsuit scheduled to go to trial in December.

Lyft uses a smartphone app to link passengers with part-time drivers in their own vehicles.

Columbia aims to win $5 million energy prize

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Georgetown University is holding a contest and offering a $5 million prize to the city that reduces its energy consumption the most. The City of Columbia is working on a long term energy efficiency plan to try and win the prize.

The City of Columbia began making changes to its energy efficiency plan long before Georgetown University announced its $5 million energy prize.

Columbia Water and Light spokesperson, Connie Kacprowicz, said Columbia Water and Light expanded their existing energy efficiency program in 2008.

Hog waste in Callaway County is a violation of permit

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10,000 gallons of hog waste from a Callaway County hog farm flowed Monday into a waterway that is a part of Millers Creek.

The waste came from the hog feeding facility, Pork Master Inc., and flowed into the Mark Twain National Forest.

Pork Master Inc. is under a discharge permit issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), why the spill is a violation of the permit, Spokeswoman Gena Terlizzi says.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The family of an 18-year-old killed by a St. Louis police officer is planning to release details of an independent autopsy.

The owner of Austin Layne Mortuary says relatives of Vonderrit Myers Jr. will release the autopsy findings Thursday at the funeral home.

Myers was fatally shot Oct. 8 by an officer working off-duty security. Police say Myers ran after seeing the officer, who gave chase, and a scuffle ensued.

Police say Myers pulled a gun and shot at the officer, who returned fire. The family has said they believe Myers was unarmed.

I-70 Sign Show

This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment Off the Clock, KBIA producer Jenn Cooper hangs out with Anne 

Thompson, the creator and curator I-70 Sign Show, a yearlong contemporary arts project.

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  When cleaning your house do you ever wish a robot was there to do it for you? Well, the University of Missouri health care system has that luxury. 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • An update on proposed constitutional amendment 10.
  • Some state representatives are concerned the state isn't doing enough to combat Ebola.
  • the Columbia City Council may ban one-use plastic bags at grocery stores. 

Columbia's Downtown Community Improvement District just announced Katie Essing will be its new executive director starting next month.

Today Paul Pepper and local UFO enthusiast BILL WICKERSHAM talk about a recent symposium on extraterrestrial life that featured NASA and the Library of Congress. October 23, 2014

Remembering Ben Bradlee

Oct 22, 2014
via Flickr user Miguel Ariel Contreras Drake-McLaughlin

 Ben Bradlee, former top editor at the Washington Post, died at his Washington, D.C. home Tuesday. He was 93 years old. Bradlee ran the paper for more than 26 years, taking over in 1965, and transforming it into one of the nation's strongest daily newspapers of record. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Jim Flink and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

PM Newscast for October 22, 2014

Oct 22, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including;

  • Boone County news conference on Ebola
  • New autopsy details in Ferguson case
  • Community Improvement District appoints new executive director
  • Man's ashes to be shot into sky with fireworks
  • First ward group looks into recalling councilwoman
  • Aspen Heights loses marketing privileges

Via the PlanetReuse website

Don’t waste what can be used to sustain—that’s the idea behind PlanetReuse, a Kansas City-based company that helps contractors exchange reclaimed construction materials that would otherwise be headed to the landfill. Missouri Business Alert’s Yizhu Wang sat down with founder and CEO Nathan Benjamin at Columbia’s Sustainapalooza to talk about the firm and what it means to be the self-described “go-to solution for reuse.”

Some citizens of Columbia's first ward are looking to recall their recently elected council member, Ginny Chadwick.

Gov. Jay Nixon announces the creation of the Ferguson Commission to study the social and education conditions that led to the shooting death of Michael Brown. Why is the governor doing this now? Also, how the media covered the Keene, New Hampshire Pumpkin Fest unrest, a battle between the National Association of Black Journalists and CNN, the Associated Press runs advertising through its Twitter account and claims a gubernatorial candidate sidelined a political reporter. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Jim Flink: Views of the News.

Thinking Out Loud: Richard King's Blue Note memories

Oct 22, 2014
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On this week's Thinking Out Loud, we go way back into the program’s archives for an interview from 2005 with Richard King, who recently sold The Blue Note club in Columbia. At the time, Richard and The Blue Note were celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • How much foodborne illnesses cost the US.
  • iPads are being used to help learning at the South Callaway County schools.
  • A judge plans to rule against Ameren Corp. over a proposed high voltage power line.

In partnership with the Institute of Public Policy at MU, the Women’s Foundation of Kansas City is collecting information about Missouri women for a public database, including things like income and employment, education, childcare and health.  I spoke with Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of the Women’s Foundation, about how the project could have an impact on women's issues in Missouri.

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Gov. Jay Nixon announced a plan to create a Ferguson Commission on Tuesday.  The newly-formed panel is charged with studying the social and economic conditions that led to the August shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown.

Why is Nixon doing this now? How might the timing be influenced by a New York Times report detailing leaks of evidence presented to the grand jury investigating the case that supports Officer Darren Wilson's recollection of events?

PM Newscast for October 21, 2014

Oct 21, 2014
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COLUMBIA - Columbia Police have no new information about a shot fired incident that occurred this morning on a street near Our Lady of Lourdes causing the lockdown of the school.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Columbia was placed on lockdown after a shot was fired on a nearby street about 11:30. The lockdown was lifted around 1 this afternoon when police notified school officials there that the incident had been resolved.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The mayors of Kansas City and San Francisco have a bet riding on the outcome of the World Series.

If the Royals take the crown, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee will travel to Kansas City to read to students. If the Giants prevail, Kansas City Mayor Sly James will serve meals to the homeless in San Francisco and sing with a church musical group.

Wendy Brumbaugh

Not so long ago, Charles Sharpe said God told him to build a Christian communal society in Shelby County. More than one hundred fifty years before, Wilhelm Keil said he came to the same place the same way.

   Walter Kamphoefner said that conviction is why Kiel’s colony survived when other organized communities failed. He studies 19th century German colonization of the West at Texas A&M.

   “I mean there were a couple of organized groups that came in the 1830's but they ended up not being very successful, giving up their group organization very quickly. In fact, almost before arriving.”


FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he will create an independent commission to study issues that have surfaced since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The search for a new education commissioner in Missouri is causing friction between the state school board president and an association of school superintendents.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • A report from the Columbia City Council meeting last night.
  • MU will hold an open forum with one of the candidates for the open provost position.
  • A rivalry between radio stations over Lorde's "Royals" in advance of the World Series. 

With the first ever wild-card World Series about to begin, two radio stations in San Francisco and Kansas City have taken up a rivalry of their own.

After more than 80 minutes of public testimony, the Columbia City Council voted Monday night against a proposed ordinance that would have decriminalized the cultivation of medical and non-medical marijuana.

For a while, it appeared the ordinance would pass.