Curator punches back at Wall Street Journal editorial criticizing MU

Jun 22, 2018
Sara Shahriari / KBIA

A UM curator has written a response to a Wall Street Journal editorial slamming the university for allowing protests in the fall of 2015 to dictate its course.

"Indulging protesters can be expensive," the editorial began, going on to say "Apparently fewer parents want to send their kids to a school where activism eclipses academics."

Mike Parson has signed his first five bills into law as Missouri's governor, including one that exempts small farms from parts of the state's clean water law.

That bill, whose signing was announced in a press release Friday, also restricts when the Department of Natural Resources can regulate toxic coal ash in some landfills.

Proponents say the changes remove needless regulation. Critics say the coal ash provision could endanger Missouri's groundwater.

Fresh off a trip to the Albuquerque Folk Festival, CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA are here to perform "I Drew My Ship." [2:43] See them in concert next Saturday night in Alma, Missouri. (They're on right before the fireworks!) June 22, 2018

New Population Data Shows Columbia Growth Is Slowing

Jun 22, 2018
Meiying Wu


Columbia’s rapid growth rate is putting on the brakes , according to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Columbia’s population grew 1.08 percent from 2016 to 2017, the lowest increase the city has seen in the past eight years. From 2010 to 2011 — the next lowest growth year in that period — the city’s population increased by 2.13 percent.

Former MU Standout MPJ Headed to Denver

Jun 22, 2018

Michael Porter Jr. is going to be a Nugget.

With the No. 14 pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, the Denver Nuggets selected the former Missouri basketball standout.

"I'm not entitled to this," Porter said in an interview with ESPN. "Everything's a blessing. I'm so excited. My path was a little bit different than everybody else's, but I'm going to make sure this pick is the best pick they've ever made."



Three years after a high-profile dispute over school-paid health insurance subsidies, graduate students at the University of Missouri System’s flagship campus in Columbia have won a key victory in their fight to unionize.

In May 2016, about nine months after University of Missouri graduate student workers had their health insurance subsidies removed - a decision that was quickly reversed - the university notified graduate students that it would not recognize their subsequent attempts to unionize.

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In the next decade, India may pass China to become the world’s most populous country.

But there’s something odd about India’s population. 

At its last census in 2011, India had 36 million more men than women. As the population grows, the World Bank predicts there will be 51 million more men by 2031.

This is due in part to the widespread practice of sex-selective abortion and the gender-based neglect of young girls leading to higher mortality rates. In some cases, 'infanticide' of newborn girls is still practiced. 

On this edition of Global Journalist, we discuss what some activists call a 'gendercide' against women.

"We're one year since the President of the United States pulled out of the Paris climate accord, and our city joined over 400 other cities to say, 'nope, we're still in, we're still gonna work on climate action in our community because we know of what the difference can make." -- BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager, City of Columbia. June 21, 2018

Federal prosecutions of gun cases have doubled in St. Louis this year as part of an effort to reduce the city's gun violence.

An attorney suing former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and his staffers says recently uncovered texts show two former employees used a message-deleting app to communicate about state policy.

Screenshots show former deputy legislative directors Brad Green and Jeff Earl texted about talking points on a prescription drug monitoring policy, The Kansas City Star reported.

MU Awarded $1 Million Grant to Enhance Science Education

Jun 21, 2018
Jesse Hall on a cloudy day.
Nathan Lawrence / KBIA

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute selected MU to receive a $1 million, five-year grant in support of the Inclusive Excellence Initiative. 

The grant will help MU and 32 other colleges engage all students in science, regardless of their background. Participating students could include ethnic minorities, first-generation students and adults with families. 

Claire McCaskill
Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Four years after Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill co-sponsored legislation targeting tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, her husband began investing in a hedge fund tied to the Caribbean nation — an investment that has paid off handsomely.

A green, black, and yellow sweat bee hovers over the spiked, orange center of a purple coneflower.
Missouri Department of Conservation

 From tiny ants to bats, birds, bees, and butterflies, we depend on pollinators to produce our food, and protect biodiversity. This week on discover nature, we celebrate national pollinator week. 


At least 450 species of bees are native to Missouri. They’re considered the most efficient pollinators – even better than honeybees. For instance, one blueberry bee can visit 50,000 flowers in its short lifetime, resulting in the production of 6,000 blueberries. 


Missouri Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's new lieutenant governor says the state's constitution supports his appointment.

Mike Kehoe said Wednesday that he wouldn't have accepted the job if he didn't believe the office could be filled by a governor's appointment, but he said the courts will have the final say.

MU Theatre Department

Darren Hellwege previews the 2018 Summer Rep from MU Theatre with Dave White, the Playwright-In-Residence this summer who wrote "Dance On Bones" and Joy Powell, who will direct "Shrek: The Musical" 

Dance On Bones will be performed June 27-July 1, Shrek: The Musical runs July 12-22.

Heartworms. It's not pretty, but it is preventable. DR. CB CHASTAIN, MU's Veterinary Health Center, is here with advice on what to do should your furry friend get infected. Also, TIM THOMAS invites everyone to a night of improv at Talking Horse Productions. If you're a fan of the tv show "Whose Line Is It Anyway," you're sure to enjoy "Off the Cuff." (4:34) June 20, 2018

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) — A federal report says people who lived near or played in a contaminated St. Louis-area creek from the 1960s to the 1990s may have increased risk of developing cancer.

A Missouri House member who served on a panel investigating former Gov. Eric Greitens has resigned from the Legislature.

The House said Tuesday that Republican Rep. Shawn Rhoads, of West Plains, had resigned effective at the end of Monday. His resignation letter did not cite a reason, and Rhoads did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press

Rhoads is a former police detective who first won election to the House in 2012. He could have served one more two-year term but had decided not to seek re-election this year.

Commentary: Greitens and Trump

Jun 19, 2018

In early 2016 I watched the presidential and Missouri gubernatorial campaigns with great curiosity.  After the April GOP debate in Columbia not only did I believe that Eric Greitens would not be the nominee, I was fairly sure the most traditional candidate, Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, would be.  During the spring GOP presidential candidate debates I did not know who the nominee would be, but I was fairly sure it would not be Donald Trump.  Silly me.  Silly lots of us.

KBIA has won the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage in the contest among small market radio stations in the country. The Radio Television Digital News Association announced the national award winners Tuesday morning.

"The Tempest" director Nathan O'Neill has turned Shakespeare's classic comedy into a musical. According to assistant director DANA BOCKE, "the lyrics are written - they're in the script - it's just most people don't go through the trouble of actually making it music." See it for yourself starting this Thursday at Maplewood Barn Theatre in Columbia! Additional Guest: SARAH JOST | Also, Boone County Clerk TAYLOR BURKS encourages all high school students to get involved in local politics by way of a 'Youth Election Program'. (4:06) June 19, 2018

Local Residents Vocal on Community Policing at City Council Meeting

Jun 19, 2018
Meiying Wu / KBIA

Close to 10 community members spoke to the Columbia City Council regarding race issues and community policing within the Columbia Police Department at Monday night’s council meeting.

Columbia resident Renee Maxwell said during the public comment period that Sgt. Robert Fox does not seem interested in community policing.

A Missouri prison remains on lockdown more than a month after a sit-down protest turned into a riot, and officials with the union that represents corrections officers worry that a severe staffing shortage could lead to more violence.

Inmate activities have been restricted at Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron since May 12. After dinner on that day, 209 inmates staged a protest out of anger over restrictions on recreation and programs that were borne out of a corrections officer staffing shortage.