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.”
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.
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.”
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.
This is the first story in a series from the Health & Wealth desk on Healthy Nevada.
A game changer for 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. It’s 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
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.
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.”
Lunch time at Harris Bilingual Elementary School in Fort Collins, Colo., displays all the usual trappings of a public school cafeteria: Star Wars lunch boxes, light up tennis shoes, hard plastic trays and chocolate milk cartons with little cartoon cows. It’s pizza day, the most popular of the week, and kids line up at a salad bar before receiving their slice.
Students learned just how much egalitarian progress MU has made since the 1970s yesterday. Woman’s right advocate Jeannette Pai-Espinosa spoke Thursday at the MU women’s center, which hadn’t even been built when she was a student.
The head of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says law officers are "planning for the worst" in anticipation of a grand jury decision on whether to indict a white police officer who shot a black 18-year-old.
We put out some questions on social media to see what you wanted to know about sinkholes. First, here’s a clip of CoMo Explained where I explain everything we learned before talking to Missouri State University Associate Professor of Geology and sinkhole expert Doug Gouzie. You can also read about our previous sinkhole reporting here.
Today Paul Pepper visits with local storyteller PABLO about the 13th annual "Walk Back in Time," sponsored by the Audrain County Historical Society. At [4:29] BARB BRUEGGEMAN tells us about "Operation: Bugle Boy," which is a dinner in November for veterans only. Watch for more information! September 26, 2014
The Columbia Better Business Bureau and the Missouri Attorney General are hosting a "Shred Day" next Saturday, October 4th, to help educate residents about the importance of identity protection and fraud prevention.
Mid-Missouri Regional director of the BBB Mike Harrison says that in 2013, more Americans were victims of identity theft than were subject to any other type of fraud.
Columbia residents gathered at city hall Thursday evening to discuss the newest updates to the neighborhood watch program. There are now about 4,000 residents within the city limits that take part in the program.
Though there has been a sufficient increase since the start of the program, the city would like it to continue to grow. The goal is to heighten awareness of crime occurring in the community.
UM system president Tim Wolfe announced Wednesday that for the first time in its 43 year history, Providence Point will be used as an event and meeting space for both university and external groups.
Providence Point has historically been home to the UM system president and his family but Wolfe decided that he wanted to live elsewhere. The location has always been used to entertain university guests from around the state, nation and world but will now be open to businesses and university and community groups looking for a meeting space in Columbia.