Intersection – Missouri Honor Medalists

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This week on Intersection, we're featuring conversations with Missouri Honor Medal recipients from the Missouri School of Journalism. Every year, the school's faculty awards medals to journalists on the basis of lifetime or superior achievement. Past recipients include Tom Brokaw, Christiane Amanpour, Winston Churchill, and Gloria Steinem. 

Jim Flink, professor of strategic communication, sat down with this year's medalists to talk about excellence in journalism and media.

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Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Health Educator/Consultant, talk about the sound of silence - or the lack thereof. Vera says "we live in a world that is so loud," that even the World Health Organization has come out and said noise pollution is "our new modern plague." What can be done? Who's at fault? And is one person's pleasure really another person's irritation? We discuss - watch! October 21, 2016

Columbia City Council Approves $1.1M Land Purchase

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Downtown Columbia could be getting additional green space after the city council approved the purchase of land at the intersection of Broadway and Providence Road Monday night.

The property is valued at $1.1 million, and was paid for with money earned from interest on the capital improvements project fund, according to the city council memo.

The land was purchased from Roth Properties, LLP, who accepted Columbia’s offer after approval from the city council.

Missouri Law Could Cost Medicaid Patients More

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A new Missouri law could require Medicaid patients to pay fines for missing appointments if the state gets federal permission.

The law went into effect on Oct. 14, and allows medical providers to charge late fees to Medicaid patients who miss their appointments without canceling 24 hours in advance. The law also lets providers deny patients from rescheduling appointments until all their fines are paid.

The General Assembly overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto and passed the bill on Sept. 15.

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Bright Flight students in Missouri could see their scholarships cut by nearly 10 percent next semester. 

The Missouri Department of Higher Education is appealing to the state legislature for a supplemental appropriation of $1.5 million, which would allow them to pay the 7000 Missouri Bright Flight students the full $3000 they were promised. 

The department contacted universities across the state in early Oct. 5 to allow universities to begin notifying students.  MU sent out an email informing students of the potential cut on Oct. 19.

Missouri has received $8.7 million from Volkswagen as part of a multibillion-dollar national settlement over the automaker's emissions cheating scandal.

Attorney General Chris Koster's office transferred the money to the state's general revenue fund on Thursday.

The money comes after Gov. Jay Nixon so far this fiscal year cut about $174 million in funding for Missouri's schools, roads and a variety of other programs. He says the cuts were needed to balance the budget.

A Nixon spokesman didn't immediately respond to Associated Press requests for comment Thursday.

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The central Asian nation of Uzbekistan is known for its spectacular mosques, vast fields of cotton and immense natural gas reserves.

It's also one of the world's most repressive police states, where the government reportedly once disposed of two political prisoners by boiling them alive.

But Uzbekistan's regime has been shaken by the death last month of President Islam Karimov - the only president the country has had since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at Uzbekistan after the dictator's death.

Blunt: "Of course" I'll Accept Election Results

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may not say if he'll accept election results if he loses, but incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri has a simple answer when asked if he will: "Of course."

Blunt, a Republican, is in a fierce re-election battle with Democrat Jason Kander.

Blunt's fellow Missouri Republican, gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens, declined to comment.

Trump has raised the issue of a "rigged" presidential election and refused to say during Wednesday's debate if he would accept the results if he loses.

Special Olympics Needs Money for Training Facility

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Special Olympics Missouri needs $2.6 million to finish a new Jefferson City training facility along with the $15 million they have already raised.

The additional funding would be used for outdoor necessities such as a turf field, track, and lighting.

The facility will strictly be used for training of Special Olympic athletes by providing camps. Campaign Chair for the new facility Gary Wilbers says athletes can participate in one or multiple of the 21 sports offered.

The Columbia City Council consider including a minority and women owned business program plan in the city’s 2016-2019 strategic plan.

Consultant James Whitt says the minority and women business program would be a commitment by the city to see if it can improve the diversity of business ownership within the community and create more jobs.

Cole County Deputies get New Body Cameras

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The Cole County Sheriff Department adopted body cameras at the beginning of October.

After increased pressure from residents and protestors after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, various departments implemented body cameras.

Cole County decided to buy body cameras in an attempt to become more transparent to the community.

Columbia Water and Light held an open house meeting Wednesday, encouraging residents to voice their opinions on a new water resource plan. Residents walked around to different displays detailing 6 versions of the Integrated Water Resource Plan. They were then asked to complete a survey about how they would like to see the city obtain its water in the future.

With the current system, Columbia’s main water supply is groundwater from an aquifer near the Missouri River. The city's water system then treats and transports that water to citizens as safe drinking water.

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A guy who covers agriculture in the West who’s never put a skinned, sliced, battered, deep-fried bull testicle into a cup of cocktail sauce and then into his mouth? I couldn’t let it stand.

They’re known by many names: lamb fries, bull fries, Montana tenders, huevos de toro, cowboy caviar. In my corner of Colorado, they’re Rocky Mountain oysters and I somehow coaxed myself into thinking I needed to try them to be more a part of the place I live, to be a true blue Coloradan.

Today Paul Pepper visits with LEIGH ANNE HAUN, Director of Development at Woodhaven, about the grand opening of the Billy J. Palmer Health and Training Center in Columbia! After two years of fundraising, this building - which features space for the community and for those with developmental disabilities (that are served by Woodhaven) - is finally set to open tomorrow! At [2:13] DR. JOHN JARSTAD, Assoc. Prof. of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Missouri, talks about a brand new procedure 20 years in the making! Dr. Jarstad  explains how 'Bladeless laser cataract surgery' works with the help of a video that takes us inside this "painless" procedure - watch! October 20, 2016

Morning Newscast for October 20, 2016

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom in Columbia, including:

Columbia Hosts Missouri Traffic Safety Conference

Oct 20, 2016

Tuesday kicked off the three day Traffic Safety and Blueprint Conference.  The conference will outline “Missouri’s strategic highway safety plan,” according to a press release sent out by MoDOT. 

The conference has representatives from MoDOT, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, as well as a keynote speaker on why people drive distracted.

Columbia Organization Raises Almost $100k for Charities

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Ten mid-Missouri charities will reap the benefits through a collaboration of art and local business support.

Those charities received checks from Tigers on the Prowl, an organization that auctions off painted tiger statutes, on Wednesday. This year, the organization raised nearly $95,000.

“When we’re moving the tigers around people really enjoy seeing them and are very curious to know why they’re there,” said Nick Parks, president of Tigers on the Prowl. “So it’s kind of fun to explain to them that we’re doing this to raise money for 10 local charities.”

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Like most farmers, Mark Nelson, who grows corn, soybeans and wheat near Louisburg, Kan., is getting squeezed. He's paying three times more for seed than he used to, while his corn sells for less than half what it brought four years ago.


"It's a – that's a challenge," Nelson says. "You're not going to be in the black, let's put it that way."

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Columbia's Downtown Community Improvement District plans to donate $23,140 to replace broken cameras in downtown Columbia.

The cost of the cameras totals $7,000 and the other $16,140 will be used to cover the cost of one year of data hosting for the camera system.

The executive director of the CID Katie Essing said the CID had a fiscal budget around $820,000 this year with $40,000 was allocated to public safety.

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  A federal appeals court has ordered a judge to revisit her refusal to throw out a $100 million lawsuit by a man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's death was overturned after his nearly a decade in prison.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided Wednesday with six Columbia police officers Ryan Ferguson alleges fabricated evidence, coerced witnesses and ignored other suspects.

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  The Missouri Democratic Party chairman is claiming that Republican Eric Greitens broke campaign finance laws by using a list of charity donors to raise money in his campaign for governor.

Roy Temple filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against Greitens, a former Navy SEAL officer who founded a veterans' charity called The Mission Continues.

The complaint is in response to an Associated Press report that a Greitens staffer had a list of Missouri Continues donors. AP found overlap between charity and campaign donors.

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  The University of Missouri has received an $8 million gift for its proposed football facility project at Memorial Stadium.

The university's athletic department said Wednesday the donor wished to remain anonymous. Missouri has raised about $67 million of the estimated $75 million needed for the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex near the stadium's south end zone.

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Last fall students from the Legion of Black Collegians were called racial slurs on MU’s campus while rehearsing a performance for their Homecoming celebration. Almost a year later, the LBC remembers its history while looking to the future. 

On Tuesday, October 18th, the LBC performed a play to tell its history, from the segregationist '30s to the creation of the LBC’s separate Homecoming celebration in 1988 in response to the Mizzou Alumni Association Homecoming theme, “Show me Ol’ Mizzou”.

We’re less than three weeks from the presidential election and the rhetoric is getting hotter by the day. On this week’s program, our panelists will analyze the long-term effects of the “Access Hollywood” tape, how endorsements and predictions might influence the electorate, and why Donald Trump wants Saturday Night Live off the air. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Rod Gelatt and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Chantelle DosRemedios was pregnant with her second child when she and her husband both lost their jobs in Rhode Island. Like millions of others, she depended on a federal program designed to aid in early childhood development to keep her children fed.

Moms and kids who qualify can participate in a federal program called Women, Infants and Children, or WIC. The program provides nutritious food packages and other benefits to some eight million moms and young kids nationwide.

While the third and final presidential debate set for Wednesday evening will surely be marked by the candidates’ disagreements, a forum debating their positions on food and farm issues Wednesday morning was notable for showcasing where the nominees agree.

At a Washington, D.C. forum produced by the agricultural policy group Farm Foundation, surrogates for the Trump and Clinton campaigns presented their candidates’ takes on farm and food issues from trade to taxes. Sam Clovis, a campaign co-chair and policy advisor, spoke on the positions of Republican nominee Donald Trump. Former U.S. Department of Agriculture deputy Kathleen Merrigan spoke on behalf of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Today Paul Pepper and CARRIE WINSHIP, MU Theatre Department, talk about "Good Kids," a 'relevant and important' drama about a high schooler who is sexually assaulted at a party on a college campus, and how her community and those involved respond to it. At [3:55] HEATHER HARLAN returns with information about 'medication assisted recovery' at Phoenix Health Programs in Columbia. Heather says medication addiction is a chronic brain disorder, which means it doesn't go away; but, comprehensive treatment can make life a little easier for those affected. Watch for more information! October 19, 2016