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What is the appropriate way for the news media to cover a suicide? Last week, when Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, it was front-page news. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch released a voicemail Schweich left for Editorial Page Editor Tony Messenger moments before firing the shot. Was publishing a violation of Shweich’s privacy or in the best interest of the public? 

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  The House Education Committee passed a bill on Monday which would require public school activities to be available to home-schooled students in the area.

Wentzville Republican Bryan Spencer says the taxpayers deserve this option.

“With these people paying taxes I think that they should get something for the dollars that they are contributing to the public school system," Spencer said.

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  Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth has suggested that political bullying led Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) to fatally shoot himself.

Danforth delivered the eulogy Tuesday during a memorial service for Schweich that was attended by many of Missouri's top elected officials and hundreds of others.

Danforth was a close friend, co-worker and political mentor to Schweich, who had planned to run for governor.

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This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Back in 2008 filmmaker Ed Cunningham heard a strange story on the news about a man who bought a barbecue smoker at an auction and found a severed human leg inside. A legal battle ensued between the finder of the foot and the man it once belonged to.


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  The state budget director says increases in Missouri's revenues are holding steady at close to a 5 percent growth from last year.

Budget Director Linda Luebbering on Tuesday reported 4.9 percent growth in general revenue this fiscal year, close to Gov. Jay Nixon's estimate of 4.6 percent.

Nixon's used that number to guide spending restrictions on hundreds of millions of dollars approved for use by the Legislature last session. Luebbering says about $690 million is still being withheld.

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This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Qi Zhao is an Emmy award winning producer. His most recent film, The Chinese Mayor, depicts the mayor of the Chinese city of Datong as he attempts to transform the city into a cultural destination; a massive undertaking that includes relocating half-a-million of the city’s residents.


Today Paul Pepper and VAL GERMANN, Central Missouri Astronomical Association, talk about tomorrow night's (March 4) unique ability to see the planet Uranus through a pair of binoculars, as well as Thursday night's (March 5) "mini moon." As usual, Val has brought more stunning images from outer space - check them out! March 3, 2015

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The Columbia City Council voted Monday night to withdraw the single-use plastic bag ban from the agenda until more research is done and community involvement is higher. There’s no estimate for exactly how long it would be before the issue might be brought up again, but City Manager Mike Matthes said it would be a “substantial” amount of time.

Boonville Police Department Receives New Equipment

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The Boonville police officers are now using body cameras. Last week, the police department received 20 body cameras for its full-time police officers. The department received a grant to purchase 7 cameras while the city paid for the rest. Each body camera costs $738. Boonville Detective Randall Ayers said the cameras have only had minor software glitches so far. He said the new body cameras will benefit the police department.

Mexico Teacher to Accept Award at State Capital

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The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education will present Mexico High School speech and theater teacher Sara Given with the Creativity and Innovation in Teaching award. Given will be recognized for creating the first ever Jellybean Speech Olympics competition.

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The Columbia City Council voted to issue about 20 million dollars in bonds to fund multiple sewer projects.

10 percent of the funds raised from the bonds will be used to create a sewage extension to the Midway area. The project would create a means to annex the area.

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Pioneer Forest is located deep in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks.

It's the largest private landowner in the state with 143,000 acres spread out over six counties.  For about 60 years Pioneer has cut down trees on its land and sold them.  But its founder, Leo Drey, had something else in mind for the land management company besides making money.  And his philosophy is still in place at Pioneer all these years later.

Ferguson Commission to Report First 100 Days

Mar 2, 2015
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Members of the Ferguson Commission reported on their first 100 days of operation at a meeting Monday night at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.

Governor Jay Nixon created the commission in October to examine the root causes of the unrest following 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death in August.

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Newly hired University of Missouri Provost Garnett Stokes comes to her new position with many plans to improve the university’s academic programs.  Stokes led as provost and executive vice president at Florida State University and handled many situations involving Title IX regulations, teacher salaries, and research achievement. 


EXAM: New MU Provost Focuses on Title IX Policies and Teacher Salaries

Mar 2, 2015
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Newly hired University of Missouri Provost Garnett Stokes comes to her new position with many plans to improve the university’s academic programs.  Stokes led as provost and executive vice president at Florida State University and handled many situations involving Title IX regulations, teacher salaries, and research achievement.  As KBIA’s Andy Humphrey tells us, Stokes believes that she can use her prior experience to help solve various issues at MU.

Kansas City Public Schools

Kansas City Public Schools has settled a lawsuit over how it handled students protesting during a speech by Governor Nixon last year.

The students were protesting the shooting of Michael Brown during a speech at the Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in November, when they were ordered to sit down.

Lawmakers Cancel Hearings Due to Schweich's Funeral

Mar 2, 2015
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The Funeral for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is Tuesday, and Missouri lawmakers are clearing their schedules.

The Missouri House and Senate canceled most committee hearings scheduled for Tuesday and moved back the start time to 4 PM, to accommodate the earlier funeral.

Today Paul Pepper chats with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., about a free mental health screening for kids and young adults, ages 9-21. Why would you have a child screened? Two words: early intervention. Heather explains - watch! March 2, 2015

Officials say construction on Kansas City's downtown streetcar project is nearly 50 percent complete and is on track to finish this fall.

Plan in Place to Improve Fulton Parks

Mar 2, 2015
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The city of Fulton is asking its residents what kind of changes they would like to see in their local parks. City officials recently launched a ten-year master plan to improve its facilities, and they want people’s opinions on what those improvements should entail. Mayor LeRoy Benton says that the city is focused on expansion.

Local choir Boonslick Chordbusters performed with the African Children’s Choir Wednesday night in a benefit concert at First Baptist Church off of East Broadway.

Governor Jay Nixon appointed a senior advisor, John Watson, as temporary State Auditor after the death of Tom Schweich Thursday.

Watson will hold the position until the governor can make a permanent appointment, at which point Watson will resign. Watson has worked for Nixon since 1997. 

The Auditor’s office was open for business Friday and released an annual report under Schweich’s name about property seizures by law enforcement agencies. The office is expected to continue to operate normally under Watson.

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This week on KBIA's arts/culture segment KCUR's C.J. Janovy explores folk artist, Jesse Howard. 


The New York Times Changes Things Up

Feb 27, 2015

The New York Times is changing its daily editors' meeting. It's moving from a traditional Page One meeting, in which editors pitch their strongest stories, to what will be called the Dean’s List. This new format will focus more on the Times' digital products, such as for their mobile app and website. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Judd Slivka and Amy Simons discuss the issue on KBIA-FM's media criticism program, "Views of the News."

With more people getting their news from either a tablet or phone, Perry points out that this new method is targeting the mobile audience.


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