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The U.S. Department of Justice says St. Louis County police need to strengthen policies for handling protests and demonstrations, improve training on diversity and community policing, and do a better job of hiring and promoting minorities and women.

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  Authorities in rural northeast Missouri are looking for the person who fired several shots into a small church.

Missouri Pumpkin Patches Show Effects of Summer Weather

Oct 2, 2015

High summer rainfall affected many Missouri crops and pumpkins were not spared.

Many pumpkin patches throughout the state are producing fewer pumpkins this season.

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 Graduate workers at the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia are moving closer to unionizing.

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What William Clark did on a 1798 trip down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers is the focus of this episode of Thinking Out Loud. KBIA's Trevor Harris interviews Columbia author Jo Ann Trogdon about her new book from the University of Missouri Press, The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark.

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An 1862 Civil War battle in Callaway County resulted in the deaths of 70 Confederate and Union soldiers. A recent search of that site resulted in finds that illuminate the guerilla warfare that was often seen in Missouri during the War Between The States.

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Map of Community Improvement Districts and Registered Voters

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When property owners in commercial neighborhoods want to clean up their block, they sometimes turn to creating special tax districts.  These districts use tax hikes to pay for aesthetic and safety improvements. But what happens when you cut out the public from having a voice on those taxes?

That public exclusion has created a mess in Columbia’s Business Loop District and locals are irked about the process.

The Roots N' Blues N' BBQ Festival entered its ninth year and third at Stephen's Lake Park. This year the festival had a record number of vendors and saw the likes of Buddy Guy, Brandi Carlile and Dwight Yoakam grace their stages.

Last weekend, I spent some time at the festival talking to festival goers about their favorite artists and vendors and asking what advice they would give to first timers. This week, on Off the Clock, listen to some of the sounds of the weekend. Enjoy the audio postcard from the 2015 Roots N' Blues festival.


At first glance, the small West African nation of Equatorial Guinea is doing well. Sandwiched between Cameroon and Gabon on the Gulf of Guinea, the oil-rich nation of 820,000 has a per capita GDP equivalent to that of the Czech Republic or Portugal. But the picture is more complicated than that.

Much of its population lives in conditions similar to that in the world’s poorest countries.

On this edition of Global Journalist a look inside Equatorial Guinea, where oil has enriched its leaders but not its people.

Today Paul Pepper visits with PAM OSTBY, RN, about a call for volunteers to participate in a study on lymphedema at the University of Missouri. Watch for details! At [4:19] Artistic Director HEATHER CARVER invites everyone to come see MU Theatre's production of 'Romeo and Juliet' this weekend inside the Missouri Theatre! Tickets on sale now. Heather also gives us a sneak preview of the rest of the fall season - watch! October 2, 2015

Michael Sam Hired as KOMU Sports Anchor

Oct 2, 2015
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Former University of Missouri football player Michael Sam is heading back to Columbia to work on getting his master’s degree.

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Gov. Nixon announced Thursday that he is appointing Dr. Anne Heyen to the Missouri State Board of Nursing, pending approval from the senate.

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Businessman and Katy Trail patron Edward "Ted" Jones is set to be honored in the Missouri Capitol.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

Dr. Eric Kimchi was appointed the medical director of MU’s Ellis Fischel Cancer Center on Thursday.

He said he’s looking forward to expanding the recognition and capabilities of the center, and that MU is one of a few universities uniquely situated to become a nation-wide leader in cancer treatment.

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  Jackson County and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority announced the $52 million purchase of a rail corridor from Lee's Summit to near the Truman Sports Complex.

Farm Your Yard: There's Always Next Year

Oct 1, 2015
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If you are a backyard gardener you are well aware that we are about to turn the last curve into the homestretch of the 2015 gardening season. If you are really on top of things, you already have all or most of your fall greens and roots planted, and if you are really on top of things, those fall veggies are already peeping out of the ground. But don’t worry, if you aren’t quite there, you still have a little time to get outside and plant your last crop of lettuce and radishes for the season. While it might seem a bit premature, let’s stop and take a fond look back at the 2015 gardening season.

  Some readers are moving away from digital reading and becoming a cross-reader: a person that utilizes both print and digital forms of material. The Association of American Publishers said eBook sales fell 10 percent within the first few months of 2015.

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 A federal watchdog said it confirmed a whistleblower's claims that St. Louis' Veterans Affairs sites wrongly marked appointments for mental health patients as completed even before the patients were seen, boosting the system's performance showing.

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  The University of Missouri joined a nationwide coalition dedicated to making it easier for high school students to apply for college.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Researchers from the University of Missouri are working with the Missouri Department of Conservation on a five-year study of white-tailed deer in the state. The study's goal is to find the survival differences of deer living in north east counties compared to south central counties.

The team of researchers are tracking the movements of deer using GPS collars in Nodaway, Gentry, Andrew, DeKalb, Wright, Texas, Douglas and Howell counties. Once the study is over, the Department of Conservation will use the data to reevaluate deer population management through strategies like hunting.

KBIA's Michaela Tucker spoke with Jon McRoberts, the project coordinator and wildlife researcher at the University of Missouri, about the progress of the study as it approaches the end of its first year.

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When a woman is trying to leave an abusive relationship or unsafe domestic situation, shelters offer a safe space for her to stay and get back on her feet. But leaving an abusive relationship can be difficult for any woman.

According to the National Domestic Abuse Hotline, a woman seeking help will be in and out of a shelter seven times on average, before leaving the relationship. For deaf individuals, that number doubles.

Parents Upset Over Transmission Line Project

Oct 1, 2015
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Columbia Water and Light held an open house at Rock Bridge High School on Wednesday. 

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The city of Columbia is moving back toward using red-light cameras. 

Previously, the city had used cameras from 2009 to 2013, but stopped because of unclear court rulings surrounding their use.

Last month, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled the use of red-light cameras was constitutional, which prompted the city to look back into installing cameras at various intersections.

Today Paul Pepper visits with LINDSAY LOPEZ, Executive Director of The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, about their efforts during 'Hunger Action Month' to educate the community and to raise awareness about food insecurities in Mid-Missouri. How did they do it? (Hint: it involved a giant orange spoon!) October 1, 2015

Heartland Dairy has third fatality in three years

Sep 30, 2015

Missouri’s largest dairy suffered its third work-related fatality in three years earlier this week. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating a death that occurred Monday at Sharpe Holdings dairy and cattle farm, also known as Heartland Dairy, which is located near LaBelle, Mo.

OSHA Spokesperson Rhonda Burke said the investigation was opened yesterday.