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    The pressure is on for big-name NFL advertisers, like CoverGirl cosmetics, to pull their ad dollars after the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal. How has the news media contributed to the discussion? Should companies pull ads? Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

Contamination in Pickard Hall to be surveyed

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Pickard Hall at the University of Missouri will either be destroyed, remediated or saved following an analysis by MU.  The building was closed last October due to the contamination.  A comprehensive survey plan is now in the works to figure out the amount of radioactive contamination present in the building.

The survey plan will make measurements from what can be seen, as well as take down walls, remove support beams and pull other structures from the building.

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Voluntary Action Center, about "Warm Up Columbia," a program entirely dependent on donations! At [4:48] NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL tells us about Lincoln University's field day titled, "In Touch with Nature," happening tomorrow in Jefferson City! September 19, 2014

The procession to Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin's inauguration passes the columns.
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The University of Missouri celebrated the inauguration of the chancellor tonight at the Missouri Theatre. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin is MU's 22nd chancellor.  The ceremony included a procession that began at the Reynolds Alumni Center and concluded at the Missouri Theatre.

Interim Provost Kenneth D. Dean welcomed the crowd of students, faculty and alumni. The Curators Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus William Bondeson recited the invocation.

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The Cole County Commission met today to discuss the possibility of creating a new 911 dispatch center. Marc Ellinger, the Presiding Commissioner for the Cole County Commission, said Cole County currently operates out of the Jefferson City Police Department 911 center.

“We are looking at all the options. We need to get a lot of information. Right now it seems like it’s potentially, fiscally a possibility to stand a separate 911 center but we need to get all of the information before making a decision. And that’s the process we’re embarking on now,” Ellinger said.

Columbia hires civil engineering firm to fix sewers

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The City of Columbia hired Engineering Surveys and Services this week to fix the sewer lines that run through Flat Branch Creek and the sewer main under Sixth and Elm Street.

According to Columbia City Councilman Karl Skala, the project should take developers several years to complete.

Student housing developers are also adding $450,000 to improve the sewer line that runs underneath Turner Avenue and into the Flat Branch trunk sewer.

Columbia City Councilwoman Laura Nauser said MU's push for more students influenced the decision on the project.

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On this week's Under the Microscope, Springfield schools implement local foods in kids lunches and research from Washington University is shedding light on schizophrenia.

Paul Pepper: Osher Book Talks & CROP Walk and 5K

Sep 18, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with CATHY SALTER about the next Osher Book Talk, which will feature author Nina Furstenau, happening October 4th! At [4:54] EDITH PRINCE and STEVE KEITHAN tell us about this Sunday's CROP Walk and this Saturday's CROP Run, which raises money to feed the hungry in Central Missouri. September 18, 2014

Columbia city flag design contest kicks off

Sep 18, 2014
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The City of Columbia is looking for the best designs for an official city flag.

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Dr. Jane Goodall greeted a packed house at Mizzou Area Wednesday night to share her hopeful message for the future. Goodall is best known for her work with chimpanzees. She introduced herself as a chimpanzee would, in noises and grunts, sparking laughter from the packed arena.

Columbia students to learn with robot technology

Sep 18, 2014
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Students at Smithton Middle School will soon be learning with new technology.

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  President of Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI), Mike Brooks, will retire at the end of September. Since assuming the role in 2009, Brooks has helped REDI focus its efforts on attracting new business, expanding existing business, as well as building an entrepreneurial-friendly environment.

This week we sat down with Brooks, to talk about the importance of entrepreneurship to the local economy, and the challenges mid-Missouri faces in economic development. 

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Have you ever been out on the Missouri River? If so, you know it is big, wide, and muddy. There's also litter in the river. Now, there's a lot less litter thanks to the work of Missouri River Relief. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, Trevor Harris talked with Melanie Cheney about why a cleaner Missouri River matters (Think drinking water.) Also, hear music from Violet Vonder Haar, who will be performing this Saturday's Boonville River Festival.


PM Newscast for September 17, 2014

Sep 17, 2014

 

  • Former officials are pushing for high school citizenship test
  • Prosecutor threatens to release transcripts/audio recordings from Ferguson
  • City Council discusses indoor ban of e-cigs
  • Proposed transmission line to help with renewable energy

Pitch: #7 Piano Player

Sep 17, 2014

In 2007, there was a little Irish film called Once that starred Glen Hansard from the band The Frames and musician Markéta Irglová. If you never saw it, you might remember when it won the academy award for best song the next year. Glen and Marketa talked about the importance of dreaming big and taking chances and making art.

    

  Advertisers are starting to feel pressure to drop their NFL sponsorships in light of how the league is handling domestic abuse cases. What role has the news media played in that?  Also, the Columbia Missourian fact-checks the “Mizzou Made” commercial, and some emotional moments in local television news. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry: Views of the News.

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Primary health care is no longer limited to the family doctor. With the growing popularity of clinics like the new Mizzou Quick Care, nurse practitioners are becoming more involved in providing primary care.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Jay Nixon lays out what he would like to see in the new education commissioner.
  • There were protests over the Opus project in downtown Columbia last night.
  • Missouri lawmakers are reviewing the merger between state water and highway patrols.
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Missouri lawmakers plan to review the effects of a 2011 merger of the state Highway and Water patrols after a man drowned this year while in trooper custody.

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The “idea” of a new anti-smoking ordinance was introduced at a Columbia city council meeting Monday.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge has extended into January the term of the grand jury considering whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

The grand jury was due to have its four-month term expire Sept. 10, the same day St. Louis County Circuit Judge Carolyn Whittington extended the term to Jan. 7. St. Louis County Court Administrator Paul Fox says it's the longest extension allowed under Missouri law.

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Jefferson City residents might soon see improvements coming to their public transit system after the city council voted unanimously to approve the creation a Public Transit Advisory Committee.

According to the ordinance the committee will be in charge of relaying public feedback of the transit system to city officials while promoting improvements and ways to expand ridership of JeffTran.

Columbia residents set to pay more for parking violations

Sep 16, 2014
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The Columbia City Council passed parking-fine rate hikes as part of the annual budget for 2015 last night.

The decision increases initial parking fines to $15 in un-metered locations and to $30 in metered locations. The city projects that the new fines will create $320,000 in new revenue.

There is pressure on the big-name sponsors of the National Football League to pull their advertising dollars in the aftermath of the domestic abuse scandal.  The public has joined the chant, calling attention to Cover Girl cosmetics (left) for its "Game Face" campaign, using manipulated images of made-up women with bruises on their face.  How has the news media contributed to the discussion?

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The Columbia City Council voted unanimously last night to adopt the city manager’s budget for fiscal year 2015. The budget includes almost $429 million in spending and projects $399 million dollars in revenues.

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Missouri’s so-called right to farm amendment will be added to the state Constitution after a statewide recount confirmed the original election results. 

Missouri is the second state after North Dakota to enshrine the right to farm in its constitution -- a move meant to protect farmers and ranchers from legislation that would change or outlaw practices they use.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • The right to farm amendment will be added to the state constitution after a recount.
  • The Columbia City Council voted to approve the city managers budget for fiscal year 2015.
  • The override of Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a law banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors could set up a showdown with the federal government.
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  State Education Commissioner Christine Nicastro announced this afternoon she’s resigning at the end of the year, ending a tumultuous run as the head of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Nicastro, who’s served since 2009, has come under fire from Democrats and Republicans the past year as the state has dealt with unaccredited school districts and begun to implement  Common Core Standards.

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Archeologists now have a new reason to come to MU. As part of a new pilot program, the university is receiving artifacts on loan from the world's oldest museum, the Capitoline Museum of the City of Rome.

The MU Museum of Art and Archeology has already received its first loan- a set of 249 black-gloss ceramics dating back to the Roman Republic. The program will send a variety of loans to the university through December 31, 2017.

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