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  Last week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch misquoted forensic expert, Dr. Judy Melinek's interpretation of Michael Brown’s autopsy. The Post-Dispatch stood by their original report until yesterday when it added an editor's note to the story saying Dr. Melinek wanted to clarify her statements. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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A battle is taking place in downtown Columbia—a culinary one, that is. Competition has heated up between two different fast-casual burrito chains located next to one another on Ninth Street—Chipotle Mexican Grill and Moe’s Southwest Grill. Missouri Business Alert’s Phil Joens reports on the competition between the two and what it means for their businesses. 

PM Newscast October 29, 2014

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Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including;

  • Police body camera footage piles up
  • MU Provost candidate holds forum
  • Walking School Bus program needs funding
  • "One Ferguson" looks to end communal tension

  Were a forensic expert’s opinions taken out of context in the reporting of the findings of Michael Brown’s autopsy? Nearly a week after publication, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch printed a clarification of Dr. Judy Melinek’s interpretation of the report. Documents show the FBI co-opted the Seattle Times website to capture a teen suspected of bomb threats at a high school, why pressure from a gubernatorial candidate led to a Chicago Sun-Times reporter’s resignation and what sets apart breaking news coverage in Canada. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

  Today Paul Pepper visits with ANN MCGINITY about the Columbia Weavers and Spinners annual three-day holiday exhibition and sale - now in it's 25th year! At [4:34] MEG HEGEMANN tells us about "Loaves and Fishes" - a free meal (every night!) for those in need at Columbia's Wilkes Blvd. United Methodist Church. October 29, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • A report on the race for the seat in District 44.
  • The Supreme Court has stayed the execution of a Missouri man.
  • New parking meters in downtown Columbia will make paying more convenient. 

The U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the scheduled execution of a Missouri man who was convicted of killing a woman and her two children in 1998.

The Columbia Public Works Parking Utility department is installing 50 new parking meter heads that accept electronic payments.

District 44 candidates campaign for November

Oct 29, 2014

The race for the 44th district House of Representatives seat this November pits two native Missourians.

 

 

 

When people think of the United States Department of Agriculture, they of course think about things related to agriculture - farms, crops, livestock.

But Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the USDA is about much more than that. It’s really about improving the quality of life in rural areas.  

“It's important I think because of the people who live in rural America and the contributions they make to the rest of the country," Vilsack said.

PM Newscast for October 28, 2014

Oct 28, 2014

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:


Missouri completes disparity study

Oct 28, 2014
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The Missouri Office of Administration recently completed its 2014 disparity study. The study was conducted by independent contractor Colette Holt and Associates.

“The goal of the study is to determine whether the State of Missouri is fully utilizing minority and women-owned business enterprises in government contracts,” said Ryan Burns, public information officer at the State of Missouri Office of Administration.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brian Stumpe says his experience with a robbery inspired him to run for Cole County Circuit judge, coincidentally against the woman who sentenced his attacker to 99 years in prison.

The Republican faces incumbent Democrat Pat Joyce, a Cole County judge since 1994 who's running on experience.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri is preparing to execute a man who wasn't able to appeal his conviction in federal court because his attorneys missed a filing deadline to do so.

Mark Christeson is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. CDT Wednesday for the killing of a woman and her two children in 1998.

Talking Politics: Amendments, amendments, amendments

Oct 28, 2014

In this episode of Talking Politics, Prof. Terry Smith gives us an overview of what to expect from next week's midterm elections.

Eli Yokley of PoliticMo joined us this week to discuss Amendment 2, Amendment 6 and Amendment 10, which will each appear on ballots across Missouri next week.  They deal with everything from the use of certain types of evidence in court to the governor's ability to limit spending.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Seven school districts have asked the St. Louis County prosecutor to wait until classes aren't in session to make any announcement about whether a grand jury decided charges were warranted in the Ferguson police shooting case.

Riverview Gardens School District Superintendent Scott Spurgeon last week sent Prosecutor Bob McCulloch a letter signed by six other superintendents asking that any announcement be made after 5 p.m. or on a weekend.

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Were a forensic expert’s opinions taken out of context in the reporting of the findings of Michael Brown’s autopsy? Nearly a week after publication, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch printed a clarification of Dr. Judy Melinek’s interpretation of the report.

Rock Bridge, Hickman attendance improves year after Battle

Oct 28, 2014
Columbia Public Schools

In the coming weeks, KBIA will be reporting on what effect the addition of Battle High School and the restructuring of middle schools have had on Columbia Public Schools overall. If you have any questions or comments please tweet us at @CoMoExp  or comment below. 

Since Battle High School started in Fall 2013, Rock Bridge High School’s official enrollment has increased but Hickman High School’s has decreased. As far as demographics Hickman has seen a drop in black students and a rise in white students. Rock Bridge has basically stayed the same.

  Every second Monday, Broadway Brewery in downtown Columbia is packed by 6:00 p.m. Half of the restaurant is filled with people having dinner or a beer at the bar. But on the other side, tables and chairs are packed into a crowded space for this month’s Science Cafe.

Science Cafe is a community program started by the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU. Each month, the Cafe brings a different researcher or professor to give a lecture about their field of study.

But this lesson isn’t like the ones you’ll find at school.

  This week, we are beginning a series that profiles how issues raised by events in Ferguson intersect with what's happening in area classrooms.

 

As the months have passed since protests erupted following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, some educators are beginning to weave Ferguson into their lesson plans.

 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • CMU received it's largest donation ever this weekend.
  • Missouri democrats are continuing to fund state campaigns in hopes of gaining seats.
  • The Camdenton school district could undergo a rezoning project.

Top Missouri Democrats are continuing to pump money into state campaigns as the Nov. 4 election approaches.

Citizens of Columbia and the city’s public school district agreed that increasing support at home for students would lead to better academic performance at Wednesday night’s meeting.

CMU receives largest gift in school history

Oct 28, 2014

Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, received the largest gift in its history on Saturday.

State Senator Chappell critical of Nixon's plans

Oct 27, 2014
Missouri Senate

  State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal continues to criticize the governor. She says Nixon’s plans for a new commission to study social unrest inflamed by Ferguson shooting come too late to help the community.

“The Governor and his approach should have occurred year ago if not 77 days ago," Chappelle-Nadal said. "To have a commission is very easy and simple to do. It is 'low hanging fruit.'”

Nixon's commission first order of business will be to conduct a study of underlying social and economic conditions that creates unrest in Ferguson.

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  The vice-chair prosecuting attorney for Moniteau County, Shayne Healea of California, Mo. was arrested Saturday night in Columbia after he allegedly backed his Ford F-150 into a glass wall of Addison's Grill.  

The crash on Saturday night sprayed glass about 20 feet into the restaurant, sending four people to University Hospital.

Healea, 36, was released from Boone Country Jail after posting a bond of $22,500. He has been charged with fleeing the scene of an accident, and four counts of second-degree assault.

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  St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says he's stunned by the death of 22-year-old outfielder Oscar Taveras. He says his players are struggling with deep anguish after losing their young teammate.

Taveras and an 18-year-old woman were killed Sunday afternoon in a car crash in the Dominican Republic

Matheny says the team had forged deep ties and affection for Taveras, who debuted in the majors this past season and batted .239 in 80 games with three home runs and 22 RBI.

Several Cardinals players have expressed their sadness on Twitter.

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Missouri's most generous political donor is hosting an election night fundraiser for Republican Senator Roy Blunt in St. Louis.

Blunt isn't up for re-election until 2016. But St. Louis Public Radio reports that financier Rex Sinquefield and his wife Jeanne are hosting an early-evening event on Nov. 4 for the incumbent at their Central West End home.

Tickets start at $1,000 and go as high as $10,400 a couple. The reception is scheduled to end when polls close at 7 p.m.

Talking Politics: Data in elections

Oct 27, 2014

This week two Missouri political consultants joined the show to talk about how campaigns in Missouri utilize data. John Hancock, a Republican, is starting a Super PAC that will focus on micro-targeting voters through consumer data in 2016.  Patrick Lynn, a Democrat, is a consultant with Show Me Victories.  Hancock and Lynn discussed the advantages of this new method of voter targeting.

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