News

On a warm humid Mid-Missouri afternoon, a celebration 175 years in the making was held in City Hall Plaza in direct sunlight. As you looked down eight street from the plaza you could see the top of Jesse Hall. It was a picture perfect setting to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the partnership between the University of Missouri, Columbia and Boone County.

“It’s a very symbiotic relationship,” said Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid. “I think it’s a relationship that can’t help but grow and get stronger in the future.”

Local pond rated a high potential hazard by the EPA

24 minutes ago

Citizens of Columbia need to be extra cautious near a local pond the next time it rains heavily.

The University of Missouri has been awarded two federal grants worth more than $830,000 to implement programs on family farms.

roy blunt
TalkMediaNews / Flickr

  US Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, met with local law enforcement in Jefferson City on Monday to discuss when police use military surplus equipment.

The meeting, which was closed to the media, comes almost two months after police responded to protests following the death of Michael Brown with tear gas, armored vehicles and other military equipment acquired through Department of Defense and Homeland Security programs.

Blunt said law enforcement officials he has talked to only use the equipment for defensive purposes and that programs like these are beneficial.

school buses
Twix / Flickr

  Career changers and those looking to strengthen job security sometimes turn to the American Board for online teacher certification. Elementary education was just added to Missouri’s list of approved online certification programs with the American Board in August.

“It actually didn’t take us very long,” Miranda Amir senior director of operations at The American Board said. “We just requested to ad EE this year and it only went through one legislative session so it was quite fast in comparison to how long it usually takes to get a subject.”

Scott Davidson / Flickr

  Eight more people have been arrested following another night of protests in Ferguson.

No violence was reported from the Sunday night protest that was at times boisterous in the St. Louis suburb where unrest has been common in the month-and-a-half since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a Ferguson police officer.

Protesters banged drums, pots and pans. Police said they would enforce a noise ordinance at 11 p.m., and police made a few arrests involving those who continued to make noise.

Dave Conner / Flickr

  The Missouri State Highway Patrol will testify in front of the legislative committee and Missouri citizens on the effectiveness of its merger with the state’s Water Patrol.

The departments merged in 2011 under Governor Jay Nixon who said the state would save an annual 3 million dollars upon signing the legislation.

gavel
Flickr / steakpinball

  Missouri's assistant attorney general has argued that state law, backed by the vote of the people, makes it clear that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman.

Jeremiah Morgan defended Missouri's same-sex marriage ban Monday in a St. Louis courtroom. St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison is deciding whether the ban is constitutional.

St. Louis City Counselor Winston Calvert argued the state has no business treating gay and lesbian couples as "second-class citizens."

This is the first story in a series from the Health & Wealth desk on Healthy Nevada

Pookie Decocq is the healthy living coordinator for the YMCA in Nevada, Missouri. She’s also the town’s official Pickleball Ambassador, which is a team sport played with two wooden paddles, a whiffleball and a low net, like ping pong or badminton.

Pookie’s dream is to hold a pickleball tournament here in this rural town in southwest Missouri. But the average Nevada resident isn’t exactly the picture of health. Like a lot of small rural towns in the state, Nevada has very high rates of obesity and heart disease. It’s diabetes rates are some of the highest in the country at 11 percent.

  Today Paul Pepper chats with JEFF MORAN, first about PET, which stands for Personal Energy Transportation; and then about the next Bluegrass Gospel Worship Service at Millersburg Christian Church. At [4:37] find out all about the good the Assistance League has done after 20 years as chapter in Mid-Missouri! September 29, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Jay Nixon traveled to Afghanistan over the weekend.
  • Details on Missouri Rail Safety Week.
  • Missouri state employees can receive a discount for online education. 

The Missouri Office of Administration had partnered with Western Governors University to offer Missouri state employees a five percent discount off tuition.

With the release of John Ridley’s Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side, it seems like everybody has something to say about the guitar god and Andre 3000, the rapper and actor who portrays him on the silver screen. WRITING FOR GRANTLAND, Alex Pappademus juxtaposes the two artist’s careers and, particularly, the way they stand up to audience perception. He also digs into Hendrix’s many afterlives, noting how the musician’s bio has been transmuted by appropriation and the fog of collective memory:

When you strip them of historical context, trim their legacies to three or four hit songs in a Jack-FM playlist, and slap their images on T-shirts to be sold to generations of collegiate stoners, is there really that much of a difference between Marley and Hendrix anymore? Between Hendrix and Jim Morrison? Between Morrison and Tupac? The more tragic the public figure, the more easily they lend themselves to souvenir-ification and commercialized mourning.

Meanwhile, Andre 3000 has outlived his rap group, Outkast. He is living the kind of adulthood that Hendrix might even have experienced himself: High expectations, and the possibility that he has already produced his greatest work.  

Pitch: #8 Your Old Friend

Sep 28, 2014

In 1994, Nas put out his debut album, Illmatic. There’s been a lot of fanfare for the 20th anniversary, and for good reason.

Illmatic is, in my opinion, and a lot of people’s opinion, the finest hip hop album ever been created,” says Jay Kang, science and technology editor for NEWYORKER.COM. He was a gigantic hip hop fan throughout the 1990’s. “It’s the sort of cinematic quality of Illmatic, the storytelling in Illmatic, the writing, even of hooks in Illmatic.”

New UM Curator appointed

Sep 26, 2014
KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon appointed David Steelman of Rolla, to serve on the University Of Missouri Board Of Curators. The board oversees the operation of the four- Campus University of Missouri system.

Columbia flights to Chicago canceled

Sep 26, 2014
www.flymidmo.com / KBIA

All Columbia flights to Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports were canceled Friday after a disgruntled employee intentionally set an FAA tower in a Chicago suburb on fire.

aranarth / flickr

An award to MU's computer engineering program from the National Science Foundation has resulted in one million dollars in grants. 

This is the fifth story in a series of stories by Harvest Public Media on food waste called Tossed Out: Food Waste in America.

Lunch time at Harris Bilingual Elementary School in Fort Collins, Colo., displays all the usual trappings of a public school cafeteria: Star Wars lunch boxes, light up tennis shoes, hard plastic trays and chocolate milk cartons with little cartoon cows. It’s pizza day, the most popular of the week, and kids line up at a salad bar before receiving their slice.

Heather Adams, Columbia Faith & Values

Four longtime Methodist youth camps across Missouri are facing an uncertain future following the dismissal of the sites' directors.

Woman Right's Advocate Alumna Speaks at MU Women's Center

Sep 26, 2014
KBIA

 

Students learned just how much egalitarian progress MU has made since the 1970s yesterday. Woman’s right advocate Jeannette Pai-Espinosa spoke Thursday at the MU women’s center, which hadn’t even been built when she was a student. 

The head of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says law officers are "planning for the worst" in anticipation of a grand jury decision on whether to indict a white police officer who shot a black 18-year-old.

Photo courtesy of Doug Gouzie

We put out some questions on social media to see what you wanted to know about sinkholes. First, here’s a clip of CoMo Explained where I explain everything we learned before talking to Missouri State University Associate Professor of Geology and sinkhole expert Doug Gouzie. You can also read about our previous sinkhole reporting here.


  Today Paul Pepper visits with local storyteller PABLO about the 13th annual "Walk Back in Time," sponsored by the Audrain County Historical Society. At [4:29] BARB BRUEGGEMAN tells us about "Operation: Bugle Boy," which is a dinner in November for veterans only. Watch for more information! September 26, 2014

Sh4rp_i via Flickr

The Columbia Better Business Bureau and the Missouri Attorney General are hosting a "Shred Day" next Saturday, October 4th, to help educate residents about the importance of identity protection and fraud prevention.

Mid-Missouri Regional director of the BBB Mike Harrison says that in 2013, more Americans were victims of identity theft than were subject to any other type of fraud.

KBIA File Photo

Columbia residents gathered at city hall Thursday evening to discuss the newest updates to the neighborhood watch program. There are now about 4,000 residents within the city limits that take part in the program.

Though there has been a sufficient increase since the start of the program, the city would like it to continue to grow.  The goal is to heighten awareness of crime occurring in the community.

Free Rides to Roots N Blues Festival

Sep 26, 2014
Columbia Transit

More than 25,000 people are expected to attend this year's Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, which raises the question, where is everyone going to park?

The festival kicks off tomorrow at Stephens Lake Park and runs through Sunday, September 28.

This year, Roots N Blues N BBQ teamed up with COMO Connect to ease parking tensions by offering free transportation services for the festival all weekend long.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

  On this week's Under the Microscope, Missouri is one of ten states at risk for sinkholes. 

Providence Point to become available for group events

Sep 25, 2014

UM system president Tim Wolfe announced Wednesday that for the first time in its 43 year history, Providence Point will be used as an event and meeting space for both university and external groups. 

Providence Point has historically been home to the UM system president and his family but Wolfe decided that he wanted to live elsewhere.  The location has always been used to entertain university guests from around the state, nation and world but will now be open to businesses and university and community groups looking for a meeting space in Columbia. 

Pages