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.

At Meetings, Columbia Citizens Say "No" to Roll Carts

Feb 27, 2015
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The City of Columbia held its second “Trash Talk” forum at City Hall on Wednesday night  to further discuss switching the city’s trash pick-up to a roll cart service. 

Today Paul Pepper welcomes LIZA MARTINDALE, LESLIE WAGNER and JOSH FRIEDRICH (a.k.a. Morticia, Wednesday and Gomez, respectively), from Hickman High School's latest production of "The Addams Family: The Musical." Josh performs "Trapped" at [4:52]. February 27, 2015

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The City of Columbia is asking citizens to help decide the location of five new bus stop shelters.  Columbia Community Development held a meeting in city hall last night to conduct a survey of citizen preferences and answer questions. 

School Closings for Feb 27, 2015

Feb 27, 2015

Click on the Link below to see a list of current school closings. 

School Closings

Ukraine Divided

Feb 26, 2015
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The advance of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine makes it more apparent than ever that the country is splitting up. With more than 5,000 people dead in the war, is there hope that a ceasefire can end the bloodshed?

Joining us to discuss the battle on the ground and over the airwaves are:

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Missouri is the only state in the nation without a program to monitor prescription drugs. A bill passed by the House Thursday would change that. Steven Anthony reports.

Bill sponsor Representative Holly Rehder said it is time Missouri finally join the rest of the nation in using a prescription drug monitoring program.

“Time and time again, we have shown that Missouri’s controlled substances are not controlled and that we are a hotbed for abuse,” Rehder said.

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Pippa Hull sits on her mother’s lap across the kitchen table in their Parkville home. She is an outgoing and talkative seven-year-old girl, who just happens to have a rare and severe form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Pippa’s mother, Megan, said this form of epilepsy is characterized by its lack of response to treatments.

Hull said they have tried different medications, they have had a VNS or Vagus Nerve Stimulation device implanted in Pippa’s chest, and they have even tried a special diet to try and reduce the number of seizures Pippa experiences.

But Hull said, “She has been through 8 medications so far and she is on 4 right now, and she still has seizures.”          

She explained that when patients with epilepsy have tried multiple treatments that don’t work the epilepsy is termed “intractable.”  

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Two state senators proposed bills to reduce the sentencing for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder on Tuesday.

Under the current law, the sentence is life in prison without parole for all convicted persons under the age of 18. Individuals between the ages of 16 and 18 could also be sentenced to death.

The Supreme Court ruled both of these sentences as unconstitutional in separate cases. Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, proposed bills to reduce these sentences.

Toronto Star Feels Backlash Over HPV Reporting

Feb 26, 2015

The Toronto Star recently published an investigation into a possible connection between Merck's Gardisil vaccine and illnesses in teenage girls. This vaccine is to help prevent HPV, which can lead to cervical cancer for women. Fifteen days later took down the piece. They took it offline. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Judd Slivka and Amy Simons discussed the issue on KBIA-FM's media criticism program, "Views of the News."

Once the story was initially released, people began to “hammer” them, Slivka stated.

Bill O'Reilly Is Fighting Back

Feb 26, 2015

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly has recently been criticized for previous reporting he did during his time at CBS on the Falklands War. The Mother Jones article accused O’Reilly of telling tales about what the environment was like when reporting. 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."

O’Reilly denies the allegations, firing back at his accusers calling them a coward and a guttersnipe.

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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.

Since 2004 the annual True False Film Fest has brought world-class documentary films and their creators to Columbia, and the 2015 festival promises to bring more than fifty films to venues across the city.  Stacey Woelfel, Director of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism, and an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, came in to give us a journalist's preview of True/False 2015.

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Critics of the so-called 'right to farm' amendment to Missouri’s state Constitution brought their case to the state Supreme Court Wednesday. 

The amendment is meant to protect Missouri farmers from new laws that would change current farm practices they currently use.

Today Paul Pepper chats with JUDY ARNET, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, who shares important, easy-to-remember tips ahead of National Nutrition Month (which begins this Sunday). Plus, find out about the latest 'kids in the kitchen' session at the Columbia Public Library. At [4:38] DIANA MOXON tells us about "Everything is a Remix," the latest show at the Columbia Art League! February 26, 2015

Ameren Missouri Criticizes EPA Clean Power Plan

Feb 26, 2015
Ameren Missouri

A Missouri utility company remains firm in their opposition to a new EPA plan. Ameren Missouri has been vocal about their concerns with the Clean Power Plan, proposed by the EPA last summer. The plan aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by the year 2030, but Ameren, along with other companies in the industry, are concerned with the timeline and interim targets the plan contains, along with the looming issue of power reliability.

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  A study funded by the University of Missouri shows that Columbia could support a new hotel and conference center.

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Columbia is looking to become the first city in Missouri to institute a plastic bag ban. However, when the issue comes before the city council on March 2, city staff will ask the council to delay a vote on the proposed ban for another year. But many cities and even one state have passed plastic bag bans or fees. KBIA’s Steven Anthony has the story. 

  Did Bill O’Reilly lie about his experiences reporting during the Falklands War? A story in Mother Jones claims the Fox News Channel host lied about his whereabouts during coverage of the 1982 conflict for CBS News.  We’ll talk about what former colleagues say about that time and what O’Reilly is saying about it.  Also, editors at the New York Times drop the legendary Page One meetings, why the Toronto Star backed off its reporting on the HPV vaccine and the job outlook for journalism graduates. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Judd Slivka: Views of the News.

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A man serving a life sentence for killing his wife in 2011 has won a legal victory in his quest for a retrial.

MU’s newly-hired provost Garnett Stokes spoke to media Wednesday about her plans for the university and other academic programs.

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A measure to create a database to monitor the prescription of drugs such as addictive pain killers is moving forward in the Missouri House.

Portland Cello Project

Most working cellists play in classical ensembles that perform in concert halls and music theaters. Tonight, Columbia's Rose Music Hall features a different take on the instrument. The Portland Cello Project is an ensemble interested in testing the boundaries of what you expect from the cello.

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It’s generally known that women tend to live longer than men. But what’s less known is how the same longevity can be a  financial burden for women.

Last month, the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the MU Institute of Public Policy released a report called Status of Women in Missouri. According to the report, women make up two-thirds of the Missourians aged 65 and older who are living in poverty.

“Their lives are much longer but then you couple that with the pay gap,” said Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of the Women's Foundation.