Downtown District Looks to Change Ordinances for Outdoor Sidewalk Dining

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The rise of new restaurants’ outdoor dining areas is adding to the bustle of the sidewalks of downtown Columbia, but some are technically violating city ordinances.

The Downtown Community Improvement District is aiming to change ordinances governing sidewalk dining to ensure all restaurants comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards and can accommodate additional foot traffic downtown.

National Drug Take-Back Event this Weekend

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The National Drug Take-Back event is this Friday 10 am to 2 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. You can bring any expired or unused medications to several locations across Boone County.

Eric Stann is the Community Relations Specialist for Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services.

“We support this effort to prevent prescription pills from being lost stolen or misused. And this effort also helps keep these medications from being improperly disposed of in ways that can hurt the environment.” Stann said.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is advising motorists to keep an eye out for turtles crossing the road this spring.

Joe Jerek, a spokesman for the department, said warmer weather brings turtles out of their burrows in search of food and mates, and sometimes they end up on the road.

Jerek says motorists should avoid hitting turtles and brake if it is safe to do so. He also has advice for people who want to help a wayward turtle across the road.

Lawyers for a transgender student and a gay man argued before the Missouri Supreme Court Wednesday that state law protects LGBT rights even though sexual orientation or gender aren't mentioned in its human rights statute.

The court heard cases involving a transgender student kept from a boys' locker room and a gay man who said he was discriminated against as an employee of the Department of Social Services.

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Following our live Thinking Out Loud broadcast, we had a conversation with the audience and Hannah Reeves of Sager Braudis Gallery about Cuban Contemporary Exhibit. 


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In this special KBIA event, Darren Hellwege and Hannah Reeves of Sager Braudis Gallery discuss the Cuban Contemporary Exhibit at the gallery before a live audience. 

KBIA Wins 9 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

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The Radio and Television Digital News Association has awarded KBIA nine regional Edward R. Murrow awards for our work as a small-market radio station in Region 5. These awards recognize "the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world."

Afraid of the stock market, but want to invest for the long run? Alex says the first thing to do is define a "long run." The number of years your investment needs in order to grow (before you withdraw it as income) should factor into your risk tolerance. Great tips, insights and more from today's guest, LaBrunerie Financial president ALEX LABRUNERIE. April 25, 2018

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Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley's spokeswoman says the campaign will return $1,000 from a former U.S. senator who resigned decades ago amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Campaign finance records show Bob Packwood donated to Hawley last month. Packwood resigned in 1995 after the Senate Ethics Committee voted to expel him. Women accused Packwood of unwanted sexual advances that included touching and kissing.

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A St. Louis judge is considering a request to disqualify St. Louis prosecutors from one of the two felony cases against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Defense attorney Jack Garvey on Tuesday told Judge Rex Burlison that investigatory misdeeds in the invasion of privacy case against Greitens have "permeated and corroded" the second case, a computer tampering charge filed Friday. Garvey asked the judge to appoint a special prosecutor. Burlison took the request under advisement.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The legal battle between lawyers from Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and St. Louis prosecutors is escalating, with a judge considering Tuesday a request to disqualify the circuit attorney's office from a felony case over Greitens' use of charity donor list for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign.

An attorney for the ex-husband of a woman who had an extramarital affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been issued a subpoena by a legislative committee concerning $100,000 in anonymous payments to the attorney's firm.

Attorney Al Watkins on Tuesday confirmed he's received a subpoena. He expects to meet with the committee in early May. Watkins says he'll be "as cooperative as possible."

New Components Added to Missouri House Bill Changing Missouri Clean Water Law

Apr 24, 2018

New components were added to a Missouri House bill that would exempt agricultural storm runoff and other agricultural practices from the Missouri clean water law. One is meant to appease the concerns of some Missouri citizens and environmentalists.

House Bill 1973, sponsored by Rep. John Wiemann, R-O’Fallon, was discussed in a Senate committee hearing Monday after previously being approved in the House.

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This week on Discover Nature, rock bass build nests for the spawning season. 


Closely related to shadow bass and Ozark bass, and collectively referred to as ‘goggle eye,’ none of these fish are true bass. 


Their greenish-olive to brassy color patterns with dark mottling and large mouths are reminiscent of bass, but goggle eye are all heavy-bodied sunfish species. 


Natalie Maupin stands in front of a bright blue wall. She wears a black sweater and a blue, beaded necklace. She has long blonde hair and smiles into the camera.
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Natalie Maupin is a sexual assault nurse examiner and the forensic program coordinator at Mosaic Life Care medical center in St. Joseph.

She spoke about some of the work she does with victims of assault, and about ways others can be more aware of the traumatic events these victims have experienced.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at

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Missouri congresswoman Vicky Hartzler will host a Summit on Human Trafficking in Columbia Monday, April 30.

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Missouri ranks 16th in the nation for number of trafficking reports. That’s a number Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is trying to change.

DR. DAVID CRESPY tells us about "The Rimers of Eldritch," opening tomorrow night at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. David says that each performance will, in some way, celebrate the life of its writer, Lanford Wilson! Plus, HANNAH REEVES invites everyone to the final days of the Cuban Contemporary Exhibit at Sager | Braudis Gallery in Columbia. The works of art featured were brought over from Cuba by Hannah and her team! (4:29) April 24, 2018

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Updated at 10 p.m. April 23 with Burns saying he won't resign—The top leaders of the Missouri Democratic Party are calling for a south St. Louis County lawmaker to resign after he praised a radio host who commonly makes racist and misogynist remarks.

At issue are state Rep. Bob Burns’ calls into a radio show hosted by Bob Romanik, a Metro East political figure. He’s often said things on his show that are derogatory to African-Americans and women.

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The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for many patients.

The bill, approved Monday in a voice vote, would allow anyone over 18 dying of a terminal disease to access smokeless medical marijuana. People with cancer, Alzheimer's, post-traumatic stress disorder and a variety of other conditions would also qualify.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is still getting some legislative support, despite being charged on Friday with illegally obtaining a list of donors from a charity he founded years ago.

Rep. Diane Franklin, R-Camdenton, who represents portions of Fort Leonard Wood and the Lake of the Ozarks area, said the people she’s talked to in her district think Greitens is doing a good job as governor.

“I guess there’s maybe a rural and city divide on a lot of issues, and this is one of them,” she said. “The folks that I represent – as I’m out and about in the rural area – that’s how they feel about it.”

Judge Hears Final Arguments in Historic MU Grad Worker Unionization Case

Apr 23, 2018

Are MU graduate workers employees with the right to unionize?

To the nearly 100 graduate students and Columbia residents rallying Friday afternoon outside the Boone County Courthouse, the answer was a resounding yes.

“We are employees,” coalition co-chair Simona Simkins said determinedly into a microphone. She called for guaranteed access to health care, child care and livable wages for MU’s graduate workers.

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The University of Missouri System has a state economic impact of about $5.4 billion a year, according to a recent study.

The economic impact study was done by consulting firm Tripp Umbach. System administrators and Tripp officials presented the results to lawmakers on Tuesday, the Columbia Missourian reported.

Every year, St. Louis NAACP President Adolphus Pruitt lobbies to boost funding to Missouri’s historically black colleges and universities, and every year, he said, it’s more of the same: Missouri’s HBCU’s will come out at the end of the budget process underfunded again. Though higher education has seen across the board cuts in the last few years, this problem has always afflicted HBCU’s, said Pruitt.

Hickman High School Theatre opens 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' this Thursday! Actors ELIZABETH CURRAN and BRETT WILSON (Helena and Demetrius, respectively) talk about their classic characters and how you can get tickets. Plus, MU graduate student MEL BOEYER tells us about her upcoming presentation, 'The Adolescent Growth Spurt (Rated M for Mature)'. She is one-half of the Science on Tap CoMo presenters taking the stage this Wednesday at Craft Beer Cellar in Columbia. The other half of the evening will feature Anup Mishra talking about the AI revolution. Guest MIKE VIERLING explains. (4:12) April 23, 2018

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