Visiting owl highlights loss of Missouri prairie

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On a cold but clear Saturday evening, with the sun dipping towards the horizon, a group of 20 or so bird watchers assembled at Wah Sha She Prairie, about half an hour north of Joplin. They braved the cold, hoping to see the migratory short-eared owl.

via Flickr user Stephen Cummings

The Iowa caucuses are over, and the nation’s attention turns to New Hampshire. What does Monday’s win mean for Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio? And, how might a tight race on the Democratic side change the narrative?

Nick Baumann, Huffington Post: “Don’t let the media and Marco Rubio tell you he ‘won’ by finishing third in Iowa

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PERRY, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a Missouri couple suspected in several Alabama robberies and kidnappings have been spotted in central Georgia, where police have accused them in another crime.

Police in Perry, Georgia, issued an advisory Tuesday about Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Nicole Harper. Police say the two were involved in an armed robbery and kidnapping about 11 p.m. Monday at a gas station .

Police say the couple was last seen headed south on Interstate 75 in a stolen silver 2010 Ford Edge.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A leading bond-rating company is downgrading the outlook of the University of Missouri System's credit rating.

Standard & Poor's announced Monday that the outlook of the four-campus system's AA+ credit rating has dipped from stable to negative. The agency says in a report that maintaining the current rating on the system's facilities revenue bonds will require a "marked improvement in available resources to debt."

MU Helps Students Cope with Sleep Deprivation

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The start of a semester can bring about certain anxieties, issues which in the long run may affect a student's academic results and emotions.

One of these in particular is sleep deprivation, an almost guarantee when one mixes a time to focus with  time to party.

Although lack of sleep can rarely be changed with our hectic schedules, there are opportunities to educate yourself in these issues further.

Missouri lawmakers have turned their scrutiny of public universities toward mandatory student fees and services.

A House panel heard testimony Tuesday on proposals to prohibit universities from requiring students to buy a meal plan or live in campus dormitories.

Rep. Jason Chipman said his legislation is based off his own college experience, not the recent turmoil at the University of Missouri.

Missouri River Relief

Missouri River Relief is a Columbia-based non-profit that has made a name for itself using volunteers to clean up trash - lots of trash - along the Big Muddy. Late last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the group an Environmental Education Grant. River relief staff Kristen Schulte and Steve Schnarr discussed plans for the award on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

a photo of a low intervention delivery suite
MU Women's and Children's Hospital


This week we’re talking about the new low intervention delivery suites at the University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital. Our guests are mother Jill Markijohn, who was the first person to use the suites when they opened in November, Doctor Courtney Barnes, the medical director of the low intervention birth program, and certified nurse midwife Lori Anderson who works at Women’s and Children’s Hospital.  To learn more, listen to our entire show, or read and listen to portions of our interviews below.

Listen to the entire show. 

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Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map. And to hear your favorite stories from last season, you can find our free podcast on iTunes.

Today Paul Pepper and LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, invite everyone to a couple of events in the near future, including: a town hall this Thursday at the Columbia Public Library and a 'Lunch and Learn' about the Affordable Care Act February 16. (Remember to register by February 17 in order to vote March 15!) At [4:53] "A Chorus Line" director MAGGIE HUNTER tells us what goes into preparing such an iconic show, which opens February 11 at Columbia Entertainment Company! February 2, 2016

A Missouri high school's protest over a transgender teen's locker room use has prompted state legislators to file a handful of bills that would make schools enforce gender-specific bathrooms and locker rooms.

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Americans owe more than $1.3 trillion in student debt, according to the Federal Reserve.

While much of this debt is owed to the federal government or private companies, State Representative Kip Kendrick (Columbia-D) said he has spent the last six months trying to figure out what can be done on the state level to provide Missouri borrowers with relief.

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For almost a year, presidential candidates have been crisscrossing Iowa, wooing voters in a state that relies on agriculture for about one-third of its economy. But even here, most voters live in cities or suburbs and don’t have a first-hand connection to the farm.

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In this special, hear the voices of journalism students from the University of Missouri. They know that figuring out who you are isn't as easy as it sounds. They were challenged in their magazine writing capstone class to tell stories from their lives that have helped shape who they are. With help from their teacher and master-storyteller, Berkley Hudson, they recount stories from first loves and first tattoos to losses that touched their lives. 

Missouri State Highway Patrol

A suspect who was fatally shot by Missouri police has been identified.

Today Paul Pepper visits with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director, Youth Empowerment Zone, about YEZ being Columbia's 'best-kept secret.' For over 10 years now, YEZ has helped roughly 1,200 youths find stability, despite being under-staffed and under-funded. Look for an early-childhood development program in the near future! February 1, 2016

St. Louis Arch
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The two-state fight for a federal spy agency's new regional headquarters and more than 3,000 high-tech jobs has gained increased urgency in St. Louis after the failed bid to build a $1 billion riverfront stadium to keep its NFL franchise from moving to Los Angeles.

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Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Missouri lawmakers who want a private firm to scrutinize the state's welfare rolls say it could save money by ending benefits for people who aren't actually eligible.

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The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is opening a city school for the first time in more than 70 years.

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The former director of a domestic violence shelter in south-central Missouri has admitted stealing about $30,000 from the shelter.

University of Missouri Department of Communication

The suspended University of Missouri professor who was charged with misdemeanor assault related to her clash with journalists during campus protests in November has reached a deal with prosecutors.

Columbia city prosecutor Steve Richey said Friday that assistant communication professor Melissa Click agreed to serve 20 hours of community service and no jail time if she stays out of trouble for a year instead of being prosecuted.

Richey considers "this disposition to be appropriate."

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about "spiritual regression." Never heard of it? Dr. Newman says it's one of "the most exciting areas to do research in." Find out why! January 29, 2016

missouri capitol
File Photo / KBIA

Two Missouri lawmakers have switched seats in the House chamber after one filed a restraining order against the other because he says they got in a fistfight.

File / KBIA

Missouri lawmakers are blocking a tax increase on the state's most valuable farmland.


After wars in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda killed nearly a million civilians, 120 nations came together to create what we know as the International Criminal Court. The goal: to prosecute those responsible for future genocides, crimes against humanity and other terrible war crimes.

But 13 years after it was created, the ICC has seen its share of controversy. Some African leaders are threatening to withdraw from the court for what they see as its unfair focus on prosecuting African cases. Others question the usefulness of a court that has convicted just two people in 13 years.

On this edition of Global Journalist, we discuss the controversies surrounding a court set up to prosecute the world's worst criminals.