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Today Paul Pepper and KRISTEN EIFFERT, from the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, talk about whole grains! If you find yourself not getting enough, CMAND is holding a class about cooking with whole grains at the Columbia Public Library in early April. At [4:35] Expert Vein Care's CHARLENE ADKINS talks about varicose veins. Did you know that 25% of the population has varicose veins? Find out what causes them and more - watch! March 24, 2015

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The drunken driving case against a mid-Missouri prosecutor will be heard in Shelby County. 

Afternoon Newscast for March 23, 2015

Mar 23, 2015

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: 


   A Missouri Republican lawmaker says a legislative fix is needed to ensure the state's prohibition on felons carrying guns won't be thrown out.

Rep. Kevin Austin, of Springfield, says the Legislature should move quickly to remedy a problem created by a court ruling involving Amendment 5, which expanded Missouri's constitutional protections for gun rights.

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  A Republican donor has revised his recollection of a comment that he says the state GOP chairman made against an auditor who later killed himself.

David Humphreys said Monday that he had gotten the date wrong when he released an affidavit last week asserting Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock told him State Auditor Tom Schweich was Jewish.

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  Two bills sponsored by Republican lawmakers address privacy concerns in an attempt to pass a long-unsuccessful proposal for a prescription drug database. 

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  A group working to restore historic buildings in Arrow Rock is celebrating a successful fundraising campaign.

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The Boone County Muleskinners hosted a forum Friday for the three Columbia Board of Education Candidates. Christine King, the current president of the school board and Darin Preis, another incumbent were both present. However, the third candidate, Derek Wade was not present.

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The MU School of Medicine held its annual Match Day event Friday, which is part of the National Residency Matching Program. Graduating seniors receive their residency invitation letters all at once at the event.

Missouri Senate Passes $200 Million Bond Repurpose

Mar 20, 2015
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200 million dollars in bonds originally meant for the construction of a new mental health facility will now be used for state building repairs.

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  Missouri hunters may soon have a new weapon in their arsenal -- the crossbow. The Missouri Department of Conservation is asking citizens for their thoughts on possible rule changes for the 2016 hunting season. Besides allowing crossbows, the department is looking to shorten the length of the hunting season after a decrease in the deer population over the last few years.

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A Republican donor and operative have different recollections about whether the Missouri GOP chairman made negative religious remarks about a state auditor who killed himself. 

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Former Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts has been appointed as Missouri's new public safety director. 

Columbia Public Schools

Columbia Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Ben Tilley began his presentation to the Columbia Public Schools Board of Education with a little physics. Every action the board makes in drawing boundary lines, he said, with have an equal, but opposite, reaction.

The University of Missouri student conduct office has suspended a student for making threatening comments toward another student.  The comments were aimed at the author of a letter to the editor that was published in the Maneater. Farah El-Jayyousi wrote a letter to the paper explaining why the movie, “American Sniper” should not be shown on campus.

The student will be suspended until the formal conduct process is complete. 

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A new Joplin hospital that replaces one destroyed by a deadly tornado is opening its doors to patients Sunday. 

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Governor Jay Nixon will consider a new version of a tax incentive for data storage centers he vetoed last year over concerns about effects on local and state revenue. 

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A measure supporters say will protect religious student groups at Missouri universities is headed to the Senate after a House vote. 

Yemen on the Brink

Mar 19, 2015
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The small Arabian peninsula nation of Yemen has gone through a lot of turmoil in the past decade. One president was ousted in 2012 during the Arab Spring, in January a second was overthrown by the Houthis, an Iranian-backed militia. Meanwhile al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, perhaps the terror group's most deadly affiliate, has seized the opportunity to expand its presence in Yemen.

What is the future of this country, and what does it mean for the West if it becomes an Iranian ally or descends into Somalia-style chaos?

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Republican house members are calling the first half of Missouri’s 2015 legislative session a success as they leave the Capitol for their annual spring break. House Speaker John Diehl praised the House for passing the state budget three weeks earlier than usual, and listed the passage of right-to-work, a student transfer fix, medical malpractice, and photo voter ID as the house’s main accomplishments.   Jake Hummel, the top Democrat in the House, however slammed GOP leaders for not expanding Medicaid.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation completed designs for permanent repairs to a crack found in a bridge near Boonville today.

District Bridge Engineer Alan Trampe said crews found a crack on Mar. 16 in one of the steel beams under one lane of the bridge. Trampe said the crack was roughly three-inches long.

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About 300 members of the Missouri Medicaid Coalition marched through the Capitol halls on Thursday, March 19, urging lawmakers to expand Medicaid eligibility for low-income adults.

Republican legislative leaders have said that expanding Medicaid is a nonstarter this year.

Democratic House members have used debate on next fiscal year's budget as an opportunity to criticize the GOP for blocking the measure, which could mean as much as $2 billion in additional federal money.

Shedding Light on Antler Hunting With Dogs

Mar 19, 2015

MONROE CITY, Missouri-- If you’re a deer, the shed season is like an annual loose tooth. You have antlers. They need to grow. They hurt. You will do just about anything to lose them. You'll rub up against fences. You'll jump into stuff to knock them loose. You'll rub your head in the wire springs of a bed frame that some considerate soul has left out in the woods.

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Founded after the Civil War by black veterans, Lincoln University has - for now over 140 years - served students of all races and backgrounds from across the globe. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris visits with members of the Lincoln University community about the school's present strengths and future aspirations. 

Starbucks Wants to Talk Race

Mar 19, 2015
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On Monday, March 16, Starbucks announced a joint campaign with USA Today to promote conversations surrounding racial issues. Starbucks employees at more than 12,000 locations nationwide are writing "Race Together" on its cups and are encouraged to strike up conversations with customers about race. 

Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss the issue on KBIA-FM's weekly media criticism program, "Views of the News."


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As warmer temperatures set in and the days grow longer, Carrie Hargrove is thinking about building new beds. What's the process? Find out on this week's Farm Your Yard.

Today Paul Pepper visits with KELLY SMITH, River City Habitat For Humanity, about their 2nd annual 'Family Fun Run for Homes' fundraiser, happening April 11th! Before we get to Kelly, we want you to know about another fundraiser, this one for the PET Project, happening TOMORROW at Talking Horse Productions in Columbia! March 19, 2015

Columbia city council candidates debated issues of energy and climate change at a forum on Wednesday.

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