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8:57 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Mo Transportation Department trims mowing budget

Doug Bradley Photography Flickr

Missouri drivers may notice a change in the landscape along roadways and medians later this summer — more grass.

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Radio Friends
8:52 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Facts & Tiger Treasures

Today's guests are historian HENRY ATKINSON with facts about the history of Memorial Day; and, CYNDY CHAPMAN, Salvation Army, annual Tiger Treasures rummage sale.

Science, Health and Technology
8:48 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Summer begins high risk period for invasive beetle species

A purple trap used for a U.S.-government-sponsored nationwide emerald ash borer tracking program.
Wikipedia

Conservation agents are urging Missourians to not transport firewood in its effort to control the emerald ash borer from spreading throughout the state.

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Business
2:36 pm
Sun May 27, 2012

Months before completion, fire engulfs Brookside apartments

Heat from the apartment fire melted these street lights
Lukas Udstuen KBIA

Burned traffic signals lay in front of the smoldering apartment complex at the corner of College Ave. and Walnut Street. Fire crews were still spraying water onto the burned Brookside apartment complex at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Smoke could still be seen rising from some torched portions of the property on its corners. The apartments were due to open August, 2012.

The fire started Sunday morning around 5 a.m. In a message to renters, on the Brookside Facebook page, the company said about 30 percent of the complex will be completed by the end of August, when leases begin.  

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Education
6:10 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Columbia Public Schools explores ways to improve access to records

Parents with students in the Columbia Public School District may have easier access to their child’s school records in the upcoming school year.

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Arts and Culture
6:04 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend ft. Pedaler’s Jamboree, classic plays and Heartless Bastards

Michelle Peltier

Celebrate the long weekend, even if you don't get Monday off. Soak some sun on the Katy Trail at the Pedaler's Jamboree. Watch plays that you haven't seen since that middle school field trip. Check out some Native American art or an indie rock show. There’s plenty to do!

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Arts and Culture
5:46 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Maplewood Barn Theatre opens in rebuilt space

The Maplewood Barn Theatre's previous space was destroyed by a fire in April 2010.
Erin Margaret2 Flickr

The Maplewood Barn Theatre put on its first live show on Thursday evening in a newly rebuilt barn.

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Off the Clock
4:02 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Como Gadget Works: Columbia's own hackerspace

Some of the "circuit bending" instruments from hackerspace rock band, CMKT4.
Scott Pham KBIA

When you imagine a hacker, you’re probably thinking of someone banging away at a keyboard, doing something shadowing and illegal on the internet.  These days a lot of hackers are banding together, and it’s far from illegal.  They’re forming groups called hackerspaces--community workshops where hackers (some of whom prefer the term “makers”) get together to build robots, modify electronics and socialize.

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Business
12:03 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Hear a former inmate's story from MSP

The administration building is one of the oldest on the prison site. Its decaying façade sits opposite a recently-opened federal courthouse across the street.
Samantha Sunne KBIA

One man’s historic building is another’s nightmarish living conditions. Listen to the audio to hear former MSP inmate Joshua Kezer talks about what it was like to be incarcerated for 10 years in one of the oldest prisons in the U.S.

Science, Health and Technology
9:17 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Police discuss heroin increase

Emily, a former heroin addict, talks about her struggle for sobriety at the town-hall meeting. Emily, who didn't share her last name with reporters, has been sober for five months, the longest stretch since she was 13.
Lukas Udstuen KBIA

Columbia Police started seeing an increase in the number of heroin-related arrests and overdoses beginning about six months ago. Heroin is now the number-one drug the department investigates. Last night police held a town-hall meeting to inform residents about the growing threat.

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Radio Friends
8:51 am
Fri May 25, 2012

RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc.

Today's guest is DR. DAVID NEWMAN from RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc. Dr. Newman shares the "Lincoln Experiment" story.

Global Journalist
6:19 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

South African youth learn advocacy through journalism

Students enrolled in the Umuzi Photo Club learn how to use their photography to document social and economic problems, like high unemployment and teenage pregnancy.
Photo courtesy of the Umuzi Photo Club

In poor areas of South Africa, trainers from a small organization called the Umuzi Photo Club give disposable cameras to high school students and teach them basic photography.

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Agriculture
5:27 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Blending of cultures may be blueprint for growth

Luis Campos came to the U.S. illegally but eventually became a legal resident. Campos is now the parlor manager at Winding Meadow Dairy in Rock Valley, Iowa.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

Sioux County, in northwest Iowa, is known for its Dutch pastries. The landscape is dotted with Lutheran and reform churches.  But today, Catholic churches and tortillerias are creeping into the landscape — signs of the new residents joining this vibrant community.

In Sioux County, as in a scattering of communities across the Midwest, Hispanic immigrants are working in meat processing plants, dairies, egg-laying facilities and hog barns. In fact, the majority of U.S. farm laborers today were born outside the U.S.

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Business
4:57 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

New bus route to run between MU, downtown Columbia

Columbia Bob McDavid explains the new FASTCAT route which will improve service by creating a new hub.
Chloe Dake KBIA

The city of Columbia announced Thursday the addition of a new city bus route that will directly connect the University of Missouri and downtown Columbia.  Mayor Bob McDavid calls the plan FASTCAT –“CAT” being short for Campus Access Transit. The new route will bypass Wabash station creating a new central hub.

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Education
4:51 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

University of Missouri Press to be eliminated

KBIA file photo

The University of Missouri Press will close. That’s according to a press release issued today by the University of Missouri system. The UM system provides the University of Missouri Press with a $400,000 yearly subsidy, and according to the press release, the Press has been unable to operate without a deficit in recent years.

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