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3:22 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Missouri Rep. Rory Ellinger dies at age 72

Missouri House member Rory Ellinger died April 9, 2014 at the age of 72 after a battle against liver cancer.
Credit Missouri House of Representatives

Missouri House member Rory Ellinger, of St. Louis County, has died after a battle against liver cancer.

Lawmakers announced Ellinger's death Wednesday in Jefferson City. He was 72.

The Democrat had announced last month that he would not seek re-election because of his health, and he had not been at the Capitol recently. Ellinger's failing health sparked quick action by lawmakers to pass his legislation that could allow nursing mothers to be excused from jury duty.

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3:12 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Boone County residents approve $14 million bond

Battalion Chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District Gale Blomenkamp waits for election results at The Roof at the Broadway Hotel Tuesday, April 9 2014.
Credit KBIA

The Boone County Fire Protection District will be able to renovate stations and purchase much-needed equipment after Boone County residents passed a $14 million bond issue on Tuesday by an unofficial 72% vote.

The $14 million bond will be paid off over a maximum of 20 years.  It includes a 25-cent increase per 100 dollars of assessed valuation on personal property taxes and real estate property taxes over the first ten years. On the last ten years of the bond, the tax hike decreases to 10-cents per 100 dollars of assessed valuation.

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Politics
8:57 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Ginny Chadwick wins Columbia City Council’s First Ward

Ginny Chadwick smiles after winning the race for Columbia City Council's First Ward Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
Credit Jack Howard / KBIA

University of Missouri graduate student Ginny Chadwick won Columbia city council’s first ward seat. She hosted a watch party at Trey Bistro.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Grandparent guardians get help from Missouri Silver Haired Legislature

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The Silver Haired Legislature is an elected body of Missouri senior citizens who advocate for legislation that addresses the concerns of older adults, like pay day loan restrictions and elder abuse. But recently they’ve thrown their support behind a unique issue – children in the care of grandparents, and the complicated process of obtaining legal guardianship in the state of Missouri.  

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Politics
11:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

A non-traditional election concluded in a traditional way

Credit Photo courtesy Tyree Byndom, via Facebook.

COLUMBIA—Tyree Byndom, the first American Bah’i to run for political office wrapped up election night in a surprising way. Byndom was joined by many friends and family at The Heidelberg awaiting election results.

Byndom is an untraditional candidate because he says through his faith he seeks to avoid contention and that prevented him from participating in many candidacy events.

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Politics
11:02 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Local elections in focus

Ginny Chadwick has officially won the 1st ward election. She was all smiles upon hearing the news.

On April 8th KBIA's news team was with local election candidates, capturing triumph, defeat, and a proposal. 

Election results graphic
9:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

A look at the winners and losers of Tuesday's election [INFOGRAPHIC]

Below are unofficial results of tonight's election. These results are as reported by the County Clerk, but are not yet considered certified results.

Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
7:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Views of the News: Keeping reporters safe on the job

Credit via Twitter

Last week, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was shot and killed while on assignment in Afghanistan.  She was traveling with a convoy of election workers ahead of the presidential election when an Afgan police officer open fire on Niedringhaus and her reporter.

Afghanistan is a war zone.

Houston, Texas isn't.

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Politics
7:05 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

House endorses transportation tax vote

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  The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a temporary one-cent sales tax to fund transportation needs.  The tax hike would require voter approval and would expire after 10 years unless renewed by voters again.  Before the vote, an amendment was offered that would have raised the state’s fuel tax from 17 to 20 cents per gallon.  It was sponsored by Democrat Jon Carpenter of Clay County.   “The Missouri gas tax has not increased in many years, and it hasn’t kept pace with inflation, and the amount of money we get to be able to

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Politics
5:38 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Talking Politics: Voters head to the polls for municipal elections

Boone County election day volunteers Don Fues and Blake Turner help voters at Trinity Presbyterian Church, in Columbia, April 8, 2014.
Credit Janet Saidi / KBIA

Mid-Missourians headed out to the polls today to cast their votes on school board, city council, and mayoral candidates and a range of issues on ballots in the municipal elections.

KBIA's news team captured some of the sights and sounds on election day in this edition of Talking Politics, hosted by Kate Grumke.

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Business
5:16 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Repairs interrupt Amtrak runs in Missouri

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  Damage to railroad tracks caused by last week's flash flooding in west-central Missouri is forcing changes in Amtrak passenger service.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says that some passengers on Amtrak's Missouri River Runner between Kansas City and St. Louis will travel by bus instead of train this week.

Heavy rain last Thursday damaged a section of track east of Warrensburg. Union Pacific is doing repairs that require afternoon closings through Friday.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Governor Nixon announces comprehensive statewide energy plan

Credit File Photo / KBIA

  Gov. Jay Nixon announced the launch of a statewide comprehensive energy plan at the Advancing Renewables conference at the University of Missouri on Tuesday, April 8.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Division of Energy will lead the initiative to develop the energy plan.

The governor said public meetings will be held across the state to seek input from energy stakeholders, including renewable energy companies, researchers and environmental advocates.

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Politics
2:16 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Voters to decide bond issues in Centralia, Fulton

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Across Missouri voting has been underway since 6 this morning. Some ballots include school bonds, others have city council races or mayoral races, including Columbia, Centralia, Holts Summit and Fulton.

Patt Olsen is the director of the Centralia Public Library and says the library has exhausted its reserves and is asking for a 25 cent tax levy in addition to the existing 30 cent tax levy. This means that on a $100,000 assessed home, the taxpayers would pay just under $50 every year to keep the library operating at its current capacity.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Boone County residents head to the election polls

Credit Sullivan Fox / KBIA

Mid-Missouri residents are heading to the voting polls today, deciding on a range of issues on the ballot from education and developments across Columbia to tax additions that would fund a library in Centralia.

While today's municipal election are not as motivating for voters as a Presidential or Congressional primary election, county officials are hoping to get between 18,000 and 19,000 voters by the end of the day, though they did say that less may come because there isn't much on the ballot.

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Politics
10:12 am
Tue April 8, 2014

2014 Municipal Election Live Coverage

Join us for KBIA's live election coverage. Check back for the latest as Mid-Mo heads to the polls. 

9:01pm With 7/7 precincts reporting  it looks to be Ginny Chadwick  Ward 1 for Columbia City Council

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Education
9:08 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Summer Food Service Program seeks sponsors

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The Summer Food Service Program, which provides free meals for children during the summer months, will have an increased presence in Missouri this year. Because participation in the program is low across the country, the administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service through the U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking solutions to increase participation in Missouri.

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Agriculture
8:56 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Federal rule could dry up brewer-rancher relationship

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Few people connect craft breweries with cattle feed. But passing along the spent grains from the brewing process, like barley and wheat, to livestock ranchers is a common practice. Although now, that relationship could be in jeopardy.

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Politics
8:48 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Missouri Senate endorses criminal code overhaul

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The Missouri Senate has given preliminary approval to legislation that would overhaul the state's criminal laws and create new punishment ranges for felonies and misdemeanors.

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Education
8:32 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Lottery students attend Benton Elementary for STEM education

Students at Benton Elementary School file into the computer lab, ready to start on today’s geography project. But instead of rolling out maps, these first graders are opening Google Earth on their computers.

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Education
5:51 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Missouri indefinitely suspends WR Green-Beckham

Dorial Green-Beckham has been suspended from the Missouri football team.
Credit University of Missouri Football

Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Coach Gary Pinkel announced the suspension Monday, roughly three months after the standout receiver was arrested along with two men after police in his hometown of Springfield found a pound of marijuana in their car. No criminal charges have been filed in that case.

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Education
4:43 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Truman is more than a mascot

Credit Blair Ussary / KBIA

Truman the Tiger is more than just a mascot to Ria Landreth.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Convention center decision expected tonight in Jefferson City

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After a long process of meeting with developers and finalizing each proposal, the Jefferson City council is expected to decide between two convention center proposals at Monday night’s meeting.

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Politics
1:52 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Columbia Public School district requests $50 million bond

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Voters will decide Tuesday if Columbia schools will be moving forward with construction or re-evaluating their plans for the future.

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Education
8:31 am
Mon April 7, 2014

MU Biochemistry receives $1.1 million gift

University of Missouri
Credit File Photo / KBIA

The MU Department of Biochemistry received a $1.1 million gift that will fund a new faculty chair in biochemistry on Friday.

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Politics
8:22 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Boone County Fire Protection District requests $14 million bond issue

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Boone County’s Fire Protection District is requesting a $14 million bond issue on this April’s ballot in hopes of acquiring funds to purchase new fire trucks and renovate several fire stations.  

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Politics
8:15 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Boone County voters to decide on $2 million Harrisburg schools bond

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Boone County voters will decide on Proposition 2 on Tuesday.  The passing of the bond would grant the Harrisburg school district $2 million.  

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Politics
7:57 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Medicaid change sought for disabled, elderly

Missouri Capitol
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Some Missouri Republicans have adamantly opposed expanding Medicaid to low-income adults by tapping into billions of federal dollars under President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Politics
1:29 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A conversation with the European Union's ambassador to the U.S.

João Vale de Almeida, the European Union's ambassador to the United States, spoke to Global Journalist about the relationship between the two entities, and other topics.
Credit Global Journalist

João Vale de Almeida is the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States of America. He sat down with Global Journalist's Jason McLure to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, the EU-U.S. relationship, and other topics. Below are excerpts from that interview, but you can listen to the whole interview above, or watch a video of it at the bottom of this page.

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Politics
10:07 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Columbia Public Works shares plans for project

A webcam posted at the Scott Blvd. construction site updates city residents on the project's progress with images such as this.
Credit Columbia Public Works

The Columbia Public Works Department hosted an open house Wednesday night at Mill Creek Elementary School to present design concepts on a future road project.

Phase three of the Scott Boulevard road construction project is set to begin in 2016. The department plans to add four miles of new sidewalk and nine storm mitigation basins from Vawter School Road to Route KK.

Other highlights include expanding the road to five lanes and building a new bridge over Mill Creek.

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