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8:58 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Local mural on historic building set to be finished

Credit Mark Collins / KBIA

A local art teacher is planning to use her skills to help finish an incomplete mural on a historic Columbia building. Jessie Starbuck, an art teacher at Southern Boone Primary School, is also on the board of the North Central Neighborhood Association in Columbia. Starbuck said she first heard about the project when she moved to the neighborhood and joined the board.

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Politics
8:33 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Date set for Kelly-Kinder riverways debate

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Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and state Rep. Chris Kelly are scheduled to debate the future of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

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Views of the News
8:18 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Keeping reporters safe on the job

Journalists often find themselves at risk while on the job — covering wars, hurricanes, fires… when is going into harm’s way an act of bravery? When should a reporter retreat for their own safety? Also the coverage of secret social media networks in Cuba, the ouster of Mozila CTO Brendan Eich and using regional broadcasters during the Final Four. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry: Views of the News.

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Politics
8:03 am
Mon April 14, 2014

11 Missouri lawmakers in right-to-work spotlight

House floor at the Missouri Capitol
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The quest by House Speaker Tim Jones to pass new limitations on unions has focused attention on 11 of the 108 Republicans in the Missouri House.

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Faith/Religion
1:18 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday procession persists in spite of precipitation

The Rev. Knute Jacobson of Calvary Episcopal Church greets the Rev. Clyde Ruffin of Second Missionary Baptist Church before the ecumenical Blessing of the Palms on April 13, 2014.
Kellie Moore, ColumbiaFAVS.com

Palm branches waived above umbrellas on Sunday (April 13) at the annual Blessing of the Palms, a short ecumenical service held in downtown Columbia each year on Palm Sunday.

Clergy and congregants from the downtown churches converged on the corner of Ninth Street and Broadway at 10:30, and clergy from each church took turns leading the service.

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Education
11:17 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Green-Beckham dismissed from Mizzou football team

Since the day Dorial Green-Beckham committed to play for Missouri’s football team on Feb. 1, 2012 MU students have chanted “DGB! DGB! DGB!”

Those chants will not be heard at Faurot Field anymore.

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Education
5:35 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

University releases findings from the investigation in the death of MU swimmer Sasha Menu Courey

Head of the investigation Edward Dowd speaks at the press conference on April 11, 2014 to present new findings and answer questions about the process.
Credit Rickelle Pimentel / KBIA

  The University of Missouri System Board of curators held a press conference Friday afternoon to discuss the investigation report on Sasha Menu Courey. The investigation was performed by Dowd Bennett law firm based in St. Louis-- who found university officials should have acted on information they had back in November of 2012. President of the UM System Tim Wolfe issued this statement after the report's release.

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Health
5:20 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Columbia recognizes National Public Health Week

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  The Columbia-Boone County Department of Public Health and Human services celebrates Public Health Week April 7-13. The department is promoting this year's theme as "Public Health: Start Here, Better Health. Better Missouri."  

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Education
3:58 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

FBI looking into school district stipends

Questions about the use of stipends for school administrators in St. Joseph, Mo. have caught the attention of the U.S. FBI.
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  Federal investigators are looking into questions about a northwest Missouri school district's finances.

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Faith/Religion
3:54 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Missouri faith groups learn disaster preparedness skills

Stephen Redman, pastor of Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Levasy, Mo., leads a few rounds of trivia about natural disasters at a Disaster Readiness Coordinator training session in Columbia, Mo., on March 28-29. The training was part of an effort to better equip churches and faith-based organizations to respond to disaster.
Credit Kellie Moore, ColumbiaFAVS.com

 

When a tornado devastated Joplin in spring 2011, South Joplin Christian Church didn’t have a plan.

“The reality is that I remember no conversations where we said, ‘We could do this and this, and be prepared for part of our town being wiped off the map, for our church being damaged, and for many of our families losing their homes and businesses,” said Jill Michel, the church’s pastor. “There were no conversations that started that way.”

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Faith/Religion
3:49 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Procession planned for Rolla soldier

A stone memorial stands at Fort Hood honoring the soldiers and civilians who died in the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting. The most recent attack on April 2 left three soldiers dead and 16 wounded.
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A 37-year-old soldier killed by a gunman in the recent shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, will be honored with a procession before being laid to rest.

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Politics
3:37 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Criminal code bill boosts penalty for child crimes

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

  Legislation to reorganize Missouri's criminal laws also would give longer prison stints to people who sexually abuse or abandon children.

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Crime
8:06 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Green-Beckham won’t be charged in burglary investigation, witness fears possible backlash

Columbia police announced Thursday that no arrests will be made in a burglary investigation involving Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

“Based on the information obtained during the investigation there will be no arrests made in this case,” Columbia Police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said in a news release.

Coach Gary Pinkel announced the junior receiver’s indefinite suspension Monday for an unspecified violation of team rules.

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Agriculture
5:30 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Vertical farming: towering vision, uncertain future

Large banks of fluorescent lamps provide the spectrum of light that keeps the floating beds of plants alive year-round in The Plant Chicago, a vertical farming facility.
Credit Peter Gray / Harvest Public Media

Farmers are making inroads supplying local food to hungry city foodies, but many producers are trying to grow more food inurban centers. City real estate is at a premium, so some producers are finding more space by using what’s called “vertical farming,” and going up rather than spreading out.

Growers across the country are heading indoors, using greenhouses and hydroponics – growing plants in a water and nutrient solution instead of soil and using lamps to replace sunlight. Vertical farming takes that to a new level.

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Agriculture
5:29 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Corn farmers fight rootworm resistance

New research confirms what many Midwest farmers have already suspected: The corn rootworm can develop resistance to varieties genetically modified to thwart the pest. Here, rootworm damage in an Iowa field ruined a corn crop.
Credit Courtesy Aaron Gassmann

After a long battle with corn rootworm, Midwest farmers thought they’d found relief in genetically modified seeds engineered to produce toxins deadly to the pest. But recent research confirms what farmers have been noticing for several years: the western corn rootworm has been evolving to outwit the technology.

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