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Columbia Police are looking to re-engage with residents in a series of rebranded public meetings named “Building Stronger Beats.”

Each of the four meetings is in a police beat area and will feature a beat commander presenting crime data before taking questions from interested residents.

These meetings replace the Police Department’s Town Hall meetings, which are held twice a year. The most recent was this spring.

Bill McKibben will present “Climate Change: The Hottest Fight in the Hottest Decade” in Columbia Wednesday night. The free event is part of the Lloyd B. Thomas Lecture and Performance Series. The author and environmentalist is a major voice in the discussion about climate change and a scholar at Middlebury College in Vermont. McKibben said he wants to bring people up to date about climate change scientifically, economically and politically.

Downtown Fulton

A natural prairie and butterfly habitat may soon grow on a former landfill.

The proposed project between the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Conservation and Fulton will repurpose a Fulton landfill that reached capacity.

About 10 acres of land will be replanted with native plants like milkweed for insects, bats and birds.

Greg Snellen, an environmental supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources, said planting will start next fall or early winter. The site needs to be sprayed with herbicide this fall before seeds are sown.

Penguin Publishing Group

Authors Andrew Carroll and Paul Hockenos are in Columbia in the next week to promote their latest publications. KBIA's Darren Hellwege talked with both writers for this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud. 

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature keep your eyes peeled around dusk for groups of little brown bats.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Conversation About Race Moves Into Action

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Missouri School of Journalism

The Second Missionary Baptist Church has been, for all of its 151 years, central in the life of Columbia’s African American community.

The land on which the church is built was given by businessman John Lange Sr., a freed slave whose wife and children had been owned by the university president. A construction loan came from our nationally famous ragtime pianist J.W. “Blind” Boone.

In the 1920s, it was the church of James T. Scott, decorated World War I veteran and university janitor who was lynched at the Stewart Road Bridge.

Under the pastorship of the Rev. Clyde Ruffin, a retired university professor and First Ward representative on the Columbia City Council, the church now is playing a central role as well in the civic well-being of Columbians of all races and religions.

Read the complete column online at the Missourian.

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHRISTINE SEWELL about the Mid-Missouri Health Expo happening this Saturday at the Parkade Event Center in Columbia. Christine says, "this family-friendly, fun, interactive event" is a one-stop shop for "free vital health screenings and health education resources to everyone in our community." At [4:23] actors ADAM and KENDRA SHIELDS invite everyone to come see "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." This gothic thriller musical is the latest from Capital City Productions. Adam says it'll be a "bloody good time!" October 3, 2017

Residents Suggest More Outdoor Activities in Columbia Public Schools

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As Columbia Public Schools looks to plan its next 10 years in facility management, Columbia residents said Monday night the district should focus on increasing outdoor learning opportunities and playground activities.

  The themes emerged during a World Café roundtable discussion Monday night at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center. World Café is a community engagement meeting held annually by Columbia Public Schools that is used to garner ideas and input about district priorities. Participants’ thoughts and questions are recorded and used in future board meetings.

City of Columbia Continues to Promote Medical Tourism

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The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau says it will continue to work toward making Columbia a top healthcare destination, even after the Mayor’s Task Force on Medical Tourism was dissolved in July. Amy Schneider, The Director of the CVB, told City Council at its meeting Monday night that it will continue to engage and promote health care services, and will utilize the work of the task force. Columbia Mayor Brian Treece says the CVB has some good ideas to work with

Regional coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

Missouri Task Force One

Missouri Task Force One is an urban search and rescue team that responds to disasters around the country. There are just 28 such units nationwide, and the Missouri force is managed by the Boone County Fire Protection District. A Missouri Task Force One team recently returned to Columbia from Texas after helping with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. 

Intersection's Sara Shahriari sat down with two members from the task force, Terry Cassil and Danny Mueller, to hear about their experiences. 

Boone Hospital Center Announces 50 Layoffs

Oct 2, 2017
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Boone Hospital Center in Columbia announced today that it is cutting 50 employees. The center currently has 1700 total staff members. Boone Hospital spokesperson Ben Cornelius cites “significant downturns in utilization” as the reason for the job cuts. In a press statement he said the state of Missouri’s budget deficit is a significant factor in Boone Hospital Center losing money.

According to the statement, the laid off employees will receive “a comprehensive severance, outpatient services, and access to the Boone Hospital Center Employee Assistance Program.” 

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Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill wants to speak with President Donald Trump about campus sexual assault policy.

In a letter today, McCaskill both criticized the administration's handling of the issue so far and asked to talk with him about working together on new policy.

McCaskill said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' decision to roll back former President Barack Obama's administration policy on investigating campus sexual assaults is confusing for colleges. McCaskill says it also fails to offer needed support for survivors of sexual assault.

Dialysis Clinic to Expand Operations

Oct 2, 2017
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A company called Dialysis Clinic Incorporated opened the only dialysis clinic in Callaway County this past January. The clinic has been serving Fulton citizens three days a week, and now the company has plans to expand its days of operation to six days a week.

Today Paul Pepper visits with HANNAH REEVES, Director, Sager | Braudis Gallery, about their brand new autumn exhibit opening tomorrow in the North Village Arts District in Columbia. Hannah also touches on what we have to look forward to from Sager | Braudis in 2018 (hint: even more exhibits!). At [4:05] JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director of the Missouri Symphony Society, invites young kiddos (2nd grade and up) to join a brand new orchestra called Overture to Strings. No audition is necessary! Also, be sure to mark your calendars for the Piano Showcase, the Holiday Home Tour, the Symphony of Toys and more! October 2, 2017

Taylor Kinnerup, right, wears a blue shirt and shorts. She sits on the lap of Madi Lawson, left, who is wearing a dark green top and sits in a power wheelchair.
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Madi Lawson and Taylor Kinnerup are best friends who attend the University of Missouri Journalism School together.

Madi was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy as a child, and then another rare form of muscular dystrophy this year. They spoke about the future, their friendship and how it's changing following this most recent diagnosis.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at

MU Police Annual Report Shows On-campus Reports of Rape Tripled From 2014-2016

Oct 2, 2017
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Reports of on-campus rape tripled between 2014 and 2016, according to the MU Police 2017 annual report released Wednesday.

In 2014, there were six reports of rape on campus. In 2015, there were 12. Last year, there were 19, according to the report.

MU Police Lt. Kevin Rogers said the increase might be because students are more comfortable reporting the crimes to authorities.

TIF Commission Will Hear Broadway Hotel Expansion Proposal Wednesday

Oct 2, 2017
The Broadway

Broadway Hotel owner David Parmley's request for tax increment financing to help him build a second hotel tower is up for a public hearing before the Tax Increment Financing Commission at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Parmley would build the tower on the lot behind the existing hotel at 1104 E. Walnut St., next to the Short Street Garage. Parmley's company is renting the office building on the property for storage space.

Springfield Mayor: Wonders of Wildlife a 'Game-Changer'

Oct 2, 2017

The mayor of Springfield, Missouri, says a massive new museum and aquarium in the southwest Missouri town is a "game-changer."

The Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium opened last week in a celebration more common in Hollywood or New York, not the Ozarks. Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter were there, along with celebrities like Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Costner.

Mizzou Columns
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University of Missouri officials are defending their decision to spend $1.27 million to have a Philadelphia-based firm market the system's flagship Columbia campus.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the university system's Board of Curators had a presentation Friday about external marketing from the firm hired in July.

The move came weeks after the university fired members of its own Mizzou Creative marketing team because of budget constraints.

Lecture Series on Islam Aims to Teach Community

Sep 29, 2017

A lecture held on the University of Missouri campus Thursday night explained what it means to be a Muslim. It was the first lecture in a series aimed at teaching the Columbia community about Islam.

The series allows non-Muslims to learn how Muslims conduct themselves and what they believe. The speaker Thursday night was Dr. Shakir Hamoodi, outreach coordinator for the Islamic Center of Central Missouri.

He detailed key points of the faith such as the rules and rituals Muslims must follow and took clarifying questions from the audience.

Brian Simpson, a history teacher and cross country coach at Harrisburg High School, died after a bus crash on Thursday afternoon. Simpson was driving the five-girl cross country team to a meet in Moberly when a Dodge Ram crossed the center lane and struck the bus head-on.

The Boone County Fire District were first to arrive on the scene, according to the district’s director Gale Blomenkamp.

“Four of the girls escaped the bus upon the fire districts arrival and a firefighter was able to pull the fifth girl out of the roof hatch to safety,” said Blomenkamp.

MU and UMSL Schools of Social Work Receive Joint Grant

Sep 29, 2017

The schools of social work at the University of Missouri and the University of Missouri-St. Louis received a $1.8 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will be spread over four years and will allow both campuses to fund a combined 120 students in the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals program.

Two men were taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, following a shooting earlier today at Copper Beech Townhomes, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

Columbia police officers were dispatched to the apartment complex at 12:33 p.m., and their investigation indicates the suspect or suspects shot from a vehicle into another vehicle, departmart spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said. 

“I don’t have any names or ages yet of the victims, and we don’t have suspect information yet,” Stroer said.

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I grew up in Mexico City, Mexico. When I was younger, I would watch telenovelas with my friend Fernanda after school. We would both sit on her white, fur rug, our backpacks flung across the room.

For an hour every day, I saw all the women I could be: a ranchera keeping my land safe from a dastardly uncle, a time traveler, a queen. All the possibilities were in front of me.


Benjamin Hoste

Lead has played a pivotal role in the history of Missouri. More than 17 million tons of lead have come out of the ground in the state over the last 300 years, and that's left a lasting impact on the state economically, environmentally and culturally. KBIA is exploring that history —and future—in our special series The Legacy of Lead.