9:03 am
Sat August 4, 2012

A look back: Vacation Bible School season comes to a close

Paul Jordan Baxter and Callie Brinkman try to answer questions in the opening gameshow at Forum Christian Church's Vacation Bible School program. Teenage volunteer Kaitlyn Marsh passes the microphone between contestants.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Summertime is coming to a close, and with it, Vacation Bible School season. 

For Vacation Bible School, a tradition among Christian churches, children come to church for a few hours a day for about a week. But it's not just formal Bible lessons – they play games, sing songs, do crafts and eat snacks. 

The producer behind KBIA's new Columbia Faith and Values desk visited some of the Vacation Bible Schools that happened in Columbia this summer and spoke with volunteers, leaders and of course, the children. 

5:30 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Springfield OKs marijuana ballot

Dey Flickr

Springfield officials have certified the signatures on a petition that seeks to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the city.

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5:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Missouri's elite athletes compete in London Olympics

Multiple Missouri-born athletes are competing in the London 2012 Olympics.
Dave Catchpole Wikimedia Commons

The Olympic Games in London are about halfway through, but many Missouri athletes competing there are just beginning. Here’s a rundown of what happened Friday and what’s coming up this weekend.

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4:54 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Finding my religion: Author Pamay Bassey's year of worship

Pamay Bassey is the author of "My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey."

When author Pamay Bassey suffered the loss of two family members and the end of  a relationship she embarked on a unique journey – she visited a different place of worship, every week, for a year, in search of guidance.

That experience became a book called My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey.

Kristin Torres, reporting for KBIA and the Columbia Faith and Values desk, spoke to Bassey, before her appearance in St. Louis this weekend.

4:48 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Snoop Lion: A perspective from our friends at Columbia Faith and Values

Lead in text: 
The lion, apparently, has a significant place in Rasta theology. Who knew?
(RNS) Snoop Dogg scored a huge hit with the hip-hop anthem "What's My Name?" back in 1993. Announcing his conversion to Rastafarianism on Monday, the rapper unveiled a new answer to that lyrical question. "I want to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion," he said at a press conference.
1:35 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

57 days till the Farm Bill Expires and "The uncertainty is mind boggling."

Lead in text: 
So says Brent Boydston, vice president of the Colorado Farm Bureau. Congress takes a 5-week break and meanwhile, the clock ticks down on the Farm Bill. It's Day 57 and our colleagues at Harvest Public Media are on the watch:
The farm bill is stuck. It's set to expire on Sept. 30, but Congress can't get new legislation on track. The U.S. Senate passed its version () of the farm bill in June, but the House has yet to take up the legislation.
Arts and Culture
1:34 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

My Farm Roots: Just taking notes

Tom Karst feels right at home on a summer morning at a farmer's market in Overland Park, Kan.
Donna Vestal Harvest Public Media

Sometimes farm roots don’t blossom into a farm life.

But those memories can still have a huge influence, perhaps even determining a career choice.

That’s the case for Tom Karst, a soft-spoken, well-respected journalist who’s been covering the fruit and vegetable industry for more than 25 years.

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9:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Woman who died in Megabus crash was traveling to Columbia

A Megabus vehicle
cseeman Flickr

A 25-year-old passenger who died in the crash of a double-decker Megabus in Illinois was a native of India traveling to central Missouri.

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8:56 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Mo. woman sentenced for $150K fraud

jonathunder Wikimedia Commons

A Joplin woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for embezzling $150,000 from her partner in an interior decorating business.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 39-year-old Peggy Newton must also repay the money under the sentence she received Thursday.

Newton was a partner of Diane Pine in a decorating business called Evergreen and Amber. Prosecutors said that from late 2006 to mid-2009, Newton wrote 393 checks on the company account for her personal use.

8:53 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Drought affects Mo. elk herd

A juvenile elk - one of the first to be held in Missouri.
Missouri Department of Conservation

Drought and stressful moving conditions are killing off some reintroduced elk in the Missouri Ozarks.

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8:50 am
Fri August 3, 2012

MoDOT posting fatality figures on message boards

Missouri drivers may notice some ominous messages along the state's roadsides.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it has begun using its electronic message signs along highways to report the number of people who have died on the state's roads so far this year. The messages also include the percentage of those killed who were not wearing seat belts.

The new safety campaign comes as Missouri has seen a 14 percent increase in traffic fatalities this year — an unwelcome reversal after six years of declining fatality figures.

8:48 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Mo. agency to hold meetings on deer disease

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Officials have scheduled a series of open houses in north-central Missouri to discuss a disease that's fatal to deer.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold six public meetings this month in towns near areas where chronic wasting disease has been found. The events will include presentations on the disease and actions that have been taken to prevent its spread.

8:45 am
Fri August 3, 2012

KCP&L plans new transmission line in NW Mo.

A Kansas City company has announced plans for a $400 million high-power transmission line in northwest Missouri.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Kansas City Power and Light will partner with the Omaha Public Power District to build the 150- to 190-mile transmission line. The precise route hasn't been determined, but the line is intended to connect Sibley, Missouri with Nebraska City, Nebraska.

The company says planners will spend the next year identifying the possible routes. Officials hope to have the transmission line in service by June 2017.

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8:30 am
Fri August 3, 2012

GOP candidates for US Senate race to the right

The three main candidates in the GOP Senate Primary. From left: John Brunner, Sarah Steelman, Todd Akin (via John Brunner for Senate; file photo; Wikimedia Commons/U.S. House of Representatives).

Most of the people gathered outside of Washington University’s Edison Theater before a recent GOP Senate Primary debate already knew who they were voting for.  

But Shelby Hewerdine wasn’t sure yet.

So, she drove in from St. Charles to get a better feel for the character of each candidate.

“I don’t know how else people are going to look at it because they are very similar on the issues, so, we’ll see,” Hewerdine said.  

And during the debate, the three main candidates laid out basically the same policy platform. 

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Global Journalist
7:27 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Curtailing drug violence in Mexico

A captured assault rifle, and bundles of U.S. dollars and Mexican pesos are displayed during a media presentation in Mexico City.
Alexandre Meneghini AP Images

A new president is about to take power in Mexico amid a raging drug war. The biggest question facing Enrique Pena Nieto is this: what will the federal government do to curtail the gangland violence?

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