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Weather
9:02 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Columbia Water & Light crews continue to work, power being gradually restored

Credit Columbia Water & Light outage map

Columbia line workers are continuing to make progress with power restoration and repairs in neighborhoods damaged by Monday night's storms. The city's most recent outage map indicates that the number of customers currently without power is down from 16,000 Monday night, to a little more than a thousand customers affected this morning.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Folk Musicians Cathy & Dave & Lesley (Performance)

Today Paul Pepper is joined by local folk musicians Cathy Barton, Dave Para and Lesley Oswald. Their performance of "River's Reach" [at 2:35] is from "Gumbo Bottoms: A Big Muddy Musical," happening this weekend at Turner Hall in Boonville. July 10, 2014

  

Agriculture
6:10 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

EPA promotes contentious water rule to farmers

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks to reporters at Heffernan Farm in Rocheport, Mo., July 9, 2014.
Credit Kristofor Husted / Harvest Public Media/KBIA

 

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is touring farm country, trying to assure farmers that the agency isn’t asking for more authority over farmers and ranchers’ lands.

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Agriculture
4:05 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

A.G. Koster backs Right to Farm

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Missouri's Attorney General put his support behind a controversial amendment on the primary ballot. Chris Koster officially announced his endorsement of Amendment one, also known as the Right to Farm act.

In a short statement at the Missouri Farm Bureau in Jefferson City today, Koster cited the states reliance on agriculture, saying that failing to pass the measure could inhibit the success of Missouri farmers.

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Health
3:35 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Nixon signs new Missouri child care requirements

Parents could gain a way to compare the quality of child care providers under legislation signed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

The bill signed Wednesday requires the state to develop a "system of quality indicators" so people can know whether child care centers are meeting certain criteria.

The website will track whether child care providers are licensed, meet health and safety standards, use curriculum and comply with staff training requirements.

The bill also requires the state to run a hotline for parent complaints about child care providers.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Missouri transportation projects approved for tax

Missouri officials have approved a list of more than 800 projects that would be funded if voters approve a sales tax for transportation on the August ballot.

The list endorsed Wednesday by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission totals $4.8 billion over a decade for state roads, bridges and other modes of transportation.

Local governments also would get a share of the proposed three-quarters cent sales tax for their own transportation projects.

The state list includes 330 new or improved bridges and 3,255 miles of resurfacing on roads.

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Politics
3:24 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Senator McCaskill releases national campus sexual assault survey results

Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Approximately one in five undergraduate women has been the victim of attempted or completed sexual violence during college, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But fewer than 5% of rape victims attending college report their attack to law enforcement, according to the most recent report conducted by the Department of Justice.

It was numbers such as those that got Sen. Claire McCaskill’s attention.

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Agriculture
8:18 am
Wed July 9, 2014

'Take honest look' at Amendment 1, says former Lt. Governor Joe Maxwell

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Former Missouri Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell says the ‘Right to Farm’ question before voters in August would give more protection to foreign corporations and take away from small farmers.

Maxwell, a Democrat, told reporters in Springfield Tuesday that Amendment 1 will give more liberty to corporations to buy and operate Missouri farmland.

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Education
8:13 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Springfield camps get kids ready for Kindergarten

Kindergartners-to-be Abigail Cluttor and Kylie Boone enjoy Kindergarten Camp, in Springfield.
Credit Michele Skalicky / KSMU

This week at nine Springfield elementary schools, kids are making friends, learning social skills and getting ready to start their formal education.  They’re attending Kindergarten Camp, hosted by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports.

The camp started Monday and goes through Friday at Bingham, Bissett, Boyd, Bowerman, Robberson, Watkins, Weaver, Westport and York Elementary Schools. 

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Education
8:05 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Missouri scholarship 'A-plus' program opening up to immigrant students

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The Missouri Department of Higher Education is opening up a community college scholarship program to young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

That means students who qualify for the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, will be able to trade tutoring hours for two years of tuition reimbursement through the A+ Scholarship Program. 

The deferred action program is tied to an Obama administration initiative that started in 2012. 

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Arts and Culture
7:57 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Animated film on 2008 Kirkwood City Hall shooting asks, has the culture changed?

A still from Sarah Paulsen's animated film, 'Elegy to Connie,' on the story of Kirkwood Councilwoman Connie Karr
Credit Sarah Paulsen

On Feb. 7, 2008, Cookie Thornton, a resident of the Meacham Park neighborhood in Kirkwood, entered a Kirkwood City Council meeting and started shooting. Six people died, including Thornton.

Filmmaker Sarah Paulsen has recently produced an animated film, Elegy to Connie, that focuses on the story of Kirkwood Councilwoman Connie Karr, one of the victims, and her efforts to give greater voice to women and minorities.

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

Marketplace a success for Missouri

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  Last month the U.S Department of Health and Human Services announced that more than 150,000 Missourians have signed up for health insurance under the ACA and many will be paying $60 or less a month for their plan after tax credits.

I talked with Karen Edison, founding director of the MU Center for Health Policy about why this could be called a success in Missouri.

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Arts and Culture
5:23 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Cypress String Quartet and Judith Zaimont

Composer Judith Zaimont will be in Columbia this weekend for the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's world premiere of her new work 'The River.' Listen to KBIA's Thinking Out Loud to hear Trevor Harris' recent interview with Zaimont and an interview with the Cypress String Quartet.
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In this episode of Thinking Out Loud, enjoy music and conversation with the Cypress String Quartet. Their new CD features a pair of Franz Schubert quintets. In the second half of the program, composer Judith Zaimont talks about how nature informs and inspires her writings. She'll be in Columbia next weekend for the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's premiere of her orchestral work "The River."

A pair of members of the virtuoso ensemble the Cypress String Quartet recently talked with KBIA's Trevor Harris. That interview and a talk with contemporary American composer Judith Zaimont are the topics on this week's Thinking Out Loud on KBIA.

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Agriculture
5:12 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Nixon vetoes legislation that would have changed who regulates Missouri deer ranches

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Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have shifted responsibility for regulating Missouri deer ranches to the Department of Agriculture instead of the Department of Conservation.

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Education
5:05 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

MU sets single-year fundraising record

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Today University of Missouri Advancement officials announced that MU has set a single-year record for fundraising.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Melanie Knocke, CPS Planetarium, "Astronaut"

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE, Director of the Columbia Public Schools Planetarium, about an opportunity for the community to see pieces of the space shuttle up close and personal! July 8, 2014

  

Weather
8:15 am
Tue July 8, 2014

High river levels cause postponement of MR340 race across the state

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An annual paddle boat race on the Missouri River will be postponed until August because of high water on the river.

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Weather
6:38 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Thousands without power following damaging overnight thunderstorm

Limbs were down on Ninth St. in Columbia Tuesday morning in front of the so called "J-Slums," the apartment buildings at 400 and 402 S Ninth St.
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Thousands of Mid-Missourians are without power this morning and people are assessing damage after a severe thunderstorm tore through the area late last night.

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Health
6:24 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Ameren blames EPA standards for coal plant closure, Nixon signs bill to allow less restrictions

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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation directing Missouri regulators to develop their own standards for carbon dioxide pollution from power plants.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Gov. Nixon vetoes bill that would have limited health insurance navigators

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have limited who may work as a health insurance guide for a new federally run website.

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Transportation
5:06 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

MODOT makes revisions to Amendment 7 project list

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Missouri officials have revised the project list that would be funded by a proposed three-quarters cent sales tax on the August ballot.

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Shots Fired
4:26 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Police investigating five shots fired incidents in Columbia

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Columbia Police officers responded to five separate incidents of shots fired over the weekend.

At 8:15 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to shots fired at the intersection of Garth Ave and Oak St. A gunshot victim with non-life threatening injuries was driven to the hospital in a personal vehicle.

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Weather
8:42 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Volunteers, communities respond to Mississippi flooding

'With historic buildings, a post office and a dozen homes all in the path of the flood, Clarksville, Mo, 75 miles north of St. Louis, has more to lose than most.'
Credit Camille Phillips / St. Louis Public Radio

Flooding on the Mississippi River continues to make its way south from Iowa, putting towns from Quincy to Grafton on alert.

With historic buildings, a post office and a dozen homes all in the path of the flood, Clarksville, Mo, 75 miles north of St. Louis, has more to lose than most.

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Crime
3:26 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Boone County budgets more money to Ferguson lawsuit defense

Bridgit Bowden KBIA

Boone County has spent nearly $100,000 on outside attorneys to defend it and three employees in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of Ryan Ferguson and are expected to budget another $100,000 for addition legal fees.

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Arts and Culture
8:06 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Have fun with fireworks, but use caution

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The Fourth of July holiday conjures up images of cookouts, watermelon, time at the lake and, of course, fireworks to celebrate our country’s independence from Great Britain.  But the fun times can turn to tragedy if precautions aren’t taken when lighting the Roman candles, bottle rockets and other things found at local fireworks stands. 

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Business
7:57 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Using fireworks sales to give back to Boonville ... with a bang

Boonville's Fireworks For Life aims to raise money for the community through fireworks sales.
Credit Nick Komisar / KBIA

Fireworks for Life is an organization based out of Boonville that aims to give back to the community through the sale of fireworks.

Jim Edwards, founder of the organization, has been in the fireworks business for nearly his entire life. 7 years ago, his son needed a liver transplant that would cost $30,000. The local community came together and rose over $25,000 to help alleviate the burden and contributed to a successful operation. That's when Edwards came up with the idea to use his fireworks stand to help raise money for the community as a way to pay it forward.

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Education
4:53 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

All parts of MU will shoulder a sliver of $3.8 million state withholding

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The University of Missouri is making cuts across the board to make up for money it expected it to receive from the state government, but will not. In an email to university staff Thursday, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said MU must make up for an additional $3.8 million that is not coming to the University due to Governor Jay Nixon's recent general revenue withholdings.

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Agriculture
4:47 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

American Medical Association seeks stricter rules for antibiotics in farm animals

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The largest association of U.S. physicians is calling for tighter rules on antibiotic use in livestock. 

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Politics
4:04 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

New Mo. law allows EMT's to use heroin antidote

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill that permits police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians to obtain and administer an antidote for heroin overdoses.

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Business
3:37 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Ameren Missouri hoping to raise utility rates by 9.7%

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Missouri's largest power company is seeking approval for a $264 million rate increase.

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