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9:02 am
Tue April 22, 2014

CPS partners with Mo. DNR for new nature school

Dr. Peter Stiepleman
Credit Columbia Public Schools

A unique partnership between Columbia Public Schools and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has sparked plans for a new school rooted in nature and science education. One-third of the $1.2 million project will be funded by the Department of Natural Resources.      

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Politics
8:56 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Nixon taking action on Missouri tax-cut measure

Jay Nixon
Credit File Photo / KBIA

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is ready to follow through on his criticism of a tax-cut plan passed by the Legislature.

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Politics
8:53 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Columbia City Council approves new homeless drop-in shelter

Columbia City Hall
Credit File photo / KBIA

The Columbia City Council voted Monday night to approve land on North Eighth Street as the site of a future homeless drop-in shelter. 

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Politics
8:48 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Missouri mayor resigns after ant-Semitic remarks

The mayor of the Missouri community of Marionville has resigned over anti-Semitic remarks he made in support of a white supremacist accused of killing three people at Jewish community sites in Kansas.

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Politics
8:32 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Mo. Senate panel looks to conclude budget work

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
Credit File / KBIA

A Missouri Senate committee is preparing to consider the final sticking points to conclude its work on the state's operating budget.

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Arts and Culture
5:25 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Prison tours returning to Jefferson City tourist attractions

Credit KBIA

The old Missouri State Penitentiary site in Jefferson City is back open for tours today after closing briefly to deal with a mold problem for tours.

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Arts and Culture
5:21 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

MU Students Breaking Out Their Favorite Blue Jeans in Honor of a Special Cause

Credit cindyt7070 / Flickr

While jeans may be worn by students around MU's campus most days of the year, they will have a different meaning on Thursday.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Attorney General's opinion sought after proposed legislation seeks to nullify gun laws

A Republican state senator wants to know the opinion of Missouri's top law enforcement official on legislation that seeks to nullify some federal gun laws.

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Politics
4:57 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Staying in-state after graduating could help pay off student loans

Credit File / KBIA

Missouri lawmakers are debating an expansion of a college scholarship for top students that is designed to keep more of them in the state after graduation.

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Arts and Culture
4:54 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Rally kicks off Sustainability Week at MU

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Just in time for Earth Day, the University of Missouri kicked off its third annual Sustainability Week.

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Agriculture
4:24 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Moberly to add a fresh food farmers market

Credit Natalie Maynor

A new community farmer’s market is opening in Moberly. 

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Business
4:16 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

City of Columbia considers retail surveyors for sales tax revenue

Credit File / KBIA

The City of Columbia may hire a company to survey sales tax revenue within the retail economy of the city.

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Agriculture
9:11 am
Mon April 21, 2014

USDA makes PED reportable disease

The PED virus has hit hog farms all over the country and cut pork supplies.
Credit Peter Gray / Harvest Public Media

Hog farmers are now required to report outbreaks of certain viral diseases that have spread across the country during the past year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Politics
9:08 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Columbia City Council members no longer volunteers

Columbia City Hall
Credit File / KBIA

Columbia City Council members will receive some compensation for their service, beginning in May.

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Education
9:02 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Missouri focuses on college completion for non-traditional students

The Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Missouri Community Colleges Association were selected for the Competency-Based Education Jumpstart Program. 

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Politics
8:57 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Analysis: Mo. business tax break has wide reach

Jay Nixon
Credit File Photo / KBIA

A tax-cut bill pending before Missouri Governor Jay Nixon would create a special deduction for thousands of business owners.

Nixon has criticized the measure as a giveaway to lawyers and lobbyists. But that may be oversimplifying the issue.

The legislation would phase in a 25 percent deduction for business income reported on personal tax returns. Many lawyers and lobbyists would benefit because of the way their businesses are structured.

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Politics
8:33 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Missouri House approves expansion of castle doctrine

gun
Credit chuybenitez / Flickr

An amendment to a self-defense law that would increase protection for Missourians who use deadly force against intruders is on its way to the Senate.

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Education
8:20 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Mo. mulls state funds to districts for preschool

Credit Photo provided by Missouri Association for Community Action

Missouri House members this past week passed legislation that would allow public schools to begin counting some children attending early childhood education programs toward the basic state funding they receive. 

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Arts and Culture
12:05 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

New Music Festival kicks off with performance and film

The MU New Music Ensemble performs before Choking Man next Tuesday at Ragtag Cinema.
Credit Credit: Gene Royer/MU School of Music

This summer as in the past several summers, a festival comes to Mid-Missouri that brings contemporary classical composers, performers and fans together from around the world.

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Crime
5:15 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Downtown Columbia businesses vandalized

Lakota was vandalized early Friday morning. Vandals smashed the windows and threw paint on the coffee shop's awning.
Credit Hope Kirwan / KBIA

    

Lakota Coffee on 9th street was vandalized around 1:45 a.m. on April 18.

The vandal broke the glass in the front door and both front windows. They also threw red oil paint across Lakota's awning.

General Manager Andrew Ducharme says police were dispatched to the store after a 9-1-1 call came in just before 4:00 a.m.

"It's just sad that somebody decided to vandalize downtown," Ducharme said. "Coffee Zone got hit last week, we got hit this week. Hopefully the police can get out on the street and stop whoever it is."

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Hermanndeutsch
4:31 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

In search of Missouri's German legacy

It’s well known that some of Missouri’s earliest European settlers were French, founding cities like St. Louis, Florissant, and St. Genevieve in the eastern part of the state. But it was the Germans who settled along the Missouri River Valley and into northern Missouri. They started to arrive in the early 1800s. They had their own dialect of German, their own newspapers, and were known for their wine, which they made it what is called the Missouri Rhineland. For many, German was their first language and the language they spoke at home.  

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Singer Larry Brown

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local singer/songwriter LARRY BROWN, who performs Tom Chapin's "Common Ground" on the guitar [2:10].

  

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Crime
8:43 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Trial delayed for former sweetener plant CEO

The unfinished Mamtek plant in Moberly, Mo.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

The criminal trial of former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole has been delayed until December by a St. Charles County judge presiding over the case.

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Politics
8:20 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Mo. Senate panel endorses penny transportation tax

Credit Dreamstime

A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects.

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Agriculture
8:17 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Missouri farmers oppose power line construction

Credit File / KBIA

A group of Missouri farmers says they will oppose construction of a power line cutting through the state. The Missouri Farm Bureau says they don’t want the company Grain Belt Express using their land for electrical lines. 

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Science and Technology
5:29 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Training the brain to learn a new dominant hand

Scott Frey, PhD, discusses his research into how amputees learn to use a non-dominant hand, and how this research could help those suffering from disabilities following a stroke.
Credit Jacob Jones / KBIA

University of Missouri researchers are starting to uncover details about how the brain adapts to the loss or impairment of an individual's dominant hand. Dr. Scott Frey with MU's Department of Psychological Sciences has been working with amputation and stroke patients and his research may hold the secret to training the brain and the body to use a non-dominant hand. I recently say down with Frey to learn more: 

Can you give me a little background information as to what got you started with this research?

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Science and Technology
5:28 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Intelligent plants? Researcher unravels mysteries of plant life

Jack Schultz, director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU, leads a discussion on the “Thoughts of Plants.”
Credit Marissanne Lewis-Thompson / KBIA

When we think of plants, intelligence is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe plants are more than a decorative feature to our dining room table.

On a recent Tuesday night, the sounds of restaurant chatter, music and the aroma of food fill Columbia’s Broadway Brewery. But in the middle of the crowd, on a wooden stool sits an ordinary green plant.

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Education
4:56 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

MU researchers present work at Life Sciences Week

Scientists and researchers at the University of Missouri gather for the second poster session on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 as part of the 30th annual Life Sciences Week. Ginny Booker, marketing and communications manager for the Bond Life Sciences Center, hopes that collaboration will grow by allowing scientists to view each other's' work.
Credit Stephanie Kawula / KBIA

Nearly 300 scientists and researchers at the University of Missouri presented their work at the 30th annual Life Sciences Week.

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Basketball
4:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Report: Mizzou's Frank Haith to become head coach at Tulsa

Frank Haith shown here during an exhibition game on Oct. 29, 2012, will be the next men’s basketball coach at Tulsa.
Credit Karen Mitchell

According to multiple reports on Thursday, Missouri coach Frank Haith has verbally accepted an offer to become the head basketball coach at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. 

Tulsa World had reported that Haith is a “very solid front-runner” and was expected to meet with Tulsa President Steadman Upham and athletic and athletic director Derrick Gragg. A short time later ESPN and CBSsports learned he has verbally accepted an offer to join Tulsa. 

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