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7:12 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Columbia kids power up on solar science Saturday

Fairview Elementary School 5th graders Abby Szydlowski, Samantha Schupp and Addy Lockett test a volt meter as part of an exercise to create a solar panel at a Saturday science program in Columbia this April.
Credit Gary Grigsby / KBIA News

You might be surprised to find out that on many a Saturday in Columbia throughout the year, kids are getting up bright and early to take part in science-related activities.

And, it's not even required!  One of these events took place in late April when some Columbia Water and Light employees in conjunction with Columbia Public Schools helped about 15 students construct solar panels. 

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Health & Wealth Update
7:07 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Why rural Missouri is losing doctors

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Almost 800,000 uninsured Missourians became eligible for coverage through the federal health insurance marketplace earlier this year. As the state continues to consider extending coverage to even more individuals through Medicaid expansion, the need for primary care doctors will increase as well.

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Business
5:52 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Compressed natural gas station should be finished by the end of July

Compressed natural gas logo
arz1969 Flickr

           The end of July will bring natural gas to Columbia. Columbia’s first compressed natural gas, or CNG, station is expected to be completed late this month but not all are in favor of the impact the project will make.

The plan to build a natural gas station started last September when the Columbia City Council approved a 15-year contract with Clean Energy, a natural gas provider.

The station will available for public use, but it will especially impact fleet operations in Columbia because some public vehicles are being converted to run on natural gas.

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Education
5:47 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Moberly Area Community College appoints new Board of Trustees member

Moberly Area Community College
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The Moberly Area Community College Board of Trustees is back to six members following the appointment of its newest member during its meeting Monday.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Cole County residents unsure on new zoning measures.

Some Cole County citizens are still unsure whether they’ll vote in favor of a proposal to create county zoning through a measure on the August 5th ballot. 

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Views of the News
5:23 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Views Preview: Covering gay pride at Fort Leonard Wood

Credit U.S. Army photo

On Monday, the first-ever gay pride event was held on post at Fort Leonard Wood. Command Sgt. Major Teresa King spoke at a luncheon about her journey coming out and living openly as a gay soldier in the U.S. Army.

Some would say that this is news. It's not that long ago that such an event on an military post would have been illegal. Others say there are diversity events held all the time celebrating one group or another, and it deserved no more coverage than those do.

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KBIA
2:55 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

KBIA completes temporary move

KBIA has been in the process of making the move from its longtime home in Jesse Hall to other buildings across the MU campus. Jesse Hall will be closed for approximately 12 months to allow for the installation of sprinkler systems, improvements to the heating and cooling systems, and an additional elevator.

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Health
9:03 am
Tue July 1, 2014

SCOTUS ruling on union fees could affect Mo. home health care workers

The U.S. Supreme Court Building
Credit WallyG / FLICKR

Missouri home health care workers could be affected by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on union fees in Illinois.

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Crime
8:59 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Missouri schedules another execution

Michael Worthington
Credit Missouri Department of Corrections

The Missouri Supreme Court has set an Aug. 6 execution for a St. Louis area man convicted of raping and killing a neighbor nearly two decades ago.

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PM Newscast
8:51 am
Tue July 1, 2014

PM Newscast for June 30

 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

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Education
8:28 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Linn State becomes 'State Technical College of Missouri' today

Linn State Technical College is getting a new name to reflect the mission it has had for years.

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Science and Technology
8:25 am
Tue July 1, 2014

St. Louis Zoo joins group hoping to solve bee shortage

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The Saint Louis Zoo is joining a national coalition of commercial agriculture producers, conservation groups and seed companies working to address the dramatic recent decline of honeybees.

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Politics
8:20 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Gov. Nixon to sign MO-KS "truce," but Kansas isn't in on it yet

Credit Andrew Yost

Missouri is offering a truce to Kansas in their ongoing battle to lure businesses across the state line with lucrative tax breaks.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Lake Ozark Approves New Ordinance for Dock Inspections

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  The city of Lake Ozark unanimously passed an ordinance that will take more precautions against electrocutions involving boat docks at the Lake of the Ozarks. Lake Ozark is modeling their new ordinance after Osage Beach's inspection requirements. 

  Osage Beach's approach requires inspections when a new dock is installed, when a dock moves locations, when any addition is made to an existing dock or when electrical upgrades are made.

Lake Ozark City Administrator Dave Van Dee said the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District will carry out the inspections.

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Intersection
12:49 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Contributing to the Mayibuye Archives in South Africa

Devil’s Peak, right, is one of the mountains that form a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town, South Africa’s second-most populous city. Originally settled by the Dutch as a naval ship supply station, Cape Town today has a population of roughly 3.7 million and
Randy Smith and Team of Students

KBIA's Intersection, June 30, 2014.

 

It’s been 20 years since the fall of apartheid in South Africa in 1994. For the last year now, students and faculty here at the University of Missouri have been assisting the University of Western Cape in preserving an archive of thousands of photographs, films, artifacts, oral histories and other historical documents related to the struggle for freedom during apartheid. 

 

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Business
8:25 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Jefferson City fire station expected to open within weeks

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The construction of a new fire station in Jefferson City is nearly complete and is expected to be in use within a matter of weeks.

The fire station on Industrial Drive that had stood for almost 50 years will soon make way for a new $2.2 million facility on Rock Hill Road.

It will be called fire station number three.

Jefferson City Fire Chief Jason Turner said there are several benefits the new facility will offer, including bunk rooms for female firefighters. 

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Arts and Culture
8:21 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Keeping families, communities together key to refugees' success

Columbia's Refugee and Immigration Services celebrated World Refugee Day with a potluck, games, and crafts for immigrants and recent arrivals, Saturday, June 21, 2014.
Credit Brandon Kiley / KBIA

Dozens of Columbia residents and Columbia-based refugees were in attendance at the annual World Refugee Day Celebration in Columbia. The Refugee and Immigration Services of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri hosted the events at the sixth annual celebration in Columbia, Saturday, June 21, 2014.

The World Refugee Day Coordinator for 2014, Hannah Lammers, said Columbia started the annual celebration six years ago.

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Views of the News
3:23 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Sen. Claire McCaskill takes on Dr. Oz

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  Last week there was lots of talk about a hearing in which Dr. Mehmet Oz met his match in U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). She's the chair of the Consumer Protection Committee.  Oz went before the committee to testify on the marketing of "miracle" weight loss cures. Missouri School of Journalism professors Jim Flink, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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Views of the News
8:14 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Al Jazeera journalists jailed for 7-10 years

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  Journalists around the globe are decrying an Egyptian court's decision to imprison three Al Jazeera English journalists on charges of making false news reports and aiding terrorists. Missouri School of Journalism professors Jim Flink, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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Health
5:09 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

MU Children’s Hospital Opens New Playground

The Ribbon cutting ceremony at the MU Childrens Hospital new playground
Tom Kackley KBIA

MU Children’s Hospital is trying to make getting better a little more comfortable.

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Agriculture
10:56 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Drought hammers winter wheat across the Plains

Farmer Jim Haarberg of Imperial, Neb., compares the heads of wheat from two different stalks to demonstrate the stunting effects of drought.
Credit Ariana Brocious / Harvest Public Media

 

Much of the Midwest and the Plains have been battling drought for years. And the current winter wheat crop looks like it will be one of the worst in recent memory, stressing farmers in the heart of the Wheat Belt – from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.

In Nebraska, a full quarter of the winter wheat crop is rated poor to very poor, and Nebraska farmers are doing comparatively well. More than 40 percent of the wheat acres in Colorado are poor or worse; nearly 60 percent in Kansas and Texas; and an incredible 80 percent in Oklahoma.

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Politics
8:33 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Ann Wagner named to U.S. House senior deputy whip team

Rep. Ann Wagner
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Missouri congressmember Ann Wagner has been named to the Republican House leadership team.

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Education
8:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

RSVP Center funding to shift to MU Student Life

Administrative oversight of MU's Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center will officially switch from the Missouri Students Association to Student Life next week.

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Politics
8:21 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Springfield hospital blames layoffs on Mo. medicaid expansion delay

Ozarks Community Hospital says it will lay off up to 60 of its employees in the Springfield area.

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Sports
7:39 am
Fri June 27, 2014

MU's Clarkson taken in second round of NBA Draft

Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson brings the ball up the court in the second half against Davidson on Tuesday, March 18, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.
Credit Cody Mroczka / KBIA Sports Extra

Former University of Missouri basketball player Jordan Clarkson was selected as the 46th overall pick in the NBA draft last night, and ended up with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Education
6:22 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Providence Point property soon to become space for UM System events

The Providence Point hilltop mansion in central Columbia will no longer be reserved as the University of Missouri System President's residence. The system will soon be renting the property out to university businesses and organizations.

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Business
5:58 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

New Jefferson City fire station almost ready for use

The construction of a new fire station in Jefferson City is nearly complete and is expected to be in use within a matter of weeks.

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Business
5:55 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Airport fund untouched for 15th straight month

Credit Sam Lin / KBIA file photo

The City of Columbia and the Columbia Regional Airport announced that they didn't take money from the Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund for the 15th straight month. 

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Agriculture
5:29 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Drought hammers winter wheat across the Plains

Farmer Jim Haarberg of Imperial, Neb., compares the heads of wheat from two different stalks to demonstrate the stunting effects of drought.
Credit Ariana Brocious / Harvest Public Media

 

Much of the Midwest and the Plains have been battling drought for years. And the current winter wheat crop looks like it will be one of the worst in recent memory, stressing farmers in the heart of the Wheat Belt – from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.

In Nebraska, a full quarter of the winter wheat crop is rated poor to very poor, and Nebraska farmers are doing comparatively well. More than 40 percent of the wheat acres in Colorado are poor or worse; nearly 60 percent in Kansas and Texas; and an incredible 80 percent in Oklahoma.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Cole County judge hearing ballot measure challenges

Credit Sully Fox / KBIA file photo

A Missouri judge is considering challenges to a pair of proposed constitutional amendments slated for the August ballot.

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