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Since the launch of 1 Million Cups last year, representatives from nearly 60 companies have stood in front of about 30 people that fill a downtown Columbia conference room every Wednesday.

1 Million Cups provides a launch pad into the city's startup community where entrepreneurs have six minutes to present their business and ideas. Following the pitch the floor is open to questions and discussion from anyone at the informal gathering.

Columbia city officials, local businesses and residents gathered at Lucky's Market Wednesday to open nominations for the Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement Awards. The program was designed to recognize businesses for reducing global warming pollution in the community.

Columbia Water and Light's John Wulff said businesses reach out to the city looking for a program for sustainability recognition.

Missouri’s friendliness towards small businesses

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 The state of Missouri gets a C grade in it's friendliness towards small businesses according to a survey released in July by thumbtack.com in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City. But does Columbia fit into this ranking?

Over 12,000 business owners were surveyed across the nation. Businesses were asked about things like existing regulations, tax code, hiring and training and networking programs.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators has extended president Tim Wolfe's contract through June 30, 2018.

The extension announced Wednesday was effective July 1 and replaces a contract that was to end Feb. 15.

Board Chairman Don Downing said in a news release that enrollment and donations have substantially increased since Wolfe became system president in February 2012.

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So much has happened in Ferguson, Missouri.  Nearly a dozen reporters have been arrested while on the job.  We've learned the identity of Michael Brown's shooter: six-year police veteran Darren Wilson. St. Louis NBC-affiliate KSDK-TV aired video of his home.  Governor Jay Nixon instituted -- and lifted -- curfews and called in the Missouri National Guard.

And we saw it all live -- online, on air and in print.

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A federal judge has ruled that former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole committed fraud to obtain almost $1.3 million from bond funds that were to be used to build an artificial sweetener plant in Moberly.

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A large crowd has gathered at the site where St. Louis police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man today after a reported convenience store robbery.

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A former campaign committee for Missouri House Democrats has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for campaign finance violations.

The consent order released Monday by the Missouri Ethics Commission says the Democratic group failed to include some expenditures and contributions that it had made on its 2012 finance reports. It also failed to list a deputy treasurer.

The Missouri House Democratic Campaign Committee shut down in July 2013. It was succeeded by the House Democratic Victory Committee, which also no longer exists.

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The Shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has received international attention

For more than a week now, Missouri citizens have gathered in the city to protest the police department, the killing of an unarmed teenager and racism within the community.

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How to Dress Well is one of several artists categorized as Alternative R&B. (Photo courtesy of the artist.)

by Ellen Mayer

Music is a universe. It’s huge and it’s constantly shifting. 

Not only that, the experience of music is highly contextual, personal, and sensuous. Consider, then, the daunting task of music writers: To reconcile this huge musical universe with the limited words we have in our lexicon.

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Three years after its high school was destroyed by a tornado, the Joplin school district is preparing to move into a new high school.

Superintendent C.J. Huff said hundreds of volunteers will start moving equipment and supplies into the high school on Monday. Classes are scheduled to begin next Monday.

The school district on Friday received its temporary certificate of occupancy for the school. Huff says inspectors have pinpointed some areas that still need to be addressed and the district is working to get the work finished quickly.

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Members of a Missouri National Guard unit are home after nine months of repairing military equipment in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

KYTV reports 100 members of the Guard's 1107th Aviation Group were cheered at homecoming ceremony Sunday in Springfield. The deployment was the fourth for the Springfield-based Aviation Group, which has nearly 500 soldiers.

Sergeant First Class Robert Wilson was greeted by his wife, Patricia Wilson, who said seeing her husband again felt "unreal."

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Efforts to bar Missouri payday lenders from accepting payments for utility bills have been dealt a setback.

Opponents of the practice say utility customers who pay their bills at payday lending stores are vulnerable to taking out high-interest loans at the same time.

The opponents want Missouri's Public Service Commission to ban the practice. The PSC regulates utilities.

But The Kansas City Star reports the PSC staff has concluded there's no evidence of consumers being harmed by paying utility bills at payday loan shops.

Pitch: #5 Moulty

Aug 16, 2014

The song “MOULTY" by THE BARBARIANS isn’t your typical love ballad. It’s not even really a love song.

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The police chief in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police says the officer didn't know the teen was a robbery suspect at the time of the shooting.

In a press conference Friday morning, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson identified the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday as Darren Wilson. Jackson said Wilson has been with the police department for 6 years and had no record of  disciplinary action. He also said Wilson was treated for injuries Saturday.

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As demonstrations continue in Ferguson Missouri in response to the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, youth in the community are grappling with what is happening in their community. A team of KBIA reporters on Thursday went to the apartment complex where Brown was shot five days earlier to have conversations with young people about the past and future of their town.

1-gigabit Internet comes to Mid-Missouri

Aug 14, 2014
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Century Link just launched a new high-speed Internet service available in select neighborhoods in Columbia and Jefferson City. The service transfers data at up to 1 gigabit per second. The ultra-fast fiber network also launched in 12 other cities nation wide.

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Columbia considers 'ban the box' for ex-offenders

Aug 14, 2014
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Over 45-hundred people on average are released from prison each year in Missouri, of those 480 in Boone County. After being locked up for weeks, months or even years, how do people adjust back to life outside prison and find a job? One obstacle confronting ex-offenders is the little box on job applications that asks about criminal history.

The family of a Missouri teenager fatally shot by police is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to oversee a second autopsy.

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Late summer in the Midwest is tomato season. And whether you’re shopping at the grocery store, a discount chain or your local farmer’s market, you’ll find the price varies for a plump, juicy tomato. 

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Late summer in the Midwest is tomato season. For tomato growers around that country, it’s time to pick their bounty and calculate their earnings.

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Members of the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence discussed possibly bringing Juvenile Assessment Centers to Boone County at their meeting Wednesday night.

Juvenile Assessment Centers are designed help families with at-risk children get connected with services that can help their kids.

Second Ward Councilman and Task Force Co-Chair Michael Trapp said it provides options for families with troubled kids.

“It becomes an alternative way to provide access to resources to parents and kids who are struggling to help keep them on the right path,” Trapp said

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Gov. Jay Nixon will skip several planned events at the Missouri State Fair to return to Ferguson after another night of conflict between protesters and police.

Nixon said in a statement early Thursday that he is closely monitoring the situation in the St. Louis suburb, which has been embroiled in violence and protest since an 18-year-old man was shot by a police officer Saturday.

The governor had planned to host the annual Governor's Ham Breakfast at the fair Thursday, meet with Sedalia business leaders and then attend a discussion on the State Energy Plan.

Police in Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed an unarmed teen.  Was race a factor in the death of Michael Brown? Or has the framing of the story by local and national journalists made it one?  Also, keeping reporters safe during violent protests, the role of citizen journalists and hashtag activism in the aftermath. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Jim Flink: Views of the News.


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  The state of Missouri is hosting the longest non-stop canoe and kayak race in the world this Tuesday through Friday.

Nearly 300 paddlers participated in the Missouri River 340 (MR-340) began their journey in Kansas City, KS on Tuesday. They will travel 340 miles to St. Charles, MO to complete the race.

One of those participants, Robyn Benicasa, is a firefighter from San Diego that has been racing competitively for 20 years. Her claim to fame in the Missouri River 340 is the fact that she owns the course record for solo women.

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Student scores on standardized tests are down in most subjects in Missouri.

Statewide figures released Tuesday by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education show that fewer students scored "proficient" or better this year on tests for communication arts, mathematics and science, compared to last year. The only overall improvement was in social studies.

The decline comes after several years of general improvement in student test scores.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Missouri farmers are on track to harvest record crops of corn and soybeans.

In an updated forecast Tuesday, the agency predicted Missouri's corn production this year will total 533 million bushels — the highest on record for the state and a 22 percent increase from last year.

Yields are now forecast at 160 bushels of corn per acre. The USDA said that would be the highest since 2004, when Missouri producers averaged 162 bushels per acre.

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