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Radio play: "The Ice Cream Man Cometh," by Jeff Moran

3 hours ago

  In this episode of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, we've got a special treat for you: a piece from local author and playwright Jeff Moran called "The Ice Cream Man Cometh." 

Hop on the ice cream truck with us, and experience your first day as an ice cream salesman as you listen to this piece. But one word of warning: It gets a bit chilly, especially when you're trying to sell on a snowy day.

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RESPOND program to educate on mental health

23 hours ago

The University of Missouri announced the launch RESPOND, a program focused on educating students and faculty to aid others on campus with mental health issues. The program was launched on November 6 at a launch and reception event in the MU Student Center.

Boonville plant to close in 2015

Nov 21, 2014

250 jobs will be eliminated at the NORDYNE Plant in Boonville, Missouri in the beginning of 2015.

Missouri is attracting to foreign students

Nov 21, 2014

Foreign students are finding their way to Missouri and attending the state’s universities.

Leadership battle in Missouri Republican party

Nov 21, 2014
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A battle is brewing over the leadership of the Missouri Republican Party as it looks toward a 2016 election in which nearly all of the state's offices will be on the ballot.

A spokesman for the St. Louis County prosecutor says a grand jury is still meeting to consider charges against a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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After a New York Time’s article published in late October revealed Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from lawyers of companies his office investigated, he announced he’ll be implementing “new transparency measures intended to address perceptions regarding political contributions.”

Trucks Stopping Downtown: All your questions answered

Nov 21, 2014
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We've all been there. Driving downtown during a high traffic time. Maybe on 9th Street. Listening to KBIA. 

And then--Stopped. There's a semi truck stopped in the lane up ahead. 


Mike Lee

Mike Lee steers his plane over the Missouri-Arkansas state line, checking out a checkerboard of green and brown fields of rice, cotton, corn and soybeans. Lee is the owner of Earl’s Flying Service, a crop dusting business in Steele, Mo., and he’s scouting some farm fields that his pilots will treat later in the day.

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  On this week's Under the Microscope, we're looking at the dangerous job of crop dusting pilots.

An executive of the app-based ride-sharing company, unhappy with critical media coverage, suggested it should dig up personal information about journalists and make it public. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about a topic yet to be discussed on our show: past life regression. November 21, 2014

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A Missouri lawmaker is vowing to block recommended pay increases for elected officials.

Rep. Mark Parkinson announced Thursday that he'll file a resolution against proposed salary increases next session.

A panel this week suggested 8 percent pay raises in fiscal year 2016 and again in 2017 for the governor and other statewide officials.

State lawmakers also would receive a $4,000 raise over two years.

But Parkinson, a St. Charles Republican, says the money could be better spent as the state's economy continues to recover.

Columbians send Christmas gifts to children in need

Nov 21, 2014
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Columbia families and volunteers joined the global effort to spread holiday cheer to millions of needy children.

       Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief organization. Participants of the project fill shoeboxes with gifts and items for children in need.

"We send shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items to children living overseas who may have never had a gift before in their life," says Assistant Director of Operation Christmas Child Rachael Mills.

West Middle School may soon have a new crosswalk

Nov 20, 2014

West Middle School students may have a safer walk to school if a new crosswalk gets approved by city council. The Columbia Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission officially recommended a crosswalk on Broadway, in between Stadium Boulevard and Clinkscales Road, to the Columbia City Council yesterday. The project was brought to the Commission by a concerned resident who lives around the school. West Middle School Principal Dr. Connie Dewey says a crosswalk would benefit students, especially in the mornings.

As Thanksgiving approaches, organizers of Almeta Crayton’s annual Thanksgiving Day meal are seeking donations.

Kentrell Minton said the demand for turkeys this year is greater than it’s ever been in the organization’s 17 years in Columbia.

“I think the economy definitely took a toll on the community,” Minton said.

Every year, the organization delivers Thanksgiving baskets to the elderly and disabled as well as hosts a free dinner on Thanksgiving Day for the community.

A University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine professor granted MU one million dollars Thursday. The money will fund the Frank Booth Fellowship in Physical Activity and Health in the MU School of Medicine and research in those areas.

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin says it is obvious that Dr. Booth is passionate about helping people remain healthy throughout their lifetimes.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) confirms he is considering a run for governor and will announce a decision early next year.

Schweich told The Associated Press on Thursday that he believes he has the qualifications, commitment and financial support to run but wants to ensure it is something he and his family want to do.

Schweich's comments came as his supporters released a letter signed by more than 120 people encouraging him to run.

Indigenous land rights in Australia

Nov 20, 2014
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Throughout the world, indigenous people are fighting for the right to reclaim land they lost due to European territorial expansion, colonialism, or to other means. One place where this debate has been ongoing is Australia. There, Aboriginal peoples and other indigenous people have fought for years to advance their native land claims — with resistance from the government and mining and energy companies. This week on Global Journalist, we’ll talk about some other land disputes between Aboriginal peoples and Australia’s federal & provincial governments. Our guests:

In the coming weeks, KBIA will be reporting on what effect the addition of Battle High School and the restructuring of middle schools have had on Columbia Public Schools overall. 

 

Gentry Middle School has more students than any other middle school in the Columbia Public School District.  You can see the exact enrollment numbers below: 

Regional coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Columbia is launching a new recycling program.
  • Fulton State Hospital is getting a $92 million dollar facelift.
  • Some student in Columbia can now take physical education online.

Paul Pepper: Second Chance & Fayette Talent Show

Nov 20, 2014

Today Paul Pepper visits with VALERIE CHAFFIN, from Second Chance. Valerie tells us about something "very important" - money and supplies! Find out how you can contribute. At [4:55], VANESSA MINER invites everyone to the Fayette Talent Show fundraiser this Saturday - great talent; great fun! November 20, 2014

Columbia public schools offer online gym class

Nov 20, 2014

Two Columbia public high schools are offering an online physical education program class.

Columbia has a new recycling program

Nov 20, 2014

The City of Columbia is looking for volunteers to help educate residents about recycling practices.

NPR’s Scott Simon asked Bill Cosby some pointed questions about allegations waged against him, but were the questions about sexual assault allegations or something else? Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.


In part two of a special Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talks with a trio of campus Title IX leaders about where the institution is headed with efforts to enhance gender equity on the University of Missouri's flagship campus. Guests include University of Missouri-Columbia Interim Title IX Coordinator Linda Bennett, Executive Associate Director of Athletics Sarah Reesman and Title IX Investigator Salama Gallimore.

Part one of this program is online here.


Skincare is a big business worldwide and a Columbia firm is looking to cash in with its own answer to the effects of aging and wear. Missouri Business Alert's Steven Benna reports on how Columbia's Eternogen Aesthetics is trying to bring its collagen replenishment product to the market.

PM Newscast for November 19, 2014

Nov 19, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • New trail proposed in Moberly
  • Security guard requests in Ferguson
  • Urgent care facility to open in Macon
  • Deer hunting season off to quick start

Talking Politics: Nixon's Ferguson Trouble

Nov 19, 2014

In a phone interview Monday, Governor Jay Nixon stumbled when asked if the buck stops with him on the Ferguson response.  Eli Yokley joins us to discuss the politics surrounding Nixon's response.  

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