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Ragtag Programming for Film and Media Art was rewarded $28,225 from the Missouri Arts Council earlier this month.  


The President of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce says recent growth in Columbia is the reason many major chain restaurants have begun opening their first locations in the city recently.

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A Missouri board has approved a bond issuance to finance a new mental health facility at the Fulton State Hospital.

New leader for MU soybean breeding efforts

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This week Andrew Scaboo accepted a new position at the University of Missouri as Assistant Research Professor in soybean breeding.  

"People's Visioning" promotes voting and ballot education

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"We need to wake people up and get them to vote."

The search for the University of Missouri’s next Provost continues to progress, and one candidate for the job spoke to students and faculty at the MU Student Center Thursday afternoon.

Last week, the National Association of Black Journalists issued a press release citing concern with the atmosphere and working conditions for African-Americans at the cable network. CNN responded by saying it was reconsidering its sponsorship of NABJ events. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Jim Flink and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment Off the Clock, KBIA producer Jenn Cooper hangs out with Tao Weilundemo, the owner of Maya Creek, sustainable living commune in Calwood, Mo.

  Today Paul Pepper visits with GINGER MEYER from the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics about "Eating for a Health Heart," a special event at the Columbia Public Library in which you're invited! At [5:11] JOAN STACK talks about "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," hosted in part by the Missouri State Historical Society and MU Libraries. The exhibit closes in a week - don't miss it! October 24, 2014

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Jefferson City Mayor Eric Struemph announced Thursday he will not seek re-election in 2015.

After holding public office for six years, Struemph said the decision will be best for his family. He said he would like to spend more time with his daughters. Struemph also said he wanted to spend more time with his parents, since his father has been battling Alzheimer's.

Struemph said earlier this year he battled bladder cancer. He said he became ill soon after and that's when he started thinking about not seeking re-election.

UM Board approves new financing plan

Oct 24, 2014
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The University of Missouri Board of Curators unanimously voted to approve a financing plan that will allow the sales of revenue bonds in order to fund the construction projects in the UM system. The board voted to approve $150 million of the $255 million of the system’s revenue bonds last night.

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A partial solar eclipse on Thursday has people looking forward to a total solar eclipse in the coming years.

MU Department of Physics and Astronomy hosted a viewing party Thursday afternoon at Laws Observatory so the community could catch a glimpse of the partial solar eclipse.

Ten-year-old Samuel Kingsley was at the event with his family and said he’s seen a blood moon before, but never a solar eclipse.

“It looked like someone bit the corner off the sun,” he said.

Samuel was just one of over 50 people who came out to watch the eclipse.

A new bill could mean new responsibilities for teachers

Oct 24, 2014
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Due to a new Missouri law, teachers could be taking on a new responsibility.

Senate Bill 656 allows school districts to appoint staff members in the district to carry a concealed weapon for protection in case of an emergency. Only member of the district's Board of Education will know the names of these select individuals. The district must then notify the director of the department of Public Safety who these individuals are.

This law is not a required to be implemented in each district. It is strictly a district by district decision.

Columbia shoppers could be looking at an extra charge when they get to the end of the checkout line in the grocery store. The Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club proposed an ordinance at Monday’s city council meeting that would ban single-use plastic bags. The ordinance would require shoppers to bring their own reusable bags or pay for paper bags to use at checkout.

The Sierra Club is proposing this ordinance because of the harm single-use plastic bags cause the environment. Jan Dye is the chairperson of the Columbia chapter of the Sierra Club.

"Our initial proposal is to ban plastic single-use bags at any rental store that sells perishable food items," said Dye.  

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On this week's Under the Microscope, we look at a UV light emitting, germ-killing robot and the art of wool-making. 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The ride-sharing company Lyft will temporarily stop operating in Kansas City while it works out an agreement to operate legally in the city.

Lyft officials said Wednesday that the drivers will stop working Friday for up to 60 days.

The Kansas City Star reports the agreement, which requires a federal judge's approval, also temporarily stops a federal court lawsuit scheduled to go to trial in December.

Lyft uses a smartphone app to link passengers with part-time drivers in their own vehicles.

Columbia aims to win $5 million energy prize

Oct 23, 2014

Georgetown University is holding a contest and offering a $5 million prize to the city that reduces its energy consumption the most. The City of Columbia is working on a long term energy efficiency plan to try and win the prize.

The City of Columbia began making changes to its energy efficiency plan long before Georgetown University announced its $5 million energy prize.

Columbia Water and Light spokesperson, Connie Kacprowicz, said Columbia Water and Light expanded their existing energy efficiency program in 2008.

Hog waste in Callaway County is a violation of permit

Oct 23, 2014

10,000 gallons of hog waste from a Callaway County hog farm flowed Monday into a waterway that is a part of Millers Creek.

The waste came from the hog feeding facility, Pork Master Inc., and flowed into the Mark Twain National Forest.

Pork Master Inc. is under a discharge permit issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), why the spill is a violation of the permit, Spokeswoman Gena Terlizzi says.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The family of an 18-year-old killed by a St. Louis police officer is planning to release details of an independent autopsy.

The owner of Austin Layne Mortuary says relatives of Vonderrit Myers Jr. will release the autopsy findings Thursday at the funeral home.

Myers was fatally shot Oct. 8 by an officer working off-duty security. Police say Myers ran after seeing the officer, who gave chase, and a scuffle ensued.

Police say Myers pulled a gun and shot at the officer, who returned fire. The family has said they believe Myers was unarmed.

I-70 Sign Show

This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment Off the Clock, KBIA producer Jenn Cooper hangs out with Anne 

Thompson, the creator and curator I-70 Sign Show, a yearlong contemporary arts project.

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  When cleaning your house do you ever wish a robot was there to do it for you? Well, the University of Missouri health care system has that luxury. 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • An update on proposed constitutional amendment 10.
  • Some state representatives are concerned the state isn't doing enough to combat Ebola.
  • the Columbia City Council may ban one-use plastic bags at grocery stores. 

Columbia's Downtown Community Improvement District just announced Katie Essing will be its new executive director starting next month.

Today Paul Pepper and local UFO enthusiast BILL WICKERSHAM talk about a recent symposium on extraterrestrial life that featured NASA and the Library of Congress. October 23, 2014

Remembering Ben Bradlee

Oct 22, 2014
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 Ben Bradlee, former top editor at the Washington Post, died at his Washington, D.C. home Tuesday. He was 93 years old. Bradlee ran the paper for more than 26 years, taking over in 1965, and transforming it into one of the nation's strongest daily newspapers of record. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Jim Flink and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

PM Newscast for October 22, 2014

Oct 22, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including;

  • Boone County news conference on Ebola
  • New autopsy details in Ferguson case
  • Community Improvement District appoints new executive director
  • Man's ashes to be shot into sky with fireworks
  • First ward group looks into recalling councilwoman
  • Aspen Heights loses marketing privileges

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Don’t waste what can be used to sustain—that’s the idea behind PlanetReuse, a Kansas City-based company that helps contractors exchange reclaimed construction materials that would otherwise be headed to the landfill. Missouri Business Alert’s Yizhu Wang sat down with founder and CEO Nathan Benjamin at Columbia’s Sustainapalooza to talk about the firm and what it means to be the self-described “go-to solution for reuse.”

Some citizens of Columbia's first ward are looking to recall their recently elected council member, Ginny Chadwick.