Columbia Police Department Focuses on Community Policing

Oct 14, 2016
Michael Carlson

This week Columbia Police Department launched a series of town hall meetings to improve police-community relations across Columbia.

Each meeting centered on policing in a specific department beat of Columbia. Most recently, Shepard Boulevard High School played host to one of those town hall meetings. The meeting centered around issues facing Southeast Columbia.

MoDot Looks to Sell Old, Historic Bridges

Oct 14, 2016

The department of transportation is selling the bridge that crosses the Bourbeuse River on Route B in Phelps County. The bridge was built in 1934 and has historic value, according to MoDot. For this reason, MoDot must offer the bridge for sale before demolishing it.

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The Philippines is in the midst of a spectacularly brutal war on drugs. The man behind it is the President Rodrigo Duterte, who took office June 30.  

In Duterte’s first seven weeks on the job, more than 1,800 people were killed by police or vigilante death squads. By one estimate that figure has climbed to nearly 4,000 through mid-October.

Those being killed aren’t just suspected drug traffickers. They’re also ordinary drug users, street children and sometimes people who are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the bloodshed and the reasons for Duterte's high approval ratings.

Today Paul Pepper and travel guru, MEL ZELENAK, talk about more ways to save a buck while seeing the world, all before you leave the house! Find out about Mel's favorite website in which to book a flight, as well as advice on reading the fine print. October 14, 2016

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Columbia is now the second city in Missouri to join the White House's Police Data Initiative program.

The Columbia Police Department's crime analysts will release data on racial profiling and officer-involved shootings as a part of the program.

Documents obtained by the Columbia Daily Tribune and published late Thursday evening show a number of complaints against the University of Missouri's Delta Upsilon fraternity, including one that suggests recent pledges may have been given drugs with the express intent of sexual assault. 

Audubon Society's Big Sit: "Like Tailgating for Birders"

Oct 13, 2016
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Every year on the second weekend of October, birders and bird-watchers across the country demarcate a 17-foot wide circle, set up shop within it, and bird watch from dawn to dusk. Countless chapters of the National Audubon Society organize the event, appropriately titled the Big Sit. Birders chat, knit and even barbecue during the event, all while keeping a count of all the different birds they see.

Court Reversal Shields Missouri's Execution Drug Provider

Oct 13, 2016

A Missouri federal appellate court that ordered Missouri to reveal its supplier of lethal injection drugs has reversed its decision, ruling that the provider must remain shielded.

A three-judge panel with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court overturned its Sept. 2 ruling that the state must disclose its pentobarbital supplier to two Mississippi death-row inmates suing for the information.

At that time, the panel rejected Missouri's claim that revealing how it gets pentobarbital could crimp its supply of chemicals for future executions.

Missouri Launches Effort Aimed at Tackling College Debt

Oct 13, 2016

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has launched a new effort aimed at increasing the odds of college students graduating on time and leaving them with less debt.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the state's "15 to Finish" initiative encourages college students to take 15 credit hours each semester.

The department is teaming up with the national nonprofit Complete College America to provide the state's two- and four-year colleges with promotional materials and plans to personalize the idea for each campus.

Changes Possibly Coming to Downtown Columbia Parking

Oct 13, 2016
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Parking in downtown Columbia is a hot button issue. Right now, the city requires residential developers to build one parking spot for every four bedrooms in their complex. These spots can be anywhere within one-quarter mile of the residence. The Parking and Transportation Management task force met Wednesday to discuss possible changes to this minimum requirement.

Sarah Kellogg

Since the Roots N Blues N Barbecue festival moved from downtown Columbia to Stephens Lake Park, festivalgoers have been greeted by larger-than-life puppets that light up and moved throughout the park. The puppets were provided by the Astral Gypsies, but this year, they weren’t coming to the festival.

So the art crew decided it would make its own. Only, there was a small problem.

Intersection - Transom Radio Workshop

Oct 13, 2016

This week on Intersection we're taking a closer look at how great radio is made. We talked with people who took the Transom Traveling Radio Workshop in Columbia this summer about what they learned. We also talked with Rob Rosenthal, a radio producer who taught the workshop.

Listen to the full story here:

Today Paul Pepper visits with TERI WALDEN, Executive Director/Co-Founder of EnCircle Technologies, and JOE CHEE, Teacher/Technical Support, about EnCircle Tech's Video Game Tournament fundraiser happening this Saturday in Columbia! Everyone at every skill level is invited to take part in this day-long event that features the game, 'Super Smash Bros. Melee', and benefits those with autism. Sign up today! October 13, 2016

MU Program Gives $500k to Fund Biomedical Projects

Oct 13, 2016
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An MU program created to improve patient care awarded $500,000 to five different research teams on Tuesday.

The Coulter Translational Partnership Program’s goal is to accelerate the use of biomedical innovations to help patients. The partnership is between MU and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

The money will fund projects focusing on a range of medical experiments, including treating vertebral compression fractures, protecting corneal tissue and visualizing the coronary artery.

Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander has raised more money recently for his bid for U.S. Senate but incumbent GOP Sen. Roy Blunt has more cash on hand.

Kander's campaign on Wednesday announced he raised more than $3 million between July and the end of September.

The Missouri Democratic Party's federal account raised more than $780,000 that could be used to help Kander.

Blunt announced he raised more than $1.8 million for his re-election campaign. The Missouri Republican Party federal account raised more than $1 million.

More money has been spent since last year on broadcast TV ads for Missouri's gubernatorial election than in any other state.

An independent analysis by the Center for Public Integrity released Thursday shows an estimated $27.5 million has been spent on ads aired so far.

Republican political newcomer Eric Greitens has spent an estimated $8.4 million on more than 20,800 ad spots. Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster has spent about $6.2 million on more than 14,700 spots.

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After a decade of planning and development, the Katy Trail extension towards Kansas City is set to open. A portion of the trail will be open to the public this October and it’s news not only for cyclists, but also for business owners. The Missouri  State Parks Department says the Katy Trail supports 367 jobs and generates about $18.5 million in economic impact a year, which could grow.


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Columbia is hosting its first ever Mid-Missouri Innovation Week to support local entrepreneurs, inventors and students in their small business endeavors.

The purpose of the event is to make it easier for mid-Missouri entrepreneurs and small business owners to connect. This began with the creation of an “Entrepreneurial Ecosystem map” and a regional “Entrepreneurial Calendar” to see what activities are going on in the area.

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The National Churchill Museum is set to open a new exhibit called “'Sinews of Peace': Power of Prose” on Thursday showcasing Winston Churchill’s complete draft of his “Iron Curtain” speech. The speech was given 70 years ago in the Historic Gym of Westminster College in Fulton.

Timothy Riley, Director and Chief Curator of the museum, said this exhibit is one of many things planned for the 70th anniversary of the speech.

“We’re using the entire year to really lift up and celebrate the occasion,” said Riley.

TRIM Grant Brings More Trees to Missouri

Oct 12, 2016
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The Missouri Department of Conservation recently awarded more than $380,000 to communities across the state from the Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance, or TRIM, grant program. Jefferson City and Columbia were both awarded funding.

Jefferson City received more than $22,000. The money will go toward creating an inventory of trees to determine which are safe and which are in danger of collapsing.

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Head south down Providence Road until you reach Old Plank Road. Turn left and head all the way down to the Missouri River. That's where you'll find Churchill Clark at work. The woodcarver and descendent of William Clark is working on a pair of dugout canoes. The canoes are available for a trade. Clark explains in a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

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  Efforts to build a bridge to improve riverfront access in Jefferson City have hit a stumbling block.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that the Missouri Department of Transportation has determined that the city is ineligible for a $400,000 federal grant.

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week on Discover Nature, we’ll look for one of Missouri’s late-blooming native wildflowers. 

Today Paul Pepper and ELISHA WELLS talk about this Saturday's Fayette Area Community Theatre (FACT) Wine Walk fundraiser! Have a designated driver on standby as participants will have the opportunity to try wine at several stops around the square in Fayette. Watch for details! At [3:56] TERRY OVERFELT and SHIRLEY PATTERSON invite everyone to take part in a conference this Saturday at Broadway Christian Church. The purpose is to "promote inclusion of children with disabilities and their families in the faith community." The keynote speaker will be author Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell! October 12, 2016

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Nixon announced via Twitter that he met Tuesday with MLS commissioner Don Garber, and said that they had a “good meeting regarding soccer in St. Louis.” No other details have been released so far. 

There’s been speculation that state and city officials would pursue a professional soccer team ever since St. Louis lost its former NFL team to Los Angeles in January.

Republican lawmakers strongly opposed Nixon’s plans to extend bond payments on the Edward Jones Dome as a means to build a new football stadium and keep the Rams from leaving.