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8:06 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Have fun with fireworks, but use caution

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The Fourth of July holiday conjures up images of cookouts, watermelon, time at the lake and, of course, fireworks to celebrate our country’s independence from Great Britain.  But the fun times can turn to tragedy if precautions aren’t taken when lighting the Roman candles, bottle rockets and other things found at local fireworks stands. 

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Business
7:57 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Using fireworks sales to give back to Boonville ... with a bang

Boonville's Fireworks For Life aims to raise money for the community through fireworks sales.
Credit Nick Komisar / KBIA

Fireworks for Life is an organization based out of Boonville that aims to give back to the community through the sale of fireworks.

Jim Edwards, founder of the organization, has been in the fireworks business for nearly his entire life. 7 years ago, his son needed a liver transplant that would cost $30,000. The local community came together and rose over $25,000 to help alleviate the burden and contributed to a successful operation. That's when Edwards came up with the idea to use his fireworks stand to help raise money for the community as a way to pay it forward.

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Education
4:53 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

All parts of MU will shoulder a sliver of $3.8 million state withholding

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The University of Missouri is making cuts across the board to make up for money it expected it to receive from the state government, but will not. In an email to university staff Thursday, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said MU must make up for an additional $3.8 million that is not coming to the University due to Governor Jay Nixon's recent general revenue withholdings.

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Agriculture
4:47 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

American Medical Association seeks stricter rules for antibiotics in farm animals

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The largest association of U.S. physicians is calling for tighter rules on antibiotic use in livestock. 

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Politics
4:04 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

New Mo. law allows EMT's to use heroin antidote

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill that permits police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians to obtain and administer an antidote for heroin overdoses.

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Business
3:37 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Ameren Missouri hoping to raise utility rates by 9.7%

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Missouri's largest power company is seeking approval for a $264 million rate increase.

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Agriculture
2:49 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Callaway County hog farm opponents start petition

Opponents of a proposed hog breeding operation in central Missouri are circulating petitions against the plan.

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Politics
2:32 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Mo. Supreme Court to consider challenge to gun rights ballot measure

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The Missouri Supreme Court will hear a challenge to an Aug. 5 ballot measure that would enhance the state's constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

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Views of the News
1:54 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Apple CEO outed on CNBC

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The gaffe came during a discussion with New York Times columnist Jim Stewart, who was on "Squawk Box" talking about his piece dealing with corporate culture and gay executives. Co-anchor Simon Hobbs commented on what he believed to be public information, and turned out to be the opposite.  Missouri School of Journalism professors Amanda Hinnant, Jim Flink and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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Education
9:28 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Summer classes become more interesting for middle school students

Students from Gentry Middle School learn about City Hall from City Manager Mark Matthes
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The summer session for Smithton, West, Oakland, Lange and Gentry middle schools began almost three weeks ago and with that beginning, came a huge project for the students to work on.

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Radio Friends
8:42 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Jo Manhart, Missouri Egg Council, "Deviled Eggs"

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back longtime guest JO MANHART, Missouri Egg Council, to share tips and secrets and actually make deviled eggs - a Fourth of July picnic favorite! July 3, 2014

  

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Education
8:05 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Westminster partners with Arizona online grad school

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Westminster College in Fulton can now offer its alumni and faculty advanced degree programs. The college announced a new partnership with Arizona-based online graduate school Northcentral University this week. The partnership is expected to provide a "preferred tuition rate" for Westminster students, faculty, and staff for the programs Northcentral offers.

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Education
4:48 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Missouri University S&T facing Title IX inquiries

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The Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla is among a dozen campuses added to the growing list of schools being investigated by the federal government for their handling of sex abuse complaints.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Missouri ends fiscal year with decline in revenue

A third piece of cigarette tax-related legislation was filed in Jefferson City.
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Missouri may soon need to dip into its reserves in order to pay its bills.

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Views of the News
3:28 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Views of the News: Covering gay pride at Fort Leonard Wood

Guest panelist Jim Flink

The first-ever gay pride event at Fort Leonard Wood: Is it newsworthy or not?  When you know your local readership isn’t likely to respond to the story does that mean you skip covering it? Also, Matt Lauer accused of sexism, a Facebook experiment preys on your emotions, and whether a relatively common television news practice is standard operating procedure or plagiarism. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Amanda Hinnant and Jim Flink: Views of the News.

  

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Health
3:06 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Columbia Parks and Rec. department begins "out is in" campaign

Children play cornhole at the "out is in" kickoff event in Columbia.
Shelby Mann KBIA

In honor of National Parks and Recreation Month, Columbia Parks and Recreation wants Columbia residents to spend quality time outside.

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Arts and Culture
2:50 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Saving the Lincoln School

The Lincoln School seen here in Kirksville, Missouri was the public school for local African-American students..
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Listen to a 2013 episode of Thinking Out Loud where KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with residents of Kirksville who want to see the area's black history preserved and an alumni of that north Missouri town's all-black, segregation-era Lincoln School.

From 1914 to 1954 if you were black in Kirksville you attended the segregated Lincoln School. In this episode of Thinking Out Loud hear voices of Lincoln School alumni Clyde Johnson and a handful of local residents who want to see the Lincoln School building preserved. Some local visionaries imagine the school as a 21st century educational center for all residents of Kirksville.

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Science and Technology
8:06 am
Wed July 2, 2014

City website gives Columbia renters data on energy efficiency

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The City of Columbia has added a new resource to its website to help renters make an informed decision on where to live and to increase energy efficiency. The site now allows users to search past electric and water usage and rates for Columbia rental units.

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Politics
7:54 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Missouri legislators seek to end economic 'border wars' but will Kansas sign on?

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Tues., July 1, agreeing to end economic incentives and tax breaks for companies that move across the state line, but only if Kansas also agrees.
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Missouri lawmakers want to put a stop to economic incentives for businesses who move across the state line from Kansas.

But the legislation Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law Tuesday only goes into effect if Kansas agrees to a similar measure to end what's commonly known as the "Border War."

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Missouri Environment
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

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           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

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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
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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
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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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