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3:58 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

FBI looking into school district stipends

Questions about the use of stipends for school administrators in St. Joseph, Mo. have caught the attention of the U.S. FBI.
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  Federal investigators are looking into questions about a northwest Missouri school district's finances.

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Faith/Religion
3:54 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Missouri faith groups learn disaster preparedness skills

Stephen Redman, pastor of Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Levasy, Mo., leads a few rounds of trivia about natural disasters at a Disaster Readiness Coordinator training session in Columbia, Mo., on March 28-29. The training was part of an effort to better equip churches and faith-based organizations to respond to disaster.
Credit Kellie Moore, ColumbiaFAVS.com

 

When a tornado devastated Joplin in spring 2011, South Joplin Christian Church didn’t have a plan.

“The reality is that I remember no conversations where we said, ‘We could do this and this, and be prepared for part of our town being wiped off the map, for our church being damaged, and for many of our families losing their homes and businesses,” said Jill Michel, the church’s pastor. “There were no conversations that started that way.”

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Faith/Religion
3:49 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Procession planned for Rolla soldier

A stone memorial stands at Fort Hood honoring the soldiers and civilians who died in the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting. The most recent attack on April 2 left three soldiers dead and 16 wounded.
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A 37-year-old soldier killed by a gunman in the recent shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, will be honored with a procession before being laid to rest.

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Politics
3:37 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Criminal code bill boosts penalty for child crimes

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

  Legislation to reorganize Missouri's criminal laws also would give longer prison stints to people who sexually abuse or abandon children.

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Crime
8:06 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Green-Beckham won’t be charged in burglary investigation, witness fears possible backlash

Columbia police announced Thursday that no arrests will be made in a burglary investigation involving Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

“Based on the information obtained during the investigation there will be no arrests made in this case,” Columbia Police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said in a news release.

Coach Gary Pinkel announced the junior receiver’s indefinite suspension Monday for an unspecified violation of team rules.

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Agriculture
5:30 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Vertical farming: towering vision, uncertain future

Large banks of fluorescent lamps provide the spectrum of light that keeps the floating beds of plants alive year-round in The Plant Chicago, a vertical farming facility.
Credit Peter Gray / Harvest Public Media

Farmers are making inroads supplying local food to hungry city foodies, but many producers are trying to grow more food inurban centers. City real estate is at a premium, so some producers are finding more space by using what’s called “vertical farming,” and going up rather than spreading out.

Growers across the country are heading indoors, using greenhouses and hydroponics – growing plants in a water and nutrient solution instead of soil and using lamps to replace sunlight. Vertical farming takes that to a new level.

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Agriculture
5:29 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Corn farmers fight rootworm resistance

New research confirms what many Midwest farmers have already suspected: The corn rootworm can develop resistance to varieties genetically modified to thwart the pest. Here, rootworm damage in an Iowa field ruined a corn crop.
Credit Courtesy Aaron Gassmann

After a long battle with corn rootworm, Midwest farmers thought they’d found relief in genetically modified seeds engineered to produce toxins deadly to the pest. But recent research confirms what farmers have been noticing for several years: the western corn rootworm has been evolving to outwit the technology.

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Sports
4:47 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Ex-Mizzou player seeks protection from teammate

Zach Price
Credit Boone County Sheriff's Department

A former Missouri basketball player is seeking a protection order against Zach Price, who remains suspended from the team after being arrested twice for allegedly assaulting his roommate and a woman.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Earnest Ross filed the petition in Boone County Circuit Court on April 2. Price was arrested twice the next day after reportedly first ramming his car into another vehicle and then in a later encounter with the pair. Police say he hit his male roommate in the face then pushed the woman to the ground.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

State lawmakers pass separate criminal code bills

Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Missouri's House and Senate have each passed separate bills that would reorganize the state's criminal laws.

The House voted 130-24 to send its bill to the Senate on Thursday. Shortly after that vote, senators passed their own measure with a 29-3 vote.

Both bills create new classes of felonies and misdemeanors. The two chambers now must reconcile differences to pass an identical bill.

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Education
4:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

School educates parents on ADHD with 'Dinner with Doctors'

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South Elementary School in Jefferson City hosted its first “Dinner with Doctors” Wednesday. St. Mary’s Health Center pediatricians Brian Conley and Jennifer Krause and psychologist Jackie Henry spoke about issues related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, and grade-school students.

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Business
4:29 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Audit faults state program for contamination cleanup

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich.
Credit State of Missouri

A new audit raises concerns about a Missouri program that provides tax incentives for developers to clean up contaminated old business sites.

The report Thursday by State Auditor Tom Schweich  notes that Missouri authorized over $185 million of Brownfield Remediation Tax Credits for 115 projects from the 2003 to 2013 fiscal years. About four-fifths of those projects were in the St. Louis area.

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Politics
9:19 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Study evaluates transparency of Mo. spending

The Missouri Public Research Group Foundation, a non-partisan organization, conducted a study to rate each of the 50 states on how well they provide online access to government spending data.  Missouri received a C+.  Phineas Baxandall, a Senior Analyst for Tax and Budget Policy for the U.S. Public Research Group Foundation, says though a lot of spending information is easily accessible, information on some subsidies or funds given to non-governmental is hard to find.

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Politics
9:01 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Missouri Medicaid may restore adult dental care

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Missouri lawmakers appear likely to restore dental coverage for hundreds of thousands of adult Medicaid recipients, nearly a decade after it was eliminated.

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Agriculture
8:53 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Bill to bar GMO labeling unveiled

Anti-GMO protestors at a 2013 Denver, Colo., rally.
Credit Luke Runyon / Harvest Public Media

State efforts to label genetically-modified food would be outlawed under a bill unveiled by a Kansas congressman Wednesday – a plan immediately criticized as a “legislative Hail Mary” that won’t pass.

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Politics
8:32 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Mo. House bill bans punishment for using toy guns

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Missouri students could use food, pencils or their hands to imitate a gun without penalty under legislation endorsed by the state House.

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Politics
8:26 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Mo. Senate panel considers gay discrimination bill

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
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Missouri lawmakers are hearing the pros and cons of whether it makes good business sense to grant discrimination protections based on sexual orientation.

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Politics
8:20 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Missouri House endorses 'right to work' bill

Missouri Capitol
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Missouri's House has narrowly endorsed legislation prohibiting labor contracts from requiring workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment.

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PM Newscast
5:52 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

PM Newscast forApril 9, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

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Politics
5:23 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fulton passes sewer upgrade bond

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Fulton residents may see cleaner water soon. Residents yesterday voted in favor of a $13 million bond to upgrade its sewer system. The wastewater treatment facility was built in 1987 and is in need of mandatory improvements according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. According to the city’s website, the improvements comprise of new headworks, a new aeration system and an ultraviolet light for disinfection. The city has already begun the process of improving the facility.

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Politics
3:37 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Columbia School District bond passes

Credit KBIA

Columbia residents voted to approve the school board's $50 million bond issue on Tuesday, April 8.

The bond passed with 63.5 percent approval, coming in with just over 7,000 votes.

Superintendent Chris Belcher celebrated the bond's passing alongside winning school board members Helen Wade and Jonathan Sessions at Bleu Restaurant.

Belcher said he was very pleased with the community's support for the board's ten-year facilities plan.

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Politics
3:22 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Missouri Rep. Rory Ellinger dies at age 72

Missouri House member Rory Ellinger died April 9, 2014 at the age of 72 after a battle against liver cancer.
Credit Missouri House of Representatives

Missouri House member Rory Ellinger, of St. Louis County, has died after a battle against liver cancer.

Lawmakers announced Ellinger's death Wednesday in Jefferson City. He was 72.

The Democrat had announced last month that he would not seek re-election because of his health, and he had not been at the Capitol recently. Ellinger's failing health sparked quick action by lawmakers to pass his legislation that could allow nursing mothers to be excused from jury duty.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Boone County residents approve $14 million bond

Battalion Chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District Gale Blomenkamp waits for election results at The Roof at the Broadway Hotel Tuesday, April 9 2014.
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The Boone County Fire Protection District will be able to renovate stations and purchase much-needed equipment after Boone County residents passed a $14 million bond issue on Tuesday by an unofficial 72% vote.

The $14 million bond will be paid off over a maximum of 20 years.  It includes a 25-cent increase per 100 dollars of assessed valuation on personal property taxes and real estate property taxes over the first ten years. On the last ten years of the bond, the tax hike decreases to 10-cents per 100 dollars of assessed valuation.

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Politics
8:57 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Ginny Chadwick wins Columbia City Council’s First Ward

Ginny Chadwick smiles after winning the race for Columbia City Council's First Ward Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
Credit Jack Howard / KBIA

University of Missouri graduate student Ginny Chadwick won Columbia city council’s first ward seat. She hosted a watch party at Trey Bistro.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Grandparent guardians get help from Missouri Silver Haired Legislature

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The Silver Haired Legislature is an elected body of Missouri senior citizens who advocate for legislation that addresses the concerns of older adults, like pay day loan restrictions and elder abuse. But recently they’ve thrown their support behind a unique issue – children in the care of grandparents, and the complicated process of obtaining legal guardianship in the state of Missouri.  

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Politics
11:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

A non-traditional election concluded in a traditional way

Credit Photo courtesy Tyree Byndom, via Facebook.

COLUMBIA—Tyree Byndom, the first American Bah’i to run for political office wrapped up election night in a surprising way. Byndom was joined by many friends and family at The Heidelberg awaiting election results.

Byndom is an untraditional candidate because he says through his faith he seeks to avoid contention and that prevented him from participating in many candidacy events.

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Politics
11:02 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Local elections in focus

Ginny Chadwick has officially won the 1st ward election. She was all smiles upon hearing the news.

On April 8th KBIA's news team was with local election candidates, capturing triumph, defeat, and a proposal. 

Election results graphic
9:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

A look at the winners and losers of Tuesday's election [INFOGRAPHIC]

Below are unofficial results of tonight's election. These results are as reported by the County Clerk, but are not yet considered certified results.

Media Talk From the Missouri School of Journalism
7:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Views of the News: Keeping reporters safe on the job

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Last week, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was shot and killed while on assignment in Afghanistan.  She was traveling with a convoy of election workers ahead of the presidential election when an Afgan police officer open fire on Niedringhaus and her reporter.

Afghanistan is a war zone.

Houston, Texas isn't.

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Politics
7:05 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

House endorses transportation tax vote

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  The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a temporary one-cent sales tax to fund transportation needs.  The tax hike would require voter approval and would expire after 10 years unless renewed by voters again.  Before the vote, an amendment was offered that would have raised the state’s fuel tax from 17 to 20 cents per gallon.  It was sponsored by Democrat Jon Carpenter of Clay County.   “The Missouri gas tax has not increased in many years, and it hasn’t kept pace with inflation, and the amount of money we get to be able to

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Politics
5:38 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Talking Politics: Voters head to the polls for municipal elections

Boone County election day volunteers Don Fues and Blake Turner help voters at Trinity Presbyterian Church, in Columbia, April 8, 2014.
Credit Janet Saidi / KBIA

Mid-Missourians headed out to the polls today to cast their votes on school board, city council, and mayoral candidates and a range of issues on ballots in the municipal elections.

KBIA's news team captured some of the sights and sounds on election day in this edition of Talking Politics, hosted by Kate Grumke.

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