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8:50 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Val Germann, Central Missouri Astronomical Association

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back our resident outer-space-enthusiast VAL GERMANN, Central Missouri Astronomical Association, who shares more planet pics and discusses why Jupiter's red spot is shrinking. June 12, 2014

  

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Columbia Fire Department Announces Grant Extension

Credit Abby Spudich / KBIA

The Columbia Fire Department announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted an extension to its 2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER).

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded a SAFER Grant to the Columbia Fire Department on March 3, 2013. The grant began paying for salaries and benefits for five new fire fighters over the course of two years and totaled $658,120.

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Health
4:27 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Free Skin Cancer Screenings are Available in Columbia

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WELLAWARE’s small truck is parked outside of plaza 3 at the Broadway medical plaza and will be there throughout the summer checking people for signs of skin cancer.

Nurse Marla Jones says she looks for changes in the size, shape or color of moles.  If a patient has 2 of the 3 changes she refers them to a doctor for further testing. 

WELLAWARE started the screenings last summer for multiple reasons according to Jones.

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Education
3:28 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Carter Ward announces retirement from Missouri School Boards’ Association

Dr. Carter Ward
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Dr. Carter D. Ward announced his retirement as Executive Director of the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) after working with the organization for more than 40 years.

At 68 years old, Ward said his decision was based primarily on age. He doesn’t have immediate plans to reengage in the work force but plans to spend time with his family.

“It’s always been very meaningful, engaging work and it’s been real fortunate for me to have had the opportunity to be engaged in this work for a career,” he said.

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Views of the News
2:18 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Views of the News: George Will says rape victims have 'coveted status'

Guest Panelist Katherine Reed

Did George Will go too far, writing in his Washington Post column that being a sexual assault victim has become a “coveted status” on college campuses? Also, American Express commissions Tyler Perry for its latest commercial produced in the style of a documentary film, Time Inc.’s risky split from Time Warner, and why e-Harmony says reporters make good dates. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Katherine Reed: Views of the News.

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KBIA
12:33 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

KBIA receives national Edward R. Murrow award

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KBIA is proud to receive a national Edward R. Murrow Award for our website.

The Radio Television Digital News Association announced the recipients of the 2014 national awards on June 11.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Where Missouri stands on Medicaid expansion

Healthcare advocates gather for the "My Medicaid Matters" rally on Capitol Hill in 2011.
Credit David Sachs / SEIU

  

  By now Missourians are familiar with the debate over expanding Medicaid in the state.

The Affordable Care Act gives most people the opportunity to purchase health insurance with help from federal tax credits. But individuals earning too little to qualify for these tax credits but too much to be covered under for Missouri Medicaid are stuck in what is called “The Gap.”

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Views of the News
7:38 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Views Preview: George Will says rape victims have 'coveted status'

George Will
Credit Flickr user Keith Allison

In a column published in the Friday, June 6 editions of the Washington Post, George F. Will wrote about what he considers a spread of progressivism at American colleges and universities. 

He drew the ire of many when he wrote of what he calls the "supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. sexual assault."  He attributes the number of reported to increased political correctness on campuses, and that when "making victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate."

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Crime
5:57 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Officer back to work after Lake of the Ozarks drowning investigation

The Lake of the Ozarks
Credit bsabarnowl / flickr

The arresting officer involved in the drowning of a handcuffed Iowa man came back to work Tuesday.

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Science and Technology
3:52 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

MU joins task on water quality of Mississippi River

Mississippi River
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                Researchers at the University of Missouri are working towards improving water quality throughout the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico.

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Education
3:45 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Dual immersion language program could be coming to Columbia

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Columbia educators are considering plans for a dual-immersion language program.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Propane price spike not due to manipulation

A standard propane tank.
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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says market forces rather than manipulation drove this winter's spike in propane prices.

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Intersection
8:46 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Classical music and education in the summertime

Classical Music Education discussion, with host Ryan Famuliner and guests Kirk Trevor, James Melton, and Greg Hausman

Some believe that learning and listening to music, particularly classical music, at a young age is tied to success in the future. 

In Columbia, there are many efforts to get children interested in classical music: multiple avenues for music education, and even classical music performances in town targeted at kids.

Today on Intersection, we’ll talk about how young people in Mid-Missouri are exposed to these influences, and about some of the challenges in reaching them.

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Politics
8:19 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Kehoe stumps for transportation tax at Columbia Chamber meeting

Missouri Senator Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, answers Columbia Chamber of Commerce members' questions regarding amendment 7 at the Columbia Board of Realtors on July 9, 2014.
Credit Nick Komisar / KBIA

Missouri Senator Mike Kehoe continues to show his support for the Transportation Sales Tax initiative, that goes before voters in August.

Kehoe, a Republican from Jefferson City,  spoke on the effort at The Columbia Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday afternoon.

Voters will decide whether to increase the state sales tax rate by three quarters of a cent for a 10-year period to help fund MoDOT projects. The tax is expected to produce $480 million annually to the Transportation Safety and Job Creation Fund.

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Education
5:37 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

MU College of Engineering Dean James Thompson stepping down

James Thompson
Credit MU News Bureau

The man who has overseen the University of Missouri College of Engineering for the last two decades will step down in the fall.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Newscast for June 9, 2014

News coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

  • A Missouri inmate scheduled to be put to death next week is asking the Missouri Supreme Court to halt the execution.
  • A Kansas City-bound Southwest Airlines jet backed into a stationary JetBlue Airways plane.
  • The Veterans Affairs Department says there are patients who sought appointments through the VA medical center in St. Louis that were never seen.
  • A Missouri lawmaker is calling on Gov. Jay Nixon to not cut dental benefits from next year's state budget.
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Education
5:21 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

MU makes Title IX coordinator full time position

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The University of Missouri has decided to make is Title IX coordinator a full time position. In a press release Monday MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced Dr. Linda Bennett will serve as the interim Title IX coordinator, effective immediately and likely lasting through the end of the summer.  Bennett says she will be in charge of developing training on Title IX related issues for students and staff at MU as well as making sure MU complies with all Title IX requirements. 

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Capital City Players & St. Louis District Dairy Council

Today Paul Pepper and ROB CROUSE talk about Capital City Players' performance of "Les Miserables," which will feature a first for mid-Missouri! Show opens June 12. At [4:45] JENNIFER DAMPF compares milk to "imitation beverages." June is National Dairy Month, and the St. Louis District Dairy Council wants you to know why milk is "the real deal." June 9, 2014

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Business
8:07 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Sudden closure of downtown Columbia venue could impact community music scene

Credit Ashley Reese / KBIA

The sudden closure of a downtown Columbia bar has set off speculation on social media and raised questions in the community. The Blue Fugue, located on S. 9th St. in Columbia,  has been a staple to the city’s music scene, hosting a variety of live bands and DJs, including its Friday night “Fire N Ice” Latin dance parties.

But the owners of the bar have yet to confirm that the venue has officially closed.

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Views of the News
9:10 am
Sat June 7, 2014

When a minor is charged with a heinous crime

A still from footage by ABC7 in Chicago.
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  Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death in the woods to please a mythological creature they learned about online. The girls have been charged as adults. Should the media publish their names and show their faces in its coverage? Missouri School of Journalism faculty Amy Simons, Lynda Kraxberger and Jim Flink discuss the issue.

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Views of the News
9:22 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Columbia Missourian's new survey pay model

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  The Columbia Missourian announced it is dropping its paywall revenue model, replacing it with a new survey model. Readers will be able to access content -- and share it on social media -- after taking a short Google survey. Missouri School of Journalism faculty Amy Simons, Lynda Kraxberger and Jim Flink discuss the issue.

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Arts and Culture
5:31 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Umi Garrett

Thirteen year old concert pianist Umi Garrett joins the Missouri Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Kirk Trevor for a Hot Summer Nights' performance this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Columbia's Missouri Theatre.
Credit Credit: www.umigarrett.com

What were you doing when you were thirteen? Umi Garrett is thirteen and she's possibly accomplished more than you and I put together had by that age. And then some. Garrett's been playing professionally since age eight. You can hear her perform this Saturday night when she joins the Missouri Symphony Orchestra at the Missouri Theatre for a concert the Missouri Symphony Society bills as Umi Returns

Listen here to KBIA's Trevor Harris in a recent interview with pianist Umi Garrett. Garrett makes her second Columbia appearance this Saturday as part of the Missouri Symphony Society's 2014 Hot Summer Nights series.

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Business
4:21 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Area Southeast of Town Set for Rezoning

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Columbia residents might start noticing some changes in the land southeast of town.

The planning and zoning commission approved a zoning request from Crockett Engineering last night at City Hall.

The motion of approval will now be forwarded to the City Council.

The request asked the city to annex roughly 130 acres of mostly woodlands at the southeast corner of Route K and Old Plank Road.

Crockett applied for permanent zoning for the land for a large one-family dwelling district and a planned unit development.

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Health
4:14 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Missouri talks Medicaid expansion

Credit Maureen Lewis-Stump

Medicaid expansion has been a widely talked about subject throughout the state of Missouri. Medicaid is federally funded state healthcare program for those that do not make enough money to be their own healthcare, or their employer does not provide it for them.

The Medicaid policy in place now only covers those who make less than $4,500 a year total for a family of four. It also allows subsidies paid to those who make more than $89,000 a year. Those in between this gap are left without health insurance.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Pet Health Tips & "The Earth Show"

Today Paul Pepper visits with CB CHASTAIN from the College of Veterinary Medicine about the many - but often overlooked - ways to keep your pets safe this summer! At [4:08] SUTU FORTE and JEANNE SZKOLKA talk about "The Earth Show", which will feature music and dance and an original ballet composition composed by Sutu and Bill Roe. June 6, 2014

  

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Education
8:14 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Annual state school bus inspection shows room for improvement

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol's annual inspection report showed that the state’s school bus safety approval rating is at a four year low.

Since 2011, a yearly average of around 12% of buses statewide failed to pass initial inspections.  This year, the number has increased to 15%.

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Politics
8:06 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Blunt says Kansas City VA kept secret waiting list

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Senator Roy Blunt says the Veterans Affairs medical center in Kansas City, Missouri has been maintaining a secret waiting list of veterans, the latest of several centers around the country to maintain such an unauthorized list.

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Politics
8:04 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Bill would create new VA facility in Cape Girardeau

A bill winning approval from U.S. senators to resolve problems in the troubled Veterans Affairs system would create new health facilities, including one in southeast Missouri.

Under the larger bill agreed to by senior senators yesterday, the measure authorizes the VA to lease 26 new walk-in health facilities in 18 states and spend $500 million to hire more doctors and nurses.

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Views of the News
7:14 am
Fri June 6, 2014

The complicated story of Bowe Bergdahl's release

Credit U.S. Army Photo

  On Saturday, May 31, President Barack Obama stood on the White House lawn flanked by Bergdahl's parents, to annnounce his release. Since then, the story has taken several twists and turns. Missouri School of Journalism faculty Amy Simons, Lynda Kraxberger and Jim Flink discuss the issue.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Columbia's Missouri College Advising Corps gets $524K AmeriCorps grant

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that 21 Missouri organizations will receive $4,232,627 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

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