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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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Business
4:37 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Missouri Innovation Center CEO announced

Bill Turpin
Credit Missouri Innovation Center

The Missouri Innovation Center has appointed a new leader. The MIC hired Bill Turpin as president and CEO to take over for retiring CEO Jake Halliday June 23. 

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Business
4:12 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Intelligence agency to replace St. Louis site

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A secret government agency that helped coordinate the hunt for Osama bin Laden plans to build a new facility in the St. Louis area to replace its aging home south of downtown.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Gov. Nixon signs parental consent bill for teen tanning

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation requiring anyone younger than 17 to have written parental consent to use a booth, bed or other tanning device at a business.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Missourian O'Malley named ambassador to Ireland

President Barack Obama has appointed St. Louis attorney Kevin O'Malley as U.S. ambassador to Ireland.

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Arts and Culture
2:59 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Westminster College hosts naval art exhibit for D-Day anniversary

A visitor of the museum interacts with the Interim Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum, Kit Freudenberg, at the opening reception of the new art exhibit “D-Day Normandy: Operation Overlord” on Friday, May 30, 2014.
Credit Lina Young / KBIA

A commemorative art exhibit made its first stop in Fulton, Mo., on May 30. The National Churchill Museum at Westminster College presented its new exhibit “D-Day Normandy: Operation Overlord” in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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Science and Technology
2:53 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Innovative pavement helps solve drainage problem

PaveDrain Up Close
Maureen Lewis-Stump KBIA

The Columbia Public Works Department had a problem. There were too many employees for its small parking lot. Workers would park along the street, disturbing residents living close to the department. At the end of the parking lot was an underground cavity, which was used to drain water into local creeks and rivers in the 1980s and has not been used since. But it was a good place to add onto the current lot, however there was a worry about drainage.

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Education
2:34 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

MU veterinary college seeking funding for expansion

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The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine has been planning an expansion for nearly seven years. Dean Neil Olson said the project would add 140,000 square feet of space dedicated to research and teaching.

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Agriculture
12:09 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

What does the ‘right to farm’ mean in Missouri?

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler supports the proposed "right to farm" amendment to Missouri's constitution.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

U.S. Congress members are throwing their support behind a proposed “right to farm” amendment in Missouri’s constitution. But critics are pointing to the measure’s ambiguous language as problematic.

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Global Journalist
11:05 am
Thu June 5, 2014

What's next for Syria?

A man votes for Syria's President Bashar Assad, on a ballot stamped with his blood, during the presidential election in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Polls opened in government-held areas in Syria amid very tight security Tuesday for the country's presidential election, a vote that President Bashar Assad is widely expected to win.
Credit Dusan Vranic / AP Photo

Incumbent president Bashar al-Assad won re-election in a contest many say was not free or fair.

This week on Global Journalist, we look at the results of the Syrian presidential election, and explore what Assad's victory means for the country.We also take a look at the west's response to the election, and how Syrian refugees are impacting neighboring countries like Lebanon.

Our guests:

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Weather
4:41 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Storms endanger Boone County

Mobile Home on Lenoir where man was trapped.
City of Columbia

Last night's storms had the Columbia Fire Department and the Boone County Fire District very busy. The two departments responded to over 30 calls between the hours of 4 am and 9 am. Battalion Chief John Metz said this was challenging because of weather conditions, as well as the nature of the calls. "Many of them were lines down, or trees in the power lines, any associated water rescues with the heavy rains that we have," Metz said.

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Views of the News
2:27 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Views of the News: Bringing home Bowe Bergdahl

Professor Amy Simons

Hero or deserter? Negotiating with terrorists? The story of Bowe Bergdahl’s release has taken several twists since President Obama’s announcement Saturday afternoon.  Also, how young is too young when showing images of children facing adult criminal charges, a CNN reporter arrested on live television, and remembering Tiananmen Square 25 years later. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Lynda Kraxberger and Jim Flink: Views of the News.

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Politics
8:29 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Military media producers return home from Afghanistan

The 70th Mobile Public Affairs Unit attends a ceremony upon returning from a deployment to Afghanistan. The ceremony was in Jefferson City on June 3, 2014.
Brandon Kiley KBIA

Friends and family welcomed the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment (MPAD) home on Tuesday in Jefferson City after a nine month tour in Afghanistan. The MPAD produced more than 1,200 print, video and photo products gaining a reach of more than 8.4 million Facebooks and airing on more than 142 media outlets worldwide.

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Health
8:21 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Hartzler talks coal power in Moberly amid EPA regulation proposal

U.S. Rep. Vicki Hartzler (File photo)

Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler kicked off her “all of the above” energy tour with several stops in Mid-Missouri Tuesday, including the Thomas Hill coal fired power plant near Moberly.

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Business
8:15 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Columbia Missourian to drop paywall, move to surveys

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The Columbia Missourian has ended its 24-hour viewing paywall and moved on to a new survey format created through a program by Google.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

A different perspective on veterans healthcare in Missouri

Members of the US Navy prepare for a 21-gun salute.
Credit US Navy / Wikimedia Commons

In the discussion about veterans healthcare, the severity of the problem really depends on who you talk to.

Some lawmakers say the secret patient lists and unreasonable wait times are unfortunate but isolated instances. But others are calling for serious reforms of the whole VA system.

While the opinions of these lawmakers are important to the future of veterans healthcare, what about someone who works with the healthcare system every day?

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Politics
5:41 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Transportation tax reverses footholds for party leaders

Credit Sam Lin / KBIA file photo

In a strange twist, Republicans are supporting a proposed tax hike that’s drawn fire from Democrats and Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Views of the News
5:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Views Preview: Bringing home Bowe Bergdahl

Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl
Credit U.S. Army photo

It was 2009 when Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl was captured and held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan.  Saturday, President Barack Obama stood on the White House lawn flanked by Bergdahl's parents, to annnounce his release.

The Taliban freed Bergdahl as part of a prisoner swap.  In exchange for his release, the U.S. government agreed to release five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

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Arts and Culture
4:59 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: William Least Heat-Moon

William Least Heat-Moon discusses his new book 'Writing Blue Highways' this Thursday at 7:00pm at the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia. He was a guest on KBIA's Thinking out Loud.
Credit University of Missouri Press

If you are a creative type, then you may have given some thought to the process behind creating. Whether you paint, write essays or solve engineering problems, Columbia author William Least Heat-Moon has written a book that illuminates the creative process. Least Heat-Moon discussed his new book Writing Blue Highways on KBIA's Thinking Out Loud. He also speaks this Thursday at 7:00 p.m at the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia.

Listen to William Least Heat Moon on KBIA's Thinking Out Loud. Trevor Harris discussed with the author his new book 'Writing Blue Highways', Least Heat-Moon's preferred way to write and the secret ingredient behind his creative process.

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Science and Technology
4:17 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Black bears moving farther north into Missouri

Jason Empey FLICKR

A group founded last month in Columbia is trying to educate Missourians about black bears.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

City of Columbia unveils new design for Columbia Transit

A bus with a new logo advertising COMO Connect was revealed to the public Tuesday afternoon in Columbia, Mo. The new logo was designed by students from Stephens College.
Tom Kackley KBIA

The city of Columbia revealed the rebranding and renaming of Columbia's public transportation system as "COMO Connect" in a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Jefferson City Council will meet to discuss transit ideas

A Jefferson City bus.
Jefferson City Transit Division

The Jefferson City Council will discuss ideas on June 30 that could improve the city's transit system.

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Business
3:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Missouri revenues falling short of projections

The Missouri Capitol Building
Jim Bowen Flickr

Missouri appears increasingly likely to finish its budget year with less revenue than had been expected.

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Science and Technology
8:49 am
Tue June 3, 2014

New carbon dioxide limits could bring changes for coal-powered states like Missouri

Coal is transported by train from Wyoming to fuel Ameren Missouri's power plants, like this one in Labadie.
Credit Veronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.

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Politics
8:25 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Columbia council shortens Planning & Zoning terms, approves bike boulevard

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City Council voted in their meeting Monday night to shorten term lengths for members of the Planning and Zoning commission from five years to four years.

The amendment was proposed last month and passed with a 4-3 vote. Congressmember Barbara Hoppe introduced the amendment in hopes of drawing in more interest to serve on the Commission from community members.

“We have more work for Planning and Zoning now than ever before,” said Hoppe.

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Science and Technology
7:04 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Missouri Coalition for the Environment raises concerns about the Ameren Callaway Nuclear Plant

The Callaway nuclear reactor
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

Ameren’s Callaway nuclear plant near Fulton is in its 30th year of operation. It has a 40-year license and is in the process of getting it renewed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC.

Missouri Coalition for the Environment is heading an effort to stop it from being re-licensed.

One of their main concerns is spent, or used, radioactive rods that are left over after making power. When they’re taken out of the reactor, they’re still extremely hot and need to be stored in a cooling facility.

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