Columbia Kids Will Get Free Flu Shots

Sep 18, 2017
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Columbia’s Department of Public Health and Human Services will offer free flu shots this year for children ages six months to 18 years, Monday to Friday at 1005 W. Worley St. without an appointment.

Eric Stann, the Community Relations Specialist at the department of Public Health and Human Services says, the flu season begins around October 1, but as preventative measures people should be staying home if sick, covering coughs and sneezes with an elbow or a shirt sleeve. They should also frequently wash their hands with soap and warm water.

Westminster College to Host Annual Symposium

Sep 18, 2017
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Westminster College will host its 12th annual Hancock Symposium this week. This year’s theme is “Advocacy and Activism: Leading from Where You Are.”

The symposium will be hosting a diverse group of speakers ranging from an expert in terrorism, to a Native American activist, to the founder of the first coding school for girls in Afghanistan, according to a press release.

Dr. Leah Gunning Francis will be speaking about her book “Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening a Community.” She describes her experience in Ferguson and interviews a dozen clergy members who were actively involved in the movement for racial equality.

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The Columbia City Council is planning to vote on the budget for fiscal year 2018 on Monday night. Council Member Michael Trapp says monthly utility rates will increase by approximately $3.87, and that almost all  utility rates increase each year.

“I think we keep our rates as low as we can. A goal of the city is to keep rate increases for all of the utilities less than $5 a month,” said Trapp.

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The Health and Resources Services Administration has awarded $3.9 million to twenty-four health centers in Missouri, according to a press release issued Friday. There are a total of twenty-nine health centers in Missouri. The grant is a part of the Access Increases for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (AIMS) awards.

The total amount was determined by Congress in the Omnibus Budget Act earlier this year.

The grant is a part of the HRSA's five point strategy to fight opioid abuse across the country. The strategy includes advancing better practices for pain management and improving access to treatment and recovery services.

Hannah Haynes

KBIA's Hannah Haynes spoke with Missouri Task Force One's Terri Cassel about his and his team's experience working in Texas with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.


Sam McMillen, left, stands next to Elizabeth Modde, right, in the foyer of the University of Missouri Medical School
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Sam McMillen and Elizabeth Modde are both medical students at the University of Missouri. They both work or have worked with MedZou – a free community health clinic run by medical staff and students.

Sam is currently the Director of Patient Advocacy and Referrals, and he sat down with Elizabeth in May to discuss some of the healthcare struggles their homeless patients face, and how their relationships with patients has changed them.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local singer/songwriter LARRY BROWN! Larry performs William Spencer's "Harvest Time," [2:26] a hymn he says appealed to people affected by hard economic times at the turn of the century, but has since waned in popularity. Find out why he thinks interest faded over the years. September 18, 2017

Popularity Brings End to Traditional Lupus Chili Festival

Sep 18, 2017
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After 36 years, the tiny central Missouri village of Lupus is calling off its annual chili festival because it's become too popular.

In recent years, the Lupus Chili Fest has drawn thousands to the Moniteau County town of about 30 people.

The Columbia Missourian reports festival organizers announced last week that this year's event was canceled because the village couldn't handle the anticipated crowds.

Resident Jim Denny says more than 2,000 people attended last year. The festival organizers say the town doesn't have the infrastructure to ensure safety and comfort for that big of a crowd.

The festival started in 1982 as a small word-of-mouth party, but crowds have grown steadily since people began promoting it on social media.

Fulton Medical Center Sold And Will Stay Open

Sep 18, 2017
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Fulton Medical Center officials say the hospital has been sold and the new owners intend to keep it open.

Hospital officials said Friday the hospital was sold to EmpowerHMS, a health care management company based in Kansas City.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports the terms of the sale state that EmpowerHMS will keep the hospital open and its 37 beds available for patient care, with most employees being retained.

The previous owners of the hospital had announced in July they planned to close it on Friday, Sept. 22. It is the only hospital in Callaway County.

Ownership cited financial strains from low patient numbers and a deteriorating facility as the reason. MU Health Care sold its 35 percent stake in the hospital July 18 citing low patient volume.

Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton and other officials met with the new owners Friday. Benton said he was relieved and elated with the news.

The sale price was not released.

The Latest: Several Arrested After St. Louis Vandalism

Sep 18, 2017
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The Latest on protests over the acquittal of a white former St. Louis police officer in the killing of a black suspect (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

St. Louis police have at least seven people in custody as crowds angry over the acquittal of a police officer broke windows and damaged property for a third night.

Buses carrying police in full riot gear and shields arrived near the downtown location where police said significant property damage was reported following an hours-long nonviolent protest Sunday afternoon and evening. After protest organizers asked people to disband, some remained behind, as they had the previous two nights.

State Rep. Bruce Franks, who has participated in the protests, said those who are violent and vandalizing "are not protesters," saying they are part of a group separate from those marching as part of organized demonstrations.

Franks said he was trying to calm the situation.

Police tweeted that a bike officer was taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening leg injury.

Ken Burton

Each year, with the release of traffic stop data by the Missouri Attorney General's Office, the problem of racial profiling comes into sharper focus — and validates the suspicions of people who say they've been pulled over because of the color of their skin. Community groups like the NAACP and the newer Race Matters, Friends, have asked Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton to, first, acknowledge the problem and then take steps to solve it.

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Local Art Therapist Uses Art to Heal

Sep 15, 2017
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As Dareth Goettemoeller cleaned up her art space at Orr Street Studios, she hugged a doll.

It was a giant, Raggedy-Anne-like doll, with a message over the heart that read, “Hug me.”

She said she made them for patients that just needed a hug.

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A $21.6 million gift from the Novak family to the University of Missouri School of Journalism will establish what the university calls the world’s first center for communication and marketing-based leadership education.

The Novak Leadership Institute will provide students with hands-on experience in leadership and development, organizational communication, entrepreneurship and service. 

David Novak, the retired chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, says he gave to the university because there is a need to train students to become effective leaders.

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Back in 2015, the immigration crisis in Europe was in headlines all over the world. Since then the numbers of people crossing the by sea to the continent has declined from more than 1 million annually to just 126,000 through early September of this year, according to the U.N.'s migration agency. 

But many problems remain unresolved. Not least for the tens of thousands of migrants who arrived in Europe over the past few years and still find themselves in legal limbo. On this edition of Global Journalist, we look at Europe's tortured efforts to address the problem, and get an up close view at conditions for migrants in France and Greece. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN HOWE, author of "The Foolish Corner: Avoiding Mind Traps in Personal Financial Decisions." John tells us how a pre-mortem can help in making the initial choice to invest in a sunk cost. John also touches on how to automate your savings.  September 15, 2017

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Hickman High School will dedicate the Coach Arnel “Spanky” Monroe Memorial Pavilion Friday night as a tribute to the former football coach who died unexpectedly of a heart attack one year ago.

The ceremony prior to the game against Rock Bridge will be led by J.D. Coffman, Hickman High School athletics director and assistant principal for athletics and activities. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. near the side of the pavilion between the football and baseball stadiums.

Medical Examiner Report Completed in Missouri Man's Death

Sep 15, 2017
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A medical examiner has an autopsy on the death of a developmentally disabled Missouri man whose body was found in April encased in concrete.

The Fulton Sun reports Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers said Thursday the autopsy on 31-year-old Carl DeBrodie was received within the last week.

Columbia's ACT Scores Outshine the State Average

Sep 15, 2017
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Columbia ACT scores are ranked higher than the state in a five-year period, according to ACT compiled data beginning in 2013. The Columbia Public School District’s average composite score is 21.5, ranking higher than the state average.

Community Relations Director Michelle Baumstark says the students get a chance to have the ACT curriculum taught to them in the classroom where they can receive extra practice.

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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has put the National Guard on standby in case of protests that could follow a St. Louis judges’ ruling. The ruling would decide whether a former St. Louis police officer is guilty of murder.

Greitens said in a news release released today (Thursday) that activating the National Guard is a (quote) necessary precaution” to help protect infrastructure and free up police for security at protests.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — House budgeters and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' administration are clashing over money for a new program Greitens created to fight prescription drug misuse.

House Budget Committee members drilled administration officials Thursday over why they didn't get specific approval from lawmakers to spend money on the program. It's estimated to cost about $470,000 this fiscal year.

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Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas wants to boost parking fees downtown again.

Thomas has asked for either an increase of 10 cents per hour at parking meters or a $10-per-month increase in parking garage permits to be included in the city’s budget for fiscal 2018. He wants the extra money to pay for the first steps in establishing residential parking permit programs for neighborhoods that surround MU.

Dan and Connie Burkhardt were guests of Darren Hellwege on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud. The Burkhardt's discussed their recent book, Growing Up with the River in advance of their September 19 lecture on the MU campus.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JOY SWEENEY, Executive Director of Council for Drug Free Youth. Thanks to the efforts of JCCDFY, underage use of marijuana and alcohol has gone down over the past couple of years; however, the perception of harm of those same substances has also gone down. Joy tells us what that means, and why at the same time, prescription drug abuse among middle-schoolers has gone up. September 14, 2017

Lawmakers Back to Drawing Board for Funding In-Home Health Care

Sep 14, 2017

Missouri lawmakers chose not to restore in-home health care funding for several thousand Missourians on Wednesday.

However, House leaders announced that a working group has been assembled to find an alternative solution.

Legislators had gathered to consider overriding Gov. Eric Greitens’ decision to veto a bill that would have provided an additional $35 million for in-home and community-based health care. The veto override vote failed 49-106.