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8:00 am
Sat March 2, 2013

'The Amen Corner' brings church challenges, life lessons to the stage

The cast of the MU production of James Baldwin's "The Amen Corner," directed by Clyde Ruffin.
FAVS photo courtesy Clyde Ruffin

Community and campus converge in the cast of MU's production of "The Amen Corner," a play by James Baldwin that finishes its run this weekend. 

The play tells the story of an African-American woman who starts a small storefront church in Harlem in 1965. She's recently migrated there from the south with her 18-year-old son, who plays the church piano.

But unbeknownst to the congregation, she has a secret past. She was once married to a jazz musician who was an alcoholic, but after their child died, she left him. His arrival one Sunday sends a scandal through the church. 

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Arts and Culture
10:02 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

'Dirty Wars' exposes US covert operations around the world

Courtesy of 'Dirty Wars'

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

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Arts and Culture
6:14 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

'These Birds Walk' wants to be a 'vehicle for empathy'

'These Birds Walk' tells the story of Omar, a runaway living in a shelter in Karachi, Pakistan.
Omar Mullick Oscilloscope Laboratories.

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

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Faith/Religion
5:59 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Volunteer response to The Room at the Inn closure

Meg Hegemann, the pastor at the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church, organizes leftover supplies that will be distributed to Columbia agencies.
Jessica Stone KBIA

The Room at the Inn shelter is closing today as planned at the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church after housing the homeless since January.

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True/False: Conversations
4:59 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

'The Crash Reel' highlights pro snowboarder recovering from brain injury

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This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

When professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce crashed in the half-pipe in 2009, his life’s trajectory took a turn for the uncertain. After barely surviving a devastating head injury from the fall, Pearce’s recovery ultimately became more than just returning to full health.

Enter filmmaker Lucy Walker. In “The Crash Reel,” the Oscar-nominated documentarian opens a door to Kevin and his family as they struggle with how to handle Kevin’s injury and recovery. The intimate interactions between family members highlight the horrors of traumatic head injuries and the effects they have on loved ones.

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Business
4:43 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

True/False Film Festival expects more than 37,000 attendees

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From today through Sunday, True/False Film Fest will be taking over downtown Columbia.

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Arts and Culture
3:37 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

The True/False film festival happens 'in the slash'

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Catch all of KBIA's filmmaker interviews for this year's True/False Film Festival. Read True/False Conversations or listen to them through iTunes.

The world Paul Sturtz and David Wilson have spent 10 years creating started with the schism between reality and fiction.

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Business
3:08 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Sequestration may close Columbia airport control tower

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Listen to KBIA's Sydney Miller report on the possible closure of Columbia Regional Airport's control tower.

The F-A-A says that if budget talks in Washington fail, 168 air traffic control towers across the country could be forced to close.

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Business
12:16 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Snow affects True Life Run race and events

New UM System President Tim Wolfe spoke with reporters on his first official day in charge.
File KBIA

The city of Columbia and the True/False team are working to ensure minimum influence from the snow on Festival.

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Business
7:55 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Save your money, is the message to Missourians from Mo. Extension effort

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A state and national campaign to encourage Missourians to save their money is wrapping up a month-long awareness campaign. America Saves started in 2001; it’s designed to help raise awareness about the importance of saving but this year Missouri Extension has dedicated a month to helping Missourians, in a camping called Missouri Saves. 

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Politics
5:37 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Missouri House advocates school prevailing wage opt out

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The Missouri House voted Wednesday and today to approve a house bill that allows rural schools to opt out of paying prevailing wage for public construction projects.

House Republicans and Democrats held opposite attitudes on the bill, but they bill got secondary approval and now is moving to the Senate.

Prevailing wage is a wage requirement meant to protect local construction industries when public construction projects are conducted.

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Weather
5:12 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Snowstorm leaves Missourians seeking help for cost of heating

File Photo KBIA

The recent snowstorm has left thousands throughout the state needing assistance with their heating bills.

The Missouri Association for Community Action runs a government-funded institution called The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps people pay their utilities.

The program has seen budget cuts in recent years and the recent weather has meant an increased demand for services. Executive Director Elaine West says this combination has put huge pressure on local programs.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Mo. Senate sends tax credit overhaul to House

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Missouri senators have passed legislation scaling back tax breaks for developers and offering new incentives for high-tech businesses and world trade.

The Senate's 27-7 vote earlier today sends the bill to the House, where it already faces some opposition.

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Arts and Culture
3:17 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer' tells the inside story behind the protest

Three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot were arrested following their performance at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
Courtesy of Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

A little over a year ago, members of the feminist punk rock collective Pussy Riot staged an unauthorized performance inside Russia’s main cathedral, railing against the recently re-elected President Vladimir Putin. Video of their "punk prayer" went viral, and their subsequent arrest raised an international outcry, with notable figures like Madonna and Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi calling for their release.

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True/False
12:41 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

'Cutie and the Boxer' tells an unconventional story about love, but not a love story

Noriko Shinohara (l.) looks in the camera as her husband Ushio stretches. From Zachary Heinzerling’s CUTIE AND THE BOXER, a documentary about the 40-year marriage of artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara.
Erik Jonsson

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Ushio Shinohara was a “rowdy, confrontational" young artist, seemed destined for fame after moving to New York City in the late 1960’s. He hung out with Warhol. He’d been part of Japan’s post-war avant-garde movement, most well-known as the “boxing painter,” for his exhibitionist art where he would dip his cloth-bound hands in ink, and punch his way down a canvas. But his full potential was never realized.

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AM Newscasts
9:21 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Newscast for February 28, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Mo. Supreme Court Considering The Link Between Benefits And Marriage
  • Obama visits Springfield with Let’s Move! campaign tour
  • "Paycheck Protection" Bill Remains Stalled In Mo. Senate
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Politics
9:13 am
Thu February 28, 2013

FLOTUS visits Springfield with 'Let’s Move!' campaign

First Lady Michelle Obama strikes the Heisman pose while greeting Dallas Cowboy football players, from left, Miles Austin, DeMarcus Ware, and Felix Jones at the Kleberg Rylie Recreation Center in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 10, 2012.
Let's Move! FLICKR

First Lady Michelle Obama plans to visit Springfield, Mo. Thursday as part of her effort to promote healthy lifestyle choices for kids and reduce the risk of childhood obesity. The first lady is touring three cities in two days to mark the third anniversary of her Let’s Move! campaign. Springfield will be her last stop on the tour, after Clinton, Miss. and Chicago, Ill.

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Business
8:53 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Columbia homes regain power

The power has come back on for thousands of people in Columbia, allowing many happy residents to return to their warmer homes.

Joe Statts lives on Bearfield Road. He said after riding around in his truck just to keep warm on Tuesday night, he and his family decided to spend the night at a hotel.

“We didn’t know when it was going to come back on,” Statts said. “We didn’t want to be spending the night here.”

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Agriculture
8:30 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Mo. House OKs farming constitutional amendment

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a measure that supporters say will help protect farmers.
The proposed state constitutional amendment would prohibit laws that limit what it calls modern farming and ranching practices unless they're passed by the Legislature. The measure would add that the right to engage in modern farming and ranching practices are "forever guaranteed."

House members endorsed the measure Wednesday. It needs another vote before moving to the state Senate. If it passes the Legislature, the amendment would go to a statewide vote.

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Health & Wealth Blog
6:36 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Sequestration would hit rural hospitals harder than their urban counterparts

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Barring a congressional miracle,  Medicare payments to health care providers throughout the country will see a 2 percent reduction come Friday. That amount might not sound like much, but rural hospitals and their surrounding communities are the ones that would feel most of the pinch.

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Weather
5:54 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Here's a picture of an actual zebra hanging out in the snow in Columbia

A zebra and a horse at the property on Rock Quarry Road
Credit Megan Schultz / KBIA

Drive down Rock Quarry road in South Columbia and you might catch a glimpse of a camel or even a zebra.  The animals belong to Lisa Barnes, widow of the late John Patrick Barnes who worked in Columbia real estate and sat on the city council.  We wondered if the Barnes' exotic animals were having a tough time in the bad weather, but this little guy seems to be doing fine.

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Views of the News
5:39 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Ten Years of True/False, Oscar Docs, O'Brien, CNN & Diversity

Substitute panelist Amanda Hinnant

  

Media criticism and critique from Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Lee Wilkins and Amanda Hinnant.

Agriculture
5:30 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Dairy settlement doesn't deliver reform

airy cows on a Missouri farm are fed early one December morning.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

When a group of small farmers in the southeastern U.S. banded together to sue a powerful dairy cooperative a few years ago, many hoped that the case would bring big changes to the milk industry.

But the recent settlement of the case involving Kansas City-based Dairy Farmers of America Inc., resulted in little long-term reform, even as the farmers received some monetary damages.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Mo. Senate endorses tax incentive overhaul

Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Missouri senators have endorsed legislation creating new incentives for high-tech businesses and international exports while paring back existing tax credits.

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True/False
1:18 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

"Computer Chess" shows the dawn of the digital age

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This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

In 1997, a computer beat a human at chess for the first time.  Gary Kasparov was reputedly the best chess player of his time but an IBM program named Deep Blue wore him down. It was a landmark moment for technology and is one of the seminal moments of the digital age. Director Andrew Bujalski, most famous for inaugurating the “Mumblecore” genre in the 1990s—wanted to find the root of that moment, and it took him to the obscure nerd culture of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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Weather
12:30 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Sagging power lines complicate repair efforts for Boone County Electric

A falling tree in Benton Stephens nearly knocks over nearby power lines
Credit Scott Pham / KBIA

  Many Boone County homes are still without power due to outages in the Boone Electric Cooperative grid.

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Weather
11:30 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Update on snow and services from the city

Clear, but slushy roadways Tuesday morning
Credit KBIA

Travel Conditions
In a press release sent out this morning, the city says that travel conditions are improving and that road crews made good progress this morning. 

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Health & Wealth Update
11:30 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Mo. Medicaid expansion still lacks rural legislative support

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Listen to this week's Health & Wealth Update, with a shorter version of KSMU's Jennifer Davidson's story.

This week -- we’re hearing about the Medicaid expansion debate down in West Plains -- the seat of rural Howell County. A study by the Missouri Budget Project shows that Medicaid expansion would have its most dramatic impact in the state’s rural areas.

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AM Newscasts
9:49 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Newscast for February 27, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Live blog: Second winter storm hits Columbia
  • Missouri Republicans Outline 'Commonsense Conservative' Medicaid Alternative
  • Mo. panel OKs transportation sales tax increase

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