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A communications company that specializes in prepaid wireless service has announced it will open a headquarters in Missouri and create more than 50 new jobs.

Virgin Mobile USA says it's still scouting out potential office space in downtown Kansas City and is actively recruiting candidates for a number of positions, including executive. It expects to have its office finished and staffed by the end of the year.

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Missouri Democratic candidate for governor Chris Koster says he's raised more than $3.5 million in the last several months.

His campaign says he had $10 million to spend as of the start of July.

Friday is the deadline for candidates to report recent fundraising and spending. Reports will show how the gubernatorial candidates stack up in the weeks before a competitive four-way Republican primary Aug. 2.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon can't seek re-election because of term limits.

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 A panel tasked with recommending changes for the University of Missouri system is moving forward despite funding cuts.

The University of Missouri Review Commission met for the first time Friday to discuss how to help a system rocked by turmoil following student protests and leadership changes. The system president and Columbia chancellor resigned amid protests.

Some lawmakers were frustrated about the handling of Columbia protests last year over what some saw as administrators' indifference to racial issues. In response, lawmakers created the commission.

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Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander isn't saying yet how he will handle a ballot proposal seeking to raise the cigarette tax in light of recent court rulings.

The state Supreme Court recently turned down an appeal of a ruling ordering a change to the ballot summary for the measure that would phase in a 60-cent increase to the state's 17-cent-a-pack cigarette tax.

The ruling said the summary prepared by Kander's office should have noted that a separate, new 67-cent-a-pack fee on some cigarette brands will rise annually.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN, who shares a summertime adventure story about a fisherman, a mountain lion, a turtle and a Schwinn bicycle. Listen to the end, and then judge for yourself as to whether or not this story is true! July 15, 2016

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Some small Missouri towns that'll offer a view next year's total solar eclipse are trying to prepare for the event. The Kansas City Star reports that the total solar eclipse will occur Aug. 21, 2017. 

In this episode of Three Broke Mice, we’re navigating our way into the complex and increasingly profitable world of the emoji. If you’re not familiar with the concept, they’re colorful icons—from funny faces to food to symbols—loved by smartphone and social media users the world over.

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The 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals will meet President Barack Obama at the White House on July 21.

The White House announced the visit Thursday, continuing the tradition of presidents meeting sports teams that win championships.

The White House also released a video featuring White House press secretary Josh Earnest, a Kansas City native. The video shows Earnest wearing a Royals cap and using a team mug as he fills a jug with water.

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A new Missouri law will require the state's Social Services Department to have a third party review welfare rolls.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday announced he'll let the law take effect without his signature.

Thursday is Nixon's deadline to sign or veto bills. If he doesn't take action on bills, they become law.

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 Severe weather has left tens of thousands without power, temporarily trapped two people in a cave near Columbia and closed some highways.

Crews were making repairs after Wednesday's storm knocked out power to nearly 185,000 Ameren customers in Missouri and Illinois, largely near St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that about 58,000 in the St. Louis area were still without power Thursday morning.

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  Australia's aboriginal people have struggled to preserve their own culture and identity while adapting to the changes wrought by the modern world.

It's this struggle that is the subject of "Another Country," a documentary about the community of Ramingining in Australia's remote Northern Territory. Ramingining is the hometown of narrator David Gulpilil, one of Australia's best-known indigenous actors, and serves as a microcosm for the challenges in bridging the divide between the modern world and traditional societies.

Among the problems: how are people to participate in a market economy when their culture teaches them personal possessions are to be shared?

On this special edition of Global Journalist, guest host Joshua Kranzberg explores the "interruption" of Australia's indigenous culture with "Another Country" director Molly Reynolds.

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHRIS OLIVER about MU Theatre Department's production of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Now this is not the musical everyone knows; this is a new adaptation, with music. Chris says, "it's a family-friendly show. It's a nice way of doing theatre...it's fun and adventuresome." At [4:05] MELISSA STONE, Research Assistant at Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic, talks about the many outpatient services provided by IBHC, including comprehensive assessments. Best of all, it's free of charge; watch for details! July 14, 2016

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Regulators have rejected a second application for the Missouri portion of a power line that would carry wind energy from Kansas to Indiana.

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Missouri's Republican candidates for governor renewed calls to support police during a debate largely focused on racial tensions and police-involved shootings.

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A utility says nearly 185,000 of its Missouri and Illinois customers are without electricity because of fast-moving thunderstorms that meteorologists believe may have packed wind gusts at times exceeding 70 mph.

KBIA wins 16 Heart of America Awards

Jul 13, 2016
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KBIA is honored to receive 16 awards from the Kansas City Press Club in its annual Heart of America Awards.  The KC Press Club is the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the contest honors outstanding journalists from eastern Kansas and western Missouri. The awards were presented at a banquet on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City on Saturday, July 9th.

KBIA won 9 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze and 1 honorable mention award:

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President Obama told mourners at the memorial service for five slain Dallas police officers that “we are not as divided as we seem,” following a week of police-involved shootings. How did the presence of video from two police-involved shootings move the dialogue forward? What caused conservative media to take notice of incidents of police brutality against people of color? And, did the media help the situation or hurt it? 

After just over 14 months as University of Missouri Athletic Director, Mack Rhoades will leave to serve as vice president and director of athletics for Baylor University in Waco, Texas. 

"While my family is excited to start this new chapter in our lives, we do so with great appreciation for our time at Mizzou," Rhoades wrote in a release Wednesday afternoon. "We've met many wonderful people and made lasting friendships. I believe the athletic department has a very bright future."

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A "comic's comic" usually refers to a veteran comedian who is respected among their peers in the stand-up business, but may have not attained commercial success.  

After 25 years in the business, Adam Ferrara has the distinction of not only being a commercially successful comic, but also one who is known as a veteran "comic's comic" by his peers. When he's not touring the country performing stand-up, Adam has had recurring acting roles on hit TV shows like Nurse Jackie and Rescue Me. Adam is an avid car enthusiast, and in 2010 he was tapped to be the host of Top Gear USA, the American version of the popular British automotive racing show. This Comedian's Life talked to Adam about cars, cursing, and the meaning of the phrase "no-pants weekend." Adam will appear at the Kansas City Improv July 14-17. To find out more about Adam, visit his website at AdamFerrara.com, or follow him on Twitter @adamferrara.

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Every year, the US Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention administer the National Health Interview Survey to help track the health of the various demographic groups that make up the county's population. But it wasn’t until 2013 that the survey included questions about sexual orientation.

One finding that emerged was that lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to be obese than their heterosexual counterparts. Jane McElroy, associate professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is the first to publish research on interventions to specifically address the issue. Her study was published in the current issue of Women’s Health Issues, and she came by the KBIA studios to discuss her findings.


Today Paul Pepper welcomes back TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre. Their latest production, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," is running in rep with "Ring of Fire" beginning this Friday! 'Joseph' Narrator, MELISSA BOHON, sings "A Pharaoh's Story" at [3:50] - watch! July 13, 2016

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A suburban St. Louis police officer who was shot last week during a traffic stop will require long-term care.

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Missouri House Democratic leaders are calling for a GOP lawmaker to step down after he moved out of his district.

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Missouri is starting its new fiscal year with its lowest amount of operating money in decades.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's communications director is joining presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign as deputy chief of staff.

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President Obama spoke told mourners the memorial service for five slain Dallas police officers that “we are not as divided as we seem,” following a week of police-involved shootings. How did the presence of video from two police-involved shootings move the dialogue forward? What caused conservative media to take notice of incidents of police brutality against people of color? And, did the media help the situation or hurt it? 

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In a brightly-lit lab at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, workers with tweezers hunch over petri dishes scattered with sprouted sorghum seeds. Sorghum produces grain and also a sugary stalk.

But this sorghum has a genetic tweak, explains plant scientist Tom Clemente. Instead of sugar, it’s engineered to make oil, which could be used to make fuel or chemicals.

“You know if we can get oil in a stock of sorghum anywhere greater than 5 percent, that’s a winner,” Clemente says. “That’s a grand slam.”

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