A new Missouri law offering tax breaks to computer data centers already is making an impact.

Internet service provider Bluebird Network is citing the incentives as one reason it is moving ahead with an expansion of a data center in Springfield.

The law that took effect in late August offers a sales tax exemption on data center equipment and utilities for businesses that meet certain investment thresholds and hire additional workers.

Bluebird Network estimates it could save $191,000 of taxes on its planned $8 million expansion.


The City of Columbia’s Stormwater Utility reported challenges keeping up with its work at the Mayor’s Task Force on Infrastructure meeting Tuesday.

During her presentation for the task force, civil engineer Erin Keys said the crew’s biggest challenge is not having enough resources to replace or maintain failing infrastructure.

The crew maintains stormwater infrastructure, which includes 160 miles of pipes stretching from Columbia to Springfield, Missouri.


Police are investigating after graffiti was scrawled on a "Black Lives Matter" sign outside a suburban St. Louis church.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that black paint was sprayed on the sign that hangs outside Eliot Chapel, a Unitarian church in Kirkwood. 

The sign was dedicated on Aug. 9, the one-year anniversary of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The shooting helped spur the national "Black Lives Matter" movement.

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Billy Martin did not know what to expect before delivering his pitch on Friday, Sept. 18, to a group of judges and fellow entrepreneurs at the Techweek event in Kansas City.

As one of 20 finalists for LaunchKC, a business model competition for technology startup firms, Martin and his company Ulytic were about to take the final step before finding out if it would be one of 10 companies to receive a $50,000 check to support the next phase of his business.


The FBI’s released its annual Uniform Crime Report this week revealing a decline in violent crime in Jefferson City from 2013 to 2014.

The data show a decrease in almost every violent crime category, excluding murder.

Councilman Rick Mihalevich is the chairman of the city’s Public Safety Committee.

He said the city’s initiatives concerning public safety could be responsible for the decline.

He also said the police department is finally fully staffed.

  Was the coverage too much? Too little? Or just right? Also, farming out editorials, lessons learned after a tv station used a Nazi emblem in a Yom Kippur graphic, a boo boo in Yogi Berra’s obituary and more. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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On the heels of a decision made last Thursday that could leave Columbia - once again - without a doctor able to perform abortions, about 1000 people gathered on the University of Missouri campus Tuesday to voice their support of Planned Parenthood.

Speakers at the event ranged from a religious leader, to politicians, to MU graduate students and Planned Parenthood leadership. This event was a part of a national “Pink Out Day” and similar events were being held around the country.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JACK SCHULTZ, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, who talks about Missouri's contributions to the wine industry. Did you know that many years ago, Missouri 'saved the planet from losing all of it's wine production?' It's a fascinating story - watch! September 30, 2015

Morning Newscast for September 30, 2015

Sep 30, 2015
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Morgan County R-II school District in Versailles received a 350 thousand dollar grant in August through the Missouri Foundation for Health. School administrators are working on an action plan for the community to include different activities centered on childhood obesity. The Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities grant will fund these activities as well as the salary for the Health and Wellness coordinator of the district.

Alpine Bees Adapting to New Rocky Mountain Climate

Sep 30, 2015
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New MU research says bumblebees in the Alpine region of the Rocky Mountains might be adapting to climate change.

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Columbia's first power plant is officially out of the coal business.

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Pope Francis made his first trip the United States. For five days, he met with dignitaries, church officials, Catholics and members of the public. And, for those five days, the cable networks were practically wall-to-wall. Was the coverage too much? Too little? Or just right?

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Cultures from all over the world could be seen at MU today as the university held their eighth annual International Day. 

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The conservative group, Americans for Prosperity, is launching an advertising campaign against Missouri Republican lawmakers who don't support right to work.

City of Columbia Earns Partial Win in Former Employee Lawsuit

Sep 29, 2015
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Zim Schwartze filed suit against the City of Columbia, City Manager Michael Matthes and Police Chief Thomas Burton. Schwartze is a former police captain and former Director of the Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management. 

Talking Politics - Planned Parenthood

Sep 29, 2015
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Last Thursday, the University of Missouri Health Care System announced it would be eliminating "refer and follow" privileges.

On the heels of this decision, Attorney General Chris Koster announced Monday the results of his office's investigation into the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic and its handling of fetal tissue.  

Marshall Griffin has the story.

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On this week’s edition of Intersection, we delve into the rich history, sweet sounds and savory flavors of the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. Our host Sara Shariari talks with Aarik Danielsen, features editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune, and learns about the stories behind the blues with musicians Pat 'Mother Blues' Cohen, Albert White, Big Ron Hunter, Ardie Dean, Lil' Joe Burton and Nashid Abdul, who perform with the Music Maker Blues Revue. Segments on some of the event’s food vendors and  festival-goers round out the show. 

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said his office found no evidence of wrongdoing at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

Centralia Public Library Gets Funding for New Equipment

Sep 29, 2015
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  The Centralia Public Library will be able to replace and upgrade library equipment. Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Monday the library received a federal technology grant of $17,347.

The federal funds will allow the library to upgrade and replace two barcode scanners, one receipt printer, four staff computers, three teen computers and eight public access computers. Becky Wilson, Director of the Centralia Public Library, said the grant will allow the library to entirely replace its aging network, which currently runs off of two servers from 2000 and 2003.

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Missouri's Democratic attorney general says an investigation by his office found no evidence that Planned Parenthood in St. Louis is selling fetal tissue from abortions.

Chris Koster's report released Monday said a review of more than 300 abortions performed in June found that all tissue had been properly incinerated.

Koster launched an investigation following state and national outrage, primarily by Republicans, about undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists. The videos show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the transfer of fetal tissue to researchers.

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A new building is in sight for the Sedalia Head Start Program. Governor Jay Nixon announced Thursday that the state will award nearly one million dollars to go to the program. Sedalia Head Start currently enrolls 97 children but the new building will expand service to 115 children meeting income eligibility requirements. Currently 89 of the 97 children enrolled are at 100 percent or below of federal poverty guidelines. Other children qualify by being categorically eligible meaning homeless, or in foster care and having diagnosed disabilities.

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College students in southwestern Missouri have helped develop a portable solar-powered home they believe can withstand the most powerful of tornadoes.

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Columbia Public Schools have abandoned the idea of offering an "alternate meal" of a cheese sandwich and apple for students who owe more than $15 to the district.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports district nutrition services director Laina Fullum sent parents and guardians an email in early August explaining the proposal that was to go into effect Aug. 25.

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KBIA is honored to have won the General Excellence in Online Journalism - Small award in the 2015 Online News Association's Online Journalism Awards.

The award was announced at a banquet in Los Angeles Saturday night at the end of the annual ONA conference. Stephen Thompson, a writer/editor for NPR Music, was one of the hosts of the event. In presenting the award, he read this note from the judges:

"The judges were impressed that a tiny newsroom staffed largely with college students had such a thoughtful and sophisticated website, from data journalism to crowdsourcing to long form feature storytelling this site punched way above its weight. In a category full of excellent entrants this was a real standout."