Utility Bill for Kirksville Residents Will Increase in 2017

Oct 18, 2016
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Kirksville residents will pay about $2.00 more per month on their water and sewage utility bill next year.

The Kirksville City Council approved the increase 4-1 in order to make sure the city is generating enough revenue to run the system.

Every year, the city of Kirksville takes a look at utilities to ensure costs are being covered effectively.

Kirksville Finance Director Lacy King wrote up the report detailing the utlility rates must be a set at a level so the city can “pay operations and maintenance costs, pay the principal and interest on State Revolving Loan Fund bonds, ensure the net operating revenues are equal to or greater than 110 percent of the annual debt service, provide sufficient reserves to pay debt of service, and provide sufficient reserves to pay debt service and to ensure protection and integrity of the systems.”

Alison Barnes Martin

Martha Stevens left her social work and advocacy positions to run for the District 46 House of Representatives seat. Her job experiences gave her ideas for public policies on health care coverage. For Stevens, health care expansion is one of the most critical issues facing Missourians.

Nicholas Rodriguez

Tonight on Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talks with Nicholas Rodriguez, also known as NicDanger, about his new E.P. and his career in hip-hop and rap music. Also, Doug Wilson previews this weekend’s Central Missouri Renaissance Festival in Callaway County.

This week on Discover Nature, watch for spiders spinning silken webs, and “ballooning.”

Today Paul Pepper visits with ANGELA NELSON, Market Regulation Director for MoDIFP, about the new MO2GO application for your smartphone. This is a great way to keep all your necessary home/auto/life insurance information in one location because, as Angela says, "I know for me, my life is on my phone!" At [4:04] CB CHASTAIN, University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center, returns with the four 'Cs' that will keep your pet(s) safe this Halloween! October 18, 2016

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The Federal Election Commission is questioning some donations to GOP incumbent Senator Roy Blunt’s campaign, and Democrats are using the questions to attack Blunt in his tight race with Jason Kander.

The Federal Election Commission sent a letter to Roy Blunt’s campaign about a $1000 donation from Missourians for Responsible and Better Government.

This is a group that was formed in 2014 with the leftover money from the gubernatorial campaign of Blunt’s son, Matt. It’s all run by another Blunt, Roy’s son and campaign manager, Andy. Democrats called it the “Blunt Family PAC.”

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Washington University in St. Louis has stopped using sedated cats to train medical students how to insert breathing tubes down the throats of babies, effectively ending the practice in the U.S., according to a medical ethics group.

The Washington University School of Medicine said in a statement on Monday that after a "significant investment" in its simulation center, it will now provide neonatal intubation training using only mannequins and advanced simulators.

Today Paul Pepper visits with longtime friends KIT and CATHY SALTER about an upcoming diabetic workshop at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Columbia! "The Fall of Diabetes," featuring a number of informational workshops and activities, is FREE, but registration is preferred. Watch for details! October 17, 2016

Kansas City Brewers Say Hops Shortage May Be Easing

Oct 17, 2016

Kansas City-area brewers are raising a toast, believing the nation's shortage of hops, used to add bitterness and aroma to beer, may be nearing an end.

The demand for hops is high partly because of America's obsession with India pale ales, which use large amounts of hops. Craft brewers increasingly are infusing more of the soft cone flower from the hops plant into beers in what Bryce Schaffter of Cinder Block Brewery in Missouri's North Kansas City calls a "hops race."

Accidental Shootings Kill 8 Missouri Children Since 2014

Oct 17, 2016
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Eight Missouri children were killed in accidental shootings in the 2 1/2 years leading up to July, and the top St. Louis prosecutor thinks a new state gun law could result in even more young lives lost.

Columbia Police Department Focuses on Community Policing

Oct 14, 2016
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Last week the Columbia Police Department launched a series of town hall meetings to improve police-community relations across Columbia.

Each meeting centered on policing in a specific department beat of Columbia. Most recently, Shepard Boulevard High School played host to one of those town hall meetings. The meeting centered around issues facing Southeast Columbia.

MoDot Looks to Sell Old, Historic Bridges

Oct 14, 2016

The department of transportation is selling the bridge that crosses the Bourbeuse River on Route B in Phelps County. The bridge was built in 1934 and has historic value, according to MoDot. For this reason, MoDot must offer the bridge for sale before demolishing it.

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The Philippines is in the midst of a spectacularly brutal war on drugs. The man behind it is the President Rodrigo Duterte, who took office June 30.  

In Duterte’s first seven weeks on the job, more than 1,800 people were killed by police or vigilante death squads. By one estimate that figure has climbed to nearly 4,000 through mid-October.

Those being killed aren’t just suspected drug traffickers. They’re also ordinary drug users, street children and sometimes people who are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the bloodshed and the reasons for Duterte's high approval ratings.

Today Paul Pepper and travel guru, MEL ZELENAK, talk about more ways to save a buck while seeing the world, all before you leave the house! Find out about Mel's favorite website in which to book a flight, as well as advice on reading the fine print. October 14, 2016

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Columbia is now the second city in Missouri to join the White House's Police Data Initiative program.

The Columbia Police Department's crime analysts will release data on racial profiling and officer-involved shootings as a part of the program.

Documents obtained by the Columbia Daily Tribune and published late Thursday evening show a number of complaints against the University of Missouri's Delta Upsilon fraternity, including one that suggests recent pledges may have been given drugs with the express intent of sexual assault. 

Audubon Society's Big Sit: "Like Tailgating for Birders"

Oct 13, 2016
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Every year on the second weekend of October, birders and bird-watchers across the country demarcate a 17-foot wide circle, set up shop within it, and bird watch from dawn to dusk. Countless chapters of the National Audubon Society organize the event, appropriately titled the Big Sit. Birders chat, knit and even barbecue during the event, all while keeping a count of all the different birds they see.

Court Reversal Shields Missouri's Execution Drug Provider

Oct 13, 2016

A Missouri federal appellate court that ordered Missouri to reveal its supplier of lethal injection drugs has reversed its decision, ruling that the provider must remain shielded.

A three-judge panel with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court overturned its Sept. 2 ruling that the state must disclose its pentobarbital supplier to two Mississippi death-row inmates suing for the information.

At that time, the panel rejected Missouri's claim that revealing how it gets pentobarbital could crimp its supply of chemicals for future executions.

Missouri Launches Effort Aimed at Tackling College Debt

Oct 13, 2016

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has launched a new effort aimed at increasing the odds of college students graduating on time and leaving them with less debt.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the state's "15 to Finish" initiative encourages college students to take 15 credit hours each semester.

The department is teaming up with the national nonprofit Complete College America to provide the state's two- and four-year colleges with promotional materials and plans to personalize the idea for each campus.

Changes Possibly Coming to Downtown Columbia Parking

Oct 13, 2016
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Parking in downtown Columbia is a hot button issue. Right now, the city requires residential developers to build one parking spot for every four bedrooms in their complex. These spots can be anywhere within one-quarter mile of the residence. The Parking and Transportation Management task force met Wednesday to discuss possible changes to this minimum requirement.

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Since the Roots N Blues N Barbecue festival moved from downtown Columbia to Stephens Lake Park, festivalgoers have been greeted by larger-than-life puppets that light up and moved throughout the park. The puppets were provided by the Astral Gypsies, but this year, they weren’t coming to the festival.

So the art crew decided it would make its own. Only, there was a small problem.

Intersection - Transom Radio Workshop

Oct 13, 2016

This week on Intersection we're taking a closer look at how great radio is made. We talked with people who took the Transom Traveling Radio Workshop in Columbia this summer about what they learned. We also talked with Rob Rosenthal, a radio producer who taught the workshop.

Listen to the full story here:

Today Paul Pepper visits with TERI WALDEN, Executive Director/Co-Founder of EnCircle Technologies, and JOE CHEE, Teacher/Technical Support, about EnCircle Tech's Video Game Tournament fundraiser happening this Saturday in Columbia! Everyone at every skill level is invited to take part in this day-long event that features the game, 'Super Smash Bros. Melee', and benefits those with autism. Sign up today! October 13, 2016

MU Program Gives $500k to Fund Biomedical Projects

Oct 13, 2016
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An MU program created to improve patient care awarded $500,000 to five different research teams on Tuesday.

The Coulter Translational Partnership Program’s goal is to accelerate the use of biomedical innovations to help patients. The partnership is between MU and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

The money will fund projects focusing on a range of medical experiments, including treating vertebral compression fractures, protecting corneal tissue and visualizing the coronary artery.