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St. Louis police are investigating after vandals targeted a century-old Confederate Memorial, spray-painting the words "Black Lives Matter" on a statue already facing an uncertain future.

Pop rocker Taylor Swift takes a bite out of Apple, forcing the company to revise its royalty payment plans for the new Apple Music streaming system. What lessons could journalists take from her demand for fair pay? Also, the deadly shooting at Emanuel AME Church reignited the national conversation about race, but has the media done its job to move that conversation forward. And, you can take the “interim” off Lester Holt’s title as anchor of NBC Nightly News. We’ll look at what’s ahead for the network as Brian Williams’ suspension expires and he moves to MSNBC. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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 The director responsible for managing Missouri's roughly $26 billion budget is retiring this summer.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday that state budget director Linda Luebbering will retire Aug. 6. She's served in the position since 2009. Luebbering previously worked as the fiscal management director for Pennsylvania's Public Welfare Department.

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TaNisha Webb points out a leak in the furnace room of an apartment in Kansas City, Mo. She explains the damp conditions are not ideal, especially right next to the system that circulates air throughout the home.

"It's going to pull in any other issues, airborne mold spores, bacteria growth potentially through the furnace and kind of distribute it in other places," Webb said.

On June 24, the Radio and Television Digital News Association awarded KBIA a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for the feature report, "Youth in Ferguson, 'I want more for my city than what it is now.'"

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  A Jasper County judge says three recent appointments to the Joplin Board of Education did not violate state statute.

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  A group of St. Louis-area schools are pledging to help two failing districts get back on track.

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  A group of St. Louis-area schools are pledging to help two failing districts get back on track.

The agreement announced by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today will mean 22 schools that accept students transferring from the Normandy and Riverview Gardens schools also will provide support to help those districts regain accreditation.

Help could include anything from reducing tuition to teacher training.

Farm Your Yard: Knowing the Insects in Your Garden

Jun 23, 2015
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As gardens are teeming with life in late June, they are more easily discovered by insects. On this week's Farm Your Yard, we learn about the role of beneficial and predatory insects in the home garden.

via Flickr user Jana Beamer

Less than 24 hours after pop rocker Taylor Swift told Apple she'd withhold her hit album, 1989, from the new Apple Music streaming service, the company revised its plan for royalty payouts. Originally, Apple wasn't planning to pay record labels royalties for streams during the free three-month trial period.

Taylor Swift: “To Apple, Love Taylor

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Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map. And to hear your favorite stories from this season, you can find our free podcast on itunes.

Today Paul Pepper visits with LEE ANN WOOLERY and DYLAN BAINTER about MU Extension's summer camp for high schoolers titled "The Arts as a Portal to Science Communication." Workshops cover a wide range of topics and are taught by professors from the University of Missouri. Sign up today - details on today's show! June 23, 2015

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  Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill aimed at keeping a federal intelligence agency in the St. Louis area.

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  A Missouri measure set to take effect this year will ensure restaurant owners are responsible only for collecting income taxes on cash tips workers report to them.

MU Extension Offers Low Cost Energy Audits

Jun 23, 2015
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  Reducing energy consumption has long been a topic of concern for many but the costs of assessing our energy efficiency can sometimes be prohibitive. University of Missouri Extension seeks to change that by making energy audits affordable to Mid-Missouri farms and small businesses.

Former UM System President Remembered For Hard Work

Jun 22, 2015

The first African-American University of Missouri System President died Saturday due to complications from colon cancer. Elson Floyd was UM System president from 2003 to 2007.

After working in the UM System, Floyd moved on to Washington State University. Those who worked with Floyd said he was a likable and hardworking man. He was also a dynamic person who was always on the hunt for a solution. 

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Fraternity and sorority leaders discussed possible changes to Greek campus life with University of Missouri officials this weekend at the Chancellor’s Summit on Sexual Assault and Student Safety in Fraternity Houses.


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Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Brandon Ellington says State Representative Chuck Basye hosting a Confederate dedication ceremony at the family farm was insensitive.

“As a State Representative, it is highly inappropriate to be honoring any type of guerillas that was fighting to enslave the people,” Ellington said.

Today Paul Pepper and local UFO enthusiast, BILL WICKERSHAM, touch on many topics, but in particular the 1984 Whiteman Air Force Base incursion. Hear the story that was not made public until 2008. June 22, 2015

Regional news coverage fro the KBIA newsroom, including:

Two University of Missouri Athletes Injured in Highway Accident

U.S. Highway 63 Near Troy Closed Due to Flooding

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  A football player and a women's basketball player from the University of Missouri have been injured after their car flipped in Columbia.

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  The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed all four lanes of U.S. Highway 61 at the Cuivre River near Troy due to high water.

A former president of the University of Missouri system, Elson Floyd, has died at 59 of complications from colon cancer.

Floyd had been president at Washington State University since 2007 and went on medical leave earlier this month. He died Saturday morning at Pullman Regional Hospital.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has released more than $22 million in previously withheld funding for job training, education and other programs.

Nixon on Friday announced the release. He previously blocked spending the money, citing lagging revenues. Nixon said improvements in the economy and revenues made the release possible.

Budget director Linda Luebbering says net general revenues so far this fiscal year are up 7.5 percent from last year.

The money will go to programs for early grade literacy, math and science tutoring and state health lab expenses.

Thinking Out Loud: The Impact of the Big BAM

Jun 19, 2015
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Next week, a first time cross-state bicycle ride launches. Leaders in small Missouri towns along the route are understandably eager to see the economic impacts of 1,000-plus riders cruising through town and spending their soggy dollars.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back resident holiday-storyteller LARRY BROWN! Take a moment and listen to Larry's Father's Day story at [1:43] - you might just recognize it. (And consider this your reminder that this Sunday is Father's Day!) June 19, 2015