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Steckel to become head coach at Missouri State

Dec 15, 2014
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  University of Missouri Defensive Coordinator Dave Steckel was named the next football coach at Missouri State on Sunday, December 14. 

The Lyceum Theatre

  For years, actors from New York City have joined theater productions in the tiny central Missouri town of Arrow Rock.

The Lyceum Theatre draws visitors to the town of 56 people throughout the summer.

But for the first time in its 54-year history, the theater is staging a winter production of "The Christmas Carol." The show ends this Sunday.

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On this week's Intersection, we are talking with Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin of the University of Missouri about the past year, and what his goals are for the future. 

Today Paul Pepper and DAVE MARS, Columbia Water and Light, share gift ideas for those energy-conscious people on your holiday shopping list! December 15, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • It could become harder to amend the Missouri State Constitution.
  • One lawmaker wants to limit scholarships to illegal students.
  • The World War I Memorial in Kansas City could be getting a new national status.
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Missouri's Liberty Memorial in Kansas City is one step closer to gaining ramped up national status.

A Republican lawmaker is trying to stop the Missouri Department of Higher Education from extending eligibility for a scholarship program to qualifying high school graduates who are in the country illegally.

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The holidays are upon us. As you make your way to office parties, family gatherings and other associated year-end merriments, know that KBIA has planned a series of holiday specials for every faith persuasion (including 'None of the above'.)

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Dr. Shakir Hammodi - a Columbia business man sentenced to three years in prison for violating trade sanctions - was released from prison this week.

According to his son Owais Abdul-Kafi, Hamoodi was released to a Columbia halfway house on December 9. Abdul-Kafi says Hamoodi will be allowed to return home at some point to serve the remainder of his sentence - ending April 7 -  under house arrest. Abdul-Kafi says he's not sure when that transfer would take place.

Missouri Supreme Court
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The Missouri Supreme Court decided it will not hear a case concerning the release of University of Missouri course syllabi to The National Council on Teacher Quality.

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A federal judge has imposed some limits on what actions police can take during protests in Missouri.

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One of Missouri's main retirement systems has temporarily blocked online access after discovering attempts to hack into its members' accounts.

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  On this week's Under the Microscope, traffic jams caused by a large harvest. 

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This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment, Off the Clock, Jadde Turk takes us to the Hallsville Community Center. She tells us about the growing popularity of square dancing in the small town. Every other Saturday, the Missouri Traditional Fiddle and Dance Network invites community members to eat and enjoy the traditional music and dance of Mid-Missouri. 


Today Paul Pepper chats with MELANIE KNOCKE about the latest shows, "Astronaut" and "Hubble Vision," happening tomorrow at the Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium. Plus, check out some fascinating photos of outer space! December 12, 2014

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The Missouri Supreme Court will not hear a public records lawsuit filed by an education advocacy group that wanted access to professors' copies of course outlines.

The National Council on Teacher Quality sued in October 2012 to compel the release of University of Missouri course plans. A Boone County court ruled that the course plans are closed records protected by federal copyright law and an appeals court upheld that ruling.

The council sought the records as part of a nationwide project to evaluate what aspiring teachers learn in college.

Veterans United makes substantial donation

Dec 12, 2014
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Veterans United Home Loans announced Thursday a $1 million dollar donation to the organization Welcome Home for the housing of Columbia's homeless veterans. The donation was made by the corporation on behalf of the employees. The former Deluxe Inn on Business Loop 70 East will be renovated into a campus with 25 on-site apartments known as Patriot Place.

Veterans United President of Strategic Operations Greg Steinhoff presented the check and says the donation is huge for supporting veterans.

COLUMBIA- New DNA evidence led to renewed worldwide protests including a candlelight vigil coordinated by MU’s Hispanic American Leadership Organization.

HALO began planning the candlelight vigil two weeks ago.  According to HALO’s president, Andrew Abarca, the goals were to honor the identity of the 43 missing students, raise awareness of the injustice, and to make a change.  People who came together for the vigil held candles or posters.

Attorney General's Office

This week, Eli Yokley joins us to discuss Attorney General Chris Koster's testimony in front of a special legislative committee Monday. Koster turned the tables on members of the legislature, saying they participated in some of the same conduct but later refused to answer some questions from reporters.

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The Room at the Inn emergency winter shelter opened its doors for the first time this season on Thursday.   

What happened to #BringBackOurGirls?

Dec 11, 2014
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This episode of Global Journalist is audio only.

Remember the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls? It was meant to draw attention to the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian girls, who were taken from their school in April by Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group based in northern Nigeria. A few of the girls were either able to escape, or were released. But, the international attention once given to the story has largely dissipated, and 219 of the schoolgirls are still missing. This week on Global Journalist, we look at Boko Haram, the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, and what steps are being taken to combat Islamic extremism in Nigeria. 

Today Paul Pepper catches up with Flight Paramedic RICK BAKER and Director of International Medicine at University Hospital, DR. ADAM BECKETT, both back from missions to Haiti and Ethiopia, respectively, for Global First Responder. December 11, 2014

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A new ordinance to "Ban the Box" was passed with a unanimous vote by the Columbia City Council last week. The ordinance is designed to make it easier for people with prior criminal backgrounds to compete in the job market. KBIA's Ashley Reese sat in on the council meeting and has more on how the council came to their decision and what this new ordinance means for Columbia. 

PM Newscast for December 10th, 2014

Dec 10, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Volunteers offer helping hand during holiday season
  • Dangerous chemicals released during fracking
  • Petition for removal of councilwoman filed
  • Columbia Star Dinner Train shutting down
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Rolling Stone has issued an apology for its November story, "A rape on campus: A brutal assault and struggle for justice at UVA," saying that the magazine didn't do enough in verifying an unidentified student's account of sexual assault. Was Sabrina Rubin Erdely's reporting flawed? Why didn't she interview the accused? What did the fact-checking look like on that article?  And, why did Rolling Stone quietly change its apology, removing the statement the magazine "misplaced" its trust in "Jackie?” 

From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Katherine Reed: Views of the News.

 

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For the Midwest’s biggest crops, this harvest season was a big one. With winter setting in, the race is on for farmers to ship out their harvest so it’s not left out to spoil. But the giant harvest and a lack of available rail cars have created a traffic jam on the rails and the highways.

Usually, famers store their harvest in silos and grain bins, but this year, farmers brought in so much, there’s just no room.  Farmers in Missouri, Indiana, Illinois and South Dakota are all being hit particularly hard by the storage shortage.

Today Paul Pepper and CHRISTINE SEITZ talk about Show-Me Opera's performance of "Amahl and the Night Visitors," on stage this Sunday at First Baptist Church in Columbia. At [4:35] 12-year-old CAITLIN CHISHAM performs "Don't Cry, Mother Dear." December 10, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Nixon asks group to look into turning Interstate 70 into a toll road.
  • A group is trying to block a license extension for Callaway Nuclear Power Plant.
  • Columbia's fire chief announced his retirement.
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The Columbia Public School board approved a policy last night that allows Ron White and Ken Gregory, the director and assistant director of safety and security, to carry concealed firearms while on school grounds.

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