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On the worst day of Greta Horner’s life, she was dressed in a burlap robe, waiting by the window for her husband to come home from work.

The couple was down to one car. The other one was in the shop. She donned the costume for a play, set in Old Jerusalem, later that morning, part of Vacation Bible School at the church. She just needed the car to get there. 

Discover Nature: American Bullfrogs

Jun 15, 2016
Missouri Department of Conservation

The deep, sonorous call of Missouri’s largest frog is distinct. This week on Discover Nature, we discover Missouri's official state amphibian, the American bullfrog. 

YTheater Project Jerusalem

From the Thinking Out Loud archives we go back to November 2015 for a conversation with a troupe of Jewish and Palestinian thespians who visited Columbia for a play about living together despite major differences.

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK, retired economics professor at the University of Missouri, talk about what Mel calls the best value vacation possible: cruising. Follow his tips to avoid the usual headaches and to save yourself some money! June 15, 2016

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A mid-Missouri county has changed course and lowered its flags in honor of the 49 victims in the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

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People who move to Missouri and join National Guard or Reserves will be immediately eligible for in-state tuition at Missouri colleges and universities under a new state law.

Thinking Out Loud: Making Waves

Jun 14, 2016
Kelsey Kupferer / Making Waves

Radio can be a powerful medium for storytelling. Just ask a group of students at Columbia's Rock Bridge High School.

Columbia Vigil Honors Orlando Shooting Victims

Jun 14, 2016
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Hundreds showed solidarity for the shooting victims in Orlando at a candlelight vigil Monday night in Columbia.

The vigil, held in a packed amphitheater at the Boone County Courthouse, was organized by various community organizations and churches.

Speakers at the vigil read the names of the 49 people who were killed when a gunman opened fire on a gay nightclub early Sunday morning. Some attendees flew rainbow flags and held pro-LGBT signs in the crowd.

The KBIA newsroom won five awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association at a Saturday-night awards ceremony in Branson, Missouri. MBA awards recognize excellence in broadcast news across the state.

Commentary: Trump and the Media

Jun 14, 2016
Via Flickr user Gage Skidmore

I just finished an interesting book entitled The Republic of Spin by historian and journalist David Greenberg.  It is a history of how presidents have managed mass media.

University of Missouri System

The man who was recently hired as the UM System Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer will also serve a similar role on the Columbia campus on an interim basis. MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced Monday that Kevin McDonald will serve as MU’s interim vice chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity effective immediately. 

People who move to Missouri and join National Guard or Reserves will be immediately eligible for in-state tuition at Missouri colleges and universities under a new state law signed by Gov. Jay Nixon this week. 


 A former St. Joseph school district superintendent who was overpaid more than $660,000 in pension payments has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.

The U.S. attorney's office says 70-year-old Dan Colgan, of St. Joseph, faces one year and one day in prison under the plea he entered Monday in federal court in Kansas City.

Through the plea, Colgan admitted that his salary was improperly inflated to increase his retirement benefits.

He must pay $662,660 in restitution before his sentencing hearing. Colgan is free on bond, and the hearing hasn't been scheduled.

MU Extension Communications Lays Off Some New Employees

Jun 13, 2016

MU Extension Communications is drastically reducing the size of its news footprint effective Tuesday. MU Extension Communications laid off two full-time employees and one part-time employee in the Extension news group.

They also let go one employee in its web group. MU Extension Communications Director Dennis Gagnon said there are several groups within communications that perform various functions for Extension. He said this leaves one designated news employee on staff.

LGBT, pride
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St. Louis police plan to increase their presence at PrideFest events this month in the aftermath of the fatal shootings in Orlando, Florida.

Fifty people died in the shooting early Sunday at a gay nightclub. In a statement, organizers of the St. Louis event say PrideFest will go on as planned June 24 through June 26 at Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis. Several other events are taking place throughout the St. Louis region this month.

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The big flocks of snow geese flying over the Midwest each spring and fall may make for a pretty picture, but the booming population of those fluffy, noisy, white birds is creating an environmental disaster in Canada. And it’s partially thanks to decisions made by Midwest farmers. 

“The birds have grown exponentially, almost now to a concern that they’re causing destruction to their tundra breeding grounds,” said Drew Fowler, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri.

Chris Belcher
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A former Missouri school superintendent who sharply increased the number of low-income and minority students in Advanced Placement classes is trying to do the same in three St. Louis-area schools.

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Missourians convicted of some crimes who don't break more laws could have their records sealed under legislation on Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

The University of Missouri has denied a request from a student group that wants to put a marijuana leaf on a T-shirt next to the university's name.

Health officials estimate that as many as 1,500 children in Kansas City and hundreds more in neighboring Kansas counties have lead poisoning from lead paint.

Business Loop 70/West Boulevard and all on- and off-ramps at Interstate 70 and Business Loop/West Boulevard will close for 45 days beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

The I-70 bridge over the business loop will be replaced, and a roundabout will be built on the south side of Business Loop 70. 

“The bridge does take a lot of maintenance…and it’s really just outdated and designed in such a manner that we cannot do a major rehabilitation on it,” said Travis Koestner, assistant district engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Central District.

Missouri is one of the latest states to enact legislation to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports games.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law Friday a measure to give the state Gaming Commission oversight of the practice and require licensing fees. It takes effect in August.

Websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel will need to pay an annual operation fee of 11.5 percent of net revenues to operate in Missouri. Businesses also must pay an annual licensing fee of $10,000 or 10 percent of net revenue, whichever is lower.

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Nearly 1,200 people attended a memorial service for former Hickman High School head football coach Arnel Monroe on Thursday evening at Alumi Stadium in Columbia. Monroe died early Sunday morning of a heart attack.

“You don’t expect someone to die when they’re 49 years old,” said community member Charley Blackmore. “He’s already deeply missed…but he’ll always be a part of history at Hickman High School. There’s no doubt about that.”

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about "Truffles and Nougat," a French restoration comedy written by MU grad Brad Stephenson. Don't miss what Ed describes as "...very, very light fare...intended to be a great show for the summertime." At [4:07] RYAN SCHAAL and CORY CRECELIUS, Physical Therapists at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, talk about fall prevention/awareness for people age 65 and over. Ryan says, "it's the number one cause for ER visits in the U.S." June 10, 2016

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

Ethanol pump detail
File Photo / KBIA

All sides of the ethanol and biofuels debate are questioning a federal agency's proposal to boost the amount of renewable fuels blended into gasoline.

St. Louis Arch
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A three-judge Missouri Court of Appeals panel says a judge correctly dismissed a lawsuit that sought an independent probe of a prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown.