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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.

Petition to recall councilwoman enters next phase

Dec 10, 2014
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A petition that could potentially remove Ginny Chadwick, Columbia's First Ward councilwoman, is now being reviewed by the city clerk.

Missouri Foundation for Health

  Open enrollment for health coverage in 2015 is underway, and some Missourians satisfied with their current health insurance may be surprised to learn that parts of their plans, including premiums, are changed for the coming year. The Cover Missouri Coalition, a program of the Missouri Foundation for Health, is encouraging consumers to review their options during this year’s open enrollment period.

I spoke with Ryan Barker, Missouri Foundation for Health’s Vice President of Health Policy, about changes in this year’s health insurance marketplace.


   

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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. 

Thinking Out Loud: The Loftins (part 2)

Dec 9, 2014
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In part two of their conversation, Darren Hellwege visits with MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and his wife Karin Loftin. Tonight’s show focuses on the decision at Loftin’s former school, Texas A&M and at Mizzou to leave the Big 12 Conference for the SEC. They also talk about leaving Texas for Missouri and Chancellor Loftin’s first year at Mizzou.


Columbia Fire Chief Retires, Replacement Named

Dec 9, 2014
Brady Finn

Fire Chief Charles Witt officially announced his retirement from the Columbia Fire Department this morning. The press conference took place at City Hall where several other officers were there to support him.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Lawmakers are busy proposing legislation before the new session begins in January.
  • Rex Sinquefield has made a large campaign contribution the same day lawmakers discussed campaign finance reforms.
  • Missouri is preparing for its tenth execution of the year.
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Wealthy political activist Rex Sinquefield has donated $1 million for Bev Randles to explore running for Missouri lieutenant governor.

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With the general assembly set to begin in early January, lawmakers are busy proposing new legislation.

Kyle Norris / KBIA

For the past ten years, Columbia Public Schools has continued to see an increase in total enrollment, adding about 150 students every year. Despite this growth, the school district has tried to maintain the same class size, turning to trailers to add more classrooms. KBIA’s Kyle Norris tells us how the school district hopes to move away from this temporary fix by creating a more permanent space for growing classes.

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Bread Basket Cafe II, located on 8th Street and Elm, will be closing its doors on Saturday, December 13.

News of BBC II's closing was met with surprise and sadness from staff and regulars at the restaurant, including Server Taylor Baker.

"I am so sad. Not only is it a great place to hang out, we have kind of become a family here and even the regulars too," Baker said. "It is definitely one of my favorite places to be."

Baker said she was called in late last week for the announcement, but not given much more detail other than the date.

Stephens College introduces new health sciences program

Dec 8, 2014
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  To keep women competitive in the workplace, Stephens College is adding a new Academy of Health Sciences. The academy will feature a variety of different curriculum including a co-ed program designed for K-12 to undergraduate students as well as a new Master of Physician Assistant program.

Attorney General's Office

Missouri’s Attorney General Chris Koster told lawmakers they need to clean up their own act relating to special interest funding while in front of an investigative committee today.

Koster appeared in front of a special House investigative committee and defended his actions in lawsuits involving Five Hour Energy, AT&T, and Pfizer.

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  A police interview with a key witness was not provided along with the thousands of documents released after a grand jury decided to not indict a Ferguson police officer in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

An Associated Press review of the records released by St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch confirms a report by KDSK-TV that a transcript of the two-hour interview by the FBI and a county police detective with Brown's friend Dorian Johnson was not included.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ROB CROUSE about "the funniest Christmas show on the face of the Earth," a.k.a. "Tuna Christmas." Find out all about this laugh-out-loud performance from Capital City Players starting December 13th in Jefferson City. At [4:51] MAJOR RICHARD TRIMMELL, Salvation Army, stops by with with details on this year's Kettle Campaign. December 8, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Uber drivers ticketed for giving illegal rides.
  • Columbia Public School to serve more locally grown food.
  • Missouri could lower the voting age to 16.
Luke Runyon / Harvest Public Media

Columbia middle school students will be seeing more locally grown foods on their plates after the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the district a $100,000 grant.

Crime tracker application launched in Columbia

Dec 8, 2014
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The Columbia Missourian launched an application last week called CoMo Crime Tracker to give readers the ability to find out how safe their neighborhoods are.

Plainclothes Columbia police officers have started issuing tickets to drivers with Internet ride-sharing company Uber.

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The film, The Immitation Game, carries a PG-13 rating and The New York Times warns the film contains illicit sex, cataclysmic violence & advanced math?! Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

 


Ashley Reese / KBIA

A seven-day march from Ferguson, Missouri, to Jefferson City organized by the NAACP ended Friday with a demonstration at the state Capitol.

Protestors arrived in Jefferson City right on schedule Friday afternoon, marching down Monroe Street to Capitol Avenue, and straight into the State Capitol where they filled up the rotunda. After a peaceful protest with speakers from the NAACP, as well as the family of Michael Brown, a group of protestors left the statehouse and made their way around the capitol city. 

Brady Finn

More than 100 people took part in a student-led rally on the MU campus Friday night in support of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, two unarmed African Americans who were both killed by police that did not face charges for the incidents. 

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Comedian Chris Rock is on a publicity tour, promoting his new film Top Five. In multiple interviews Rock is asked about his reactions to the recent events in Ferguson and his take on racism in America. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

Demonstrators protest in front of the White House in support of Net Neutrality
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In the late '90s when most around the world were still waking up to the internet, the Department of Justice and Microsoft were preparing to go head-to-head in a case many thought would define the future of software and digital commerce. Today’s net neutrality debate stands to have a similar impact, but will technical compliance regulations really deliver the equal access proponents insist it will?

Ashley Reese / KBIA

This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment Off the Clock, Ashley Reese hangs out at the Orr Street Studios with local art students and teachers for the exhibit, Under the Influence.

 

 

Today Paul Pepper and ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI talk about GreenHouse Theatre Project's version of "Our Town," opening next Wednesday in the gallery of the Orr Street Studios in Columbia. At [4:18] LIZ SCHMIDT and KATHY DIGGES bring on the mice! It's time once again for the Calvary Episcopal Church Bazaar. There's something for everyone - watch for details! December 5, 2014

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