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Food trucks will serve customers during new hours in The North Village Arts District. The current city bill allows food trucks to operate at the Wabash Station between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 3 a.m., but starting December 5 the temporary waiver will allow the trucks to serve customers on Friday evenings from 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. during the district's First Friday events.

Mark Risch is the owner of the CoMo Dough Pizza truck and said he is looking forward to working the events.

NAACP protest marches toward Capitol

Dec 4, 2014

Rasheed Ali, husband and father of three, drove 14 hours from South Carolina to be a part of the NAACP led march to Jefferson City. He said he saw this as a chance to stand up for something that he’s been dealing with his entire life.

“I am getting tired of the same old thing. The only way you can get change is to be in the midst of it,” Ali said.

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  On this week's Under the Microscope, limiting carbon dioxide pollution and growing the local food movement. 

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Missouri lawmaker is proposing legislation to make it harder to pass amendments to the state constitution. Republican Representative Elijah Haahr pre filed House Joint Resolution Four on Tuesday to raise the current fifty percent plus one standard to sixty percent to approve constitutional amendments.

Columbia Water and Light Requests Bond Issue

Dec 4, 2014
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The Columbia Water and Light Department wants voters to approve a $69 million bond issue to pay for electric utility projects.

On Wednesday the city’s Water and Light Advisory Board recommended the bond issue to the Columbia City Council.

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Larger American Airline planes will start flying out of Columbia Regional Airport to Chicago and Dallas early next year.

"Our airport does appear to be expanding and we are very happy about that. That's been our objective and that's been the objective of the mayor and the Council all along," Airport Advisory Board member Leon Hoffsette said.

New petition requests lights on East Campus streets

Dec 4, 2014
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It is too dark in the East Campus Neighborhoods in Columbia according to MU student Sarah Sprick who has started a petition to get more street lights in the area because of increasing rates of attacks, rapes and sexual assaults.

Columbia Water and Light Department Spokeswoman Connie Kacprowicz, says street lightning can be a controversial subject.

After Iguala, what's next for Mexico?

Dec 4, 2014
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Earlier this year, you may have heard of an incident in a small city in Mexico, where a group of 43 teaching students disappeared. The men who vanished in September were studying at a rural college called Ayotzinapa Normal School. On September 26, more than 100 students from the school had been protesting teacher hiring practices and funding for teachers’ colleges in the nearby city of Iguala. This week on Global Journalist, we look at the investigation, and what effect the disappearances have had in Mexico. Our guests:

The University of Missouri is known for it’s School of Journalism. Every year, hundreds of freshmen from across the country come to school at MU to learn about news or sports broadcasting. But KBIA’s Jason Hoffman found one freshman who’s career in sports radio has an added challenge: He's blind.


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More cities want to take eating local food from just a hip trend to an economic generator, but as in many grassroots movements, there can be some growing pains along the way. Northern Colorado advocates are trying a new model to spur growth and they’re borrowing ideas from the tech sector.

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  The University of Missouri has named Garnett Stokes as the new Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. According to a press release, she will begin work on Feb. 2.

Stokes is currently the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee, and got her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Georgia in industrial/organizational psychology

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • The Missouri Supreme Court is hearing a case over a gay couple trying to get a divorce.
  • The University of Missouri is investigating a threat made against the Black Culture Center.
  • More protests in St. Louis after another police officer won't face trial over the killing of an unarmed black man.

Police body cameras limit time officers spend in court

Dec 4, 2014
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Body cameras in Fulton, MO are keeping the city’s police officers out of court. 

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The University of Missouri is investigating a threat made on the anonymous social network site YikYak against the on-campus Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. 

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Ameren Corporation's nuclear plant in mid-Missouri has been shut down due to an electrical equipment failure, but the company and federal regulators say there is no risk to the public.

The University of Missouri hosted an open forum Wednesday for one of the four candidates for the new Title IX Administrator position.

Janay Rice speaks out

Dec 4, 2014
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On Friday, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice won his appeal. A judge ruled the NFL’s indefinite suspension against him be vacated. In the wake of this news, ESPN released an essay written by Rice’s wife, Janay, who became a public figure after a video of an altercation between the two was leaked to the media. ESPN said no questions were off limits but final control over the essay and its publication was left up to Janay. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.


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For nearly a year Dr. R. Bowen Loftin has served as the Chancellor of the University of Missouri. The chancellor and his wife Dr. Karin Loftin sat down with KBIA's Darren Hellwege recently to talk about their backgrounds and reflections on their time spent so far here in Columbia. This week's Thinking Out Loud is the first of a tw0-part broadcast interview with the Loftins.

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After the launch of CoMo Connect this summer, public transit ridership in Columbia jumped about 11 percent according to the Columbia Public Works Department. However, public transit remains a problem for the city, with long waiting times and limited evening and weekend services. Missouri Business Alert’s Tatiana Darie looks into why this is happening and what efforts are being made to improve it.

PM Newscast for December 3, 2014

Dec 3, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Potential changes in Common Core
  • Downtown Columbia to see parking meter changes
  • Fulton opens new preschool
  • CPS is planning a late start schedule 

Chris Rock tells New York magazine that white people are “less crazy than they used to be.” Why the actor-comedian’s remarks about race, Ferguson and President Obama are giving many reasons for pause. Janay Rice steadfastly stands behind her husband in interviews with ESPN and NBC, evidence suggests North Korea could be behind a computer hack that resulted in the leak of several new Sony Pictures movies, and why a New York Times movie review might have you thinking of math in a new light. Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.


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  Last week marked the beginning of open enrollment for the federal health insurance marketplace, and on the surface it appears not much has changed. By some measures premiums before tax credits are just as affordable as last year - decreasing on average by about one percent according to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. But to be a savvy shopper, many consumers should give the marketplace a second look.

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Students rallied at MU for Mike Brown.
  • The Missouri Supreme Court is hearing arguments over red light cameras.
  • Columbia Public Schools finalized a delayed start program for inclement weather.

Today Paul Pepper visits with the director of the Safe Kids program at Women and Children's Hospital, SHELIA ROBERTSON, about the Safe Kids car seat and bike helmet program, as well as their poison prevention efforts. Find out about the CoMoGives competition, too! December 3, 2014

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As we turn towards winter, the chance for school cancelations are increasing by the day. 

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MU NAACP, MU4MikeBrown, Four Front Council, and the Legion of Black Collegians encouraged students to wear black and walk out of class Tuesday afternoon before meeting in the student center to participate in a die-in.

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Comedian Chris Rock has been talking to reporters, doing a publicity tour for his new film, Top Five.  The timing has resulting in several questions about Ferguson,  the grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, the coverage of race in America, and the Obama presidency.

Frank Rick, New York: “In Conversation Chris Rock: What’s killing comedy. What’s saving America.

PM Newscast for December 2, 2014

Dec 2, 2014

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's revenues are up more than 3 percent so far this fiscal year but the state's budget chief says that's not enough to pay for all of Missouri's expenses.

Revenue figures released Tuesday show individual income tax collections are up 5.5 percent and sales tax collections increased 2.6 percent from July through November.

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