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St. Louis County's top executive says he will keep a state of emergency involving Ferguson in place for at least another day, calling it "prudent."

Nixon Confident in St. Louis as 'NFL City'

Aug 12, 2015
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he is confident in St. Louis as an NFL city, even if Rams owner Stan Kroenke succeeds in moving his franchise back to Los Angeles.

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Three central Missouri residents face charges accusing them of moving a body found earlier this week in a wooded area.

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An attorney representing the Columbia Police Officer's Association (CPOA) sent a letter to City Manager Mike Matthes today asking him to rescind a request to remove the association's executive director, Dale Roberts.

People in Ferguson and across the country marked the one-year anniversary of the police-involved shooting death of Michael Brown. What’s changed? What hasn’t? And how is it the media is still so tied to the center of this story? Donald Trump continues to steal the headlines in the GOP presidential push, investigative powerhouse ProPublica teams up with the online review site, Yelp, and Jon Stewart issues us all a challenge. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Paul Pepper: Jane Whitesides, Moms Clean Air Force

Aug 12, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with JANE WHITESIDES, Field Manager for Moms Clean Air Force in Missouri, about their mission to combat air pollution in the United States. Did you know that St. Louis has been called the 'asthma capital of the U.S.'? (That's not a compliment!) Jane tells us how we can get involved - watch! August 12, 2015.

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  A new report from the state auditor's office shows the Joplin School District has taken steps to better comply with the state's open meetings law.

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  The Missouri Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against a state House member over allegations that he allowed lobbyist gifts for others to be reported as his. 

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The Boone County Commission has voted to move a memorial that includes a religious symbol from the county courthouse lawn.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the Boone County Commission voted 3-0 Tuesday to move the Operation Desert Storm memorial, which includes a small ichthus, also called a "Jesus fish."

The memorial honors two Boone County men who died in Desert Storm. It is one of several memorials to veterans of different wars on the Courthouse Plaza near the Boone County courthouse.

The commission voted to move the memorial to the Columbia Cemetery.

Most Missouri students scored at least proficient in English on a new statewide test last school year, while students in most grades scored lower in math.

The scores released Tuesday by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are the first from a new assessment given in the spring.

Revised English and math standards based on the national Common Core guidelines for student learning were fully implemented for the first time last school year. The test was meant to gauge how well students are learning those new standards.

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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 last season, you can find our free podcast on itunes.


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Members of an armed militia group patrolling the streets of Ferguson are drawing criticism from the county police chief overseeing security in the St. Louis suburb.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Tuesday that the overnight presence of the Oath Keepers, wearing bulletproof vests and openly carrying rifles and pistols on West Florissant Avenue was "both unnecessary and inflammatory."

The street has been the focus of demonstrations marking the anniversary of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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One year after the death of Michael Brown, the people of Ferguson remember what happened there -- and what it has meant to the community. 

We'll look at the media coverage of the anniversary, the protests that erupted again in the streets of that St. Louis suburb and how the media remains at the center of it all.

KBIA is one of the four small newsroom finalists in the general excellence category in the 2015 Online News Association's Online Journalism Awards.

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More than 1,700 people waited in line for hours to get free dental care at a clinic in Columbia, Mo. this month. The turnout for this clinic, called the Missouri Mission of Mercy, reveals a hidden crisis: the expense of dental care and lack of access are major obstacles for many throughout the state and the country.

Throughout the event, held July 31st - August 1st, a team of reporters from the KBIA Health & Wealth Desk spoke to the patients receiving treatment at the event, and the volunteers who made it all possible.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has set an Oct. 6 execution for a former St. Louis jailer convicted of hiring someone to kill his ex-wife. 

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Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Thomas Darrough, of Columbia, as the new Boone County Treasurer. The position became vacant after former Treasurer Nicole Galloway was appointed as Missouri State Auditor. 

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After years of declining membership, a Columbia church recently started a new ministry that is reconnecting that congregation to its North Central Columbia neighborhood. Hear the story of the outreach program recently taken on by the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church.


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Following three days of vigils held over the weekend, the family of Gaspar Soto-Reza is calling on the Boone County Sheriff’s Department to deepen its investigation into the man’s death.

 

Soto-Reza was first reported missing on Sunday, August 2 at a sub-division lake north of Columbia. The sheriff’s department and Boone County Fire Protection District located his body in the lake two days later.

 

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President Obama made disaster funding available to the state of Missouri on Friday after a summer of severe storms. Governor Nixon said the weather caused an estimated $38 million in damages.

Federal aid is available to help the recovery in areas affected by tornadoes, high winds and flooding between May 15 and July 27.

The funding is largely for public infrastructure like roads and bridges that were damaged in the weather. Additionally, funding is available to help pay overtime for response departments like police and fire.

Heroin use and overdose rates are rising across many demographics, including race, age, gender and income.  One former addict, Jude Hassan, works at a St. Louis-area treatment center and is working to raise awareness of drug abuse and addiction.

Jude Hassan was once a typical high school student– active in school extracurriculars and just wanting to fit in. But before he completed his time at St. Louis-area Lafayette High School, he was using heroin eight to 10 times a day.

Now, after more than eight years of sobriety, he's sharing his personal experiences of heroin addiction with high school students and working to educate parents and teachers about how to spot opioid use. 


Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Ashland's own KIT and CATHY SALTER! The Osher Saturday Morning Book Talk Series is underway, and you won't want to miss who's next - and who's after that! (How's that for a tease?) August 10, 2015

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Missouri lawmakers are set to try to overturn the governor's veto of two bills that would allow court fees to raise money for capital improvement projects.

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It's been four years since tiny Pinhook was swamped, along with 130,000 acres in southeast Missouri, when the government blasted three holes in a Mississippi River levee. 

A state report says water seeping through a pond's clay liner likely led to the massive sinkhole at a Branson area golf course.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the state Department of Natural Resources also says Bass Pro Shops, which owns the Top of the Rock Golf Course, should fill the sinkhole with rocks and install a plastic liner on top of the clay barrier to prevent future sinkholes.

The sinkhole, estimated to be about 60 feet in diameter and 30 to 40 feet deep, formed in May on the golf course's driving range.

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The chairman of a Missouri panel that regulates utilities such as electric and natural gas companies is taking a job at a California utility company.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said Friday that it has hired Missouri Public Service Commission Chairman Robert Kenney as its vice president for regulatory relations. Kenney will join the company Aug. 24.

Kenney has been chairman of the Missouri regulatory panel since 2013 and a member of the commission since 2009.

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