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Aspiring Missouri college police officers will face the same training as other future cops under a bill signed by the governor.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday signed the legislation. Current law calls for at least 320 hours of training for college police compared to at least 470 hours for most other aspiring officers.

The bill also will give community college police officers the ability to enforce traffic rules, such as speed limits, on campus. Only university police now have that authority.

The legislation takes effect Aug. 28.

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Missouri Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway says the state could face a $3 billion loss from tax credits over the next 15 years.

A new report released Wednesday by Galloway's office says that's how much lawmakers have authorized for tax credits that have not yet been redeemed.

The auditor's office says the state has faced $5.4 billion in revenue losses from tax credits over the past decade.

Galloway says policymakers should consider the impact tax credits have on the budget.

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UM System President Mun Choi announced today that the UM System is focused on saving students money on course materials.

According to Choi, the University will develop a system-wide strategy to encourage use of quality open educational resources – which are free to students. The university will also focus on Auto Access, a program that makes books available online at a lower cost than traditional textbooks.

"Our goal is to move into the future by introducing more open source material so our students can have an outstanding, affordable education," Choi said.

Megyn Kelly’s profile of Infowars’ founder Alex Jones has run – in most U.S. cites. Did it live up to the hype? Also, rumors Sean Spicer is searching for his replacement, Fox News drops its iconic “Fair & Balanced” slogan, and coverage of the Cosby mistrial. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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See a bee; hear a buzz.

That’s what researchers studying the declining bee population are banking on. A new technique based on recording buzzing bees hopes to show farmers just how much pollinating the native bee population is doing in their fields. 

Vegetable and fruit growers depend on pollinators to do a lot of work in their greenhouses and fields. Pollinators, like bees, flutter about the blossoms on plants and orchard trees, transferring pollen from plant to plant and ensuring that those organisms have a chance at reproducing.

Farm Your Yard: When a Weed is Not a Weed

Jun 21, 2017
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Daily life is comprised of a series of tasks that depending upon your natural outlook on life, could be considered tedious, or rewarding. For example, say you love to bake, and making a cheesecake for your loved ones is your definition of a good time.

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From tiny ants to bats, birds, bees, and butterflies, we depend on pollinators to produce our food, and protect biodiversity. This week on Discover Nature, we celebrate national pollinator week.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau of Mid-Missouri. Sean tells us about these scams to watch out for: "relieving students of debt"; "drive-by pavers"; and "door-to-door pest control." Sean says the best way to not fall for these 'special' offers is to, "do your due diligence." June 21, 2017

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Megyn Kelly’s profile of Infowars’ founder Alex Jones has run – in most U.S. cites. Did it live up to the hype? 

Jack Shafer, POLITICO: “Megyn Kelly pantses Alex Jones

Commentary: Wendy Noren Did Her Job the Right Way

Jun 20, 2017

In the last six months Boone County has seen two exemplary public servants step down.  In January Karen Miller left the Southern District County Commission seat she had held for 24 years.  Last week Wendy Noren resigned from her position as Boone County Clerk after 35 years.

KBIA has won the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation among small market radio stations in the country. The Radio Television Digital News Association announced the national award winners Tuesday morning.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNY FLATT, Director, MU Family Impact Center, about Hot Salsa Night 2017. This annual fundraiser features a live auction, a silent auction and, of course, salsa! Watch for details. At [3:46] TODD DAVISON takes us inside the 2017 season at Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon! On stage now is "Million Dollar Quartet," the true story of one night in Memphis when four musical legends - before they were legends - came together at Sun Records and started jamming. And that's just the beginning of what's sure to be a crowd-pleasing summer of professional theatre! June 20, 2017

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State versus state battle lines are being drawn across the Mississippi River, with a top Missouri official urging Illinois regulators to back away from a plan that would allow higher levees, potentially worsening flooding on the Missouri side of the river.

Bird's Point in New Madrid
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Another small earthquake has rattled parts of southeast Missouri along the New Madrid fault.

The U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquakes Hazards Program says the earthquake with a magnitude of 2.7 rumbled at 4:26 a.m. Monday, centered near the small town of Steele in the Missouri Bootheel region. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

The New Madrid fault produced earthquakes in 1811 and 1812 that could be felt as far away as New England. Some experts believe it's just a matter of time before another serious quake along the fault line.


 A veterans' hospital in Missouri has recently started programs to include proactive care for patients.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that instead of only treating patients who complain of illness or injury, the Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital's recently constructed Patient Education Center seeks to teach people how to improve their health in the hopes of reducing the number of future hospital visits.

GEORGE KENNEDY: You, Too, Can Help Feed the Hungry in Boone County

Jun 19, 2017
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It’s one of the best things we do as a community, feeding our hungry neighbors.

I hope you read the Missourian report Thursday in which Jiwon Choi described the summer programs that provide lunch for kids of all ages. The most troubling fact in that article, I thought, was that even with 19 locations in Columbia, the programs still leave children without enough to eat.

You can consider this a follow-up.

As penance for a career in journalism, I’ve been a volunteer at the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri for more than a dozen years. This week I had the opportunity to spend a couple of mornings at the Central Pantry, which is our main retail outlet. Located for about eight years on Big Bear Boulevard, the pantry is really a grocery store — with one important difference. Nobody pays...


Read the complete column online at the Missourian. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI about GreenHouse Theatre Project's latest production, Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt." Join the adventure outside Fretboard Coffee and Artlandish Gallery in the North Village Arts District this Wednesday through Sunday! At [4:54] HANNAH GARRAD tells us all about this Saturday's "Kids in the Kitchen" class at the Columbia Public Library. On the menu will be berry smoothies and salad kabobs (yes, salad kabobs) - register today! Sponsored by the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. June 19, 2017


The University of Missouri plans to encourage more people to adopt research animals.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the university announced Thursday it will work with Homes for Animal Heroes, a program developed by the National Animal Interest Alliance.

The move comes as a group called Animal Rescue Media Education is suing the university for documents on the 179 dogs and cats used in research. The Missouri system has demanded more than $82,000 to locate and copy records for the Beagle Freedom Project organization.

Eric Greitens
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Missouri lawmakers' frustrations with Republican Gov. Eric Greitens are boiling over.

State lawmakers are using a special session on abortion called by the governor as an opportunity to publicly slam Greitens.

During his campaign and since his January inauguration, Greitens has repeatedly criticized lawmakers as "career politicians."

Springfield Republican Sen. Bob Dixon says that rhetoric has "poisoned the well" and led to a strained relationship between the governor and legislators.

Regional stories from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

·      Circuit Court Judge Christine Carpenter will Retire this Fall

·      After 35 Years, Wendy Noren Resigns as Boone County Clerk

After 35 Years, Wendy Noren Resigns as Boone County Clerk

Jun 16, 2017

Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren resigned the position she has held for 35 years on Thursday.

Noren cited deteriorating health in a news release announcing that she had submitted her resignation to Gov. Eric Greitens. Her last day on the job will be June 23.

"It was by far the hardest task I have ever had to do in all my years as County Clerk," Noren said in the release.

Noren, who has been fighting cancer, said her health has declined rapidly in recent weeks and that no treatment options are available.

Circuit Court Judge Christine Carpenter will Retire this Fall

Jun 16, 2017
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  Judge Christine Carpenter, who has served on the 13th Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri for 18 years, will retire Aug. 31.

Carpenter, 69, was first sworn in as a judicial officer on Sept. 1, 1999. She was first appointed to the bench as a drug court commissioner.

Carpenter emphasized recovery and treatment programs throughout her career on the bench.

Feral Hogs Can Damage Missouri Agriculture - And They're Not Easy to Catch

Jun 16, 2017
MDC Staff / Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

A lumpy field of mud interrupts an otherwise untouched grassy meadow in a remote section of Mark Twain National Forest near Rolla. Just to the right stands a large, circular cage made of metal. The day before, a 200-pound feral hog followed a trail of corn through the cage’s small opening. 

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry tells the story of how his young son once saved him from hypothermia in a cave, and how - at that moment - the role of father and son had flip-flopped thanks, in part, to imparted wisdom passed down from father to son. June 16, 2017

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In April, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's air force dropped bombs containing sarin nerve gas on a rebel area in northern Syria. Around 100 people were killed and hundreds more injured, including a number of children.

The slaughter highlighted the renewed threat of chemical and biological weapons. Both Assad's forces and rebel groups have used chemical weapons in Syria, demonstrating the dangers of proliferation. Meanwhile new gene editing technologies allow for the creation of more virulent and deadly bio-weapons.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the history and future of chemical and biological weapons.

Traci Wilson-Kleekamp, left, smiles into the camera. She is wearing a black and white shirt and black rimmed glasses. Rene Powell, right, smiles into the camera. She is wearing thinly-rimmed glasses and a tan coat.
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Columbia resident Rene Powell spoke with her friend Traci Wilson-Kleekamp about what life has been like with a disability. They also spoke about how life has changed for Rene as her disabilities have become more visible - as she started using a walker recently to assist with her mobility.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at

Today Paul Pepper visits with SHAWNA JOHNSON, Executive Director, Access Arts, about their 'ArtTastic' summer camp series happening throughout July. Children as young as five can take part in various art projects, games, gardening and more based on specific themes each week! Get details in eight short minutes - watch! June 15, 2017