The Journey to a Multi-Million Dollar Donation

May 4, 2015
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Large donations from alumni and supporters have become a major source of funding for universities.

Just in the last month the University Of Missouri School Of Music received a $10 million donation from Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield, while the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism received a $1 million donation on April 24.

But there’s a lot that goes into landing a major gift like these. Most of the time, it starts with a phone call.

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  Researchers at the University of Missouri have found a compound found in Green Tea could play a key role in staving off a disease that affects as many as 5.5 million Americans.

In a study done on mice, the researchers found the compound, EGCG, along with voluntary exercise slows the progression of Alzheimer’s.

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  A Department of Justice investigation into the city of Ferguson reported in March it found substantial racial bias in the city’s policing.

Now the city’s trying to push back against the D.o.J.’s suggestions, and it isn’t coming cheap.

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  The developers looking to build a new multi-story building at Shakespeare’s downtown location in Columbia have released details about the construction project.

McAlester Park LLC Spokesman Jack Cardetti says the restaurant will remain on the first floor of the new building, but the next floor up will be office space, and then the floors above that will be apartments for students and “young professionals.”


Note: In an earlier version of the text version of this story we incorrectly attributed numerous quotes to Terry Belden, the executive director of the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education.  In fact these quotations should have been attributed to Steven Belden, the president of the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education. This story has been updated to reflect the correction. 


Special education is complicated. There are so many different factors to consider- the environment, the teachers, the therapies and other services. So even though the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act passed 40 years ago and provided a framework for the country, it’s still left up to each state to come up with their own best practices.

Historically, special education and general education have been handled very differently, even separately. But now one organization in Missouri is working alongside a few other states in hopes to change that.


This is the fifth and final installment of the series “Exploring the paths of Missouri’s special education.” You can find the other four stories here and check back there next week for a more in-depth web version of this coverage.

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As the number of farms hit with avian flu grows over 100 nationwide, regulators are implementing containment plans meant to stop the virus’ spread, spare millions of at-risk birds and thousands of poultry farms.

Farms in many states, including Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, are struggling to contain an active outbreak.

“A rapid response is extremely important in an infectious disease outbreak like this,” said Jim Roth, head of the Center for Food Safety and Public Health at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Today Paul Pepper and ANDREA SHELTON talk about the City of Columbia's 'Master Composting Class,' happening May 5th, 6th and 7th. It's not too late to join the fun - watch for details! (Andrea shares information about a regular composting class, too.) May 4, 2015

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A symposium designed to discuss the country's nuclear strategy opens Monday at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

The "Strategic Deterrence in the 21st Century," symposium will feature Adm. Cecil Haney as keynote speaker, as well as several other nuclear experts. Haney commands the United States Strategic Command.

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A plan to use bonds for repairs to the Missouri Capitol, universities and other state-owned buildings is moving forward.

A House committee this week outlined how to spend more than $300 million in bonds for building maintenance and new construction.

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A man whose donations have helped promote a business program at the University of Missouri has donated another $6 million to assure the program's future.

The university announced Friday the latest donation from Harry Cornell, who helped establish the Cornell Leadership Program at the university.

Missouri Supreme Court Seeks Improvements

May 1, 2015
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Changes could be made in Missouri courts due to a new study from the Missouri Supreme Court.

The goal of the study is to improve the practices and procedures of municipal courts throughout Missouri. The state Supreme Court is taking suggestions from the public and attorneys, which will be reviewed to determine what the appropriate next step will be.

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Legislators are sponsoring a bill in Missouri that would change the way infant care is handled at childcare facilities. The bill was developed after a child died at a daycare center in St. Louis County, under Senator Scott Sifton’s jurisdiction, and it is aimed at implementing stricter sleeping regulations for infants.

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McDonald County, Missouri, is home to many immigrant groups that have moved into the county in the last twenty years. These groups include Hispanic, Somali, Burmese, Sudanese and numerous others. And while these groups do not overlap culturally, they do share one thing - language acts as a barrier to access when it comes to their health.

You listen to KBIA, you read our website, you follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to the newsletter, but how well do you really know the news?

Today Paul Pepper visits with LINDSAY LOPEZ, Executive Director of The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, about what it takes to support the 114,000 hungry people of Central Missouri every month. Donations are key, and the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive -  happening May 9th - is one way to help! May 1, 2015

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Legislative negotiators are close to a consensus on how to fix issues with Missouri's flawed student transfer system. 

On Saturday the Broadway Christian Church in Columbia will be hosting the mid Missouri Health Expo.

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Businesses in downtown Columbia have tried three times since the early 1990’s to put this project together. For the Downtown Community Improvement District, it may be the third time that is the charm.

The CID is moving forward on a fundraising plan to help pay for the installations of gateways and art installations across downtown Columbia.

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  A constitutional amendment that aims to construct a new veteran’s nursing home is moving through the Missouri House. The House gave its initial approval on Wednesday, April 29. 

The measure would give Missouri voters the ability to decide on the creation of new bonds that would pay for the construction of this new home. Those bonds could total up to $50 million, which is the estimated cost of the project.

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  The Missouri House approved a bill that will allow citizens to vote on the use of red light cameras.

The House met Wednesday, April 30 to approve a House Bill 207, sponsored by State Rep. Paul Curtman.

Curtman said he believes the use of red light cameras should banned in Missouri. He said there are municipalities in Missouri that have tried to redefine movement caught by a red light camera as a non-moving violation, a way for the municipalities to continue to collect fines without assigning points to licensed drivers.

Why do Farmers Burn Their Fields?

Apr 30, 2015
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Farmers burn their fields to remove plants that are already growing and to help the plants that are about to come up. These burns are often called “prescribed burns” because they are used to improve the health of the field.

To keep the fire contained, farmers need to clear away burnable matter around the edges of the field, which usually requires a lawn mower or larger machinery. The burn itself can be managed with some simple, specific tools.

Study Shows Women Journalists Burn Out Faster Than Men

Apr 30, 2015

The journalism field is demanding. The long, intense hours and news-never-ends-therefore-we-don't-stop mentality can lead to a burnout. A recent University of Kansas study shows that female workers are tending to leave the field earlier than their counterparts. University of Missouri professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss why that might be on the weekly media criticism program, "Views of the News." 

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Voters would get to decide whether any governments in Missouri should be able to use red light cameras under a measure moving forward in the Missouri House.

The House on Wednesday gave initial approval to a bill that would a question on the 2016 ballot banning automated traffic enforcement.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ROSE VOMUND, Services for Independent Living, and ANGELA HOLLOWAY, Kerry Bramon Remodeling and Design, about "Kitchens in Bloom." Happening this Sunday, Kitchens in Bloom is a chance to see five recently remodeled homes while raising money for SIL. Tickets on sale now! April 30, 2015

Ameren Missouri

About 1.2 million customers of Ameren Missouri will see bigger bills for electricity, but the utility's largest customer will pay a lower rate.

The Missouri Public Service Commission approved a plan Wednesday to allow St. Louis-based Ameren to increase electric rates by $108 million.