United States Census Bureau

The number of uninsured residents in Missouri and throughout the U.S. is down, according to the 2014 American Community Survey. The United States Census Bureau released the survey Wednesday as the first compilation of data since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act.

The survey showed 8.8 million fewer Americans were uninsured under the first year of the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Timothy McBride, a health economist at Washington University in St. Louis, said it's the first national report on the ACA.

2014-2015 Annual Report / MU Title IX Offfice

During the last 18 months, the University of Missouri has made changes in an effort to protect students from sex-based discrimination. This included opening a Title IX office and hiring staff, requiring all staff and faculty to act as mandatory reporters, as well as the entire University of Missouri system revising its policies in regards to sex-based discrimination.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. GANESH GOPALAKRISHNA, MU School of Medicine, about a new app for your smartphone called "MoodTrek." Dr. Gopalakrishna tells us how it came about and how it works! At [3:37] SCOTT BRADLEY, General Manager at Carpet One Floor & Home, tells us about eco-friendly flooring. Made of wool, this type of carpeting "absorbs those harmful molecules and releases them back as a harmless gas." September 17, 2015

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

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The Missouri Department of Conservation is taking measures to save the deer population in the state.

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The Missouri House was 13 votes short of overriding Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of the right to work bill during its veto session yesterday. 

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A majority of the 14 registered voters living in Columbia’s Business Loop Community Improvement District, or CID, have been casting ballots over the past few years.

If the CID board were to pursue a half-cent sales tax increase, these 14 voters could cast the deciding votes. Without voters in the district, property owners could push through the tax hike. After one voter was discovered, the board postponed the election. A recent KBIA investigation revealed an additional 13 voters in the district bringing the total to 14.

  The hunter is being the hunted. Donald Trump is still the clear GOP front runner, at least according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.  But, that same poll suggests six in ten Americans think Trump is not qualified to hold the job. Still, he's getting a ton of media coverage. Is he too rich to ignore? Also, turmoil for Tribune Publishing, stormy times at the Weather Channel, why the Washington Post is rethinking it video strategy and more. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Jim Flink, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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In order to grow massive amounts of corn and soybeans, two crops at the center of the U.S. food system, farmers in the Midwest typically apply hundreds of pounds of fertilizer on every acre they farm. This practice allows food companies to produce, and consumers to consume, a lot of relatively cheap food.

But that fertilizer can leach through soil and wash off land, polluting our drinking water, destroying our fishing rivers, and turning a Connecticut-sized chunk of the Gulf of Mexico into an oxygen-depleted hypoxic zone, suffocating aquatic life.

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During this summer’s White House Conference on Aging, the U-S Department of Agriculture announced the start of a new pilot program to increase low-income seniors’ access to healthy food. The USDA hopes to allow seniors to use food stamp benefits on grocery delivery programs, a service that could help low-income seniors remain at home rather than moving to an assisted-living facility.

US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said lack of transportation to grocery stores is one of the biggest reasons almost 3 million seniors struggle to access healthy foods. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help low-income seniors afford groceries, but less than half of eligible seniors use the program.


Mack Rhoades talks about funding, facilities and why athletics matters so much to the University of Missouri and to Columbia. Rhoades replaced longtime MU Athletic  Director Mike Alden in April 2015.

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The hunter is being the hunted. Donald Trump is still the clear GOP front runner, at least according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.  But, that same poll suggests six in ten Americans think Trump is not qualified to hold the job. Still, he's getting a ton of media coverage. Is he too rich to ignore?

Gabriel Arana, Huffington Post: “Even the CNN staff is sick of the wall-to-wall Trump coverage

Today Paul Pepper visits with NADIA NAVARRETE-TINDALL about "In Touch with Nature." Lincoln University's upcoming 'field day' aims to promote, educate and introduce everyone to native plants you can grow and eat. Tours, food samples, a petting zoo and more! At [4:48] LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, invites everyone to the Boone County Government Center TONIGHT for a conversation about amending the Constitution. The University of Missouri's Dr. Justin Dyer will be there to talk both pros and cons. Don't miss it! September 16, 2015

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Missouri's Republican-led Legislature will be meeting to consider overriding more than a dozen vetoes made by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, including several on bills affecting workers' paychecks.

Two local agencies will be receiving more than $400,000 to continue programs that work to prevent homelessness in the veteran populations of Mid-Missouri. Phoenix Health Programs is one of the programs and has been awarded more than $200,000, while Welcome Home, Inc. has been awarded more than $190,000.  

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Some Columbia citizens have found themselves with one less way out of town. Transportation service Megabus announced last Friday it would stopping all services to Columbia and Kansas City. 

National Security Experts Flock to Fulton for 3-day Symposium

Sep 15, 2015
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Westminster College kicked off its 10th annual Hancock Symposium Monday. This year's 3-day symposium featured many high-profile figures, including U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo. and former CIA attorney John Rizzo.

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A state audit found the Missouri Department of Revenue is holding at least $20 million in cash bonds from closed businesses.

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MU announced Tuesday that its School of Medicine dean has resigned after less than a year on the job.

Image and Interactive Map by James Gordon; CID boundary from City of Columbia, Voter data from Boone County Clerk

Thirteen additional voters have turned up in the controversial Business Loop Community Improvement District, or CID, after an investigation by the KBIA newsroom.

The board of the Business Loop CID has been criticized for gerrymandering to exclude all voters. In doing so, property owners in the CID would legally be able to levy a sales tax increase of a half-cent without voter approval.

Rep. Chris Kelly


   Last night was the first meeting of the Mayor’s Task Force on Infrastructure, a group approved by the city council in July to help guide the city in addressing the infrastructure problems created by the growth of downtown.

The first meeting was mostly housekeeping: introductions and basic structure for future meetings. But the group also began to set protocol for its assignment.

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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.

Today Paul Pepper and Woodhaven CEO Mark Palmer talk about "Direct Support Professionals Week," which is a country-wide celebration that recognizes the professionals that work one-on-one with Woodhaven residents. At [3:55] MARGARET TOLLERTON, State Outreach Director at Missouri Cures, invites everyone to the next WISE event on October 1st in Springfield, Missouri. (WISE stands for Women in Science and Entrepreneurship.) "Hopefully these WISE conferences influence women to go into science." September 15, 2015

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The Columbia Public School Board approved a major change to its nondiscrimination policy within its schools. 

A Joplin councilman resigned the same day a hearing was scheduled to resolve ethics questions.

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Missouri Republicans are changing the way they award delegates in the 2016 presidential campaign.