Tennis and Pickleball Added to Rothwell Park

Mar 6, 2017

An upcoming addition to Rothwell Park could be the perfect match for Moberly.

Moberly’s Parks and Recreation Department will build tennis courts in the northeast section of the park. The projected site for construction has been empty for about six years after its skate park closed down.

Parks and Rec director Troy Bock said filling the space had been on the department’s agenda for a while, but their funding disallowed them from moving forward.

However, constructing the courts will now be a low-cost option for the department.

Rally for a Free Press Advocates for Local Journalism

Mar 6, 2017
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Over 50 people gathered at Columbia’s Courthouse Plaza Saturday morning to attend Rally for a Free Press. The rally promoted a free, independent press and called event goers to support local media.

This week on Intersection, we listen to the first episode of the new True/False Podcast presented by KBIA. Host Allison Coffelt talks with directors Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe about their film The Bad Kids and the process of developing character in nonfiction film.



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Artisan Companies Reinvent Downtown Fulton

Mar 6, 2017

A couple of years ago, Fulton’s downtown Brick District was full of empty storefronts. Now jewelry and craft stores are taking over those vacancies and bringing new jobs and visitors to Fulton. These new businesses are part of Fulton’s continued revitalization project to improve economic growth in the community.

GEORGE KENNEDY: What's Ahead? More Talk Between Police and Community

Mar 6, 2017
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Our community conversation about the best relationship between the police and the people they are sworn to serve and protect — a conversation that has already begun — seems likely to broaden and deepen over the next year.

That’s the outlook after last week’s unanimous endorsement by the Columbia City Council of Ian Thomas' resolution calling for a “community engagement process” on the subject of community-oriented policing.

After that vote, Ian told me he sees this process as the logical follow-up to recommendations made in 2014 by then-Mayor Bob McDavid’s Task Force on Community Violence...

Read the complete column at the Missourian.

Students Rally to Support 17th Annual Wheelchair Relay

Mar 6, 2017
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University of Missouri and US Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball coach Ron Lykins believes Friday’s Wheelchair Relay has given students a better understanding of what it’s like to be disabled.

The 17th Annual Wheelchair Relay, which took place at the university’s recreation center, aims to raise awareness of disabilities through fun competition.

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St. Louis University is planning to cut about 120 employees in response to a $16 million budget deficit.

An email sent Friday from President Fred Pestello said staff and administrators — but not faculty— will find out Tuesday who will be laid off.

Another 130 vacant positions are being eliminated.

University leaders blame the school's deficit on declining enrollment and increased expenses.

Pestello and other administrators hope to avoid further layoffs by finding between $40 million and $80 million through budget cuts or new income opportunities.

“Stop the fight. Let’s Unite.” It’s the slogan for the March4Trump organization.

The group started as a grassroots organization before growing into a nationwide movement, according to the organization’s Facebook page. On Saturday March 4, the organization held a march outside the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

Hundreds of people attended, including a family from Springfield, Illinois.

Mike Summers, 73, was a coal miner for 33 years. When he was 56 years old, the coal mine he worked in was shut down.

Wave of Gun Legislation Filed in Missouri General Assembly

Mar 6, 2017
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Missouri lawmakers have filed more than 20 bills that would alter gun rights — ranging from requiring the reporting of lost firearms to prohibiting firearm sales for anyone on the federal no-fly list.

There's even a bill establishing a state gun.

But one of the bills drawing the most attention would get guns out of the hands of many of those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.

MU Head Basketball Coach Kim Anderson to Step Down

Mar 6, 2017

Missouri will be in the market for a new basketball coach this spring.

In a news release Sunday, the school announced that Kim Anderson will step down as head coach at the end of the 2016-2017 season, through the request of Athletic Director Jim Sterk.

North Callaway School District is changing its schools schedule to a four-day week in the 2017-2018 year.

Before making the decision, the district sent out an online survey to parents about the prospects of the four-day week.  Almost 65 percent of parents supported the change, 13 percent opposed the change and 21 percent were undecided.

Superintendent Bryan Thomsen said the school district looked at three factors when considering the change: finances, how it would fit in their community and how it would affect their staff and retention services.

City Agreement Calls for $600,000 Revenue Guarantee to United Airlines

Mar 3, 2017

  COLUMBIA — A proposed agreement with United Airlines calls for the city to provide a $600,000 one-year revenue guarantee on flights to and from Denver International Airport.

Possible Budget Cuts Threaten Local Arts Programs

Mar 3, 2017

COLUMBIA -- Missouri arts programs are threatened by possible budget cuts to the National Endowments for the Arts, or N.E.A. These arts programs rely on the N.E.A’s federal funding, which supports part of the Missouri Arts Council’s budget. However the Missouri Arts Council’s  budget will not receive any immediate cuts and will continue to keep its core funding from the state.

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Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar in recent months amidst a campaign by the South Asian nation's military against the religious minority.

Refugees have told rights groups and U.N. investigators of burned villages, summary executions and mass rapes of women and girls. About 70,000 refugees have arrived in neighboring Bangladesh since October.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at a major human rights crisis that is tarnishing the legacy of Nobel prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's democracy icon turned state counselor.

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A panel has selected three choices for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to fill a state Supreme Court vacancy.

The Appellate Judicial Commission's nominees are state Western District Court of Appeals Judge Lisa Hardwick, attorney Benjamin Lipman and Jackson County Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell.

In Missouri, the Appellate Judicial Commission screens applicants and recommends three nominees to the governor, who makes an appointment.

Greitens said at a press conference Thursday that he'll interview all three candidates.

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The Missouri Senate has passed a bill to create a statewide prescription drug tracking program.

Senators voted 20-13 Thursday in favor of creating a database to track when prescriptions for controlled substances are written and filled. The goal is to prevent so-called doctor shopping, when people go to multiple doctors to get prescriptions for opioid drugs and painkillers.


Missouri is the only state without a drug monitoring program.

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway is launching a series of audits looking into the reasons why the state is facing a budget shortfall.

Galloway says some of the audits will focus on state tax credits and exemptions that reduce that amount of revenue Missouri receives from income and sales taxes.

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A bill to raise the standard for bringing discrimination lawsuits has passed the Missouri Senate.

Senators voted 23-9 along party lines to pass the measure Thursday. It now moves to the House.

The legislation would require plaintiffs bringing discrimination lawsuits to prove that race, religion, sex or other protected status was the motivating reason for discrimination or being fired, rather than just a contributing factor.


All Columbia Public School 10th-graders will get the chance to participate in an exclusive True/False experience.

Through funding by the Media Literacy Initiative, a 3-year grant started last year by the Columbia Public Schools Foundation and Ragtag Film Society, the students will see the 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” Friday.

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I think there’s a book out there called Everything I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I think that is a great concept, and I think there could be a book written, or at least a saying that goes something like Everything I Really Needed to Know in Life I Learned From Gardening. And today on Farm your Yard, I would like to explain what I mean by that. Let’s talk about what gardening can do for you.

Bill and Turner Ross discuss immersing themselves in a happening for their film Contemporary Color (T/F Boone Dawdle 2016).

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Mun Choi Begins Work as UM System's 24th President

Mar 2, 2017
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The first Asian-American and 24th president of the University of Missouri System began work on Wednesday.

Mun Choi’s appointment is a departure from previous appointments of presidents with primarily business backgrounds.

Former University of Missouri Curator David Wasinger says Choi’s academic knowledge, amongst other requirements, is one of many vital presidential skills.

“Certainly academia is a very important quality for a university president to the extent he has experienced or knowledge of academia, I think it adds to his talent level,” he said.


Columbia city officials launched an online survey to assess residents' priorities regarding city projects for the next fiscal year.

According to the city’s website, it expects to receive federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development with a total of over $1 million.

Housing Programs Supervisor Randy Cole said the funds will go toward a variety of community activities to help provide economic opportunities, stabilize neighborhoods and assist with affordable housing.

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Interim Chancellor Hank Foley at the University of Missouri campus in Columbia says two students have been arrested for allegedly harassing another student with anti-Semitic comments.

Chancellor Foley didn't publicly identify the students in his statement on Tuesday. He says the matter is in the hands of the Boone County prosecutor.

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The Missouri House of Representatives will consider House Bill 233 this week, which could allow pharmacists to prescribe and dispense oral contraceptives. Missouri law currently only allows physicians to prescribe this medication. A few states in the country already give pharmacists the ability to prescribe oral contraceptives. Representative Lauren Arthur, a democrat from Kansas City, said passing the bill would put Missouri on the forefront of positive health initiatives.