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8:29 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Military media producers return home from Afghanistan

The 70th Mobile Public Affairs Unit attends a ceremony upon returning from a deployment to Afghanistan. The ceremony was in Jefferson City on June 3, 2014.
Brandon Kiley KBIA

Friends and family welcomed the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment (MPAD) home on Tuesday in Jefferson City after a nine month tour in Afghanistan. The MPAD produced more than 1,200 print, video and photo products gaining a reach of more than 8.4 million Facebooks and airing on more than 142 media outlets worldwide.

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Health
8:21 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Hartzler talks coal power in Moberly amid EPA regulation proposal

U.S. Rep. Vicki Hartzler (File photo)

Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler kicked off her “all of the above” energy tour with several stops in Mid-Missouri Tuesday, including the Thomas Hill coal fired power plant near Moberly.

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Business
8:15 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Columbia Missourian to drop paywall, move to surveys

Credit columbiamissourian.com

The Columbia Missourian has ended its 24-hour viewing paywall and moved on to a new survey format created through a program by Google.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

A different perspective on veterans healthcare in Missouri

Members of the US Navy prepare for a 21-gun salute.
Credit US Navy / Wikimedia Commons

In the discussion about veterans healthcare, the severity of the problem really depends on who you talk to.

Some lawmakers say the secret patient lists and unreasonable wait times are unfortunate but isolated instances. But others are calling for serious reforms of the whole VA system.

While the opinions of these lawmakers are important to the future of veterans healthcare, what about someone who works with the healthcare system every day?

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Politics
5:41 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Transportation tax reverses footholds for party leaders

Credit Sam Lin / KBIA file photo

In a strange twist, Republicans are supporting a proposed tax hike that’s drawn fire from Democrats and Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Views of the News
5:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Views Preview: Bringing home Bowe Bergdahl

Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl
Credit U.S. Army photo

It was 2009 when Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl was captured and held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan.  Saturday, President Barack Obama stood on the White House lawn flanked by Bergdahl's parents, to annnounce his release.

The Taliban freed Bergdahl as part of a prisoner swap.  In exchange for his release, the U.S. government agreed to release five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

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Arts and Culture
4:59 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: William Least Heat-Moon

William Least Heat-Moon discusses his new book 'Writing Blue Highways' this Thursday at 7:00pm at the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia. He was a guest on KBIA's Thinking out Loud.
Credit University of Missouri Press

If you are a creative type, then you may have given some thought to the process behind creating. Whether you paint, write essays or solve engineering problems, Columbia author William Least Heat-Moon has written a book that illuminates the creative process. Least Heat-Moon discussed his new book Writing Blue Highways on KBIA's Thinking Out Loud. He also speaks this Thursday at 7:00 p.m at the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia.

Listen to William Least Heat Moon on KBIA's Thinking Out Loud. Trevor Harris discussed with the author his new book 'Writing Blue Highways', Least Heat-Moon's preferred way to write and the secret ingredient behind his creative process.

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Science and Technology
4:17 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Black bears moving farther north into Missouri

Jason Empey FLICKR

A group founded last month in Columbia is trying to educate Missourians about black bears.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

City of Columbia unveils new design for Columbia Transit

A bus with a new logo advertising COMO Connect was revealed to the public Tuesday afternoon in Columbia, Mo. The new logo was designed by students from Stephens College.
Tom Kackley KBIA

The city of Columbia revealed the rebranding and renaming of Columbia's public transportation system as "COMO Connect" in a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Jefferson City Council will meet to discuss transit ideas

A Jefferson City bus.
Jefferson City Transit Division

The Jefferson City Council will discuss ideas on June 30 that could improve the city's transit system.

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Business
3:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Missouri revenues falling short of projections

The Missouri Capitol Building
Jim Bowen Flickr

Missouri appears increasingly likely to finish its budget year with less revenue than had been expected.

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Science and Technology
8:49 am
Tue June 3, 2014

New carbon dioxide limits could bring changes for coal-powered states like Missouri

Coal is transported by train from Wyoming to fuel Ameren Missouri's power plants, like this one in Labadie.
Credit Veronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.

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Politics
8:25 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Columbia council shortens Planning & Zoning terms, approves bike boulevard

Credit File / KBIA

City Council voted in their meeting Monday night to shorten term lengths for members of the Planning and Zoning commission from five years to four years.

The amendment was proposed last month and passed with a 4-3 vote. Congressmember Barbara Hoppe introduced the amendment in hopes of drawing in more interest to serve on the Commission from community members.

“We have more work for Planning and Zoning now than ever before,” said Hoppe.

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Science and Technology
7:04 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Missouri Coalition for the Environment raises concerns about the Ameren Callaway Nuclear Plant

The Callaway nuclear reactor
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

Ameren’s Callaway nuclear plant near Fulton is in its 30th year of operation. It has a 40-year license and is in the process of getting it renewed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC.

Missouri Coalition for the Environment is heading an effort to stop it from being re-licensed.

One of their main concerns is spent, or used, radioactive rods that are left over after making power. When they’re taken out of the reactor, they’re still extremely hot and need to be stored in a cooling facility.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

'Bring Back Our Girls' supporters march at the Capitol

Participants of “Bring Back Our Girls" rally march through the streets of Jefferson City on Saturday, May 31, 2014
Credit Nick Komisar / KBIA

Members of the Nigerian community locally, gathered at the Capitol building Saturday to raise awareness for the abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria. Participants of the rally wore shirts and help up signs with the words “Bring Back Our Girls” as they marched around the Capitol. “Bring Back Our Girls” is a national campaign.

On April 15, a terrorist group named Boko Haram attacked a girl’s boarding school and kidnapped over 200 girls ages 15 to 18 from their dormitories. The name of the group Boko Haram translates to “Western education is a sin.”

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Arts and Culture
3:20 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

MU to begin outdoor amphitheater construction on campus

Mizzou Alumni Association Director Todd McCubbin says the construction of the Traditions Plaza is scheduled to be completed by October 2014.
Credit University of Missouri

The Mizzou Alumni Association announced today that construction of an outdoor amphitheater will begin this summer. Traditions Plaza will be located at the north end of Carnahan quad and is part of MU's 175th anniversary celebration.

According the MAA executive director Todd McCubbin, Traditions Plaza will not only be a space for classes, concerts, pep rallies and other activities, but will also provide visitors and prospective students with a more complete history of MU's traditions.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Columbia power plants react to proposed rules from Obama administration

MU power plan communications manager Karlan Seville said the university has already reduced their emissions by 28 percent since 2008 and will be reducing coal use 75 percent by 2018.
Credit machinecodeblue via Flickr

The Obama Administration unveiled new proposed rules for power plants on Monday, but Columbia’s two power plants won’t be drastically affected.

Columbia Water and Light is mandated to purchase at least 5 percent of its electricity from renewable sources because of an ordinance passed by the Columbia City Council and the city’s coal plant only operates part of the year.

However, the city does currently get its power from a coal burning power plant from Sikeston, Missouri.

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Education
8:19 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Columbia's Youth in Action program keeps teens busy on summer days

Credit File Photo / KBIA

As the school year wraps up, area youth are left searching for ways to occupy their time. The City of Columbia’s Volunteer Programs sponsors a unique opportunity for 12-15 year olds  with its Youth in Action summer volunteer program.                                                            

Anastasia Harris, an intern for the City of Columbia’s Volunteer Programs, is in charge of this summer’s Youth in Action program.

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Politics
1:04 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Running Rodger's video when covering Isla Vista shooting

Many news organizations ran Eliott Rodger's YouTube video as part of their coverage of the Isla Vista shootings. How is that different than publishing a suicide note? Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Jim Flink and Amy Simons discuss the national and local media's response. 

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Education
5:22 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Putting Kids First begins process of helping at risk youth

School children cross a street
KBIA

Boone County's Putting Kids First initiative is beginning to take shape. 

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Science and Technology
5:13 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

New pavement helps solve drainage problem

A drain collecting water
Thirteen of Clubs flickr

The Columbia Public Works Department had a problem. 

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Politics
4:57 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Missouri Department of Revenue to be audited

Missouri State Capitol
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri tax officials are getting audited. 

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Crime
4:40 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Missouri police stopping blacks more than whites

A Missouri police vehicle
Scott Davidson Flickr

An annual report finds that Missouri law enforcement officers are continuing to pull over black drivers at a significantly greater rate than white drivers. 

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Politics
4:08 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Court overturns American flag desecration law

American flag
KBIA

A federal appeals court in St. Louis has overturned a Missouri law that makes it a crime to burn or otherwise desecrate the American flag. 

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AM Newscasts
9:07 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Newscast for May 30, 2014

News coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri's Attorney General suggests changes to the drug supplier for executions in the state.
  • Senator Roy Blunt discusses the VA Hospital fallout while at the Truman Va in Columbia.
  • Authorities are searching for a missing 17-year-old last seen in Perche Creek.
  • Gov. Jay Nixon continues his vocal criticism of tax cuts passed by the legislature.
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Search for missing teen
8:58 am
Fri May 30, 2014

17-year-old missing in Perche Creek [UPDATE: Body found]

UPDATE: Rescue workers have recovered the body of a 17-year-old boy who went underwater in a creek near Columbia while swimming with friends.

The Columbia Missourian reports that Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Paul Reinsch says the boy's body was recovered around 11 a.m. Friday.

Reinsch says authorities were contacting the boy's family before releasing his name.

Boone County fire Capt. Martina Pounds says local, county and state workers searched for the boy until about 11 p.m. Thursday and resumed the search Friday morning.

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Agriculture
8:55 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Republican Mo. Congressmembers to join push for "right to farm"

Credit wobble-san/Flickr

Several Missourians in the U.S. House are backing a proposed amendment to the state Constitution on farming.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Performance from John D'Agostino

Today Paul Pepper welcomes first-time guest, singer-songwriter JOHN D'AGOSTINO, who performs two songs, "Doesn't She Know" at [2:41], and "You Don't Have to Leave" at [5:40]. May 30, 2014

Sports
6:18 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

MU softball player joins All-American team

Credit Photo provided by Taylor Gadbois

An MU softball player went from bench warmer to All-American this year. Taylor Gadbois achieved third-team All-American and first-team All-SEC honors on Wednesday.

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Politics
5:49 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks out on Missouri General Assembly tax breaks

Credit File photo / KBIA

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has spoken out about legislation recently passed by the Missouri General Assembly.

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