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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
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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"

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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

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

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Politics
5:33 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Senator Blunt addresses VA wait times at Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital

Senator Blunt leaving Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia on Thursday.
Credit Katie Hiler / KBIA

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt continued his tour of mental health facilities in the state on Thursday with a stop at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia. 

Blunt spoke with Veterans Affairs administrators about how to better assist veterans experiencing a mental health crisis who need treatment immediately. Blunt says he is encouraged by the efforts the hospital has made to shorten waitlist times but says there are also many ways it can still improve.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Two bills passed to strengthen penalty of disarming police

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Two bills to further protect on duty officers are currently awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon's signature.  The Columbia Police Officers' Association has supported legislation that would make it a felony to disarm a law enforcement agent of any weapon, not simply their handgun. 

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Politics
4:42 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Missouri attorney general wants execution changes

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Missouri's attorney general says the state should establish its own laboratory to produce chemicals for use in executions rather than rely on an "uneasy cooperation" with medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies.

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Health
3:58 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

St. Joseph smoking ban to start in 10 days

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A judge has rejected a request to delay a smoking ban in St. Joseph while a civil lawsuit opposing the ban is considered in court.

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Global Journalist
3:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Brazilian documentary Elena explores culture, society

Petra Costa, the director of Elena.
Credit Courtesy of Petra Costa

The Brazilian documentary Elena tells the story of an actress and artist who moved to New York in search of a career during the country's military dictatorship. This week, we talk to Petra Costa, director of Elena, about her film, Brazilian culture, and what's next for this growing international power.

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Education
2:55 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Over 10K register for Missouri college savings giveaway

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On College Savings Day, Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced that over 10,000 people have signed up for a chance to win $5,290 for contribution into an account with MOST, Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan. Zweifel said the giveaway is a great way to raise awareness of the importance of investing for future higher education expenses from an early age.

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Politics
1:30 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Boone County Commission adds park sales tax to August ballot

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The Boone County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday morning to put a one-eighth-cent sales tax on the August ballot that would benefit the Central Missouri Events Center, county parks and recreational facilities.

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University Village
9:15 am
Thu May 29, 2014

UM Curators want Lt. Britt suit dismissed

The University Village Apartments walkway collapse that killed Lt. Bruce Britt. (File photo)
Credit Miranda Metheny / KBIA

The University Of Missouri Board Of Curators has filed a claim regarding the lawsuit for the wrongful death of Lieutenant Bruce Britt.

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Faith/Religion
9:15 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Ordained female priest says Mass at St. Francis House

Female Roman Catholic priest Janice Sevre-Duszynska displays a sign she used in protest of the exclusion of women from the priesthood. Sevre-Duszynska visited St. Francis House in Columbia, Missouri on May 28, 2014, to say mass and screen the documentary
Madeline Dufek KBIA

In 1998, Janice Sevre-Duszynska stood up in the middle of an ordination service and shocked her entire congregation when she demanded the Bishop to ordain her into priesthood.

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Politics
9:01 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Bill would create new committee on criminal justice

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Missouri lawmakers would create a permanent joint committee on the state's criminal justice system under bills awaiting action by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The panel would review criminal laws, law enforcement, prison issues and state efforts related to terrorism and homeland security. The committee would include members of the House and Senate, with the state's chief justice, the state auditor and the attorney general as ex officio members.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Pet Education Day

Today Paul Pepper welcomes REBECCA JOHNSON, CHYAN PASCUA and WHISKEY (the dog), all from the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, who talk about what's happening at Pet Education Day this Saturday! May 29, 2014

  

Health
7:35 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Mo. already starting reponse to new EPA emissions regulations

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Missouri's environmental regulators already are making plans to respond to new federal regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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Business
5:52 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

City of Columbia Files Eminent Domain Request

 

  The city of Columbia wants to expand Columbia Regional Airport, but one landowner is refusing  to sell some of the land the airport needs. The city requires 58 acres to expand the runways at Columbia Regional. They successfully came to terms to purchase 53 acres from other owners.  

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Politics
5:41 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

GOP consultant questions early voting signatures

A Republican political consultant is questioning whether supporters of an early voting initiative gathered enough valid signatures to get the measure for the November ballot.

Supporters have said they submitted about 300,000 signatures for a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow six weeks of early voting before Missouri elections.

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Politics
5:16 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Digital privacy bills waiting for Nixon's approval

A bill that would keep information about those who check out e-books or other digital resources private is headed to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.   

It also makes it so any third party involved with library records must disclose information of those people who use the libraries' facilities. Many of these third parties provide electronic services to libraries.

E-books and other digital resources would be considered "library materials." Other traditional materials are already covered by this type of protection.

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Views of the News
2:33 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Views of the News: 'Patriot' or 'Traitor'? NBC's interview with Edward Snowden

Professor Mike McKean

The tales of two papers: how one student newspaper on the campus of University of California – Santa Barbara covered a mass shooting while the other chose to ignore it. Also, NBC’s sit down with Edward Snowden, dangerous conditions for reporters in Ukraine, CNN anchors moving to New York, and avoiding conflicts of interest – real and perceived. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Jim Flink: Views of the News.

  

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Politics
8:07 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Missouri child-care centers could face increased oversight

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Legislation pending before Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would require new oversight of some unlicensed child care centers.

The legislation would require state workers to visit unlicensed facilities that receive federal money. It also would require the development of quality indicators that parents could use to evaluate the safety and caliber of child care centers.

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Health
7:59 am
Wed May 28, 2014

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt to visit St. Louis VA hospital, as Missouri politicians address VA complaints

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Republican Sen. Roy Blunt is scheduled to be in St. Louis today to meet with officials at the VA hospital about concerns raised over mental health care. The visit comes amid calls from several Missouri politicians to address complaints about VA services. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, visited the University of Missouri campus Friday to announce the results of her survey of veterans' satisfaction with VA services in Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

New Missouri task force looks for ways to help people with MS

Event volunteer at a National Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 in Columbia. A representative of the National MS Society from Missouri will serve on the new MS Task Force.
Credit KOMU News

 The Missouri legislature passed a resolution to establish a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Task Force on May 6.

According to the resolution, Missouri lawmakers created the task force to “identify and address the unmet needs of persons with MS.”

Among many issues, the task force will be looking at MS treatments for Missourians.  Medical expenses for a person with MS can reach almost $70,000 per year. Access to these treatments can also be a concern.

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