Columbia shoppers could be looking at an extra charge when they get to the end of the checkout line in the grocery store. The Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club proposed an ordinance at Monday’s city council meeting that would ban single-use plastic bags. The ordinance would require shoppers to bring their own reusable bags or pay for paper bags to use at checkout.

The Sierra Club is proposing this ordinance because of the harm single-use plastic bags cause the environment. Jan Dye is the chairperson of the Columbia chapter of the Sierra Club.

"Our initial proposal is to ban plastic single-use bags at any rental store that sells perishable food items," said Dye.  

University of Missouri Health Care

On this week's Under the Microscope, we look at a UV light emitting, germ-killing robot and the art of wool-making. 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The ride-sharing company Lyft will temporarily stop operating in Kansas City while it works out an agreement to operate legally in the city.

Lyft officials said Wednesday that the drivers will stop working Friday for up to 60 days.

The Kansas City Star reports the agreement, which requires a federal judge's approval, also temporarily stops a federal court lawsuit scheduled to go to trial in December.

Lyft uses a smartphone app to link passengers with part-time drivers in their own vehicles.

Columbia aims to win $5 million energy prize

Oct 23, 2014

Georgetown University is holding a contest and offering a $5 million prize to the city that reduces its energy consumption the most. The City of Columbia is working on a long term energy efficiency plan to try and win the prize.

The City of Columbia began making changes to its energy efficiency plan long before Georgetown University announced its $5 million energy prize.

Columbia Water and Light spokesperson, Connie Kacprowicz, said Columbia Water and Light expanded their existing energy efficiency program in 2008.

Hog waste in Callaway County is a violation of permit

Oct 23, 2014

10,000 gallons of hog waste from a Callaway County hog farm flowed Monday into a waterway that is a part of Millers Creek.

The waste came from the hog feeding facility, Pork Master Inc., and flowed into the Mark Twain National Forest.

Pork Master Inc. is under a discharge permit issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), why the spill is a violation of the permit, Spokeswoman Gena Terlizzi says.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The family of an 18-year-old killed by a St. Louis police officer is planning to release details of an independent autopsy.

The owner of Austin Layne Mortuary says relatives of Vonderrit Myers Jr. will release the autopsy findings Thursday at the funeral home.

Myers was fatally shot Oct. 8 by an officer working off-duty security. Police say Myers ran after seeing the officer, who gave chase, and a scuffle ensued.

Police say Myers pulled a gun and shot at the officer, who returned fire. The family has said they believe Myers was unarmed.

Censorship in Turkey

Oct 23, 2014
turkey protest
Emrah Gurel / AP Photo

  After 11 years as prime minister, Recip Tayyip Erdogan became Turkey's first directly-elected president in August. Under Erdogan’s tenure, Turkey’s economy has grown significantly. The country’s main minority group, the Kurds, have gained new rights. And a military with a history of meddling in politics has been kept in its barracks. But press freedom groups like Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists have consistently criticized efforts by Erdogan’s AK Party to limit freedom of expression and of the press.

I-70 Sign Show

This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment Off the Clock, KBIA producer Jenn Cooper hangs out with Anne 

Thompson, the creator and curator I-70 Sign Show, a yearlong contemporary arts project.

University of Missouri Health Care

  When cleaning your house do you ever wish a robot was there to do it for you? Well, the University of Missouri health care system has that luxury. 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • An update on proposed constitutional amendment 10.
  • Some state representatives are concerned the state isn't doing enough to combat Ebola.
  • the Columbia City Council may ban one-use plastic bags at grocery stores.