Beatriz Costa Lima

Student Reporter

Beatriz Costa-Lima is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, and is a student newscaster at KBIA. She is a graduate student at the Missouri School of Journalism studying documentary journalism.

Talking Politics: Police Chief Ken Burton Gives His Take on Racial Desparity in Traffic Stops

Sep 19, 2017

Traffic stop data released by the Missouri Attorney General's office shows a disparity between black and white drivers in Columbia, but not everyone agrees as to what the numbers mean.

Black drivers in Columbia were pulled over at a rate almost four times higher than white drivers in 2016.

Some local groups, like Race Matters, Friends, say this is clear evidence of racial profiling and called for changes in the police department. Some have even called for the resignation of Police Chief Ken Burton, who has voiced skepticism about the traffic stop data.

The Columbia Missourian’s Katherine Reed and Noah McGee spoke in-depth with Burton to get his take on the data and how the department can be improved.

In this episode of Talking Politics, Professor Mark Horvit explains what’s in store for Missouri lawmakers as they meet for their annual veto session this week. Mark Horvit is a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and leads the school’s state government reporting program.

Of all the vetoed bills, one of the most talked about is a measure that would fix funding cuts to in-home and nursing home care for seniors.


Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

 

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In a news release yesterday, Barnes and Noble Education announced it is purchasing local textbook distribution company MBS Textbook Exchange for $174.2 million.

MBS, which started as the Missouri Store Company in Columbia in 1909, sources and sells textbooks to more than 3,700 college bookstores and services more than 700 virtual bookstores.

Pugh and MBS President Dan Schuppan plan to retire on March 31, according to the release.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

  • Bill Would Make it Harder to Prove Discrimination When Fired From Work
  • Columbia School Board Shifts Boundaries for Two Middle Schools
  • Disability Services Organizations Brace for Cuts
  • Missouri Lawmakers Make Headway on Drug Monitoring Program