Brandon Kiley

Student Newscaster

Brandon Kiley is a student newscaster.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

MKT trail
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The Rails to Trails Conservancy has placed a bid on the Rock Island Corridor, currently owned by Ameren, on behalf of local and state organizations with plans for a large scale rail to trail project.

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  The state of Missouri is hosting the longest non-stop canoe and kayak race in the world this Tuesday through Friday.

Nearly 300 paddlers participated in the Missouri River 340 (MR-340) began their journey in Kansas City, KS on Tuesday. They will travel 340 miles to St. Charles, MO to complete the race.

One of those participants, Robyn Benicasa, is a firefighter from San Diego that has been racing competitively for 20 years. Her claim to fame in the Missouri River 340 is the fact that she owns the course record for solo women.

In a night filled with anxiety and uncertainty, those that gathered for a watch party at the Missouri Farming Bureau Center in Jefferson City were relieved to see their hard work pay off as Missouri voters passed amendment one on Thursday night with an unofficial 50.13 percent of the vote.

Missouri Farming Bureau President Blake Hurst has been with the bureau for 35 years. He said he believes the Right to Farm amendment will protect Missouri farmers from restrictions that would limit the use of technology.

Claire McCaskill
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Approximately one in five undergraduate women has been the victim of attempted or completed sexual violence during college, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But fewer than 5% of rape victims attending college report their attack to law enforcement, according to the most recent report conducted by the Department of Justice.

It was numbers such as those that got Sen. Claire McCaskill’s attention.

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Columbia Police officers responded to five separate incidents of shots fired over the weekend.

At 8:15 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to shots fired at the intersection of Garth Ave and Oak St. A gunshot victim with non-life threatening injuries was driven to the hospital in a personal vehicle.

 

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Dozens of Columbia residents and Columbia-based refugees were in attendance at the annual World Refugee Day Celebration in Columbia. The Refugee and Immigration Services of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri hosted the events at the sixth annual celebration in Columbia, Saturday, June 21, 2014.

The World Refugee Day Coordinator for 2014, Hannah Lammers, said Columbia started the annual celebration six years ago.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri's largest electric consumer is arguing it needs a rate reduction.
  • A global plant science company has chosen St. Louis as the headquarters of its North American research center.

 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri's largest electric consumer is arguing it needs a rate reduction.
  • A global plant science company has chosen St. Louis as the headquarters of its North American research center.
  • A Columbia youth drill team is looking for a new home.
  • A long-planned subway station in St. Louis remains on hold due to unavailable state money.
Columbia Fire Truck
Abby Spudich / KBIA

The Columbia Fire Department announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted an extension to its 2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER).

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded a SAFER Grant to the Columbia Fire Department on March 3, 2013. The grant began paying for salaries and benefits for five new fire fighters over the course of two years and totaled $658,120.

News coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

  • A Missouri inmate scheduled to be put to death next week is asking the Missouri Supreme Court to halt the execution.
  • A Kansas City-bound Southwest Airlines jet backed into a stationary JetBlue Airways plane.
  • The Veterans Affairs Department says there are patients who sought appointments through the VA medical center in St. Louis that were never seen.
  • A Missouri lawmaker is calling on Gov. Jay Nixon to not cut dental benefits from next year's state budget.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that 21 Missouri organizations will receive $4,232,627 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).