Bridgit Bowden

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Bridgit Bowden is a senior at MU studying Convergence Journalism and Spanish. She works as a reporter, producer, and editor at KBIA.

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Ameren’s Callaway nuclear plant near Fulton is in its 30 th 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...

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Missourians to vote on new veterans lottery ticket Student transfer fix sent to Governor Nixon News organizations sue Missouri Department of Corrections over drug executions

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Missouri House joins Senate to override veto on tax cut bill Missouri lawmakers embrace financing for Fulton State Hospital Clergy member arrested after protesting in the Missouri Senate

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Food waste is something we all produce, but don’t like to think about. That’s why several large universities in Missouri are turning food waste from dining halls into compost.

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The future of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways continues to be a matter for debate – particularly between Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and state Representative Chris Kelly. The two politicians have been sparring over the park issue on Twitter, and on Saturday they met in the small southern Missouri town of Eminence for a formal debate. The argument between Lieutenant Governor Kinder and Representative Kelly started on Twitter in February of this year. On Saturday, their formal debate...

Meredith Turk / KBIA

Deep in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in southern Missouri a battles rages over the use of a National Park: The Ozark National Scenic Riverways. This national park is visited by millions each year and was the first federally protected river system, established in 1964. Last year the park announced a plan to address usage based on what it says is a changing demographic. This is the Ozark National Scenic Riverway's first usage study in 30 years. As new management plans for the park emerge,...

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Anderson formally introduced as new basketball coach Columbia residents finish mural with art teacher's help House endorses funding plan for mental hospital

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: City Council approves ordinance for food trucks Gov. Nixon raises new concerns about income tax cut

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Ginny Chadwick sworn in as First Ward representative Columbia Daily Tribune hosts 13th annual Hero Awards Dozens in jail after Texas County drug sting

Regional News Coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: House endorses transportation tax vote Repairs interrupt Amtrak runs in Missouri Governor Nixon announces comprehensive statewide energy plan

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Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

TV’s Bill Nye the science guy spoke at the University of Missouri Columbia last week as a part of the Life Sciences and Society Symposium. Jesse Auditorium was packed on Saturday morning with people ready to learn about science. Tickets to the event were free, but ran out within 30 minutes of the box office opening. That’s more than 1700 tickets. Jack Schultz is the director of MU’s Bond Life Sciences Center, and oversaw the event. He said they weren’t initially expecting such a huge turnout....

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Smoke from private controlled burning blown into downtown Columbia Clark, Rector among four arrested before NIT opener CPS investigates First Student bus driver after arrest

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Committee cuts emergency funding for Normandy schools Bill would limit drone use in state Columbia city council candidates meet to discuss disability issues

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Pinkel becomes 11th SEC coach to make at least $3 million Missouri House passes supplemental budget Five more states join in fight against California egg law

Regional News Coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: KOMU-TV's Stacey Woelfel named director of new documentary journalism center Bill would move presidential primary to March of 2016 MU Law professor weighs in on voting rights for ex-offenders

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: Columbia City Council will not support TIF proposal Ameren CEO to retire in July Legislation would allow Sunday motorcycle sales

David Stonner / Missouri Department of Conservation

In 2011, the Department of Conservation started reintroducing elk into the state of Missouri. The elk were brought in from Kentucky and released onto land designated as the Elk Relocation Zone. Part of this “zone” is conservation land in the Missouri Ozarks called Peck Ranch. Right now, there’s a herd of more than a hundred elk roaming around in the Missouri Ozarks. But, you might not know it just by looking around. You see, they’re actually kind of hard to find in the woods. That’s where...

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: ACLU to file suit against Missouri over same-sex marriage Jefferson City eighth graders prepare for "academies" next fall Mizzou celebrates 175th birthday

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Nixon: Mo. swimmer case 'heart breaking situation' Rep. Guernsey drops hostile workplace hearing House committee considers adding a loan to Bright Flight

Bridgit Bowden / KBIA News

The USDA estimates that more than 2 million people live in rural food deserts, or low-income communities more than 10 miles from a grocery store. Four years ago, the last grocery store in Pilot Grove, Mo., closed its doors, turning the town into a rural food desert. The town had only a convenience store from which to bu food. That is, until 23 community investors came together to open Tyler's Market, a fully-stocked grocery store. On the market's first day open, Pilot Grove residents gathered at the store.


Like many veterans, 56-year-old Michael Vizcarra left a young family at home when he left on deployment; and for him, that was a significant sacrifice. Michael came to StoryCorps and brought along his now 17-year-old daughter Victoria Vizcarra, to talk about some of his experiences overseas. Bridgit Bowden produced this story for KBIA. Music by Chris Zabriskie More than a dozen military members and their family and friends came to the KBIA studios in September to take part in StoryCorps’...

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After almost 10 years of high-profile court battles and an international media campaign led by his family and friends, Ryan Ferguson is free. The Ferguson family members and supporters greeted him at Columbia’s Tiger Hotel Tuesday night, following his release. The Missouri Court of Appeals issued a bond order Tuesday releasing Ryan Ferguson from his near decade-long imprisonment at the Jefferson City Correctional Center. Ferguson was released officially from Boone County Prison after being...

Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton announced today that he will step down as chancellor effective November 15 of this year. Deaton says the time was right. “(The decision to retire) did not happen quickly, let me say, I looked at a range of issues. The success and the coming together of the planning that we have been engaged in has been a very big part of it. And frankly the lack of absence of any major crises as I see them right now, you don’t want to choose that time,” Deaton...

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Imagine if you could take a digital model of anything and print out the actual physical object. Thanks to a new technology called 3D printing, you can. This new technology has countless uses, but here in Columbia, several MU researchers are exploring its potential in the medical field.

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A group gathered in MU’s speaker’s circle Thursday to speak out against the Bangladeshi government and advocate for freedom of expression. Nearly 15 atheists participated in the Defend Dissent protest. The demonstration was inspired by the arrest of several bloggers in Bangladesh who spoke out against the government and against Islam. Columbia is one of several cities across the globe participating in Defend Dissent. Greg Lammers is the State director for American Atheists and the founder of...

Evan Townsend / KBIA

This segment was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith & Values. Find more news like this at Two people with remarkable stories to share came to MU this week, and we hear from both of them in this faith and values update. Romain-Roland Levi shared his experiences in Belgium during World War II, and Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mohatma Gandhi, talked about his grandfather, along with the India-Pakistan conflict. Holocaust survivor lives to spread love Reported by...

Fourth Ward challenger Ian Thomas narrowly defeats incumbent

Apr 3, 2013
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Supporters cheered as Fourth Ward City Council challenger Ian Thomas defeated incumbent Daryl Dudley in a tight race. He won by almost 3 percent over his opponent. Bill Weitkemper trailed both candidates all evening, finishing with 7% of the vote.

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Every Monday morning in Mexico, Missouri, a group of people pull out their cowboy boots and head to dance lessons. Except in this class, no one is younger than 65. The group is led by state champion line dancers JoAnn Roth and Beverly Talley. For these women, you’re never too old to dance. At the Garfield Community Center in Mexico, Mo., JoAnn Roth and Beverly Talley’s class is standing in straight lines and ready to dance by 9 in the morning. The group decides on a fast dance - the “tush...


Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid said he would like the Columbia Police Officers Association to issue a formal apology after an offensive status update was posted on the organization’s Facebook page this week. The Wednesday Facebook status joked about the police department’s possible acquisition of an armored Mercedes— and about the reaction from the “boys in the hood.” The post has since been taken down. Mayor Bob McDavid responded with his own Facebook post saying the Police Officers' Association...