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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.


Science and Technology
5:23 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Bill Nye preaches 'coolness' of science to packed house

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin presents Bill Nye "The Science Guy" with a new bow tie.
Credit 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.

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PM Newscasts
5:57 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Newscast for March 18, 2014

  Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: 

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Missouri Environment
9:04 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Elk program pleases hunters, but not farmers

These two bull elk were among the first to arrive at Peck Ranch in May, 2011. They were outfitted with GPS collars for tracking purposes.
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.

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Health & Wealth Update
9:07 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Pilot Grove residents rally to bring back grocery store

Laurie Beach loads groceries into her car on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Pilot Grove, Mo. Beach is one of 23 community investors that helped open the grocery store.
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA News


Listen to this week's Health & Wealth Update, featuring a report by KBIA reporter Bridgit Bowden.

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.  


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Arts and Culture
8:50 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Military Voices: "We were responding and we were taking care of business"

Michael and Victoria Vizcarra
Credit StoryCorps

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

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1:29 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Ryan Ferguson is free

Ryan Ferguson talks to the crowd at the Tiger Hotel on Nov. 12, 2013 in Columbia, Mo.
Bridgit Bowden KBIA

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.

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