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PM Newscasts
5:56 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Newscast for September 11, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including continuing coverage of the Missouri General Assembly's veto session.

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PM Newscasts
4:55 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Newscast for September 11, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom.

Politics
3:52 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Mo. House rejects override of House Bill 253

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

During the start of the legislature's veto session today, the Missouri House of Representatives failed to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto on House Bill 253, a contentious bill that would have lowered income taxes. Critics of the bill alleged that the tax cuts would send the state into debt.

The vote had 94 votes in favor to 67 against, but 109 votes were needed to override the veto. As a result of the vote, the Senate will not consider overriding Gov. Nixon's veto.

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PM Newscasts
5:03 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Newscast for September 4, 2013

PM newscast for September 4, 2013.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including

Education
3:26 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Hickman principal to take leave of absence

Tracey Conrad
Credit Columbia Public Schools

Hickman High School announced today that Principal Tracey Conrad will be taking an indefinite leave of absence.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Conrad's absence is due to a family concern.

Assistant principal Eric Johnson will serve as the school's interim principal until Conrad returns.

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PM Newscasts
4:41 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Newscast for August 28, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Boonville school superintendent cleared of wrongdoing after State Fair incident
  • Crowd gathers to commemorate March on Washington anniversary
  • Columbia Public Schools to get food truck
Politics
1:12 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Boonville school superintendent cleared in Obama rodeo act

Credit KBIA

A Missouri school official has been cleared of wrongdoing in a State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama.

Albert Watkins, an attorney for Boonville superintendent Mark Ficken, said Wednesday that an investigation by the school district found Ficken was not involved in inappropriate actions or statements.

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Education
7:40 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Summer vacation ends soon for students

Credit KBIA

The dog days of summer are over for many students in the area, and will be ending quickly for many more. The fall semesters at the University of Missouri, Stephens College and Columbia College all begin on Monday.

All students in Columbia Public Schools go back tomorrow, except for kindergarteners, who get a few more days of summer and start school this Thursday.

Thursday also marks the start date for Jefferson City Public Schools.

Moberly students return to school this Wednesday.

Students in Fulton and Kirksville started last week.

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PM Newscasts
3:51 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Newscast for August 13, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Updated news on the Missouri State Fair rodeo clown incident,
  • Mo. Supreme Court rejects lawsuit on animal shelters,
  • Vicky Hartzler speaks at military event.
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Arts and Culture
5:18 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

How DOMA's repeal affected one Missouri couple

Tom Harris (left) and Brian Mahieu, along the Katy Trail this past October with their greyhounds Kai and Commando. The couple decided to marry after the Supreme Court repealed Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Credit Tom Harris and Brian Mahieu

Tom Harris and Brian Mahieu have been engaged for nine years. Each wears a wedding ring. Each says they consider themselves married emotionally.

However, their opportunities to get legally married have been limited. Even though nearby Iowa has allowed same-sex marriage since 2009, Harris and Mahieu were afraid to drive north to get married.

"[We] realized pretty quick that that's nice, but when we come back to Missouri, nothing has changed," Harris said.

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PM Newscasts
4:40 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Newscast for August 8, 2013

PM newscast for Aug. 8, 2013

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Continued flood rescues in Taney County,
  • Waynesville flood victims identified, and
  • Rep. Chris Kelly's wife, a district judge, refuses to recuse herself from Mamtek case.
Crime
7:38 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Columbia City Council approves mayor's plan to form crime taskforce

Mayor Bob McDavid speaking at a press conference on Aug. 5, during which he outlined his plan for creating a crime taskforce. The Columbia City Council approved his plan at their meeting later that night.
Credit Ryan Famuliner

  The Columbia City Council approved a proposal from Mayor Bob McDavid to create a taskforce to look at youth crimes in the city by a vote of six in favor to none against. Councilmember Ian Thomas did not attend the meeting.

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Politics
1:08 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

McDavid announces plan to reduce crime in Columbia

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid speaks on how he plans to reduce crime in the city.
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Speaking before a crowded conference room at City Hall, Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid opened his press this morning conference bluntly.

"Columbia has too much crime," he said, as a slide behind him read the same.  "Nobody here disputes that."

Crime in Columbia has been a growing concern among residents and government officials – so much so that McDavid has come up with a six-point plan he thinks could lessen violent crime in Columbia.

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Business
7:29 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Callaway nuclear plant remains offline

Credit File photo / KBIA

The Callaway Energy Center near Fulton remains closed after a small fire in the turbine building.

Ameren Missouri says that workers have been performing tests and repairing damage from a small fire Friday night. The fire was in the "non-nuclear" power-generation side of the Callaway County nuclear facility. An Ameren spokesman says cables that connect the plant to the electric grid shorted, causing nearby insulation to catch fire.

An earlier press release said the center is "out of service in accordance with safety protocols and procedures."

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Education
7:10 am
Thu July 25, 2013

MU to test new emergency alert system

Credit File / KBIA

The University of Missouri plans to test a new emergency alert system Monday morning.

A university press release states that the system will be tested at 8:50 a.m. and will send two text messages to those who have already signed up for the MU Alert system.

The test will also send messages to the MU Alert Twitter page, and to Facebook.

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Politics
7:56 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Construction begins on many Boone County roads

Credit Stew Dean / Flickr

Starting today, a number of Boone County roads are undergoing construction. Lake of the Woods Road is closed at the intersection with St. Charles Road and is scheduled to reopen on August 5. Rangeline Road is down to one lane between Richland Road and Highway WW so the road can receive a new fog seal treatment. Rangeline is set to reopen to full traffic by Friday.

A full list of roads affected by construction may be found through the Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:25 am
Mon June 17, 2013

MU to conduct drill at nuclear research reactor

MU Nuclear Research Reactor
Credit University of Missouri

The University of Missouri will be conducting a drill Monday morning at its research nuclear reactor center. The center is located south of Stadium Boulevard and west of Providence Road in Columbia. The drill is meant to simulate what could happen during an emergency situation at the reactor.

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Business
9:57 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Vintage arcade reopens in Columbia under new owner

Popular games, such as the golf game GoldenTee Live catch the eye upon entering Gunther's Games.
Credit Casey Morell / KBIA

In a room with a checkered floor that glows eerily under blacklights, games ranging from Pac-Man to newer, shooter games line the walls.

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Politics
11:18 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Proposition 1 passage provides relief for Emergency Management

Supporters of Proposition 1 celebrating victory
Casey Morell KBIA

After months of campaigning, members of the Boone County Office of Emergency Management were finally able to celebrate after Proposition 1 passed with a majority. Supporters filled Bleu Restaurant and Wine Bar all night as the votes came in. The proposition will increase the sales tax in Boone County by 3/8’s of a cent and the money collected will go towards upgrades for 911 emergency communication services. Operations Manager at the Office of Emergency Management Joe Piper was so stunned by the victory he was speechless.

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PM Newscasts
6:01 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Newscast for March 29, 2013

 Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Mo. Senate passes prescription reform bill
  • Missouri to observe Vietnam Veterans Day
  • Gov. Nixon signs tax incentive bills
Politics
8:37 am
Tue March 26, 2013

As Jefferson City officials propose new high school, some criticize 'mega high'

Credit Jefferson City High School / Jefferson City Public Schools

On April 2, Jefferson City residents will vote on whether to approve a $79 million bond issue that would fund the construction of a new elementary school and a new high school. But, the proposal for a new high school has drawn opposition from some members of the community.

Opponents of the bond issue believe Jefferson City students would be ill served in what they call a “mega high school.” While they want a new high school to be built, they think the existing campus should remain open, making the population at each school smaller.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Debate over Jefferson City's new high school campus continues

An artist's rendering of the proposed new Jefferson City High School.
Credit Jefferson City Public Schools

On April 2, Jefferson City residents will vote on whether to approve a $79 million bond issue that would fund the construction of a new elementary school and a new high school. But, the proposal for a new high school has drawn opposition from some members of the community.

Opponents of the bond issue believe Jefferson City students would be ill served in what they call a “mega high school.” While they want a new high school to be built, they think the existing campus should remain open, making the population at each school smaller.

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Weather
6:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Live blog: Second winter storm hits Columbia

Aimee Appel stands on College Avenue.
Credit Andrew Nichols / KBIA

Follow this blog for regular updates on Columbia's second storm in two days.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:48 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Meals on Wheels deals with winter weather

The charity Meals on Wheels delivers roughly 100 meals a day to the elderly and the disabled throughout Columbia. Inclement weather, like last week’s snowstorm, forces the charity to reorganize its efforts.

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Weather
5:56 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Live blog: Winter storm hits mid-Missouri

Credit Andrew Nichols / KBIA

Follow this blog for live, continuing coverage of the winter storm affecting mid-Missouri.

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