George Varney

Student Newscaster

George Varney is a student newscaster.

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

  • New cell tower to improve Battle High School communications
  • Thousands displeased with Attorney General's same-sex marriage court decision appeal 
  • Columbia residents, consultants discuss city's future
Columbia Public Schools

Columbia Public Schools (CPS) broke ground Monday on a new elementary school in southwest Columbia which would likely change the attendance areas of six nearby elementary schools.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the school, currently called “South Elementary” until it is officially named, took place this afternoon. Meetings began last week to determine the attendance zone boundaries of the new elementary school, which is planned to open for students for the 2016 school year.

Columbia Public Schools

We're halfway into the first year  of Columbia School District’s re-alignment, the most noticeable change being the addition of Battle High School. KBIA is looking at the process of re-alignment, its effects, and what the district is planning for the future.

Kansas City based firm RSP & Associates is crunching numbers for the current round of  Columbia Public Schools (CPS)  district re-alignment. The same firm was also hired to do data analysis for the district re-alignments leading up to the opening of Battle High School.

The firm collected data on the district including enrollment and the number of students on free and reduced lunch. The data was used to create different scenarios of boundary re-alignment which were then sent to the  secondary enrollment planning committee for consideration.   

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including midterm election results. 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

  • MU employees waiting for Title Nine training
  • Campus food bank partners with SNAP
  • 'Right to Farm' bill opponents file suit
  • Roots N Blues attendance and ticket sales up from last year
  • Missouri temporarily increases weight limit for motor carriers hauling grains

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

  • Mo. judge rules state must recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state
  • UM System Board of Curators ratifies new rules to address campus sexual violence
  • Mo. Dept. of Agriculture announces USDA grants to 14 state organizations  

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

  • Columbia Housing Authority receives grant 
  • MU ENT Hearing and Balance Center opens
  • Columbia Public Schools increases crime alert area
  • MoDOT stocks up on salt
  • Mexico Public Schools meets needs of children through social media
  • Jefferson City to lose 70 jobs from upcoming management company closing
  • City of Columbia holds meeting on childhood obesity

Mapping sinkholes

Oct 2, 2014

The areas in red on the map below are where the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) has documented as having sinkholes.

Photo courtesy of Doug Gouzie

We put out some questions on social media to see what you wanted to know about sinkholes. First, here’s a clip of CoMo Explained where I explain everything we learned before talking to Missouri State University Associate Professor of Geology and sinkhole expert Doug Gouzie. You can also read about our previous sinkhole reporting here.


  • Ferguson police chief apologizes to Michael Brown's family, protesters
  • Judge hears arguments in same-sex ban lawsuit
  • Free rides to Roots N Blues Festival
  • Don't stress, just shred: 'Shred Day' to be held next week 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

  • All state judges recommended for re-election
  • MUPD releases crime and safety report
  • Ashland seeks funds to build YMCA
  • Gov. Nixon praises Boonville High School students' academic progress
  • State Treasurer auctions unclaimed property
  • Columbia Public Schools looks to ban social media app behind school lockdown
Missouri Department of Natural Resources

What exactly is a sinkhole?

A sinkhole forms when the surface layer of ground collapses into a cavity underneath. Associate Professor of Geology at MU Martin Appold explains these features in more detail:

“They’re holes in the ground that form as a result of caves developing below the ground’s surface that come close enough to the ground’s surface that at some point the rock can’t support its own weight.”

“Ultimately the cause is from ground water that is percolating through the fractures, usually in limestone bedrock,” Appold said. 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

  • Nixon replaces most of Lottery Commission
  • Appeals court rejects teacher evaluation ballot
  • MU Extension plans new public awareness campaign
  • City Council approves downtown sewer improvements
  • Former state officials call for high school citizenship test
  • Jefferson City staff discuss campaign to remove questions about felonies on job applications
  • Nixon creates Office of Community Engagement

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including:

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