George Varney

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George Varney is a student newscaster.

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including: Nixon withdraws proposed food stamp rule change Drug Take Back Program visits Columbia Nixon commits to increasing public school funding Columbia violent crime task force discusses criminal risk factors Execution drug sources no longer public after Mo. rule change


Former Columbia City Council woman Almeta Crayton passed away at Boone Hospital Monday morning after being admitted Oct. 8 with heart trouble. “[Drill noises] what you’re hearing in the background, I’m putting up a veteran’s flag: 'Veteran’s Don’t forget to vote.'” Almeta Crayton’s longtime friend Curtis Soul is drilling flags into the side of a bus. Soul and Crayton were supposed to ride this bus together at the Homecoming Parade Oct. 26. Soul said veteran’s welfare was important to Crayton....

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: Meth lab incidents in Missouri down in 2012 Some MU groups limping after shutdown fiasco Apartment complex cooperates with police Missouri Senators voted to reopen federal government Rep. Kelly announces he will not run for re-election

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Tuesday is the first day of the Medicare open enrollment period that extends to December 7.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including: Voters to decide on new bonds for Columbia Public Schools in April Moberly City Council chooses contractor for demolition projects Waste container costs increase for Jefferson City residents US Senator from Missouri belives GOP erred in government shutdown

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP and formerly known as food stamps, will have its benefits reduced for every household across the nation for the first time in the programs history Nov. 1.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: WIC remains open despite government shutdown JumpStarts Read for the Record looks to help young students enjoy reading Historic Jefferson City penitentiary temporarily cancels tours Tiger Pantry celebrates first birthday Government shutdown leads to furloughs, cancelled drills for Missouri National Guard

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including: Columbia Public School District SAT scores exceed state average Court rejects challenge to Missouri alcohol law St. Joseph plant uses ultraviolet light to kill bacteria Jonesburg receives grant MU to add new alert systems

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including: Grants for innovation awarded to Columbia Teachers Prototype app to monitor depression Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival back in Columbia 'Famous 15' to meet Friday to discuss proposals to tax bill in 2014

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including: Ameren Plans Cleanup of Downtown Columbia Site Moberly Commemorates 9/11, Honors Community First Responders Nixon Releases Half of Withheld Budget Funds Crime Task Force Seeks Research, Data on Violence Missouri State Legislature Overrides Livestock Veto

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom including: Plans for a new 9-1-1 call center A trial of a new energy source Government information leaker Edward Snowden's possible effects on First Amendment law Expansion of a Fulton machine company Police reaction to a new proposed gun bill

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: Gov. Jay Nixon announces $3 million expansion of a Troy, Mo. auto part manufacturer New Missouri state law to give military veterans higher education benefits Attorney General Chris Koster has sided with Gov. Jay Nixon in a veteod tax bill determination Strikes for better wages take place across the country, Columbia

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Extra patrol officers from the Columbia Police Department are scheduled to enforce fireworks ordinances from July 1 to July 5. While the police department typically has extra officers on duty around this time every year, this is the first year possession of fireworks is illegal in the city limits. Columbia Police Department spokesperson Latisha Stroer is asking that individuals with fireworks complaints call the non-emergency number at (573) 442-6131 and not 9-1-1. “Fireworks are, obviously,...

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Missouri horse owners are on alert for signs of a rare horse disease after an outbreak in 12 horses in Nebraska earlier this month. Equine infectious anemia, or EIA, is a viral disease spread by biting insects and the sharing of medical needles between horses. While the virus is related to HIV in humans, EIA can only be contracted by horses, donkeys, and mules. Dr. Phillip Johnson is a professor of equine medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri. He says the most common outcome for...

Farmland prices increase at concerning rates

May 30, 2013
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Farmland prices in mid-Missouri have reached record highs - more than doubling over the last 10 years. But historical trends may give farmers reason for concern. Cattle tramp through the mud on Nathan Martin’s Centralia farm. There are about 360 head here. There’s corn and soybeans growing, too. Martin bought the land in 1983, and has been working it full-time since. It was after prices started dropping, and bottomed out three years later. “We had friends in the community and church and so...