Hannah Haynes

Hannah Haynes is studying convergence radio reporting at the University of Missouri. She spent this past fall interning for a radio program and print publication in Brussels, Belgium.

The last Friday of this month is National Arbor Day. It's America's oldest environmental holiday, and it's all about planting trees.


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If you walk or drive through Peck Ranch Conservation Area in the Missouri Ozarks you may come across an animal that you’re unlikely to see anywhere else in the state. Elk are actually native to Missouri, though they haven’t been around for awhile. But herds of elk have recently been restored to a small patch of land a couple hours east of Springfield.  

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Just before Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon left office he announced the purchase of thousands of acres of land to be made into state parks. These parks –– Eleven Point, Bryant Creek, Ozark Mountain and Jay Nixon State Park –– are spread out across the state. You can’t visit any of these parks though. They’re closed indefinitely.

After the election of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, Jay Nixon State Park in Reynolds County was closed and the others never opened.


In September, President Donald Trump announced he would end a federal program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The program was created in 2012 when then President Barack Obama signed an executive order.

DACA protects nearly 800,000 people around the United States who were brought here as children without documentation, giving them a chance to work or study without the risk of deportation. Missouri has about 3,500 DACA recipients, and nearly half of them are students.

KBIA’s Hannah Haynes talked with a young DACA recipient to find out how the program has changed her life and what the Trump administration might mean for the program going forward. 


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Allison Simmons is 13 years old, but she’s been playing video games since she was 7. She meets other gamers online all the time, and she maintains friendships with some of them. But, she said, it’s not so easy to find people her own age that like the game as much as she does.

That’s one of the reasons Allison decided to go to Columbia College’s Girls Who Game event in September. The event was for girls ages 12 to 14 who are interested in gaming and game design. The girls played games in the campus’ “Gaming Hut,” which is also home to the Columbia College eSports team.


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Last week marked 100 days for MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright. The University of Missouri held an event on Wednesday, Nov. 15 to celebrate the Chancellor and announce new initiatives for student success.

Some of these initiatives are aimed at lowering costs. One is the Border State Scholars award. It will reduce out-of-state tuition by $2,500 for students coming to MU from one of the 8 states that border Missouri. 


Kansas City voters overwhelmingly approved a $1 billion renovation on Tuesday for the Kansas City International Airport.

After 6 years of planning, talks with airlines and rallying for public support, 75 percent of Kansas City voters voted in favor of the change. Developers will demolish the existing 3 terminals and build a new single terminal. 

In 2016, the United States settled a case against Volkswagen resulting in a $14 billion settlement, and Missouri is getting a $41 million cut.

According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the settlement consists of multiple agreements and requires Volkswagen to take certain actions, such as paying $2.9 billion to a national environmental mitigation trust fund.


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Early last month, President Donald Trump announced he would end a federal program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. It's a program created in 2012 when then President Barack Obama signed an executive order. DACA protects nearly 800,000 people around the United States who were brought here as children without documentation, giving them a chance to work or study without the risk of deportation. Missouri has about 3,500 DACA recipients, and nearly half of them are students.

KBIA’s Hannah Haynes talked with two DACA recipients in Missouri and looked at what the Trump administration's changes to the program could mean for young immigrants.


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The University of Missouri has created a committee tasked with finding someone to fill the role of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights, Title IX and ADA.

The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights, Title IX and ADA will be responsible for things like ensuring compliance with all Title IX laws and providing training for the MU community.

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The University of Missouri has called off its search for a staff lobbyist to replace employees it laid off in June.

After laying off employees in the University Relations office following system-wide budget cuts, the university started to search for a lobbyist to replace those employees, but they’ve canceled that search.

This means the university is now relying on third party lobbying firms like Clark Hill and Statehouse Strategies.


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Roots N Blues N BBQ celebrated its eleventh anniversary last weekend with headliners like John Prine and Ryan Adams. But the festival wasn’t just about music. 

At this year’s festival, more than 30 different vendors set up shop to sell everything from Midwestern barbecue to handmade jewelry. And countless volunteers and staff members worked behind the scenes to make it happen.

Taylor Coleman was one of those people. She was the craft vendor coordinator this year. Some of the vendors traveled hundreds of miles from other states to sell their merchandise or services at the festival, and it was Coleman’s job to help the vendors in any way she could. 

 


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