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Kate Grumke

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Kate Grumke is a senior convergence major at MU.

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Politics
10:11 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Talking Politics: Petition initiatives and sunshine laws

Initiative petitions touching on 19 different issues are circulating right now to get on the ballot in November. They range from allowing early voting to eliminating teacher tenure. Signature gatherers are out, clipboards in hand, to get the thousands of signatures necessary by May 4. The catch is this: Most of these initiatives won’t make it on the ballot. KBIA's Justin Paprocki found out just what it takes to get an issue on the ballot.

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Politics
5:38 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Talking Politics: Voters head to the polls for municipal elections

Boone County election day volunteers Don Fues and Blake Turner help voters at Trinity Presbyterian Church, in Columbia, April 8, 2014.
Credit Janet Saidi / KBIA

Mid-Missourians headed out to the polls today to cast their votes on school board, city council, and mayoral candidates and a range of issues on ballots in the municipal elections.

KBIA's news team captured some of the sights and sounds on election day in this edition of Talking Politics, hosted by Kate Grumke.

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Politics
5:38 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Talking Politics: Right to Work and Missouri blue laws

Motorcycles line the showroom at Larry’s Motor Sports in Jefferson City March 4, 2014. Owner Larry Neill’s store has been in business for 28 years.
Credit Justin Paprocki / KBIA News

Since the early 1800s in Missouri, there have been laws against selling certain items on Sundays. These laws are called Blue Laws, and they were originally designed to give citizens and businesses a day of rest. But a motorcycle dealer in Kansas City is pushing to knock down one of the state's last remaining blue laws. KBIA's Justin Paprocki reported on how Sunday motorcycle sales could soon be allowed, with producing by Matthew Zuzolo.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Talking Politics: First Ward Candidates and Missouri's Possible Official Greeting

Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

 This week on Talking Politics, there are three candidates running for the First Ward Columbia City Council seat. Bill Easley, Ginny Chadwick and Tyree Byndom will be on the April 8 ballot.

Also on the show, a freshman state representative from St. Louis County wants to make the high five the official greeting of Missouri.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Columbia City Council Candidates Meet to Discuss Disability Issues

Credit File photo / KBIA

  Candidates for the Columbia City Council and School Board met today to discuss disability issues at a Forum at city hall.

Multiple Mid-Missouri disability services agencies hosted the forum to get the candidates talking about accessibility in the city. Community members submitted questions online, and the candidates discussed a range of issues, from playground accessibility, to inclusive hiring processes and expansion of the para transit system.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Talking Politics: Missouri mulls LGBT changes

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

  Last week, it was hard to miss the huge news coming out of Columbia.

Former University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam came out to ESPN last week. He could be the first openly gay NFL player after the draft in May.

"I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African American, and I'm gay," Sam said. "I'm comfortable in my skin."

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Weather
5:24 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Winter storm: Some school closings for Thursday, road crews move to residential routes [UPDATES]

MU campus
Kristofor Husted KBIA

UPDATE 5:00pm Thursday: Columbia Public Schools will be closed again on Friday due to weather and road conditions. Jefferson City Public Schools will be in session Friday, although busses will run on snow routes in Callaway County in the morning and afternoon.

UPDATE 5:00 p.m. Wednesday: University of Missouri officials announced that the Columbia campus will be open Thursday for all regularly scheduled operations.

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Politics
9:37 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

The State of the State, on social media [Storify]

Credit File Photo / KBIA News

Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State was thoroughly documented on social media. We pulled the most interesting posts and put them together in a Storify for you:

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Science, Health and Technology
8:07 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Nixon to promote training for mental health jobs

Gov. Jay Nixon
Credit File Photo / KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon has developed a proposal to help more Missourians pursue careers in mental health care.

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Education
4:36 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Columbia school board: Sessions and Cone file, Rose declines run

Columbia School Board meeting (file photo)
Credit KBIA File Photo

Tuesday was the first day candidates could file to run for the school board, and School board member Tom Rose has announced he will not run for reelection.

After seven years on the school board, Rose's term will expire in April. Rose plans to focus on his private veterinary practice, but he said he will still be involved with education.

“I'll still stay involved in the school, especially involved in early childhood education and those types of things but I also see that there are, can certainly give an opportunity for other people that had expressed interest in serving on the board as well," Rose said.

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Politics
8:44 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Columbia to pay consultants $150,000 for zoning codes update

Columbia City Hall
Credit File photo / KBIA

The Columbia City Council has appropriated $150,000 to pay a consulting company to update the city’s development codes.

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Education
8:27 am
Thu December 12, 2013

CPS redistricts Mill Creek Elementary area

Credit Brad Flickinger / Flickr

On Monday, Columbia Public Schools decided to redistrict the area around Mill Creek Elementary School, which means next year, about 100 students will be switching to either Grant, Paxton Keeley or Russell Boulevard Elementary Schools.

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Politics
7:13 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Columbia City Council changes definition of family for zoning purposes

Columbia City Hall
Credit File photo / KBIA

The Columbia City Council Monday changed the definition of a family in the city code to include domestic partnerships.  

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Arts and Culture
10:03 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Military Voices: "Everybody was very happy and very sad at the same time"

Kylie Journell and Maria Oropello
StoryCorps

5-year-old Kylie Journell’s father is in Japan with the Navy, and she lives with her grandmother Maria Oropello in Columbia, who cares for her as a mother. They came to story corps to talk about their family history and how the military has impacted it.

This story was produced by Kate Grumke for KBIA. Music by Chris Zabriskie

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Politics
4:16 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Jefferson City Council moves forward with proposals for convention center

Credit KBIA

The Jefferson City Council voted last night to move forward with two proposals for a new convention center, effectively putting off making a decision on which plan to choose.

The council plans to spend more than $9 million on the new convention center, but Fourth Ward City Council member Carrie Carroll said neither proposal is up to par. She was one of the four council members in the minority that voted against moving forward with both.

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