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Kellie Moore

Reporter

Kellie Moore  joined the KBIA news team in June 2012. She is the editor and community manager of Columbia Faith and Values. ColumbiaFAVS covers faith and values in mid-Missouri and is part of a partnership with Religion News LLC, the national non-profit behind Religion News Service. Kellie's first experience with KBIA was in summer 2011, when she was a reporter and afternoon news anchor. She has also been a reporter and assistant editor for the Columbia Missourian, and she earned a master's degree in journalism at the University of Missouri. She grew up in Nevada (the state), and she has a bachelor's degree in English from Concordia University Irvine in southern California. 

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Politics
9:53 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Mayor McDavid backs off police officer property tax proposal after public forum

Michael Vizcarra, a professor of Naval science at MU, asks a question about whether the police have any kind of "reserves," like the military, at a public forum held by the Columbia Police Officers Association Tuesday night.
Kellie Kotraba KBIA

Just over a week after introducing the idea of a new property tax to fund the hire of 35 new police officers in Columbia, Mayor Bob McDavid has decided it's not necessary after all.

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Faith/Religion
8:26 am
Sat July 20, 2013

What's with those "Mackerel Snappers"? Jefferson City author explains difficult Catholic teachings

"Mackerel Snappers," a new book by Jefferson City author Spencer Allen, explains some difficult Catholic teachings. The book is pictured here on display in Divinity Religious Gift Shop in Jefferson City.
Kellie Kotraba, Columbia Faith & Values KBIA

 

When Catholics used to abstain from eating meat every Friday, often eating fish instead, they earned a nickname: "mackerel snappers."

That practice has gone away – except during Lent, the season before Easter – and so has the nickname. 

 

But that nickname is now the title of a new book that seeks to explain often misunderstood teachings of Catholicism. 

 

The man behind the book is Spencer Allen, an apologist, husband, father of four and the principal of St. Joseph Cathedral School in Jefferson City. 

 

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Faith/Religion
12:18 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Catholics on Twitter all a-flutter with ‘Lumen Fidei’ and new saints

Catholics on Twitter were busy on July 5 with the release of a new papal encyclical and the announcement that two former popes will be canonized as saints.

Pope Francis released his first encyclical this morning, completeing the work that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had begun.

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Education
1:25 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Community celebrates life of Eliot Battle

Carolyn Battle Thomas and Muriel "Jeanne" Battle Browder listen to their older sister, Donna Battle Pierce, share memories of their father, Eliot Battle, during a Celebration of Life.
Kellie Kotraba, Columbia Faith & Values KBIA

 Boxes of tissues lined the sanctuary of Missouri United Methodist Church on Saturday morning, but laughter frequently filled the air as family, friends and community members gathered to remember Columbia educator Eliot Battle.

Battle died in June from injuries sustained in a car accident, and he is most remembered for his role in desegregating Columbia’s public schools. The city’s newest high school is named after his wife.

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Education
8:57 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Community shares memories of Eliot Battle

Photo credit: Eliot Battle and his daughter Muriel Jean Battle Browder at the dedication of Battle High School on June 3, 2013.
Photo courtesy Columbia Public Schools.

When anyone asked Eliot Battle how he was doing, he would always answer, "Super."

Battle, a longtime Columbia educator, died Tuesday (June 11) from injuries sustained after a car crass Friday. He was 88. 

Battle had a key role in the desegregation of Columbia's public schools. And the new high school in town, Muriel Williams Battle High School, was named in honor of his wife, who died in 2003.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Missouri author explores connection between pain and morals in new book

MU alumnus Gavin Hooks, a St. Louis veterinarian, recently wrote a book on spiritual pain from a Christian perspective.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

 

When Gavin Hooks' parents divorced, his Christian faith faded.

"I felt like God had left me, or I felt like my faith wasn't sufficient to work through this problem," he said. He didn't stop believe in God, but for about a year, he "dropped out" of his faith walk. 

Eventually, he returned. He'd worked through the issues of his parents' volatile split – or so he thought. 

Fast forward 20 years. Hooks' mother died, and he realized something: He still had deep issues that he hadn't dealt with. 

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Weather
11:37 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Mid-Missourians respond to Oklahoma tornado

Credit Twitter

A devastating tornado struck outside in Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday afternoon. As often happens in the wake of disaster, people took to Twitter.  KBIA's Kellie Kotraba took a look at what people in mid-Missouri were saying.

[View the story "Mid-Missourians respond to Oklahoma tornado" on Storify]

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Catholic church finds fresh ways to spread message in New Evangelization

The Archdiocese of St. Louis held a conference Tuesday to equip parishes, schools and other Catholic communicators to spread their faith as part of the New Evangelization.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

There are enough former Catholics in the United States to make up a large Christian denomination of their own.

According to the Religious Landscape Survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in 2008, one in 10 American adults identifies as an ex-Catholic. And of the 25 percent of American adults who are still Catholic, only one in four attend mass regularly.

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Faith/Religion
2:56 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Humanist group demands end to teacher-led prayers at Fayette High School

Stock image of school supplies.
Kearston Winrow/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

  The American Humanist Association is demanding that weekly prayer sessions at Fayette High School be stopped on grounds that they are unconstitutional. 

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Faith/Religion
10:45 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Porsha Williams shares challenges of Pagan conversion

Porsha Williams shared her faith conversion story with us.
Credit Photo courtesy Porsha Williams

Porsha Williams knows a thing or two about walls – metaphorical ones, that is. She’s been up against a lot of them, whether religious, psychological or cultural.

She describes herself as a “raised Christian, converted to Pagan woman.” And that conversion is the source of many of these walls.

Williams has always been intrigued with Kemeticism, an ancient Egyptian form of Paganism. But it wasn’t until about three and a half years ago that she decided to start practicing it.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Wagner's 'Die Meistersinger' reaches back to Reformation, forward to World War II

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith & Values. Find more stories like this one at ColumbiaFAVS.com. You can get instant updates each day on Facebook and Twitter.

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Faith/Religion
10:16 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Columbia FAVS hosts walking tour of downtown churches [video]

Credit Columbia FAVS/KBIA

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith and Values.

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Faith/Religion
3:19 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Prayers for Boston [STORIFY]

Two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. Like people all across the country, many of those from around mid-Missouri are responding with Tweets of prayer. 

[View the story "Prayers for Boston" on Storify]

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