Meredith Turk

Student Newscaster

Meredith is a graduate student reporter at KBIA.  At University of Missouri she is focusing on radio broadcast, multimedia production and investigative reporting.  Meredith has a degree in Anthropology from Northwestern University.  

Agriculture
5:07 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Kelly, Kinder to debate future of Ozark Scenic Riverways National Park

The Current River in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Credit Meredith Turk / KBIA

 

Deep in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in southern Missouri a battles rages over the use of a National Park: The Ozark National Scenic Riverways. This national park is visited by millions each year and was the first federally protected river system, established in 1964.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Missouri's 72-hour abortion wait time bill likely to pass this session

Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri. The only location in Missouri where a woman may receive abortion services.
Credit Paul Sableman/flickr

The issue of abortion in Missouri seems like old news. But it's an issue that remains very much at the forefront of Missouri politics this year.  In this year's legislative session, there are over thirty pieces of legislation touching the issue.

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Abortion wait times graphic
7:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

As Missouri considers 72-hour abortion wait time, a look at other states' laws [INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC]

An image of an interactive map showing abortion wait times across the U.S.
Credit Andrew Gibson, KBIA-FM

In March, the Missouri House approved a bill that would extend the state's abortion waiting time to 72 hours from 24 hours. If the measure, HB 1307, becomes law, it would put Missouri in company with South Dakota and Utah as the only states with a 72-hour waiting period.

 

Listen to this week's of edition of Talking Politics, and Meredith Turk's report on abortion legislation in Missouri:

Proponents of the bill, argue 72 hours is not too much to wait to receive such a procedure.

“I don’t think 72 hours, 3 days is too much time to bring another life into this world or not," said Tim Jones, Missouri  Republican Speaker of the House. Elizabeth Nash, State Issues Manager at the Guttmacher Institute, said it is too much to ask.  

Missouri has just one abortion service provider in St. Louis after Planned Parenthood of Mid-Missouri lost their doctor, who could perform abortions, in 2011. Having just one location where women may receive abortion care, Nash argues the 72-hour wait time would exacerbate the logistical burden on women who need to travel for abortion services, such as travel, day care, housing and taking off work.

"It is probably not going to sway a woman or affect her decision-making, but it can impact her ability to access abortion care entirely," said Nash. 

  

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Missouri Environment
7:04 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Management of Ozark National Scenic Riverways sparks controversy

Kim Rains and Eric Mansfield prepare to gig for the first sucker, a fish in the Current River. “We get pretty competitive,” said Rains, who comes out on the river as often as she can.
Meredith Turk KBIA

Deep in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in southern Missouri a battles rages over the use of a National Park, The Ozark National Scenic Riverways. This National Park is visited by millions each year and was the first federally protected river system, established in 1964.

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Arts and Culture
10:41 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Military Voices: "I feel like a part of it all now"

Sam Jonesi and Lakshna Mehta
Credit StoryCorps

Sam Jonesi is a cadet in the Air Force ROTC at University of Missouri.   He’s a computer science student and hopes to use his training to help the military in cyber warfare.  He came to Story Corps with his friend Lakshna Mehta to talk about his hopes and motivations for his military life.

This story was produced by Meredith Turk for KBIA. Music by Chris Zabriskie

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PM Newscasts
6:05 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Newscast for July 2, 2013

 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

PM Newscasts
6:15 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Newscast for June 25, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Nixon signs random assortment of eight bills into law
  • Audit questions Missouri State Highway Patrol's purchase of new airplane
  • 885 positions to be cut at Fort Leonard Wood, but not as bad as expected

Politics
6:03 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Gov. Nixon signs random assortment of eight bills into law

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Credit File Photo / KBIA

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the "paycheck protection" bill Tuesday, but he also signed legislation covering a broad range of issues.  The bills and a short description are summarized in a news release on Governor Nixon's website:

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Education
4:20 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

University of Missouri System appoints new vice president of academic affairs

Henry Foley
Credit The Pennsylvania State University

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe appointed Henry Foley as the system’s new vice president of academic affairs today.  

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PM Newscasts
5:42 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Newscast for June 10, 2013

Regional news from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Mo. department of agriculture warns against spread of pine shoot beetles
  • Columbia city council discusses infrastructure at annual planning retreat
  • State audit finds waste in child-care provider program