KBIA Newscast

Several times a day, during Morning Edition and All Things Considered

A short, local newscast from the KBIA newsroom in Columbia, Missouri

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A transgender soldier serving 35 years at a Kansas military prison for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks is asking President Barack Obama to commute her sentence to the 6 1/2 years she has already served.

Chelsea Manning says in her application for commutation that she's a "far different person" than she was in 2010, when her name was Bradley Manning and she was struggling to fit in as a male.

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Hundreds of people who were illegally jailed in a St. Louis suburb are eligible to share in a lawsuit settlement, but with the deadline approaching, most of them have not come forward.

Officials with the non-profit law firm ArchCity Defenders and other advocates for minorities and the poor said at a news conference Monday that only about 400 of the roughly 2,000 people eligible have filed a claim in the settlement with Jennings, Missouri. The deadline is Nov. 24.

Mike Parson, R-Bolivar / Missouri State Senate Website

Republican state Senator Mike Parson of Bolivar is Missouri's new Lieutenant Governor-elect.

He beat out former U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan with 55 percent of the vote to 39.9 percent last night.

Parson says the election came down to Christian and moral values and called for a prayer during his victory speech.

"I would like for all of us to have a moment of silence and prayer, however you communicate with the person upstairs," Parson said. "I said that right, yeah, see I'm inclusive."

ALEX HEUER / St. Louis Public Radio

A former Navy SEAL will be the next governor of Missouri. Republican Eric Greitens defeated Democratic attorney general Chris Koster by a wide margin.

Despite polling well behind Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the Missouri, Greitens rode the same wave of anti-establishment anger to a convincing win.

“Tonight we did more than win an election," Greitens said. "We restored power to the people and we took our state back.”

But Greitens pledged to serve those who had supported his opponent as well. Koster, for his part, urged the two parties to cooperate.

Scott Harvey

GOP Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri fended off a tough challenger to keep his job Tuesday.

The 66-year-old Blunt beat Democrat Jason Kander, the Secretary of State, in what had been a close race.

Blunt met his supporters at a Springfield hotel early Wednesday morning and talked about that remarkable Republican sweep.

“Never in the history of the state, have we reelected majorities in the Missouri General Assembly, the House and the Senate, reelected a senator and elected five statewide Republican officials,” Blunt said.

Missouri School Districts Receive Annual Report Card

Nov 8, 2016
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Just like students, Missouri school districts receive grades. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the 2016 Annual Performance Report for Missouri school districts Monday.

Each K-12 district receives points in five different categories: academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career readiness, attendance and graduation rates.

The points are added together and divided by 140, the total amount of points possible, creating a final percentage that is used to measure each school district's performance.

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In eight previous elections for federal office, Roy Blunt has never had a close race. He appears to be facing one now.

Missouri voters on Tuesday will decide if Blunt, a Republican who was elected seven times to the House before easily winning election to the Senate in 2010, can fend off Democratic challenger Jason Kander.

Eric Greitens
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Two former party-switchers are running to become Missouri's next governor, but that's where the similarities end in the race between Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster and Republican former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens.

The race to succeed Jay Nixon and lead state government is coming down to a vivid choice between experience and a fresh start.

Columbia Police Department

An attorney for Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney Shayne Healea says in a court filing that Columbia police violated state and federal laws when an officer made a video recording of a phone conversation between Healea and his attorney.

The officer, whose name has not been released, recorded the conversation after Healea was arrested in October 2014 when he backed his pickup truck into Addison's restaurant in Columbia, injuring four people.

Former Mizzou Pitcher Joins Cubs in World Series

Nov 1, 2016
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Former MU pitcher Rob Zastryzny will be in the dugout with the Chicago Cubs tonight for the sixth game of the World Series.

Zastryzny was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the 2013 MLB amateur draft. He was officially brought up to the major leagues on August 19 this year.

“I know that I’ve worked so hard to get to this level and I put in so many hours," Zastryzny said. "A lot of people told me I was crazy for playing summer ball every day of the summer and not enjoying the pool or anything like that but it all paid off.”

Construction Begins on Business Loop 70

Oct 26, 2016
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Construction began Tuesday morning on Business Loop 70 in Columbia between College and Illinois Avenue.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is working on improving rusted culvert pipes in the area, and construction will take place every day for the next month and a half from 7 am to 5 pm.

MoDOT maintenance Super Intendant Mike Belt says they’re doing daytime work because it’s easier to work with city utilities during the day.

St. Charles County

A special prosecutor says no charges will be filed against a Missouri House candidate who was accused of sexual assault by an incoming lawmaker.

St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said Tuesday that not enough credible evidence exists to charge Steven Roberts Jr., of St. Louis. Cora Faith Walker, of Ferguson, alleged in October that Roberts had sexually assaulted her. Both Democrats are running unopposed in their bids to serve in the Missouri House.

Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum welcomes back Democratic state treasurer hopeful Judy Baker to the program.

The Columbia Democrat is running against state Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, in the contest to succeed state Treasurer Clint Zweifel. Zweifel is unable to run again, because the treasurer’s office is term-limited. 

Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

Eric Schmitt, the GOP candidate for Missouri treasurer, joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies for the latest Politically Speaking podcast

Schmitt, a state senator from Glendale, faces Democrat Judy Baker on Nov. 8. Baker also has been featured on Politically Speaking.

Shigellosis Cases in Moberly Declining

Oct 25, 2016
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The Randolph County Health Department reports that the number of confirmed cases of the infectious disease Shigellosis has declined since the outbreak’s peak in late September.

As of this week there are only 23 confirmed cases of the bacterial infection, the lowest it has been in a month. The Health Department confirmed the outbreak with a letter written to parents and guardians of students at the Moberly Public Schools District, outlining what the disease was, and warning that children should not go to school if they exhibited any of the symptoms listed.

Lance Cheung / USDA

A nonprofit says drought and population growth may put a strain on water sources in southwest Missouri.

The Joplin Globe reports that Tri-State Water Resource Coalition has initialed a number of studies over the years to examine water sources as well as demand throughout a 16-county region in southwest Missouri. The coalition is a nonprofit that aims to find and secure reliable water supplies in the Ozarks.

Much of the region sits atop the Ozark aquifer, which is the main source of water for most of the region's communities.

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St. Louis County prosecutors and the FBI are investigating allegations of absentee ballot vote fraud involving the mayor of Berkeley.

According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch , the investigation of Mayor Theodore Hoskins and alleged interference with the absentee ballot process during the April mayoral race was revealed in emails and other documents obtained by the newspaper. The FBI declined to comment on the allegations.

Kirksville Residents to Pay Higher Utilities in 2017

Oct 19, 2016
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Kirksville residents will pay about $2.00 more per month on their water and sewage utility bill next year.

The Kirksville City Council approved the increase in a 4-1 vote in order to make sure the city is generating enough revenue to run the system.

Every year the City of Kirksville takes a look at utilities to ensure costs are being covered effectively.

Missouri became the 26th state to recognize crossbows as an archery method. The Missouri Department of Conservation expanded crossbow use to all archery hunters for the first time this fall. This makes crossbows legal for use during archery season and the fall firearms turkey season.

Benny Pryor, the regional supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation, said crossbows were allowed for different purposes in the past, but this new expansion will create more opportunities in hunting.

McDonald's will pay a $56,500 settlement after a southeast Missouri restaurant manager refused to interview a deaf job applicant.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Tuesday with McDonald's Corp. and McDonald's Restaurants.

The EEOC says a young man who can't hear or speak applied online in 2012 to work at a store in Belton, Missouri. He had previous experience as a cook and cleanup team member at a McDonald's in another state.

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A 32-year-old southwest Missouri man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for setting fire to a mosque and trying to burn down a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Jedediah Stout of Joplin pleaded guilty on April 18 to one count of damaging the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque; two counts of arson at a Planned Parenthood facility in Joplin; and one count of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.

Stout told investigators that he did not like Islam as a religion and admitted setting a fire that destroyed the mosque on Aug. 6, 2012.

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The Federal Election Commission is questioning some donations to GOP incumbent Senator Roy Blunt’s campaign, and Democrats are using the questions to attack Blunt in his tight race with Jason Kander.

The Federal Election Commission sent a letter to Roy Blunt’s campaign about a $1000 donation from Missourians for Responsible and Better Government.

This is a group that was formed in 2014 with the leftover money from the gubernatorial campaign of Blunt’s son, Matt. It’s all run by another Blunt, Roy’s son and campaign manager, Andy. Democrats called it the “Blunt Family PAC.”