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This week on Intersection we are joined by William Trogdon, who writes under the name William Least Heat-Moon, to discuss his new novel, “Celestial Mechanics.”

 

The novel follows Silas Fortunato, an amateur astronomer, through a serious accident and life-changing relationships with three women. The novel is set in a place inspired by Columbia and Boone County. Heat-Moon is also the author of books including “Blue Highways” and “PrairyErth”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boone County Ranks Low on Health Behaviors

Apr 18, 2017
Bram Sable-Smith / KBIA

Although it's the top county in the state when it comes to access to clinical care, Boone County has nothing to brag about on health outcomes and behaviors. 

According to this year's county health rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Boone County has higher numbers than the state average on alcohol consumption-related behaviors and sexually transmitted diseases. 

State Auditor Nicole Galloway is calling for increased regulation for Missouri’s transportation development districts.

An audit, released Monday, found a lack of transparency and self-dealing practices by the districts led to $1 billion dollars in tax payer debt.

“Taxpayers don’t even know they are on the hook for this money,” Galloway says. “They’re charged these sales taxes that go to pay off these projects and there is about $1 billion dollars in debt.”

Columns at University of Missouri
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Interim Chancellor Hank Foley at the University of Missouri campus in Columbia says two students have been arrested for allegedly harassing another student with anti-Semitic comments.

Chancellor Foley didn't publicly identify the students in his statement on Tuesday. He says the matter is in the hands of the Boone County prosecutor.

United States Department of Health and Human Services

On one evening in late January every year, volunteers and organizations across the country set out to count the nation’s homeless population.


Local Agencies Will Simulate Active Shooter Situation

Nov 18, 2016
Columbia Police
KOMUnews / Flickr

The Boone County Office of Emergency Management will hold a simulated active shooter response exercise, on Monday November 21. The first exercise will be at the University of Missouri campus in Laws Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. The second will be at Southern Boone Elementary school in Ashland from 6 to 8 p.m.

Each exercise will incorporate sounds of gunfire, over 100 local emergency responders and 30 volunteers acting as real victims. Some volunteers will be wearing make-up, simulating actual injuries.

Jocelyn Augustino / FEMA

Missouri is sending help to the southeastern part of the United States as Hurricane Matthew continues to damage coastal states.

According to a press release from the Boone County Fire Protection District, FEMA activated Missouri Task Force 1 Thursday evening to aid in relief efforts. Missouri Task Force 1 is an urban search and rescue team trained in everything from large building collapse searches to water rescues. The task force is bringing more than 40 personnel and 100,000 pounds of gear to help the affected states.

Rebecca Smith / KBIA

Today, with the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the United States Supreme Court decided same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. This morning, the Boone County Recorder of Deeds Office began to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


Boone County authorities are looking for two stolen camels. 

Derek Bridges / Flickr

Investigations are ongoing after a double homicide and car chase left one man in the hospital and three others dead. Late Saturday evening Boone County Sheriffs were called to Santa Anna Drive by witnesses who heard several gunshots fired. The suspect was 28 year old Cornelius Parker, who was seen fleeing the scene where he headed west down Highway WW when deputies spotted him and began a chase.

Scott Davidson / Flickr

Federal prosecutors say 27 people have been indicated for their roles in a scheme to distribute drugs and promote prostitution in Boone County.

PM Newscast for October 22, 2014

Oct 22, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including;

  • Boone County news conference on Ebola
  • New autopsy details in Ferguson case
  • Community Improvement District appoints new executive director
  • Man's ashes to be shot into sky with fireworks
  • First ward group looks into recalling councilwoman
  • Aspen Heights loses marketing privileges

Columbia hopes charities utilize Boone County funding

Oct 16, 2014
KBIA File Photo

Nine organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri and Rainbow House, are in the process of applying for city funding of their youth assistance programs. Several of these organizations had applied for funding from Columbia but not Boone County, even though the county has significantly more money to give.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Boone County officials and some vendors say they are concerned the closing of the Central Missouri Events Center could hurt the region's economy.

The center, formerly known as the Boone County Fairground, will hold only a few events before closing shortly after Thanksgiving. The decision came after county voters in August soundly defeated a proposed eight-cent sales tax to support the center, other county parks and economic development.

Part 2: Sinkhole regulation in Boone County

Sep 25, 2014
Missouri Department of Natural Resources

The Boone County Storm Water Ordinance: What is it?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined about 8 years ago that storm water can have a significant impact on the quality of streams and cave water in Boone County.

According to Stan Shawver, Director of Resource Management, “Rain water in itself is clean when it comes down from the sky, but when it hits particularly an open construction site with exposed earth works that can carry off construction debris, silt from the project, and those can make their way ultimately into the streams”.

Ryan Ferguson hearing
August Kryker / Columbia Tribune

Boone County could spend nearly $450,000 by the end of the year to defend itself and county employees in a lawsuit filed by a man whose murder conviction was vacated.

Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

Boone County has spent nearly $100,000 on outside attorneys to defend it and three employees in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of Ryan Ferguson and are expected to budget another $100,000 for addition legal fees.

School children on Capitol Boulevard
KBIA

Boone County's Putting Kids First initiative is beginning to take shape. 

vote here sign
KBIA file photo

The Boone County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday morning to put a one-eighth-cent sales tax on the August ballot that would benefit the Central Missouri Events Center, county parks and recreational facilities.

Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

Boone County has hired four attorneys to help defend itself and three employees named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man whose murder conviction was overturned after he served nearly a decade behind bars.

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vitualis / Flickr

  The Columbia-Boone County Department of Public Health and Human services celebrates Public Health Week April 7-13. The department is promoting this year's theme as "Public Health: Start Here, Better Health. Better Missouri."  

Boone County residents approve $14 million bond

Apr 9, 2014
KBIA

The Boone County Fire Protection District will be able to renovate stations and purchase much-needed equipment after Boone County residents passed a $14 million bond issue on Tuesday by an unofficial 72% vote.

The $14 million bond will be paid off over a maximum of 20 years.  It includes a 25-cent increase per 100 dollars of assessed valuation on personal property taxes and real estate property taxes over the first ten years. On the last ten years of the bond, the tax hike decreases to 10-cents per 100 dollars of assessed valuation.

Boone County residents head to the election polls

Apr 8, 2014
Sullivan Fox / KBIA

Mid-Missouri residents are heading to the voting polls today, deciding on a range of issues on the ballot from education and developments across Columbia to tax additions that would fund a library in Centralia.

While today's municipal election are not as motivating for voters as a Presidential or Congressional primary election, county officials are hoping to get between 18,000 and 19,000 voters by the end of the day, though they did say that less may come because there isn't much on the ballot.

Tornadoes map
KBIA-FM

Mid-Missouri got a taste of tornado season Thursday as the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for southern Boone County. To get some historical perspective on how twisters have ravaged the U.S., we've built a map showing all of the nation's tornadoes from 1950-2012. It uses data from TornadoHistoryProject.com, which in turn pulls its numbers from the weather service's Storm Prediction Center.

river
paukrus / flickr

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is looking for public input on its list of impaired bodies of water. 

sewer materials
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Voter turnout in Columbia was low today as residents decide on a $32.3 million bond measure for the city’s sewer system.

Around noon, only about 2,400 people had voted.  Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren said she isn’t quite sure why there has been such the low turnout.

The proposal comes because the city’s need for major sewer improvements. With the bond the city would be able to complete major maintenance on the existing sewer system due to rainwater getting in the system and old pipes.

Methamphetamine bag
File Photo / KBIA

Methamphetamine incidents are on the rise as Boone County receives its 8th case of the year.

Stew Dean / Flickr

Starting today, a number of Boone County roads are undergoing construction. Lake of the Woods Road is closed at the intersection with St. Charles Road and is scheduled to reopen on August 5. Rangeline Road is down to one lane between Richland Road and Highway WW so the road can receive a new fog seal treatment. Rangeline is set to reopen to full traffic by Friday.

A full list of roads affected by construction may be found through the Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management.

Kids' summer lunch program begins

Jun 10, 2013
Douglass Park
City of Columbia

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services will start a summer food program from Monday, June 10, at Douglass Park in Columbia.

This is the 13th year of providing nutritional summertime lunches in Columbia. Because the program is federally subsidized, the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates that every meal contain a serving of milk, protein, grains, fruit and vegetables. Meals will be prepared by Columbia Public Schools and served by volunteers. There will be five volunteers serving pre-wrapped food and drink as cafeteria line. 

Lukas Udstuen / KBIA/Project 573

One in five Americans now report having no religious affiliation. This number is increasing rapidly. And church attendance in America and Europe is increasing.

But our communities are filled with instances of people finding meaning outside of religion. The Boone County Veterans of Foreign Wars post, for example, offers veterans a place to unite around their experiences of serving in war. While people find meaning in all sorts of places, the VFW in many ways resembles a church.

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