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Talking Politics
9:17 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Columbia 6th ward council race gets contentious

The race for a seat on the city council from Columbia's sixth ward has become surprisingly heated.
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This week on Talking Politics we investigate the claims and accusations made during a surprisingly contentious race for Columbia's sixth ward city council seat.

Crime
9:06 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Columbia Police to beef up security during spring break

Columbia PD is urging people to take caution before leaving the city before spring break.
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The Columbia Police Department is stepping up security during spring break and asking residents to do the same with their homes.

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AM Newscasts
9:40 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Newscast for March 16, 2012

Flooding along the Missouri River in 2011.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Repeat of last year's flooding unlikely
  • Military Academy names new president
  • City of Columbia implements new parking meters
Arts and Culture
11:35 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Stitching for a cause

Sewing club member Jeannie Sanchez, of Columbia, sews a velcro strip into a pair of athletic shorts at Zede's Sewing Shop on Friday, March 2, 2012. The shorts will be sent to wounded veterans at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Charles Minshew/KBIA

When wounded veterans return from combat, some face challenges doing things most of us take for granted. KBIA’s Charles Minshew has this story on  a sewing group in Columbia is working to  make things a little easier.

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Environment
9:11 am
Thu March 8, 2012

City takes aim at energy efficiency in rental units

Kelly Sims Flikr

The City of Columbia wants rental property owners to make their units more energy efficient. The city's first step is to find out just how efficient – or inefficient – those houses and apartments are.

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Regency Mobile Home Evictions
9:16 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Regency tenants face lawsuit over rent

The Columbia City Council approved a measure leading to the eviction of Regency residents.
File Photo KBIA

Regency of Columbia is suing several tenants of Regency Mobile Home Park for unpaid rent. The company has filed 22 rent and possession lawsuits and intends on evicting the tenants.

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Crime
9:09 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Columbia man arrested for Sunday shooting

Larrell Banks, 18, of Columbia was arrested early Monday morning for shooting and killing a man on North Eighth Street Sunday afternoon.

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AM Newscasts
9:01 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Newscast for March 6, 2012

Columbia Police plan to increase patrols in the city following recent shootings.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • A man is arrested for Sunday's Columbia shooting.
  • Missouri Republicans stand up for under-fire conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh.
  • Washington University researchers make new discovery regarding Alzheimer's disease.
Politics
5:08 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Neighbors stress community involvement after shooting

One Columbia man died Sunday afternoon after being shot on North Eighth Street. The shooting is one of many that have recently occurred in Columbia. Police have increased the number of patrollers downtown.

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Crime
9:04 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Man killed in Columbia weekend shooting

Columbia police are looking for a suspect in the shooting death of a 39-year-old man.

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Arts and Culture
8:22 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Audio postcard: Meter maids at the March March Parade

From left to right: Ann Breidenbach, Jacquelyn Sandone, Barbie Reid and Elizabeth Bergman pose for a picture before the March March. The four friends dressed as meter maids.
Harum Helmy KBIA News

What happens when four self-proclaimed parking violators get together for True/False Film Festival's annual March March Parade? They get dressed up as meter maids. The theme for this year's festival is "the influencing machine," and the four women picked parking meters as their chosen apparatuses. Ann Breidenbach, Jacquelyn Sandone, Barbie Reid and Elizabeth Bergman say they want to remind out-of-town filmgoers to watch out for parking tickets. KBIA's Harum Helmy bring us an audio postcard from this year's parade. 

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AM Newscasts
9:19 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Newscast for March 1, 2012

Gov. Jay Nixon's has pumped millions into higher education.
stephenconn Flickr

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • More coverage of storms in southern Missouri.
  • Missouri unemployment rate falls.
  • Gov. Jay Nixon releases millions for K-12 budget.
Business
9:16 am
Wed February 29, 2012

New student apartment complex may come to Columbia

Home to thousands of college students, Columbia may see more apartment complexes sprout up around town.
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Plans for more student aimed housing in Columbia are being discussed.

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Business
9:11 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Columbia Transit looks at bus route for cost-cutting measures

Prices for bus rides from apartment complexes to campuses in Columbia could rise under the city's proposed 2013 transportation budget.
Clyde Bentley flickr

Columbia Transit is looking to cut around $1 million from its budget in fiscal year 2013.

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AM Newscasts
8:53 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Newscast for February 27, 2012

Busing MU students to and from campus could prove more costly if the City of Columbia moves forward with its proposed 2013 budget.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Analysis of an agreement reached over new state Senate districts.
  • Columbia Transit is looking to cut costs from its 2013 budget.
  • Some Missourians will have to pay more out-of-pocket for Medicaid coverage under new state plan.
Education
8:53 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Stephens College reorganizes academic departments

Sergio Goncalves flikr

Stephens College is reorganizing, in a move that won’t cost more money, but will shuffle departments and faculty.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:23 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture gets $5,000 grant

The rising interest in eating locally grown food throughout the state has sparked the Missouri Department of Agriculture to begin a local food grants program. In its first year, the program has awarded a grant to the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture.

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Arts and Culture
9:05 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Columbians plunge into icy Stephens Lake

Water temperatures in the mid-30’s didn’t stop people from plunging into Stephen’s Lake in Columbia on Saturday for the Polar Plunge.

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Education
9:42 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Columbia College to begin science building construction

Columbia College will begin construction on a new science building starting this spring.

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Business
9:23 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Columbia officials to use other cities for public transportation examples

Officials from around Columbia will travel to out-of-state to explore revisions to the city's transportation system.
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University of Missouri students, city officials and MU’s transit consultant will visit Ames, Iowa to look at their public transportation system on Friday (Feb. 17).

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AM Newscasts
11:01 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Newscast for February 14, 2012

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has been a staunch defender of Pres. Obama's proposed 2013 budget.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

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Education
10:11 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Columbia Board approves school boundaries

The Columbia Board of Education has given final approval to the district’s attendance boundaries.  Tweaked from out of 182 possible scenarios, the Board Monday approved Approach B, which divides Columbia Public School’s Secondary Boundaries into six intermediate schools for grades 6-8 and three high schools for grades 9-12.

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Politics
10:12 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Nixon answers questions on flood protection

Gov. Nixon assured farmers that levees would be rebuilt quickly.
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Governor Jay Nixon met with Missouri Levee and Drainage District members in Columbia this weekend. He and other state and federal officials responded to over eight months of questions from farmers and others on how Missouri’s waterways will be protected from future massive flooding. This is the first time a Missouri governor attended an annual levee district association meeting in over 15 years, and with good reason, as Governor Nixon addressed the standing room only crowd, he branded 2011: “the year of natural disasters.”

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Weather
10:06 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Snow closes Columbia schools

Officials from the Columbia Public School District say all schools in the distract are closed Monday due to early morning snow fall which covered the city's roads.

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Politics
10:16 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Columbia officials consider transit cuts

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes, left, addresses the Disabilities Commission alongside Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine Thursday, Feb. 9. Matthes said city transit is on track to exceed its budget by $1 million.
Matt Veto KBIA

Columbia city officials are still discussing options for shoring up a projected one-million-dollar shortfall in the city’s transit budget.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:26 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Grant will help keep Columbia creeks clean

Bill Bumgarner flikr

Boone County and the City of Columbia are using a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to study storm-water runoff into Bear Creek, north of I-70. A task force will focus on reducing pollutants, which flow directly into the creek, untreated.  

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Politics
9:24 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Taxi stands to stay in Columbia

The Columbia City Council voted to keep taxi stands on local streets.
File photo KBIA

Columbia’s City Council unanimously voted to make downtown taxi stands and no-pick-up zones permanent on Monday night.  

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Education
9:16 am
Tue February 7, 2012

CPS releases names of new Battle High administrators

Columbia Public Schools announced new leadership team members for Columbia’s Battle High School Monday. Jacob Sirna was named Assistant Principal of the new high school which is scheduled to open in Fall of 2013.

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Business
2:55 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Columbia ranked in top 25 places to live for a working retirement

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
Jay Buffington Wikimedia Commons

According to Forbes, Columbia, Missouri is one of the top places to move to for a working retirement in the United States.

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Business Beat
2:36 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Missouri farmers try to protect themselves from agritourism

Every summer tourists descend on the farm Art Gelder and his wife operate near Columbia, Mo.
Jacob Fenston Harvest Public Media

This week:  KBIA talks with William Barrett of Forbes on how the city of Columbia is in the top twenty places in the U.S. to come for a working retirement.  Plus, Missouri farmers are trying to protect themselves from "agritourism."

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