10:51 am
Mon June 23, 2014

U.S. Court Releases Obama Administration's 'Drone Memo'

In this image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites in November, 2010.
SITE Intelligence Group AP

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 4:49 pm

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has released a long-secret memo in which the Obama administration lays out its legal reasoning for launching a drone attack on an American citizen overseas.

The legal justification concerns the drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who the United States claims was tied to plots against the U.S. and played a key role in al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

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Science and Technology
5:39 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Under the Microscope: Farm drones, Bill Nye at MU

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin presents Bill Nye The Science Guy with a new bow tie.
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

The University of Missouri invited Gerald Friedman, a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, to speak to students and local Columbia residents earlier last week.  The lecture was hosted by the MU Truman School of Public Affairs as the Monroe-Paine annual lecture event.  Friedman’s lecture focused on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and the future possibility of a single payer healthcare system.

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Science and Technology
5:29 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Drones: Coming soon to a farm near you?

Agriculture consultant Chad Colby shows a room of Midwest farmers how GPS can control a high-definition camera attached to a UAV.
Credit Peter Gray / Harvest Public Media


Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.

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Science, Health and Technology
12:00 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Archaeologists unearth more clues from ancient Cahokia civilization

Archaeology students from Italy sift soil for artifacts at the Cahokia Mounds
Credit KBIA

On a blustery day in April, Italian archaeology student Marco Valeri stepped into an archaeological dig at the Cahokia Mounds

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Harvest Public Media
3:49 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Flames fuel prairie revival [video]

The size of Tucker Prairie has been slightly reduced since the construction of I-70; the area is 145 acres.
Brendan Gibbons KBIA

As a north wind rippled through the native grasses of Missouri’s Tucker Prairie on a sunny afternoon in April, the burn was about to begin.

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Global Journalist
6:50 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

What the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI means for the Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano arrive at the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.
Pier Paolo Cito AP Images

The Catholic Church is at a crossroads. Pope Benedict XVI surprised just about everyone this week by announcing his resignation. The leader of the world’s one billion Catholics held his final public mass on Wednesday, at the end of this month, he will become the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years.

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9:45 am
Wed February 6, 2013

States propose limiting use of drones by police

Lawmakers in at least 11 states including Missouri are looking at plans to restrict the use of drones over their skies amid concerns the unmanned aerial vehicles could be exploited to spy on Americans.

The American Civil Liberties Union says state legislators are proposing various restrictions on the new technology.

The Montana Senate looked at two bills Tuesday that hinder the use of drones, most often associated with overseas wars.

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Global Journalist
4:26 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

How US drone strikes impact Pakistan

In this file photo a US Predator unmanned drone stands on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport in Afghanistan.
Massoud Hossaini AP Images

The United States government has escalated the uses of drone strikes in Pakistan and in Yemen since the start of the year. And now the U.S. appears to be considering the use of drone strikes in Mali, a North African country where French forces are helping the government fight Islamist militants and rebels.

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3:35 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Legislator pushes to limit drone use

Credit File / KBIA

A northwestern Missouri lawmaker is seeking to limit the use of drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles.

The legislation would require law enforcement officers get a warrant before using a drone in Missouri. It also would prohibit the use of drones by people, organizations or government agencies for the surveillance of farms. Republican Rep. Casey Guernsey of Bethany is proposing the measure.

Guernsey says he does not want state government to monitor residents more than it currently does.

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5:22 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

A conversation with investigative journalist Umar Cheema

The Taliban’s attack on a 14 year old human rights campaigner in Pakistan has drawn condemnation from within the country and throughout the world.

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