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8:54 am
Tue January 15, 2013

High schoolers, community members speak out against school start times in board plan

High schoolers, district parents and educators turned out at the Columbia Board of Education meeting, Monday, Jan. 14, to speak out about start times in the board's proposed transportation plan.
Credit Harum Helmy / KBIA

The Columbia School District's Board of Education is reconsidering the school start times included in its controversial three-tier transportation plan. At last night’s board meeting,district parents, students and employees spoke loud and clear: The current proposed start times simply don’t work.

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Health & Wealth Update
1:23 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Learning what poverty's really like

Ed Yourdon Flickr

According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, 14 percent of people in Missouri live below the poverty line. That’s almost 900,000 Missourians. KBIA’s Harum Helmy finds out how one nonprofit organization attempts to educate the 86 percent about what it’s like to be on the other side.

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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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5:24 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

As tuition goes up, is it worth the price?

Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri Campus
cindyt7070 Flickr

With the cost of a college education continuing to increase and state funding simultaneously decreasing, some are beginning to question the value of attending a university at all.

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PM Newscasts
5:46 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Newscast for February 15, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Timothy Wolfe reports for his first day as UM System president.
  • Missouri's Senate is in the process of extending the candidate filing deadline.
  • Chris Koster urges action on Missouri's Second Injury Fund.
5:41 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Tim Wolfe takes office as UM System president

New UM System President Timothy Wolfe talks to reporters on his first day of work, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.
Harum Helmy KBIA


Former IBM executive Tim Wolfe took office as the new University of Missouri System president on Wednesday. The businessman has old ties to Columbia. 

By Harum Helmy (Columbia, Mo.)

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6:08 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Missouri United Way changes funding strategy

The Heart of Missouri United Way voted last week to adopt a new strategy that will focus future funding on programs that address poverty and other issues with at-risk children.

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5:19 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Exam: November 14, 2011


This week, we check in on a program aiming to combat obesity at an early stage – elementary school. Plus, we chat with the future assistant superintendent for secondary education for Columbia public schools.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:02 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Under the Microscope: September 15, 2011


This week, a food pantry that’s trying to offer healthier food to low-income families. Plus, an MU researcher tells us how quitting smoking may make you a happier person.

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

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