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Kraft Foods plant in Kirksville to elminate 275 jobs

Nov 13, 2014

In a memo to employees the Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer  stated it would phase out bacon production in Kirksville and move production to another plant in Ohio.

Joyce Hodel, a spokesperson at Kraft Foods, told KBIA in an email that they are looking at bringing in other production to their Kirksville facility, but they don’t have anything firm to share at this time.

Carolyn Chrisman, director of economic development in Kirksville, is worried about the potential loss of 275 jobs.

Kirksville City Council denies Keybox initiative

Oct 10, 2014
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Kirksville City Council rejected the Kirksville Fire Department’s “keybox” initiative at the city council meeting Wednesday.  

Kirksville area recovers from severe storm

Sep 11, 2014
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City of Kirksville

The Kirksville area is recovering from a severe storm that swept through the area early Wednesday morning. The weather resulted in downed power lines, flooding, and power outages.

The Sherriff’s Department said there are no reported deaths or injuries directly related to the storm, although a public works employee was injured during cleanup yesterday, according to KTVO.

Adair County Sherriff Robert Hardwick encourages residents to always be prepared in case severe storms hit the area.

Missouri Storms

Sep 10, 2014
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A heavy rain storm left much of northern Missouri facing low-level flooding and cleaning up mostly minor damage caused by tornadoes and high winds.

The National Weather Service says 10 inches of rain was reported in Sullivan County near Browning early Wednesday, with 9 inches in Kirksville. Rainfall reports between 5 and 8 inches were common across northern Missouri, with many streets closed due to flooding.

A short section of Interstate 29 near Mound City was closed early Wednesday while stranded cars were removed.

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From 1914 to 1954 if you were black in Kirksville you attended the segregated Lincoln School. In this episode of Thinking Out Loud hear voices of Lincoln School alumni Clyde Johnson and a handful of local residents who want to see the Lincoln School building preserved. Some local visionaries imagine the school as a 21st century educational center for all residents of Kirksville.

Kirksville airport changes take flight

Apr 24, 2014
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City of Kirksville

Frequent flyers out of Kirksville may notice several changes at the airport over the coming year.

Propane shortage strikes Mid-Missouri

Feb 20, 2014
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Some Kirksville residents are finding it hard to stay warm this winter due to a propane inventory shortage in the area.

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Kirksville City Council proposed a significant budget increase for the year 2014. 

The proposed 2014 budget for Kirksville includes $37.5 million in expenses and $24 million in revenue, with the difference coming from a multi-million dollar bond for water treatment facility upgrades voted on earlier this year.

The new budget features an increase of about $4.3 million. $7.5 million would be allocated toward upgrading the city’s wastewater treatment facility and improving the sewer systems.

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A.T. Still University

Many universities are divided into emphasis areas to allow students to focus on their specific studies, but A. T. Still University in Kirksville is not. Their administrative faculty realized different emphasis areas work together to strengthen each other.

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A.T. Still University

A new Kirksville dental school is seeking to ease a shortage of dentists in Missouri.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health opened Tuesday at A.T. Still University. The only other dental school in the state is at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The new dental school's initial class of 42 includes only nine Missouri residents. But the school hopes that its health center placement program will persuade many of them to remain in state.

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Kirksville Regional Airport gets new director

Sep 4, 2013
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City of Kirksville

Kirksville Regional Airport’s new director Glenn Balliew began his new job last week.

Balliew retired from the U.S. Army after most recently working as a deputy assistant commander in Fort Rucker, Ala. He has worked in the private airline industry for more than five years.

One of the challenges that Balliew will face at the smaller airport is attracting private and corporate flights to Kirksville. Balliew said that the number of planes at the Kirksville airport has been cut in half over the years, and bringing in business is difficult.

The AT Still Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Kirksville is scheduled to open October 1st, after receiving initial accreditation last week.

Dean Christopher Halliday says many people in rural areas such as Kirksville are underserved when it comes to dental care. He hopes the opening of the school will fix that issue.

“I want to raise the awareness with our students of the fact that there are huge segments of population in this country that just for whatever reason, for a variety of reasons,  don’t have access to oral health,” Halliday said.

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The Kirksville City Council voted 3-2 Monday night to pass an ordinance that adds sexual orientation to its anti-discrimination policy. A similar ordinance failed on an earlier attempt in July, being shot down 3-2.

The deciding vote was Kirksville Mayor Richard Detweiler. He voted against the measure in July, and for it Monday night. Detweiler says it was a very difficult process that, looking back, he would have handled differently from the beginning.

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 The city of Kirksville is paying a fine to the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to keep up on water inspections. The city is being fined because they did not follow the inspection guidelines at its industrial water treatment sites for the last several years.

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The Kirksville City Council rejected Monday a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance that would have made discrimination based on sexual orientation illegal in employment, housing and public accommodation in Kirksville. 

The ordinance, which would have also created a 9-member commission to enforce Kirksville’s human rights laws, was defeated by the council with a 3-2 vote. 

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Doubts raised over Columbia teen curfew
  • USDA announces new school nutrition standards
  • Nixon signs bill against pharmacy requirements
  • Kirksville considers new anti-discrimination ordinance
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  Five colleagues of a former Boone County medical examiner are challenging his findings as a Kirksville man seeks a new trial in a woman's 1997 death.

Former medical examiner Jay Dix, who died in 2002, ruled that Wendy Wagnon died from suffocation. That led to the conviction of Jessie McKim and James Peavler in 1999.

Kirksville begins Downtown Strategic Plan

Oct 24, 2012

As Missouri’s Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri, or DREAM initiative, comes to an end, Kirksville is beginning to create a Downtown Strategic Plan as part of the program’s last effort.

Kirksville is beginning the end processes of their Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri initiative.

The State Department of Natural Resources designated Kirksville as a DREAM community in 2007.

Community Services Coordinator Sarah Halstead said the program has been beneficial to the city.

Construction begins on busy downtown Kirksville street

Oct 23, 2012

An eight-month construction project begins Monday on one of downtown Kirksville’s busiest streets. The “Franklin Streetscape Project,” in downtown Kirksville is projected to be completed by early next summer.

City Engineer Ed Ieans said the project is a joint effort between Truman State University and the City of Kirksville as a downtown beautification project.

Kirksville moves to replace old water meters

Oct 18, 2012
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The City of Kirksville will pay a Columbia company $4.7 million to replace old water meters in Kirksville. The high cost is expected to save money in the long run.

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Kirksville residents may see some changes with water meters in the near future. The Kirksville City Council met on Monday to talk about replacing aging water meter systems.

There are about 7,000 old water meters in Kirksville. A Columbia contractor says replacing all of those meters would cost approximately $3.8 million, but would save the city $2500,000 annually. Council members are split on whether to go through with the project. City Council member Jerry Mills says he wants to see if there are costs that could be cut.

Kirksville R-3 approves budget

Jul 4, 2012
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The Kirksville R-3 School board has approved its budget for the next school year. The district expects to see a reduction in state and federal funding by almost $800,000.

Despite the cut in federal funding, the district doesn’t expected to make any drastic cuts. Superintendent Pat Williams says the district had actually expected the subsidy reduction and had already started taking steps to provide cushion for the next school year.

Kirksville development org. recognized for school funding

Jun 19, 2012
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Kirksville Regional Economic Development (K-REDI) was recognized by the new Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health for helping jump start the school’s funds with their initial donation. 

Kirksville discusses storm water issue

Jun 14, 2012

The city of Kirksville is holding a public open house Thursday to discuss storm water issues on the city. Kirksville started an initiative two years ago to fix storm water problems like flash flooding and drainage in the city.

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The city of Kirksville is adopting a new Wireless Emergency Alert system, which will send severe weather warnings via text messages.

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Updated at 11:59 a.m. with information that Wyatt is the only current openly gay Republican state legislator in the nation.

A Republican Missouri House member has announced publicly that he is gay and called upon GOP leaders to end legislation that would limit discussion of sexual orientation in public schools.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A local Kirksville grocer shuts down for good
  • Missouri lawmakers considering allowing casinos to loan money to their patrons
  • Columbia residents unsure of future of neighborhood trees
  • Kirksville shows highest growth of any NE Missouri city
  • University of Missouri hosting Rwanda symposium for public

Kirksville shows most growth in northeast Missouri

Apr 27, 2012
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Kirksville led northeast Missouri in job postings over the last few months thanks in part to the Northeast Regional Medical Center, based in Kirksville.

Kirksville grocery store shuts down

Apr 27, 2012
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A locally-owned Kirksville grocery store is closing.  Near and Far Downtown Grocery sells produce from local farmers to stock its shelves. Velda Salt opened the store with her husband after having success at the farmer’s market. But she says the college town environment, and its seasonal nature, made it tough to be profitable year-round.

“More than half of our clientele are students," said Salt. "But it’s not just the students, because when school is out the professors are gone, a lot of them. The community…overall the town decreases.”

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