Arts and Culture
2:50 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Saving the Lincoln School

The Lincoln School seen here in Kirksville, Missouri was the public school for local African-American students..
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Listen to a 2013 episode of Thinking Out Loud where KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with residents of Kirksville who want to see the area's black history preserved and an alumni of that north Missouri town's all-black, segregation-era Lincoln School.

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.

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8:10 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Kirksville airport changes take flight

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

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12:29 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Propane shortage strikes Mid-Missouri

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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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8:53 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Kirksville proposes budget increase for wastewater treatment, sewer upgrades

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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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8:24 am
Mon October 28, 2013

New interprofessional school integrates medical and dental students

A.T. Still University
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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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4:03 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

New dental school opens in Kirksville

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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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PM Newscasts
5:03 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Newscast for September 4, 2013

PM newscast for September 4, 2013.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including

3:40 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Kirksville Regional Airport gets new director

Kirksville Regional Airport
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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.

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4:50 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

A.T. Still dentistry school to open in Kirksville in October

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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1:07 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

AUDIO: Kirksville mayor changes vote, anti-discrimination ordinance passes

Kirksville Mayor Richard Detweiler
Credit City of Kirksville

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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4:39 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Kirksville pays fine to Environmental Protection Agency

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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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9:33 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Kirksville council rejects anti-discrimination ordinance

Many supporters of a city anti-discrimination ordinance attended the meeting wearing "KV Equality" pins to show support.
Andrew Nichols KBIA

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. 

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PM Newscasts
6:15 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Newscast for June 27, 2013

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
7:52 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Kirksville man seeks new murder trial

Kirksville City Hall
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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.

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8:44 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Kirksville begins Downtown Strategic Plan

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.

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11:22 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Construction begins on busy downtown Kirksville street

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.

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11:26 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Kirksville moves to replace old water meters

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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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9:05 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Kirksville City Council divided on replacing water meter systems

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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.

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5:15 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Kirksville R-3 approves budget

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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.

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11:34 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Kirksville development org. recognized for school funding

Kirksville, Missouri
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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. 

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10:06 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Kirksville discusses storm water issue

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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9:11 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Weather warnings by text: Kirksville adopts new alert system

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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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12:25 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. lawmaker Wyatt says he is gay, denounces school bill

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 12:20 pm

Will be updated.

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.

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PM Newscasts
6:00 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Newscast for April 27, 2012

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
5:43 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Kirksville shows most growth in northeast Missouri

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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.

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5:23 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Kirksville grocery store shuts down

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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.”

9:32 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Truman State student's Facebook profile used in Kirksville investigation

One Truman State University student was surprised when her private Facebook status went public.

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9:28 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Truman State students to review Nixon higher ed cuts

Gov. Jay Nixon's 2013 budget slashes nearly eight percent from higher education in Missouri.

Truman State University administrators created a coalition to find ways to adjust to budget cuts earlier this month.  Now, the student member of the coalition, Ryan Nely is forming a similar coalition of all students.

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12:59 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

Kirksville REDI hires middle school teacher as new director

Carolyn Chrisman
Photo from the Kirksville City Council website

Kirksville Regional economic development, Inc has announced its new Director of Job Creation.

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