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COLUMBIA - A former University of Missouri football player and strength coach has been named to one of the jobs created amid race-related protests.

Pat Ivey has been named the assistant vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity. Columbia campus spokesman Christian Basi said in an email that Ivey is expected to help "improve attendance, retention and graduation rates . for students from all backgrounds." He will make $150,000 a year.

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JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers are considering whether to allow concealed weapons on public transit.

Republican Sen. Bob Onder told a Senate panel Wednesday that his proposal is about safety. He said public transit can be dangerous, and allowing people to carry concealed guns on buses and trains would deter crime.

Man shot to death by Republic officer after hitting him with car

Feb 17, 2016
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REPUBLIC - Police say that a man accused of crashing into several southwest Missouri building and hitting an officer with his car has died after the officer shot him.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that 48-year-old Destry Meikle died at a hospital after he was shot Tuesday morning in Republic.

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JEFFERSON CITY - A Senate panel is considering four bills that would change Missouri's laws on texting while driving, seatbelts and motorcycle helmets.

One bill reviewed in a hearing Wednesday would require everyone in a car to wear a seatbelt, including adults in the backseat who are currently exempt from seatbelt requirements.

Two other proposals would ban texting while driving, which currently is forbidden for commercial drivers and people younger than 22.

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A person familiar with the matter says the Justice Department is close to an agreement with the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, about making widespread changes within the agency.

Such an overhaul could avert a civil rights lawsuit that federal officials have the option to bring against departments that resist changing their practices.

The person was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

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 Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered state agencies to identify any gender wage gaps and take action to ensure women are paid the same as men for the same work.

Talking Politics - 2016 Election Observations

Nov 17, 2015
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Welcome to Talking Politics. KBIA’s weekly show dedicated to talking about local and national politics. 

On this week’s Talking Politics, Columbia College political science professor Dr. Terry Smith is here telling us what he and other political commentators are observing in the local and national political arena leading up to the 2016 election season.


Loaded Gun Found at Springfield School

Oct 16, 2015
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 A loaded gun was found in the backpack of southwest Missouri elementary student.

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 Missouri's attorney general race is heating up as major donors pick sides in an expected Republican primary.

 

Missouri’s Restorative Justice Program gives offenders the opportunity to repay the community for their crimes with community service and labor.

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Operations have been shut down at a central Missouri plant that makes materials used in fracking.

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  Authorities in rural northeast Missouri are looking for the person who fired several shots into a small church.

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Suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner says he's ready to move forward with a campaign for Missouri governor in 2016.

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Starting this week, delinquent Missouri taxpayers can pay back taxes without penalties or interest under a temporary amnesty program. The program begins tomorrow and runs through November 30th. 

Participants must follow tax laws and pay on time for the next eight years or face paying previously waived fines and interest. Revenue department estimates show roughly 350,000 taxpayers could be eligible, potentially making the program one of the most high-impact legislative measures this year.

Officials say flooding and resulting strong currents in waterways are the main causes for the increase.

The New York Times has had to walk back its story on a "criminal" probe of Hillary Clinton's private email server while the paper is vigorously defending another of its exclusives...on abuses in the nail salon industry.  The first Republican presidential debate is only a week away.  Some wonder whether all the scrambling to meet the Fox News criteria for inclusion is worth the trouble.  More bad news for the newspaper business: major layoffs and poor performance with minority employment.  Media companies are embracing a new revenue source that raises ethical questions.  And research shows "visual" news sites are more successful.

Under the Microscope: Record-Breaking Spring Storms could be the New Normal

Jul 2, 2015
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 Driving down a two-lane highway in rural Missouri, Matt Plenge squinted at a patch of gray clouds hanging low over his farm fields in the distance.

“Does it look hazy up there?” he asked. “We only had a 20 percent chance today. We shouldn't get any rain.”

Plenge, like most farmers, always keeps one eye on the weather. But this spring, it’s been his primary and constant concern.

 


The contents of a time capsule sealed inside the Missouri Capitol are seeing the light of day for the first time in 100 years. The copper box was removed last week from the southeast cornerstone of the Capitol building, where it had sat since June 24, 1915.

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As the number of farms hit with avian flu grows over 100 nationwide, regulators are implementing containment plans meant to stop the virus’ spread, spare millions of at-risk birds and thousands of poultry farms.

Farms in many states, including Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, are struggling to contain an active outbreak.

 

 

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The makeshift memorial that has marked the site of where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in August now has been cleared out, and a permanent plaque will be placed nearby.

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Missouri topped the United States Humane Society’s annual “Horrible Hundred” list for the third year in a row.  This list features the nation’s worst puppy mills, 23 of which were located in Missouri.

Under the Microscope: Missouri Researchers Push for Beetle Rollout

May 7, 2015
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Wearing latex gloves and digging through a sloppy patch of cow poop on his farm in central Missouri, farmer Ralph Voss spotted his target.

“Okay, here we go!” he said excitedly, plucking out a shiny insect the size of a sunflower seed – a dung beetle.

Despite their disgusting homes, dung beetles are worth searching for – it has been estimated that they save U.S. farmers hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Some researchers suggest that they could be worth even more, and are searching for new species meant to maximize that value.

 


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McDonald County, Missouri, is home to many immigrant groups that have moved into the county in the last twenty years. These groups include Hispanic, Somali, Burmese, Sudanese and numerous others. And while these groups do not overlap culturally, they do share one thing - language acts as a barrier to access when it comes to their health.


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McDonald County, Missouri, is a small community in the very southwestern-most part of the state that few people are aware of. Some residents describe it as a beautiful part of Missouri with rolling hills and numerous creeks. 

But there is more than scenery to McDonald County, as its communities - Anderson, Noel, Pineville, Southwest City - are home to an incredibly diverse mix of people. Towns now include a white population, Hispanic immigrants, Somali and Sudanese refugees, individuals from Burma and Micronesia and new immigrants are entering the county every day.

So here are some residents of the county talking about life, about health and about their home.


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Since 1975 schools have been mandated by law to provide free, appropriate education to all children, leaving states and schools to figure out what this means for educating children with special needs.The first school for the deaf in the United States opened in the early 1800’ s in Hartford, Connecticut.Since then new educational opportunities and laws have created a wide range of choices for students with disabilities.When Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, passed in 2006, there was a push for more inclusive education.This meant the closure of many separate, state - funded schools for the disabled across the country and new integration for children in standard public schools.But Missouri still has 34 state schools for the severely disabled. 


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  Indiana has drawn national attention for its religious freedom restoration act, and now Missouri lawmakers have two smaller scale bills on the table. The two bills, which are in the Missouri Senate and House could take away the ability of colleges and universities to police discrimination by religious student organizations.


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Bills in the Missouri Senate and House would take away college and universities’ ability to police discrimination by religious student organizations. KBIA’s Kyle Norris has more on the bills and how college students around the state are reacting.

Title IX Attorneys Conduct Forum for MU Faculty Members

Apr 9, 2015
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Two legal consultants from Pennsylvania spoke at MU on Tuesday, conducting two open forums where faculty could voice their questions and concerns about the university’s new Title IX policies.

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