Science, Health and Technology
7:58 am
Mon January 13, 2014

'Tribune' FOI request turns up report detailing murder at veterans hospital

A report says Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital failed to provide a safe environment for a 78-year-old man beaten to death last year at the Columbia facility.

The report for the Veterans Affairs Heartland Network was included in materials released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by The Columbia Daily Tribune.

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2:25 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Governor Jay Nixon gives "Flag of Freedom" award to IBM

Governor Jay Nixon (D) awards IBM with the "Flag of Freedom" honor for its participation in his "Show-Me Heroes" program.
Credit Jamie Ries / KBIA

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5:49 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Why veterans have a hard time returning to civilian life

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.  

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8:59 am
Thu November 14, 2013

MU donation recognizes student veterans

University of Missouri Professor Newton D'Souza (left) and Chancellor Brady Deaton (right) look at the recently unveiled memorial honoring war veterans in Memorial Union on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. D'Souza's student, MU senior Karen Johnson, created the design selected by the Chancellor's Military and Veterans Committee. It features MU's iconic six columns missing one column to indicate soldiers fallen in duty.
Credit Colin Hope / KBIA

The University of Missouri has received a major gift donation to fund a scholarship for military veterans.

Confidential benefactors donated the $1 million gift to create full academic scholarships for veterans attending the University of Missouri. The new Col. Dwight B. Shannep U.S. Army Air Corps Veterans Scholarship Fund is named in honor of a World War II veteran from Versailles.

MU leaders announced the gift Wednesday morning in Memorial Union following a color guard ceremony in full military dress.

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4:46 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Central Missouri Honor Flight completes 25th flight

A banner welcoming World War II veterans is displayed at the entrance of the Marriott Hotel on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in Columbia, Mo. Veterans from World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars visited national memorials in Washington earlier that day.
Michael Losch KBIA

Central Missouri Honor Flight took 64 veterans to visit national memorials dedicated to their service on Tuesday, despite the government shutdown. Later that night, the veterans returned home with the guide of the Patriot Guard to a crowd of family members and friends.

Dane Gregg served in the Marines during the Vietnam War. When he came home, he saw the support of family members and friends, all wearing blue shirts stating “Team Dane.” The shirts were made to support their vet who has survived two heart attacks and is currently battling cancer.

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3:55 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutdown impacts veterans' trip to DC

The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. is one of many federally operated facilities closed due to the government shutdown.
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As the federal government shutdown enters its second day, it continues to cause headaches for many, including for a group of Missouri and Kansas veterans flying to Washington, D.C.

KSHB reports that the nonprofit Heartland Honor Flight organized the trip. Its first stop today was the closed National World War II Memorial. The group was hopeful it would get inside after a Mississippi veterans group did on Tuesday.

Several federally run Missouri attractions also are closed, including Mark Twain National Forest.

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8:07 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Nixon Signs Several Bills Impacting Military Veterans

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Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 4:24 pm

Reporting by Jacob McCleland of KRCU.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed several pieces of legislation Wednesday related to veterans.

One bill requires licensing boards to accept military training and education for licensing requirements.

At a press conference in Cape Girardeau, Nixon said many members of the military have skill sets that are very transferable to the workplace, like truck drivers and emergency medical technicians - or EMT's.

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3:56 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Nixon signs bill to help vets afford higher education

Missouri Military Academy
Credit KBIA File Photo / Missouri Military Academy


Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed seven bills into law today help military veterans. One bill allows veterans to receive lower in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities in the state of Missouri after they leave the military.

Veterans are required to gain Missouri residency to receive the lower tuition rates. In order to obtain residency students must live in the state for 12 consecutive months, get a Missouri driver's license and earn two thousand dollars. Nixon spent the day promoting the measures at events in Springfield and Cape Girardeau. 

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Arts and Culture
5:49 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Five former high-ranking veterans visit Truman VA Hospital

Some members of the Pinnacle Five meet with a veteran at the Truman VA Hospital (left to right: Alford McMichael, Vincent Patton, Jack Tilley, James Herdt).
Tony Nochim KBIA

Five of the former highest ranking members of the U.S. Armed Forces visited veterans at the Truman VA Hospital today. The five enlisted military advisors are known as the Pinnacle Five.

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4:21 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

MU held moment of silence to honor veterans

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The University of Missouri took part in the National Roll Call project, holding a moment of silence to honor American service men and women this afternoon.

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10:20 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Nixon to sign job-training bill for veterans

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is preparing to sign legislation intended to help more military veterans receive on-the-job training for private-sector employment.

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9:01 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Carnahan, McCaskill respond to report on veterans’ care at John Cochran

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 8:49 am

Updated 8:50 am Tuesday with statement from Sen. Blunt.

The US Veterans Administrations Inspector General has issued a report following complaints that a nurse did not act appropriately when treating two patients receiving hemodialysis treatment at the John Cochran VA Medical Center.  

The nurse  did not report changes in one of the patient’s condition, and the 57-year-old man died the next day, according to the report.  

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2:43 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Veterans home funding bill sent to Mo. governor

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor a measure providing a dedicated funding source to veterans' nursing homes.

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9:20 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Stalemate over state budget talks causes a Missouri veteran's hunger strike

The Missouri General Assembly's passage of a state budget has come to a standstill due to an argument over funding for veterans' homes.

A final vote awaits on a bill that would include solidifying funding for veteran's homes. Up to $30 million would be shifted within a casino entrance fee fund from early childhood education and put forward to veterans homes. While this awaits a vote in the Senate, one Missouri veteran is on a hunger strike.

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PM Newscasts
5:50 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Newscast for May 2, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • A Republican member of the Missouri House announces he is gay, opposes "don't say gay" legislation.
  • The Missouri House passes a funding plan for veterans homes.
  • Toughened anti-bullying legislation endorsed in the Missouri House.