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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:59:41 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Koster's Income Declined During Term As Missouri Attorney GeneralRural Employers Failing to Meet Needs of Breastfeeding MothersMissouri Seat Belt Usage Increases Along With Number Deaths
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:41:11 +0000Columbia’s annual Roots N Blues N BBQ festival kicks off September 30 at Stephens Lake Park. It is one of the city’s biggest events, where fans can hear a range of live music, try out a variety of barbecued meat and view local artwork all in one location. But one particular kind of artwork has become an interesting staple at Roots N Blues. Giant, colorful, light-up puppets traditionally dance through the crowd of festival-goers during a band’s set. Standing at nearly 9 feet tall, these massive puppets are hard to miss. This year, the puppets are going to be operated by new masters. Instead of a traveling company providing the puppets this year, organizers at Roots N Blues asked a small team of local artists to create its own puppets for the event. Puppet designer Anne Jacobson and her team built two large, blues-themed puppets. One resembles blues guitar player B.B. King, and the other emulates the blues singer Billie Holiday. But both puppets offer a unique twist on the iconic blues
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:47:32 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: MU Fraternity Suspended After Allegedly Yelling Racial SlursDiscrimination Against Nixon Delayed As More Cases SurfaceMU Plans Research On Cats As Companions For Children With AutismTask Force Plans To Improve Tourism In Columbia
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:06:48 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Teen Sues Police, Taser Over Stun-Gun-Induced Heart AttackDelta Upsilon Fraternity Suspended After Alleged Racial Slurs at MU
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:24:50 +0000This post will be updated as new information becomes available. Two black women at the University of Missouri say they were called a racial slur during a confrontation with white students outside the Delta Upsilon fraternity house Tuesday night. According to a statement from the university's Legion of Black Collegians, a group of white students passed the two women and a member of the group called the women a racial slur. Members of the legion and university police were arriving to assess the situation when the statement says members of the Delta Upsilon fraternity began recording interactions between the police and black students while shouting slurs and obscenities.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:24:06 +0000Come Saturday, Columbia’s afternoon newspaper, The Columbia Daily Tribune, will have a corporate owner, ending 115 years of local, family ownership. Why did the Waters family sell to GateHouse Media? And, what might the change mean for those who work there and those who have relied on it as their local news source for generations? Also, we’ll break down the first presidential debate, the coverage, the focus on fact-checking and Lester Holt’s performance as moderator. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:15:33 +0000In an effort to turn away from chemical pesticides, which have the potential to damage the environment, some farmers are looking in a new direction in the age-old, quiet struggle on farm fields of farmers versus pests. They’re warding off intruding insects and noxious weeds with bugs and chickens. Gary Wenig and his wife bought 40 acres in central Missouri to grow organic vegetables. The land was full of weeds and insects, he says, and going organic meant the Wenigs couldn’t use conventional pesticides like the ubiquitous Round-Up or Atrazine. Organic farmers can use natural pesticides, but they’re expensive and still can be dangerous. Wenig decided to experiment. He planted what are known as “trap crops,” sacrificial plants not raised for harvest but that are extra tasty for pesky insects like squash bugs. Trap crops like Blue Hubbard squash attract the harmful bugs, leaving his zucchinis largely untouched. “The bugs will move in and they’ll stop at that point and eat those plants,”
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:00:15 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Republicans Talk Up Constituents as Voter ID Ballot NearsJudge Tosses Ethics Complaint Against 'Citizen Lobbyist'Group Apologizes Over Missouri Voter-Registration GaffePastors Question Why Police Shooting Charges Took So Long
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:34:57 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Republicans Talk Up Constituents as Voter ID Ballot NearsKansas City Police to Begin Testing Body-Worn CamerasJudge Tosses Ethics Complaint Against 'Citizen Lobbyist'St. Charles County Joins Regional Drug Monitoring Program
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:44:00 +0000Republican State Representative Caleb Rowden is serving a second term in the Missouri House for District 44 and is running for the state senate seat in District 19, previously held by State Senator Kurt Schaefer. Rowden’s platform focuses on economic development, low taxes, government accountability and strengthening Missouri’s public education system. The University of Missouri and public K-12 education serve as the centerpiece of Rowden’s campaign. “We’re on obviously on the other side of the hunger strike, and the football thing, and grad students, and all these things that obviously caused some tension,” Rowden said. The Republican state representative was vocal against budget cuts to the university earlier this year. “All of the reasons why the state legislature was more than willing to fund the University of Missouri in the past, those things are still going on, and I think in some cases they've got even better,” he said. He says he hopes to help MU grow into a national leader,
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:39:27 +0000This week on Intersection we talked with Clyde Ruffin, president of the John William "Blind" Boone Foundation, about the renovation of the Blind Boone Home. The house is located in downtown Columbia, and opened this month after years of work. It stands next to The Second Baptist Church on 4th Street. Ruffin also led two of our producers through a tour of the house. Listen to the full story:
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:44:00 +0000Karen Jones Meadows is visiting Columbia this week for a one-woman play and a pair of workshops sponsored by the University Concert Series.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:37:23 +0000This week on Discover Nature, get outside to enjoy early autumn weather, and keep an eye out for the first signs of fall color.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:13:16 +0000Hinkson Creek, which runs through Columbia, might not seem like an ideal destination for anglers. While it carries some standard game fish like bass and blue gill, you’re not likely to find any record catches. But on a recent late-Summer day, Michael Moore was after fish on the opposite end of the spectrum. A doctoral student in fisheries conservation at the University of Missouri, Moore was turning over rocks in the creek, looking for tiny aquatic bugs to use for bait. After gathering a half-dozen in a small lure box, he put one on a tiny hook, and dangled it in the water until he got a bite: a miniscule blue gill. This is micro fishing. Audio File Edit | Remove "It’s literally you’re trying to catch the smallest fish possible, in this and that’s kind of the added challenge I guess," Moore said. Instead trying to catch the biggest fish, micro fishers try to catch the biggest number of species. In lieu of bass, or catfish or trout, microfishers look for mummichogs, creek chubs, shiners
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:30:36 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Missouri On Track for Second-Highest Corn Harvest On RecordMU Researchers to Study the Benefits Cats Can Have On Kids With AutismTroubling Concerns at Nursing Home Closed by the StateSouthern Boone School District to Introduce New Garden Educator Position
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:01:00 +0000Missouri added 8,700 private employers in 2015Records closed on Trump's failed bid for Kansas City casinoMU Confucius Institute celebrates its fifth birthdayWriters offered a chance to work in Mark Twain's library
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:05:22 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Missouri Added 8,700 Private Employers in 2015Records Closed on Trump's Failed Bid for Kansas City CasinoState Makes Grants Available to Local Election AuthoritiesWriters Offered a Chance to Work in Mark Twain's Library
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:18:00 +0000Last Thursday morning I opened my New York Times and choked on my coffee. Once again Missouri was in the national news and not in a good way. The lead editorial was a scathing critique of the Missouri legislature’s override of Governor Nixon’s veto of the change to the conceal-carry law. Missouri has a bad enough reputation for lawlessness and weirdness. We dominated the headlines in 2014 with the Ferguson nightmare. In 2015 we got a moment of positive coverage when the Royals won the World Series and 800,000 people showed up for the parade. But just a week later the controversy that had been festering at MU blew up and the national headlines were about hunger strikes and football team boycotts and presidential resignations. And now this. Guns, guns, and more guns. And it’s not just the legislature. Eric Greitens showing us he can shoot an automatic weapon. Jason Kander showing us he can field-strip an automatic weapon -- in the dark. Chris Koster being the first Democratic candidate
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:21:30 +0000Farming in the fertile Midwest is tied to an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. But scientists are studying new ways to lessen the Midwest’s environmental impact and improve water quality. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts the so-called “dead zone,” an area of sea without enough oxygen to support most marine life, to grow larger than the size of Connecticut, or roughly 6,000 square miles.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:53:53 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Attorneys For Defendants In Ferguson Lawsuit Argue ImmunityColumbia Resident To Join Dakota Access Pipeline ProtestsState Senator Says Boeing Shouldn't Get Missouri Tax CreditsMU Wheelchair Basketball Coach Wins Gold In Rio