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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
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:47:10 +0000One year after Peyton Head, former University of Missouri student body president, shared his experience of being called a racial slur on the MU campus on Facebook , leadership from the University of Missouri System and MU held a press conference to review the progress of the last year that began with student protests calling for systemic action against racism. Protests by a student group, Concerned Student 1950 began on October 10, 2015 during MU's Homecoming parade. Students stood in front of, then UM System President, Tim Wolfe's car to address their frustration with lack of action after racists incidents on campus. Protests continued as students felt Wolfe's response was inadequate. One student, Jonathan Butler, went on a hunger strike calling for Wolfe's resignation. When football players joined the cause and refused to play until Wolfe stepped down, national attention was drawn to MU's campus. On Nov. 9, 2015 Tim Wolfe resigned from his position as UM System President. Last week,
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:04:00 +0000One of the hardest regions of the globe to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is the Arab world. In Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the punishment for the crime of sodomy is death by stoning, and many other countries impose prison sentences. Also challenging is the fact that the stigma associated with being LGBT is so great, many people feel they can’t come out even to their family or closest friends. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the uncertain lives of LGBT people in Arab nations.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:46:11 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Aeroponic Towers To Be Placed in Columbia Public SchoolsBreach Leaves Camden County Courthouse Without Phone ServiceJudge Says Medical Marijuana Off Missouri BallotSome St. Louis Seat-License Holders Have Rights in LA
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:37:39 +0000There’s a class at the University of Missouri that everyone has to take. It’s called Exposition and Argument, but students and teachers usually strip it down to its “numerical name:” English 1000. Donna Strickland, Director of Rhetoric and Composition, says that class is an environment that isn’t found many other places on campus. “I mean these small classes where people can have these intimate conversations,” Strickland said. Students come across the country and enroll in this introductory course, a course that is offered on many campuses. Except, this campus is in Columbia, just two hours away from Ferguson, where a police shooting ignited the Black Lives Matter movement. And the University of Missouri is a campus that made national news last year with protests over racism. “I think that talking about race matters. “It’s not that, I don’t think we always have to focus our English 1000 courses around race, but it just seemed in that particular moment for that be a possibility,”
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:28:19 +0000Standing on a platform above the eastern bank of the Missouri River at the Kansas City, Missouri, Water Services’ intake plant is like being on the deck of a large ship. Electric turbines create a vibration along the blue railing, where David Greene, laboratory manager for Kansas City Water Services, looks out across the river. Water the color of chocolate milk is sucked up and forced through screens below, picking up all the debris the river carries downstream. “The muddy Mo,” Greene says. “The Missouri River drains one-sixth of the United States, so there’s a lot of stuff that can affect the water quality in the river.”
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:10:27 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: MoDOT Program Suspended After Budget CutsBreach Leaves Camden County Courthouse Without Phone ServiceJudge Rules Against Missouri Hair Braiders; Appeal PlannedPaddlers Will Travel 100 Miles Down Missouri River
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:12:00 +0000As the secretary of Jefferson City's Old Munichberg Association, Walter Schroeder would regularly 'spice-up' his meeting minutes. After much encouragement from fellow members of the group, he recently published Southside Sketches, a book of memories from Jefferson City's historic German neighborhood. Schroeder was a recent guest on KBIA's Thinking Out Loud.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:08:42 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: "Black @ Mizzou" Event Aimed To Help Freshmen To AdaptColumbia Police Does Not Plan To Change Procedures Following Gun LawVideos Offer Insight Into 2011 St. Louis Police ShootingJudge Says Medical Marijuana Off Missouri Ballot
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:47:50 +0000On a gray day, just as the rain begins to fall, Roger Zylstra stops his red GMC Sierra pick-up truck on the side of the road and hops down into a ditch in Jasper County, Iowa. It takes two such stops before he unearths amid the tall weeds and grasses what he’s looking for. “Here is one of the tiles,” he says, pointing to a pipe about six or eight inches in diameter. Water trickles from it into a culvert that runs under the road after flowing through a network of underground drainage lines below his farm field. “That’s where it outlets.”
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:27:39 +0000Sandy Songer of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, has a bit of advice for anyone who wants to watch chainsaw artists in action. “If you’re going to stay around us very long, you need to put some earplugs in,” she says with a laugh, as chainsaws revved and roared behind her like race cars, drowning out everything else in the background. From carnival barkers, to Ferris wheels humming, to snorts and moos of livestock shows, late-summer state and county fairs are noisy, chaotic affairs. Add to the din this season: chainsaws buzzing. At the Adams (Illinois) County Fair at the end of July, a group of carvers brought their saws and their ear plugs to compete in chainsaw carving competition. Each artist turned a block of wood into a sculpture – an animal, a wizard, a dragon – and the artist whose work brought in the most money at auction was declared the winner. Songer demonstrated her sculpting skills at the fair with her husband, Stevie. She said they’ve been carving for 16 years. “He was a chainsaw
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:21:56 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike Will Stay on November BallotCampaign Says Marijuana Likely Won't be on Missouri BallotMonsanto, Bayer Officials Defend Proposed $66 Billion MergerCity Council Appropriates $125,000 Donation to Improve Nifong Park
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:52:31 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Senate Panel to Scrutinize Proposed Bayer-Monsanto MergerBackers Fight to Get Medical Marijuana on Missouri BallotMissouri High Court Denies Appeal on Campaign Finance Limits
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:56:53 +0000“Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch” is an old song you might be familiar with, but today, surprisingly few Missourians know a pawpaw tree when they see one. This week on Discover Nature brought to you by the Missouri Department of Conservation we find the pawpaw.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:12:29 +0000Living in the Platte River Valley in central Nebraska means understanding that the water in your well may contain high levels of nitrates and may not be safe to drink. “When our first son was born in 1980, we actually put a distiller in for our drinking water here in the house,” says Ken Seim, who lives in the Platte Valley near the town of Chapman, Nebraska. “And at that time our water level was a 12 parts per million.” Nitrates are formed when nitrogen, from the air or fertilizer, is converted by bacteria in the soil to a form that is more plant-friendly. Nitrates help plants grow, but can be dangerous in large amounts. The legal limit in public water systems is 10ppm. Some nearby wells, Seim says, contain nitrates at dangerous levels, two or three times the legal threshold.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:19:03 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: Backers Fight to Get Medical Marijuana on Missouri BallotMissouri High Court Denies Appeal on Campaign Finance LimitsSenate Candidates Focus on History of Military SupportTour Series Aims to Highlight Towns Around Callaway CountyColumbia City Council Approves $440.9 Million Budget
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:58:52 +0000This week on Intersection, we talk with Columbia Mayor Brian Treece about issues including downtown development, transportation and expanding the police force. Listen to the full episode and check out selected clips from the interview below. Listen to the full interview.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:50:44 +0000Email offers clues to University of Missouri searchPolitically Speaking: Susan Montee on the national political environment resonating the ballotNational money and local action may be crucial in Missouri's hot U.S. Senate contest
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:16:20 +0000Contaminated drinking water isn’t just a problem for Flint, Michigan. Many towns and cities across the Midwest and Great Plains face pollution seeping into their water supplies. A big part of the problem: farming and ranching.