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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:47:52 +0000Regional coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: Some Mid-Missouri Schools Have Already Revised Transgender Bathroom Usage Policies More Illinois Students Earn Advanced Placement Credit Warm Temperatures Create Concern for Mid-Missouri Wineries On the Trail: Greitens Reflects on His Jewish Faith Through Lens of Cemetery Vandalism
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:49:19 +0000Several school districts in mid-Missouri already have policies related to transgender bathroom use, so President Trump’s decision on Wednesday to scrap federal guidelines on transgender bathroom use in schools won’t have a significant impact. The previous guidelines were issued by the Obama administration in May of last year. They directed schools to allow transgender students to use bathroom facilities that corresponded with their gender identity. President Trump did not offer alternatives to the guidelines and said he believed the issue should be regulated on the state level. Columbia Public School Spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said that individualized options for transgender students, such as gender-neutral bathrooms and no-dress-out P.E., have been available since long before the guidelines were issued. She said that in 2015, the Board of Education voted to add gender and gender identity to the school district’s non-discrimination policy. “Often times, it’s easy to just say that
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:01:36 +0000Local stories from the KBIA newsroom, including: - Potential Fuel Tax Increase Sparks Controversy - Missouri Corrections Worker: Nepotism, Fraternization Rampant in Agency - File of Life Program Ensures Better Response From Emergency Medical Services - Missouri House Votes For Cuts to Unemployment Benefits
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:13:02 +0000Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe recently turned 93, making him the oldest non-royal head of state in the world. But in his 37 years in power, he's become a caricature of the corrupt African dictator. Once one of the continent's wealthiest countries, Zimbabwe's economy has halved since 2000. He's sent armed militias to beat and kill political opponents and in 2015 threw a $1 million birthday party for himself, feeding his 20,000 guests dishes like baby elephant even as many of his countrymen live in extreme poverty. But as Mugabe pushes deeper into his nineties, there are growing questions about his hold on power. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the twilight of the Robert Mugabe era in Zimbabwe and what may come after him.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:43:40 +0000The diversity of this year’s Academy Award nominations has not gone unnoticed. In stark contrast to last year, when several prominent people of color boycotted the ceremony because of a lack of diversity, the 2017 picks feature a black nominee in each of the four acting categories and a more diverse set of nominations, from best picture to best documentary. Brian Maurer, local filmmaker and film studies professor at MU, said the increase in diversity is most likely a reaction to last year’s outcry. “I'm happy to see quite a few films come through that I wouldn't necessarily would think would've been picked,” he said. “Moonlight, was one that I'm really excited to see.” Professionals that work in the industry are the ones who vote on the nominations through unions and other voting bodies, he said. “It's not like there's a group of ten middle aged men choosing it.” So, he said, if professionals working in the film industry want more diversity, the nominations will reflect that, but this
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:24:35 +0000Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe discuss the balancing act of following multiple characters in their film The Bad Kids (T/F ’16). The Bad Kids premiers on PBS in March 2017.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:19:30 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: University of Missouri Health Care Offers Free Health Screening Pence Condemns Vandalism at Jewish Cemetery Missouri Senate Advances Prescription Drug Monitoring Bill Missouri Unemployed Face Losing Benefits Under GOP Bill Missouri Republicans Battle Themselves Over Real ID Requirement Measures
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:45:57 +0000Lake of the Ozarks Police Department Purchases Body Cameras Stretch of Providence Road to be Renamed after Sherman Brown Vice President Mike Pence Visits Fenton, Missouri Parents, Transgender Children Challenge a Missouri Measure
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:09:07 +0000Does the use of anonymous sources and leaked material by journalists make them the enemy? We haven’t heard words like that from a president since the days of Richard Nixon. Also, why Simon & Schuster and CPAC are backing away from Breitbart Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos, how BuzzFeed plans to break you out of your news bubble and more. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:40:00 +0000Liz Graznak runs an organic farm near Jamestown, Missouri, which she calls Happy Hollow Farm . She sells her vegetables to local restaurants, in CSA boxes and at the farmer’s market. But eight years ago, after falling in love with the idea of growing her own local produce, the farm she runs today looked like a near-impossible dream. While on track to earn a PhD in plant breeding, Graznak bought her first box of produce from a nearby farmer. Soon after, she decided then that instead of studying plants, she wanted to grow them. Easier said than done, though.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:38:02 +0000Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: Missouri Senate Committee Hears 'Bathroom Bill' for K-12 Public Schools Pence to Visit Missouri to Talk About Jobs New Grant Promotes Undergraduate STEM Education Citizens Gather to Share Concerns About the Future of Health Care Local Rabbis Offer Words of Encouragement After Jewish Cemetery Vandalized Near St. Louis
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:22:46 +0000This week on Intersection, we talk with Clarence Lang, Professor of African and African-American Studies at The University of Kansas. Lang’s book, Grass Roots at the Gateway: Class, Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis from 1936-1975 , explores St. Louis as an intersection of culture, economy and civil rights movements. Listen to the full story here:
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:06:43 +0000This week on Intersection, we talk with Representative Cheri Toalson Reisch about her first session in the Missouri General Assembly. Republican Reisch represents District 44, which includes Northeast Columbia, Hallsville , Sturgeon and Centralia.The seat was formerly occupied by Caleb Rowden, who now occupies the 19th District seat in the Missouri Senate. Listen to the full show here: After this show ran, a listener wrote in asking how a family Rep. Reisch references in this interview could have a low income but not qualify for Medicaid, the number of insurers on the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Missouri, and high deductible healthcare plans. To help answer those questions, we spoke with KBIA health reporter Bram Sable Smith. After our interview in early February, we wanted to follow up with a few questions. This week, we talked with Rep. Reisch about how low-income families that don’t qualify for Medicaid can get health insurance. We also touched briefly on insurance for
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:19:49 +0000Look skyward when traveling along Missouri’s highways and backroads and sooner or later you’ll likely see a large bird that's among the most efficient in flight. This week on Discover Nature we look for the turkey vulture.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:59:19 +0000The White House has made it clear that one of the Trump administration’s priorities is deregulation. So far that has translated into executive orders, including one that requires agencies to get rid of two existing regulations for every new regulation proposed. Now, Missouri has joined a list of states aiming for a rollback. And that means a potential shake up for endangered species in the state. The Missouri River is home to one of Missouri’s most famous endangered species: the pallid sturgeon. The Fish and Wildlife Service listed the sturgeon as endangered in 1990, after decades of man-made changes to the river decimated the population. The Service, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has undertaken a series of projects along the river aimed at restoring the sturgeon’s habitat. Now, the designation of habitat for the pallid sturgeon and a host of other endangered species is the center of controversy. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit earlier this month
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:27:14 +0000(Note: the audio above is the entry for this category. It is a shortened version of the original three-part series. Edit points are denoted by beeps. Part one and two of the series were each co-reported by two reporters, which was more clear in the original airing than it will be in this abbreviated entry). The events on the University of Missouri campus on November 9, 2015 made news worldwide, as UM System President Tim Wolfe resigned amidst protests by black students calling for his resignation. By the end of the day, MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin would also resign amidst pressure from faculty and students. As the NPR member station in Columbia, Missouri, KBIA-FM covered the breaking news thoroughly, later winning a national Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists and a first place award from the Public Radio News Directors, Inc for that coverage. Judges in the PRNDI contest said KBIA put on, “a Breaking News clinic by reacting to the story with
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:23:13 +0000Regional coverage from the KBIA newsroom including: American American Flies Larger Plane to Columbia Regional Airport Columbia Library Changes Gun Signage After Threat of Lawsuit
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:33:50 +0000Local stories from the KBIA Newsroom, including: - Missouri House moves on another union labor restriction - Missouri Democrat wants to disclose inaugural donations - Top educators say farewell to Columbia Public Schools - Day Without Immigrants action in St. Louis, Kansas City
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:48:46 +0000Homosexuality may not be illegal in China, but LGBT people in the world's most populous country often live their lives in the shadows. By one estimate, as many as 80 percent of the country's 20 million gay men marry women due to social pressure. The phenomenon is so common it has its own word in Mandarin, "tongqi," or "gay man's wife." But the views of LGBT people are changing, particularly in China's biggest cities. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at how Chinese views of gay rights are evolving.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:56:00 +0000This Saturday, New York City's The Acting Company bring a pair of new works to MU's Rhynsburger Theater. Marcus Gardley talked with KBIA's Trevor Harris about his work, X: Or, Betty Shabazz vs. The Nation on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.