Hypothetically speaking, say you want to open a donut shop on Highway 63 and you're curious about the traffic in that area and how it might affect your business. SOO KOON LEE says that's where the Small Business & Technology Development Center can help...for free! Also, CONNIE SHAY invites everyone to the 16th annual Fall Folk Festival this Labor Day at the Boone's Lick State Historical Site in Howard County. (3:58) August 15, 2018

Council Eyes Higher Raises for City Trash Collectors

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Trash collectors in Columbia should get fair compensation for their work, Mayor Brian Treece said Monday.

“There are refuse collectors that have been here for five to 12 years that are still making $13 an hour,” he said. “We need to reward them with the same dignity that other cities do.”

School Board Approves Property Tax Increase, Tax Break for Medical Isotope Plant

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The school district’s property tax levy will rise by 9 cents later this month after the Columbia School Board voted to reverse a voluntary levy reduction on Monday.

The board also approved a contract with River City Construction for the new southwest middle school and voted to support a request by Northwest Medical Isotopes for a $5.6 million property tax break on the plant it plans to begin building in southeast Columbia. According to the project schedule, construction will begin later this year and should end in 2020.

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As students across Mid-Missouri return to school this week, local advocates are encouraging the community to keep in mind the issue of hunger and adequate nutrition for students.

About half of the students in the Columbia Public Schools district qualify for free or reduced lunches. Many of those students receive food assistance in Buddy Packs – or backpacks that provide meals for kids throughout the weekend. The Buddy Packs are distributed by the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri.

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Who is unhinged? It’s the title of Omarosa Manigault-Newman’s new book and it’s got just about everyone – including the president – talking. We’ll talk about how the hype built up through the week and why it’s not really selling.

LOUISE SARVER tells us that every entry in the Columbia Art League's fall show 'Arcana' will reflect each respective artists' interpretation of a card they pulled from a tarot deck earlier this year. Opening reception is August 31st! Also, TRYPS artistic director JILL WOMACK invites all children in grades 3-12 to an "audition workshop" August 25th for their upcoming production of Mary Poppins Jr.! (3:25) August 14, 2018

Missouri Democrats Cut Tenet on Anti-Abortion Candidates

Aug 14, 2018

Missouri Democrats have voted to ditch a recently added tenet aimed at welcoming anti-abortion candidates.

Party members in June had voted to amend the platform to state that the party welcomes “all Missourians who may hold differing positions on (abortion)” and sees diversified views as its strength. The state party committee on Saturday voted to strip that language from its platform.

Columbia Church Racks up $884k in Legal Fees

Aug 14, 2018

Missouri taxpayers may be covering $884,000 in legal fees for a Columbia church’s U.S. Supreme Court case after a state agency denied its playground resurfacing.

Attorney General Josh Hawley praised the high court ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church but questioned the fees and expenses, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

Audit Finds Improvement at Ferguson Municipal Court

Aug 14, 2018

A new Missouri audit has found that the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson made significant progress in addressing problems in its municipal court.

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway released details of the audit Monday. It was a follow-up to an April 2017 audit that found a court system in disarray in Ferguson, where Michael Brown, a black, unarmed 18-year-old, was fatally shot by a white police officer in August 2014. Brown's death became a focus of the Black Lives Matter movement.

City Considering Steps to Combat Spike in Shots Fired Downtown

Aug 14, 2018
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The crack of pool balls colliding on beaten felt tables is the typical soundtrack for a weekend night at Billiards on Broadway.

On Saturday, however, the soundtrack was interrupted by the blast of gunshots across the street.

Cody Fisher, server and bartender, said he heard several shots fired at the corner of Sixth Street and Broadway around 12:15 a.m. Saturday. Another bartender locked the door and alerted customers over the bar microphone.

“We’re going to lock these doors until we figure out what’s going on,” Fisher remembered the bartender saying.

The deadline to raise money for Love INC and go "over the edge" of the iconic nine-story Tiger Hotel in downtown Columbia is fast approaching! $1,000 is all it takes to rappel down from 144 feet up. Think you have the guts? If I can do it, anybody can -- but will I?! Guests: MIKE DeSANTIS and GREG DeLINE August 13, 2018

Local Organization Hopes to Fuel Social, Legislative Change around Disabilities

Aug 13, 2018

Molly Myers’ job Saturday morning was to greet people.

She stood by a folding table that welcomed visitors to a kickoff celebration for Missouri Disability Empowerment, a new local organization. While Myers is also membership director for the organization, she has another, more important job: She’s a mother.

Kansas City Groups Rethink Drug Recovery for Mothers

Aug 13, 2018

Kansas City health and social service groups are testing a new approach for mothers undergoing drug recovery by keeping families together.

Children's Mercy Hospital neonatologist Jodi Jackson tells KCUR-FM that the birth of a child can be an opportunity for transformation, even for women who've used drugs for years. Jackson says mothers in recovery who can stay with their children are more likely to stay sober. She says it can potentially end generational cycles of substance abuse.

Missouri Battles with North Dakota, Feds Over River Project

Aug 13, 2018
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 Attorneys for North Dakota and the federal government are asking an appeals court to reject the state of Missouri's challenge to a massive upstream Missouri River water project.

The $244 million Northwest Area Water Supply project aims to bring river water to 82,000 people in northwestern North Dakota. Missouri worries the project will diminish the river water it needs for drinking, farming and shipping.

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Judge Rules Against CPOA In Second Count Of Suit On Sunshine Law

Aug 10, 2018

A judge ruled Thursday afternoon that the city of Columbia did not overcharge for a records request submitted by the Columbia Police Officers’ Association.

Thursday’s case focused on whether the city violated the Missouri Sunshine Law by charging the CPOA $966.22 for a copy of emails exchanged between Chief of Police Ken Burton and Deputy Chief Jill Schlude.

Cradle to Career Alliance is a non-profit that brings together community members to help determine a solution to certain educational disparities in Boone County. Guest: DR. CRYSTAL KRONER August 10, 2018

St. Louis Fed Report Shows Decline in Farming Income, Loan Repayment

Aug 10, 2018
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  Farm income and loan repayment have declined across a seven-state region that includes most of Missouri, according to a second quarter second-quarter report published Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

The report asked agricultural banks whether they saw a decline in farm income compared to the same period a year ago. For the 18th consecutive quarter, respondents on net reported a decline.

59 Percent of Missouri College Graduates Carry Debt, Report Shows

Aug 10, 2018

  Close to six in 10 new graduates of Missouri’s colleges and universities carry some student loan debt, and the average borrower from those schools has more than $26,000 in loans to pay off.

That’s according to an annual report from LENDEdu, a company that tracks data on student debt. The report was compiled using voluntary responses to a survey about 2017 graduates submitted by 1,080 schools across the U.S.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City shopping district has banned the use of new dockless electric scooters in the area because of safety issues. The Kansas City Star reports that users of the Bird scooter rentals were notified Wednesday not to ride or drop off in the Country Club Plaza.

Kansas City struck a six-month deal with California-based Bird Rides Inc. last week to put a limited number of electric scooters on the city's streets. The move came after the company dropped about 100 scooters into the city without notice or clearance.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State and federal officials are asking Exxon Mobil to pay more than $1.8 million in compensation for a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas. The state Game and Fish Commission proposed the settlement Tuesday, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

The funds would pay for wildlife restoration and compensate the government for damage caused when the 70-year-old Pegasus pipeline ruptured in Mayflower near Lake Conway.

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Saudi Arabia's 32-year-old crown prince has already shaken up both Saudi Arabia’s internal politics as well as its foreign relations.

Mohammad bin Salman has detained prominent members of the royal family and businessmen after accusing them of corruption. He’s lifted restrictions that barred women from driving or operating businesses. He’s outlined a bold plan to wean Saudi Arabia’s economy from oil dependence.

But bin Salman has also escalated Saudi Arabia’s war in neighboring Yemen, triggering one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. He’s feuded with nearby Qatar and Lebanon and intensified Saudi Arabia’s rivalry with its historical foe, Iran. Even Canada hasn't escaped his wrath.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at a prince upending the politics of both Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. 

Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' KATIE SHELTON and LAURA MAKAREWICZ share tips on how to stay hydrated during these hot summer days. Prevention is key! | Also, JOHN and JENNIFER WAMPLER recently lost their 10 year-old daughter Elizabeth to cancer. As a means of honoring her memory, the Lizzy's Walk of Faith Foundation is hosting a walk/run September 15th in Columbia. Proceeds will benefit St. Jude's. (4:26) August 9, 2018

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Discover nature on a warm summer evening this week and watch the sky for Missouri’s only true flying mammals as the stars come out.



Flying and feeding, mostly at night, bats rely on keen hearing and sonar-like echolocation to find and identify prey mid-flight.  


Bats often get a bad rap for spreading disease, but in fact, disease incidence and transmission to humans is very rare. 


After a surprise announcement, Talking Horse Productions Artistic Director ED HANSON talks about their latest show, "Ripcord," opening this Friday and running for two weekends! | Also, KARLA WASHINGTON invites anyone "caring for an aging loved one" to MU Health Care's 2nd annual Family Caregiver Conference on August 16th in Columbia. (3:58) August 8, 2018