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Project Will Renovate Hannibal's Riverfront

Nov 16, 2018

City leaders in the historic northeast Missouri hometown of Mark Twain have been talking about renovating the area along Twain's beloved Mississippi River for three decades, and now, that work is about to begin.

The city council recently approved a $6.6 million contract for riverfront renovations. When the project is completed in late 2019 the riverfront will feature a new boat ramp and docking sites for two large riverboats as well as the local excursion boat, which is named after Twain. 

The new riverfront also will have a new wall, sidewalks, restrooms and lighting.

Two small airlines are protesting the price tag for the new single terminal project at Kansas City International Airport.

Executives at Spirit and Allegiant airlines outlined their concerns in letters to the Kansas City Council Airport Committee, citing the $1.6 billion project price and cost-sharing issues.

Voters approved the project last year, but the cost is supposed to be borne by airlines that use the airport. The project will create a single terminal to replace the three horseshoe-style buildings at Kansas City's main airport.

Kinder Institute, University of Missouri

Darren Hellwege visits with Ethics & Public Policy Center analyst Henry Olsen and Georgetown University historian andDissent editor Michael Kazin on the topic of political and historical populism. The two spoke on the University of Missouri campus in an event sponsored by the Kinder Institute. 

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The struggling nation of Yemen is on the brink of what could become the worst famine the world has seen in decades.

The country’s economy has collapsed amid a three-year-old war between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels. About 8.4 million are what the UN calls “severely food insecure” and at risk of starvation.

To make matters worse, it’s increasingly clear that the humanitarian disaster in Yemen isn’t an unintended side effect of the war - but a deliberate effort to starve the population.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a closer look at the three-year-old crisis in Yemen - and why more isn’t being done to end the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.


Before reading "How to Spell Muskogee," an original poem from his new book, "My Other Mother's Red Mercedes," author/poet WALTER BARGEN tells us about two appearances in Ashland and Columbia next month that you won't want to miss! November 16, 2018

A Springfield man pleaded not guilty plea in a crash that killed a 10-year-old outside an elementary school.

Police say Lonnie Yeager had a seizure when he hit and killed Riddick Tudor in September 2017 outside Campbell Elementary School. Four other people were injured.

KYTV reports Yeager didn't have a valid Missouri driver's license at the time of the crash. He faces misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle without a license and two counts of lying on a state form when applying for a license.

A statue of the Roman goddess of agriculture that topped Missouri's Capitol building has been removed for the first time in nearly a century for maintenance.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that construction crews used a massive crane to take down the statue of Ceres on Thursday.

The 10-foot-four bronze statue weighs about one ton.

Thursday's removal marks the first time the statue has touched the ground since it was installed in October 1924. It will be gone for about a year for maintenance.

Miss Columbia Contest Will Return in 2019

Nov 16, 2018

The Miss Columbia Scholarship Competition that was held for 40 years in Columbia will return on Jan. 12.

The competition was held in Columbia from the 1960s until the early 2000s but fizzled out from lack of volunteers and board members, new director Cindy Segafredo said.

Segafredo, who has been a certified judge for five years, decided she wanted to bring the competition back to Columbia after she closed her daycare last year.

Three vehicles, including a school bus, were involved in a crash on Interstate 70 near Rocheport Thursday morning.

A bus from Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School in Columbia stopped behind a car and was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer.

Missouri's unemployment rate has hit a tied record low, according to data released by the Department of Economic Development on Thursday.

The data shows the state's unemployment rate tied for a record low of 3.1 percent in October.

Since data started being tracked in 1976, the only other time unemployment was so low was from October 1999 to January 2000.

The unemployment rate edged down slightly from 3.2 percent in September.

A long-awaited state audit of Jackson County has begun.

The Kansas City Star reported that Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway announced on Thursday that her audit of the county's finances and operations is under way, 10 months after County Executive Frank White sought Galloway's assistance in the midst of a budget dispute with a majority of county legislators.

Deer Hunting Opening Weekend Opens With High Numbers

Nov 15, 2018

Close to 100 thousand deer were harvested in Missouri’s deer hunting’s opening weekend November 10 and 11. That’s up from last year’s opening weekend’s numbers which brought in close to 95 thousand. The Missouri Department of Conservation says this increase is partly because of last weekend’s good weather. The counties of Franklin, Callaway, and Benton were the top three counties recording the most harvests in the state.

From Shark Tank to Startup Weekends, entrepreneurship is a growing craze in the nation. More than 25 million Americans are starting or running new businesses. The University of Missouri is the latest to encourage innovation on campus. KBIA’s Betsy Smith has more on MU’s new Entrepreneur Quest Pitch Competition. 

Over 100 MU students and faculty members gathered in Monsanto Auditorium Monday morning at the first Entrepreneur Quest Pitch competition. 


Dietitian LeANN ROBLEY, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells us why we should be consuming both plant protein and animal protein in our daily diet. She says one benefit of plant protein is that it doesn't contain cholesterol. Also, ALEX GEORGE talks about all things 'Unbound'! Columbia's popular (and ever-growing!) book festival will return next April with keynote speaker author George Saunders. (4:32) November 15, 2018

Regulating emotions is a hard can be a challenging skill to learn. Uncontrolled emotions can make tasks harder for anybody, like a child in a classroom.

MU researchers have found that students are better able to regulate their emotions and act more socially competent when their teachers have gone through a training program focused on demonstrating pro-social classroom behavior.

A southern Missouri school district has suspended a teacher who oversaw a class presentation in which a ninth-grader dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Poplar Bluff district superintendent Scott Dill visited the American History class Monday to read the suspended teacher's letter of apology.

The student who dressed as a Klansman Friday was among a group assigned to study the 15th Amendment, which awarded voting rights to black men. During their presentation, they discussed organizations that engaged in voter suppression.

Four people died in a crash involving several vehicles on Interstate 70 near Columbia.

Boone County assistant fire chief Gale Blomenkamp says the crash involved a semi-trailer truck, which was hauling two other semis, as well as a tractor-trailer and two passenger vehicles.

The Columbia Missourian reports a passenger in one car and the driver of another passenger vehicle died at the scene. An injured truck driver died at a Columbia hospital emergency room.

The Missouri State Highway patrol said a fourth person died later at a hospital. No names have been released.

A Proposed West Columbia Neighborhood Has Neighbors Concerned

Nov 14, 2018

A developer wants to build a new neighborhood at Scott Boulevard and Smith Drive on Columbia’s west side with housing, places to walk and shops.

Civil Rights Activist Bree Newsome to Speak at MU

Nov 14, 2018

Ten days after the 2015 shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, activist Bree Newsome scaled the 30-foot flagpole in front of the state's Capitol building in Columbia, South Carolina.

She removed its Confederate flag, which was never lowered after the shooting, and gained national recognition as a civil rights activist.

A police association that focuses on adding diversity and fighting discrimination is trying to gain a foothold within the St. Louis County Police Department, but its leaders claim the police chief is blocking its path.

The Fraternal Order of Police is the collective bargaining unit for 860 rank-and-file officers in the county that surrounds St. Louis city. In April, several black officers citing concerns about lack of diversity and racial tension asked the mostly-black city-based Ethical Society of Police to expand into the county as an alternative association. Since then, 54 black county officers have joined, along with 10 white officers.

Columbia’s Youth Advisory Council met Tuesday night to learn more about the city’s Climate Action and Adaption Plan.

The council decided one of its goals is to be environmentally friendly, so Eric Hempel, an Energy Educator in the city’s Office of Sustainability, explained to the group what actions they can take as a council and as part of the Columbia Community.Some ideas discussed included waste and light audits in the Columbia Public Schools and members of the youth council using their schools to spread awareness of the climate plan in the city.

CNN has filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald J Trumpand several aides, fighting to have White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credential reinstated. How have other reporters fared in the past, suing the president for access? Also, destructive protests outside Tucker Carlson’s home, an experiment that replaces television anchors using artificial intelligence, and remembering Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News. KBIA 91.3 FM

MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center, shares tips on how to prepare your pet should someone in your household be coming home from the hospital to recover from an illness or an injury. November 14, 2018

Jefferson City is currently remodeling Jefferson City High School and building the brand new Capital City High School. At Monday night’s board meeting, the Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education decided a final maximum price of $40 million for the two high school projects.

In 2017, voters in Jefferson City chose to raise taxes to fund the renovations and the new high school. Steve Bruce, the president of Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education, says that the community has been vial in making decisions since the beginning of the projects.

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