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Kathryn Palmer

On Nov. 6, Missourians will have a chance to decide if they want to raise the state minimum wage. Proposition B would increase the current $7.85 an hour minimum to $8.60 by next year. It would increase the state minimum wage 85 cents each year until it reaches $12 hour by the year 2023.

So how might this affect Missouri’s low-wage workers and business owners?

Dave Elman, the owner of Fretboard Coffee in downtown Columbia thinks it would help.

The race for Missouri's 49th District State House seat features a first-time Democratic candidate challenging a Republican incumbent seeking a third term. 

Afternoon Newscast for October 31, 2018

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Second Scooter Option Comes to Columbia

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Scooter enthusiasts now have a new option — Lime scooters arrived Tuesday in Columbia.

Like with Bird, riders use a mobile app to find and unlock Lime scooters. Also like Bird, Lime requires riders to have a valid driver’s license, be 18 years old and wear a helmet.

  President Donald Trump is kicking off a final rally blitz with just days to go before midterm elections that will determine whether Republicans retain control of Congress. He'll attend 11 events across eight battlefield states over the next six days.

This week on Discover Nature, watch for an ecological engineer, and unsung steward of streams.


The American beaver is North America’s largest rodent and builds dams and dens in streams and streambanks for its home. 

Their webbed hind feet, with large, flattened tails, dark brown fur, and pronounced front teeth, all suit these mammals well in their streamside habitats. 

Beavers are usually nocturnal, but in they become more active during daylight hours in autumn as they gather food and prepare their lodges for winter. 

The Voluntary Action Center and D&H Drugstore, along with local faith congregations and others, will host Warm Up Columbia this weekend.

Coats, jackets, blankets and other items will be distributed to low-income families. Some local agencies will also donate winter gear for their clients.

“We seem to have received a whole lot of items this year,” VAC director Nick Foster said. “(We) always enjoy seeing a child look up with a coat that fits him or her just right and see the light in their eyes. That’s a fun part of it.”

We're celebrating Halloween the only way we know how: with a story from LARRY BROWN! This particular story is more Twilight Zone than Tales from the Crypt, but either way, the adventure takes us to Nandi Hills, India, and the ending will leave you thinking...was it all a dream? October 31, 2018

Birds in a Cage: MU Has Impounded 20 Bird Scooters Since August

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MU has impounded 20 Bird scooters since the company first dropped them off in Columbia, MU spokesman Christian Basi said.

When Bird scooters first arrived in August, MU received a few initial complaints about scooters, and university officials decided to begin impounding them, he said. MU has also impounded scooters after finding them blocking curb cuts and ramps and ADA-accessible entrances.

Treece And Kelly Each File Paperwork To Run For Mayor

Oct 30, 2018
Meiying Wu / KBIA

Brian Treece is gunning for another three-year term as mayor of Columbia. He filed his nomination petition with the city clerk on Tuesday morning, as did former Boone County clerk, state representative and associate circuit judge Chris Kelly.

“I think Columbia needs steady leadership to continue the progress we’ve made,” Treece said. “I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last 2 1/2 years, but there’s still a lot more to do.”

The University of Missouri's men and women's swimming and diving coach is on administrative leave while allegations of team management issues are investigated.

The athletic department announced the action involving Greg Rhodenbaugh on Monday but did not provide more information about the allegations.

Athletic director Jim Sterk said in a news release that student-athletes recently made officials aware of serious team management problems in the men's and women's programs.

Associate head coach Andrew Grevers will be interim coach during the investigation.

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Appeals court judges say a lawsuit challenging Missouri's new voter photo identification law can proceed.

A Western District Court of Appeals panel on Tuesday undid a lower judge's earlier decision to toss the case, meaning it can move forward.

At issue is a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Missouri NAACP and League of Women Voters alleging that Missouri lawmakers did not budget enough money to implement the new voter ID law. They argued that consequently, it should not be enforced.

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President Donald Trump will visit Missouri twice to urge the defeat of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill as part of his final campaign blitz heading into the midterm elections.

Trump's campaign says he will rally supporters Thursday in Columbia to vote for McCaskill's Republican rival, state Attorney General Josh Hawley.

Trump will also visit Cape Girardeau on Monday, the day before the Nov. 6 election.

Trump won Missouri by nearly 19 percentage points in 2016. McCaskill is a top target for Republicans seeking to expand the party's slim 51-49 edge in the U.S. Senate.

Molly Dove / KBIA

In the race for Missouri's State House District 46, current State Representative Martha Stevens, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican candidate Cathy Richards. Stevens and Richards agree that the most pressing issues facing Missourians in the 46th State House District include healthcare costs and access, as well as education and taxes. 

KBIA’s Molly Dove talked with both candidates about this issues, and about their priorities. 

Columbia's 'Signature' Festivals Recieve $80,000 From City

Oct 30, 2018
Nathan Lawrence / KBIA

A host of local festivals and programs will receive $80,000 from the city of Columbia with the goal of bringing more tourists to the area.

The Convention and Visitors Advisory Board voted at its Monday meeting to distribute the money as part of its Signature Series program.

The True/False Film Festival, the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival and the Show-Me State Games will each receive $20,000 in 2019, while Art in the Park and the MU Concert Series will each receive $10,000.

KIT SALTER is 80 years old and has had diabetes now for 47 years. He credits his longevity to advances in medical technology, staying active and the healthy meals prepared for him by his lovely wife CATHY. Education also plays a role, and so the Salter's are here to tell us about 'Diabetes Day', happening this Saturday at Women's and Children's Hospital in Columbia. October 30, 2018

Deer With Chronic Wasting Disease Found Near Missouri Elk

Oct 30, 2018
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Conservation officials say a deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease was found only 25 miles from an elk herd at Peck Ranch in southern Missouri.

Jasmine Batten, wildlife disease coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation, says the discovery is a concern because it was so close to the ranch, which holds an elk herd reintroduced to the state at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Kelly Announces Intent to Run for Columbia Mayor

Oct 29, 2018
Chris Kelly

Former State Representative Chris Kelly has announced his intent to run for Columbia mayor in the upcoming April 2019 election.

Kelly has served as a State Representative under the Missouri House of Representatives 23rd District from 1982 – 1994, and again under the 45th District from 2009 – 2015.

Teresa Maledy, former Commerce bank President, will serve as his Campaign Chair.  Natalie Krawitz, former University of Missouri Vice – President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, will serve as Kelly’s Treasurer.

The Jefferson City Police raised the reward Monday for information about a missing 4-year-old boy to $11,000.

Darnell Gray went missing last Thursday, October 25 in Jefferson City. Jefferson City Police Lt. David Williams said they are expanding their search area for Gray.

"The amount of time that Darnell has been missing is beyond critical," Gray wrote in a news release over the weekend. "It is imperative that we find Darnell and return him to his family."

GOP Senate candidate Josh Hawley says it's up to individual congregations about whether they should have an armed security presence.  After a deadly shooting this weekend at a Pittsburgh synagogue, President Donald Trump told reporters that the perpetrator may have been stopped if the place of worship had armed guards.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Federal Highway Administration are funneling $2.3 million into connecting the final gap along the Katy Trail State Park.

The Sedalia Democrat reports the City of Sedalia recently received a $1 million grant from the federal agency's recreational trails program to convert portions of city roads and sidewalks into a new trail path. The Missouri department is investing $1.3 million into the project outside city limits and covering 20 percent matching costs for the city's grant.

A deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease was found only 25 miles from Peck Ranch, which houses an elk herd that was reintroduced to Missouri at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Missouri Department of Conservation reported last week that the deer tested positive for the disease, which is contagious and always fatal to deer, elk and similar animals.

Guest LAINIE VANSANT says MU Theatre Department's production of 'Fever/Dream' is an adaptation of 'Life as a Dream', only set in the corporate world. (The "king" in the original is the "president" in this version.) A comedy, "Fever/Dream" opens this Wednesday and runs for just one weekend in the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. Additional guest: ASHER ALT | Also, MU Health Care cardiologist DR. HEMANT GODARA tells us about the warning signs and symptoms of AFib, or atrial fibrillation. He says he sees people who have been in AFib for years that have "no clue." (4:19) October 29, 2018

There's an old Jewish teaching, Rabbi Avraham Lapine told a crowd before him on Sunday, that says there are three things the Jewish people do when tragedy strikes: "We cry, we pray, and we sing."

"Every single soul, 'neshamah,' in this world has a special song. This song, only that soul could sing," Lapine said. "And unfortunately, when someone’s life is cut short, the song is interrupted. The song is stopped in the middle, in the middle of a beautiful melody that soul is singing to the world. It is our responsibility to make sure to keep that melody going."

There is now a $1,000 award being offered for anyone who comes forward with information that leads to the return of the University of Kansas Cancer Center's giant inflatable colon.

The Kansas City Star reports that the American Society of Gastroenterology donated the reward money in hopes of returning the stolen colon.