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National Science Foundation Awards MU $5.2 Million Grant

Oct 19, 2018
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The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Missouri a $5.2 million grant to establish the Advancing Research and its Impact on Society center, or ARIS center.

NSF spokesperson Rob Margetta said the intent of funding the ARIS center is to advance public knowledge of scientific research in order to create a well-informed citizenry and to keep the U.S. at the top of the worldwide innovation chain. The foundation funds projects that reach beyond the institution into the local communities and advances development in science, technology, engineering and math.

Missouri Department of Transportation

Governor Mike Parson has proclaimed Oct. 19 as Buckle Up Phone Down Day in Missouri.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reports texting increases the risk of car crashes by 50 percent.

MODOT spokesperson Matt Hiebert was part of a team promoting the campaign on the MU campus Friday. He said by being out in the community and sharing the Buckle Up Phone Down campaign, drivers will hopefully take the challenge to be safer on the roads. 


CHESTERFIELD — The former chief financial officer at Columbia Public Schools has admitted to stealing thousands of dollars from band boosters at a suburban St. Louis high school.

The Columbia Daily-Tribune reports that Anna Munson pleaded guilty Thursday in St. Louis County District Court to receiving stolen property.

Task Force 1 headed home from Florida

Oct 19, 2018

Missouri Task Force 1 is headed home after a week and a half in Florida following Hurricane Michael.

The team finished up their assignments on Wednesday in Mexico Beach, Florida, according to a Facebook post from the Boone County Fire Protection District. The search and rescue team was demobilized Thursday morning and began to travel back to Missouri. 

The National Science Foundation has awarded MU a $5.2 million grant that it will use over the next five years to create the Advancing Research and its Impact on Society Center, according to a news release from the MU News Bureau.

The virtual center is intended to help the public become more aware of research being done at MU and what it means to them. While the public can become aware of breakthroughs in prescription drugs, for example, it might not understand how the science of how those drugs relieve symptoms.

Guest LOIS LONG tells us about a support group in Fulton that provides respite for caregivers of persons with dementia (Alzheimer's). She says, "the neat thing about a support group is that people come together and we listen to each other. It's not about having all the answers." October 19, 2018

Hy-Vee has recalled six meat and potato products for possible salmonella and listeria contamination.

The company says the potential danger was discovered when McCain Foods, a Hy-Vee supplier, announced it was recalling its caramelized mushrooms and fire-roasted tomatoes, which are ingredients used in the Hy-Vee products.

No illnesses have been reported.

The Hy-Vee products are:

Missouri voters are deciding on a gas tax increase when they head to the ballot box in November.

Governor Parson is crossing the state campaigning for the measure.

MU Nobel Prize Winner Recieves Dedicated Bike Rack

Oct 18, 2018
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University of Missouri professor and Nobel Laureate George Smith received a gift from the university Thursday: a dedicated bike parking space.

University officials unveiled the bike rack to honor Nobel Prize winner George Smith at Tucker Hall. In front of the bike rack reads: “Reserved Dr. George Smith, PhD, 2018 Nobel Laureate in chemistry.” At the end of the rack, a space is covered with black and yellow stripes.

Authorities say a man has been killed in a helicopter crash in central Missouri.

The Callaway County Sheriff's Office says in a Facebook post that the crash was reported at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Deputies began talking to witnesses who reported that the helicopter appeared to be in distress before it went down. A Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter and several agencies helped search for the wreckage before it was found around 3:15 p.m. in a remote area east of the Fulton city limits.

Need A Safe Ride Home During Homecoming? Here's One Option

Oct 18, 2018

No ride for homecoming weekend? No problem.

Major Brands will offer 500 free rides across Columbia on Oct. 20 through their social responsibility program, Safe Home After Every Occasion. Rides will be provided through the transportation app Lyft, according to a news release.

A new study says the approximately 250-mile (400 kilometer) trip from Kansas City to St. Louis could be slashed to a half-hour's time, but an ultra-high-speed Hyperloop system across Missouri wouldn't come cheap.

A tipi sat outside the Daniel Boone Regional Library on a mid-September afternoon to teach people some valuable lessons about Native American identity. KBIA’s Betsy Smith has more on how one interdisciplinary artist tested people’s knowledge of what it means to be an Indian today. When it comes to modern representations of native culture, everything might not be what it seems.

Christine Blasey Ford was 100 percent certain Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. Kavanaugh was 100 percent certain he didn’t.

But one figure that jumped out during Kavanaugh's recent U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings was this: 23 percent. That’s the percentage of women in the U.S. Senate, the body that voted to narrowly confirm him. Indeed the U.S. ranks 103rd in the world in the share of women in national legislatures – behind countries like Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Iraq.

One major reason why is that more than 60 countries have passed quota laws for female candidates in the past 30 years. In many others nations, political parties have adopted voluntary quotas for women.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at gender quotas in international politics and whether they've worked as intended.

"Everything is a poison." Don't believe me? Guest OLEN R. BROWN says even oxygen is classified as a drug by the FDA. The real story is in his book, "The Art and Science of Poisons," but this is a fascinating conversation about the poisons we live with everyday. October 18, 2018

McCaskill Calls for Investigation of Campaign Videos

Oct 18, 2018
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Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign manager is calling on her Republican rival's office to investigate videos of her campaign taken by a conservative group.

Campaign manager David Kirby on Wednesday said he wants Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley to recuse himself and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate alleged consumer-law violations related to the videos.

The videos were taken by Project Veritas, a conservative group that produces "sting" videos intended to embarrass liberal organizations and media outfits.

Seminar to Highlight Harassment, Discrimination Issues on Public Transit

Oct 18, 2018
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A discussion focused on harassment and discrimination in transit will be coming to Columbia in about two weeks. 

The event, called Harassment and Discrimination Issues Specific to Transit in the #MeToo Era, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 1 at the OATS Headquarters, 2501 Maguire Blvd., Suite 101, according to a news release from the Missouri Public Transit Association.

Ashley L. Norgard, an attorney from Springfield, will lead the seminar, which will "highlight real-world examples from litigated cases," according to the release.

MU Research Suggests Older Sisters Play a Significant Role in Sex Education

Oct 18, 2018
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When she was a teenager, Stephanie Guberman relied on her older sister, Lisa, to tell her about awkward topics like dating, relationships and sex. She said she turned to her sister more often than her mother.

“I do think Stephanie talked to Lisa more than she did to me,” said Karen Guberman, who added that she is grateful Stephanie had an older sister to confide in. “They may be more comfortable talking about those things with each other.”

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The University of Missouri is honoring its Nobel Prize-winning scientist with an unusual accolade: a dedicated spot in a bicycle rack.

George Smith learned this month that he'll share this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry with two other scientists.

Other schools have recognized their Nobel laureates with a dedicated parking space. But the 77-year-old Smith is, by his own assessment, "not a good driver."

A southeast Missouri contractor has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a claim that it discriminated against a black employee.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Wednesday with Floyd's Equipment Inc. in Sikeston.

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In ads and speeches, Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is pounding Missouri voters with a single message: Her Republican challenger wants to end health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

The Republican, Attorney General Josh Hawley, says it's not true and has been forced to defend himself.

Details are slowly starting to emerge about what might have happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi جمال خاشقجي inside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. How aggressively is the #Trumpadministration really pressing for answers? And, how are news organizations changing their approach to working in Saudi Arabia. Also, President Donald J. Trump’s media tour, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test, and why polling guru Nate Silver says journalists aren’t likely to like what he sees. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Ryan Thomas and Mike McKean: Views of the News. KBIA 91.3 FM

This week on Discover Nature, listen for the clear, loud calls of ground-dwelling birds just before dawn. 


Missouri’s native quail – Northern bobwhite live in groups of 5-30 birds, called coveys, from autumn to spring. 


Northern bobwhite are streaked or mottled reddish-brown and white, with a gray tail. Males have a distinctive dark brown cap and face. Their camouflaged colors help protect them from their many predators including foxes, coyotes, racoons, hawks, owls, and snakes. 


The #Black panel discusses the conviction and sentencing of Bill Cosby, the issue of a white woman curating a museum exhibition on hip-hop music at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, and the Cardi B and Nicki Minaj fued. 

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Columbia’s classical music scene is growing and thriving, thanks to Missouri Symphony director Kirk Trevor. But Trevor’s work doesn’t stop with professional musicians.

On a Monday night at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia, Kirk Trevor conducts an orchestra of about 30 elementary and middle school students. He is joined by two symphony member coaches and a handful of parents, eager to listen to their children play. The students are practicing for their next performance in two weeks.