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River City Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications from those interested in becoming a homeowner. Executive director SUSAN COOK-WILLIAMS tells us about the process. Also, JACK WAX and WALTER PERKINS encourages those 50 and older (who are looking to continue their education) to attend Osher at Mizzou's four-week winter session. Starts January 22nd! (3:25) January 8, 2019

Mayor Once Again Urges Council to Consider City-wide Audit

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Mayor Brian Treece once again called for an independent audit of the city’s finances at Monday night’s Columbia City Council meeting.

Treece first introduced the idea of a comprehensive audit of the city’s finances back in February 2018, according to previous Missourian reporting. He has previously stated that his support for the audit comes from a desire to identify areas of savings for the city and increase transparency within the city’s government, a thought he echoed at Monday night’s meeting.

Missouri tax revenues were down 2.9 percent through the first half of the fiscal year, but budget officials expect that to rebound in the coming months.

Missouri took in $4.3 billion in net general revenue from July through December, which covered the first six months of the 2019 budget year. That was down $128 million from the previous fiscal year.

Community Starts Fundraising Effort for Family of Girl Killed Outside Battle High School

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A GoFundMe campaign has been started to raise money for the family of Gabriella Curry, the 4-year-old girl who was hit and killed by a Columbia Police Department SUV on Friday afternoon at Battle High School.

Public Invited to Weigh in on Options for Changing School Attendance Zones

Jan 8, 2019

Three open houses will be held this week to discuss proposed changes to school attendance zones across Columbia.

Community members are invited to give feedback on the four possible attendance areas, which were presented Dec. 20 at a Columbia School Board meeting.

Regional highlights from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

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  A Missouri school district that includes students from Ferguson must change its board member election method after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal. The Supreme Court let stand a July ruling from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Christina Jackson, center, stands flanked by her mother, Paula Jackson, left, and her older sister, Andrea Jackson, right.
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Christina Jackson, along with her mother, Paula, and sister, Andrea, met me at an event called “The Art of the Scar” that was hosted by the Missouri Kidney Program in September.

HEATHER HARLAN, prevention specialist at Phoenix Programs, shares three pointers that we can all use to change our behavior - whether we have a substance use issue or not! Also, LESLIE CLAY invites anyone interested in becoming an english tutor with Literacy Action Corps to attend a three-week training session next month in Columbia. (4:09) January 7, 2019

4-year-old Girl Dies After Being Hit by Columbia Police Car

Jan 4, 2019

A 4-year-old girl has died after being struck by a Columbia Police Department vehicle Friday afternoon at Battle High School. 

Around 3:55 p.m. CPD joint communications received a radio call from an officer that an incident happened at Battle High School. 

The officer was driving a department SUV when the child was struck, acting Police Chief Jill Schlude said in a news conference. 

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  Though it's receded from the headlines, the war in Ukraine grinds on nearly five years after it began.

Among the hardest hit are the estimated 1.5 million people internally displaced by fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed forces.

On a special edition of Global Journalist, we get an on the ground look at the lives of Ukrainians struggling to rebuild their lives after fleeing their homes. We also hear from a Ukrainian journalist and an American scholar on the prospects for some of the victims of Europe's forgotten war.


When work ends today, Deputy City Manager JJ Musgrove will be ending his five-and-a-half-year tenure with the City of Columbia as the city dissolves his position. The change was announced by press release this morning.

An elimination of one of the two deputy city manager positions is just the latest in a string of changes in the City of Columbia’s upper management. After being placed on administrative leave in December, Police Chief Ken Burton resigned last Friday, completing his duties yesterday evening. City Manager Mike Matthes resigned his post in November.

"Caregivers can give out." -- LOIS LONG, volunteer with the local Alzheimer's Association, about the individuals who look after those suffering from dementia. So what can be done while they take some 'me time'? JERRY KIESLING says to bring the patient to MU Adult Day Connection. January 4, 2019

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Republican Eric Schmitt took the oath Thursday as Missouri's attorney general, pledging to pursue issues such as the opioid epidemic and vowing that neither he nor his staff would use a message-deleting app on work phones.

Missouri Chief Justice Zel Fischer gave Schmitt, 42, the oath of office in the Jefferson City Supreme Court building as his wife and three children surrounded him.

"Now it is time to get to work, with the humility and conviction necessary to honor this office, and fight for all 6 million Missourians," Schmitt said in prepared remarks.

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More than 10 percent of Missouri House seats are now vacant after a St. Louis lawmaker resigned for a local office.

Democratic Rep. Michael Butler was sworn in Wednesday as the St. Louis recorder of deeds. The House released a letter Thursday indicating Butler had resigned Monday night.

Butler was one of four lawmakers who resigned at the end of 2018 after being elected to new jobs in local government.

Judge Rejects Sanders' Petition

Jan 3, 2019

A judge Monday rejected a lawsuit by fired Columbia police officer Rob Sanders that sought to force the city to reinstate him and to give him back pay with interest and benefits.

Circuit Judge Dennis Rolf ended a legal fight of more than seven years when he ruled that then-City Manager Mike Matthes acted within the law when he upheld Sanders’ termination.

TRYPS has been educating and enriching the lives of young people via the arts in our community for 20 years now! 2019 looks to further the mission with even more classes, auditions and 'PJ Play Days' for your outgoing youngster. Guest: JENNIFER BLACK  January 3, 2019

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St. Louis County's new prosecuting attorney is shaking up his staff just two days into the new job.

A veteran assistant prosecutor who presented evidence to the grand jury after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson is reportedly among those let go.

Former Ferguson councilman Wesley Bell defeated 28-year incumbent Bob McCulloch in the August Democratic primary and ran unopposed in November. He was sworn in Tuesday.

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Business conditions improved last month in nine Midwest and Plains states despite shortages of skilled workers, according to a monthly survey report issued Wednesday.

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 55.2 in December from 54.1 in November, the report said. The October reading was 54.9. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth.

Authorities say four men have been arrested in a central Missouri shooting that left one man from Florida and another from Missouri dead.

The Columbia Missourian reports that 40-year-old Aaron Bloss, 29-year-old Travis Koenig, 22-year-old Steven Dale Bell and 20-year-old Christopher Esry are jailed on $1 million cash-only bonds. Bloss, Esry and Koenig face murder charges, while Bell is charged with tampering with evidence.

Facing a Ticking Clock, Missourians Seek to Preserve Black History

Jan 2, 2019
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Photos, letters and documents sit in old cardboard boxes hidden away in the corners of people’s homes. This is where a lot of Black history lives.

The people who curate Black history have trouble tracking down what they don’t know exists. In rural Missouri, history is lost either because it was never recorded or the people who possessed those records and stories left long ago.

"It rewires their brain so they think they need that drug...and the younger you start, the more likely you are to become addicted to alcohol, to marijuana, to nicotine, to all of those things. And the manufacturers know this." -- JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, on the effects of experimentation at a young age. January 2, 2019

Did you know there are more than 200 species of woodpeckers in the world? This week on Discover Nature, look and listen for the seven species that call Missouri home.


Hairy, downy, pileated, and red-bellied woodpeckers live in Missouri year-round, while the migratory northern flickers, red-headed woodpeckers, and yellow-bellied sapsuckers are temporary residents of the Show-Me state. 


Special adaptations help woodpeckers climb and drum on trees: 


You may think you know chocolate, but not like this. LYNN ROSSY, director of Tasting Mindfulness, joins us with two chocolate bars and tips on how we should be eating them (and everything, really). She's doing a workshop, 'The Joy of Mindful Eating', later this month at alleyCat Yoga in Columbia - watch for details! January 1, 2019

A New Year's Eve show without HANK WATERS is a New Year's Eve show not worth doing. Thankfully, he's here, and he's taking a glass-half-full approach to as many local and national news stories from 2018 that we can fit into 8 minutes. December 31, 2018

Columbia Police Chief Burton Resigns

Dec 28, 2018
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Embattled Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton submitted his resignation today to Interim City Manager John Glascock. Burton’s final day is set for January 3. He will be on paid administrative leave until then, according to city officials.

Burton has been given two months severance pay, per city code. He started with the Columbia Police Department in 2009 and has been on administrative leave since December 20.

MU Health Care's LAURIE SAX, RD says the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve is when we "have the most unintended weight gain." She shows us how snacking alone can add up to more than 3,000 calories. Also, SCOTT BRADLEY tells us about a specific type of carpet tile made from eco-friendly material. He says it's "very dense and it handles traffic really well, and it's super-easy to clean." (3:44) December 28, 2018

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In late June, the first Saudi women to legally drive a car in the kingdom started their engines and took off down the road.

The lifting of Saudi Arabia’s ban on female drivers was a step forward for women. But it’s just one of a number of recent steps forward for women’s rights in the Arab world. Countries like Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon have passed laws ending legal loopholes that let rapists off the hook for marrying their victim.

Some countries have rolled back exemptions for those who commit so-called “honor killings” of female family members.

Still, many women’s rights advocates are only cautiously optimistic. In some countries, laws aimed at helping women aren’t enforced. Nor are public attitudes toward women’s rights necessarily becoming more progressive. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at women's rights in the Arab world.

The holiday season continues, but as we enter the new year and Christmas trees come down, consider giving one more gift – to nature.



Re-using cut Christmas trees can provide great habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife.  


Strip your tree of ornaments and consider placing it in a pond. By attaching a rock or other anchor to your tree you can help fish populations by creating natural cover for them… and possibly a new fishing spot for you.