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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

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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.

Jackson Co. Won't Prosecute Most Marijuana Cases

Nov 14, 2018

 Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker says her office will not prosecute most marijuana possession cases.

Voters last week overwhelmingly approved amending the Missouri constitution to allow medical marijuana.

Peters said Tuesday voters spoke loudly on the issue, noting three out of four Jackson County residents approved the measure. She says the office has also noted changing attitudes toward marijuana from juries.

He Was Sentenced to Death in 1986. Tonight, He'll Be at Ragtag

Nov 14, 2018

Sixteen years ago, Ryan Wylie’s first documentary screened at Ragtag Cinema.

It’s screening there again Wednesday — with one special guest.

Joseph Amrine, who in 2003 was released from prison 17 years after he was sentenced to death, will attend a screening at Ragtag of “Unreasonable Doubt: The Joe Amrine Case,” a 50-minute documentary. The producers are John McHale, Dan Huck and Wylie, who graduated from MU in 2001.

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Cattle farmers across Missouri are facing conditions that could allow for heightened fescue foot in cow herds.

Fescue foot is a condition caused by ingesting Kentucky 31 fescue grass that has been poisoned during growth after a drought. Fescue foot can immobilize cows and cause hoof loss.

“We expect it to be worse than in previous years,” MU Extension specialist Craig Roberts said.

When a herd faces fescue foot, it affects more than just a few cows.

Embassy of Sweden Washington, DC

On a cloudy morning Tuesday at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C., MU Professor Emeritus George Smith began a round of Nobel Prize celebrations prior to the official Nobel ceremonies next month in Stockholm, Sweden. The embassy room was packed front to back with scholars, students, and admirers, as Smith took the stage with three of the six American Nobel winners for 2018 who are being recognized for work in the fields of physics, physiology, medicine, and economics.

CNN has filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump and 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?

This week on Discover Nature, set up bird-feeding stations to help keep feathered friends fed through the cold season.

To keep warm in frigid weather, birds must feed almost constantly. A drop of twenty degrees can double their metabolic rate. So, keeping food available can be especially important, and rewarding for birdwatchers when the weather turns cold. 

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Adam Long, Patty Muenks, Nadine King, Jerry Brown..."the list goes on and on of wonderful artists" at the 9th annual Fall Into Art, happening this weekend at the Parkade Center in Columbia! Guest: MELYNDA LOTVEN | Also, Voluntary Action Center's holiday program will serve roughly 1,000 families and disabled adults and seniors in our community this year. Executive director NICK FOSTER is asking for your help in making their season bright. (4:47) November 13, 2018

Redistricting Remains Center of Attention at Columbia School Board Meeting

Nov 13, 2018
Meiying Wu / KBIA

Data on future enrollment, focus groups and students with disabilities’ inclusion in the redistricting process were at the center of Monday night’s Columbia School Board meeting.

Alex Boyer, a consultant from Cooperative Strategies, presented data on how enrollment would grow without the new middle school, which is scheduled to open in August 2020. Along with input from community focus groups, enrollment projections will be used to draw new district boundaries and determine how many students will attend the new middle school.

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