Mary Poppins herself (KARIN SCHATTE) invites you to The Little Theatre of Jefferson City's production of, well, "Mary Poppins," opening next Wednesday on the stage at the Miller Performing Arts Center. Guests: JOHN WELLS and MAGGIE EGGEN | Also, Resident Arts founder MADELEINE LeMIEUX encourages anyone who knows how to hold a paint brush to come and help create a mural that will highlight the importance of science. (5:00) August 3, 2018

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Boone County prosecutors have reduced some charges against a 32-year-old woman charged after a car crash killed one of her three children.

Demetres Washington of Columbia was charged in April 2017 with second-degree murder, three counts of first-degree kidnapping and two counts of second-degree assault. Prosecutors on Friday amended the three kidnapping charges to second-degree kidnapping.

A wrapup of this evening's regional stories from the KBIA newsroom, including:

St. Louis Democrat Cori Bush hopes to drive an Ocasio-Cortez style upset in Missouri's Aug. 7 primary

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Few members of Congress are more entrenched than William Lacy Clay of St. Louis, but a once-homeless woman spurred to activism in Ferguson believes she could be the next Democrat to pull off a big primary upset.

Cori Bush watched in June as her friend, democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, shocked the political establishment by beating 10-term Rep. Joseph Crowley in the New York Democratic primary. That has fueled Bush's optimism heading into Missouri's Aug. 7 primary.

University of Missouri School of Law

Darren Hellwege talks with Ben Tracthtenberg, a professor in the MU Law School who chaired the university's faculty council during the protests in 2015 at Mizzou. His new paper on the subject was summarized in an article in the Washington Post recently:

Fayette plays host to a number of events this Saturday that you won't want to miss! JIM STEELE tells us about the 10th annual Fayette Festival of the Arts, and ELISHA WELLS tells us about the 'wine and spirits walk', a fundraiser for the Fayette Area Community Theatre (FACT). August 2, 2018

Regional stories from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

CPS Middle School Principal Files Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Aug 2, 2018

A Columbia Public Schools middle school principal filed a discrimination lawsuit against the district Thursday, claiming she was passed over as a candidate for principal of Hickman High School because she is a black woman.

Melita Walker, principal of West Middle School, applied for the Hickman position in 2017. Her lawsuit said an all-white panel of interviewers denied her the promotion because she is an African-American woman.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A tourist boat was on the lake despite wind speeds far exceeding allowable limits when it sank last month in Missouri, killing 17 people, according to a certificate of inspection made public Wednesday.

The Coast Guard announced that it has convened a formal Marine Board of Investigation into the July 19 accident involving a Ride the Ducks of Branson duck boat. The vessel sank at Table Rock Lake near Branson during a storm. A news release announcing the investigation included a link to the certificate of inspection issued by the Coast Guard on Feb. 7, 2017.

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Rebekah Hasty from Richland, Missouri, traveled nearly four hours to Pere Marquette state park outside Grafton, Illinois. She had brought her partner, Shane Worley, as well as their two grandchildren, Symphony and Jimi, to a regional family meetup for individuals affected by Zellweger Spectrum Disorder.

There were many activities planned that weekend including a river cruise, art projects and simply sitting around and talking about family members who are affected by this rare disorder.   

KELLY SMITH wants to see you at the 43rd annual Missouri River Festival of the Arts, happening later this month at the historic Thespian Hall in Boonville. Come for the music, stay for the festivities! | Also, DAVE LINEBERRY and his team at the Missouri River Cultural Conservancy are working hard at preserving "the music and artistic heritage of the Missouri River region." Find out how you can get involved! (3:30) August 1, 2018

New Cedar Ridge Elementary School Opens its Doors

Aug 1, 2018

Second-grade teacher Susan Heath gives a tour of Cedar Ridge Elementary School on Tuesday. The new school can hold 600-650 students.

The hallways of Cedar Ridge Elementary School were relatively quiet on Tuesday.

The floors were shiny, lacking any scuff marks from children’s sneakers, and the bulletin boards were plastered with construction paper flowers.

In one kindergarten classroom, a bulletin board was covered with empty paper frames, all reading, “Future masterpiece here.”

 Independent candidate Craig O'Dear's campaign says it has submitted more than enough signatures to get on the November ballot in the hotly contested U.S. Senate race in Missouri.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican, is trying to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in a state President Donald Trump won by nearly 19 points. It remains to be seen what effect of the addition of an independent candidate will have in that close contest.

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The University of Missouri is considering changes to its sorority and fraternity system after reviewing recommendations put together by a task force.

Those recommendations -- meant to improve student safety and enhance the Greek life experience -- include allowing freshmen to live in sorority and fraternity housing based on a tiered system, limiting the frequency and length of social events and hiring a full-time staff member to focus on diversity and inclusion in the Greek community.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Discover nature in Missouri this week as American mink kits travel with their mothers along streams.


Adult minks are almost entirely brown with a white chin and white spots occurring irregularly on the throat, chest, and belly. 


At about two-feet long or less, adult minks are generally larger than weasels and smaller than river otters. 


Minks have musk glands that secrete a strong odor considered by many to be more obnoxious than that of weasels or skunks. 


Commentary: Youth and Politics

Jul 31, 2018

My wife Jane and I have four adult children and eight grandchildren, all brilliant and talented, of course.  Both of us have fulfilling professional careers that we value, but our family is our priority, and it is a deeply child-centered clan.

Recently we saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?, about Fred Rogers’ wonderful PBS program for children.  We were both inspired by and nostalgic for the days when his vision of childhood was mainstream and also sobered by the knowledge of what too many children these days must endure.

WALLY PFEFFER introduces us to future Mizzou freshman REBECCA SHYU and MADALYN OWENS. They are two of five winners of the Boone County Chapter of the MU Alumni Association's annual scholarship prize. July 31, 2018

Candidate With Anti-gay Views Runs for Missouri House

Jul 31, 2018

 A candidate with openly anti-gay views is running for the Missouri House of Representatives.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 65-year-old Hardy Billington is the only Republican candidate campaigning to represent Poplar Bluff.

Billington has called legalizing same-sex marriage an "outrage." He bought a newspaper ad in 2012 in support of an effort to ban the mention of homosexuality in public schools.

Billington didn't return requests for comment.

Major Road Work Coming to Boone County

Jul 31, 2018

If you're driving at night in Boone County, you should expect delays on two sections of Interstate 70 this week.

Crews will level pavement on I-70 in Columbia this week and begin a major rehabilitation of the Route BB bridge over I-70 in Rocheport.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Attorney General Josh Hawley is suing the owners of an eastern Missouri quarry after two men died there this year.

Hawley on Monday announced the lawsuit against The Offsets in the Mine La Motte area north of Fredericktown. He's asking a judge to close the site until the owners address safety concerns. A message left seeking comment from The Offsets was not immediately returned Monday.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The owners and operators of a tourist boat that sank this month in Missouri, killing 17 people, put profits over people's safety when they decided to put the Ride the Ducks boat on a lake despite design problems and warnings of severe weather, a lawsuit alleges.

Laura Goddard, left, wears a gray t-shirt, has long dirty blonde hair and smiles into the camera. Leona Greer, right, wears a blue patterned shirt and a light pink headscarf and smiles into the camera.
Rebecca Smith / KBIA

Leona Greer and Laura Goddard both work at the Randolph County Health Department in Moberly. Leona is the Nutrition, Breastfeeding and WIC Coordinator, and Laura is the lead secretary in the clinic.

They spoke about how programs like the new “Babies at Work” program the health department is piloting could benefit other families and other businesses.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at

Being a caregiver for someone suffering from memory loss can be quite stressful. Alzheimer's Association volunteer LOIS LONG says, "you have to be careful not to sacrifice your health." July 30, 2018

Road Upgrades on Nifong and Woods Edge to Begin Wednesday

Jul 30, 2018

Upgrades to the road and crosswalk at the intersection of Nifong Boulevard and Woods Edge Road will begin Wednesday.

Cook Concrete will add a pedestrian island with flashing beacons and asphalt shoulder replacements to the intersection starting Wednesday, according to a news release from the Columbia Public Works Department. The construction will last from Wednesday to Monday, Aug. 13.

Road striping is expected to be completed by Monday, Aug. 20. Travelers should be cautious in the area.

Missouri State University is spending $1.6 million to buy 52 top-notch pianos by the end of the year.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the university's Board of Governors recently signed off on the plan to purchase the pianos designed by Steinway & Sons. The 52 pianos will be delivered this fall and paid over a seven-year period.

The university's push for the new pianos coincides with the overhaul of its music department facility. Music faculty emeritus Peter Collins says the projects will attract top students and instructors.

Jefferson City Cemeteries Become National Historical Site

Jul 30, 2018

Federal officials have added two cemeteries in Jefferson City to the National Register of Historic Places.

Jefferson City officials received word Friday that the Woodland-Old City Cemetery was added to the register. Officials hope the designation will promote historic preservation and awareness of those buried in the cemetery.

The cemeteries are on 6.6 acres of land and are the two oldest in Jefferson City. The Jefferson City News-Tribune report s Old City Cemetery was established in 1822 and Woodland Cemetery opened in 1838.