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Aviva Okeson-Haberman

Aviva Okeson-Haberman

Former Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes will receive more than $166,000 in severance pay. Matthes resigned from his post last week.

The City council voted Monday in a unanimous decision to approve the mutual severance agreement which gives Matthes a lump sum equal to his yearly salary and compensation for all accrued vacation and holiday leave, totaling almost $180,000.

Mayor Brian Treece said the severance package is consistent with Matthes’ employment agreement.

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Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway is now the only Democrat elected to statewide office in Missouri. She defeated Republican challenger Saundra McDowell.

“Missourians have spoken tonight,” Galloway told the crowd of more than 50 people at her watch party in Columbia. “They want an independent watchdog in Jefferson City to hold the powerful accountable.”

One music teacher learns how to chant at the moon. Now she provides the opportunity for others to join her at Stephens Lake Park. Margaret Waddell started chanting more than a decade ago. KBIA’s Aviva Okeson-Haberman caught up with Waddell on a cool fall evening as she led new friends in moon chanting. 


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President Donald Trump is headed to Columbia Thursday for a rally at the Columbia Regional Airport.

The rally marks Trump's first stop in Columbia since his 2016 election. He's expected to rally support for Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's U.S. Senate run less than a week before the election. Hawley, a Republican, is challenging Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, in a close race that could determine control of the Senate.

Aviva Okeson-Haberman

In 2000, Missouri had more than 150,000 dairy cows. Now, there are now less than 90,000 cows, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. MU economist Joe Horner studies the dairy industry and said most dairy farmers leave because of financial hardship. Dairy is a volatile market, and Missouri dairy farmers are choosing to get out of the business.