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Beatriz Costa Lima

Beatriz Costa-Lima is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, and is a student newscaster at KBIA. She is a graduate student at the Missouri School of Journalism studying documentary journalism.

With an average of one per county, many Missourians may never meet a conservation agent. But that wasn’t the case for Agent Adam Doerhoff.

“My uncle was a conservation agent in Morgan County, and I grew up in Cole County so that’s just one county over,” Doerhoff said. “So I was always able to hear stories and had the opportunity to do ride-alongs.”

Doerhoff and his partner, Agent Lucas McClamroch are the conservation agents for Boone County. Being nature’s law enforcement is a varied job, McClamroch said.

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Missouri congresswoman Vicky Hartzler will host a Summit on Human Trafficking in Columbia Monday, April 30.

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Missouri ranks 16th in the nation for number of trafficking reports. That’s a number Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is trying to change.


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Cheering at Teresa Maledy’s watch party may have only started after the final votes were counted, but the candidate had pulled ahead well before then.

“The campaign even though it’s been outside of my comfort-zone I’ve been overwhelmed with the type of support and really people who were enthusiastic about me running. So that feels great, and I want to make sure I work hard for them.”

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The Columbia City Council unanimously voted to approve streetlight improvements Monday for three different areas of the city.

Three new street lights will be placed along West Broadway near Reedsport Ridge, and one on Cass Drive between Rice Road and Mohawk Avenue. Thirty-six streetlights in East Campus will be upgraded from mercury vapor bulbs to brighter LEDs.

University of Missouri senior Justin McDonald, told council members that this is a good start, but there is still more work to be done.

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The University of Missouri chapter of the FarmHouse fraternity has been shut-down due to allegations of hazing and alcohol violations.


The changing season means migration for many birds in Missouri. But as the weather warms up, birds aren't the only ones that will be outside. With birds come birders.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, nearly 46 million Americans watch birds.  

John Besser is the vice president of the Columbia Audubon Society. He has been bird bird-watching nearly his whole life. Birdwatching fits with human nature and the desire to collect and learn about what's around you, Besser said.

University of Missouri faculty and staff now have a specific timeline for decisions on whether to close more than a dozen graduate programs.

In an email Wednesday, Chancellor Alexander Cartwright said final decisions on the closures and consolidations will be made by May 16.


  Congress missed the deadline to delay federal funding cuts to hospitals last week. Without a solution, many Missouri hospitals could be hit hard.

The Disproportionate Share Hospital Program, also known as “DSH,” is a federal funding program that helps offset the costs for hospitals that serve uninsured patients.

Talking Politics: Police Chief Ken Burton Gives His Take on Racial Desparity in Traffic Stops

Sep 19, 2017

Traffic stop data released by the Missouri Attorney General's office shows a disparity between black and white drivers in Columbia, but not everyone agrees as to what the numbers mean.

Black drivers in Columbia were pulled over at a rate almost four times higher than white drivers in 2016.

Some local groups, like Race Matters, Friends, say this is clear evidence of racial profiling and called for changes in the police department. Some have even called for the resignation of Police Chief Ken Burton, who has voiced skepticism about the traffic stop data.

The Columbia Missourian’s Katherine Reed and Noah McGee spoke in-depth with Burton to get his take on the data and how the department can be improved.

In this episode of Talking Politics, Professor Mark Horvit explains what’s in store for Missouri lawmakers as they meet for their annual veto session this week. Mark Horvit is a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and leads the school’s state government reporting program.

Of all the vetoed bills, one of the most talked about is a measure that would fix funding cuts to in-home and nursing home care for seniors.


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In a news release yesterday, Barnes and Noble Education announced it is purchasing local textbook distribution company MBS Textbook Exchange for $174.2 million.

MBS, which started as the Missouri Store Company in Columbia in 1909, sources and sells textbooks to more than 3,700 college bookstores and services more than 700 virtual bookstores.

Pugh and MBS President Dan Schuppan plan to retire on March 31, according to the release.

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