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Noah Taborda

Noah Taborda is a Sports Broadcasting Journalism major who hopped on the short flight from Chicago to hone his trade at the University of Missouri. He hopes to cover a meaningful moment or two in his future career.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, Columbia’s urban trees are the best maintained in the country in 2019. Columbia Water & Light was named 2019 Tree Line USA in honor of the City’s exemplary work in proper urban tree care, the city announced today. Tree Line USA recognizes utilities that are exemplary in practices that deliver safe electricity while maintaining urban trees. Trees that aren’t trimmed can result in ‘blinks’ in electric service or power outages, according to Columbia Water & Light.

Morgan Long is the electric services superintendent. He says the honor shows the cities dedication to providing a safe environment.

“It’s a good feeling to know that were making a difference and to recognize a utility that operates on a moderate scale, such as us, can promote good customer service and safe electricity at the same time.”

Some of you might be interested to know that this coming Saturday is the 666th day of the Trump presidency.

How did your party and candidate and ballot issue do last week? I feel the same way: Could have been worse, could have been better.

If you are a Republican you like picking up seats in the U.S. Senate, with Missouri being a big contributor to that. You don’t like losing the U.S. House, especially by more than the average number of seats after a presidential election.

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Voters in Missouri 47th House district have a choice to make - Representative Chuck Basye, a Republican, faces a challenge from Democrat Adrian Plank. While Basye and Plank agreed on what the core issues are, they are on the opposite side of the spectrum when it comes to solutions.

Both candidates sat down with KBIA’s Noah Taborda to discuss the issues on their minds, particularly “Right To Work” policies and their impact on Missourians in the 47th district.

In Missouri’s 44th District State House seat, encompassing parts of Boone and Randolph counties, Republican Representative Cheri Toalson Reisch faces a challenge from Democrat Maren Jones. The candidates are self-proclaimed polar opposites in policy and priorities.

As part of KBIA’s series of Candidate Conversations, KBIA’s Noah Taborda sat down with the candidates. Representative Reisch told KBIA she identifies as a conservative Christian who as a State Representative believes it’s important to represent all constituents, whatever their political affiliations.

Those of us with October birthdays always get two gifts. One is that we often get gorgeous weather. The other is that each of us has a personal police radio code. Police codes, which are law enforcement shorthand for various incidents or situations, start with the number ten; so does our birth month.


It’s after Labor Day, and the campaigns are heating up. I visited with two friends, who share respect in the community, integrity and political acumen, and who prefer different political parties.

Both see the local races playing out as the partisan leanings of their districts dictate. Incumbents should win and, as is always the case, some very able candidates such as Kelly Schultz a few years ago and Mikaela Skelton in the 50th house district this year won’t be able to overcome the conservative tilt of their districts.

The 2019 Fiscal Year is right around the corner for  Columbia and city council is working to finalize the budget. This includes major amendments to current city employee wages.

This week 5th Ward Councilmember Matt Pitzer sits down to discuss proposed wage changes for city employees and other budgetary concerns for the 2019 fiscal year.

What changes are being made to the fiscal year 2019 budget for wages?

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For many, the first thing they do when getting into the car for the morning commute is turn on the radio. It can seem almost like background noise. However, for those camped around Hickam Cabin at Rock Bridge State Park, it is much more.

Today is National Amateur Radio Field Day. Radio hobbyists and professionals have gathered here to take part in this airwave interaction.

Bill McFarland is the Emergency Coordinator for Amateur Radio Emergency Services in Boone County. He became an amateur radio operator, often called ham radio, for over 40 years.

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It’s a cloudy day in Columbia, as people gather for the annual Rock The Community event at Douglass Park. Rita Renee hustles from vendor to vendor.

Renee values the way this event brings together all facets of the community.

“A community is made up of different people, different fibers, different being. It’s not just black, it’s not just white, it’s not just Muslim, not just Baptist, it’s not just Christians,” she says.

Regional stories from the KBIA newsroom, including:

Jesse Hall on a cloudy day.
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University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright, Vice Chancellor Rhonda Gibler for Finance and Interim Provost Jim Spain announced budget cuts for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year, which begins July 1. This included a general revenue reallocation of $45 million, with cuts ranging from 5 to 12 percent across departments at MU.

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People living Columbia’s 1st Ward met Wednesday to review and improve the community-oriented policing program. This program promotes a working relationship between the residents and police to reduce issues important to community. Those attending the meeting discussed the importance of strategic and problem-oriented policing.

Sgt. Robert Fox is leading the project. He says while he wants to accommodate the community’s desires there are restrictions.

Columbia, MO-- The Mayor’s Task Force on Climate Action and Adaptation Planning met with citizens to address potential environmental risks in the coming years.

The task force was formed earlier this year to prepare a plan for 2019, which would help keep citizens safe from national and local climate risks.

Mayor Brian Treece says the task force is working toward a plan that encourages citizen action.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has appointed a new deputy director of resource management. The Department of Conservation named Mike Hubbard as the new deputy director this week.

Hubbard began work at the department in 1999 and will transition from his current position as division chief of the Resource Science division.

The race for Columbia’s 2nd Ward Council Member sees two former opponents meet again.

Incumbent Michael Trapp and challenger Paul Love participated in a public forum at Daniel Boone Regional Library yesterday to discuss the upcoming election.

Columbia businesses are on alert for a phone scammer. The caller impersonates city utility employees and demands immediate payments for utility bills over the phone.

Brianne Vaught is a representative for Ameren Missouri. She says it’s important to never divulge personal information.

Columbia faces a shortage of public safety officers after losing 140 officers in the past five years, according to the fiscal year budgets.

Council member Matt Pitzer wants to change that by starting a Public Safety Recruiting and Retention Initiative.