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Newscast for May 28, 2012

Photo courtesy of the Columbia Fire Department

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A fire at an apartment complex under construction in Columbia is estimated to have caused at least $7.5 million in damage
  • The Missouri Department of Transportation has opted to cut back on mowing grass in order to save money.
  • Conservation agents are urging Missourians to not transport firewood.
  • Parents with students in the Columbia Public School District may have easier access to their children’s school records in the upcoming school year.
  • The University of Missouri is starting a new online master's degree program aimed at taking the bullying out of coaching.
  • An initiative of the M-U School of Journalism and the Reynolds Journalism Institute will study how long- form storytelling can contribute to new business models for journalism.
Scarlett Robertson joined KBIA as a producer in February 2011. She studied psychology at Lake Forest College and holds a masters degree in journalism from Syracuse University. Scarlett began her professional career in psychology, jumped to magazines and then came to her senses and shifted to public radio. She has contributed to NPR member stations WAER in Syracuse, KUT in Austin and Chicago’s WBEZ.
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