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An EF-3 tornado went through Jefferson City late Wednesday night, destroying homes and businesses in its path.

KBIA spoke with residents and community members of all ages to try and get a sense of this storm's human impact.


Having a child renewed filmmaker Nanfu Wang's interest in China's one-child policy. In effect from 1979 to 2016, the restrictions on family size halted China's explosive population growth but have left the country with a rapidly aging population. 

From forced sterilizations and abortions to fines and propaganda campaigns, Wang examines how the policy was enforced in her new documentary, "One-Child Nation." The film won the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and recently screened at the True/False Film Festival in Missouri. 

On this special edition of Global Journalist, an in depth discussion between Wang and guest host Joshua Kranzberg about the film and the human legacy of a population control measure unmatched in history.

The president of Lincoln University in Jefferson City rode out a tornado in the basement of his official residence, which was severely damaged by the storm.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports President Jerald Woolfolk was not injured in the tornado overnight Wednesday.

Lincoln University spokeswoman Misty Young said the home appears to be uninhabitable. It was built in 1916 and bought by the university in 1965.

U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley says he is canceling his trip to the U.S.-Mexico border to return to Missouri to view damage left by strong storms.

Severe weather across the state overnight left three people dead and dozens injured.

The Republican said on Twitter Thursday morning that he was flying to Missouri to see the damage and do what he can to help.

Hawley had planned to visit the southern border this week with other members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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Missouri U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley is traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Republican is set to visit the southern border with other members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee this week.

His office says he'll meet with law enforcement officials. Planned stops include the Texas cities of McAllen and Laredo.

Hawley said in a statement that the "nonstop flow of drugs and human trafficking coming into this country is a crisis."

From long-form improv to commedia dell'arte, it's safe to say the 2019 Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute has a little something for everyone. And the good news, according to TRENT RASH, is that each show is free and open to the public! Also, MARIE ROBERTSON invites everyone to Dancearts of Columbia's 40th annual spring recital, happening this weekend at Jesse Auditorium on the MU campus! (5:11) May 23, 2019

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The National Weather Service has designated the tornado in Jefferson City as a maximum EF-3, on a scale of five. 

At an 11am press conference Jefferson City Police Lieutenant David Williams said the city has sustained "significant infrastructure damage."

A "violent tornado" touched down in Jefferson City, causing heavy damage in Missouri's capital city as severe weather swept across the state overnight, causing three deaths and leaving many people trapped in the wreckage of their homes.

The service reported that a "confirmed large and destructive tornado" was observed over Jefferson City at 11:43 p.m. Wednesday, moving northeast at 40 mph (64 kph).

It’s game over for Game of Thrones. How did fans respond to the series finale? And, what might that mean for HBO and the future of its streaming service? Also, police accused of going too far to get a reporter to reveal his sources, a presidential pardon for media mogul Conrad Black and a teen from St. Louis scoops the national media. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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The Missouri Attorney General will investigate the Missouri Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline, following a joint investigation from KBIA and the Columbia Missourian, according to a press release.

This week on Discover Nature, watch – and listen – for the northern cricket frog.


Commonly seen along the edges of ponds and streams, especially on mud flats and gravel bars, scientists are monitoring Missouri populations due to rapid declines in other states. 


The northern cricket frog can appear in a variety of colors from gray to tan to greenish-tan or brown, with a white belly. 


Their metallic calls resemble the sound of small pebbles being rapidly struck together. 


Columbia Public Schools

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Bonnie Conley of Columbia Public Schools about the summer school program coming soon from the district. 

Learn more and sign up here: Columbia Public Schools Summer School 

Columbia Area Career Center

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Brandon Russell of the Columbia Area Career Center about their summer learning opportunities for Columbia youngsters. 

You can see the whole list of classes here: Columbia Area Career Center Youth Camps

Columbia Art League

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Louise Sarver, Operations Manager of the Columbia Art League, to preview this summer's Art In The Park. 

Click here to learn more about Art In The Park

University of Missouri assistant professor SCOTT CHRISTIANSON puts an app designed to assist those with visual impairments to the test using yours truly, our floor director and some wrinkled up dollar bills. May 22, 2019

Governor Parson Declares State of Emergency in Missouri Due to Severe Weather

May 22, 2019
Governor Mike Parson
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Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Tuesday because of flash flooding and worsening weather conditions that also prompted Amtrak to suspend its River Runner route and Rocheport to issue a call for help bagging sand.

The flooding also led to the cancellation of the 31st annual Salute to Veterans Celebration and Airshow, originally scheduled to be held this weekend at the Jefferson City Memorial Airport.

Abortion Rights Supporters Protest New Missouri Abortion Law

May 22, 2019

Protesters gathered at noon Tuesday in downtown Columbia and vowed action on the abortion law passed last week by the Missouri legislature.

House Bill 126 outlaws all abortions at eight weeks except in cases of medical emergencies, according to previous Missourian reporting. The bill has not yet been signed by Gov. Mike Parson, but he has said that he will sign the bill.

Thousands Call Missouri's Adult Abuse Hotline, But Only Some Get Through

May 22, 2019
Cubicles in an office space.
Nathan Lawrence / KBIA

Last year, Missouri's hotline for reports about abuse of elderly adults, as well as abuse of residents with disabilities, answered only half of its calls.

More than 17,000 callers heard the message, "All agents are busy, please call back," and the calls were disconnected.

Flooding Causes Airshow Cancellation, Airport Evacuation

May 21, 2019

The 31st annual Salute to Veterans Celebration and Airshow, set to be held this weekend at the Jefferson City Memorial Airport, has been cancelled due to extreme flooding.

"The river is expected to crest tomorrow at over 2 feet past flood stage, rendering our show impossible," Salute to Veterans media chair Jessica Houston said in an email Tuesday.

Judge Defends Missouri Supreme Court Ruling at City Council Meeting

May 21, 2019

The Columbia Municipal Court will add three full-time positions with appropriated funds in order to aid in the new parking ticket ordinance passed down from the Missouri Supreme Court. The Columbia City Council approved adding these positions and changing the current ordinance to align with the new rules during its Monday meeting.

Sen. Josh Hawley was set to introduce legislation Tuesday that would give internet users the ability to opt out of allowing their personal data to be tracked and collected, the latest effort in the Missouri Republican's broader campaign against big tech.

Hawley's Do Not Track Act is modeled after the national Do Not Call list, which allows people to opt out of telemarketing calls.

Hawley has not yet released the bill, but his office says it would allow internet users to opt out of tracking by cl icking a setting in their browsers or by downloading an app.

Courtesy HBO

It’s game over for Game of Thrones. How did fans respond to the series finale? And, what might that mean for HBO and the future of its streaming service?

A federal prosecutor says authorities have recovered only 73 of the 654 guns stolen in Springfield in 2017.

Prosecutors say six men from Texas stole the guns by maneuvering several trailers into a United Parcel Service lot. The handguns and 12-gauge shotguns were being shipped from Beretta USA in Maryland to Bass Pro Shops in Springfield.

An intense storm system moved across the Southern Plains on Monday, spawning tornadoes that caused scattered damage and a deluge of rain but not the "particularly dangerous" twisters that forecasters had feared.

No injuries were reported.

Late Monday, the National Weather Service reduced the severe threat of violent storms to a small area of southern Oklahoma and northern Texas. But it kept an area stretching from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Wichita Falls, Texas, under tornado watch — the level of threat just below a tornado warning — until 5 a.m. CDT Tuesday morning

Heart of Missouri CASA executive director KELLY HILL tells us about two upcoming classes that will train a "wide variety" of volunteers who wish to advocate for a child involved in the family court system (due to abuse or neglect). Also, Columbia Cemetary is once again playing to host to a ghost or two (or three or more!) when "History Comes Alive" this Memorial Day! CINDY MUSTARD runs down the list of recognizable names who are 'taking part' in the festivities. (4:30) May 21, 2019