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This week on Discover Nature, while enjoying spring in Missouri, keep a watchful eye to the ground for snakes leaving their winter dens.

   

The eastern copperhead is the most common of Missouri’s five species of venomous snakes. Its color varies from grayish brown to pinkish tan, with distinctive hourglass-shaped crossbands on its back. 

All eyes are on Minnesota, where a police officer killed another Black motorist just minutes away from the courthouse where Derek Chauvin stands trial in the death of George Floyd. Also, the suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the extensive coverage of the death of Prince Philip.

There are only four performances left to see Capital City Productions' musical adaptation of the classic Disney film, 'Freaky Friday'. Director SARAH SICHT promises plenty of laughs and a great meal from Argyle Catering! Also, DAYNA GLANZ is back with more good information about the benefits of OsteoStrong, a non-pharmaceutical approach to improving bone health. (3:59) April 13, 2021

Commentary: Trump Explained (Continued)

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I continue to think about the initial and enduring appeal of Donald Trump the man.  I’m also interested in Trump the movement, which is basically an outlet for some people’s authoritarian and/or racist streaks, but that’s for another time.

I was raised and remain a Christian.  I was not raised evangelical, so I can’t pretend to understand why more than 80 percent of evangelicals voted for Trump in 2016 and 2020.  I have close relatives who are evangelical and Trump supporters, and I formulate theories based more on what they do not say about Trump than what they do say.


Moberly Non-Profit Brings Heart, Hope to World of Equine Adoption

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Sherri Crider’s young grandchildren jump off a nearby playground set and stumble over each other’s feet to greet us as we walk towards Guardian Oaks Farm. They are able to get back up and seem okay as Crider rushes in a perpendicular direction to go assist a horse about 30 yards away, that is laying on its side, unable to stand.

Sherri Crider sees herself not only as a mother or grandmother, but as a guardian to her farm’s horses. Crider runs Guardian Oaks Farm, a 501(c) non-profit organization which takes in animals that are either neglected or abandoned, or headed for slaughter.

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The Missouri House has voted to ban private businesses from requiring proof of vaccination from either employees or customers.

House lawmakers voted 88-56 Monday to tack the provision on another bill. There appears to be widespread opposition in the Republican-led Legislature to preemptively ban so-called vaccine passports. Vaccine passports are documentation that shows travelers have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Afternoon Newscasts for April 12, 2021

Apr 12, 2021

Here's a roundup of regional headlines from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

The Check-In Outtake: Having Fun

Apr 12, 2021

In the past year, times have been hard. We’ve all devoted a lot of our energy to staying safe and meeting basic needs. The abnormal has become normal as we are forced to adjust to the constant change of regulations and safety recommendations. 

But with all of our added stressors we had to find a way to let off some steam. Many people discovered new hobbies during the pandemic as a direct response to our time in quarantine. This time around, we’ve all had to find things to do that are inexpensive and also can be done in isolation. 

Find out more about Columbia's Climate Action and Adaptation Plan from two local experts during tomorrow's 'Lunch and Learn' event, hosted by the League of Women Voters! BARBARA HOPPE says questions from the audience are encouraged and will be addressed by the guest speakers. Also, 'Marisol' director XIOMARA CORNEJO stops by to talk about this "incredibly poetic and hopeful" show that begins a nine performance run this Thursday, April 15, online-only, produced by the MU Theatre Department. (3:52) April 12, 2021

Gerbes To Begin Administering COVID-19 Vaccines At Two Columbia Locations

Apr 12, 2021

On Friday, Gerbes announced it will begin to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at six pharmacies across the state, including two in Columbia, according to a news release.

In Columbia, Gerbes has two locations: 1729 W Broadway and 2900 N Paris Road.

Appointments are available beginning Tuesday at the Paris Road location and Wednesday at the Broadway location, according to the Gerbes website.

COLUMBIA - Columbia Police Department announced it will host a forum called “Empowering People” with the MU School of Law to discuss the State v. Derek Chauvin trial and policing practices.

Michael Hester, a CPD Lieutenant officer, said that after personally marching and communicating with protestors last year after the tragic death of George Floyd, he hopes this forum lets the community know that CPD wants to be a part of the conversation.

The University of Missouri’s marching band has been invited to perform in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

Officials surprised band members with the invitation on Saturday. Missouri’s band, which has more than 300 members, was one of nine selected to participate in the parade out of hundreds of applicants. Band director Amy Knopps said it is an honor to be selected. Over the next 18 months, the band will prepare for the parade with rehearsals and fundraising events. Macy’s is donating $10,000 to help the band raise funds for the trip.

A group that advocates for racial and gender equity in policing is criticizing St. Louis County Police Chief Mary Barton.

The Ethical Society of Police and its allies on Friday said members have no confidence in Barton. They said the department retaliated against Officer Shanette Hall, who is Black, after she was interviewed by a national media outlet on Wednesday. Within 24 hours of the interview, Hall was moved from human resources to a patrol position.

The daunting task of turning around the fortunes of St. Louis is now in the hands of a new era of leaders — specifically, three 40-something progressive Black women, all of them elected on a mandate of racial justice and change.

Local officials agreed Thursday to provide temporary housing in hotel rooms for the homeless population in Kansas City, Missouri, following a months-long encampment on the lawn of City Hall.

The measure to provide hotel rooms for up to 500 people for the next 90 days unanimously cleared the City Council, the Kansas City Star reported.

Everyone 16 and older in Missouri is now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations.

State officials had announced last month that that vaccines would be opened to everyone old enough to receive one on April 9. State officials estimate that about 4.5 million Missouri residents are eligible as of Friday.

About 1.8 million people in Missouri — or 29% of the state’s population — had received a first dose of a vaccine by Thursday, according to state officials. Of those, more than 1.1 million, or about 19% of the population, had been fully vaccinated.

Energy utility Ameren is seeking to raise customer rates to cover billions of dollars recently invested in electric grid upgrades and new wind generation facilities.

The Check-In Outtake: Parenting and COVID-19

Apr 9, 2021

Parents have been working overtime since the start of the pandemic. Many even took on the additional job of teacher when their children’s schools went online. But when it became clear that quarantine was going to last for a lot longer than two weeks, parents suddenly had to learn how to balance their new tasks long-term.

'The Foolish Corner' author JOHN HOWE sums up 'hindsight bias' in these eight words: oh, I knew that was going to happen. Find out how your uncanny ability to predict the past can affect your future stock portfolio, both good and bad, and the ways in which you can keep yourself from doing it anymore. April 9, 2021

Missouri House Passes Bill To Allow Higher Education Tuition Increases

Apr 9, 2021

Tuition could soon be going up for public university students in Missouri, but proponents of the bill passed by the Missouri House on Thursday say that won’t necessarily be a bad thing for all students.

In 2007, members of the General Assembly who were concerned with rising tuition passed a law which required that tuition increases not exceed the rate of inflation. Now, in an amendment to other higher education legislation, Rep. Doug Richey, R-Excelsior Springs, seeks to undo that.

Senate Bill 212 is a simple bill at face value. It replaces the terms “Department of Corrections and Human Resources” and “board of probation and parole” with “Department of Corrections” and “Division of Probation and Parole” in state legal code.

But when the Missouri Senate gave the bill initial approval Wednesday, it included a lot more than just the boiler-plate bill it was when it originally was proposed in the Senate Chamber.

Missouri's top Republican senator says he's OK not paying for Medicaid expansion.

Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz on Thursday told reporters he won't advocate to include money for the program in the state budget. Missouri voters last year amended the state Constitution to extend eligibility for the government health care program to thousands more low-income adults.

The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders received a major gift from University of Missouri alumni Bill and Nancy Thompson.


Most local elections in April attract low voter turnout. But the small southwest Missouri town of La Russell set a new low, when not one of the town's 70 residents voted in Tuesday's election.

Jasper County Clerk Charlie Davis says his office checked several times to confirm that no ballots were cast.

La Russell voters have to travel 7 miles to Sarcoxie to vote.

Columbia/Boone County health officials announced Thursday that a Boone County resident tested positive for the B.1.1.7 variant of the coronavirus. 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services informed the county Wednesday it had found a case of the variant, first identified in the U.K., in a test from a Boone County resident. The state screens a sample of tests from around the state for variants on a regular basis.

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