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Jonathan Larson's autobiographical musical 'Tick, Tick...Boom!' is coming to Capital City Productions for a three night run starting this Thursday. Meet actor CURTIS SUDDUTH, who plays Michael, one of three actors in the whole show, and director MIKE AZAR. Also, DR. SATISH KALANJERI, Chief of Interventional Pulmonology at Truman Veterans' Hospital in Columbia, tells us about robotic bronchoscopy, a more accurate form of bronchoscopy that doctor's can use to pinpoint certain areas on the lungs. (4:06) May 10, 2021

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Columbia police are investigating after vandals damaged an historical marker commemorating the 1923 lynching of James T. Scott.

City officials say the marker on the MKT Trail was removed from its base and recovered nearby. The marker was unveiled by University of Missouri students five years ago to recognize the lynching. Scott was accused of a crime before he was dragged by a mob and hanged. The damage occurred a week after several people gathered in memory of the lynching.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says a state law that prevents cities from enacting their own gun control measures hamstrings his efforts to address the city’s gun deaths.

Lucas said he would like to promote city ordinances to stop easy access to illegal firearms, but a 2014 state law prohibits such local rules. A bill to repeal the state’s prohibition on cities passing their own gun measures was filed but did not get a hearing this session.

Afternoon Newscast for May 7, 2021

May 7, 2021

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The GOP-led Missouri House on Thursday passed a bill that would ensure colleges don’t stand in the way of athletes making money off their stardom.

House members added the provision to another bill Thursday, a common tactic as lawmakers near their May 14 deadline to send legislation to Republican Gov. Mike Parson.

The measure would prevent Missouri colleges from taking away scholarships or kicking students off the field for earning money for their names, images and likeness.

A congressional committee examining the Black maternal health crisis heard emotional testimony from one of the committee’s own members.

Democrat Cori Bush of St. Louis on Thursday described how she nearly lost the lives of her two children two decades ago, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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KBIA and the Missouri School of Journalism lost a treasured alumna recently in Aviva Okeson-Haberman. 

She was a talented journalism student, a dogged reporter and a shining beacon for the future of the profession. But she was also a quiet, compassionate, and thoughtful colleague and friend with a warm smile. Those are just a few words used by those who were lucky enough to cross paths with her or have a relationship with her during her young 24 years.

In this audio piece, classmates, colleagues, professors and friends remember our comrade.

The king ordered all baby boys thrown in the river. One woman refused - well, refused long enough that her baby became a toddler, and though he was eventually 'thrown in the river', he was done so safely in a basket. The result? A child who grew into a man who led a well-known liberation movement that changed the lives of many. Any guesses on who we're talking about? Storyteller LARRY BROWN has the answer! Happy Mother's Day, everyone. May 7, 2021

MU Social Justice Center Restructuring Plans Paused, No Longer Targeted For July Implementation

May 7, 2021

Maurice Gipson, MU vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity, announced that he was pausing plans to restructure MU's social justice centers, plans which caused outrage among students and faculty members.

Gipson said the plans to reimagine the centers and positions are paused, meaning they are no longer looking to begin implementation July 1. Gipson said the pause will allow him to "learn and get more feedback" from stakeholders.

The University of Missouri’s College of Education received a $1 million gift during National Teacher Appreciation Week to support elementary education students.

At a ceremony on Thursday, it was announced that the gift from MU alumnus Gary J. Coles and Patricia McIntosh Coles will create scholarships for students studying early childhood education or elementary education. Students will have to show financial need to qualify.

More people in Missouri died in 2020 than were born, a rarity that was due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a provisional report from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says the “natural decrease” was the first for a complete year in 110 years. A natural increase or decrease in population is determined by subtracting the number of deaths from the number of live births.

Missouri lawmakers have approved a tax credit program to pay for kids to go to private schools.

The Republican-led Senate voted 20-13 Thursday to send the bill to Gov. Mike Parson. Under the program, private donors would give money to nonprofits that in turn would dole out scholarships. Donors would get state tax credits equal to the amount they donate.

The Check-In: Endings And New Beginnings

May 6, 2021
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It seems like everything is in a state of change right now. Health orders related to COVID-19 are loosening all across the country, hastening a return to some semblance of normalcy. Thousands of high school seniors and college students in Mid-Missouri are gearing up to graduate in-person. The University of Missouri alone will honor the accomplishments of more than 5,500 students over the next few weeks — including guest hosts Hannah France and Isabella Paxton.

On this episode of The Check-In, we're talking about how to say goodbye, and how to embrace change. Today you are our guest, so let us know — how is your life changing? What advice do you have for others going through a season of change? 

Columbia Foster and Adoption Project is looking for a few good volunteers, and the only prerequisite is a "need to care about the community that we work with." CFAP president KATHRYN O'HAGAN tells us what exactly volunteers do and how much time they need to set aside each month. Also, MARILYN McLEOD is back with information about an online, panel-led program focused on National Mental Health Awareness Month. Registration is required! (3:54) May 6, 2021

The head of the Missouri office that oversees lawyers’ professional conduct alleges that a review of the investigation that brought down former Gov. Eric Greitens three years ago uncovered evidence that the prosecutor in charge concealed evidence that could have helped him.

Missouri lawmakers have passed a bill to limit public access to a number of government records.

The Republican-led House on Wednesday voted 154-1 to send the bill to Gov. Mike Parson. The measure would allow government agencies to close public access to mailing lists with people's addresses and phone numbers. Government agencies could close building security plans and refuse to release utility usage records.

It also would give a 30-day deadline for people to pay once they receive a bill for the estimated cost to get public records, although requests could be resubmitted.

In this episode of the True/False Podcast: a conversation from last year's festival between filmmakers Ursula Liang and Khalik Allah. Both were at True/False to show their latest features. Liang's film Down a Dark Stairwell documents the effects of a police shooting of an unarmed Black man. Allah's film I Walk on Water pushes the boundaries of the filmmakers' relationship with those they document. 

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Small businesses owned by people of color and women have been hit disproportionately hard during the pandemic. Some Columbia groups have one possible answer to this: mid-Missouri’s first large-scale shared commercial kitchen, and it comes at a critical time for business owners.

A civilian police oversight board established in St. Louis soon after Michael Brown’s death in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, was shut out from reviewing all 21 fatal police shootings during its first four years of existence, according to a report from the board.

Teachers and staff in a St. Louis-area school district say opponents of the district’s new diversity and equity programs are posting threats of violence on social media, according to a union representing the teachers.

The union sent a letter to the school board in the Rockwood School District and Superintendent Mark Miles on Saturday asking that teachers and staff be protected from the attacks and that leaders address an “unhealthy and unproductive” environment in the district.

Council Wants More Time to Ponder Training Program for Police

May 5, 2021

The discussion of a proposal for how to further train Columbia police officers in community policing strategies will be extended to another day.

The Columbia City Council considered a training program from the Citizens Police Review Board that was designed by members Carley Gomez and Heather Heckman-McKenna on Monday night.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has directed all state employees to return to in-person work in the office by May 17, after many spent most of the past 14 months working remotely.

Parson’s order, announced Wednesday, also requires that all state buildings be open and accessible to the public during normal business hours.

The Washington Post, New York Times and NBC News all retracted false claims reported about Rudy Giuliani. How do three of the nation’s most reputable news organizations all make the same mistake? Also, a 14-year-old cheerleader’s fight for free speech, new leadership at the Los Angeles Times and remembering Aviva Okeson-Haberman, a promising young journalist. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.

This week on Discover Nature, keep an ear-, and an eye out for native bees buzzing about the bushes, trees, flowerbeds, and even the ground beneath our feet.


Missouri is home to more than 450 species of native bees that play a critical role in pollinating agricultural crops and maintaining reproductive processes for native plants — in turn, supporting diverse wildlife species, soil health, and water quality. 

Fear not! Most of our native bee species don’t have stingers long enough to penetrate human skin. 

Facebook's Oversight Committee upheld the social media platform's ban on Former President Donald Trump. Also, a 14-year-old cheerleader’s fight for free speech, new leadership at the Los Angeles Times and remembering Aviva Okeson-Haberman, a promising young journalist.

Columbia's Office of Sustainability has declared May 2021 "transportation month." BARBARA BUFFALOE has some ideas on how we can alter the way we get around for the next four weeks that'll help reduce our community's greenhouse gas emissions. Bike, Walk and Wheel Week starts next week! May 5, 2021