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What's new in 2020? Well, as 2019 was wrapping up, Congress passed the 'SECURE Act', a provision of which moved the required minimum distribution (RMD) withdrawal age of 70 1/2 to 72! ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial, tells us what that means for your IRA and your workplace 401K. January 23, 2020

Missouri lawmakers are trying to adopt stricter photo identification requirements for voting just days after the state Supreme Court struck down key portions of another voter ID law as unconstitutional.

Republican lawmakers now want to give voters two options: Show a photo ID to vote, or cast a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots would be counted if voters return to their polling place the same day with a valid photo ID, or if voter signatures match the ones on file with election authorities.

Missouri lawmakers are pushing lengthy prison sentences for people caught selling or buying the highly lethal opioid fentanyl.

House members gave initial approval to the bill in a voice vote Wednesday. Selling or trying to sell 20 milligrams or more of fentanyl would be punishable by 10-30 years in prison under the proposal.

Federal law already bans misuse of fentanyl. But the bill sponsor says adding it to Missouri drug laws would give prosecutors more tools to go after drug dealers.

He’s been called “grandfather of mid-Missouri media,” a nod to his decades of leadership at KBIA 91.3 FMKOMU 8 and the Missouri School of Journalism. This week, we remember this show’s creator, Rod Gelatt. He died Sunday at his home in Arizona. He was 93. Also, coverage of the #impeachment hearings, and The New York Times tries to bring transparency to presidential endorsements. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Stacey Woelfel, Ryan Thomas and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Commentary: History Rhymes

Jan 22, 2020

The president, a New Yorker, wins a very close and bitterly contested election and flips the party holding the White House.  His first term is controversial, with many contentious domestic and foreign issues.  The country is polarized, with major urban-rural divides, great income inequalities, and much anxiety in the working class.  Immigration is a huge issue.


Meet a couple of local maple syrup enthusiasts, JOHN STOLWYK and CLYDE BENTLEY. They take us through their process, from tapping the maple trees to the evaporator, all of which happens right here in central Missouri! Also, AUBREY ASH, foster care services coordinator at Coyote Hill, talks about a new initiative to help parents foster children in their own home. (4:31) January 22, 2020

Corps Trims Water Flowing Into Lower Missouri River

Jan 22, 2020
A USGS research boat on the Missouri River.
Kristofor Husted / KBIA

The amount of water being released into the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam will be reduced slightly to protect drinking water supplies even though the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still working to eliminate water from last year. 

The Corps said Tuesday it is trimming the amount of water flowing out of Gavins Point to 27,000 cubic feet (764.55 cubic meters) per second.

Gunman at Kansas City Club Had Past Weapon Charge Dropped

Jan 22, 2020

A man who opened fire outside a Kansas City nightclub, killing a woman and injuring at least 15 other people before a guard killed him, had a past weapons charge dropped after lawmakers loosened the state's gun laws. 

Twenty-nine-year-old Jahron Swift had been in trouble with the law before he opened fire on people leaving or waiting to get into the 9ine Ultra Lounge in eastern Kansas City late Sunday.

The shooting killed 25-year-old Raeven Parks, of Kansas City.

Three-Day Winter Storm Could Cause Dangerous Driving Conditions

Jan 22, 2020
Couple walks down a snow-covered road
Sebastian Martinez / KBIA

A hazardous mix of rain, ice, sleet and snow is expected to arrive Wednesday morning in Missouri, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The storm is predicted to last through the end of the week and could create dangerous driving conditions if temperatures drop significantly, per reporting from the KOMU/NBC.

MoDOT warns drivers that as rain becomes ice, it may become difficult for motorists to gauge the safety of the roads.

Residents Remain Split Over Airbnb Regulations at Council Meeting

Jan 22, 2020
Columbia City Hall
Meiying Wu / KBIA

Residents stood before the Columbia City Council on Tuesday to say their piece on short-term rentals, with widely varying solutions to the yearslong debate. While some told their horror stories as neighbors to a short-term rental, others shared their wonderful experiences being both a host and a renter in short-term living spaces.

Previous comments from the public, read by Mayor Brian Treece, included everything from completely banning short-term rentals to asking the council to wait on permanent decisions for both hosted and unhosted spaces.

While cruising down a Missouri highway this winter, keep an eye out for a predator on the prowl.

 

Often known as “highway hawks” for their roadside perches, red-tailed hawks are “brown above, and white below,” and adults have a rust-red tail with a narrow black band near the end.  They stand nearly two feet tall with a wingspan more than double their height.  

 

These hawks usually nest in open woodlands or in trees in grasslands and crops – frequently within city limits – hunting snakes, squirrels, mice, and other small animals.  

 

He’s been called “grandfather of mid-Missouri media,” a nod to his decades of leadership at KBIA, KOMU and the Missouri School of Journalism. This week, we remember this show’s creator, Rod Gelatt. He died Sunday at his home in Arizona. He was 93.

Heart of Missouri United Way executive director ANDREW GRABAU and engagement coordinator LAURA ESTES introduce us to a new program aimed at the baby boomer generation: Give Five. Retirees can sign up for five classes, after which they're asked to volunteer for a minimum of five hours a month at a location that best serves their interest. January 21, 2020

Veterans United Home Loans Was Nation's Largest VA Lender In 2019

Jan 21, 2020

Veterans United Home Loans — the largest private employer in Boone County — was the No. 1 Department of Veterans Affairs lender in the country for fiscal year 2019.

Fiscal 2019 marks the second year in the No. 1 spot for Veterans United, with 53,328 total loans, according to data from VA lender loan volume reports.

Confirmation of the company’s status nationally comes as it is completing one of its most recent changes: expansion into the State Farm Operations Center on Providence Road.

Red Cross Calls For Donations Due To Critical Blood Shortage

Jan 21, 2020

The American Red Cross is asking for blood donors to help address an urgent shortage of all types of blood, especially Type O.

With the flu and winter weather affecting donors and blood drives, all types of blood are in short supply. Less than a three-day supply of Type O blood is available for emergencies and treatments, the Red Cross announced in a news release. Type O blood is the most transfused blood type, according to the release.

Airbnb Rules, Raising Cane's Drive-Thru On The Menu For Tuesday's Council Meeting

Jan 21, 2020

After the Monday festivities and remembrances of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Columbia City Council will get back into the swing of the new year with a regular meeting on Tuesday.

The hot topics on the agenda are proposed rules for short-term rentals and a request to allow a drive-thru for a Raising Cane’s on Providence Road, both up for public comment.

To be, or to Airbnb?

Afternoon Newscast for January 20, 2020

Jan 20, 2020

Regional stories from the KBIA Newsroom, including:


Small Snowfall Moves Through Columbia

Jan 20, 2020
Snowman face in the snow
Sebastian Martinez / KBIA

A brief snowfall was settling over Columbia Monday morning amid below freezing temperatures. 

A crew from the City of Columbia Public Works Department pretreated bridges, curves, intersections and raised elevations Monday morning, according to a press release from the City of Columbia Public Works Department. 

KOMU meteorologist Jacob Vanderpool said to expect light snow showers during the morning and early afternoon. The snow may accumulate up to about one-half inch. 

Former KBIA, KOMU News Director Rod Gelatt Dies

Jan 20, 2020
University of Missouri School of Journalism

Missouri School of Journalism Professor Emeritus Rod Gelatt died Sunday January 19, at his home in Arizona. He was 93.

Gelatt joined the MU faculty in 1963, and during his more than 45-year tenure served as News Director of both KBIA and KOMU-TV. According to Journalism School reporting, he is credited with bringing “the Missouri Method” to KOMU: bringing students into the workflow of the newsroom as reporters, producers and writers, when previously students had only worked as interns.

Singer LARRY BROWN performs Joe Henry and Peter Yarrow's folk classic 'The Magi' on guitar at [2:03] in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. January 20, 2020

Couple Together for Nearly 65 Years Die on the Same Day

Jan 20, 2020

A couple who had been together for nearly 65 years have died on the same day at a St. Louis-area nursing home.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jack and Harriet Morrison's beds were placed next to each other, allowing them to hold hands.

Eighty-six-year-old Jack died first on Jan. 11. Eighty-three-year-old Harriet died later that day.

The couple went on their first date on Halloween of 1955. They married about six months later.

The couple's niece Sue Wagener called it a love story for the books.

St. Louis Donations Wipe Away $13 Million in Medical Debt

Jan 20, 2020
Doctor's office supplies
Raw Pixel / Unsplash

Thousands of St. Louis-area families have been freed from a major financial burden thanks to a charitable effort that's increasingly popular among churches and other groups — eliminating medical debt. 

Money raised at more than a dozen United Church of Christ congregations and a donation from the St. Louis-based Deaconess Foundation have wiped away nearly $13 million in medical debt for 11,108 families in St. Louis city and county.

The United Church of Christ announced details Saturday.

It's sending letters this weekend to those whose debt was wiped out.

St. Louis Donations Wipe Away $13 Million in Medical Debt

Jan 20, 2020
Doctor's office supplies
Raw Pixel / Unsplash

Thousands of St. Louis-area families have been freed from a major financial burden thanks to a charitable effort that's increasingly popular among churches and other groups — eliminating medical debt. 

Money raised at more than a dozen United Church of Christ congregations and a donation from the St. Louis-based Deaconess Foundation have wiped away nearly $13 million in medical debt for 11,108 families in St. Louis city and county.

The United Church of Christ announced details Saturday.

It's sending letters this weekend to those whose debt was wiped out.

New Candidate to Run for City Council First Ward in April

Jan 20, 2020
Columbia City Hall
Meiying Wu / KBIA

Mark Anderson, 51, is the third and final candidate to run for the First Ward City Council election, which will be held April 7.

Anderson joined the race for the Council’s First Ward seat when he handed in his filing petitions Tuesday, the deadline to enter the contest. He said he is an independent.

Police in Kansas City, Missouri, say at least two people are dead and upwards of a dozen people may have been injured in a shooting outside a bar.

Police say the shooting took place just before midnight, when someone opened fire on a line of people waiting outside.

A man and a woman were found dead at the scene.

Police believe the man was the shooter, who was shot by an armed security guard.

At least 15 people arrived at local hospitals with injuries and three are in critical condition.

Police in Kansas City, Missouri, say at least two people are dead and upwards of a dozen people may have been injured in a shooting outside a bar.

Police say the shooting took place just before midnight, when someone opened fire on a line of people waiting outside.

A man and a woman were found dead at the scene.

Police believe the man was the shooter, who was shot by an armed security guard.

At least 15 people arrived at local hospitals with injuries and three are in critical condition.

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