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Local beekeeper Carl Korschgen had four of his nine beehives die in the winter of 2018. In order to keep his hives alive this past winter, Korschgen has been experimenting with light.

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is setting special elections to fill two vacant state House seats.

Parson on Monday said elections will be held Nov. 5 to replace former Republican Reps. Scott Fitzpatrick and Jean Evans.

Parson named Fitzpatrick state treasurer in December. His former House seat covers the southwest Missouri counties of Barry, Lawrence and Stone.

Evans stepped down from her St. Louis County seat in February to take a job as executive director of the Missouri Republican Party.

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The 2020 U.S. Olympic men's and women's gymnastics team trials are heading to St. Louis.

USA Gymnastics announced Tuesday the trials will be June 25-28, 2020, at the Enterprise Center, home of the NHL's St. Louis Blues. Making the announcement 14 months in advance is a signal that USA Gymnastics is optimistic it will maintain its role as the sport's national governing body amid the fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal.

This week on Discover Nature, crappie are spawning in shallow water across Missouri.

These popular panfish occur nearly statewide in open water or near submerged timber or other suitable cover in ponds, lakes, reservoirs, and slow-flowing backwaters of large rivers. 

During the spring spawning season, these fish find vegetation and submerged woody structure in shallow water.  

Crappie are most active in evening and nighttime, but can be observed at all times of day. 

The Radio and Television Digital News Association has awarded KBIA seven regional Edward R. Murrow awards in the 2019 competition. The awards recognize "the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world."

The seven awards in 2019 account for the third highest total KBIA has received in a single year. In 2017 KBIA won 10 regional Murrows, the most of any small market radio station in the country that year. In 2018 the station won nine regional Murrows.

The 2019 awards are:

Hickman High School Theatre opens "ANON(ymous)" this Thursday for one weekend only. Student actors REGINA HARTLEIP-PINTO and GWYN CALDWELL tell us about this refugee-themed take on Homer's The Odyessy. Also, JERRY KEISLING tells us about the impact Adult Day Connection has had on our community (and the impact the community has had on Adult Day Connection) for the past 30 years! (3:29) April 23, 2019

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After 16 months of research and planning, the Mayor’s Task Force for Climate Action and Adaptation Planning has completed its plan to make Columbia a carbon neutral city by the year 2060. The task force presented its plan to the public Monday night.

Energy consumption accounts for 70 percent of Columbia’s greenhouse gas emissions. The largest change the city is expected to make is a shift to 100 percent clean energy sources. The plan calls for Columbia Water and Light to purchase and produce 100 percent renewable energy.

The rain and snow that fell during the last few months have had a significant impact for people living in northwest Missouri. The storms have caused flooding in the area that have displaced residents living in Atchison and Buchanan Counties.

The weather has been so significant that Gov. Mike Parson activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan on March 21, allowing state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions.

There are several of them working together to help not only farmers who are trying to recover their businesses, but also residents seeking information for accessing resources to meet their basic needs — including food and shelter.

Republicans pushing to repeal a constitutional amendment that revamped Missouri's redistricting process are finding unusual allies in some black Democrats in the Legislature, who are concerned the new districts might disenfranchise black voters.

A part of the amendment, called Clean Missouri, would change how state legislative districts are redrawn after the 2020 census. An Associated Press analysis last year found the new plan will likely improve Democrats' chances of winning more seats in the Legislature.

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All-Star Performance Institute in Columbia, Missouri trains athletes from the age of three or four all the way up to their teen years.

The athletes there, commonly known as cheerleaders, don’t fulfill the traditional idea of pom-pom-wielding boosters on the sides of sports games, rather they compete in their own sport.

Competitive cheer is a sport that requires athletes to combine gymnastics and dance abilities. The major stunts in the routines require “bases” to throw “flyers” ten or 15 feet in the air and catch them before the hit the spring-loaded floor.

When I was a teenager growing up in St. Louis, professional wrestling was a big deal. Old smoke-filled Kiel Auditorium would be packed on Saturday nights and designated heroes and villains would duke it out in the ring, strutting, taunting and cheating. Even as kids we knew it was fake and a show, but that didn’t matter. It was pure primal entertainment. For an actual sporting event, we would go to old Sportsman’s Park to watch the Cardinals.

Join musicians, actors and more than 80 vendors at the 2nd annual Best of Missouri Life Market Fair this weekend at Powell Gardens near Kansas City! Guest: KELLY ELLIOTT | Also, KIM DUDE and BECKY MORTON invite everyone to the kick-off of 'Kindness Week' tonight at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia! Recognize Kindness Ambassadors and become a part of the kindness chain. (3:52) April 22, 2019

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The University of Missouri is cutting down on building space to reduce maintenance costs following concerns about state budget cuts for higher education.

University planners have identified where to divest and demolish campus buildings in an effort to remove 750,000 square feet (70,000 square meters) of space by the 2023-2024 school year, the Columbia Missourian reported.

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The University of Missouri provides resources for students who are unsure about how they begin planning to pay back their student loans once they complete their academic career.

Students can enroll in sessions through the Office of Financial Success in which a counselor will review the loans they have accumulated during their time in college and explain the different options they have for repaying them.

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15 informational meetings will be held across Columbia to help answer concerns about Go COMO bus route changes that will take place in June.

The changes are a result of the Columbia City Council’s approval of the fiscal year 2019 budget, which was passed in September. The alterations will reroute all buses so that they pass through the Wabash Bus Station, which is located on North Tenth Street. According to Community Relations Specialist Amanda Capua, the changes will help to centralize the routes for passengers.

$25 Million to Be Taken from MU Departments to Fund Scholarships, Research

Apr 19, 2019
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MU colleges, schools and divisions will lose $25 million collectively in fiscal year 2020, campus leaders announced Friday. The funds will be reallocated to support scholarships, employee performance and research efforts.

"We're not going to always be everything that we've been and grab ahold of what the future needs us to be," Rhonda Gibler, MU's chief financial officer, said at a morning news conference.

"Since this is a week for many religions to celebrate the transition to spring, I thought maybe a story of self-giving, of altruism, might be appropriate." -- LARRY BROWN ahead of his sharing of the true story he calls "Drowning." April 19, 2019

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Chinese workers have built bridges in Serbia, a huge railroad tunnel in Uzbekistan and a gas and oil pipeline across Myanmar. These are just a few of the dozens of massive foreign infrastructure projects China has financed across the world as part of President Xi Jinping's 'Belt and Road Initiative.'

In the six years since President Xi first floated the project, at least 124 countries have signed on to what is one of the largest international construction projects in history. Over the next decade, investment bank Morgan Stanley forecasts China will have plowed more than $1 trillion into the project.

But in spite of some notable successes, the project continues to be met with skepticism in the U.S. and other countries over concerns that China's deals with developing countries are not transparent and can land heavily-indebted governments in a 'debt trap.'

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at China's Belt and Road Initiative as dozens of foreign leaders prepare to travel to Beijing for a summit on the project.


Black Women Rock is a production showcasing remarkable Black Women chosen by the Columbia community, highlighting their hard work and accomplishments. Executive Coordinator Akinbamidele Durodola talks about the production and black women who motivate him.

Truman Medical Center says it has received a record $10 million donation from the Sunderland Foundation.

The donation announced Thursday brings Truman Medical more than halfway to its $18.8 million goal to expand and improve its neo-natal intensive care unit.

The Kansas City Star reports the hospital's current unit has 19 beds portioned by curtains in a 5,000-square foot space. The fundraising campaign is aimed at expanding the unit to 29 private rooms in a 20,000-square foot space.

Cindy Polfelt, left, wears a denim jacket and a floral shirt. She stands next to her daughter, Jessica Hosack, left, who wears a dark denim jacket and a striped shirt.
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Jessica Hosack and her mother, Cindy Polfelt, live in Columbia. Jessica began using opioids at parties when she was a teenager, and this quickly turned to regular opioid use.

Jessica went on to deal with a substance use disorder for a decade, and after seeking treatment several times, she was able to enroll in a month-long rehabilitation program at the McCambridge Women and Children’s Treatment Center. She has been in recovery for more than two years.

Jessica and Cindy spoke about Jessica’s breaking point, and how her mental health played into her substance abuse. 

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at

Jacey Schank, left, is the Treasurer of Period @ Mizzou and Jane Kielhofner, right, is in charge of External Outreach. Both women were part of the students who founded the Mizzou chapter of Period.
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Jane Kielhofner and Jacey Schank are both on the executive board of a University of Missouri menstrual health student group called Period @ Mizzou. The group is focused on discussing and advocating for menstrual health, and is part of a larger national organization.

Jane and Jacey have known each other for many years, and they spoke about their organization, and why it’s important. They also spoke about some legislative changes they are working toward like House Bill 747, which aims to change "the laws regarding the taxation of feminine hygiene products, diapers, and incontinence products.”

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at

House Bill 575 has gotten plenty of attention because it would allow the concealed carrying of guns at previously banned places like college campuses.

What’s gone largely unnoticed is that the bill would also have a major impact on how universities fund their student health centers, putting some at risk of closing, a higher education advocate said.

Public universities would no longer be able to charge each student the fees that fund student health centers. Students who are able to prove they have health insurance wouldn’t be forced to pay the fee.