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It’s been 400 years since the first slave ship landed on shores of what would become the United States of America. This week, a look at how the New York Times Magazine commemorated the moment, and the lasting impact it could have on the reframing of American history.

Authorities say the inmate who walked away from a work detail at the Missouri State Fair has been found unconscious.


The Missouri Department of Corrections says 34-year-old Shannon Dewayne Watts, of Springfield, was flown to a hospital for treatment late yesterday after he was found near a highway between Sedalia and the town of Green Ridge. 

This week along Missouri’s streams, ponds, swamps, wetlands, and ditches, watch for salamanders undergoing a life-changing transformation… 


Nearly 50-species and subspecies of salamanders live in Missouri.  With bodies that look like lizards, but skin like frogs, salamanders rely on clean, fresh water for the first stage of their lives as gilled, aquatic larvae. 


Registration is now open for Osher@Mizzou's eight-week fall semester! JACK WAX and JENNIFER ERICKSON highlight a few of the courses offered to the over-50 crowd who want to continue their education without having to take those pesky exams. Also, Heart of Missouri CASA executive director KELLY HILL and advocate LINCOLN SHEETS tells us why volunteering for the needs of abused and neglected children is a rewarding experience for both parties involved. (4:16) August 20, 2019

Nathan Lawrence

A trial over whether election officials are doing enough to help voters navigate Missouri's new voter photo identification law has begun.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem heard testimony from critics of the law Monday. The trial is scheduled to last all week.

Groups including the Missouri NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri are arguing that the state didn't spend enough money or resources educating people about the new requirements and helping them obtain proper identification.

Members of the Columbia School Board’s policy committee Monday continued discussions on two contentious issues: when teachers can restrain students and when parents can record teachers. But it’s not clear when either might be heading to a vote by the full board.

Two men with handguns in their waistbands alarmed shoppers when they entered a Kansas City-area Walmart on Sunday, but police say they were just buying ammunition for target practice.

Kansas City, Missouri, Police Sgt. Jake Becchina says the men were cooperative and were released because they hadn't violated Missouri law.

Shopper Clennon Jones said he saw officers speed into the parking lot and one jumped out with shotgun in hand. Jones says shoppers streamed out of the store and warned others not to enter.

Authorities are looking for an inmate who escaped from a crew that was helping to clean up after the Missouri State Fair came to an end for the year.

Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Karen Pojmann says 34-year-old Shannon Dewayne Watts, of Springfield, was reported missing around 12:45 a.m. Monday when he didn't return to a van to return to the Tipton Correctional Center.

He was serving a 15-year sentence there for charges that included burglary, resisting arrest and tampering with a motor vehicle.

If you or someone you know is suffering from Parkinson's Disease, MU Health Care invites you to a patient and caregiver conference this Saturday in Columbia. Guest: DR. JUNAID SIDDIQUI | Also, (Columbia) Missouri National Education Association president KATHY STEINHOFF tells us how the student loan crisis is affecting teachers entering the workforce. She says, "our young teachers, they're putting off having families and buying houses - all the things that stimulate our economy...because they're trying to pay back these loans." August 19, 2019

Travis McMillen

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at how the news gets reported in some very different parts of the world.

We’ll talk to a journalist from Ghana about how politicians are undermining the credibility of the news media in the West African democracy.

In addition, as tensions between India and Pakistan are again spiking, we'll meet a Muslim journalist who describes the challenges of working in a country where Hindu nationalist sentiment continues to rise.

Finally, we'll speak to a journalist for a Hong Kong-based news organization about the challenges of reporting from Beijing.

LARRY BROWN tells us the true story of a well-known incident involving Alexander Campbell, Wales McCormick, Samuel Clemens - a.k.a. Mark Twain -  a sermon, the Lord's name in vain and a print shop in Hannibal, Missouri. August 16, 2019

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Critics of a new Missouri law that restricts abortions say they won't make a push to gather the signatures needed to put it to a public vote.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri's Development Director Nicole Rainey says it's impossible to collect the roughly 100,000 voter signatures needed in two weeks. That's when most of the new law takes effect.

The ACLU of Missouri filed a referendum petition in hopes that voters would overturn the law. It bans abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for medical emergencies but not for rape or incest.

Schwadt, Choi Testify in Campus Firearms Case

Aug 16, 2019

Arguments in the trial over whether the University of Missouri System’s policy banning firearms anywhere on its campuses violates the Missouri Constitution ended at the Boone County Courthouse on Thursday.

MU Police Chief Doug Schwandt started the day testifying for the defense on his views of what would happen if the policy were amended to allow firearms on campus. So far, he said, the policy has been successful.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre opens 'Fully Committed' this Saturday! AMY WILDER says this show is unique in that one man is playing 40 different characters. Later this month, 'Crimes of the Heart' opens; Amy says this "funny tragedy" will "pull your heart strings." Also, TAKAKO TAGAMI invites all children and their parents to register now for this Saturday's 'Families in the Kitchen' event at the Columbia Public Library. Participants will make fruit smoothies! (3:58) August 15, 2019

Missouri prison officials say they will comply with a federal judge's sweeping order to change how the state parole board treats prisoners sentenced to life behind bars for crimes they committed as juveniles.

Department of Corrections spokesman Garry Brix on Wednesday said the agency respects U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey's ruling and will follow it.

Pilot Program Aims to Keep People Out of Jail for Failing to Appear in Court

Aug 15, 2019

A text message program in the pilot stage is underway in mid-Missouri in hopes of reducing the number of failures to appear in court, arrest warrants and technical violations.

The State of Missouri Public Defenders Office has paired with a company called Uptrust to start the pilot program in five Missouri jurisdictions: Columbia, St. Louis, Jefferson City, Troy and Kennett.

Uptrust is a communication platform that focuses on social justice. The goal is citizens’ defense, said Michael Barrett, Missouri State Public Defender director.

Health officials in eastern Missouri's Franklin County plan mass hepatitis A vaccinations Friday and Saturday after another outbreak of the contagious liver infection.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an employee at a Bob Evans restaurant in Washington was infected. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says it is "uncommon" for restaurant patrons to catch hepatitis A from a sick food handler, but urged precautionary vaccinations for those who ate at the restaurant between Aug. 3 and Monday.

The parents of a 17-year-old who died by suicide have reached a settlement with the Missouri school district he attended.

Angela and Michael Suttner sued the Howard County School District and several school officials after their son, Kenneth Suttner, shot himself in December 2016. They claimed the district didn't protect their son despite knowing he was being bullied by students and teachers at Glasgow High School.

The Columbia Missourian reports a Boone County judge approved the confidential settlement Monday.

A federal judge is ordering sweeping changes to how Missouri's parole board treats prisoners sentenced to life behind bars for crimes committed as children or teenagers.

U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey this month ordered new hearings for prisoners sentenced as juveniles who were previously denied parole. She barred the parole board from denying release solely because of the seriousness of those prisoners' crimes.

Zhihan Huang/Missouri Business Alert

Like many small towns, the heart of Marshall, Missouri is the town square -- home to several long-time and new businesses. But as urbanization to larger cities increases, small town businesses have had to find new ways to stay relevant. This week of Business Beat looks at the businesses in Marshall, Missouri. It’s part of a Missouri Business Alert special project called Outstate, a project that looks at entrepreneurship in small towns in missouri. 

University of Missouri Police Dept.

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Brian Weimer, Assistant Chief of University of Missouri Police Department about how MUPD is getting ready for a new school year and this week's influx of students. Then, they're joined by Nick Joos of the MU Athletic Department about the addition of beer and wine sales to game day at Mizzou's Memorial Stadium for this year's Tiger football games. 

The Mizzou Store

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Dale Sanders, the Interim Director of UM Stores, which operates outlets at all four University of Missouri Campuses, including the Mizzou Store in the Student Center and the Tiger Team Store at Memorial Stadium. They discuss how the stores are getting ready for the start of a new school year. 

Missouri State Historical Society

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Gary Kremer about the opening of the new Center For Missouri Studies, home of the Missouri Historical Society. 

Help raise money for the American Cancer Society at a tournament fundraiser next month at The Axe House in Columbia. REBEKAH HARTSOCK and DENNIS BLUST are looking for sixteen teams of four to sign up to try and win cash prizes and more! Also, Boone County Clerk BRIANNA LENNON shows us a new electronic voting machine that should be in place in time for the presidential preference primary in March 2020! (3:45) August 14, 2019

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