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Sustain Mizzou Gathers Electronics for E-Waste Drive

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Sustain Mizzou is hosting an E-Waste Drive this week in collaboration with Mid-Mo Recycling to help students and local residents get rid of their unwanted electronic waste in an environmentally responsible way. The Investment Recovery Association claims that in 2014, approximately 41.8 million tons of e-waste was generated worldwide and those numbers are only expected to grow.


E-waste is almost any electronic device except tube TVs, Sustain Mizzou member and E-Waste Drive organizer Madalynn Owens explained.

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The Fair Housing Task Force, formed last July, presented its findings about housing disparities in Columbia and a plan of action to provide more affordable housing.

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University of Missouri officials have fired an MU police officer after investigating the employee over a blackface photo.

MU Police Officer Marcus Collins was fired Tuesday after officials confirmed he was the individual in the photo.

The image, which was posted on a social media platform, was taken prior to Collins’ employment with the police department. Collins started with MUPD in January of 2018.

Top university officials were notified of the picture Tuesday morning, according to MU spokesperson Christian Basi.

This week on Discover Nature, Eastern bluebirds begin arriving at breeding locations in Missouri.


The Eastern bluebird is a small thrush with a plump body and short, straight bill. Underparts are rusty in color, with white on the belly and under the tail feathers. Its upper body is bright blue in males, and gray-blue in females. 

The famous poet Henry David Thoreau once wrote that the bluebird “carries the sky on its back.” 

A blurry whistled series of notes comprise its distinctive, pleasant song. 

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In this excerpt from KBIA’s Intersection, Melanie Hickcox and Monica Palmer with Feeding Missouri, a coalition of Missouri food banks, discuss the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding food insecurity.

They spoke to KBIA for Missouri Health Talks.

Rep. Chris Kelly
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KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks to mayoral candidate Chris Kelly ahead of Columbia's municipal election April 2nd. 

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KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Columbia mayor, Brian Treece, who is running for re-election in the April 2nd elections. 

Curtains Up Theater

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Dana Naylor of Curtain's Up Theater in about the upcoming production of "Murder At Dodston Manor," a murder mystery dinner theater coming soon to Columbia's Stoney Creek Inn. They also give a preview with a scene from the play. 

"I think if people would go on the website, American or United, and look at those flight prices - even without the drive, even without the parking - I think the ticket prices have really come down. It's really exciting to see." -- MIKE PARKS on one of the benefits of flying out of Columbia instead of St. Louis or Kansas City. What's your favorite part of flying COU? March 19, 2019

University of Missouri environmental activists joined student protesters worldwide last Friday as they took part in the youth climate strike.

Campus groups, like the Mizzou Energy Action Coalition and College Democrats, joined Peaceworks and some high school students at Speaker’s Circle to talk about the importance of climate action.

A coalition of Kansas City-area leaders is working to reduce the impact of climate change amid reports that the region could be among the hardest hit in the nation.

After an international group of scientists issued a climate report in October, Lindsey Constance, a councilwoman in the suburb of Shawnee, Kansas, teamed up with officials in Roeland Park, Kansas, for a December workshop, The Kansas City Star reported Monday. The workshop evolved into the Metro KC Climate Action Coalition.

The Weather Channel has ranked Kansas City fifth among 25 U.S. cities most likely to be affected by climate change, potentially facing higher temperatures as well as both extreme drought and heavier rains.

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Recently, I conducted a poll with my students at Columbia College. I asked 43 mostly-traditional age undergraduates four questions. The first three were:

Citizen Jane Canceled, Stephens Promises to Continue Its Ideals

Mar 18, 2019

Stephens College’s Citizen Jane Film Festival has been canceled.

Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to linger.

Many homes in a mostly rural area of Missouri's Holt County were inundated with 6 to 7 feet (1.8 to 2.1 meters) of water from the swollen Missouri River, said the county's emergency management director, Tom Bullock. He said his own home was on an island surrounded by floodwater.

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Columbia Board of Education candidate Jay Atkins said if he could imagine a perfect school district, it would be one that had 100 percent literacy at the third-grade level.

For Atkins, who has three children in the Columbia Public Schools and a fourth that will soon enter, literacy is on the top of his campaign agenda. He said he decided to run because he wanted to be more involved and make sure schools are under proper stewardship.

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Hunger affects about 900,000 people in Missouri, according to Feeding America. And it can be found in rural areas or in urban areas, and even on college campuses, throughout the state. 

Though some organizations and food banks, like the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, are using creative ways to combat the issue of food insecurity, researchers are still trying to find a way to reduce hunger. 

On this episode of Intersection, we talk about what it means to be food insecure, how where you live can affect it and the stigmas that come with hunger. 

University of Missouri School of Music

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with choir director Emily Edgington Andrews about choral music and its place in the idea of community music, it's role in musical education for children, and the Unity concert. 


KBIA's Lee Wilkins visits with Angela Speck, Chair of Physics Department at University of Missouri, about news in the world of space exploration. They talk about the New Horizons program, and a recent space landing by China. 

As usual, our conversation with MEL ZELENAK covers a wide range of topics for the smart consumer, and today is no different. On the docket: the 'Silver Sneakers' program, auto-paying monthly bills, investing in low-cost index funds and more! March 18, 2019

Fixing Missouri's deteriorating bridges is a high priority for Gov. Mike Parson, and the state is getting help from an unexpected source — robots.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that the state is working with Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla to use robots to help inspect and repair bridges.

The program will use drones to inspect bridges from the air, and robots that can cling to the sides of bridges and crawl along the surfaces.

Nonprofit organizations and state bodies are already planning a celebration of 200 years of Missouri history and culture when the state reaches its bicentennial in 2021.

Michael Sweeney of the State Historical Society of Missouri is leading the planning for the bicentennial. He tells the Columbia Missourian that the celebrations won't just look to the past but will also consider the future and why Missouri is a good place to call home.

Missouri became the 24th state on Aug. 10, 1821.

The University of Missouri School of Medicine dean is stepping down, the university announced today.

Patrice Delafontaine took the role of dean in 2014. He resigned a first time in 2015 and was reinstated the following year. MU spokesperson Christian Basi says this resignation marks the end of Delafontaine’s relationship with the university.

“It’s my understanding this will be a permanent separation," Basi said.

Williamsburg Elementary School Reopens After Gas Leak

Mar 15, 2019

Williamsburg Elementary School reopened its doors this week after a carbon monoxide leak was discovered.

The school shut down for two days last week after some front office workers complained of watery eyes and headaches.

The school had just installed a new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning unit on Jan. 29. It had a propane leak, which was causing the production of carbon monoxide.

A Missouri branch of the NAACP is backing legislation to change how colleges and universities handle sexual assault and harassment complaints.

St. Louis County NAACP President John Gaskin III in a Friday statement said black men are disproportionately impacted by "denial of due process." He says the bill would "protect students on every college campus."

Supporters say the goal of the legislation is to make procedures for handling Title IX complaints more fair for the accused.

Title IX is a federal law that bans sex-based discrimination in education.

Missouri Revenue Department Director Joel Walters will resign next week following blistering criticism because he said the state's tax withholding tables had been wrong for years, issued a revision that he said fixed the problem and then reversed himself and said there had been no error in the first place.

Gov. Mike Parson on Friday announced the agency's chief operating officer, Ken Zellers, will take over as acting director when Walters steps down March 22.