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If Fuel Tax Passes, Nine Area Projects Might be Possible, Columbia Officials Say

Oct 10, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY — Nine road and bridge projects in the Columbia area could be made possible if the fuel tax increase passes, according to a transportation planner from Columbia.

Mitch Skov, senior planner for the Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization, told Missouri Department of Transportation officials at a meeting Tuesday that the projects — originally considered in 2014 — could be implemented with extra funding if Missouri residents vote in favor of Proposition D on Nov. 6.

Tuesday SCOTUS Decision Formally Makes Missouri Hair-braiding Lawsuit Moot

Oct 10, 2018

In May, the Missouri legislature passed a law on hair-braiding that made a four-year lawsuit moot, and, on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court formalized it, said Dan Alban, an attorney at the Institute for Justice that brought the lawsuit.

Four years ago, braiders in Missouri filed the federal lawsuit. They challenged the state requirement to go through cosmetology school and complete 1,500 hours of hands-on training in order to have a license to legally braid hair.

Lineworker crews from Columbia and other Missouri cities were sent to Florida Tuesday in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

The Missouri Public Utility Alliance sent crews from nine cities to Florida to keep the power on during Hurricane Michael. The crews left early Tuesday morning, representing Carthage, Columbia, Hannibal, Higginsville, Independence, Macon, Nixa, Poplar Bluff, and Waynesville. A crew from Conway, Ark. was also sent.

Columbia and Boone County Public Works are preparing for flooding caused by incoming storms.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that nearly 70 roads in Missouri were closed because of flooding after heavy rain.  Columbia Public Works community relations specialist Barry Dalton says the city has prepared trucks and barriers for any flooding.

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If we don’t make some changes soon, we’re heading for ‘climate catastrophe.” That’s the message from a report from the United Nations this week. The headlines are hyperbolic, the reporting is there, but will it make people care?

There is less than a month left until Missourians go to the polls to vote in the midterm elections, but only those who register can vote. Several groups in Columbia are pushing to get voters registered before the deadline.

Missouri voter registration ends Wednesday, October 10th by 5pm. Residents must submit a completed voter registration application in person or by mail to their local election authorities, or online at the Missouri Secretary of State’s website to vote on November 6th.

Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states.

Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized medical marijuana, will decide if the drug should be legal for any adult 21 and older. They would become the 10th and 11th states to legalize so-called recreational marijuana since 2012, lightning speed in political terms.

Vice President Mike Pence says Democrats' opposition to the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is one more reason for voters to oust Sen. Claire McCaskill and elect Republican candidate Josh Hawley.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Pence accused Democrats of employing "search and destroy tactics" against Kavanaugh during a private fundraiser Monday in Springfield for Hawley. Pence also praised Hawley as a "man of principle."

Heavy rain across Missouri has caused rivers to suddenly spike, shutting down roads and threatening scattered homes and businesses in low-lying areas.

Nearly 70 roads are closed, mostly in northwestern Missouri, due to high water. The closures include stretches of U.S. 24 and Missouri 48.

Let your children's imagination run wild with a little help from local comedy troupe The Stable Boys this Saturday at Orr Street Studios in Columbia! It's all part of 'Second Saturday for Kids', and the theme this month is "Unscripted Improvisational Arts." Guests: CATHERINE PARKE and KATHLEEN JOHNSON | Also, KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, invites parents with young children to a Halloween-themed 'Families in the Kitchen' next Saturday at the Columbia Public Library. Space is limited! (4:42) October 9, 2018

Missouri Task Force 1 to Deploy Ahead of Michael

Oct 9, 2018

Missouri Task Force 1 will deploy a 16-person team to Florida on Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Michael, according to a tweet from the Boone County Fire District. 

The task force was activated Monday evening and will leave early Tuesday morning for the Eglin Air Force Base in Valparaiso, Florida.

The National Weather Service said in a tweet Monday that Hurricane Michael could cause a life-threatening storm surge along the Florida Panhandle.

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MU Health Care and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services are mobilizing for the upcoming flu season.

The Center Centers for Disease Control reported over 130,000 cases of the flu in Missouri last season. 2,500 of those cases were in central Missouri. MU Health Care Communications Specialist Caroline Dohack says this year will be unpredictable but the best way to prepare is to know the symptoms and get the flu shot.

Sheriffs' Association Critical of Sex Offender Report

Oct 9, 2018

The Missouri Sheriffs' Association is accusing state Auditor Nicole Galloway of a rush to judgment in her report that raised troubling concerns about oversight of sex offenders.

The report released last week found nearly 1,300 sex offenders unaccounted for, including hundreds who fall into the most dangerous category.

Sex offenders must register in their county and keep the information up-to-date. The Missouri State Highway Patrol maintains a database.

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The University of Missouri's annual homecoming blood drive takes place this Monday through Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Hearnes Center.

The drive, which is consistently one of the largest student-run blood drives in the country, is in its 33rd year.

"One of my favorite things about the blood drive is that you get to see all of campus come together," Grace Corley, a student representative of the drive, said. "We are looking to collect 4,000 units [of blood] this year, and we would love for everyone to come support us."

Everyone is 'willkommen' in Shikles Auditorium, home to Capital City Productions' 'Cabaret' beginning this Thursday in Jefferson City! Meet the actress playing 'Sally Bowles', MARGARET GRAHAM, as well as director ROB CROUSE. Also, CHASE HARPER, MU Health Care, tells us about this Friday's Mature Living Festival at the Parkade Center in Columbia. Flu shots, health screenings and assisted living resources are just a few of the offerings for adults and senior citizens alike! (5:00) October 8, 2018

The University of Missouri-Kansas City says it is ending its sponsorship of eight Kansas City charter schools.

Justin Perry, dean of the university's school of education, says the university will shift from oversight and accountability of charter schools to focus on education research.

The Kansas City Star reports the university will continue to work with charter schools and Kansas City public schools, by providing professional development, dual credit programs for high schools, and better preparing students for jobs and college.

Even with the Environmental Protection Agency predicting more flooding and more extremely hot days in Missouri because of climate change, the issue has been virtually absent from the state's U.S. Senate race.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports it asked Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Josh Hawley how they would address climate change if they win November's election.

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Missourians wanting to vote in the Nov. 6 election must be registered by Wednesday.

Residents must submit a completed voter registration application to local election authorities by 5 p.m. on Oct. 10. The applications may be submitted in person or by mail.

Registration also may be done online through the Missouri Secretary of State's website. Other places to register include at a driver's license office when applying for or renewing a driver's license, a library or any state agency where an applicant is obtaining a service.

A Missouri man has been sentenced to five back-to-back life prison terms for a 2013 crime spree in which a 92-year-old woman was killed and two other victims were assaulted.

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ST. LOUIS — An Arkansas man who killed himself during a 1999 police standoff at a Missouri motel was a killer and rapist who strangled a South Carolina woman in 1990 and gunned down a Missouri mother and daughter eight years later, authorities said Friday.

The American Civil Liberties Union alleges in a lawsuit that a Kansas City police officer used excessive force when taking a man into custody in December 2013.

Kansas City developer Dan Lowe says police have recommended setting aside an investigation of a claim made by a former employee that a spy camera was placed under her desk at Legacy Development.

Mary Caffrey, of Leawood, Kansas, sued Lowe, Legacy Development and others in May. She alleged that she was fired after she called police when she found the camera.

In response to the lawsuit, Lowe's lawyers submitted a police department report that says a detective recommended deactivating the case because no evidence was found from the spy camera.

This week on discover nature keep your eyes peeled around dusk for groups of little brown bats.


Little brown myotises, or mouse-eared bats are only about three to four inches long, and weigh only a quarter of an ounce. They have yellowish- to olive-brown fur with a glossy sheen. 


In the fall, these bats gather at cave and mine entrances to mate before hibernation. However, fertilization of the ovum will not take place until spring, and mothers will bear a single offspring by mid-June. 


The 12th annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival featured students from Grant Elementary School.

As a part of the Roots N Blues Foundation, artists from all over the country spend the week in Columbia with students, teaching some history of blues music, writing songs and ending the week here in Flat Branch Park, showing their community what they’ve learned.

KBIA’s Molly Dove had VIP Access with the Grant Elementary Blues Corp to see “what’s going on.”

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Just over a year ago Myanmar security forces were wrapping up a massive offensive against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. 

In a matter of weeks, more than 720,000 Rohingya were forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh in what the head of Myanmar’s military called a “clearance operation” in the country’s Rakhine State. A recent U.N. report has shed new light on what happened in Myanmar, and accused the military of murder, mass rape and torture. It also called for several of Myanmar's top generals to be prosecuted for genocide and crimes against humanity.  On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at whether the UN report may galvanize the international community to hold Myanmar's generals to account and what the prospects are for the 1 million Rohingya now living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.