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Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri's legislative session comes to an end.
  • The Missouri Department of Agriculture awards a grant to local businesses.
  • A State representative pushes for MoDOT to complete a highway project.

Missouri’s special legislative session is over. It came to an end after several weeks of disagreements between the House and Senate over a wide-ranging tax credit bill.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $1 million in grants to local agricultural businesses. The funding will help businesses conduct studies to find the best way to turn by-products into more valuable end-products.

A state representative is pushing the Missouri Department of Transportation to complete what he says is an unfinished project. A new stretch of US Highway 63 opening near Kirksville Wednesday includes a two-way stop.

Local news from the KBIA newsroom.

Missouri's Rural Doctor Shortage

Oct 24, 2011
Jacob Fenston / KBIA

There’s a doctor shortage in rural America. This is not news – just the opposite – it’s been going on for ages. Even old Doc Adams, the country doctor in “Gunsmoke,” was constantly overworked. In one episode, when he finally gets a vacation, he’s kidnapped by outlaws in need of his services. Present-day Missouri ain’t Dodge City, Kansas. But many rural doctors are still overstretched. 

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

This week: The front man for the band Guster leads a discussion on sustainability at MU, DESE is trying to become exempt from No Child Left Behind, and a new scholarship is available for students statewide.

Thomas Hart Benton / State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia

Thomas Hart Benton is a Missouri artist known for his depictions of American life and the working man. He was not afraid to include political topics like prohibition and slavery in his paintings. Benton usually did large scale paintings, including the murals in the Missouri state capitol building. A less widely known exhibit by Benton is on display in Fulton at the National Churchill Museum.

Local news from the KBIA newsroom.

Newscast for October 21, 2011

Oct 21, 2011

  • University of Missouri Board of Curators give MU Chancellor Brady Deaton authority to negotiate the school’s conference future.
  •  A new vehicle is added to the Ford Claycomo plant's production line.
  • Missouri education officials want to part ways with No Child Left Behind.
  • Mexico is moving forward with its downtown revitalization.
  • Missouri is first in line for new Medicaid money.
  • Missouri Senate leader wants to end the special legislative session.
  •  High-speed Internet is coming to rural mid-Missouri.

Local residents and businesses in rural Missouri are preparing to get updated internet technology.

The head of the Missouri Senate has announced he’s going to pull the plug on the special legislative session next week. 

Missouri Is First in Line for New Medicaid Money

Oct 21, 2011
Missouri Department of Mental Health

For people with chronic conditions, getting Medicaid services can be a confusing, disjointed experience, shuffling from provider to provider. Under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, states can apply for federal money to help coordinate that care. Missouri did just that, and the news came today that the state will be the first to get this kind of funding under the ACA. Missouri’s application was aimed at helping people with chronic mental health issues. 

Poet Marc McKee received his MFA from the University of Houston and his PhD from the University of Missouri, where he lives with his wife, Camellia Cosgray. He is the author of What Apocalypse? (2008). McKee will celebrate the release of his new full-length book of poetry, Fuse, 7 pm Saturday at the Columbia Art League with Melissa Range.

Mexico’s DREAM Initiative is continuing to make a difference in the downtown community.

Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced Thursday it is pursuing a waiver that would exempt the state from certain requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The University of Missouri’s Board of Curators met today in Kansas City.

Scarlett Robertson / KBIA

This week: we’ll go back in time  and revisit what could be considered the trial of the century. And you’ve probably heard of “Julie and Julia”—the novel-turned-movie where Julie Powell spends a year cooking her way through Julia Child’s "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." Well, we’re bringing you Columbia’s version…switch out French cuisine for in season and local food, and instead of one woman its a couple.

Boone County currently holds unclaimed property totaling more than $50,000.  County Treasurer Nicole Galloway announced Tuesday a new website where residents can now search and find unclaimed property they are owed. The website,, makes Boone County the first one in Missouri to implement such a tool for its residents. 

By Robert Partyka

Nick Gass / KBIA

The impact of longtime Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi’s death was felt across the world, even in Columbia. KBIA’s Nick Gass sat down with a couple of longtime Columbia residents from Libya to talk about what the end of Gadhafi’s reign means for their future and that of their home country.

Amber Luckey / Flickr

Another case of Listeria tainted cantaloupe has been identified in northwest Missouri.

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

Chronic medical conditions are a huge problem for the homeless, unemployed, or uninsured. In an effort to address this problem, a group of University of Missouri medical students founded MedZou, a student staffed and managed medical clinic that provides free medical care to the uninsured. Though the clinic is a little ad-hoc – it sees patients in a donated meeting area a few nights a month – it provides the students with valuable practice and the patients with potentially life-changing care. KBIA’s Jessica Pupovac has this story.

  • Libyans in Columbia react to the death of Moammar Gadhafi.
  • Missouri farmers benefit from Free Trade Agreements.
  • University of Missouri Board of Curators approves a retirement plan for new employees.
  • The Missouri House tries to work out the differences over a wide-ranging tax credit bill.
  • Another case of Listeria tainted cantaloupe has been identified in northwest Missouri.
  • Boone County launches a new website, to help residents find out whether or not they have unclaime

Local news from the KBIA newsroom.

Local news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: legislation that would require the Missouri Bank Association to give confidential document access to the State Auditor, a new Missouri Supreme Court justice, updates to the  Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department plans,  changes in Camden County's ambulance dispatching services and legislation that would give Jewish veterans from World War I a chance to be honored battle awards.

Officials said a change in dispatching procedure in Camden County will cut down emergency response times.

Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department unveiled its new ten-year plan Tuesday during a public meeting at the Activity and Recreation Center.

Governor Jay Nixon has named Judge George Draper the Third to the Missouri Supreme Court.  Draper will move to the state’s High Court from the Eastern District Appeals Court.