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Kara Tabor

Student Reporter/Producer
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Ticks. If you spend much time outdoors in Missouri you've likely come across more than one of these little arthropods.

KBIA's Kara Tabor talked with entomologist and University of Missouri Assistant Professor Richard Houseman to learn more about the ticks we encounter in central Missouri, bacteria they may carry and how ticks attach to people and our furry friends. 

More information on ticks and tick-borne diseases from the CDC.   

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Results from a 2017 survey of Missouri caves and mines show that the population of a bat species previously common in the state dropped dramatically from previous years. The survey results reveal that the number of northern long-eared bats in Missouri has taken a dramatic hit due to White-Nose Syndrome.

The syndrome is caused by a fungus, which can disturb bats’ hibernation and cause them to die from starvation. In the 2015 survey of 375 caves and mines, surveyors found 2,684 northern long-eared bats. For 2017, just seven bats of that species were found in 500 caves and mines.

University of Missouri Health Care

The University of Missouri’s Student Health Center will start charging students a fee for office visits. Increasing health care costs across the board have prompted the fee, which will go into effect July 1.

Christian Basi, director of the MU News Bureau, said the changes mean the student health center will now provide more in-clinic procedures not covered or not available before.


In the wake of the Trump administration’s limitations on refugees, immigrants and green-card holders from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the United States, yesterday a lecturer at Westminster College in Fulton spoke about how politics and faith have always been at odds.

Charles Kimball, a religious studies professor at the University of Oklahoma and an expert on Jewish, Christian and Muslim relations, delivered Westminster’s fifth annual C.S. Lewis lecture to a full house at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury.

  Dr. Gordon Christensen is a newcomer to the political scene. He’s running on the Democratic ticket as challenger to Missouri’s Fourth District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.

Christensen is a physician and retired professor from the University of Missouri in Columbia. While this is his first time running for political office, Christensen served as chief of staff of the University of Missouri Hospital and as MU faculty council chair.

In this episode of Three Broke Mice, we’re navigating our way into the complex and increasingly profitable world of the emoji. If you’re not familiar with the concept, they’re colorful icons—from funny faces to food to symbols—loved by smartphone and social media users the world over.


Welcome to Episode 1 of our summer season. This show is the Getting Your$elf Together checklist, for those recent grads and young professionals in the audience working on starting their careers. We cover navigating the job hunt, settling into your new workplace, creating an impact in your office and making adult life work.

Business Beat: Navigating Student Debt as a College Graduate

Apr 20, 2016
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Graduation season is upon us, which means that college graduates across the nation will have to confront the realities of adulthood. Aside from finding careers and gaining overall independence, there’s another huge responsibility that’s facing millions of grads—handling student loan debt. Kara Tabor and Bita Eghbali of the Three Broke Mice podcast chat with Teddy Nykiel of NerdWallet.com about how young adults can overcome the debt hurdle.  

During our last episode, we spoke with with Zach Heath, an MU MBA student, entrepreneur, and cancer warrior. Listen to Part 2 of the chat as Three Broke Mice's Siyu Lei and Kara Tabor and KBIA's Becky Smith talk with Zach about what it’s like to be an young adult and fighting the good fight against cancer.

Young people have a tendency to feel like nothing can stop them, that they are invincible. When you're full of energy and passion, that's not a hard thing to do. But even for the strongest and most determined Millennials, sometimes you have to be a warrior for your wellbeing.  Zach Heath, a University of Missouri MBA student and an entrepreneur launching his own medical company, knows this fact to be true. On top of being a student and startup founder, he’s also a stage-four colon cancer patient. In this episode, we speak with Zach about his fight for his startup and his health.

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Balancing time and energy can be hard enough if you’re a working student. Zach Heath knows this all too well. He's a University of Missouri MBA student and an entrepreneur launching his own medical company, Hunter Biomedical Group. On top of being a student and startup founder, he’s also a stage-four colon cancer patient. Business Beat’s Siyu Lei and Kara spoke with Zach about his fight for his startup and his health.

Three Broke Mice: Food, Funds and the Variables on the Side

Mar 21, 2016

Going by our culture's obsession with culinary delights, cooking shows, and social media documentation of drool-worth meals, it's easy to say that food plays a pretty substantial part in many people's lives beyond plain nourishment. On this episode, the Broke Mice dig into the subject of quality food, its meaning to society and its costs. As usual, there's even a dash of cultural crossover thrown in to taste. 

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In the increasingly health-conscious food market, the use of cage-free eggs is starting to gain some serious traction. After Panera Bread announced its progress on a commitment last November to using cage-free eggs, Hardee’s is the latest restaurant chain pledging to use 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2025. So why are more and more companies jumping in on this trend? Will consumers accept the higher prices of products made from cage-free eggs? KBIA’s Joyce Tao tells the story of how the cage-free egg switch is affecting chains and customers.

Three Broke Mice: Phones, Apps and Security

Mar 2, 2016

Welcome to Business Beat’s new podcast, Three Broke Mice! TBM is a show for and by Snake People that explores money issues, economic topics and cultural phenomena. Listen as hosts Bita Eghbali, Siyu Lei and Kara Tabor delve into topics surrounding smartphones, apps and the impact that their security has on daily life. Subtopics include the war of the music streaming services, experiencing the cash-less "cruise control" offered by apps like Uber and Mint, and the security and privacy questions surrounding Apple’s refusal to unlock devices for the Department of Justice. 

Nodaway County Sheriff's Office

Police this morning at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. apprehended a university student at his residence hall, the university said today

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On this week's Intersection, the focus is on native plants and our environment – with a special emphasis on the relationship between milkweed and monarch butterflies. Host Sara Shahriari explores efforts to preserve and create native plant habitats in our own backyards, and beyond. Our guests are Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch, Carol Davit of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, Pete Millier of the Mizzou Botanic Garden and Mervin Wallace of Missouri Wildflowers Nursery. 

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 In this week's show, our host Sara Shahriari explores the complicated situation around  access to affordable dental care in Missouri. Featured guests include Gary Harbison, executive director for the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health. Here is a sample of their conversation. 

Q&A: The Dental Care Landscape in Missouri

Information source: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

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On this week’s edition of Intersection, we delve into the rich history, sweet sounds and savory flavors of the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. Our host Sara Shariari talks with Aarik Danielsen, features editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune, and learns about the stories behind the blues with musicians Pat 'Mother Blues' Cohen, Albert White, Big Ron Hunter, Ardie Dean, Lil' Joe Burton and Nashid Abdul, who perform with the Music Maker Blues Revue. Segments on some of the event’s food vendors and  festival-goers round out the show. 

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The University of Missouri Nepalese Student Association held a vigil Friday night to honor those who have died in the Nepal earthquake aftermath. A crowd of around 60 students and community members gathered in Speaker’s Circle on the MU campus to light candles forming the outline of Nepal and phrases like “Mizzou Loves Nepal” and #StayStrongNepal.

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Downtown Moberly features many different small businesses, but the two that occupy 517 W. Reed Street have an interesting upbringing.

Pat Myles runs a tea room with her sister, Joy Roberts, called Tea and Treasures that is open on weekends.  Since early December, they have served tea and pastries while also providing a place indoors where people can sit and interact. 

“We haven’t been here long enough to actually make a salary for us, and thank goodness our husbands don’t expect that,” Pat said.

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Recently, one of the biggest issues on the Columbia City Council's plate has been the proposed demolition moratorium on buildings in downtown Columbia, such as Shakespeare's Pizza.  KBIA’s Jason Hoffman tells us why the debate still matters even though the ordinance failed. 

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When President Obama announced late last year that he would work toward ending the embargo on trade with Cuba, it wasn't just tourists perking up their ears. Midwest farmers and ranchers see communist Cuba as an untapped market for goods from the American Heartland. Harvest Public Media's Kristofor Husted reports on how agriculture interests are looking to cash in.

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Its seeds have more omega-3 value than fish oil and more protein than eggs. Its fiber provided the sails for Jones' Mayflower, and the cloth of the first American flag. It can create a biofuel that powers diesel engines, clean the impurities out of wastewater and be brewed into beer.

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Cardiologist Dr. Jerry Kennett was elected Tuesday to a five-year term as a trustee on the Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees. Kennett defeated fellow cardiologist Dr. Robert Doroghazi with nearly 66 percent of the vote.

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  You might not expect to find too much of Mexico in Missouri. But small towns across the state, like Mexico, Missouri are adapting to a growing Latino population.

The last census reported the state of Missouri saw a nearly 80 percent increase in the Latino population from 2000 to 2010.

So it’s no surprise to hear conversations in Spanish when you step into Diva 27, a Mexican grocery and clothing store in Mexico.  Boxes of tortillas, fresh sweet bread, spices and figurines of famous Mexican comedians line the shelves.

St. Louis County

Updated: Video of talk and Q&A added below. 

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch spoke Tuesday at the University of Missouri School of Law about the grand jury process and his experience handling the investigation into now-former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson’s responsibility in the shooting death of Michael Brown last year.

The MU student chapter of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys organized the event, which restricted to law school students and faculty who had to register prior. Media and the public were not allowed to attend the talk.

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After years of negotiations, a dozen countries are on the verge of a trade agreement that could be worth billions of dollars to the U.S. agriculture industry. For Missouri soybean producers, that could mean no longer paying tariffs as high as 20 percent in countries like Japan. As Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports, many American farmers and ranchers are eager to see the deal inked, but removing tariffs doesn’t come easy.

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The next time you’re in the grocery store meat aisle, look at the small print. You’ll see labels that say where your meat is from. That one piece of information is at the center of an ongoing international trade dispute that has swept up Midwest ranchers. Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media has the story.