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Lauren Brown

Lauren A. Brown is from the south suburbs of Chicago. She is currently an undergraduate in the Missouri School of Journalism studying broadcast journalism. She is a newscaster and reporter for KBIA. She loves doing feature stories because of the in depth interview process.

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Alex Cunningham, a violinist from St. Louis, is in a trio that will most likely never play at a mainstream festival. Their music is an acquired taste.

Cunningham had no notes to memorize when he played with a trio made up of a saxophone player and a drummer at the dimly-lit Café Berlin last Friday. Their performance is completely improvisational. He said the trio aims to make spur-of-the-moment music. And the result, he said, is chaotic.

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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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Columbia College hosted a conversation with Ron Stallworth, author of The Black Klansman on Aug 30. The memoir recalls Stallworth, a former African-American detective, and his infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Stallworth spoke with KBIA about his memoir’s film adaptation Blackkklansman. The film was directed by Spike Lee and featured John David Washington as Ron Stallworth. Stallworth also discussed how important the investigation was to him and how he was able to stop violent acts within his hometown.

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Wendy Noren began her career as Boone County Clerk in 1978. In June of 2017, she retired due to health complications with cancer. She died Sunday at 63.

Current Boone County Clerk and Noren's successor Taylor Burks says Noren was helpful when he first started in the position.

“For about five months, we scheduled times to meet and talk about pending issues,” he says. Burks characterized her as a force of nature saying many government officials would ask for her insight on election programs.

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The Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital will add a second location in Jefferson City. The second location will provide veterans with optometry and telemedicine services, which are not currently provided in Jefferson City.

The University of Missouri announced a housing and dining affordability initiative Friday morning that will reduce the most common housing and dining plans by 3.5 percent.

Chancellor Alexander Cartwright says the university is reducing rates for more than one-third of its available residence halls rooms.

“This will allow many students to live on campus for less than $1,000 a month,” Cartwright says.

Resident Hall Association President Maggie Recca says students have consistently expressed their concerns through “resident rants” about on-campus expenses.

The Harry S. Truman Veterans’ Hospital has expanded its intensive care unit to provide more beds and space for its patients. Ambassadors from the Columbia Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon in honor of the new expansion. The expansion is just one part of a 10 year, $9 million plan to renovate and expand the hospital.

“We’ve consistently increased the number of veterans were taking care of somewhere around 2 to 3 percent each year. The fiscal year that just ended we were taking care of 39,000 veterans,” Public Affairs Officer Stephen Gaither said.

The Audrain County Sheriff’s Department will increase security for country music star Luke Bryan’s concert Saturday evening. The sheriff’s department had already planned to add an additional 60 officers for Saturday’s concert after noticing a need last year, and in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, they also re-evaluated some security protocols.