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Mimi Wright is a junior studying magazine writing and German at the University of Missouri.

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This week’s Missouri Health Talks is a collaboration with Vox Magazine.

Last fall, Matthew and Christy Nevels, who already had six children, adopted their five foster children. Making them a family of 13. They spoke with reporter Mimi Wright about speaking some of the challenges they have encountered trying to balance all of their children’s needs.

You can read more of the Nevels’ story in the June issue of Vox Magazine - available now around town and online: “A local couple with an abundance of love — and kids — adopts more children.”

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at missourihealthtalks.org

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First-time Democratic candidates Nicole Thompson and Linda Greeson had a red, white and blue celebration cake that was cut into, but without the hope of celebration. Thompson lost to Republican candidate Mike Bernskoetter for the 6th district state Senate race. Steven Wilson, the libertarian candidate in this race, won 2 percent of the votes.

Greeson was defeated by Republican Rudy Veit for the 59th district state House race 24 percent to 76 percent.

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The numbers 48689 might seem just that—numbers.

But to Sonia Warshawski they are a reminder of all the suffering she has endured. They sit there, engraved in blue ink on her left arm, a symbol of the horrific events she experienced during the Holocaust.

Sonia recently recounted her story to students and members of the public at Hickman High School in Columbia. Of her family of five, only Sonia and her sister survived. Her mother, father and brother were all killed.

"I was liberated in Bergen-Belsen. And this was on the German soil," Warshawski said.

The carnival is coming to town, but not in the way that you might think. Ninety-six booths with about 115 total tattoo artists taking part in the Carnival of Ink will be showcasing their ink for the public in Columbia.

Joe Bridges, ringmaster of the carnival, is looking forward to the new clientele that will be drawn from a college town.

“It’s kind of a win-win for a lot of the artists because it’s a central spot of Missouri,” Bridges said. “We aren’t far from St. Louis. We’re not far from Kansas City. We’re not far from Lake of the Ozarks, so it just made sense.”

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Political committees with ties to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and former President Barack Obama are aiming digital messages to black voters in five states with pivotal U.S. Senate races.

The Hatchery, a local co-working space, will be hosting a live panel session called “Women in Male-Dominated Industries” this Thursday. Amanda Quick, owner of The Hatchery, says the discussion is centered around empowerment and creating a community of women.

“A lot of times, society kind of pushes us away from bettering ourselves, and whether it’s somebody starting a business and they feel a little bit crazy, or they feel like they just don’t know where to go, or they have friends that don’t think like that, it’s important to get around others that are like-minded,” Quick said.

The panel will feature three local female business leaders, Kat Cunningham, Amber Goodwin and Connie Leipard, who will all share their experiences in the field.

“Women need to share information, expertise and tips to succeed in the world of business,” Connie Leipard said. “I think women do a great job of sharing, and so this is just a format and opportunity to do that. So I think it’s just an important part of mentoring for business success.”

The Hatchery is a co-working space that anyone can use that also offers optional child care. Quick founded it after having her first child and recognized the need for that kind of support for young professionals.

“We can bring together those that people may feel like they’re out of touch with being able to talk with some of these business owners that are doing things in the community,” Quick said. "And so it creates a chance to hear their story for them to be able to ask questions, and then also just to hear that good, bad, ugly of being in business.”


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A group of about 30 people gathered in the multipurpose room of the Center for Early Learning-North in Columbia Tuesday evening. One shirt in the crowd read “different is good” with another championing the Missouri Disability Empowerment nonprofit, also called MoDE.

The owners of those shirts were there to learn about Individualized Education Plans, or IEPs from Brook Fuller, a representative from MPACT. MPACT is a parent training and information center with the goal of empowering parents to advocate for themselves in order to help their children with special needs.

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Compass Health Network is teaming up with the Blue Note this Saturday to present a concert to raise awareness for mental health.

Sara Evans, a country singer who has sold millions of records, will be performing at the Blue Note this Saturday. The goal is to raise awareness about mental health and get people to sign up for Compass Health Network’s Mental Health First Aid course.

Regional stories from the KBIA newsroom, including:


Compass Health Network is teaming up with the Blue Note this Saturday to present a concert to raise awareness for mental health.

Sara Evans, a country singer who has sold millions of records, will be performing at the Blue Note this Saturday. The goal is to raise awareness about mental health and get people to sign up for Compass Health Network’s Mental Health First Aid course.