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Mitch Legan

Two weeks ago, the Missouri state Legislature passed House Bill 3, which will create new policies to promote STEM education across the state.

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. According to the Pew Research Center, STEM careers are some of the fastest-growing jobs in the country. Since 1990, employment in STEM occupations has grown 79 percent.

But in Missouri, there’s a supply problem.

Columbia Public Schools and Rock Bridge High School dedicated the renovation of the school’s football stadium last Friday.

The $6.4 million project was paid for with funds from a 2014 voter-approved bond issue and renovated the press box, concession stand, restrooms, bleachers and track. 

KBIA's Mitch Legan was there, and he sent an audio postcard from the Bruins' game against the Lee's Summit West Titans. 

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If you’ve visited downtown Columbia recently, you’ve probably seen them.

They’re big and they’re grey, with a white stripe down the front. And they’re not very fast – when they’re really flying, they top out at about 15 mph.

They’re Bird scooters, and they’re popping up in college towns across the U.S.


The electric rental scooters have been in town for the past three weeks after the company Bird Rides chose Columbia to be part of its “University Pop-Up Tour.”

MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright announced plans on Tuesday to double research funding while expanding research and creative activities that impact Missouri, the U.S. and rest of the world.

“MU faculty are shaping views on politics and society,” Cartwright said. “They enrich our lives through arts and humanities. They develop solutions to the world’s great challenges in food, water, health and others, and they engage our community both on and off campus. This significant impact is creating a better future for citizens of our state, nation and the world.”

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More than 100 people gathered outside of the Boone County Courthouse on Sunday to show support for DACA and its recipients.

DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – allows those who came to the United States illegally as minors to apply to work or go to school in the U.S. while keeping them safe from deportation. However, President Donald Trump has said he will let DACA expire on March 5 unless Congress can come up with a way to renew it. 


The Columbia City Council unanimously approved a proposal Monday night to upgrade the water distribution infrastructure along Bryant and Switzler streets.  


The Columbia City Council approved the plan to build a trail that will connect Columbia’s eastern neighborhoods to the central city Monday night.

The Shepard-Rollins trail project will cut through about 35 acres of woods east of Columbia’s East Campus neighborhood and west of Old 63; it will cost $2.8 million to complete.

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The Missouri Tigers and Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball teams raised over $1.75 million for hurricane relief this past Sunday.

In honor of their first meeting since 2012, when Missouri left the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference, the arch-rival universities brought back the “Border War” rivalry for a day. For the “Showdown for Relief,” all proceeds from the exhibition game went to foundations aiding areas affected by recent hurricanes, including the Houston Harvey Relief and Florida Disaster funds.

Tickets sold out within a matter of days of the event’s announcement.