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Nathan Lawrence

Digital Content Director

Nathan Lawrence is an editor, documentary filmmaker and data journalist currently serving as digital content director for KBIA and Classical 90.5 in Columbia, Missouri. 

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Each week, KBIA’s Up Next brings you fresh Missouri coverage — conversations with community members, deep dives into the arts, and looks behind the headlines at what really matters.

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Columbia’s police are joining forces with several other law enforcement agencies to redouble efforts on a task force combating gun violence in mid-Missouri.

Mayor Brian Treece announced the partnership at Columbia City Hall Monday afternoon.

The gun violence task force already existed, but this new arrangement will significantly increase its size. Importantly, Treece said, the task force will help empower Columbia police to collaborate with officers outside the city.

A snowman freezes outside.
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As the winter storm that dumped several inches of snow on mid-Missouri continues, several schools and workplaces have temporarily closed doors in the hopes of keeping commuters at home and off the ice and snow.

Among the higher profile closures so far: School districts in Boone, Callaway, Cooper, Moniteau, Benton, Pulaski and Cole counties, the University of Missouri, Columbia College, Stephens College and Central Methodist University.

You can find an up-to-date list of closures from our reporting partners at KOMU 8 News.

Did it take President Donald Trump too long to condemn the violence in a meme-like video shown at one of his Florida resorts this weekend? Twitter says it went too far, and has removed the user from its site, yet YouTube says the video doesn’t violate terms of service. Where is the line? From KBIA and the Missouri School of Journalism, it's Views of the News.

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About a quarter of undergraduate women at the University of Missouri who responded to a survey from the Association of American Universities say they’ve experienced sexual assault or harassment while on campus.  The AAU report released today as a part of the organizations nationwide survey on campus climate says while MU’s numbers remain largely unchanged, students are more aware of resources available to them.

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The City of Columbia’s new police chief says his priorities will be to keep Columbia citizens, and its police officers, safe while building a community policing model based on trust and reflective of city values. 

Monday, the city named current interim police chief Geoff Jones to that position on a permanent basis, citing his long-time involvement in the community and on the police force, starting with his teen years, when Jones volunteered as a police cadet.


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After a search and interviews with multiple candidates, including a site visit and public interview sessions with two finalists last week, Columbia's City Council has tapped current interim city manger John Glascock to serve in the position on a permanent basis.

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Candidates for Columbia's city manager position met with press Thursday morning before city councilmembers were scheduled to gather for deliberations – there’s no definite timeline, but a decision on the hire could come as early as Thursday afternoon or as late as next week.

You can read more about the two candidates and listen to an audio postcard from Wednesday night's public session here on KBIA.

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A set of changes to the rules for the University of Missouri's Greek life programs announced Thursday afternoon will be phased in over the next two-and-a-half years and cover numerous aspects of Greek life, including how reports of hazing are handled and when groups will be allowed to hold parties with alcohol.

“This really creates a healthier fraternity and sorority community,” MU Dean of Students Jeff Zeilenga told KBIA. “It has a strong emphasis on safety.”


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The NCAA is sanctioning the University of Missouri's football, softball and baseball teams after a tutor violated the organization's rules for academic conduct.

An NCAA report released Thursday says a tutor completed work — including homework assignments, quizzes and even an entire class — for a dozen University of Missouri student-athletes.

As a result, all three programs are getting three years of probation and a one-year postseason ban. This means the football team will not be eligible for a bowl game next school year.

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University of Missouri officials say campus will remain closed Monday following a weekend of dramatic snowfall, freezing temperatures and major power outages in Columbia. 

“This is one of the worst snow storms we’ve experienced,” Gary Ward, MU's vice chancellor for operations, said in a release Sunday afternoon. “We continue to be in close contact with local and state officials on the road conditions, and our crews continue their work preparing the campus so that we can reopen as soon as possible.”

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As Winter Storm Gia continues to bear down on mid-Missouri, thousands of residents in Columbia have been left without power. 

In a release Saturday afternoon, the City of Columbia said “numerous power outages” had been caused by the storm, mostly due to snow-covered trees sagging onto nearby power lines. As of 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Columbia Power and Light said about 8,000 customers were affected.

When work ends today, Deputy City Manager JJ Musgrove will be ending his five-and-a-half-year tenure with the City of Columbia as the city dissolves his position. The change was announced by press release this morning.

An elimination of one of the two deputy city manager positions is just the latest in a string of changes in the City of Columbia’s upper management. After being placed on administrative leave in December, Police Chief Ken Burton resigned last Friday, completing his duties yesterday evening. City Manager Mike Matthes resigned his post in November.

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University of Missouri Professor Emeritus George Smith has received the university’s first-ever Nobel Prize. In a ceremony Monday, he was recognized by the Swedish royal family.

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University of Missouri Professor Emeritus George Smith will shake the hand of King Carl Gustaf the 16th of Sweden as he officially accepts his part of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry at its award ceremony Monday evening.

In Nobel Presser, MU Professor Reflects on Inspiration and Collaboration

Dec 7, 2018
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University of Missouri Professor Emeritus George Smith and his fellow Nobel laureates in Chemistry, Physics and Economic Sciences discussed working on projects larger than themselves and some of their “aha” moments during a Friday morning press conference.

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes is resigning his post of seven years effective Wednesday evening.

Matthes was appointed to the position by the Columbia City Council in May 2011. Before that, he helped manage finances for the City of Des Moines, Iowa in a number of different capacities.

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President Donald J. Trump’s midterm campaign visit at the Columbia Regional Airport Thursday night was marked by the presence of numerous local and state-level GOP politicians, all appearing to boost Senate hopeful Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s campaign in its final days.

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President Donald Trump is headed to Columbia Thursday for a rally at the Columbia Regional Airport.

The rally marks Trump's first stop in Columbia since his 2016 election. He's expected to rally support for Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's U.S. Senate run less than a week before the election. Hawley, a Republican, is challenging Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, in a close race that could determine control of the Senate.

As part of a partnership with ProPublica's Electionland project, we’re on the lookout for any problems that prevent people from voting — such as long lines, registration problems, purged voter rolls, broken machines, voter intimidation and changed voting locations. To let us know how your voting experience went or to tell us if you encountered anything that stopped you or others from casting a ballot, here’s how to sign up.

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MU Health Care is in exclusive talks to purchase hospitals in Jefferson City and Mexico, Missouri, according to officials.

In a letter to staff Thursday morning, MU Health Care CEO Jonathan Curtright announced that the organization’s initial proposal to acquire St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain and St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City has been accepted.

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Columbia residents will vote Tuesday on whether the city should use bond funds to make improvements to its water system.

If passed, Proposition 1 would allow the city to issue about $43 million in fresh revenue bonds for the express purpose of modernizing its water treatment and installing what it calls “additional reliability and safety elements.” To pay off this new debt, Columbia Water and Light says it would raise water bills by two to three percent per year until the year 2022, for a total rate increase of about 12 percent.

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New campaign finance reports show Eric Greitens’ political campaign paid an employee with a history of sexual misconduct allegations almost $50 thousand since May.

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Three years after a high-profile dispute over school-paid health insurance subsidies, graduate students at the University of Missouri System’s flagship campus in Columbia have won a key victory in their fight to unionize.

In May 2016, about nine months after University of Missouri graduate student workers had their health insurance subsidies removed - a decision that was quickly reversed - the university notified graduate students that it would not recognize their subsequent attempts to unionize.

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Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ office parted ways with speechwriter and communications advisor Jimmy Soni in spring of 2017, just as Soni was coming under renewed fire over past sexual harassment allegations. But the two didn’t stay apart for long. Public records show Soni continued to be paid for work by Greitens’ campaign, even as accusations of the former governor’s own sexual misconduct began to catch up with him.

In advance of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens' official resignation and current Lieutenant Governor Michael Parson's swearing-in ceremony Friday evening, we want to know what questions remain unanswered for you about this event and its potential repercussions for Missouri.

After numerous legal and legislative battles over his personal conduct and the legality of his 2016 campaign, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has resigned.

Missouri congressman Emanuel Cleaver has joined the growing number of public figures to demand technology and retail giant Amazon reveal more details about how its facial recognition tool, AWS Rekognition, is being used by law enforcement.

In a joint letter with representative Keith Ellison, Cleaver, a democrat who serves the Kansas City area in the U.S. House of Representatives, demanded Amazon release a list of law enforcement organizations using the service, which can identify and track individual people’s faces over time.

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