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Trevor Hook

Trevor Hook is a reporter, producer and student anchor for KBIA. He is pursuing a Master's Degree in audio journalism. Trevor graduated from the University of Missouri in 2018 with an undergraduate degree in Convergence Journalism.

Libby Brockman-Knight, left, wears a bright red blazer and smiles into the camera. Gaurav Kulkarni, right, wears a black shirt and multi-colored tie and looks into the camera.
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Libby Brockman-Knight and Gaurav Kulkarni both work at Compass Health Network in Columbia. Brockman- Knight is the Deputy Chief clinical officer of substance use disorder services and Kulkarni is a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction.

Brockman-Knight spoke with Kulkarni about treatment for substance use disorders - specifically alcohol addiction and the numerous barriers that can exist for their patients.

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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Last Friday, a group of LGBTQ+ community members gathered in Columbia for the annual Mid-Missouri Pride Pageant.

The occasion also marked 50 years - to the day - since a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, widely regarded as a catalyst to the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. 

KBIA caught up with these community members to hear their reflections on the anniversary and get a look forward to Mid-Missouri’s coming 2019 PrideFest.

This audio postcard features the voices of Steven Devore, Janet Davis, Latresa Steve and Shirley Moffit. Mid-Missouri PrideFest 2019 is slated for August 24. 

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David “Racin’ Dave” Stevens has ridden a lot of motorcycles. “The name actually came from car racing days cruising the loop back in the ‘80s,” he said. He fixes a lot of them too. Stevems is a mechanic at Gilbane Motorsports in Columbia.

He has ridden a variety of bikes – motorcycles, dirt bikes, three-wheelers - for more than 45 years. And not always while wearing a helmet. “If I’m riding my bike into town, I’m not being stupid or unruly. I feel like I should have the choice of not wearing a helmet if I don’t want to,” Stevens said. Senate Bill 147 may give him that choice.

Boone County Emergency Management Director Tom Hurley has died.

The Boone County Commissioners announced the death of the director in a statement released early this afternoon, calling Hurley’s death, “unexpected”.

Hurley was first hired as deputy director of the Office of Emergency Management in 2016. Before serving as Emergency Management Director, Hurley served as the emergency management coordinator for Eau Claire County, Wisconsin.

The cause of death hasn’t been released.

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The director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services defended the department’s decision not to renew St. Louis Planned Parenthood’s abortion license earlier today. This decision came amid claims by Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri that the state is trying to "weaponize" the licensing process.

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An EF-3 tornado went through Jefferson City late Wednesday night, destroying homes and businesses in its path.

KBIA spoke with residents and community members of all ages to try and get a sense of this storm's human impact.

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson and state mental health leaders are celebrating the construction of a new mental health facility in Fulton after a ribbon cutting Wednesday morning.

The Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon Forensic Center will house 300 psychiatric patients that are considered to be a risk to themselves or others. The total cost of the project is more than $200 million. It will replace the current facility, which has buildings constructed between the 1850s to the 1980s. Former Missouri governor Jay Nixon pushed for funding for the project in 2014.

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MU leadership Thursday wrapped up a two-part series of public information forums by urging campus departments to take the time they need to explore budget scenarios that will serve them best with the new budget model. 

The new “resource allocation model” shifts budgeting responsibility to individual schools and departments within the university. The model will calculate an allotted amount of money for a college incorporating student tuition, tuition waivers, and amount of space used by a school or department.

Libby Brockman-Knight, left, wears a bright red blazer and smiles into the camera. Gaurav Kulkarni, right, wears a black shirt and multi-colored tie and looks into the camera.
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Libby Brockman-Knight and Gaurav Kulkarni both work at Compass Health Network in Columbia. Brockman- Knight is the Deputy Chief clinical officer of substance use disorder services and Kulkarni is a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction.

They spoke about treatment for substance use disorders - specifically alcohol addiction, which according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, as of 2015, more than 15 million American adults have an alcohol use disorder.

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

Cindy Polfelt, left, wears a denim jacket and a floral shirt. She stands next to her daughter, Jessica Hosack, left, who wears a dark denim jacket and a striped shirt.
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Cindy Polfelt has lived in Columbia for six years.

Cindy’s mother has Alzheimer's, and since her father passed away, Cindy has taken on the role of her mother’s personal caretaker. She feeds and clothes her mother every day, and can’t leave her house unless she finds someone to watch her mother – even then, it’s only for a few hours at a time.

Cindy says that it has affected her social life, and her independence. She spoke with her daughter, Jessica Hosack, about some of the stresses of being a caretaker. 

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

Cindy Polfelt, left, wears a denim jacket and a floral shirt. She stands next to her daughter, Jessica Hosack, left, who wears a dark denim jacket and a striped shirt.
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Jessica Hosack and her mother, Cindy Polfelt, live in Columbia. Jessica began using opioids at parties when she was a teenager, and this quickly turned to regular opioid use.

Jessica went on to deal with a substance use disorder for a decade, and after seeking treatment several times, she was able to enroll in a month-long rehabilitation program at the McCambridge Women and Children’s Treatment Center. She has been in recovery for more than two years.

Jessica and Cindy spoke about Jessica’s breaking point, and how her mental health played into her substance abuse. 

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

Robert Harrison sits – wearing a white shirt and blue tie. He smiles into the camera. There is an American flag behind him.
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Robert Harrison was born in St. Louis and has dealt with a substance use disorder throughout his life. After living drug-free for more than 20 years, Robert became the executive director of an alternative sentencing program in Columbia aimed at low-level drug offenders. He left his post two years later.

He spoke with KBIA’s Trevor Hook about why he first came to Columbia and sought treatment.

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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The University of Missouri will reopen the three dorms closed last year for students, according to UM System President Mun Choi.

The University of Missouri closed Discover, Excellence and Respect Halls to students last fall and rented out rooms in the dorms to the public for $120 per night. MU did this to compensate for the about $60 million in budget cuts for the 2018 fiscal year.


Guitarist, Bassist and Percussionist Derrick Enyard was the featured musician Monday night at the first of the Boone County Historical Society’s 2018 concerts. The Blind Boone Concert series is named for Missouri pianist and composer John William 'Blind' Boone. The theme of the event is the roots of African-American music in America, specifically African, Spirituals, Folk Blues and Jazz music. The concert series is anchored around Boone’s custom-made 1893 grand piano.


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The Columbia City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday night declaring the need for community policing in the city.

City council member Ian Thomas proposed a resolution to conduct a “Community Engagement Process about Policing” in Columbia. Residents would work with police to address police staffing levels, officer safety and morale, and community-oriented policing, something several police officers currently practice.

Several residents spoke to council in favor of the resolution, including C.W. Dawson Jr.

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Republicans from the 50th Legislative District nominated Sara Walsh to run for the 50th House District seat in a special election in August.

Walsh has previous political experience, having served as state committeewoman for the Missouri Republican Party in the 19th Senatorial District and as a delegate in the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Walsh also served as the Vice Chair of the Boone County Republican Central Committee.

Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, says that Walsh may focus on many of the issues he does.

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