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Zia Kelly

Zia Kelly studies journalism and public health at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Outside of the newsroom, she works part-time as a personal trainer and competes as an Olympic-style weightlifter.

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A Missouri entrepreneurial program is celebrating the graduation of its second class of participants. The 10 ASPIRE MO graduates are inmates at the Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnosis and Correctional Center in Vandalia. 

The 20-week program is facilitated by the Missouri Women's Business Center and the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Each woman entered the program with a business idea, and with the help of program staff and guest speakers, developed a business plan. 

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Right now when former offenders are released from prison into Boone County, they’re sent to a parole officer stationed in a strip mall on Providence Road. But early next year, their first stop will look more like a community center than a government office. 


For many people who are getting out of prison, reintegrating into society is overwhelming. It can be hard for many formerly-incarcerated people to get connected with the services they need. The Recovery Support and Reentry Opportunity Center, called ‘the Roc’ for short, will respond to those needs in Boone County. The center hosted a grand opening event today.

It is homecoming season, and that means the University of Missouri is honoring alumni with spots in what it calls the Homecoming Hall of Fame. This year, an honoree is someone close to our hearts here in public radio – and at the Missouri School of Journalism. Jim Lehrer graduated with the MU J-school’s class of 1956 and went on to become one of the most notable news personalities of his generation. Current J-school student and KBIA reporter Zia Kelly got a chance to catch up with him over the phone, and learned some things haven’t changed.

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Despite impassioned testimony from residents, the Columbia City Council shut down a budget amendment last night that could’ve added about $260,000 per year to the GoCOMO public transit system.

KJ Thunder is a Columbia resident who frequents the buses, and says that something needs to change.

“Anybody who has another option, they're doing that other option,” Thunder said. “Nobody takes the bus anymore. If they have any other options, because the bus doesn't go anywhere and it doesn’t go very often.”

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