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McCaskill Concentrates on Missouri Seniors

Apr 1, 2015
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COLUMBIA, MO— Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke with seniors at Lenoir Woods Community Center in Columbia Tuesday afternoon as part of her journey around the state to discuss issues affecting them.

Boone County authorities are looking for two stolen camels. 

Missouri Capitol Building
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A measure to block local governments from banning or taxing plastic bags is moving forward in the Missouri Legislature.


The True/False Film Fest wrapped up last week, bringing filmgoers from around the world to celebrate the year’s newest documentaries. The festival, which is in its 12th year, brings the intimate and harsh truths of storytelling to life. Although the festival mainly focuses on the films and their directors, local high school students were given the opportunity to dive into one of Columbia's richest traditions. KBIA's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with the festivals education director Polina Malikin about the importance of the film festival for students. 

A New Projector Benefits Columbia Businesses

Mar 4, 2015
Missouri Theatre

The True/False film festival has become a household name over the last 12 years in Columbia. This year, the Missouri Theater installed a new projector to show films in better quality. David Wilson the co-conspirator of True/False film festival. Wilson said the new projector will benefit more than just True/False.

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The Columbia City Council voted to issue about 20 million dollars in bonds to fund multiple sewer projects.

10 percent of the funds raised from the bonds will be used to create a sewage extension to the Midway area. The project would create a means to annex the area.

Caleb Rowden
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A Missouri Republican wants to ban local laws that raise the minimum wage, require employers to offer paid sick leave or other benefits or prohibit employers from asking about criminal convictions early in the job application process.

Rep. Caleb Rowden, of Columbia, introduced a bill Thursday that he said will ensure businesses don't have to deal with confusing and complex regulations that vary across the state.

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This week on KBIA's Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talked with the Reverend C.W. Dawson about work Dawson is doing to bring together the area's African American clergy for activism, education and fellowship.

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Columbia police are looking for two people suspected of attacking a tow truck driver who stopped to help them.

The Columbia Daily Tribune is now reporting that the hacker activist group Anonymous was not responsible for hacker attacks that shut down both the city’s website and KOMU’s website. 


After the launch of CoMo Connect this summer, public transit ridership in Columbia jumped about 11 percent according to the Columbia Public Works Department. However, public transit remains a problem for the city, with long waiting times and limited evening and weekend services. Missouri Business Alert’s Tatiana Darie looks into why this is happening and what efforts are being made to improve it.

Protesters March to Boone County Courthouse

Nov 25, 2014
Brady Finn

         “This isn’t a moment, this is a movement”          Those were the words spoken by several speakers Tuesday night who led protesters in a march from Secondary Missionary Baptist Church to the court house in downtown Columbia. The protest was organized by several groups, including the Columbia branch of the NAACP. 

PM Newscast November 12, 2014

Nov 12, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: 

  • CPS Early Childhood Learning Center
  • Some Missouri residents petition gay marriage reversal
  • New student bus service coming next fall
  • Technology company to add jobs in Joplin

ginny chadwick
Jack Howard / KBIA

In this week's Talking Politics we tackle the difficult and commonly misunderstood interaction between city, state and federal laws.  Ginny Chadwick voted against an ordinance that would have decriminalized the cultivation of marijuana plants at a city council meeting in October after saying she would vote for the measure during her campaign.

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Columbia City Officials say it is crucial to look at other ways to secure public safety after 60 percent of the voters rejected Proposition One in Columbia on Election Day last Tuesday.

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A battle is taking place in downtown Columbia—a culinary one, that is. Competition has heated up between two different fast-casual burrito chains located next to one another on Ninth Street—Chipotle Mexican Grill and Moe’s Southwest Grill. Missouri Business Alert’s Phil Joens reports on the competition between the two and what it means for their businesses. 

New bio-tech business opens to public in Columbia

Oct 3, 2014
Timothy Maylander / KBIA

Columbia officially welcomed a new bio-technology business to the city with a ribbon cutting at its new facility this week. BioPharma Services Inc. has been up and running in the city for a couple of months but had its grand opening for its new 11,000 square foot laboratory and clinical facility on Wednesday. BioPharma is a medical research company that conducts clinical trials and drug testing. Its Columbia office specializes in bio-equivalence studies, which usually means ensuring generic drugs are absorbed into the body at the same rate as their name-brand counterparts.

Columbia hires civil engineering firm to fix sewers

Sep 18, 2014

The City of Columbia hired Engineering Surveys and Services this week to fix the sewer lines that run through Flat Branch Creek and the sewer main under Sixth and Elm Street.

According to Columbia City Councilman Karl Skala, the project should take developers several years to complete.

Student housing developers are also adding $450,000 to improve the sewer line that runs underneath Turner Avenue and into the Flat Branch trunk sewer.

Columbia City Councilwoman Laura Nauser said MU's push for more students influenced the decision on the project.

The Columbia business landscape hasn't always been as commercial as it is now.  Mike Brooks has been a fixture in the city's business outlook for five years, but that reign is coming to an end as Brooks announced his retirement from Regional Economic Development Incorporated (REDI) Wednesday.

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Members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission are recharging this morning after tensions rose during a conversation on electric bikes at last night’s meeting in Columbia. During their monthly meeting, members of the commission spent a majority of their time discussing the future of bicycles: electric bikes.

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A Columbia man has been found guilty of second-degree murder for the shooting death of a Jefferson City man.

Columbia Police
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Two bills to further protect on duty officers are currently awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon's signature.  The Columbia Police Officers' Association has supported legislation that would make it a felony to disarm a law enforcement agent of any weapon, not simply their handgun. 

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The Boone County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday morning to put a one-eighth-cent sales tax on the August ballot that would benefit the Central Missouri Events Center, county parks and recreational facilities.

Parachutists impress at annual Memorial Day Parade

May 26, 2014
Brandon Kiley / KBIA

The Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Parade continued its 26-year tradition with spectators coming together to watch the parade in downtown Columbia. The Salute to Veterans Corporation says the parade is specifically put on to honor and remember those who served and those currently serving in the armed forces, guard, reserves and our allies.

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Crews have removed about 18,000 tons of contaminated soil from a downtown Columbia site contaminated with possible carcinogens from a former manufactured gas plant.

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The government of Columbia is continuing to try and clear up questions about the future of the city.

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Ameren Missouri says construction is underway on an 11-mile natural gas pipeline from Columbia to Ashland, which currently does not have natural gas service.

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  The Columbia-Boone County Department of Public Health and Human services celebrates Public Health Week April 7-13. The department is promoting this year's theme as "Public Health: Start Here, Better Health. Better Missouri."  

Local biotech startup receives $200,000 investment

Mar 13, 2014
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Local biotech startup Animal Health Specialties has announced it is receiving an investment of more than $200,000 from Columbia-based investment group Centennial Investors.

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The True/False Film Festival will run from today until Sunday, and will showcase more than 40 films, dozens of works of art and many musical guests. Volunteers spent most of Thursday preparing for the rush of film-goers from all over the country. Kelsey Oerly says she is excited to finally contribute to the festival.