Top Local News

Meiying Wu / KBIA

Public Invited to Give City Council Feedback on Fiscal 2018 Budget

Work on the proposed city budget for fiscal 2018 will resume Tuesday when the Columbia City Council holds the second of three public hearings on the $455.2 million spending plan. A final hearing and vote is scheduled for Sept. 18. Key to the debate over the budget is whether and by how much to raise monthly bills for the sanitary sewer, water, electric and solid waste utilities. At an Aug. 23 work session, Mayor Brian Treece expressed frustration about proposals to raise rates by 1 percent to...

Read More

More News

In a span of less than two weeks, rampant violence has driven nearly 125,000 members of a Muslim ethnic minority from their homeland. And as the Rohingya cross the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh, they have borne little but the clothes on the back and their brutal stories of the systematic rape, murder and arson they escaped.

President Trump's decision to rescind an Obama-era policy deferring action against children of undocumented immigrants is drawing scattered protests around the country.

Hours before Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the widely anticipated announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the White House. They shouted "We are America" and "We want education. Down with deportation."

Read and Listen to More Stories from NPR and KBIA

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri mother has donated nearly eight gallons of breast milk to the victims of flooding in Texas.

KMOV-TV reports that Danielle Palmer, of Owensville, had a freezer full of milk because her youngest son, Truett, was born with a congenital heart defect and was unable to take her milk for much of his life. Most of his nutrition came through an IV.

Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mayor of St. Louis says the city is "on edge" as it awaits a ruling in the first-degree murder trial of former police officer Jason Stockley, in part because of a troubled history of justice in St. Louis and nationwide.

Stockley is accused of fatally shooting Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. The case was heard last month but it's unclear when Judge Timothy Wilson will rule.

Activists have threatened civil disobedience if Stockley, who is white, is acquitted in the death of the black suspect.

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A small private university in Missouri is creating a tuition-free college option for low-income students.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Fontbonne University is partnering with donors to create a program called the Fontbonne Promise.

Darrell Watts, left, has short hair and wears a red shirt. He stands in front of his sister Lisa Harrison, right, who has curly blonde hair and wears a pink shirt.
Rebecca Smith / KBIA

Darrell Watts and his sister Lisa Harrison both live in Audrain County. Darrell was born with cerebral palsy and is legally blind. Lisa is her brother’s guardian and also a Residential House Coordinator for Audrain Development Disability Services - where she works with other people with disabilities on a daily basis.

They spoke about how Darrell owning his own home has caused some healthcare struggles over the past few years.

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

Trevor Harris / KBIA

Last week, our longtime KBIA colleague Pat Akers retired after 30 years of service to KBIA. Before he cruised off into the sunset, Pat sat down to reflect on the changes he has seen in radio during his KBIA career.

Commentary: Trump is Not a Republican

3 hours ago

These commentaries are a team effort. I can’t thank KBIA staff enough for their production support: Ryan, Sarah, Nathan, Beatriz and Kyle by name. If you enjoyed the recent Beatles commentary, thank Kyle Felling.


via Flickr user Sarah_Ackerman

Hollywood usually banks on big summer blockbusters… but this year, Americans said no to the going to the movies. Was it this year’s offerings? Or are our entertainment options changing and making the movie theater a thing of the past? 

Adam B. Vary, BuzzFeed: “Why Hollywood bombed so badly this summer

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week in the woods, or backyard garden, you’ll likely cross paths with the monarch butterfly.

Today Paul Pepper visits with Osher@Mizzou's MICHAEL PORTER about the "wonderful array" of classes beginning September 11th! If you're 50+, you can sign up for one class, or you can become a 'premiere member'. New this year: "Osher Sings". Watch for details! At [4:29] ANDREW GRABAU, Executive Director of Heart of Missouri United Way, invites everyone to take part in the Day of Caring (a.k.a. Day of Volunteering) September 11th in Columbia. This is the kickoff to their fundraising campaign, the goal of which is over $3M! September 5, 2017