KBIA

Posts tagged with this author are either entirely or partially reported by the staff at KBIA. If possible, the specific staff member who reported each story will be listed within the body of each corresponding post.

University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton announced today that he will step down as chancellor effective November 15 of this year.  

Deaton says the time was right.

“(The decision to retire) did not happen quickly, let me say, I looked at a range of issues. The success and the coming together of the planning that we have been engaged in has been a very big part of it. And frankly the lack of absence of any major crises as I see them right now, you don’t want to choose that time,” Deaton said.

Deaton says there are no negative motivations behind his retirement.

Adam Procter / Flickr

A University of Missouri researcher is one of only a dozen recipients of this year’s National Medal of Science, announced by President Barack Obama Thursday.

Frederick Hawthorne is the director of the International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine at MU, and will be receiving the nation’s highest honor for scientists.The University says the Institute “was created largely to facilitate Hawthorne’s research” with the chemical element Boron.  

(via Flickr/Ziggy_Mo)

Janet Saidi contributed reporting from Columbia, Mo.

The number of people killed on Missouri roads is expected to be up slightly in 2012 compared with 2011.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says:

Ryan Famuliner/KBIA

Updated 4:30 p.m. with copy from KBIA's Ryan Famuliner.

A bipartisan group of Missouri leaders is trying to put pressure on Congress to address the national debt – and says tens of thousands of Missouri jobs are at stake.

The group, “Fix the Debt Missouri,” joins a larger national group of political and business leaders urging bipartisanship in Washington – as the so-called “fiscal cliff” looms. Former Republican US Senator Kit Bond is one of the chairs of the Missouri chapter of the group, which announced its formation at the Missouri Capitol today.

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Illinois to offer programs for those affected by drought

Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois will offer an array of debt restructuring and loan programs to farmers and ranchers affected by the drought. He visited a family farm in the southern Illinois area Monday, where much of the corn crop is wilting.

Quinn says the state has also launched a website to help.

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

Hot forecast brings heat advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the St. Louis area.

The advisory is in effect starting at noon on Thursday, and extending to at least 7 p.m. on Saturday. And the forecast from the National Weather Service shows why.

(Jacob Fenston/KBIA)

Jacob Fenston, KBIA

In all the political coverage lately, you may have missed Missouri House Bill 1063: it would make "the exercise commonly known and referred to as 'jumping jacks'" the official exercise of the state of Missouri. In this week's Health & Wealth update, could getting more kids jumping help reduce childhood obesity?

Durbin supports calls for repeal of Defense of Marriage Act

Some U.S Senators will be looking to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act this year.

The law prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

Ill. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin says he wants it repealed as it relates to federal benefits.

"I believe that we should have marriage equality in this county, that we should treat people fairly, that we should not discriminate against them in this circumstance," said Durbin.

USGS photo

Hundreds of streamflow gauges that are used to monitor rising water levels across the nation are in danger of being shut down because of budget cutbacks, but Missouri's gauge stations may avoid that fate.

Streamflow gauges monitor rising water levels connected with flooding, and they have other uses such as monitoring the availability of water as a resource.

(Provided by Boone County Sheriff's Office)

Reporting by KBIA's Sarah Redohl used in this report.

MU head football coach Gary Pinkel held a press conference with his lawyers this afternoon to apologize for his DWI arrest Wednesday night. Pinkel says he is sorry for letting down his players and fans.

"When you’re wrong, you’re wrong," Pinkel said. "I had to stand up to them and tell them how I felt and how I’d failed them."

(Provided by Boone County Sheriff's Office)

This is a developing story. We will update it when we have more information.

Updated at 4:25 p.m.:

Missouri has suspended coach Gary Pinkel for Saturday's game and frozen his salary for a year following his overnight arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.

Athletic director Mike Alden announced the disciplinary measures on Thursday afternoon. They include a total of some $300,000 in penalties, including a donation to a campus alcohol-awareness program, and 50 hours of community service.

University of Missouri joins SEC

The University of Missouri was officially accepted into the Southeastern Conference Sunday. SEC Presidents and Chancellors unanimously voted Missouri into the conference as its 14th member effective July 1, 2012.

A press conference and celebration were held Sunday evening at the MU student center.

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated with quotes from press conference. Reporting from KBIA's Ryan Faumuliner, Kaveh Kaghazi and Chris McDaniel was used in this story.

After months of speculation, it's official - the University of Missouri is bolting the Big 12 Conference for the SEC.

(via Flickr/eagle102.net)

Reporting by KBIA's Ryan Famuliner was used in this report.

The University of Missouri is officially looking to leave the Big 12 Conference.

(via Flickr/flattop341)

St. Charles house fire claims fourth victim

A tragic house fire in St. Charles has claimed the life of a 4th victim. 8-year-old Quentin Gresham died early this morning, following the deaths of his father, mother and younger sister earlier this week.

As the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports, the lone survivor of the deadly blaze is 11-year-old Robert Zwilling, who escaped by jumping out a second-floor window.

(via Flickr/Aranami)

Reporting from KBIA's Ryan Famuliner was used in this report.

Several St. Louis-area branches of the United States Postal Service are named on a "possible closure" list released by the Postal Service.

Nearly 3,700 post offices across the country are on the list of locations that will be studied to determine whether they should be closed. You can see a list of the offices on the list in the St. Louis area below.

(via Flickr/Adam Procter)

University of Missouri officials plan to make big cuts to an investment program in order to balance the books after a surprise cut in state funding.

The UM System says the Enterprise Investment Program’s budget will drop from $5 million to less than $3 million. UM System Vice President for Finance and Administration, Nikki Krawitz, said the year-old program helps bring University research and inventions to the marketplace.

UPI/Rick Meyer

Obama Visits Joplin

Exactly a week after Joplin was hit by the deadliest tornado to strike the U.S in decades, President Barack Obama visited the Missouri city to offer hope to survivors and promises of help. Obama took to the stage during the Joplin Community Memorial Service, delivering a message of hope and support.

Along with promises to help rebuild the devastated community, Obama honored some of Joplin’s “heroes,” whom he says acted swiftly – often at the expense of their own lives – to save those around them.

(UPI/University of Missouri)

Reporting from KBIA's Nick Adams used in this report.

A day after being hired as the new University of Missouri basketball coach, Frank Haith held a press conference this morning at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.

Pages