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Shop Hop Promotes Local Holiday Shopping November 20, 2009

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Shop Hop promoted local Christmas shopping in Columbia.

Christmas season has officially begun for Columbia. People filled the streets of downtown last weekend to participate in the District’s Shop Hop. The goal of the event is to promote Christmas shopping locally rather than have residents drive out of town for gifts.

KBIA’s Arika Sampson went out to see how locals welcomed the event.

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‘Everyone Eats’ Collects Money, Food for 13th Year November 20, 2009

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Volunteers work to collect donations for 'Everyone Eats.'

Volunteers kicked off the annual “Everyone Eats” program Thursday in downtown Columbia. The program aims to collect enough money and canned goods to help people in need every holiday season.

KBIA’s Michael Gaio has the story.

TOMS Founder Visits University of Missouri November 13, 2009

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When buyers purchase a pair of TOMS shoes, another pair is donated to children in need.

An up and coming entrepreneur recently visited the University of Missouri. Students gathered at Jesse Auditorium to hear Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS shoes, speak about his aspirations and dreams for his company.

Mycoskie started TOMS in 2006 after visiting Argentina and seeing first hand how many children were needed shoes. Mycoskie developed a “one-for-one” program that gives children in need a pair of shoes for every pair purchased through TOMS.

Mycoskie recently sat down with KBIA’s Kristen Brody and shared his story in this audio postcard.

Citizens of Springfield Pass Tax to Fund Police and Fire Pensions November 13, 2009

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The sales tax proposal designed to help shape up the police and fire pension fund recently passed with 55 percent of voters saying “yes” to the tax. City and community leaders watched the results come in during a watch party last night at the Discovery Center in Springfield.

KSMU’s Chasity Mayes was at the watch party and files this report.

Columbians Line Up for Free Haircuts November 10, 2009

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Men lined up to get free haircuts at a Columbia business

Axe, a company that makes grooming products for men, sponsored free haircuts for men at Columbia’s Varsity Clips in a promotion last week.

KBIA’s Elizabeth McIntyre went to Varsity Clips to see the promotion.

Local Group Calls for Audit for Springfield Public Schools November 9, 2009

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A local group that focuses on low-income and minority students who live in the Springfield Public School District is gathering signatures for an audit of the school district.

KSMU’s Kristian Kriner reports.

Barker Gives $1 Million to Drury for Animal Rights Professorship November 6, 2009

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Former game show host Bob Barker laughs as he holds up his own Drury basketball jersey from the 1940s. (Photo credit: Jennifer Moore/KSMU)

Former “The Price Is Right” host and Drury University graduate Bob Barker gave $1 million to his alma mater to establish a professorship in Animal Rights at Drury University.

KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has the story.

Hear it here.

TIFs, TDDs, CIDs: What Are They Talking About? November 6, 2009

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Earlier this October, KBIA’s Sara Wittmeyer moderated a forum at the Columbia Public Library. The forum concerned public/private partnerships such as Tax Increment Financing, Transportation Development Districts and Community Improvement Districts. Representatives from the business and development communities, the Columbia Public Schools, and the City of Columbia discussed these arrangements and their public policy implications.

Hear KBIA’s half-hour wrap-up here.

Ford Workers at Claycomo Plant Vote Down Contract Changes November 5, 2009

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Union workers at the Ford Claycomo Assembly Plant rejected contract change concessions.

Union workers at the Ford Claycomo Assembly Plant have soundly rejected contract change concessions and the Sunday vote has national implications.

KCUR’s Dan Verbeck has this report.

Jordan Valley Dental Clinic Helps Uninsured November 5, 2009

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Imagine having a tooth that has a deep cavity, which makes hard to eat, think or even make it through the day, and you don’t have insurance or enough money to pay for a costly dental visit. Jordan Valley Community Health Center recently screened 115 people and gave out vouchers, so that some individuals in that situation could receive free dental care.

From KSMU, listen to Kristian Kriner’s story now.