• Ethiopia's Zone 9 bloggers. Six of the nine are now in prison on terrorism charges, and the remaining three are now in exile. (Courtesy photo)

    Ethiopia’s jailed journalists

    Posted on May 18, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Lakshna Mehta, Deme Walls, Juan Joaquin Hernandez Rader & Raffaella Iacovella To understand Ethiopia’s election next month, where the ruling party is likely to win an overwhelming majority in parliament, it’s important to understand what happened in Africa’s second-most populous country a decade ago. It’s 2005 and the ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary […]

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  • Spencer Hoffmeister (left) walks the track at Farmington High School with his friends. The high school provides an inclusive atmosphere for Hoffmeister, something Re-Invent Special Education hopes to see more of.

    Exploring the paths of Missouri’s special education

    Posted on May 18, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Heather Adams & Ashley Reese Experts and parents alike have been confused on whether Missouri is really the last state to have separate, state-funded schools for the severely disabled.  Special education is complicated. There are so many different factors to consider- the environment, the teachers, the therapies and other services. So even though the […]

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  • Lupe Ortiz holds her son Jonah for their evening milk feeding on Monday, April 6, 2015 in her Columbia, Missouri home. Ortiz uses Facebook pages that connect breast milk donors to recipients. Jonah drinks donated breast milk while he’s at daycare, and Ortiz’s in the evenings.

    Mothers exchanging breast milk online in Columbia

    Posted on May 18, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Micheala Sosby, Daniela Vidal and Tony Peng When Sarah Cranston met Danielle Geurts, she had a lot of questions. She wanted to know about Geurts’ caffeine consumption, any medications she took, and her baby’s health. Cranston wanted to be sure Geurts’ breast milk was safe for her own 6-month-old son, Ian. Cranston and Geurts […]

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  • Recruits for the Missouri State Highway Patrol attend a crash zone diagramming class on May 5, 2015 in Jefferson City, Missouri. The academy lasts 25 weeks, and is the last step in the 17-month recruiting process. The class contains one black recruit, two Latinos and three women.

    Missouri State Highway Patrol struggles to meet minority numbers

    Posted on May 8, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Daniela Vidal and Ailin Li Missouri State Highway Patrol recruits learn how to communicate with people from different backgrounds in a class known as “verbal judo.” Instructors teach the recruits how to have people comply with their verbal commands. They also learn what manner of speaking is preferred in different parts of the state […]

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  • Missouri House passes repeal of universal helmet law

    Posted on May 8, 2015 by in Student Work, Uncategoried

    By Mary McIntyre and Erjun Peng All motorcyclists take some kind of risk when they ride their bikes, but some are willing to take more than others by not wearing their helmets. The Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill that will allow motorcyclists to ride without their helmets. Under the current universal helmet law, […]

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  • Justin Trueblood, a Native American student at the University of Missouri, stands outside the John K. Hulston Hall Thursday, April 30, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. Trueblood is the member of National Native American Law Students Association.

    Native American enrollment shrinks at MU

    Posted on May 1, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Katie Hogsett and Shih-Wei Chou Fewer Native Americans are choosing the University of Missouri year after year. Either that, or they aren’t choosing to identify as Native American when asked for their ethnicity. “As generations go on it probably becomes harder to trace your family tree in order to become registered and all that. […]

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  • Family nurse practitioner Christine Hurt examines the heartbeat of Desiray Crowe-Boicourt at SSM Health Medical Group in Tipton, Missouri on Tuesday, April 21. Under Missouri regulations, Hurt can only prescribe five controlled substances for five days.

    Collaborative practice requirement divides nursing, medical communities

    Posted on April 28, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Jacqueline LeBlanc and Micheala Sosby Kathy Lenz is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) in Boonville, Missouri, but sometimes her patients mistakenly call her “Dr. Kathy.” She makes sure to correct them. “I tell them, ‘You don’t see a doctor, you see a nurse practitioner,’” Lenz said. “They don’t realize it, they just know […]

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  • Elia Guadalupe de Sandoval (right) talks with her granddaughter, Michelle Aragon (left) in Mexico, Missouri, on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Sandoval is a pastor at the Church of the Nazarene.

    Audrain County works to provide dental care

    Posted on April 28, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Jacob Scholl and Daniela Vidal Elia Guadalupe de Sandoval is a pastor at the Church of the Nazarene in Mexico, Missouri. She’s also an occasional mechanic, mover and cable installer. But one thing she can’t do is get dental care for herself. Sandoval is one of many Hispanics who fall into a gap of […]

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  • The Bent family gets ready for school on Thursday morning, April 2nd. Their school, Fairview Elementary, is five minutes down the road. (Abigail Keel/KBIA)

    When planning for growth, redrawing boundaries for CPS can be complicated

    Posted on April 16, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Abigail Keel The most contentious part of a building a new school is shifting attendance boundary lines. Some families get to stay, others switch schools, leave friends, and if they’re lucky, get a shorter commute. At the meeting on Monday, Columbia Public Schools Board of Education approved new attendance boundaries affecting six elementary schools […]

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  • Natasha Parham holds a closure notice Tuesday at Sunset Mobile Home Park. Parham said she found the letter on her trailer's door yesterday. (Columbia Missourian/Allen Fennewald)

    Ed’s, Sunset Mobile Home Parks to close, residents given 6 months notice

    Posted on April 11, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Allen Fennewald COLUMBIA — There is no visible indication that Sunset Mobile Home Park is closing. A banner hangs beneath the faded entrance sign advertising two and three-bedroom homes. A trailer at Lot 106 is being remodeled. But a letter to the contrary is taped to the manager’s front door. It begins, “This letter […]

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