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    City kicks off environmental sustainability awards

    Posted 7:35 AM 8/20/2014 by Beth Anne Carroll, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia and Lucky's Market will host a kick off event Wednesday for a new program that awards environmentally-friendly businesses and organizations.

    The Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement Awards were designed to recognize local businesses and organizations that (More)

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    Columbia's "net zero" house nears completion

    Posted 7:48 AM 8/12/2014 by Shannon O'Brien, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - A unique Columbia house, originally planned to be completed last winter, nears completion.

    The "net zero" house is supposed to have no net costs for heating or cooling, but it's unknown if it will be fully self-sustainable until it's actually complete.

    Crews planned on (More)

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    National organization joins bidding process for Ameren rail line

    Posted 11:26 AM 8/7/2014 by Creighton Hayes, KOMU 8 News

    COLUMBIA - Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the nation's largest trail organization, has joined the bidding process for Ameren's Rock Island Trail corridor which would extend across Missouri.

    KOMU 8 News reported in early July (More)

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    New report says Missouri has grown in solar energy use

    Posted 6:28 AM 8/7/2014 by Jeffrey Militzer, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - A new report from Environment Missouri shows Missouri more than tripled its growth in solar energy in 2013.

    P.J. Wilson, executive director of Environment Missouri, said Missouri's solar policies are allowing it to increase solar growth.

    "Missouri's gone from a laggard (More)

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    Elevated chemicals found in water near reactor

    Elevated chemicals found in water near reactor

    Posted 6:22 PM 8/4/2014 by The Associated Press

    FULTON (AP) - The owner of Missouri's only commercial nuclear reactor is reporting elevated chemical levels near its Callaway County plant.

    Ameren Missouri has told the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission that water samples from a new groundwater monitoring well at its Callaway plant (More)

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    Lack of rain causes concerns for mid-Missouri farmers

    Lack of rain causes concerns for mid-Missouri farmers

    Posted 5:03 PM 8/3/2014 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Farmers said Sunday the lack of rain in mid-Missouri is causing concern for the health of their crops.

    According to the National Weather Service, Columbia is 4.41 inches behind the yearly average for this time of year.

    Callaway County farmer David Oberleg said the lack of (More)

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    SEMO agriculture students schooled in use of drone

    SEMO agriculture students schooled in use of drone

    Posted 12:49 PM 8/2/2014 by The Associated Press

    CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) - Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Agriculture has something new at its farm - a drone unofficially dubbed "Ag Force One."

    Students and faculty are being trained on how to use the unmanned aerial vehicle, a $6,000 piece of equipment that department (More)

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    Kansas City groups get $120K for Middle Blue River

    Kansas City groups get $120K for Middle Blue River

    Posted 4:25 AM 7/31/2014 by The Associated Press

    LENEXA, Kan. (AP) - Two Kansas City nonprofits are getting a total of about $120,000 in federal funds to improve areas around the Middle Blue River.

    The regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency says the grants to the Blue River Watershed Association and the Heartland (More)

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    Nixon tours Iowa ethanol plant

    Nixon tours Iowa ethanol plant

    Posted 3:03 PM 7/22/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon traveled to Iowa to get a personal look at the latest methods in ethanol production.

    Nixon took the state plane Tuesday to tour a cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. He was accompanied by the Missouri agriculture and economic (More)

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    Springfield receives energy from solar farm

    Springfield receives energy from solar farm

    Posted 9:22 AM 7/21/2014 by The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) - City Utilities in Springfield has begun receiving some power from a solar farm in Greene County.

    The utility's spokesman, Joel Alexander, says the solar farm northeast of Springfield began producing power on June 26, and a formal dedication is planned for August.

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    Rock Bridge Memorial State Park hosts cave tours, bat viewing

    Posted 3:43 PM 7/19/2014 by Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Rock Bridge Memorial State Park's weekly Connor's Cave Tours continued this weekend with a special viewing of bats flying out of Devil's Icebox Saturday evening.

    The community is invited to watch endangered gray bats fly out of Devil's Icebox Saturday evening from 7:30 to 10:30. (More)

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    Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop explores food for the future

    Posted 3:30 PM 7/19/2014 by KOMU 8 Digital Staff

    COLUMBIA - Aspiring journalists from 15 different high schools came together this week to report on issues dealing with local and global hunger and food.

    The University of Missouri hosted the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop where students worked in the KOMU 8 News and the Columbia (More)

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