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    Mid-Missouri businesses strive to go green

    Posted 3:49 PM 11/19/2014 by Marcel Clarke, KOMU-8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Some local businesses in Mid-Missouri are making sustainability a priority in the office. The Mid-Missouri Tourism Council sponsored an event Wednesday for business owners and managers to communicate ideas in how to decrease carbon offsets.

    Barbara Buffaloe, sustainability (More)

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    Why is it so cold? Debunking the polar vortex

    Posted 9:28 PM 11/18/2014 by Spencer Wilson, KOMU 8 News

    COLUMBIA - Winds are blowing, and the thermometer is dropping like a box of rocks. Is this just winter taking its first steps, or is it something more serious?

    Is it the return of the polar vortex?

    Meteorologist Eric Aldrich said while the polar vortex has the potential to change (More)

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    Electric bikes becoming another option for commuters

    Posted 6:59 PM 11/18/2014 by Tiege Dooley-Panko, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Tom O'Connor said he whisks by other cyclists in the bike lane as if to say "see you guys later." But it's not because O'Connor is a superhero cyclist, in fact he said he's the opposite. He's able to get more places quicker than ever before because of a new addition to his bike...a (More)

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    City of Columbia announces "Recycling Ambassadors" initiative

    City of Columbia announces "Recycling Ambassadors" initiative

    Posted 9:42 AM 11/18/2014 by Drew Whiteman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - City of Columbia officials announced Tuesday the city is starting a new "Recycling Ambassadors" volunteer program in cooperation with Public Works. The news release said the program aims to "encourage recycling and waste reduction" and to use local volunteers to promote that mission (More)

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    Energy Commission looking closely at plastic bag ban

    Energy Commission looking closely at plastic bag ban

    Posted 4:15 PM 11/14/2014 by Jeremy Schrank, KOMU 8 Reporter

     COLUMBIA - The ban on single-use plastic bags in Columbia is continuing to be researched. 

    The Energy Use, Efficiency and Conservation subcommittee met Thursday night.

    Members looked at other ordinances in other communities to help determine the effect it would have (More)

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    Messy, stinky road kill makes clean up tough duty for road crews

    Messy, stinky road kill makes clean up tough duty for road crews

    Posted 3:34 PM 11/10/2014 by Caleb O’Brien, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Mike Rutter did not seem thrilled. In the year he's been with the Missouri Department of Transportation, he usually works on road signs - Boone County alone has about 10,000 signs that need to be maintained, updated and repaired, he said.

    But that morning he was to discharge one (More)

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    Hearing kicks off Monday for Grain Belt Express Clean Line

    Posted 2:56 PM 11/10/2014 by John Zupon, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - Lawyers for the Grain Belt Express Clean Line and those representing landowners and other firms met in Jefferson City Monday in front of the Missouri Public Service Commission to express their views on the proposal. 

    The project is a high-voltage, direct current (More)

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    Energy prices could spike with heavier EPA regulation of coal

    Posted 5:45 PM 11/8/2014 by Tiege Dooley-Panko, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - No matter the outcome of an EPA ruling in December, energy prices are expected to increase for consumers across the country.

    "The consumer will be affected because any measures taken to decommission a coal ash pond or change the way the coal ash is handled, we'll see an (More)

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    Precious goods go to waste without recycling options

    Posted 5:44 PM 11/8/2014 by Tiege Dooley-Panko, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Highly usable recyclable goods like cardboard boxes and aluminum cans sit among piles of trash in dumpsters across the city.

    Much of it comes from apartment complexes around Columbia that don't offer recycling.

    Columbia resident Krystal Brady said she grew up recycling (More)

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    Citizen Jane Film Festival sees growth, still lags behind others

    Posted 4:35 PM 11/7/2014 by Genevieve Reaume and Hannah Shaw, KOMU 8 Reporters

    COLUMBIA -- The seventh annual Citizen Jane Film Festival began Thursday on the Stephens College campus.

    While the annual event has seen continued growth over the last few years, women's centered film festival still lags behind both Roots N Blues N BBQ and the True False Film Festival in (More)

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    Rapid increase in the use of electronics means more e-waste

    Posted 3:08 PM 11/2/2014 by Arial Ruffin, KOMU 8 Reporter

    ROLLA - New data shows consumers on track to buy more electronic devices than ever before and, if the current trend continues, most of those devices will end up in your local landfill.

    While many states are passing laws to prevent e-waste from going into landfills and incinerators, it's (More)

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    Environmentalist groups fight nuclear power plant licensing

    Posted 5:05 PM 10/23/2014 by Brittany Rendak, KOMU 8 News

    FULTON - Clean energy organizations around the U.S., including one from Missouri, filed a new petition to challenge the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's ability to issue new reactor licenses and license renewals.

    The 17 groups argue that the NRC has not fully addressed the issues what (More)

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