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    Macon officials dedicate solar farm

    Posted 2:23 PM 7/1/2015 by Chris Gothner, KOMU 8 Reporter

    MACON - Macon officials, along with officials from Gardner Capital and MC Power Companies, officially dedicated the city's 10,800-panel solar farm Wednesday. 

    The farm provides power to 35 Missouri cities that (More)

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    National guard truck crashes into overpass

    Posted 1:35 PM 6/25/2015 by Blair Ussary, KOMU 8 Reporter

    FULTON - A national guard semi-truck crashed Thursday morning into the Highway 54 overpass in Fulton.

    The guard was passing through carrying a truck on the back of the semi when the truck's cab collided with the overpass. Highway patrolman Scott White said it was an oversized load.

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    Missouri among top 20 states with deficient rural roads

    Posted 10:40 AM 5/19/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Dani Sureck, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Missouri's rural roads need improvement, according to a report released Tuesday from TRIP, a national transportation research group.

    Missouri ranks 15th in the country for percentage of rural pavement roads that are in poor condition and (More)

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    New environmental coalition celebrates in Earth Day rally

    Posted 2:57 PM 4/22/2015 by Christian Piekos, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - Missourians met today in the Capitol to celebrate both Earth Day and the beginning of the Missouri Clean Energy Coalition (MCEC).

    The coalition is pushing for Missouri to transition from reliance on fossil fuels to different forms of clean energy, specifically wind and (More)

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    Breaking research on propane could mean a cleaner future

    Posted 5:18 PM 4/10/2015 by Spencer Wilson, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - In a world where cheap, clean, sustainable energy is a primary target, science just made one step closer to such a fuel.

    A report from Manchester University in England states researchers have been working on creating a bio-fuel type of propane in order to create an efficient and (More)

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    E-Waste collections down

    Posted 4:44 PM 2/12/2015 by Lina Young, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Mid Mo Recycling is one of only two electronic recycling centers in Boone County. The center has been open since 2001. President, Stan Fredrick, says the center accepts everything with a cord or battery. 

    "We're shipping off (More)

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    City leaders, GRO Missouri urge new look at power plant contract

    Posted 12:45 PM 3/17/2015 by Amanda LaBrot, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - City leaders and GRO Missouri want the city to reevaluate its long-term contract with a major coal burning power plant. 

    Columbia signed a 40-year contract with Prairie State Energy Campus, in Marissa, Ill., in 2006 to provide the city with coal- generated energy.  The (More)

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    Missouri paddlefish fingerlings still vulnerable

    Missouri paddlefish fingerlings still vulnerable

    Posted 5:39 PM 3/15/2015 by By Paige Blankenbuehler, KOMU 8 Reporter

    SWEET SPRINGS - As the annual paddlefish snagging season began Sunday, conservation biologists got more creative in their management strategies of the vulnerable fish.

    This year, a new Missouri Department of Conservation five-year program asks anglers to report fish they snag that have (More)

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    Local nonprofits clash over proposed trail plans

    Posted 3:51 PM 3/13/2015 by Hannah Lazo & Berkeley Lovelace Jr., KOMU 8 Reporters

    COLUMBIA - Local organizations have been clashing with the city and with each other, when it comes to deciding the fate of the Hinkson Creek Valley.

    PedNet Coalition and It's Our Wild Nature would like to see the GetAbout Columbia funds for the Shepard to Rollins Trail Connection used on (More)

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    Volunteers train to educate others about recycling

    Posted 10:35 AM 3/7/2015 by Chris Gothner, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia trained new Recycling Ambassadors Saturday. Recycling Ambassadors are citizen volunteers who educate other citizens about recycling and waste reduction. 

    The Recycling Ambassadors program is designed to foster communication between recyclers and those (More)

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    Sierra Club faces challenges with plastic bag ban ordinance

    Posted 1:05 AM 2/9/2015 by Nick Hehemann, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Carolyn Amparan has been passionate about environment-friendly policies for quite a while, but was never extremely active until a few years ago.

    "Before that, I was kind of what you would call an email activist," Amparan said. 

    Now, as the chair for the Osage Group (More)

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    New study finds health risks with stopping at red lights

    Posted 5:51 PM 2/13/2015 by Spencer Wilson, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Now there's even more fuel for your hatred of waiting at red lights. 

    A new report out of the University of Surrey in England shows stopping at red lights while driving exposes people to high levels of air pollutants. 

    The report is based on a daily average (More)

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