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    Monarch butterflies stop in Missouri during southerly migration

    Monarch butterflies stop in Missouri during southerly migration

    Posted 7:16 AM 9/21/2014 by Elise Moser, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - At Moreau Heights Elementary School in Jefferson City, a small native plant garden is attracting monarch butterflies. The butterflies are flying through Missouri as they migrate south to their winter home in the mountains of Mexico, stopping along the way to feed on nectar and (More)

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    Big Muddy Clean Sweep makes waves in Boonville

    Posted 11:54 AM 9/20/2014 by Genevieve Reaume, KOMU 8 News Reporter

    BOONVILLE - Over 200 volunteers boarded boats in Boonville Saturday morning to clean up the nation's longest river.

    As a part of the Big Muddy Clean Sweep 2014, Saturday morning was filled with trash bags, debris, boats, boy scouts, children, grandparents and mud.  Lots of mud.  (More)

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    Mid-Missourians join caravan to People's Climate March in New York

    Posted 7:28 AM 9/20/2014 by Kevin Allen, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - As they waited anxiously for the bus from Kansas City just before 9 p.m. on Friday, Chloe Jackson and Josh Ellermann worked quickly to cut and tear an old t-shirt into strips. It looked as if they were preparing a tourniquet for an injured friend.

    Jackson and Ellermann, both (More)

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    Climate change group finds common ground with opponents

    Climate change group finds common ground with opponents

    Posted 1:32 PM 9/16/2014 by Kevin Allen, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - Eleven concerned citizens sat quietly in the living room of Jefferson City residents George and Kathy Laur on a recent Saturday afternoon. Their eyes were trained on the hummingbirds that swarmed the yellow hibiscus on the back patio, but their ears were tuned to a speakerphone (More)

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    Some concerned with fuel source of new gas station

    Posted 10:15 PM 9/15/2014 by Tiege Dooley-Panko, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The new compressed natural gas station in Columbia is projected to save millions of dollars for the city, but some people are worried about the way the gas is being produced. Some fear hydraulic fracturing could be involved. 

    According to the (More)

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    Mid-Missouri gets first compressed natural gas station

    Posted 2:49 PM 8/26/2014 by Greg Dailey, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia and Clean Energy hosted a grand opening Tuesday morning for mid-Missouri's first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station.

    It will supply CNG, not only to government and private fleets, but also CNG vehicles owned by the general public.

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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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