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Missouri's Elusive Tropical Fruit Attracts Enthusiasts

Late summer and early fall might not seem like a very tropical time in Missouri, but it is the best season to find one of the last remaining pieces of the state’s tropical past. I’m talking about the largest edible native fruit in North America – the elusive paw paw. Despite the fruit’s uniquely exotic flavor, and the fact that it grows throughout the Midwest, you won’t find the paw paw in most groceries, which means if you want to taste it, you have to set off into the woods, which is exactly what I did on a recent afternoon.

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For the first time, a female Marine has completed the grueling Infantry Officer Course.

The 13-week course is considered one of the toughest in the U.S. military, and one-third of the class dropped out before graduation.

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon on Tuesday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, our partners at Sauce Magazine will join the program to discuss their annual “Guide to Drinking,” and where St. Louisans can go to find the best drinks in the region.

Joining the program to discuss will be:

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Susie McGee, left, wears a white lab coat and a red stereoscope. She stands next to Bev Borgeson, in a black and white spotted blouse. They both smile into the camera.
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Susie McGee and Bev Borgeson both work for Audrain Developmental Disability Services. Susie works as the Community RN - proving nursing care - and Bev is the Quality Assurance Coordinator, which according to Susie means she wears “many hats.”

They spoke about how the needs of the people they work with, who they call “consumers,” are changing.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at

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I love this time of year: the leaves on the trees are just beginning to change, the nights and mornings are cooler, and my summer vegetable garden is starting to slow down. Lots of non-gardeners think that September is the harvest month. That is true, but if you have an intensively planted garden like I do, May, June, July, and August are also the harvest months.

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A Missouri House bill has the potential to change public education across Missouri.

Missouri House Bill 634 expands charter schools options throughout the state. Right now, charter schools are only allowed in Kansas City and St. Louis. If the bill were to pass, it could mean charter schools could open anywhere in the state.

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Today Paul Pepper and CLAUDIA SCHOONOVER, Director of Missouri River Regional Library, talk about "The End of Your Life Book Club". Author Will Schwalbe's "love letter" to his mother is the chosen book for year's 'Capital Read' program. Will is visiting Jefferson City later this week - watch for details! At [4:21] Mizzou graduate students MILLA TITOVA, psychology, and TAYLOR KELTY, biomedical sciences, are here to tell us what they'll be talking about at this Wednesday's Science on Tap COMO event at Craft Beer Cellar in Columbia. September 25, 2017

MU Evaluating New Title IX Guidelines But No Immediate Changes Expected

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The University of Missouri System will evaluate new Title IX guidelines related to sexual assault on campus issued Friday by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, an MU spokeswoman said.

DeVos rescinded Obama-era policies in which campuses adhered to a “preponderance of evidence” standard of proof when students were accused of sexual assault. The new temporary guidelines allow for colleges and universities to adhere to a “clear and convincing standard of proof” for sexual assault investigations, according to The New York Times.

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Missouri prisons have been ordered to eliminate smoking after an asthmatic inmate serving a life sentence for two murders won a court judgment.

The Kansas City Star reports Missouri has been ordered to go smoke-free by April 1 because of the lawsuit Ecclesiastical Denzel Washington filed.

Missouri already bans smoking inside prison buildings, but it allowed it in designated areas outside. The evidence at trial showed that inmates are commonly written up for smoking in their cells.

Community Mural Unveiled at Optimist Park

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A mural dedicated to local community members in Central Columbia was unveiled Sunday afternoon at Optimist Park.

About 50 people from the Central Neighborhood gathered to see the mural, which took 10 weeks to paint on a fence in the park. The project was part of the Career Awareness Related Experience program, which helps adolescents find entry-level jobs.

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Regional stories from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

  • MKT trail to be closed for bridge repair
  • Initiative to improve cyber security at Missouri schools is working, education officials say
  • ACLU sues city of St. Louis
  • UM System keeps on public relations firm

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It’s a hot day at Cooper’s Landing.

The Missouri River stretches to the right. A bluegrass band and crickets hum in the background. And people are scattered about listening, drinking beer and fanning away the heat. I glance around for Sara Dykman, who’s just arrived from Jefferson City by bike and who’s heading toward Mexico. I don’t see her, but I do see her bicycle.


The bike is bright pink and loaded down with stuff. Suddenly, Sara appears with a Mr. Pibb in hand, catching me in the middle of snapping photos.