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Greitens charged with felony related to fundraising list

Updated April 20 at 7 p.m. with statements from Gov. Greitens and his attorney — St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner has charged Missouri Gov. Eric Greitenswith a felony related to illegally taking a fundraising list from a veterans charity he co-founded. The charge, a class D felony, is for tampering with computer data. It’s the latest legal malady for the GOP governor, who is also facing a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a revealing photo of a woman without her consent.

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Updated April 20 at 7 p.m. with statements from Gov. Greitens and his attorney  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner has charged Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens with a felony related to illegally taking a fundraising list from a veterans charity he co-founded. The charge, a class D felony, is for tampering with computer data. 

It’s the latest legal malady for the GOP governor, who is also facing a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a revealing photo of a woman without her consent. 

A Conversation With Local Author Julija Šukys

Apr 20, 2018
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The Unbound Book Festival in Columbia runs from April 19 to April 21 and features several local authors. Julija Šukys is a local creative nonfiction author. We talked about her book Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter's Reckoning.


A Conversation With Local Author Allison Coffelt

Apr 20, 2018
Allison Coffelt

The Unbound Book Festival in Columbia runs from April 19 to April 21 and features several local authors. Allison Coffelt lives in Columbia. We talked about her book Maps Are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip Through Haiti.


Missouri lawmakers are dedicating $3 million to help address the state's backlog of sexual assault evidence kits.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the Senate Appropriations Committee designated the federal funds to the Attorney General's Office Wednesday.

Republican Sen. Caleb Rowden of Columbia proposed the budget amendment. The budget will now go before the full Senate. The money for the testing would be obtained through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Lab tests on an unknown substance sent to a Missouri lawmaker suggest it was pesticide.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike O'Connell said Friday that lab results suggested that the green, granular substance leaking from an envelope may have been a pesticide sold over the counter to consumers.

A Cole County hazmat team was called Thursday after a staff member for Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Democrat of University City, spotted the envelope.

Missouri Legislature Approves Several Election Changes

Apr 20, 2018

The Missouri Legislature has approved a bill that makes several changes to local elections.

The proposal approved Thursday would allow voters to request absentee ballots by email, removes a barrier to run as an independent candidate and changes the amount of time candidates would have to get their names on ballots during special elections.

Proponents say the changes will improve state elections. Opponents say some provisions could make it harder for people to participate in the democratic process.

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City plans to eliminate 17 academic and administrate jobs.

The Kansas City Star reports that this week's announcement is in response to the University of Missouri System announcing broad cuts last year across the four-campus system in Columbia, Rolla, St. Louis and Kansas City. The cuts left officials on the Kansas City campus looking for about a 3 percent reduction from each school, college and division. The system's flagship campus in Columbia said the cuts there would be much deeper.

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