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Views of the News: Weinstein's Woes Mount

Harvey Weinstein remains in rehab undergoing treatment for a sex addiction while his peers expel him from the Motion Picture Academy and the Producers Guild and his company crumbles financially. Meanwhile, NBC execs deny claims they quashed a reporter’s work on the story and football commentator jokes on Sunday Night Football. We’ll break down the developments in the Weinstein saga. Also, President Donald Trump’s threat to go after broadcast licenses, why the New York Times felt a need to update its social media policy and why it’s so hard for some people to ad lib on TV. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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The Columbia Public School District Board of Education voted to approve members of the Lee Elementary naming committee Thursday morning. The committee will be responsible for considering the school’s official name, Robert E. Lee Elementary School.

Columbia Public Schools Community Relations Director Michelle Baumstark said community diversity is strong within the committee.

VA Hospital Expands Intensive Care Unit

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The Harry S. Truman Veterans’ Hospital has expanded its intensive care unit to provide more beds and space for its patients. Ambassadors from the Columbia Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon in honor of the new expansion. The expansion is just one part of a 10 year, $9 million plan to renovate and expand the hospital.

“We’ve consistently increased the number of veterans were taking care of somewhere around 2 to 3 percent each year. The fiscal year that just ended we were taking care of 39,000 veterans,” Public Affairs Officer Stephen Gaither said.

MU to Implement Changes to Emergency Responses

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The University of Missouri plans to improve its response to emergencies on campus after Wednesday’s search for a woman with a gun. In an email Thursday evening, Vice Chancellor for Operation Gary Ward announced plans to help implement effective emergency procedures.

Missouri State Parks

There's a place in the Ozarks where wild horses still roam and where the most adventurous of hikers can wander the wilderness for days.

For those listeners looking for a fall adventure, I took a day trip with my daughter to Missouri’s newest developed state park, Echo Bluff State Park, and brought along a recorder so we could create an audio postcard.

We begin by loading up the bikes since Echo Bluff has plenty of trails.

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Today Paul Pepper visits with CATHERINE PARKE about the next 'Second Saturday for Kids'! Columbia's own Jabberwocky Studios will be the guest artist. They'll be demonstrating "interactive arts" that are associated with this month's theme of "dreams." But that's not all! Watch for details. At [3:48] KRISTIN BOWEN and CATEY TERRY invite everyone to come to the Mizzou Homecoming Parade tomorrow morning in downtown Columbia! Kristin says Moms Demand Action will have many of it's members walking the parade route spreading their message of gun violence prevention (and, of course, candy). October 20, 2017

Missouri Supreme Court Rules on Public Defender Caseloads

Oct 20, 2017
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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a southeastern Missouri public defender who says she's overloaded must ask permission from a judge before denying additional cases.

Supreme Court judges this week ruled against public defender Leslie Hazel, who had asked them to block a judge from forcing her to take on more clients. 

Columbia Earns Perfect Score on National LGBTQ Equality Index

Oct 20, 2017
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Columbia earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Municipal Equality Index, the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipality law, policy and services.

Columbia was one of 68 cities that earned perfect scores on the index, according to a news release. Kansas City and St. Louis are the other two Missouri cities that scored a perfect score of 100 points.

Columbia was highlighted particularly for its LGBTQ liaisons in the City Manager’s office and in the Columbia Police Department, transgender-inclusive health benefits for employees, diversity and inclusion training for city employees and a series of non-discrimination laws, according to the news release.

MU Announces Plans to Improve MU Alert and Emergency Responses

Oct 20, 2017
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MU administrators will be taking steps to improve the university’s response to emergencies on campus, Vice Chancellor for Operations Gary Ward announced in an email Thursday evening. This comes after students expressed frustration during a search for a woman with a gun on campus Wednesday.

Immediate actions include expanding MU Alert, the emergency mass notification system, to allow parents to sign up for text message and email alerts. The university will also promote the MU Alert website, specifically the ”Surviving an Active Shooter” video on how to respond to active threats and the page on whom to contact in an emergency.