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Nationwide Search for Permanent MU Chancellor Announced, Foley Indicates Interest

The University of Missouri System is beginning a nationwide search to name the next permanent Chancellor of the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. Hank Foley has been serving in the role of Interim Chancellor since the resignation of former Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin in November 2015. Foley issued this statement Monday, indicating he will apply to the position in an effort to drop the “interim” title:
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The people of southern Madagascar are on the brink of a famine and need immediate humanitarian aid, according to United Nations food agencies. A three-year drought, exacerbated by this year's El Niño, has caused harvests to continue to fail. And people are left with no money and almost nothing to eat.

Firefighters have temporarily halted efforts to recover bodies from the site of a devastating fire in Oakland, Calif., citing concerns that part of the building might collapse.

The "Ghost Ship" — a warehouse that was used as an artists' collective — burned down Friday night during a dance party. It was the deadliest fire in Oakland history.

At least 36 people are dead, authorities said Monday, and they expect the number of fatalities to rise when recovery efforts resume.

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The University of Missouri System is beginning a nationwide search to name the next permanent Chancellor of the University of Missouri campus in Columbia.

Hank Foley has been serving in the role of Interim Chancellor since the resignation of former Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin in November 2015. Foley issued this statement Monday, indicating he will apply to the position in an effort to drop the “interim” title:

Today Paul Pepper visits with Capital City Productions actress TORI STEPANEK about their latest production, "A Christmas Spectacular"! Locally written and produced, this show features the nine cast members playing themselves as well as other characters. Tori says, "think 1960s 'Judy Garland Christmas Special'." At [2:57] authors CATHERINE and RICHARD STICKANN tell us about their new book, 'Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives: The American Story'. Based on accounts from "primary sources," this book follows three men who travel west from New York to Colorado in search of mining opportunities during the Civil War. December 5, 2016

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A fire has gutted a landmark building in northern Missouri.

The Kirksville Daily Express reports that the Kirksville Arts Association building was hit Friday night by a fire that took hours to control and filled the downtown area with smoke. No injuries were immediately reported.

The building houses the Kirksville Arts Association gallery, as well as the association's office space and storage.

Fire Department Battalion Chief David Rigdon said he expected crews to continue working the scene throughout the day Saturday.

For Missouri Legislators, Term Limits Can Create Openings and Obstacles

Dec 2, 2016

The clock starts ticking the day you’re elected into the Missouri legislature. If you’re lucky, you get eight years. Then term limits kick in and it’s time to find a new job. KBIA’s Hannah Haynes spoke to some of those term-limited legislators and found a bipartisan agreement: term limits have a downside.


Today Paul Pepper visits with ALEX GEORGE, Director/Founder of the  Unbound Book Festival, about what to expect in year #2! If you attended this year's festival, the first, you'll be excited to know that not only is it coming back, but that nationally known author Salman Rushdie will be a featured speaker! Watch for details! December 2, 2016

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Columbia officials met with local landlords and residents at city hall Wednesday night to discuss concerns over high-energy costs and consumption in rental housing.  Those in attendance were able to voice their concerns to members of the Environment and Energy Commission. 

Commission member Nick Peckham owns an architectural company in Columbia. He says he was struck by one woman’s story in particular.  Peckham says the woman told him that she had recently had an electric bill that was more expensive than her rent.

Columbia Regional Airport Renovates Runway

Dec 2, 2016
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Preparation for runway construction work is underway at the Columbia Regional Airport (COU).

A release from the city of Columbia on Wednesday said the airport will break ground in the next few weeks to rebuild and lengthen runway 13-31. The release also said the project will be completed in the summer of 2017.

Columbia contractor Emery Sapp and Sons began clearing only trees on Tuesday and will suspend the rest of the Runway Safety Enhancement Project until next spring sometime around March.  

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President-elect Donald Trump has suggested that he’ll nominate U.S. Supreme Court justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that ended many abortion restrictions in the U.S.

If he succeeds, some states might have laws like that in the Republic of Ireland - which has the most restrictive abortion laws of any industrialized democracy.

Under the Eighth Amendment to Ireland's constitution, abortion is illegal in the heavily Catholic country in all cases except when the life of the woman is at risk. Both the woman or the doctor performing the abortion can face up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

But polls show the constitutional amendment underpinning the ban has lost popular support, raising pressure on Ireland's government to hold a referendum on the issue. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the effort to repeal Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion.


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