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Views of the News: Greitens, Aides Use Secret Messaging App

Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in yesterday’s special election for Alabama’s open senate seat. It’s a huge win for Jones… but how big of a win is it for journalists? Also Gov. Greitens’ use of a secret messaging app, former Gawker employees seek to buy back the bankrupt gossip site and MSNBC rehires a contributor fired after some sexually suggestive tweets. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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The day after the suicide of Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson, his widow announced that she plans to run for his seat.

"Dan is gone but the story of his life is far from over," Rebecca Johnson said in a statement Thursday to multiple news outlets. "These high-tech lynchings based on lies and half-truths can't be allowed to win the day. I've been fighting behind my husband for 30 years and his fight will go on."

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Today Paul Pepper visits with REBECCA JOHNSON and GRETCHEN CARLISLE about a partnership between the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, the Central Missouri Humane Society and Second Chance to look at the impact a cat from a shelter has on the life of a child with autism. The study will pay particular attention to social skills and stress levels, and compare it to that of a dog in a similar role. December 15, 2017

Columbia Police Officers Will Now Carry Naloxone Kits

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The Columbia Police Department issued 75 opioid overdose reversal medication kits to officers on Wednesday.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse provided training to officers over the past few months for naloxone, or brand name Narcan, nasal spray kits. The kits include a dose of naloxone spray, nitrile gloves, safety glasses, instructions for use and a resource guide for services that assist with narcotics addiction, according to a department news release.

Tuition Waivers for Graduate Students Likely to Remain Untaxed

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Graduate students at MU can breathe a little easier for now.

The newest version of the Republican tax bill appears to have had the provision that made graduate tuition waivers taxable income removed. Republicans in the House and Senate met Wednesday to reconcile their two separate versions of the tax bill which resulted in the provision’s removal.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed a former St. Louis-area Husch Blackwell lawyer to the state's Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

Greitens on Wednesday announced that he picked Maryville resident Joe Cornelison to serve on the board, which oversees public colleges and universities throughout the state. Cornelison is a retired Army colonel.

Cornelison replaces Republican Dalton Wright, who was appointed by former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Wright was serving an expired term on the board.

Update: No Bombs Found Near Hearnes Center, MU Student Given Summons

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No explosives were found Wednesday afternoon on a bus that stopped south of the Hearnes Center, but an MU student has been issued a summons for disturbing the peace.

The University of Missouri Police Department received a call at 3:20 p.m. from someone concerned about comments she heard about an explosion on the bus they were riding, according to a news release.

The caller provided the department with a description of the bus and its location at the bus stop close to the Hearnes Center.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is praising Missouri's revamped Clean Water Commission for allowing two new concentrated animal feeding operations in the state.

Greitens in a Thursday statement said the state needs "more farms, more jobs and less government."

Neighbors worried about pollution, smell and other issues have been fighting RNR Farms in McDonald County and Trenton Farms in Grundy County for years. Previous clean water commissioners voted against the chicken and hog farms.


Conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere has fueled a booming trade in looted antiquities from archaeological sites and museums.

Millions of dollars worth of artifacts have disappeared, with some resurfacing for sale in Europe and the United States.

The black market trade provided tens of millions of dollars of funding for the Islamic State, one of the largest groups involved in the business. With ISIS nearing defeat, archaeologists are looking for ways to halt the trade in looted artifacts from Syria, Iraq and other conflict zones.

On this edition of Global Journalist, we discuss the trade in stolen cultural artifacts.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, about underage drinking during the holidays. If you're planning to host a party, or have some friends over, Joy says to be sensitive to families and individuals who may have to drive home or to another function. She says, "you don't have to be plastered to have a good time." December 14, 2017