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Gap in Kids' Food Program Can Put Families at Risk

Chantelle DosRemedios was pregnant with her second child when she and her husband both lost their jobs in Rhode Island. Like millions of others, she depended on a federal program designed to aid in early childhood development to keep her children fed. Moms and kids who qualify can participate in a federal program called Women, Infants and Children, or WIC. The program provides nutritious food packages and other benefits to some eight million moms and young kids nationwide.
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Lack of Public Interest Equals Lack of Funds for Pettis County Museum

Oct 21, 2016

The Pettis County Museum in Sedalia holds records of all the schools and railroads that have existed in the area. Its collection contains records of Pettis County’s residents who have fought in wars.

The museum also houses Native American artifacts. It’s home to objects that have traveled from Angola to mid-Missouri, given to the museum by a Pettis County woman who was a missionary in Angola.

Intersection – Missouri Honor Medalists

Oct 21, 2016

This week on Intersection, we're featuring conversations with Missouri Honor Medal recipients from the Missouri School of Journalism. Every year, the school's faculty awards medals to journalists on the basis of lifetime or superior achievement. Past recipients include Tom Brokaw, Christiane Amanpour, Winston Churchill, and Gloria Steinem. 

Jim Flink, professor of strategic communication, sat down with this year's medalists to talk about excellence in journalism and media.

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Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Health Educator/Consultant, talk about the sound of silence - or the lack thereof. Vera says "we live in a world that is so loud," that even the World Health Organization has come out and said noise pollution is "our new modern plague." What can be done? Who's at fault? And is one person's pleasure really another person's irritation? We discuss - watch! October 21, 2016

Columbia City Council Approves $1.1M Land Purchase

Oct 21, 2016

Downtown Columbia could be getting additional green space after the city council approved the purchase of land at the intersection of Broadway and Providence Road Monday night.

The property is valued at $1.1 million, and was paid for with money earned from interest on the capital improvements project fund, according to the city council memo.

The land was purchased from Roth Properties, LLP, who accepted Columbia’s offer after approval from the city council.

Missouri Law Could Cost Medicaid Patients More

Oct 21, 2016
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A new Missouri law could require Medicaid patients to pay fines for missing appointments if the state gets federal permission.

The law went into effect on Oct. 14, and allows medical providers to charge late fees to Medicaid patients who miss their appointments without canceling 24 hours in advance. The law also lets providers deny patients from rescheduling appointments until all their fines are paid.

The General Assembly overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto and passed the bill on Sept. 15.

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Bright Flight students in Missouri could see their scholarships cut by nearly 10 percent next semester. 

The Missouri Department of Higher Education is appealing to the state legislature for a supplemental appropriation of $1.5 million, which would allow them to pay the 7000 Missouri Bright Flight students the full $3000 they were promised. 

The department contacted universities across the state in early Oct. 5 to allow universities to begin notifying students.  MU sent out an email informing students of the potential cut on Oct. 19.

Missouri has received $8.7 million from Volkswagen as part of a multibillion-dollar national settlement over the automaker's emissions cheating scandal.

Attorney General Chris Koster's office transferred the money to the state's general revenue fund on Thursday.

The money comes after Gov. Jay Nixon so far this fiscal year cut about $174 million in funding for Missouri's schools, roads and a variety of other programs. He says the cuts were needed to balance the budget.

A Nixon spokesman didn't immediately respond to Associated Press requests for comment Thursday.

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The central Asian nation of Uzbekistan is known for its spectacular mosques, vast fields of cotton and immense natural gas reserves.

It's also one of the world's most repressive police states, where the government reportedly once disposed of two political prisoners by boiling them alive.

But Uzbekistan's regime has been shaken by the death last month of President Islam Karimov - the only president the country has had since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at Uzbekistan after the dictator's death.