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How Midwest Farmers Can Fight ‘Dead Zone’ in Gulf

Farming in the fertile Midwest is tied to an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. But scientists are studying new ways to lessen the Midwest’s environmental impact and improve water quality. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts the so-called “dead zone,” an area of sea without enough oxygen to support most marine life, to grow larger than the size of Connecticut, or roughly 6,000 square miles.
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On Tuesday, a police officer in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, Calif., shot and killed an unarmed black man, sparking protests in the area.

El Cajon police chief Jeff Davis said Tuesday night that police were on the scene because the man's sister had called 911, reporting that her brother was "not acting like himself," Andrew Bowen of member station KPBS reports.

A Dutch-led team of international investigators has concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which crashed in July 2014, was shot down by a Russian Buk missile that had been transferred into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

After the shooting, the surface-to-air missile launcher was transferred back to Russia.

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Several members of the St. Louis-area clergy are questioning why it took four years for murder charges to be filed against a former city police officer who fatally shot a suspect.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that representatives of two Baptist organizations, the NAACP and the ACLU on Monday demanded more accountability.

Drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith was killed by then-officer Jason Stockley in December 2011. Stockley was charged earlier this year with first-degree murder.

Today Paul Pepper visits with the City of Columbia's BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager; and JAMES COLE, Sustainability Educator, about the final push of the two-year CoMo Energy Challenge campaign! If enough of us save energy, we'll beat out 49 other cities and win $5M from Georgetown University. What can you do to help as the clock runs down? Let's just say it involves the hashtag: #SavingEnergy2Win - watch for details! September 28, 2016

A group that presses single women, minorities and millennials to register to vote is apologizing for sending 95,000 mailings listing the wrong Missouri registration deadline.

Casting itself as nonpartisan, the Washington-based Voter Participation Center says the registration forms this month listed Missouri's voter-registration cutoff for the Nov. 8 election as Oct. 17. It's actually Oct. 12, and the center says it has sent out new postcards reflecting that.

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Come Saturday, Columbia’s afternoon newspaper, The Columbia Daily Tribune, will have a corporate owner, ending 115 years of local, family ownership. Why did the Waters family sell to GateHouse Media? And, what might the change mean for those who work there and those who have relied on it as their local news source for generations?

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St. Charles County is joining a St. Louis regional drug monitoring program that seeks to reduce abuse of prescription painkillers.

The St. Charles County Council voted unanimously Monday to join the program, which will start early next year. The regional program comes after the Missouri Legislature has failed to establish a statewide monitoring program like those in the other 49 states.

The legislation will require pharmacies to submit to a database within seven business days information on prescriptions of certain controlled substances. The program allows doctors and dentists to consult the database before they prescribe medications.

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A Missouri judge has thrown out a state ethics case against a man who describes himself as a "citizen lobbyist" because the complaint was filed by a group, instead of a natural person.

The Missouri Ethics Commission last September fined Ron Calzone $1,000 and ordered him to stop trying to influence potential state legislation until he registers and files expenditure reports.

Calzone, a director of Missouri First, says his organization is a think tank that promotes limited government. He says his group has neither designated him as its lobbyist nor pays him for testifying at legislative hearings.

Kansas City police are getting ready to begin testing body cameras.

WDAF-TV reports that police started training officers to wear the cameras Monday. Across the country, pressure for officers to wear body cameras has grown since the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

For the next 90 days, at any given time, 25 Kansas City officers will be wearing the cameras while on duty to help commanders determine how much it will cost to store video from the cameras.

Missouri Republican representatives and senators have only one major hurdle remaining to implement mandatory voter identification statewide.  That hurdle is the very voters they’re looking to legislate.

Amendment Six will appear as a ballot measure this November. The amendment will enshrine in the Missouri constitution a requirement that all voters present valid photo identification. It will be the final step in mandatory voter identification legislation that successfully overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto on September 14.

The Missouri Right to Vote Campaign has organized with the goal of encouraging voters to fail the amendment on the November ballot.

Laura Swinford, executive director for Progress Missouri, is involved with the coalition. She said that previous voter identification legislation has been struck down as unconstitutional due to Missouri’s constitutionally high bar for voter rights.

“So what proponents have figured out to do this year is to put an amendment on the ballot that would strip that protection out of our state constitution,” Swinford said.