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‘I Wish I Could Spend the Rest of My Life in a Hospital, Because at Least People Care’

Robert Nickles lives in Columbia. He was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and has undergone numerous medical procedures throughout his life - including a colostomy. But there’s a major barrier standing between Robert and a healthy existence: Robert is homeless. In his own words, he has lived a life that “most people wouldn’t understand.” Robert spoke with KBIA’s Jonah McKeown about the stigma surrounding homelessness and about the barriers he faces getting healthcare. Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at .

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The same day TechShop announced it was filing for bankruptcy and closing all locations, a St. Louis native decided to step in to save the local makerspace.

Jim McKelvey, the co-founder of Square and Third Degree Glass Factory, as well as the founder of LaunchCode, made a couple of phone calls.

The head of Puerto Rico's power authority stepped down Friday amid controversy over his handling of a system that still can't deliver electricity to that island two months after Hurricane Maria destroyed the power grid.

Ricardo Ramos, executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, resigned as he was unable to shake off questions about a $300 million contract that he had awarded to Whitefish, a small Montana-based energy firm, that was supposed to restore power on the island.

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Missouri transportation officials say this year's spike in Amtrak ridership continued to rise from July through October.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports the state Department of Transportation found a 5 percent growth in the number of Amtrak riders on the twice-daily trains at the Jefferson City station.

Officials believe the new trend may be a result of increased gas prices and successful summer promotions attracting new riders.

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she's giving away $30,000 that fellow Democratic Sen. Al Franken's leadership PAC donated to her campaign.

McCaskill's Friday tweet announcing that she donated the money to Missouri food banks came after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept. Franken has apologized.

McCaskill has said the behavior is unacceptable and called for an investigation.

Missouri Tax Credit on the Chopping Block

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Missouri’s largest $140 million plus tax cut for low income housing developers is in trouble.

On Friday morning, by a vote of 6-2, the Missouri Housing Development Commission voted to not distribute the money allocated by the state legislature under the Missouri Low Income Tax Credit Program.

One member of the committee, Missouri Treasurer Eric Schmitt, said through a spokesman that he needs more information before he votes definitively on this matter.

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Allison Simmons is 13 years old, but she’s been playing video games since she was 7. She meets other gamers online all the time, and she maintains friendships with some of them. But, she said, it’s not so easy to find people her own age that like the game as much as she does.

That’s one of the reasons Allison decided to go to Columbia College’s Girls Who Game event in September. The event was for girls ages 12 to 14 who are interested in gaming and game design. The girls played games in the campus’ “Gaming Hut,” which is also home to the Columbia College eSports team.

Missouri School of Journalism

  The destructive effects of the Concerned Student 1950 protest at our university two years ago are obvious and quantifiable. Enrollment is down. State support has diminished. Public perception is negative.

The positive effects are only now emerging. Whether they will, in the end, outweigh the negatives is the important question that only time can answer. Well, time and lots of hard work.


Read the complete column online at the Missourian.

Morning Newscast for November 17, 2017

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Today Paul Pepper visits with MELYNDA LOTVEN about the 8th annual Fall Into Art arts and crafts show happening this weekend at the Parkade Events Center in Columbia. Get your holiday shopping out of the way early buy purchasing one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery, art and, of course, gourds! At [4:32] NEIL CARR invites everyone to participate in the Rotary Club of Columbia's 4th annual car raffle, benefitting 10 local charities! The odds of winning a BMW 328i or a Mercedes Benz GLA 250 or a Harley Davidson StreetGlide Special are just 1 in 3,000. Watch for details! November 17, 2017

Committee Urges MU to End Use of Live Animals in Medical Training

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In rare instances where emergency medicine resident physicians need to be trained on measures that are not adequately learned through simulation, residents train on about six animals a year, according to Jennifer Coffman, a spokesperson with University of Missouri Health Care.Coffman says the protocols for animal use are humane and strict and are reviewed by MU’s Animal Care and Use Committee.

But Dr. Kerry Foley, a member of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, is urging MU to end the use of live animals in its emergency medicine program.

Missouri's McCaskill Calls For Investigation of Franken

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Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she's "shocked and concerned" about allegations against fellow Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and is calling for an ethics investigation.

McCaskill's Thursday statement came after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept. Franken has apologized.