Last Thursday morning I opened my New York Times and choked on my coffee.  Once again Missouri was in the national news and not in a good way.  The lead editorial was a scathing critique of the Missouri legislature’s override of Governor Nixon’s veto of the change to the conceal-carry law.

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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.  

Today Paul Pepper visits with KELLY NICKELSON about the Super Sam Foundation, which is a "childhood cancer awareness charity" in honor of Sam Santhuff, who died of cancer at age six back in 2014. Join them for the 2nd annual 'Hope Gala' fundraiser September 30th in Columbia - watch for details! At [3:55] JUDITH LeFEVRE and DR. MICHAEL PORTER invite people age 6-106 living in Boone County to submit two of their own photographs into the Children's Grove photography competition! The theme this year is "Different Yet All the Same." Children's Grove is a nonprofit that encourages a 'culture of kindness.' Enter today! September 23, 2016

MU Wheelchair Basketball Coach Wins Gold in Rio

Sep 23, 2016
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The coach of the MU wheelchair basketball team led the USA men’s wheelchair basketball team to a gold medal after defeating Spain by a score of 68-52 at the Paralympic Games in Rio.

MU wheelchair basketball coach Ron Lykins is no stranger to Paralympic medals. Lykins coached the women’s wheelchair basketball team to one silver medal in 1992 and two gold medals in 2004 and 2008. After his first win with the men’s team, Lykins looks forward to bringing back the lessons he learned in Rio to the MU wheelchair basketball team.

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A Missouri state senator says a company that employs about 15,000 people in the St. Louis area should be disqualified from receiving tax credits or investments because it is doing business with Iran.

St. Louis County Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt is pushing legislation to block Missouri tax funds from being invested in any company that does business with a country the U.S. State Department has designated as a state sponsor of terrorism.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that includes the Boeing Co., which has a deal to sell 80 passenger jets to Iran's state-owned airline.

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A Columbia man is heading to North Dakota in early October to join protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Perry Lynn Bigsoldier is a member of Protectors of Water and Land, a Columbia-based group of Native Americans and allies that work to support and raise awareness of the pipeline issue. He says he wants to be a part of this movement that has united people from all over the nation.

“I want to walk down that row of 200 flags that represent the tribes across what’s now known as the United States.”


Columbia is battling a lawsuit from a man whose conviction in a sports editor's death was overturned after he served nearly a decade in prison.

The city argued Wednesday before the federal appeals court in St. Louis that six Columbia police officers should be protected against the claims in Ryan Ferguson's $100 million civil lawsuit. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that judges will consider the city's immunity appeal before ruling.

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One of the hardest regions of the globe to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is the Arab world. In Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the punishment for the crime of sodomy is death by stoning, and many other countries impose prison sentences.

Also challenging is the fact that the stigma associated with being LGBT is so great, many people feel they can’t come out even to their family or closest friends.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the uncertain lives of LGBT people in Arab nations.

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A judge says a proposal to allow medical marijuana in Missouri won't go to voters this year.


Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled Wednesday that the initiative petitions lacked enough valid signatures to qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot.


Secretary of State Jason Kander previously said the measure fell about 2,200 signatures short after local election authorities threw out thousands of signatures. Issues included registered voters who signed petitions for the wrong county.

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A federal judge has ruled that the NFL's Rams must grant season tickets to some people who bought personal seat licenses while the team was still in St. Louis, even though the team is now in Los Angeles.


  U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. also said Wednesday that the Rams must refund deposits for other people who bought PSLs in St. Louis.


NFL owners in January approved the Rams' move back to Los Angeles after 21 seasons in St. Louis.


It wasn't immediately clear if the Rams would appeal. Messages left Thursday with the team and its attorneys were not immediately returned.

Aeroponic Towers To Be Placed in Columbia Public Schools

Sep 22, 2016
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Coming in October, aeroponic towers will be placed in every elementary school in the Columbia Public School system.

  The towers hold 20 plants, each whose roots hang loosely in the air. Every 15 minutes, water is pumped up the tower from a reservoir at the bottom, and then drizzles onto the plants, eliminating the need to use soil.

Aeroponic systems use less water and some plants grow larger than in a conventional garden growing. The non-profit Columbia Public Schools Foundation approved the nearly 20 thousand dollar grant to pay for these plants.

CPS science director Mike Szydlowski came up with the idea to try to keep kids interested during school.

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Standing on a platform above the eastern bank of the Missouri River at the Kansas City, Missouri, Water Services’ intake plant is like being on the deck of a large ship.

Electric turbines create a vibration along the blue railing, where David Greene, laboratory manager for Kansas City Water Services, looks out across the river. Water the color of chocolate milk is sucked up and forced through screens below, picking up all the debris the river carries downstream.  

“The muddy Mo,” Greene says. “The Missouri River drains one-sixth of the United States, so there’s a lot of stuff that can affect the water quality in the river.”

Paddlers Will Travel 100 Miles Down Missouri River

Sep 22, 2016
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About 70 paddlers will embark on a five day journey down the Missouri River on Sep. 24. They’re traveling the last 100 miles of the river, passing through New Haven, Washington and St. Charles, ending where the Missouri River meets the Mississippi.

The inaugural Paddle MO participants will spend five days on the river paddling, camping and learning about culture at educational waypoints.

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A federal judge has upheld Missouri's licensing requirements for African-style hair braiders, despite claims from braiders that the process is irrelevant to what they do, unnecessary and expensive.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Bodenhausen issued the ruling Tuesday. Attorneys for two St. Louis-area hair braiders, Joba Niang and Tameka Stigers, said Wednesday that they will appeal.

Today Paul Pepper and ERIC SANDVOL, Associate Professor, MU Department of Geological Sciences, talk about predicting earthquakes. On the heels of that devastating earthquake in Italy last month, Eric elaborates on the science behind it and others like it, and the difficulties that seismologists face in making "precise" predictions. September 22, 2016

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A Missouri county's courthouse and law enforcement center remain without telephone or internet service after federal investigators removed computer equipment following a breach of that system.

The Lake Sun Leader reports computer servers and telephone service have been down at the Camden County Courthouse and justice center since Monday, while four members of the county's information technology have been suspended with pay.

MoDOT Program Suspended After Budget Cuts

Sep 22, 2016
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A program designed to help local communities with infrastructure and transportation projects has been suspended.

The Missouri Moves Cost Share Program, established by the Missouri General Assembly for the 2017 fiscal year, pooled together money for public and private applicants to use on transportation projects in Missouri.

The program received 101 applications requesting over $71 million from the program’s funds. But Gov. Nixon cut $20 million from Missouri Moves on Sep. 15. Because of the budget cuts, the Missouri Department of Transportation suspended the program.

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As the secretary of Jefferson City's Old Munichberg Association, Walter Schroeder would regularly 'spice-up' his meeting minutes. After much encouragement from fellow members of the group, he recently published Southside Sketches, a book of memories from Jefferson City's historic German neighborhood. Schroeder was a recent guest on KBIA's Thinking Out Loud.  

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A month after the first day of class in Columbia, two black student organizations and one student blogger at the University of Missouri threw an event to help freshmen fit in to their new student life on campus. Around 80 people, including organizers and older students, attended the "Black @ Mizzou" meeting in the Black Culture Centre.


One officer said the Columbia Police Department won’t change its procedures much in response to Missouri’s new concealed carry regulations. Officer Jeff Forck spoke with local media an event Wednesday.

Missouri’s new regulations, which go into effect Jan. 1, will make it easier for Missourians to carry a concealed weapon.


  Videos obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provide new insight into a fatal 2011 police shooting that led to first-degree murder charges this year against a white officer, who was carrying a personal assault rifle.

Jason Stockley, who is white, was charged in May in the Dec. 20, 2011, death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man who was shot and killed after a chase.

A federal judge has prohibited the release of videos and police reports by lawyers who obtained it as part of a civil case.

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A judge says a proposal to allow medical marijuana in Missouri won't go to voters this year.

Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled Wednesday that the initiative petitions lacked enough valid signatures to qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot.

Secretary of State Jason Kander previously said the measure fell about 2,200 signatures short after local election authorities threw out thousands of signatures. Issues included registered voters who signed petitions for the wrong county.

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On a gray day, just as the rain begins to fall, Roger Zylstra stops his red GMC Sierra pick-up truck on the side of the road and hops down into a ditch in Jasper County, Iowa. It takes two such stops before he unearths amid the tall weeds and grasses what he’s looking for.

“Here is one of the tiles,” he says, pointing to a pipe about six or eight inches in diameter. Water trickles from it into a culvert that runs under the road after flowing through a network of underground drainage lines below his farm field. “That’s where it outlets.”

The Washington Post makes history, being the first publication to call for the prosecution of a key source. Why is the paper’s editorial board turning its back on NSA leaker Edward Snowden? Also, have we seen the end of the birther movement, Megyn Kelly’s new role of producer,and how a journalist’s skills could be used to teach life skills.  From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Sandy Songer of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, has a bit of advice for anyone who wants to watch chainsaw artists in action.

“If you’re going to stay around us very long, you need to put some earplugs in,” she says with a laugh, as chainsaws revved and roared behind her like race cars, drowning out everything else in the background.

From carnival barkers, to Ferris wheels humming, to snorts and moos of livestock shows, late-summer state and county fairs are noisy, chaotic affairs. Add to the din this season: chainsaws buzzing.


Today Paul Pepper visits with ADAM SAUNDERS about this Sunday's Columbia CROP Hunger Walk at Stephens Lake Park! The purpose of the walk is to raise money and awareness for local organizations that help combat hunger and poverty, so consider sponsoring a neighbor, a friend or even yourself! At [3:45] LYNN BARNETT and SALLY SILVERS join us to talk about the many facets of the Columbia Public Schools Foundation. This now 20 year-old program aims to "stimulate creativity and innovation" beyond what our tax dollars alone can do. Watch for details! September 21, 2016