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Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Chert Hollow Farm sits nestled between rows of tall trees and a nearby stream in central Missouri. Eric and Joanna Reuter have been running the organic farm since 2006. That means they don’t plant genetically modified crops and can only use a few approved kinds of chemicals and fertilizers.
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A group of business associations has started a petition drive to try to force a referendum election aimed at overturning Kansas City's new minimum wage law.

The Kansas City Star reports the group has until Aug. 25 to gather about 3,400 signatures to challenge the measure recently approved by the City Council. The measure raises Kansas City's minimum wage from $7.65 per hour to $8.50 per hour on Aug. 24, with annual increases to $13 per hour by 2020.

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Federal authorities are working with the Christian County Sheriff's department to determine why some of the department's fully automatic weapons are unaccounted for.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that interim Sheriff Dwight McNiel says in a 19-page report that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working with the department to account for the missing weapons. The report says the weapons may have been legitimately transferred to another agency or authorized firearms dealer.

The New York Times has had to walk back its story on a "criminal" probe of Hillary Clinton's private email server while the paper is vigorously defending another of its exclusives...on abuses in the nail salon industry.  The first Republican presidential debate is only a week away.  Some wonder whether all the scrambling to meet the Fox News criteria for inclusion is worth the trouble.  More bad news for the newspaper business: major layoffs and poor performance with minority employment.  Media companies are embracing a new revenue source that raises ethical questions.  And research shows "visual" news sites are more successful.

Today Paul Pepper visits with PAULA SCHULTE, Marketing Coordinator at Missouri River Regional Library, about all the dates you should be saving so that you don't miss out on some great events happening in Jefferson City! (There's something for you Downton Abbey fans coming up THIS Sunday!) At [4:34] actors DANA MONTGOMERY and MITCHELL FLOTTMAN tell us about their roles as Fiona and Shrek, respectively, in Maplewood Barn Theatre's production of 'Shrek The Musical.' Tomorrow is opening night! July 29, 2015

Hanaway Gov. Campaign

  Republican candidate for Missouri governor Catherine Hanaway says the penalty for selling aborted fetal remains should be a felony, not a misdemeanor.

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  Missouri has filed a lawsuit accusing a Lincoln County developer of violating the state's water laws.

Missouri needs to strike a balance between making sure that all teachers are prepared to enter the classroom and that minorities and women are treated fairly by tests that certify them to teach.

That balance was a main topic of discussion Tuesday at a joint meeting in Columbia between the state Board of Education, which represents interests of K-12 school districts, and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education, which governs public colleges and universities in the state.

(This post was last updated at 12:47 p.m. ET.)

The Afghan government says the Taliban's spiritual leader, Mullah Omar, "died in April 2013 in Pakistan."

In a statement issued by the office of the president, the government said their report was based on "credible information."

The announcement comes just two days before the Taliban and the Afghan government hold a second round of peace talks in Pakistan.

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