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Views of the News: Greitens, Aides Use Secret Messaging App

Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in yesterday’s special election for Alabama’s open senate seat. It’s a huge win for Jones… but how big of a win is it for journalists? Also Gov. Greitens’ use of a secret messaging app, former Gawker employees seek to buy back the bankrupt gossip site and MSNBC rehires a contributor fired after some sexually suggestive tweets. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Britain's senior-most military officer is warning that an improving Russian navy poses risks to undersea communications and Internet cables, saying any disruption could do "catastrophic" damage to the economy.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach said Britain and NATO need to prioritize protecting communications cables running along the seabed between countries and continents to prevent them being severed.

The average American reads at an 8th-grade level, but the patient information that doctors and hospitals provide often presumes that people have much more advanced reading skills.

So some researchers decided to see what happens when 9-year-olds write the patient guides.

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SULLIVAN, Mo. (AP) — State officials say they found no evidence of Bourbon virus in ticks collected last summer at Meramec State Park after a park worker died from the virus.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced Wednesday that 7,000 ticks were collected after Tamela Wilson, an assistant park superintendent, died June 23 from the rare disease.

City Could Save Time, Money With New Airport Plan

Dec 13, 2017

A new terminal for the Columbia Regional Airport is coming in for an expedited landing, and the project could be under budget and ahead of schedule, Mayor Brian Treece announced Wednesday morning from Hangar 350 at the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently gave the city a green light to build a new terminal where Hangar 350 stands, immediately south of the existing terminal. The FAA told the city that the rapidly growing airport's one existing terminal is already over capacity and that it must move quickly to build a second. 

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UPDATE: As of 4:17 p.m., MU Alert reports that the bomb threat has been cleared. No suspicious or explosive device was found. Campus is back to operating under normal conditions. 

MU Alert reported a bomb threat at the Hearnes Center shuttle bus stop at 3:37 p.m. Police are investigating.

The bus stop has been evacuated and traffic is being rerouted. MU Alert is advising people to stay away from the area.

Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in yesterday’s special election for Alabama’s open senate seat. It’s a huge win for Jones… but how big of a win is it for journalists? Also Gov. Greitens’ use of a secret messaging app, former Gawker employees seek to buy back the bankrupt gossip site and MSNBC rehires a contributor fired after some sexually suggestive tweets. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper visits with TERI WALDEN, Executive Director of EnCircle Technologies, about the mission behind the program and who they aim to serve and why. If you'd like to make a monetary donation to this organization, you can throughout the month of December by way of the CoMoGives campaign - watch for details! At [3:49] JANE WHITESIDES invites everyone to the Missouri Symphony Society's annual "Symphony of Toys" concert happening this Sunday at the Missouri Theatre. This "Columbia tradition" features a lot of music, and even an appearance by Santa! Children who bring an unwrapped toy get in for free. December 13, 2017

Columbia School Board President Won't Seek Re-Election

Dec 13, 2017

Columbia School Board President Darin Preis said Monday he will not seek re-election for a fourth term in the spring.

The April 3 election will decide who will fill two three-year seats on the seven-member board. Candidates could begin filing for the election Tuesday morning. The two candidates who filed the first day are incumbent Christine King and newcomer John T. Conway.

Preis served three terms on the board, the first from 2005 to 2008, until he lost a bid for re-election. He was the board vice president at the time.

House Subcommittee Continues Discussion on Potential Work-Study Program

Dec 13, 2017
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A Missouri House subcommittee met on Tuesday to discuss possible solutions to student debt in Missouri, including a new college work-study program.

 

Leroy Wade, deputy commissioner for the Missouri Department of Higher Education, provided feedback to the Subcommittee on Student Debt Relief about a potential work-study program.

“From a state perspective we really do have a gap in what I consider to be our portfolio of financial aid programs, so I’m generally very supportive of continuing to look at the possibility of a work-study program,” Wade said.

Advisory Board Sends Downtown Lighting Project Test to City Council for Approval

Dec 13, 2017
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An experiment to test whether a $330,000 downtown lighting project would curtail loitering and increase public safety won the approval of the Columbia Water and Light Advisory Board last week.

 

The Downtown Community Improvement District has proposed 100 new lights that would use smart lighting technology to increase brightness during bar-closing times and enhance lighting on sidewalks and alleys in areas with a lot of bars.

Local Resident Hopes to Take Guns Off the Street Through Gun Buyback Event

Dec 13, 2017

”Man up, gun down.”

That’s how Cory Crosby is marketing his movement against gun violence.

Crosby, 30, a community organizer, is raising money for an event on Saturday, in which people can exchange their guns for cash or gift cards. The event, Columbia Gift 4 Gun Exchange, intends to offer $100 or gift cards of the same worth to whoever turns in their guns.

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