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The City of Columbia confirmed Mike Parks as the new permanent manager of Columbia Regional Airport. Parks had been the acting manager of the airport since December, but the City confirmed his appointment on Wednesday.

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The future is looking brighter for the endangered Mexican gray wolf, as scientists have announced the birth of the first pup of the species to be born from artificial insemination that used frozen semen. 

There are 130 Mexican gray wolves that remain in the wild, largely in Arizona and New Mexico. Some live at the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, where the new pup was born. In collaboration with the Saint Louis Zoo, scientists at the center have been collecting and freezing semen from endangered wolves for more than 20 years.

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Rachel Lippmann welcome Alderman Brandon Bosley to the program.


Bosley was recently sworn in as the alderman for the 3rd Ward, which takes in seven St. Louis neighborhoods in the north part of the city. He’s one of six new aldermen to join the Board after the 2017 election cycle.

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The Missouri Students Association passed a resolution Tuesday calling for the University of Missouri System to divest its endowment funds from all fossil fuel companies by 2022 and provide financial support to the renewable energy sector.

The Mizzou Energy Action Coalition, a divestment-focused campus organization, submitted the resolution. Frankie Hawkins, the president of the coalition, said the university has a responsibility to address environmental issues.

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An agreement between Boone County and Jefferson City, which would allow their emergency services to answer each other’s 911 calls, will receive a vote next week.

Missouri Will Receive $10 million to Fight Opioid Addiction

Apr 21, 2017
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The federal government will provide $10 million to the state of Missouri to help combat opioid addiction.

The grant will go to the Missouri Department of Mental Health, according to Katie Boyd, a press secretary for the U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.  

“Addiction is treatable, but only around 10 percent of those struggling with the disease get the help they need,” Blunt said in a news release on Wednesday announcing the grant.

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The movie "Lion" won enormous popular acclaim in 2016 for its heartrending tale about a 5-year-old Indian boy who loses his family after boarding the wrong train.

The movie has helped shed light on the huge problem of missing and abducted children in India. By one estimate, 180 children go missing in India each day. Many become victims of human trafficking, and end up being sexually exploited or forced to work in factories or as household servants.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the growing problem of child abduction and trafficking in India.

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHARIS CHAN and KAT NGUYEN about two events to raise awareness (and funds) in the fight against human trafficking in Mid-Missouri. Charis invites everyone to participate in the annual Freedom Walk on April 30th in Columbia; and Kat would love to see everyone at the screening of her short film, "For You" on May 2nd in Columbia. "For You" tells the fictional story of a couple involved in what's known as 'intimate partner trafficking'. All of this is in conjunction with the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. April 21, 2017

MU to Honor Memory of Students at Ceremony

Apr 21, 2017
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COLUMBIA -- The University of Missouri will honor the nine MU students who have died since April 2016 in a ceremony Friday afternoon.

The MU Remembers ceremony will honor Emily Bamberger, Dariana Byone, Monica Hand, Caden Hastie, Kyle Hirsch, Kendall Overton, Tyler Romaker, Kelly White and R. Peyton White.

The event is put on each year by the Missouri Students Association and the Graduate Professional Council.

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JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri Senate budgeters have approved a plan to make cuts to in-home and nursing care for disabled residents while slightly increasing money for public K-12 schools.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed its version of a budget for the next fiscal year beginning in July.

The budget proposal would cut in-home and nursing care by requiring people to show more severe disabilities to qualify, although the cuts are not as deep as what Gov. Eric Greitens initially recommended.

Jon Olshefski, a director who spent a decade gathering footage of his subjects, discusses time as an ingredient in documentary filmmaking. His film, QUEST, was the recipient of the 2017 True Life Fund.