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First Missouri Naloxone Program Up and Running

Heroin continues to be a serious problem throughout the county. The Centers for Disease Control released data earlier this month that showed heroin use increasing among nearly every group – age, income, gender, etc. And according to the CDC’s report, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths heave nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013. The White House announced earlier this month that it was determined to do something about this problem. It introduced the Heroin Response Strategy, which works to promote public health and public safety partnerships through a 15-state area. This new project aims to focus more on treating heroin addicts than on punishing them.
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EPA To Enforce Water Rules In 37 States, Despite Injunction

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My Farm Roots: Kendra is learning the ropes

As of today, there are 92 new laws on the books in Missouri.

All of them were passed by the Missouri House and Senate during the 2015 regular session, and all but two were signed by Governor Jay Nixon.  Lawmakers passed Senate Bill 24 by overriding Nixon's veto.  The new law shortens the lifetime eligibility for welfare recipients in Missouri from five years to three years and nine months.  Although most of the provisions in SB24 officially takes effect today, the shorter eligibility period won't kick in until January 1st, 2016.

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  Kansas City leaders are meeting next month to discuss the educational problems that occur when students change schools frequently.

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  Victims of rape and sexual assault can get orders of protection against their assailants under a new Missouri law.

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  Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that St. Louis Community College will receive more than $5 million for laboratory upgrades. 

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The end of summer is state fair season across the Midwest. That means lots of fried food, carnival rides and livestock competitions. But at most fairs, there’s also a whole lot more.

If you missed the fair… fear not. Here are some of the sights and sounds of the Missouri State Fair.


Updated with McCaskill's letter - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says St. Louis County should approve the sale of adjacent park land to keep the cemetery operating for several more decades. In a letter to the County Council, McCaskill urges the members to sell 38 acres of Sylvan Springs Park to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The county’s Historic Buildings Commission opposes the parkland sale.

In the last 24 hours I’ve seen journalists all over the country grappling with the senseless murder of two TV journalists working in Roanoke, VA. Many of us see ourselves in them: young, energetic, aspiring. Taking on the crummy hours because it’s worth it to get your start on your career, knowing you won’t win any awards for your routine assignments.

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Kendra Lawson doesn’t have the typical schedule of a nine–year-old.  With just a week of summer left, she spent her days working with her dad and mom on the farm and preparing her pigs to show at the state fair.

Here in central Missouri, the Lawson family raises cattle and pigs with a lot of help from Kendra. I met her at her house near Centralia, Mo., where she had just come back from helping her dad in the hay fields.

Today Paul Pepper visits with VALERIE CHAFFIN about "Pouring for Paws: Sit. Stay. Sip.," which is a fundraising event for Second Chance TOMORROW evening at the Missouri Theatre/Columbia Art League. Celebrate 30 years of Second Chance by drinking wine and nibbling on food from Glenn's Cafe and Peggy Jean's Pies! At [3:37] SONDRA FLAKER and MOLLY GRANGER invite everyone to the 5th Annual Vincent P. Gurucharri 9 Ball Tournament fundraiser at Billiards on Broadway in Columbia! Sign up your team or become a sponsor today! (Amateurs encouraged.) August 27, 2015

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