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Why We Leave Out Teeth: America’s Broken Oral Health System

In the current debates over health care, one topic rarely gets mentioned: dental health benefits. That’s because dental health has historically been separated from the rest of medicine. But today, that separation leaves many Americans with no way to prevent or treat debilitating dental health problems. Author Mary Otto tells the story of the rampant disparities in dental health in the United States and how those play into other disparities of race, class and income in her new book, Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America.

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Missouri's auditor said Wednesday she’s "disheartened" by the results of an audit of Ferguson's municipal court, which found improperly stored records and thousands of dollars in illegal fees.


But Ferguson City Manager De’Carlon Seewood noted that the audit covered the 2015 fiscal year, before Ferguson signed a federal agreement to reform its courts, and said it was unfair for Galloway’s office to ignore all of the reforms the city has made.

Be honest: You're looking at this story thinking what else is there to add to reports on the 1992 riots that rocked LA, right? NPR has done anniversary retrospectives before, including a huge look-back on the 20th. But in the past five years, the issue of policing — how it's done, whether it's equitable, what happens when deadly confrontations occur — has become more urgent than ever. And what happened in Los Angeles that April night 25 years ago is a critical part of the current national conversation on policing and race. For the LAPD, there have been huge changes.

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It’s standardized test time for third-graders through eighth-graders in Missouri’s public schools.

For the first time in three years, Missouri’s standardized MAP tests, which must be completed by May 26, are in the same format and based on the same standards as the year before. The tests will change again next year to match state standards approved by legislators in 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Mobility Worldwide's JEFF MORAN. Jeff is fresh off a trip to Kenya where he delivered more than 150 personal energy transportation (PET) carts to disabled people. Hear about some of their stories and find out how you can get involved! At [4:13] director ERICA BRUINGTON and actor JOSH RUNNELS invite everyone to come see "A Raisin in the Sun" at Maplewood Barn Theatre starting this Thursday in Columbia. Josh says you'll leave feeling inspired; Erica says this play will give you hope. April 24, 2017

Columbia Airport Announces New Manager

Apr 24, 2017
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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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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens during his first 100 days in office made good on a top campaign promise to sign right to work legislation.

Greitens passed the 100-day mark on Wednesday. He achieved a major campaign promise months before, when he signed a law in February banning mandatory union fees.

But Greitens has had less success in strengthening state ethics laws, another top pledge.

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.