LeVota resigning from Missouri Senate; maintains innocence

Facing heavy pressure from some of his party's top officials, state Sen. Paul LeVotaannounced Friday night that he was resigning from his seat.In an announcement posted to his Facebook page, the Democrat from Independence cited "media attention" as being a "distraction from doing the people's work." The Missouri Senate detailed sexual harassment and retaliation allegations in a report released on Wednesday.
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Today Second Chance's VALERIE CHAFFIN and "ATHENA," a grey-striped tabby kitten, invite everyone to a special event at their adoption center in Boonville on July 28 to hear Dr. Seuss's "What Pet Shall I Get?" At [4:32] KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,  returns to tell us about this weekend's 'Super Hero Food Ice Cream Class' at the Columbia Public Library! Your 3-9 year-old will love making ice cream from scratch - watch our interview for more information! July 23, 2015

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  Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that is 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it protects turkeys.

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  Health officials in Boone County says seven suspected cases of mumps have been reported in the Columbia area.

A 24-year veteran of the Glendale, Ariz., police department will take the reins in Ferguson for the next six months.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles announced Wednesday that Andre Anderson, who has led Glendale's Criminal Investigations Division, will take over the 50-officer Ferguson department on July 23. He'll have the job for six months, replacing Al Eickhoff, who took over after former chief Thomas Jackson resigned in March.

Updated 5:26 p.m., July 24 - It appears that the University of Central Missouri is siding with one of its students over allegations that she was sexually harassed by State Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, while working for him as an intern earlier this year.

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Driving down a two-lane highway in rural Missouri, Matt Plenge squinted at a patch of gray clouds hanging low over his farm fields in the distance.

“Does it look hazy up there?” he asked. “We only had a 20 percent chance today. We shouldn't get any rain.”


Afternoon Newcast for July 22, 2015

Jul 22, 2015
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Columbia area legislators agree that youth drug use could be stemmed by establishing a better way to track adult drug users.

  Is any publicity good publicity for Donald Trump?  He’s certainly testing that proposition with his attack on John McCain’s war record.  And some say the media are depriving more serious presidential contenders of oxygen by focusing so much on the real estate mogul and reality TV star.  Amateur drones are getting in the way of California firefighters.  The publisher of the celebrity gossip site Gawker pulls a salacious story, prompting two of his editors to quit.  Critics accuse journalists of being too quick to blame sexism for the resignation of Reddit’s CEO.  And Harper Lee’s new novel raises some difficult questions for reviewers.  It’s Views of the News with Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Lynda Kraxberger and Jamie Grey.

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