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Opioid Overdoses May Be Seriously Undercounted

In a refrigerator in the coroner’s office in Marion County, Indiana, rows of vials await testing. They contain blood, urine and vitreous, the fluid collected from inside a human eye. In overdose cases, the fluids may contain clues for investigators.

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St. Louis Community College is adding its first new building on the Forest Park campus in 20 years.

The new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences will include up-to-date science labs, classrooms, a dental clinic and innovative teaching spaces.

Jeff Pittman, the chancellor of the college, said the goal of the new facility is not only to create more space for students — some of whom are on a waiting list for certain programs within the department — but also to address the overall health care shortage in the region.

The federal spending plan approved by Congress this week renews a program splitting lumber profits between the U.S. Forest Service and rural school districts within federal forestland, after the equal sharing agreement lapsed in 2014.

Nearly 100 schools in southern Missouri contain parts of the Mark Twain National Forest. Some pruned budgets and put off buying buses after drops in timber payments of more than $100,000 each of the past two fiscal years.

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City Council approves construction of sports fieldhouse at Philips Park

Mar 20, 2018

A public hearing on the proposed construction of a sports fieldhouse at A. Perry Philips Park sparked debate from the county and community at the Columbia City Council meeting Monday night, but the council voted to move forward with the project despite requests to delay the vote and consider other options.

Bishop approves $6.6 million to build on to Catholic school in Columbia

Mar 20, 2018

After years of planning, an addition to Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish Catholic School was approved that will eliminate the need for trailers and classrooms in the basement of the rectory.

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The University of Missouri chapter of the FarmHouse fraternity has been shut-down due to allegations of hazing and alcohol violations.

Updated March 21, 5:55 p.m. – Russell Bucklew's scheduled execution has been called off.

In a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay Tuesday evening, based on Bucklew's assertion that Missouri's lethal injection protocol would cause bleeding and suffocation due to a medical condition he suffers.

We Always Swing Jazz Series

Trevor Harris talks with jazz musician Chico Freeman about his visit this week to Columbia. He'll be playing a concert Thursday, and will be part of the dedication of a music library being named for his father, jazz legend Von Freeman. The events are being sponsored by the We Always Swing Jazz Series, and tickets are available at 

Missouri Department of Conservation

Darren Hellwege visits with Meaghan Ricks with The Alpine Shop about an event they're sponsoring this weekend. Beginners can learn the basics of backpacking at Three Creeks Conservation Area south of Columbia. 

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In a joint statement, the University of Missouri and Farmhouse International Fraternity announced the closure of MU's fraternity chapter after allegations of hazing and other misconduct involving alcohol. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with LINDA SCHUST, Executive Director of Jabberwocky Studios, about this weekend's Africa Fest 2018 - two days of celebrating both African culture and Columbia's diversity through song, dance, interactive presentations and more! At [4:55] LIZ BURKS invites all pet owners to get their dog or cat spayed or neutered at The Spay Neuter Project (No Kill Columbia), an animal advocacy organization that provides low cost operations to help prevent unwanted litters! March 20, 2018

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Fraternity chapters at the University of Missouri say they're still studying a consultant's October report warning the school to change the culture of Greek life on campus.

University Dean of Students Jeff Zeilenga told the Columbia Daily Tribune on Friday that the school is still looking at the recommendations from Dyad Strategies.

Dyad says the university should change Greek life recruitment, ban freshmen from living in chapter houses and require residents' rooms to be open for inspection during parties.