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Final Budget Approved After Council Votes to Increase Water Rates

The city completed its budget process Monday night, and Columbia residents can expect to see a slight increase on their utility bills next year.

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An estimated 133 billion pounds of food is wasted in the U.S. each year, enough to fill Chicago's Willis Tower 44 times. Globally, 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted annually.

These are tough times for Washington's roughly 400 think tanks — the policy factories where scholars get paid to study issues and give politicians advice. Powerful external forces are reshaping the industry.

One current example is the left-leaning New America Foundation, founded in 1999. It works on public policies for the digital age. Last month it landed in the think tank industry's latest money controversy.

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Back in 2015, the immigration crisis in Europe was in headlines all over the world. Since then the numbers of people crossing the by sea to the continent has declined from more than 1 million annually to just 126,000 through early September of this year, according to the U.N.'s migration agency. 

But many problems remain unresolved. Not least for the tens of thousands of migrants who arrived in Europe over the past few years and still find themselves in legal limbo. On this edition of Global Journalist, we look at Europe's tortured efforts to address the problem, and get an up close view at conditions for migrants in France and Greece. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN HOWE, author of "The Foolish Corner: Avoiding Mind Traps in Personal Financial Decisions." John tells us how a pre-mortem can help in making the initial choice to invest in a sunk cost. John also touches on how to automate your savings.  September 15, 2017

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Hickman High School will dedicate the Coach Arnel “Spanky” Monroe Memorial Pavilion Friday night as a tribute to the former football coach who died unexpectedly of a heart attack one year ago.

The ceremony prior to the game against Rock Bridge will be led by J.D. Coffman, Hickman High School athletics director and assistant principal for athletics and activities. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. near the side of the pavilion between the football and baseball stadiums.

Medical Examiner Report Completed in Missouri Man's Death

Sep 15, 2017
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A medical examiner has an autopsy on the death of a developmentally disabled Missouri man whose body was found in April encased in concrete.

The Fulton Sun reports Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers said Thursday the autopsy on 31-year-old Carl DeBrodie was received within the last week.

Columbia's ACT Scores Outshine the State Average

Sep 15, 2017
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Columbia ACT scores are ranked higher than the state in a five-year period, according to ACT compiled data beginning in 2013. The Columbia Public School District’s average composite score is 21.5, ranking higher than the state average.

Community Relations Director Michelle Baumstark says the students get a chance to have the ACT curriculum taught to them in the classroom where they can receive extra practice.

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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has put the National Guard on standby in case of protests that could follow a St. Louis judges’ ruling. The ruling would decide whether a former St. Louis police officer is guilty of murder.

Greitens said in a news release released today (Thursday) that activating the National Guard is a (quote) necessary precaution” to help protect infrastructure and free up police for security at protests.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — House budgeters and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' administration are clashing over money for a new program Greitens created to fight prescription drug misuse.

House Budget Committee members drilled administration officials Thursday over why they didn't get specific approval from lawmakers to spend money on the program. It's estimated to cost about $470,000 this fiscal year.

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Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas wants to boost parking fees downtown again.

Thomas has asked for either an increase of 10 cents per hour at parking meters or a $10-per-month increase in parking garage permits to be included in the city’s budget for fiscal 2018. He wants the extra money to pay for the first steps in establishing residential parking permit programs for neighborhoods that surround MU.