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Greitens charged with felony related to fundraising list

Updated April 20 at 7 p.m. with statements from Gov. Greitens and his attorney — St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner has charged Missouri Gov. Eric Greitenswith a felony related to illegally taking a fundraising list from a veterans charity he co-founded. The charge, a class D felony, is for tampering with computer data. It’s the latest legal malady for the GOP governor, who is also facing a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a revealing photo of a woman without her consent.

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Zoologist Lucy Cooke says humans have got it all wrong about sloths. "People think that because the animal is slow that it's somehow useless and redundant," she says. But in fact, "they are incredibly successful creatures."

Cooke is the founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society and the author of a new book called The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife. The book aims to set the record straight on some long-held misconceptions about the animal world.

Juliana Hatfield was a darling of the '90s indie music scene. She played with Blake Babies and The Lemonheads and had a hit with the edgy pop song, "My Sister." Hatfield released a string of alternative albums since those days, full of distorted guitars and strong vocals.

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Pesticide drift during the 2017 growing was historic -- about 3.6 million acres of soybeans were damaged by the weed killer dicamba. The Environmental Protection Agency and several states have slapped on stricter guidelines for the 2018 growing season, but enough damage has been done that stakeholders across the industry are worried that we've forced farmers into a cycle of always needing a stronger chemical to combat weeds that have grown resistant to what's already on shelves.

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Head outside in mid-April and you’ll notice many trees springing into bloom. 

 

This week on Discover Nature, we pay special attention to an unwelcome invader: the Callery pear tree. 

 

Callery pears, which include the commonly known Bradford pear, are easily identifiable right now: deciduous trees reaching mature heights of 30-50 feet, with a pyramid-shaped crown covered in clusters of tiny white flowers with an unpleasant odor. 

 

Updated April 18 at 5:38 p.m. with governor's effort to block Hawley from further investigation — Attorney General Josh Hawley is asking the St. Louis circuit attorney to file criminal charges against Gov. Eric Greitens for allegedly illegally obtaining a fundraising list from a charity he founded for political purposes.

It marks the latest legal blow for the GOP chief executive, who is also facing felony invasion of privacy charges for allegedly taking a semi-nude photo of a woman with whom he had an affair.

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says his investigation into a veterans charity founded by Gov. Eric Greitens revealed evidence that Greitens' use of the charity's donor list broke the law.

Hawley said Tuesday that it's up to the St. Louis prosecutor to decide whether to charge Greitens with a crime.

Local entrepreneur RYAN KENNEDY wants to bring a 'cat cafe' to Columbia! What is it? Well, on one side you've got a coffee shop/bakery, and on the other is a room with 12 cats just waiting to be played with. This will be a partnership with Boone County Animal Care. Also, DR. RICK FRAUNFELDER, Mason Eye Institute, tells us about the benefits of LASIK eye surgery. [4:10] April 17, 2018

Council Comments on Cost of Comprehensive City Audit

Apr 17, 2018
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City Council members discussed the results of the Missouri State Auditor’s cost estimate for a complete audit of Columbia’s finances at their Monday night meeting.

Mayor Brian Treece talked about some council members’ “sticker shock” at the price estimate and offered a suggestion about what to do.

“At some point there should be a mechanism to let us hear from the public again as to their perception of the cost and time (of the audit) versus the public’s confidence,” Treece said.

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Missouri lawmakers may face an unprecedented question as they decide whether to impeach Gov. Eric Greitens: Does it matter that the alleged actions occurred before he was in office?

There's no definitive answer because only one Missouri executive official has been ousted from office following impeachment and her offense was directly related to her job.

Greitens is accused of misbehavior during an extramarital affair in 2015, before he won election.

Thousands of people are expected to flow into Peace Park near downtown Columbia on April 22 for the 2018 Columbia Area Earth Day Festival.

This year’s festival will feature more than 200 booths at the street fair. At these booths, solar, gardening and sustainability experts will be teaching visitors about the environment. There will also be solar vendors and merchants selling sustainable products through a section of the festival called Eco Avenue.

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