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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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Missouri lawmakers head into the final weeks of this year's legislative session with allegations of sexual misconduct against Gov. Eric Greitens threatening to distract from Republicans' legislative agenda.

Lawmakers still must pass a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and Republicans are pursuing tax changes, new abortion restrictions and an end to special minimum wages now used for public construction projects. They have five weeks before their May 18 deadline to pass bills.

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As winter weather lingers in mid-Missouri, the group Sustain Mizzou visited Rock Bridge State Park. Jake Krell, the group’s outreach vice president, led a tour of the park to visitors. Krell served as a tour guide over the summer for the non-profit Friends of Rock Bridge. On the tour, Krell took the group through overlooks and into the cave. The group avoided certain areas of the park because of the spreading white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease that affects North American bats that's been problematic in Missouri. Members walked through snow, on water, in the daylight and the darkness of the cave in this audio postcard.

Agriculture Director Says State Looks to Cut Regulation for Farmers

Apr 16, 2018

In an effort to empower more rural Missouri farmers, the Department of Agriculture is prepared to eliminate more than 1,200 rules and regulations restricting the agriculture industry in Missouri.

As part of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s “Lunch with a Leader” series on Thursday afternoon, Chris Chinn, the director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, told members of the chamber the department was moving forward with a plan to reduce regulation of agriculture by 25 percent.

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Gov. Eric Greitens' two nominees to the Missouri Ethics Commission said they did not promise anything to anybody in exchange for their nominations.

The governor nominated former Democratic state representative Wayne Henke and Republican retired financial analyst Bill Birkes to the ethics commission Friday. Concern that their nominations came at a price stemmed from Greitens' decision last year to stack the state Board of Education with people willing to fire the education commissioner.

There's no excuse for boredom this summer thanks to the variety of camps offered by Stephens College. Filmmaking, fashion, gaming and more are just a few of the options available to girls and boys of all ages. BARBIE BANKS is here to tell us all about it! Plus, MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to join the League of Women Voters tomorrow afternoon at the Hy-Vee on Conley for another 'Lunch and Learn'! The topic this month: evaluating information in the age of fake news and alternative facts. [4:32] April 17, 2018

Senate Cuts Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Budget Proposal

Apr 16, 2018

 If Missouri lawmakers want a statewide drug monitoring program, they’ll need to fight for it in a legislative conference committee.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday cut funding for a prescription drug monitoring program that Gov. Eric Greitens created in an executive order in summer 2017.

New Kansas City Airport Will Have 4 More Gates

Apr 16, 2018

 The new Kansas City International Airport will be bigger than originally planned.

City and airline officials announced Thursday that the new airport will have 39 gates rather than the 35 originally proposed. They said growth in passenger traffic prompted the design change.

Missouri Considers Unprecedented Addiction Help for Moms

Apr 16, 2018

The Missouri Senate is considering a bill that would extend Medicaid for new mothers struggling with addiction, a notable expansion for a state that did not expand Medicaid after the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.

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