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As the winter moves in, several species of ducks are making their way into and through Missouri, en-route to their overwintering grounds. While this time of year is a boon to duck-hunters, recent research suggests ducks moving through might soon be an ominous sight for farmers.

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director, Voluntary Action Center, about the many Christmas-related programs underway this month at VAC. If you're interested providing a cushion for any potential "curveballs" in someone less fortunate's life, there's still time to volunteer or make a donation! At [3:23] DR. JOHN JARSTAD, Assoc. Prof. of Clinical Ophthalmology, MU Health Care, talks about LASIK eye surgery: what's the difference between that and cataract surgery? Why choose one over the other? Dr. Jarstad has the answers! December 6, 2016

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The cost of funding Missouri's state employee pensions will increase nearly $50 million in the next fiscal year as investment losses and lower earnings expectations push taxpayer contributions to the highest share of state payroll in the program's history.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that $28.6 million in general revenue will be needed to cover pensions. That could deepen proposed cuts in other programs and further hurt a state budget suffering from feeble revenue growth and increasing demands from programs with mandatory costs.

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One day after Ferguson residents heard an update on racial reform efforts in their community, a federal judge will get an update of her own.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry is holding a hearing Tuesday to hear about efforts to eliminate racial bias and create more diversity in the St. Louis suburb that came under scrutiny following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014.

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    Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson says he hopes lawmakers can pass statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies like Uber early next year.

Richardson held a telephone news conference Monday with sponsoring Sen. Bob Onder to promote the legislation in advance of the session that starts Jan. 4.

Similar bills failed to pass earlier this year.

Uber currently operates in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Columbia. Its competitor, Lyft, does not operate in the state.

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The Missouri Democratic Party has elected Stephen Webber as the party's new chair.

Webber, of Columbia, was elected Saturday at the state party elections Saturday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. He replaces Roy Temple, who was elected chair in 2013. Webber, who served in the Missouri House, lost a race this November for state Senate.

Webber said in a prepared statement he's honored to lead the state Democratic Party as it fights for public education and working families.

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On last week's Thinking out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris went to Macon, Missouri. He visited with a group of Actors Equity union members there about the challenges and joys of making professional theater in small town Missouri.


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  As another harvest season wraps up, Midwest farmers are once again facing low commodity prices amid enormous supplies. And when they recover from the long days bringing in the grain, they will eventually sit down with their books and try to figure out how best to farm again next year.

 


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The University of Missouri System is beginning a nationwide search to name the next permanent Chancellor of the University of Missouri campus in Columbia.

Hank Foley has been serving in the role of Interim Chancellor since the resignation of former Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin in November 2015. Foley issued this statement Monday, indicating he will apply to the position in an effort to drop the “interim” title:

Today Paul Pepper visits with Capital City Productions actress TORI STEPANEK about their latest production, "A Christmas Spectacular"! Locally written and produced, this show features the nine cast members playing themselves as well as other characters. Tori says, "think 1960s 'Judy Garland Christmas Special'." At [2:57] authors CATHERINE and RICHARD STICKANN tell us about their new book, 'Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives: The American Story'. Based on accounts from "primary sources," this book follows three men who travel west from New York to Colorado in search of mining opportunities during the Civil War. December 5, 2016

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A fire has gutted a landmark building in northern Missouri.

The Kirksville Daily Express reports that the Kirksville Arts Association building was hit Friday night by a fire that took hours to control and filled the downtown area with smoke. No injuries were immediately reported.

The building houses the Kirksville Arts Association gallery, as well as the association's office space and storage.

Fire Department Battalion Chief David Rigdon said he expected crews to continue working the scene throughout the day Saturday.

For Missouri Legislators, Term Limits Can Create Openings and Obstacles

Dec 2, 2016

The clock starts ticking the day you’re elected into the Missouri legislature. If you’re lucky, you get eight years. Then term limits kick in and it’s time to find a new job. KBIA’s Hannah Haynes spoke to some of those term-limited legislators and found a bipartisan agreement: term limits have a downside.


Today Paul Pepper visits with ALEX GEORGE, Director/Founder of the  Unbound Book Festival, about what to expect in year #2! If you attended this year's festival, the first, you'll be excited to know that not only is it coming back, but that nationally known author Salman Rushdie will be a featured speaker! Watch for details! December 2, 2016

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Columbia officials met with local landlords and residents at city hall Wednesday night to discuss concerns over high-energy costs and consumption in rental housing.  Those in attendance were able to voice their concerns to members of the Environment and Energy Commission. 

Commission member Nick Peckham owns an architectural company in Columbia. He says he was struck by one woman’s story in particular.  Peckham says the woman told him that she had recently had an electric bill that was more expensive than her rent.

Columbia Regional Airport Renovates Runway

Dec 2, 2016
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Preparation for runway construction work is underway at the Columbia Regional Airport (COU).

A release from the city of Columbia on Wednesday said the airport will break ground in the next few weeks to rebuild and lengthen runway 13-31. The release also said the project will be completed in the summer of 2017.

Columbia contractor Emery Sapp and Sons began clearing only trees on Tuesday and will suspend the rest of the Runway Safety Enhancement Project until next spring sometime around March.  

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President-elect Donald Trump has suggested that he’ll nominate U.S. Supreme Court justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that ended many abortion restrictions in the U.S.

If he succeeds, some states might have laws like that in the Republic of Ireland - which has the most restrictive abortion laws of any industrialized democracy.

Under the Eighth Amendment to Ireland's constitution, abortion is illegal in the heavily Catholic country in all cases except when the life of the woman is at risk. Both the woman or the doctor performing the abortion can face up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

But polls show the constitutional amendment underpinning the ban has lost popular support, raising pressure on Ireland's government to hold a referendum on the issue. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the effort to repeal Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion.


President-Designate Visits MU

Dec 1, 2016
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University of Missouri System President-designate Dr. Mun Choi addressed about 200 people about his upcoming inauguration in Stotler Lounge on Dec. 1.

“I am truly humbled and honored to serve the University of Missouri system by working closely with faculty, students, staff, retirees, alumni, civic leaders and industry leaders to create one of the greatest university systems in the country,” Choi said.

Courtesy of Beth Synder

Beth Snyder turned her hobby of printmaking into a career when she started 1canoe2, a print and illustration studio. Her passion for creating prints began when her husband, then-fiancé, bought her a press for about $700 on eBay, for Christmas in 2007. She had wanted to print her wedding invitations using a traditional method.

 


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The University of Missouri is urging student groups to halt some social events as the number of mumps cases continues to rise.

The Student Health Center said Wednesday that there are 128 confirmed and probable cases. The outbreak began in early November with four confirmed cases.

Most of them are linked to students in fraternities and sororities. Besides urging student groups to curtail events, steps to control the outbreak also include canceling a late night breakfast during exam week.

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Driver fatigue is blamed for a FedEx truck crashing into a closed Olive Garden restaurant in Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the driver was the only person injured. The driver told an investigator he began coughing and blacked out in October while traveling on Interstate 70.

A police crash report say the driver drove over a ditch, through a fence and across a road. The truck then continued for about a quarter-mile before hitting the restaurant and catching fire.

Today Paul Pepper and KAY GLASS talk about what to expect at this year's Calvary Episcopal Church Bazaar. Famous for the "church mice," this popular, one-day-only bazaar also features a country breakfast, handmade items, a raffle, bakery and more! Watch for details! At [4:39] ED HANSON, Artistic Director, Talking Horse Productions, invites everyone to come see 'Stud Ducks,' a "hilarious comedy" about one man's love for his family and the extent to which he goes for his daughter and grandson. December 1, 2016

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A monthly survey of business supply managers shows improvement but still reflects relatively weak economic conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states.

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index report released Thursday says the overall economic index for the region rose to 46.5 in November from 43.8 in October.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says he expects the overall regional economy will continue to underperform the national economy because of the region's dependence on agriculture and energy.

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Securing money for an expanding Columbia Regional Airport is a top priority for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, according to an announcement from the chamber on Wednesday.

Advocating for “funding that will benefit the airport and new terminal construction” was on the Chamber of Commerce’s first-ever local agenda. The chamber unveiled the list of objectives at its annual Mayor’s Appreciation Breakfast in Columbia Wednesday.

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Police in St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, say they made roughly 140 arrests of protesters who pressed for a $15 per hour minimum wage.

KSHB-TV says Kansas City police confirmed that at least 110 people were arrested Tuesday while they blocked a street. St. Louis police took nearly 30 protesters into custody after they staged a sit-in on a street near a fast-food restaurant.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson had warned that protesters who blocked traffic would be arrested.

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