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Transgender inmate latest to push for hormone treatment

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  A transgender inmate is suing the Missouri prison system for refusing to provide hormone therapy as she transitions to a woman, adding her voice to those of prisoners in other states who argue that denying such treatment amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

The federal lawsuit was filed last week in St. Louis on behalf of Jessica Hicklin, a 37-year old inmate serving life in prison without parole for first-degree murder. The lawsuit also names Corizon  Health, the health care provider for the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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 The Missouri auditor said the Republican-led House and Senate should be more transparent and should stop asking lobbyists for contributions.

Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway's office released findings Monday showing some legislative committees didn't record their votes. The findings also revealed that Sunshine Law policies for lawmakers are unclear.

Morning Newscast for August 29, 2016

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Aug. 28 means  that most of Missouri's new laws passed earlier this year are now in effect.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry performs "Waltzing with Bears" on guitar - his most requested song of all time! August 29, 2016

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  While the University of Missouri is dealing with a sharp drop in enrollment this fall, many other four-year universities in the state reported an increase in the number of students.

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The Missouri attorney general's office is reviewing a recent state Supreme Court ruling that may impact the criminal charge of felony stealing.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes DR. HANA SOLOMON, M.D., President of BeWell Health, LLC and creator of Nasopure. Why use Nasopure? Dr. Hana says, "the nose filters 10,000 liters of air everyday, and we make a pint to a quart of mucus per day...I believe a nose deserves a washing just like your teeth deserve a brushing." So if you're in need of relief from nose and sinus issues, without the help of antibiotics, you've come to the right place! August 26, 2016

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Missouri's former Republican U.S. Sen. John Danforth is endorsing GOP candidate Eric Greitens for governor.

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Agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland has settled a lawsuit over claims the company was behind a now-imprisoned grain broker's scheme that gouged millions from dozens of Missouri farmers.

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A Missouri judge is blocking the state public defender director from appointing Gov. Jay Nixon to a case.

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Women's rights and opportunities have improved in Afghanistan over the past 15 years after the ouster of the Taliban.

They're no longer required to wear the burqa and are again allowed to attend school and leave the house without a male relative.

But as several recent incidents have highlighted, women in the country still face high levels of violence – including honor killings, forced marriages and and imprisonment for fleeing their husbands.

On this edition of Global Journalist, our panel examines the challenges and opportunities for women in Afghanistan. In addition, a bestselling author discusses the longstanding practice of families without sons dressing and raising their daughters as boys, a phenomenon known as "bacha posh."


Today Paul Pepper visits with MARIE ROBERTSON, Director/Co-owner of Dancearts, about the classes being offered this fall! If you're on the fence about whether or not to sign up, Marie talks the numerous advantages of dancing for both young and old. Register today! At [2:59] MARK PALMER, CEO of Woodhaven, invites everyone to help celebrate Direct Support Professionals Week at a reception September 13. Show your appreciation for the Woodhaven DSP's who, as Mark says, are "acting as mentors and friends and helping those individuals (with developmental disabilities) reach the highest level of independence." August 25, 2016

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State lawmakers say they'll hold a hearing to talk about damage caused from the illegal spraying of the dicamba herbicide on crops in southeastern Missouri.

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Attorneys for the police force and prosecutor that oversaw the grand jury investigation after Michael Brown's 2014 death in Ferguson have asked a federal judge to consider blocking the release of "grisly" photographs of the black 18-year-old's body to his family's attorneys, worried they could prompt violence if leaked.

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On a hot, July day in Boone County, Iowa, farmer Brett Heineman shuttled a semi from one of his family’s fields to the local co-op. He and his uncle were harvesting the first crop of oats on this farm in decades.

Before corn and soybeans almost completely covered the landscape -- today, they account for 95 percent of crop acres in Iowa -- most Corn Belt farmers also grew oats or alfalfa. Now, the Heinemans are among the farmers taking a closer look at re-integrating the small grain into their operations.

For years, WikiLeaks has been known for it’s crusade against government secrecy. But, the Associated Press reports that innocent, private citizens have had very personal information published online. Why would the agency publish medical record, name child rape victims or out gay men in Saudi Arabia? Also, another major shakeup in the Trump campaign, the end of Gawker, and Ryan Lochte’s fall from grace. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Have you noticed one of the side effects of reality TV?  I guess people actually watch “Naked and Afraid” and “My 600-pound Self”.  I only know about these shows because I surf past them on the way to professional cage fighting and Real Housewives of Las Vegas.  Just kidding about cage fighting.  But seriously, this programming makes voyeurs out of normal people, but more importantly, causes them to think differently about their social and political worlds.

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHARLOTTE JIMENEZ about The Language Tree Immersion School. If you're looking for an alternative education for your young child, consider The Language Tree! Charlotte says, "every head teacher is a native speaker, so you really have that first-hand quality language provided to the children." At [4:38] BETH WATSON talks about The Children's School at Stephens College. In the community since 1925, TCS groups students by ability, not age, all in one classroom. The advantage? Beth says, "if you have a gifted child, they can move up with the older kids." August 24, 2016

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Missouri voters will have some additional choices on the Nov. 8 ballot.

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The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee plans to examine proposed mergers among agricultural chemical and seed companies in a September hearing.

With Chinese chemical giant ChemChina in talks to buy Syngenta, merger discussions ongoing between Dow and DuPont, anBayer and Monsantoapparently inching toward a deal, regulators and lawmakers are worrying about decreased competition and higher prices for farmers.

For years, WikiLeaks has been known for it’s crusade against government secrecy. But, the Associated Press reports that innocent, private citizens have had very personal information published online. Why would the agency publish medical record, name child rape victims or out gay men in Saudi Arabia?

Raphael Satter & Maggie Michael, Associated Press: “Private lives exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets

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Discover Nature this week as a swift-flying, migratory duck begins returning to Missouri from the north.

The blue-winged teal (Anas discors) breeds across North America, spending its summers as far north as Alaska.  These ducks leave their summer homes early to overwinter along the Gulf of Mexico, or as far south as Peru, Brazil, and Argentina.

Adult males – or drakes – are small, each with a dark gray head and a white crescent between the eye and bill.  A light blue patch adorns the fore-wing just above a greenish patch called a speculum, below.

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The top prosecutor in the city of St. Louis said she’s skeptical about the cries of poverty from Missouri’s public defenders.

 

Earlier this month, Michael Barrett, the director of the Missouri public defender system assigned Gov. Jay Nixon to a case in Cole County. Barrett blames Nixon, a Democrat, for underfunding the system.

 

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