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The civil war in Yemen has garnered many superlatives since it began in force in March 2015. It's generated the world's most dire humanitarian crisis and the largest cholera outbreak in a single year ever recorded – even Forbes ranked its economy as the world's worst

Yet despite a conflict that has left 7 million on the brink of starvation, there is little end in sight to fighting between Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and the country's Saudi-backed government. Attempts to spur a U.N. investigation into war crimes committed by both sides have so far failed. Complicating efforts is support for the Saudi-backed government by the U.S., U.K. and France. 

On this edition of Global Journalist, we discuss Yemen's humanitarian crisis, the collapse of independent media in the country and the role of outsiders in fueling a conflict that has generated startling levels of human suffering. 

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A new report says low commodity prices and weak farm incomes are continuing to hamper the rural economy in parts of 10 Plains and Midwestern states.

The Rural Mainstreet Index for the region fell to its lowest level of the year at 39.6 from August's 42.2. The index released Thursday ranges between 0 and 100, with any number under 50 indicating a shrinking economy.

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There have been more fatal police shootings in St. Louis in 2017 than for a decade — with three months still left until year's end.

The new data comes as the city's police department struggles to contain daily protests following the acquittal of white former police officer in the killing of a black suspect.

Hair Braiders Appeal Against Missouri Licensing Requirement

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A group of stylists and their allies spoke out in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday morning about whether Missouri’s requirements for a cosmetology license should apply to African hair braiders.

To obtain a cosmetology license, stylists must complete 1,500 hours of training, which can cost around $16,000. The case against the licensing is built on the argument that the cosmetology schools require irrelevant learning for braiders. Missouri is one of 13 states that require braiders to be licensed cosmetologists.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOSH REID about the University Concert Series' 110th season! Josh tells us that this year will feature a "tremendous amount of diversity and a lot of different cultures." Among the 26 scheduled performances is Tango Buenos Aries, The Beach Boys, the Missouri Contemporary Ballet and a whole lot more! At [3:29] JOE GEIST and artist GARY CADWALLADER invite everyone to the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art in Fayette to experience "Passion vs. Reality: Three for the Fall." Get a taste of what you'll see when you visit thanks to examples provided by Gary and ceramic artist Geoff Graham! September 21, 2017

St. Louis police could be wearing body cameras within 60 to 90 days.

After a contentious meeting Wednesday, the St. Louis Board of Estimate and Apportionment voted to begin a free one-year trial while pursuing a longer contract.

MU's Freshman Enrollment Continues Decline, But More Than Expected Arrived on Campus

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More freshmen than expected arrived at MU this year, but overall numbers were still lower than last year’s freshman class.

  In 2017, 4,134 freshmen were enrolled, for a total of 30,870, according to official numbers released Wednesday by MU.

The new mayor of St. Louis is calling for the city to be a leader in addressing racial inequity as thousands of people protest the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black suspect.

But Lyda Krewson, who is white, faces criticism from those who want her to do more and others who want strong support for police or insist racism is not an issue.

Krewson won the Democratic mayoral primary in March after dominating on the city's mostly white south side. Three black candidates split the vote on the predominantly black north side.

Joplin and one of the counties surrounding the southwest Missouri city have joined a prescription drug monitoring program that municipalities across the state have banded together to create.

The Joplin Globe reports that the Joplin City Council voted Monday and the Jasper County Commission on Tuesday to join the effort to fight opioid addiction. The program was created when Missouri was only state without a monitoring program.

Jefferson City conducted smoke tests in the sewer lines under the 200 block of Monroe Street and East High Street Tuesday morning. This testing was in preparation for future renovations to the downtown area’s streets and sidewalks.

This process is sometimes referred to as “streetscaping” by city officials and businesses involved. Eric Seaman, the wastewater division director for the city, said while these smoke tests are routine, this particular case was special due to the age of the downtown area’s infrastructure.

Wentworth Alumni Win Battle Over Doughboy Statue

Sep 20, 2017

The Wentworth Military Academy Alumni Association won a major victory in its fight to reclaim the beloved “Doughboy” statue that has been on display at the Wentworth campus since 1923.

The statue, which was dedicated to honor the Wentworth cadets who died in World War I, was set to be auctioned off alongside property of Wentworth Military Academy, which closed at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.

Emmy host Stephen Colbert invites former White House press secretary Sean Spicer to appear on stage at last Sunday's ceremony. Who wasn't in on the joke? Was Harvard "behaving stupidly" when it rescinded an invitation to Chelsea Manning to become a visiting fellow? Also, reactions by ESPN management after Jemele Hill speaks out against #Trump; and will Ken Burns' latest documentary about the #VietnamWar attract an audience beyond the baby boomers who lived through it? From Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Earnest Perry and Jamie Grey. KBIA 91.3 FM

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Columbia has joined a long list of cities around the country that are supporting Standing Rock Souix Tribe. City Council voted unanimously at Monday’s meeting to approve a resolution expressing support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Carolyn Mathews, member of the Native American Support Group, said at the meeting that because of Columbia’s geographical location this resolution is especially important for the city to adopt.

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This week on Discover Nature, get outside to enjoy early autumn weather, and keep an eye out for the first signs of fall color.

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St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says it wasn't acceptable for police to chant "Whose streets? Our streets!" on Sunday after clearing out protesters and onlookers in the city's downtown.

The mayor decried the chant during a news conference Tuesday. Officers in riot gear were heard chanting after making arrests when an organized protest ended and vandalism ensued. The chant is one that protesters commonly use.

Today Paul Pepper visits with STEVE SCHNARR, Program Manager, Missouri River Relief, about the 8th annual Race to the Dome! This canoe and kayak adventure for any age and any experience level is a fundraiser for Missouri River Relief, and a great way to experience the Missouri River first-hand. At [4:18] TIFFANY BOHON, MU Health Care, invites all injured youth athletes to a free clinic at the Missouri Orthopedic Institute from 9:30 p.m.-11 p.m. each Friday through October. Watch for details! September 20, 2017

City Council Votes to Eliminate Para-Transit Route

Sep 20, 2017

Columbia City Council voted on two proposals Monday night that would change Para-Transit routes and fares. One proposal was to increase the fare from $2 to $3 per ride, the council rejected that proposal.

The other proposal was to eliminate the three Para-Transit routes with the lowest ridership. Many community members said that would leave riders along those routes without options to access resources and jobs. Mark Satterwhite, of Boone County Family Resources read a letter from eight community agencies that serve people with disabilities.

GEORGE KENNEDY: MU's Climate is Challenged, But Changing

Sep 19, 2017
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You’ve read, I hope, the Missourian’s excellent coverage this week of the “climate survey” that was conducted a year ago to assess attitudes and behaviors of students, faculty and staff throughout the University system.

If you have, you know that the findings revealed fairly high levels of discomfort among students and discontent among faculty and staff at MU.

Only two-thirds of the nearly 5,000 MU students who responded to the survey said they felt comfortable on campus. Forty percent of freshmen and 44 percent of sophomores were seriously considering leaving. Sixty percent of faculty respondents and about half the staff said they were serious about seeking other jobs. Minority, female and gay respondents were especially unhappy.

Read the complete column online at the Missourian.

Talking Politics: Police Chief Ken Burton Gives His Take on Racial Desparity in Traffic Stops

Sep 19, 2017

Traffic stop data released by the Missouri Attorney General's office shows a disparity between black and white drivers in Columbia, but not everyone agrees as to what the numbers mean.

Black drivers in Columbia were pulled over at a rate almost four times higher than white drivers in 2016.

Some local groups, like Race Matters, Friends, say this is clear evidence of racial profiling and called for changes in the police department. Some have even called for the resignation of Police Chief Ken Burton, who has voiced skepticism about the traffic stop data.

The Columbia Missourian’s Katherine Reed and Noah McGee spoke in-depth with Burton to get his take on the data and how the department can be improved.

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A third person appointed by Gov. Eric Greitens to the state board of education won't serve on the board.

Two current board members criticized the governor after Springfield resident Heidi Crane's declined to accept the appointment. They say the governor has been incompetent in his efforts to remake the board with his own people in an effort to replace current Education Commission Margie Vandeven.

Meeting Thursday to Discuss MKT Trail Renovations

Sep 19, 2017

The MKT Nature and Fitness trail will undergo work this winter that will result in a section of the trail being closed for several months. At least two of the bridges along the trail will be replaced in a $380,000 overhaul, creating detours.

A meeting has been called this Thursday for park planners to discuss the project with residents. The meeting will be taking place at the Martin Luther King memorial section of the trail, just off Stadium Boulevard between 4 and 6 p.m.

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Rock Bridge Christian Church announced Sunday that it is the second sanctuary church in Columbia. The Universalist Unitarian Church became Columbia’s first sanctuary church in April. Sanctuary churches provide shelter and support for immigrants facing deportation. Rock Bridge Christian Church has been considering becoming a sanctuary church since May of this year.

Rev. Sarah Klaassen, the pastor at Rock Bridge Christian Church, says the congregation wants to stand in solidarity with those affected by immigration policies.

Three very different stories illustrate the common -- and deepening -- fault line that news, sports, entertainment media and higher education are trying desperately to straddle.   Every word, every video clip, every invited speaker, every programming decision is viewed through the hyper-partisan lens of pro-Trump and anti-Trump activists.  On this week's episode of Views of the News we discuss Sean Spicer, Chelsea Manning and ESPN's Jemele Hill.  Plus a look at the new Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam War.  

Inviting Spicer to the Emmys

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Today, we’re bringing you United and Divided, a series of stories on bridging the urban-rural divide. It's reported by Harvest Public Media.

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election one thing is clear: rural America and urban America see things differently. In this series of profiles, Harvest Public Media reporters introduce us to our fellow Americans and examine the issues that they hold dear. We re-discover the ties that bind us and learn more about the lines that divide us. And through these voices, we come to know Americans just a little bit better.

Reporters from Missouri, Colorado, Iowa and Nebraska explore topics causing rift in the country, and how those differences define the future. They looked at schools, religion, immigration and trade policy. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARILYN McLEOD, League of Women Voters, about National Voter Registration Day. Marilyn tells us that while most people are registered, if you're not, September 26th is a good day "to just get it done." If you are looking to 'get it done', the League will be registering people that day at the Columbia Public Library! At [4:14] GAIL HUMPHRIES MARDIROSIAN tells us about Stephens College School of Performing Arts' 70th season, now underway with "Intimate Apparel." Still to come: Blithe Spirit, Anything Goes, Into the Woods and a whole lot more! Watch for details. September 19, 2017