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 Missouri's Republican legislative leaders and more than 100 others say they oppose the Obama administration's directive on transgender student bathroom access.

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder first sent a letter opposing the guidance that public schools allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity.

Kinder on Thursday announced Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and GOP House Speaker Todd Richardson are joining him.

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At first glance, media in Pakistan and the Ukraine have little in common.

But in both the South Asian nation and the former Soviet republic, independent private news outlets are relatively new and face a host of challenges both from government restrictions and outside actors. They're also among the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

On this special edition of Global Journalist, we interview journalists from prominent media outlets in each country who are visiting the U.S. on fellowships from the University of Missouri-based Alfred Friendly Press Partners.

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 A former state lawmaker is suing over an associate University of Missouri law professor and attorney general candidate's emails.

Former Republican Rep. Kevin Elmer sued the university system and Republican candidate Josh Hawley Wednesday, saying the university violated the Sunshine Law.

Elmer says he requested university records on Hawley last May to see whether he received support from the university to run for office. Elmer says he was overcharged and it's taking too long.

Hawley faces an Aug. 2 primary against Sen. Kurt Schaefer.

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  A Missouri Senate staffer has begun reviewing Planned Parenthood's internal records, including procedures for fetal tissue disposal.

Republican attorney Todd Scott began examining the documents Thursday at the office of Planned Parenthood's attorney. He checked the documents earlier this month to verify they were all present.

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  A St. Louis jury ordered Monsanto and three other companies to pay more than $46 million to three people in a suit alleging negligence in the production of PCBs.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the jury reached its verdict Wednesday after a nearly month-long trial. The jury awarded $17.5 million damages and assessed $29 million more in punitive damages.

The case involved three people who said that exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Nearly 100 people joined the suit.

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Tiffany Seda-Addington has been fighting for expanded access to naloxone for nearly three years. Ever since her best friend James Carmack died of a heroin overdose at his mother’s house.

“When James died,” Tiffany said. “It was immediately we have to do something.”

That “something” that she and others in Pulaski County, Missouri, decided to fight for was expanded access to naloxone, also known as Narcan. It’s the opioid overdose antidote that essentially brings a person dying from a heroin or opioid overdose back to life.

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Monarch butterflies are disappearing. Scientists agree that in the last 20 years, populations of the black and orange insect have been in precipitous decline. But there's much less certainty on what’s causing them to vanish.

As each new scientific paper on monarch decline is published, the image becomes slightly less opaque. So far, potential culprits include disease, climate change, drought, deforestation, and nectar plants. Blame has been cast on everyone from loggers to farmers to suburban developers.

The Mistakes Aren’t Hers, But the Consequences Are

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When KBIA and the Columbia Missourian first met Monica Smith in 2012, she was a senior in high school in Higginsville, Missouri. Smith was consumed with school, work and so many extra curriculars she couldn’t keep count. People found it surprising that at 18 Monica kept straight A’s, worked and participated in sports when they found out what she had gone through.

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A new state park in southeastern Missouri is set to open July 30.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday announced Echo Bluff State Park's opening in Shannon County. The park was previously called Camp Zoe but was renamed after a sheer bluff on the property.

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A state audit released Wednesday cites "serious mismanagement" by the former superintendent of the Fox School District in suburban St. Louis, alleging she spent nearly $100,000 on questionable expenses with little oversight from the school board.

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Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri plans to merge with the abortion provider's central Oklahoma affiliate in July.

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Missouri's insurance department has dealt a setback to a proposal by the nation's third-largest health insurer to buy another insurance company.

 This week on Intersection, we're talking about the growing issue of homelessness in Columbia with guests Nick Foster, Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center, Pastor Meg Hegemann of Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church and the Turning Point program, and Sid and Patricia Howard, who volunteer at Turning Point. 

Listen to the full story.

Nine out of 10 Native Americans say they support the use of the name “Redskins” for the Washington NFL franchise, according to a Washington Post poll of approximately 500 people. What prompted the paper to commission such a poll? And, how is the team’s ownership using it to further his own political purposes? Also, St. Louis County drops the trespassing charges against two journalists arrested in Ferguson, the latest in the negotiations between Tribune Publishing and Gannett and the saga of Sumner Redstone and control of Viacom.  From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper and SCOTT BRADLEY, General Manager at Carpet One Floor and Home, continue their series of conversations about eco-friendly flooring. Today's topic is "marmoleum." Could it be the perfect solution for your home's needs? Watch! At [4:05] DANA NAYLOR and actress CATHERINE BARNARD invite everyone to come see Maplewood Barn Theatre's "amazing" production of "Godspell." It opens tomorrow night! May 25, 2016

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Missouri Supreme Court judges say the state doesn't owe two retired judges who later asked for more money based on federal judges' pay.

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Bayer says it looks forward to holding merger talks with Monsanto, after the St. Louis company said earlier it would consider a higher bid.

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Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway says a state board created to advocate for small businesses against government regulations isn't doing its job.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld two laws that limit the ability of local governments to regulate cellphone towers.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will be leading a trade delegation on a trip to Cuba next week.

The University of Missouri System has announced that it will conduct an audit of diversity and inclusion policies and procedures.

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Nine out of 10 Native Americans say support the use of the name “Redskins” for the Washington NFL franchise, according to a Washington Post poll of approximately 500 people. What prompted the paper to commission such a poll? And, how is the team’s ownership using it to further his own political purposes?

Finding Humor in the Presidential Primaries

May 24, 2016

I’ve followed American politics since I was a kid.  I teach classes in it at Columbia College.  I talk to you occasionally about it.

Last fall and winter I was telling people, with a fair amount of confidence, that Hillary Clinton was on a glide path to a coronation and with only slightly less confidence that she would beat Jeb Bush in the general election.

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So much in the natural world is ephemeral especially in the spring. This week on Discover Nature we look and listen for buzzing signs of the season.

Exam - Moberly Man Takes Special Olympics Coaching Beyond the Court

May 24, 2016
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It was mid-afternoon and the athletes of the Magic City Olympians had just taken the court minutes after wolfing down their brown-bag lunches. Coach Jim Thornton stood on the sidelines, shouting tips to his athletes during their first game of the state-level Special Olympics competition. Many of the athletes spent the morning bowling at Fort Leonard Wood, and the exhaustion was starting to show on their faces.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the always delightful MARIE ROBERTSON, Director/Co-Owner of Dancearts of Columbia! Marie invites everyone to their spring recital May 27/28 at Jesse Auditorium on the MU Campus - this is one performance you won't want to miss! At [5:43] JESSICA BIBBO is seeking dog or cat pet owners that are 50+ for a University of Missouri Human Development and Family Science research study about caregiving and caregivers. If you're interested in participating, watch for details! May 24, 2016

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The Missouri Republican State Committee is backing closed primaries.