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Journalists in Turkey and South Africa both work in countries with lively and well-established media. But in both countries, long-running single-party rule has led to challenges for reporters.

On this special edition of Global Journalist, guest host Joshua Kranzberg talks about these issues and more with journalists from the two countries visiting the U.S. on fellowships from the Alfred Friendly Press Partners.  

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians, CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA, who perform "Oh My Little Darling" (with a little "Lady On the Green" thrown in at the end) on banjo and guitar. See them in person on July 2nd in Alma, Missouri. June 24, 2016

The Missouri Department of Transportation is set to test the feasibility of sidewalks and roadways embedded with solar panels.

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Health system CoxHealth says it plans to hire about 100 nurses from overseas in the next year.

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The city of St. Louis is preparing to chop down thousands of ash trees that are at risk of infection by the emerald ash borer, a beetle that showed up in the area last year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the removal of about 15,000 trees will start Thursday and occur over the course of five years.

The city will also begin injecting 1,000 more trees with a type of organic botanical treatment to try and stop the bugs from spreading.

The coach of the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers is coming back to his Missouri hometown to be honored next month.

On Sunday, Mexico, Missouri native Tyronn Lue led the Cavaliers to their first-ever championship, and Cleveland's first title of any kind since the Browns won the NFL championship in 1964.

During a TV interview immediately after the Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors, Lue made mention of his hometown — not once, but twice.

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Saint Louis University will begin a human clinical trial this fall for a vaccine that seeks to prevent the Zika virus.

The university said Thursday that funding from the National Institutes of Health will fund the trial. Lead researcher Dr. Sarah George says the goal is to make sure the vaccine is safe and then measure the immune response to Zika.

The vaccine contains an inactivated version of the virus. After testing in St. Louis begins, the university plans a second study in Puerto Rico, which has been hit hard by the virus.

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Actor and improviser Horatio Sanz was born in Santiago, Chile and raised in Chicago. As he got older, Horatio made a name for himself on the improv stages around town. Horatio’s improv prowess led to an eight-year tenure as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. During his years on the show, Horatio was a part of some  famous sketches, including “Debbie Downer” and the legendary “Cowbell” sketch.

Horatio continues to perform improv today, and hosts his own podcast, The Hooray Show with producer Chad Krueger. This Comedian’s Life talked to Horatio about his I Dream of Jeannie-inspired nickname, his SNL audition, and how he got arrested in the name of comedy. To listen to The Hooray Show visit You can also follow Horatio on Twitter @MrHoratioSanz. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director of the Youth Empowerment Zone (YEZ), about a ribbon cutting for YEZ's 'Inspiring Academy' tomorrow in Columbia! This new program aims to work with children from a very young age all the way through college, ideally. Find out more! At [3:36] MU Theatre Department Dramaturge, CARRIE WINSHIP, invites everyone to see "Crimes of the Heart," opening tomorrow night on the stage of the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU Campus! Carrie also tells us about the "Arts as a Portal to Science" summer camp happening next month. June 23, 2016

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation to require high school students to pass a civics test and learn CPR.

Task Force 1 gets State Funding for the First Time

Jun 23, 2016
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A Boone County search and rescue force will receive state funds for the first time this year. Missouri Task Force 1 will get $1.25 million from the Missouri Department of Public Safety. $750,000 will be used for deployments in Missouri and $500,000 will go towards training.

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A Michigan man who allegedly tried to collect fake debts from Gov. Jay Nixon has been charged with a felony for alleged deceptive business practices.

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Missouri has its first openly gay Miss Missouri.

Erin O'Flaherty was crowned Miss Missouri on Saturday in Mexico, Missouri.

As with so many mass shootings in this country, the events at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub raised many questions about access to guns, terrorism, radicalized Islam – and homophobia. But now critics are questioning whether a journalist’s sexual orientation or gender identity may influence their ability to cover the story fairly. Is that criticism fair? Also, the FAA relaxes regulations on commercial drone use, Disney’s coverage of Disney, and Donald Trump’s decision to pull the Washington Post’s credentials. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Dozens of frustrated Columbia residents were appeased Monday when the Columbia City Council pushed back discussion on a plan for a new roundabout on the west side of the city.

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Education officials say Missouri schools experience widespread chronic absenteeism with more than 40,000 students in the St. Louis region and nine area counties who have missed 15 or more days of school during the 2013-14 school year.

As with so many mass shootings in this country, the events at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub raised many questions about access to guns, terrorism, radicalized Islam – and homophobia. But now critics are questioning whether a journalist’s sexual orientation or gender identity may influence their ability to cover the story fairly. Is that criticism fair?

Interim UM System President Mike Middleton spoke at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. last night. He answered questions about the events that happened at MU last fall, and what is being done to address the racial issues on campus.

For the second time in three years, KBIA has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for its website.

The Radio Television Digital News Association announced the winners of the 2016 national Edward R. Murrow awards contest Tuesday. KBIA won the award for best website among small market radio stations.

In addition to KBIA’s homepage, the entry for the contest included examples of KBIA’s best digital work in the 2015 calendar year. That includes:

Discover Nature: Softshell Turtles

Jun 21, 2016
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Take a canoe out on a local pond or stream this week, and you’ll likely encounter Spiny softshell turtles.


Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens' campaign says it has no relationship with the treasurer of a political action committee that's behind attack ads, even though the man made calls at a campaign event. 

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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the city is sending a message of inclusiveness with the raising of the transgender flag at City Hall.

The pink, light blue and white flag was raised Monday, making St. Louis one of only a handful of cities to fly the transgender flag. It is being raised as part of Pride month and will remain in place through June. Another transgender flag was raised at a second city office building a couple of blocks away.

CPS Revives Minority Educator Training Program

Jun 21, 2016

Minority students at Columbia Public Schools now have a chance to see what it’s like to work in a classroom before they go to college. This summer Columbia Public Schools re-launched a program for minority students in grades 9-12.

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The Columbia City Council will discuss a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Fairview and Chapel Hill at tonight’s public hearing.  Although the roundabout would improve safety, the proposal has not come without some community resistance.  City Councilman Michael Trapp says that the pushback is largely based on aesthetics rather than practicality.

Second Baptist Church Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Jun 20, 2016
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  The Second Baptist Church will continue to use more than its faith to celebrate remaining open for 150 years.

The church held its 150 anniversary celebration this past weekend. The church used African American gospel music and its history to celebrate how long the church has been running. 

  Director Fran Tibbs said God was the creator of the show’s format.

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 A federal appeals court says a judge wrongly tossed a lawsuit by a woman who wants to speak publicly about her time on the grand jury that declined to indict a Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man.

The St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reinstated the lawsuit by the woman identified as "Grand Juror Doe."


 The University of Missouri won't adopt policies on free speech and protests until at least the fall to allow enough time to gather public comment.

A committee issued a draft in late May of policies designed to regulate public spaces on campus while also respecting free-speech rights. The committee, composed of 13 faculty, staff and students also was asked to determine how the university can best resolve conflicts over use of public spaces.

The committee was formed after protests rocked the Columbia campus last fall.