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Recent recommendations for women drew ire of some women. A report released by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) on Wednesday said women who are sexually active and not on birth control should not consume alcohol at any point. This is because of the risk a woman may drink while unknowingly pregnant.

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For much of its population, Somalia is a difficult and dangerous place to live.

It’s particularly true for reporters. Practicing journalism in a failed state means facing threats from any number of militia groups.

That includes Islamist radicals from al-Shabaab as well as from armed groups loyal to Somalia’s internationally-backed government in Mogadishu. At least 59 Somali journalists have been killed since 1992-the year after the fall of dictator Siad Barre threw the country into chaos.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the state of journalism in Somalia.


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As Ferguson prepares to do legal battle with the Justice Department, city leaders acknowledge the possibility that they might someday disband the police department and cede law enforcement to another agency.

The question is: Would anyone else want it?

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Missouri's top two elected officials are crediting Ferguson for pressing ahead with policing and court reforms despite a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit over the St. Louis suburb's justice system.

Today Paul Pepper visits with LORIE STEELE, Directress of Moreau Montessori School, about their ongoing efforts to raise money for a new roof. To help, they're hosting a dinner/auction/piccadilly fundraiser March 12 - RSVP today! At [4:20] ETHAN DUKE, Asst. Dir., Missouri River Bird Observatory, invites everyone to an event in March that will discuss the impact that climate change is having on birds and wildlife. Watch! February 12, 2016

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Missouri's K-12 public schools would get about a $76 million increase in basic funding under the budget proposed by a House panel.

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Legislation requiring a private company to review Missouri's welfare rolls is moving forward in the Legislature.

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On this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with a pair of Mid-Missouri musicians. We have in-studio performances from Boonville country singer Tanner Lee and Columbia singer-songwriter Anna Soulstice. Also on this week's program, we have a preview of this Sunday's Wild and Scenic Film Festival.


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 The City of Columbia Mayor's Task Force met Wednesday Afternoon to discuss the city's infrastructure.  No decisions were made but City Councilman Ian Thomas made a presentation about the city’s integrated management plan specifically looking at the possible need for an increase in the city’s development fee

House Approves More Lawmaker Control of Missouri Capitol

Feb 11, 2016
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 Missouri lawmakers have voted to give themselves more control over the Capitol's renovations and security.

The House passed two bills Thursday that would create a commission to supervise the Capitol building and its police, security protocols and parking, as well as the adjacent government buildings. Those areas are currently under the supervision of the Office of Administration and the Department of Public Safety.

Farm Income Declining in Region

Feb 11, 2016
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 The Federal Reserve says farm income continued to decline during the fourth quarter in Midwestern and Western states, so farmers are borrowing more.

But the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Missouri, said Thursday that bankers report few problems with farmers failing to make loan payments.

Farm income is down because prices have declined for cattle, soybeans, wheat and corn.

The value of farmland continues to decline. The value of non-irrigated land declined 4 percent in the fourth quarter, and irrigated land values slipped 2 percent from the previous year.

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 The University of Missouri system would be denied a higher education funding boost under action taken by a House committee.  The system's handling of race-related protests is being blamed.

MU, Walker Parking Consultants Host Open Forum

Feb 11, 2016
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An open forum meeting was held Wednesday, where students, faculty, and staff members from MU were able to raise questions about the current parking and transportation services on campus.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams - who, once again, are offering to serenade your sweetheart for Valentine's Day! Details on that, plus performances of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart/Heart of My Heart" [1:16]; "Down Our Way" [3:50]; and "Sweet and Lovely" [5:45]. Watch! February 11, 2016

Afternoon Newscast for February 10, 2016

Feb 10, 2016

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:


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The Justice Department has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving how police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.

Fired CPD officer's reinstatement reversed

Feb 10, 2016
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COLUMBIA - An appeals court has reversed a judge's decision ordering the reinstatement of a fired Columbia police officer.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District found that the city manager didn't overstep his authority in upholding the firing of Rob Sanders. The appeals court also remanded the case to Cole County on a technical issue.

Sanders was fired in 2011 for pushing an inmate in a Columbia holding cell. The inmate suffered a fractured vertebra and later reached a $250,000 settlement with the city.

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JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers are taking action to block a health department rule that would increase wages for home care attendants.

The House voted Wednesday on a measure blocking the wage hike after a similar vote by the Senate. The measure now heads to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Lawmakers want to stop a proposed Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services rule that would raise the pay for home care attendants from the $7.65 an hour to a range between $8.50 and $10.15.

The workers care for aging Missourians and others who can't care for themselves.

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JEFFERSON CITY - A Senate panel is considering four bills that would change Missouri's laws on texting while driving, seatbelts and motorcycle helmets.

One bill reviewed in a hearing Wednesday would require everyone in a car to wear a seatbelt, including adults in the backseat who are currently exempt from seatbelt requirements.

Two other proposals would ban texting while driving, which currently is forbidden for commercial drivers and people younger than 22.

For those following the unrest at the University of Missouri last fall, Melissa Click became a household name after she confronted a student trying to record a gathering of students on a campus quadrangle, shoving the student’s camera and calling for muscle to have him removed from the area.

As the Zika virus moves north, journalists across America struggle to tell the story and raise awareness without feeding into the culture of fear. One in five people will contract it, yet few will become sick enough to ever see a doctor. So, why are we talking about the safety of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro? Also, University of Kansas students sue over funding cuts at the University Daily Kansan, why editors at The Bustle are asking new employees deeply personal questions and an update from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Debra Mason: Views of the News.


Tucked away in a University of Missouri research building, a family of pigs is kept upright and mostly happy by a handful of researchers. Two new litters recently joined the assembly of pudgy, snorting, pink piglets.

While they look like an ordinary collection of pigs one might find in hog barns all over the country, these animals are special. They’re genetically engineered and they are part of a new crop of GE animals with technology that could be coming soon to the food on your dinner plate.

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The topics of diversity, inclusion and respect were the main ideas of and open session on February 5, although the University of Missouri’s Board of Curators discussed various topics related to the UM system during a series of meetings over the course of two days.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARGARET TOLLERTON, State Outreach Director for Missouri Cures, about the 'latest and greatest breakthroughs' easily found their website and two events in which you're invited to participate - watch for details! At [4:19] director MILBRE BURCH and actress CHARA KNIGHT tell us about Talking Horse Productions' "Black Pearl Sings!" Kansas City playwright Frank Higgins's story of being a women in the 1930s is sure to delight everyone! February 10, 2016

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A drug that treats heroin overdoses could become easier to acquire in Missouri under legislation in the House.

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