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Today Paul Pepper helps local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA celebrate 36 years of marriage by having them do all the work! They perform "I Drew My Ship" on guitar. Happy Anniversary! May 25, 2015

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Missouri lawmakers did not take action this session on additional funds for transportation, a priority for Republican leaders and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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 The Missouri Legislature once again has failed to pass bills aimed at clamping down on ethics laws considered some of the loosest in the nation. 

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol has completed its investigation into a Boone County sheriff deputy's fatal shooting of a man in February.

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Governor Jay Nixon has commuted the sentence of a man who had been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole as a persistent drug offender in 1996. 

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The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League have signed former University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL. 

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Today Paul Pepper and JOAN STACK, State Historical Society, talk about an exhibit in Columbia featuring the best of Tom Englehardt, former editorial cartoonist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch! May 22, 2015

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St. Peters Representative Robert Cornejo has entered what could be a crowded race for Missouri House majority leader. 

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They come from impoverished and war-torn countries like Sudan or Syria, in hopes of a better life. But for some migrants, their journey ends in death on the Mediterranean. On this edition of Global Journalist, we look at why these people are making the trek in the first place, and if there are any solutions to the growing problem.

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Jay Ashcroft, a Republican candidate for Missouri secretary of state, is pushing an initiative petition that would allow the Legislature to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

The St. Louis attorney filed a proposed constitutional amendment with the secretary of state's office on Thursday. This amendment would permit voter photo ID requirements.

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A fund for victims of the 2011 Joplin tornado has closed after distributing nearly $1 million to residents and nonprofits.

The Joplin City Council this week commended the board of trustees of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund for their work.

The fund gave out $998,201 in assistance after the tornado, which killed 161 and destroyed thousands of homes and hundreds of businesses.

The Joplin Globe reports city documents show the fund received donations ranging from just $1 to $119,000 from people throughout the world.

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Last weekend, around 100 students graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine.  

 

But four times that many doctors will commit suicide this year in the United States.

 

Many believe problems with depression and anxiety in medical students is a leading cause for the mental health issues among physicians. Rep. Keith Frederick, R-Rolla, said these issues can also effect a doctor's ability to practice.

 

"Some doctors end up taking their own lives, but many go on practicing in a state where they're not as effective as they would be if they were completely healthy," said Frederick, who is also an orthopedic surgeon. "The healthcare provided by those physicians in training and future physicians will be much better if they aren't themselves suffering from depression.

 


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A House bill that would have allowed anyone to possess and administer naloxone, a drug that reverses opiate overdoses and “brings people back from the dead,” was one of the victims of the Senate stalemate at the end of the 2015 Legislative session.

The drug is perhaps better known by its brand name of Narcan. Last July, Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill that allows law enforcement to carry Narcan in their vehicles and administer the drug at the scene of an overdose. This is much like what paramedics have done throughout the state for many years.

But some legislators, advocates and law enforcement believe that putting Narcan in the hands of friends and family of addicts would be more effective at saving lives.


Today Paul Pepper visits with VAL GERMANN, Central Missouri Astronomical Association, about the distance between planets Venus and Jupiter and how, to us, they will appear to be touching! Plus, Val has brought more photos to share - watch! May 21, 2015

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Missouri's unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.7 percent last month while the economy lost several thousand jobs.

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Recent heavy rains have pushed the Missouri River above flood stage at several locations in Missouri.

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The Booneslick Trail was a pathway for westward migration in the years before Missouri statehood. In this episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with local historian David Sapp about the origins of the trail, how it helped form a boomtown and the local effort to keep the vestiges of the Booneslick Trail from disappearing under the plow or from being developed.


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May 20, 2015

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Lawmakers Send Fewer Tax Changes to Nixon

May 20, 2015
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  The Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature has sent several small tweaks to the state's tax code to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon this session.

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  Missouri House Republicans are vying to become majority leader after the resignation of the former speaker led to a leadership shuffle.

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The makeshift memorial that has marked the site of where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in August now has been cleared out, and a permanent plaque will be placed nearby.

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  The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date of July 14 for David Zink, convicted of abducted and killing a southwest Missouri woman in 2001.

Today Paul Pepper and JEFF MORAN, P.E.T. Mobility Project, talk about the recent dedication of the 50,000 P.E.T.: what that number means for the people who use them, what's in store for the future and how you can help. At [4:25] SARAH CRAMER and JENNY GRABNER, Southern Boone Learning Garden, invite you to the 2nd annual "Dine in the Dirt" fundraiser May 30th. Watch! May 20, 2015

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Charlie Shields of St. Joseph will serve as president of the Missouri State Board of Education after being elected to a two-year term.

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 A health insurer has agreed to pay Missouri $4.5 million for covering certain elective abortions and failing to cover some autism treatments.

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