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Besides a familiarity with law enforcement techniques, a small-town police chief must possess an awareness of local history, the economy and city policy. Chris Hammann recently spoke to KBIA's Trevor Harris about the nature of his work as chief of police in Vandalia, Missouri. Hammann discussed the community impact of a local women's prison, his knowledge of repeat customers and made a call for legalizing marijuana in the state for medicinal use.

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An audit has found that the Missouri Department of Social Services mistakenly paid more than $19 million to child care facilities to subsidize low-income families and should refund the federal government.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the funds distributed through federal grants didn't meet the government's requirements for record-keeping.

The Callaway County prosecuting attorney says no charges will be filed in a fatal Columbia police shooting.

Prosecutor Chris Wilson announced Friday that his review of the May shooting death of Clarence Coats Jr. found that a Columbia police officer acted lawfully when Coats was shot.

Wilson said Coats was using methamphetamine when he began shooting indiscriminately at a Columbia home. He apparently was upset about ending a relationship and had argued with his family.

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The UM System Board of Curators discussed a third-party review of administrative costs in their meeting this morning.

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Traditional bluegrass music is a melting pot. It has roots in Appalachian, Celtic and jazz music, and musicologists trace the origins of the banjo back to traditional stringed instruments from West Africa. It’s a genre that’s constantly evolving.

Pat Kay is a bluegrass musician and books shows at the Blue Note, a music venue in Columbia. He said the traditional style has seen a resurgence in recent years.


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Recently an international cricket match in the Indian city of Delhi had to be temporarily halted in the middle of the game for an unusual reason. The cause: air pollution levels so high that a top player for India's opponent, Sri Lanka, began vomiting on the field. 

India has had pollution problems for years, but recently it has gotten significantly worse. Smog was so bad in New Delhi last month the government ordered thousands of schools closed and banned trucks from the road for a week. 

But India’s problem goes far beyond New Delhi. According to the World Health Organization, the country has 13 of the world’s 25 most polluted cities. And in 2015, the British medical journal The Lancet reported that 1.1 million Indians died prematurely from diseases caused by air pollution.

On this edition of Global Journalist, we take an in-depth look at India's pollution crisis. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, about four things to remember during the month of December, including: where to shop for 'fair trade' products, and why you should download the 'traffickcam' app for your smartphone. At [4:50] SCOTT MINIEA, Program Manager at Insurance Counseling Services, invites everyone to come learn about the Affordable Care Act at the Columbia Public Library. This free service is designed to keep you in-the-know when it comes to all-things health insurance. December 8, 2017

Missourian will Sponsor Regional Scripps Spelling Bee in 2018

Dec 8, 2017
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The Columbia Missourian will sponsor the Regional Scripps National Spelling Bee contest on March 13 to determine a regional winner who will move on to the national championship in Washington, D.C.

Previously, the Columbia Daily Tribune sponsored the local event and held it at the Christian Fellowship Church. The Tribune’s decision to not sponsor this year led the Missourian to offer to take it on, said Mike Jenner, the paper’s executive editor.

“We wanted to keep it going. We believe the spelling bee is a great program for students,” Jenner said. “It improves students’ spelling skills and gives them experience speaking in front of other people. It’s really good for the kids.”

Curators Vote to Tighten Grip on UM System Campus Projects

Dec 8, 2017
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All campus building projects over $5 million will be subject to a vote by the UM System Board of Curators after a Thursday rule change.

This is part of a move toward increased curator oversight over the four campuses, as Curator David Steelman described at a November forum.

“The board is going to have to step in, and it’ll be very controversial,” Steelman said. “There’s people who aren’t going to like these decisions being made, but I don’t see how the University of Missouri goes on to greatness until it starts becoming the University of Missouri with four campuses and not a University of Missouri System that is a back-office operation with four independent contractors.”

Greitens' Team Facing Pushback over Messaging App

Dec 8, 2017
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Several senior members of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' office have accounts with a secretive app that erases messages after they're read.

The Kansas City Star reports that it determined the governor and some of his staff have Confide accounts connected to their personal cellphones. The app deletes messages and prevents recipients from saving, forwarding, printing or taking screenshots of messages.

An appeals court has ruled that electric car maker Tesla Inc. can continue to sell its vehicles directly to consumers in Missouri.

The Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling in a lawsuit filed by the Missouri Auto Dealers Association.

A Cole County judge ruled last year that the Missouri Revenue Department violated state law by granting licenses that allowed the automaker to sell cars directly to customers instead of through a dealership.

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Several senior members of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' office have accounts with a secretive app that erases messages after they're read.

The Kansas City Star reports that it determined the governor and some of his staff have Confide accounts connected to their personal cellphones. The app deletes messages and prevents recipients from saving, forwarding, printing or taking screenshots of messages.

In September, President Donald Trump announced he would end a federal program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The program was created in 2012 when then President Barack Obama signed an executive order.

DACA protects nearly 800,000 people around the United States who were brought here as children without documentation, giving them a chance to work or study without the risk of deportation. Missouri has about 3,500 DACA recipients, and nearly half of them are students.

KBIA’s Hannah Haynes talked with a young DACA recipient to find out how the program has changed her life and what the Trump administration might mean for the program going forward. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with our consumer and travel expert, MEL ZELENAK. Mel touches on a number of topics, including: fee-only financial planners, where to find the best return on your investments (according to Jack Bogle), the "world's largest cruise agency" and a look ahead to 2018! December 7, 2017

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed three new members with ties to Missouri agriculture to a board that oversees water pollution.

The governor announced the appointments Wednesday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that farm friendly members now have a majority on the Clean Water Commission. The board is responsible for granting permits to large factory farms.

Greitens picked farmers Stan Coday and John Kleiboeker, as well as Pat Thomas. Thomas is chief of staff to a lawmaker who is a leader in agriculture policy.

A member of the State Board of Education said he received “absolutely zero pressure” from the governor’s office to fire Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven.

Eddy Justice, a Republican board member, was appointed by Gov. Eric Greitens in July 2017. He is one of the 10 people nominated by Greitens to the 8-member board since this summer. Only five of those nominees — including Justice — sit on the board, and all five voted to remove Vandeven last week.

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A small airplane has crashed near a gas station in an area near Spirit of St. Louis Airport near St. Louis, but apparently missed hitting anyone on the ground.

The crash happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday in Chesterfield, Missouri. TV footage showed that the plane crashed on the parking lot of a BP service station and may have clipped a roof over the gas pumps. The station is less than a mile from the airport.

The UM System Board of Curators will view an initial assessment of administrative departments during its meeting Friday. Among its contents: recommendations for a fresh look at employee benefits and hints at a potential decrease of full-time employees in several key departments.

Missouri's recently ousted education commissioner, Margie Vandeven, says Gov. Eric Greitens never met with her to discuss his expectations of her or his goals for education.

Vandeven said she wasn't surprised when the state Board of Education voted to fire her last week because Greitens had been maneuvering for weeks to name board members who would agree to remove her.

A temporary jail in southwest Missouri has finished construction but sits empty due to a staff shortage.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that a series of semi-trailers have been outfitted with sleeping bunks and other features to house up to 108 inmates at Greene County.

Brian Ross has long been regarded as one of the best investigative reporters in the business, but Friday’s fact error regarding Michael Flynn’s guilty plea created big problems for ABC. The network has suspended him for four weeks. But, to what end? Also, NBC after Matt Lauer, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year and what’s next for net neutrality. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Morning Newscast for December 6, 2017

Dec 6, 2017

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Today Paul Pepper welcomes back The Boone County Hams! They perform two holiday classics, "Jingle Bells" [1:24] and "Blue Christmas" [4:29], ahead of this Saturday's "Kickin' It Back For Christmas" holiday concert that also features the CPS 5th Grade Honors Choir and the Heart of Missouri Women's Chorus! December 6, 2017

UM Administrative Review Results to be Revealed at Friday Curators Meeting

Dec 6, 2017
Columns and Jesse Hall
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Further areas for budget cuts at MU and the main UM System office will be announced during a Friday morning curators meeting, President Mun Choi wrote in a Tuesday email.

The potential cuts have been identified as part of a joint effort between auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and UM System officials that started over the summer. 

Central Pantry Food Bank to Change Operation Hours in January

Dec 6, 2017

The Food Bank’s Central Pantry will have new hours beginning in the new year. Starting Jan. 2, 2018, the pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. One of the most prominent changes is that the pantry will no longer be open on Mondays.

The director of programs for the Food Bank, Eric Maly, said the change aims to maximize efficiency.