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Today Paul Pepper visits with MARIE ROBERTSON, Director/Co-owner of Dancearts, about the classes being offered this fall! If you're on the fence about whether or not to sign up, Marie talks the numerous advantages of dancing for both young and old. Register today! At [2:59] MARK PALMER, CEO of Woodhaven, invites everyone to help celebrate Direct Support Professionals Week at a reception September 13. Show your appreciation for the Woodhaven DSP's who, as Mark says, are "acting as mentors and friends and helping those individuals (with developmental disabilities) reach the highest level of independence." August 25, 2016

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State lawmakers say they'll hold a hearing to talk about damage caused from the illegal spraying of the dicamba herbicide on crops in southeastern Missouri.

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Attorneys for the police force and prosecutor that oversaw the grand jury investigation after Michael Brown's 2014 death in Ferguson have asked a federal judge to consider blocking the release of "grisly" photographs of the black 18-year-old's body to his family's attorneys, worried they could prompt violence if leaked.

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On a hot, July day in Boone County, Iowa, farmer Brett Heineman shuttled a semi from one of his family’s fields to the local co-op. He and his uncle were harvesting the first crop of oats on this farm in decades.

Before corn and soybeans almost completely covered the landscape -- today, they account for 95 percent of crop acres in Iowa -- most Corn Belt farmers also grew oats or alfalfa. Now, the Heinemans are among the farmers taking a closer look at re-integrating the small grain into their operations.

For years, WikiLeaks has been known for it’s crusade against government secrecy. But, the Associated Press reports that innocent, private citizens have had very personal information published online. Why would the agency publish medical record, name child rape victims or out gay men in Saudi Arabia? Also, another major shakeup in the Trump campaign, the end of Gawker, and Ryan Lochte’s fall from grace. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Have you noticed one of the side effects of reality TV?  I guess people actually watch “Naked and Afraid” and “My 600-pound Self”.  I only know about these shows because I surf past them on the way to professional cage fighting and Real Housewives of Las Vegas.  Just kidding about cage fighting.  But seriously, this programming makes voyeurs out of normal people, but more importantly, causes them to think differently about their social and political worlds.

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHARLOTTE JIMENEZ about The Language Tree Immersion School. If you're looking for an alternative education for your young child, consider The Language Tree! Charlotte says, "every head teacher is a native speaker, so you really have that first-hand quality language provided to the children." At [4:38] BETH WATSON talks about The Children's School at Stephens College. In the community since 1925, TCS groups students by ability, not age, all in one classroom. The advantage? Beth says, "if you have a gifted child, they can move up with the older kids." August 24, 2016

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Missouri voters will have some additional choices on the Nov. 8 ballot.

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The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee plans to examine proposed mergers among agricultural chemical and seed companies in a September hearing.

With Chinese chemical giant ChemChina in talks to buy Syngenta, merger discussions ongoing between Dow and DuPont, anBayer and Monsantoapparently inching toward a deal, regulators and lawmakers are worrying about decreased competition and higher prices for farmers.

For years, WikiLeaks has been known for it’s crusade against government secrecy. But, the Associated Press reports that innocent, private citizens have had very personal information published online. Why would the agency publish medical record, name child rape victims or out gay men in Saudi Arabia?

Raphael Satter & Maggie Michael, Associated Press: “Private lives exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets

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Discover Nature this week as a swift-flying, migratory duck begins returning to Missouri from the north.

The blue-winged teal (Anas discors) breeds across North America, spending its summers as far north as Alaska.  These ducks leave their summer homes early to overwinter along the Gulf of Mexico, or as far south as Peru, Brazil, and Argentina.

Adult males – or drakes – are small, each with a dark gray head and a white crescent between the eye and bill.  A light blue patch adorns the fore-wing just above a greenish patch called a speculum, below.

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The top prosecutor in the city of St. Louis said she’s skeptical about the cries of poverty from Missouri’s public defenders.

 

Earlier this month, Michael Barrett, the director of the Missouri public defender system assigned Gov. Jay Nixon to a case in Cole County. Barrett blames Nixon, a Democrat, for underfunding the system.

 

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has tapped two veteran GOP operatives to head up his state operation.

Aaron Willard, who has held several key posts in the Republican-controlled General Assembly, is Trump’s new state director. Todd Abrajano, a consultant with similar GOP ties, is to serve as Trump’s communications director.

Today Paul Pepper visits with TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre, about their upcoming fall season. Before it gets underway, there are two special fundraising performances in which you're invited! Limited seating, so get your tickets today. Watch for details! At [4:11] MARGARET TOLLERTON, State Outreach Director for Missouri Cures, wants to see everyone at the upcoming WISE (Women in Science and Entrepreneurship) conference September 11th in Columbia. Hear about the featured speakers and find out how to register. August 23, 2016

Former two-term state Sen. Betty Sims of St. Louis County, a Republican who championed efforts to improve the health of women and children, has died.

Sims' daughter Molly Sims Weber told The Associated Press that Sims died Monday of complications due to pancreatitis. She was 80.

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  A federal judge has ruled that the process of electing board members for a school district that includes Ferguson, Missouri, is biased against black voters and must be revised before another election occurs.

U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel's ruling came seven months after he presided over the trial in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Classes start this week at the University of Missouri.

Preliminary figures show that freshman enrollment is down 1400 compared to last year.

MU spokesperson Christian Basi said that officials expected the lower enrollment due to fewer high school graduates, increased competition from schools in the SEC and the campus unrest that led to protests and administrative resignations. About 4800 freshmen are enrolled this fall at the Columbia campus.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA. They perform Jimmy Driftwood's "Song of the Cowboys" on banjo and guitar. See them perform in-person this Thursday at Thespian Hall in Boonville - watch for details! August 22, 2016

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Southeast Missouri State University is offering gender-neutral bathrooms at the request of gay rights leaders.

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Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens often recounts how he volunteered in Bosnia helping children separated from their families by a horrific ethnic war.

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Defense attorneys in the wrongful-death lawsuit by Michael Brown's parents cite recent rampages that killed police in warning against expanding who can see unredacted grand jury transcripts related to Brown's death.

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Preliminary testing shows lead contamination in the water in some St. Louis school buildings.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that tests conducted this summer revealed lead contamination in several buildings. St. Louis Public Schools spokesman Patrick Wallace says drinking fountains and sinks are shut off in several school buildings until pipes and faucets are replaced.

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Four groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union are asking Walgreens for reassurance that the drugstore's partnership with a Catholic system to run in-store clinics in the St. Louis area won't limit access to birth control.

SSM Health, a St. Louis-based Catholic system, owns 27 clinics in Walgreens stores in Missouri and Illinois. The clinics open later this month.

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A judge has denied a motion to set aside a $1.4 million judgment against a developer that Joplin hired to help with tornado recovery work.

Jasper County Circuit Judge David Dally on Thursday denied the motion by Costa Bajjali to set aside the $1.4 million judgment, which was obtained by Joplin and the Joplin Redevelopment Corp. for default by the firm on its city contracts.

  A Missouri lawmaker is resigning to avoid a new waiting period for legislators to become lobbyists.

Hartville Republican Rep. Tony Dugger stepped down Friday. In an interview with The Associated Press, he cited a law set to take effect Aug. 28 that will require lawmakers to wait six months after their terms end before becoming lobbyists.

Dugger said he doesn't have a lobbying job lined up but wants to keep his options open.

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