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Under the Microscope: Record-Breaking Spring Storms could be the New Normal

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 Driving down a two-lane highway in rural Missouri, Matt Plenge squinted at a patch of gray clouds hanging low over his farm fields in the distance.

“Does it look hazy up there?” he asked. “We only had a 20 percent chance today. We shouldn't get any rain.”

Plenge, like most farmers, always keeps one eye on the weather. But this spring, it’s been his primary and constant concern.

 


Today Paul Pepper chats with PHIL BERGER, Marketing Director at Family Health Center, which provides medical services for those who are uninsured or underinsured. Hear about their new "express care" walk-in clinic on Saturdays. At [3:56] TERRY WOODS, Research Specialist at MU's Bradford Research Center, shows and tells us about the Monarch Butterfly. Did you know that for them, Missouri is just a 'pit stop' during migration? Why here? Watch! July 2, 2015

Columbia Parks and Recreation

July 1 marked the thirtieth anniversary of National Parks and Recreation Month, dedicated to promoting and celebrating the accomplishments of local parks and recreation departments.

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A panel of Missouri utility regulators has denied one company's request to construct a high-voltage power line in Missouri for a multi-state wind energy project.

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  A Missouri tax on medical service providers that helps fund the state Medicaid program has been reauthorized by the governor.

Students living on Missouri public college campuses now must be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis.

What happens when human rights issue is also a political one? Should news organizations or individual journalists pick sides and state their allegiances? We’ll analyze how the national and local media covered this week’s landmark Supreme Court decisions. Also, the Kansas City Star reports on a culture of sexual harassment at the state capitol and a look at a wave of compassionate acts among competing newsrooms. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Amanda Hinnant: Views of the News.

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  The competition to become Missouri's next lieutenant governor is growing.

Republican Bev Randles and Democratic state Rep. Tommie Pierson announced this week they're running for the office in 2016.

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Some Missouri counties are still not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite last week's Supreme Court ruling, and an advocacy group is threatening legal action to force compliance.

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When Darvin Bentlage needed colon surgery in 2007, he had an expensive stay at the hospital.

“The room alone for a week was $25,000,” Bentlage says. Add in the cost of the procedure and, “it added up to about $60,000 or $70,000.”


Today Paul Pepper and LORI HENDERSON talk about the Missouri Mission of Mercy (or MOMOM) Dental Clinic, which provides services for those in need, free of charge. Find out why you need to mark your calendars for July 31 and August 1! At [4:35] JOE BOGUE and ERICA BRUINGTON tell us about "Leading Ladies," a new comedy from Maplewood Barn Theatre that opens tonight! July 1, 2015

PayPal User-Agreement Amendment Struck Down

Jul 1, 2015
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The Missouri Attorney General’s office announced Tuesday that PayPal has agreed to alter an amendment to its user-agreement.

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  A Justice Department report summary has found across-the-board flaws in police's response last summer to the protests in Ferguson, including antagonizing crowds and violating free-speech rights.

The Associated Press obtained the summary, which cites "vague and arbitrary" orders to keep protesters moving that violated their rights of assembly and free speech.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 174 on Monday, creating the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program. The program allows Missourians with disabilities acquired before the age of 26 to open a tax-exempt savings account to use toward expenses related to the disability.

The program also allows people with a disability, family members or donors to make a tax-deductible contribution up to $8,000 to an ABLE account per year.

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The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that state’s so-called Right To Farm amendment remains constitutional.

The Right to Farm amendment is meant to protect Missouri farmers from new laws that would change current farm practices. It was added to the state Constitution in August 2014 by a slim margin of votes.

Critics, including many small farmers and animal rights groups, say the ballot language was misleading to voters and opens the door for foreign corporations to exploit Missouri farmland. 

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What happens when human rights issue is also a political one? Should news organizations or individual journalists pick sides and state their allegiances? We’ll analyze how the national and local media covered this week’s landmark Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality, the death penalty, health care subsidies, and more.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ASHLEY GUILLEMETTE, Director of MU Family Impact Center, about what's behind this brand new 'community outreach center' in Columbia. The list of services (including home education, behavioral health clinic, family building) goes on and on, and it's all FREE! Watch for details. June 30, 2015

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A new Missouri measure aims to help families financially support those with disabilities.

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The Columbia Police Department has disbanded its mounted and motorcycle units due to staff shortages. All but one motorcycle officer has been switched over to standard car patrol.

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Two Mid-Missouri counties are prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in light of the Supreme Court’s decision last Friday to make same-sex marriage legal throughout the United States.

Although Boone County began issuing licenses that same day, some counties have yet to receive any applications. 

Thinking Out Loud: Local Youth Make Waves

Jun 29, 2015
Kelsey Kupferer

Radio can be a powerful medium for storytelling. Just ask a group of recent graduates from Columbia's Rock Bridge High School. In this episode of Thinking Out Loud, we hear a trio of young women's stories that explore how their identity was formed and who they want to be.


Today Paul Pepper and MARIE ROBERTSON, Director and Co-Owner of Dancearts of Columbia, talk about the upcoming 2015 Dance Intensive Camp, happening July 13th-24th. Sign up today! At [3:19] NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking, is here with news about recent legislation that passed concerning trafficking in the U.S. June 29, 2015

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Missouri is set to become the first state to spell out the type of eating disorder treatments that insurance companies must cover.

Photo provided by Miller County Emergency Management.

 

Up to 100 residents were evacuated from a mobile home park in northeast Missouri because of rising flood waters.

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