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A new Missouri law will change the standard for vetting expert witnesses in jury trials.

Republican. Gov. Eric Greitens signed the legislation Tuesday at a Jefferson City trucking company. He's touting it as a way to boost the economy by improving the legal climate for businesses.

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  Gov. Eric Greitens says he's still against expanding eligibility for Medicaid in Missouri following failed efforts in Congress to overhaul health care.

Greitens told reporters Tuesday in Jefferson City that he doesn't support broadening eligibility under former President Barack Obama's federal health care law.

Greitens was among Republican governors who wrote to congressional leaders in support of a House plan to overhaul health care. Efforts to pass the bill collapsed last week, but Greitens says he still supports repealing and replacing the federal law.

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Discover nature this week with a walk outdoors, and keep an eye out for blooming Eastern redbud trees (Cercis canadensis).

Courtesy Matt Pitzer, University of Missouri

 

Columbia City Council elections for the Fifth and First Wards are April 4. This week, Intersection talked with the Fifth Ward City Council Candidates, Arthur Jago and Matt Pitzer. The candidates discuss issues including safety, policing, development and city growth.

 

 

 

 

 

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GEORGE KENNEDY: Determination To Turn Trends Around Shines Through

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Two big meetings at our university this week made the news.

One was celebratory, the other cautionary. They could hardly have been more different in setting or tone, but I took away from both an important common theme. I haven’t seen that theme reflected in the news reports, so I’ll explain.

On Monday, several hundred fans gathered in Mizzou Arena to welcome our new men’s basketball coach. It was a happier crowd than I’ve seen at actual games this season.

The huge scoreboard repeatedly flashed a set of impressive numbers: Playing in 6 of the last 9 postseasons, 23 conference championships, 26 all-time NCAA tournaments, four Elite 8’s. The last three seasons, for obvious reasons, weren’t mentioned.

 

Today Paul Pepper visits with VALORIE LIVINGSTON, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia, about their planned 14,000 sq. ft. expansion that aims to better serve the needs of high school students because, as Valorie says, "they're the hardest group to get engaged." At [4:15] AMANDA DE LA MATER, Program and Education Specialist at the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Missouri, talks about the need for more volunteer caregivers. Amanda tells us that, "the amount of care that they provide totals to about 230.1 billion dollars worth of care (that they're providing for free)." March 28, 2017

Columbia's Population Growth in 2016 Continued Upward Trend

Mar 27, 2017
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Even among increasingly popular college towns, Columbia’s growth stands out.

According to recent U.S. Census data, Columbia's metropolitan area grew by 1.17 percent, or just over 2,000 people, from 2015 to 2016. As a percentage, the growth is the highest in Missouri, and ranks tenth among other metropolitan areas in the Midwest.

Bernie Andrews, vice president of Regional Economic Development, Inc., partially attributed the increase to local colleges, which often attract students who stay in town after graduating, and to a strong business community.

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The Republican-led Missouri Legislature will get back to a business-friendly agenda when it returns from a mid-session recess next week.

Lawmakers are hoping to continue to pass laws backed by business leaders now that, for the first time in almost 10 years, GOP majorities in both houses have the backing of a Republican in the governor's office. Gov. Eric Greitens has promised to work with legislative leaders to pass bills regarding labor, lawsuits and education.

Greitens already has signed a new "right-to-work" law banning mandatory union fees.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DAN CULLIMORE about the Community Garden Coalition of Columbia and Boone County. Dan says that these gardens are "tremendously important" to lower and moderate-income individuals and families, as well as for educational purposes. If you'd like to get involved, watch for details! At [3:48] TYLER NICOSIA and WALLY PFEFFER invite everyone to the 3rd annual 'Wine Down Wednesday,' April 12th at the Grand Cru restaurant in Columbia! Wine tasting, good food and a silent auction are to be expected at this popular fundraiser for the Mizzou Alumni Association. March 27, 2017

Views of the News: YouTube Filters LGBTQ+ Material

Mar 26, 2017

For years, YouTube’s “restricted mode” has been an option for schools and parents who want to limit children’s access to sensitive content, but the site had to issue an apology after users discovered that some LGBTQ-related content was blocked under this filter.

The apology stated that while some LGBTQ-related content was available in restricted mode, videos that included “more sensitive issues” may not be.

Nation's Top Basketball Recruit Commits to Missouri

Mar 25, 2017

Former hometown hero Michael Porter Jr. — the country's best player — is ready to return to Columbia and revive the Missouri basketball program.

On Friday, Porter Jr. announced through Twitter that he will play the next season with the Tigers. 

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County Clerks’ offices across Missouri are testing voting machines in preparation for the April 4 municipal elections.  State law requires that each county tests machines before and after each election.

The Cole County Clerk’s office finished its testing earlier this week.  Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer said the process is in place to ensure complete accuracy.

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Faith Voices of Columbia hosted a Ward 1 City Council Candidate Forum Thursday night to discuss solutions to poverty and homelessness in the area.


Prevailing Wage Laws May Be Repealed

Mar 24, 2017
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The Missouri State Senate will hear a bill that could remove prevailing wage laws in the state Monday.

These laws require government organizations to pay contractors what is known as prevailing wage. Prevailing wage is an established hourly rate determined by a survey of contracts in each county.

Richard Sheets, deputy director for the Missouri Municipal League, thinks that this system is faulty.

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The development delay ordinance for downtown Columbia enacted last spring will expire March 31.

The ordinance set restrictions on multi-family residential apartments and demolition projects within a one-mile radius of the downtown area.

Third Ward Councilmember Karl Skala said the ordinance was initially enacted by the City Council to regulate the influx of student apartment complexes.

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not let pool reporters into some meetings during his trip to the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, deciding to only take a Fox News reporter instead. Tillerson reportedly has little interaction with media, and recently made headlines for a comment saying “I’m not a big press access person.”

Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discussed why Tillerson is so reluctant to involve the press in his affairs on the weekly media criticism program, “Views of the News.”
 

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COLUMBIA -- The Columbia Public Works Department announced its 2017 Plan on Monday to the City Council. This plan works on preventative maintenance to roads and pothole restoration which Public Works Engineering Manager Richard Stone said is more cost efficient than working from the ground up and will save the city money.

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is backing a contested health care overhaul proposed in the U.S. House.

Greitens joined seven other Republican governors in a Thursday letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan voicing support of the bill.

The letter comes as President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers are scrambling to get enough votes in the U.S. House to pass the proposed replacement for the federal health care law enacted under former President Barack Obama.

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Central Missouri's Lincoln University is searching for a new president after the campus' top administrator resigned for a similar position at another historically black college.

Kevin Rome resigned from the Jefferson City university to become the president of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Rome's resignation takes effect June 30.

Rome had been Lincoln University's president since mid-2013. The university's curators say that a search committee and transition team meant to find Rome's successor will be seated as soon as possible.

Today Paul Pepper visits with Columbia/Boone County CrimeStoppers board president TERRY ROBB about the success of this forty-year-old, non-profit organization, as well as it's place in our community and it's future with our local police department. "We are not law enforcement; we do the tip service." At [4:10] JENNIFER BOOKS invites everyone to come watch the Harlem Ambassadors take on the Callaway Hoopsters in a charity basketball game this Sunday at the Westminster Historic Gymnasium in Fulton. All the money raised stays in Callaway County - watch for details! March 24, 2017

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The United Nations says that the world is facing the worst food crisis since World War II. Two of the hardest hit countries are in East Africa. In South Sudan, the UN has made its first formal famine declaration in six years.

Meanwhile drought and conflict in nearby Somalia are leading to comparisons with that country's 2011 famine, where 250,000 people died. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the challenges to heading off mass starvation in two of the world's poorest countries.


Rep. Hartzler Urged to Vote Against AHCA

Mar 23, 2017

Thursday morning a group of about 10 Boone County residents gathered in front of Representative Vicky Hartzler’s Columbia office off Providence Road. They held signs asking cars to “honk for health care” with some drivers validating their request. Other signs included “24,000 people matter” and “Don’t take my health care.” That was one of many rallies organized by Missouri Health Care for All across Missouri giving residents a chance to urge their Congressional Representative to vote against American Health Care Act.

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UM System President Mun Choi directly addressed faculty Wednesday for the first time since announcing budget cuts to the Columbia campus.

At a general meeting, faculty were given the opportunity to ask Choi questions and voice their concerns about the upcoming fiscal year.

Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies Rabia Gregory said when looking at fiscal year 2018 she is discouraged with the lack of transparency from administration.

“Personally, right now my biggest frustration is that when asked, no administrator can identify either who will make the final decisions or what the process will be for decisions about cuts,” Gregory said.

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A Justice Department attorney says Ferguson, Missouri, is making "meaningful progress" in enacting policing and court reforms agreed upon after Michael Brown's 2014 police shooting death.

KWMU Radio reports Jude Volek told U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry during a hearing Tuesday in St. Louis that he's encouraged with the changes in the St. Louis suburb's courts.

Ferguson officials have missed deadlines in the consent decree reached last year with Justice Department.

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President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, testified in a confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture committee today, but remains far from the head job at USDA.

The committee did not indicate when it would vote on whether to advance Perdue’s nomination.

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Four women own and operate Heartfelt Alpaca Creations in Columbia, Missouri. Three of the women, Mary Licklider, Linda Coats, and Diane Peckham, all brought their alpacas into the business, while Carol Brown is a fiber artists who makes felt sheets. The women started the business about six years ago.

Why alpaca?

Licklider said the best alpaca fiber is as soft as cashmere. Additionally, it's a stronger fiber, but a similar weight.

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