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A federal judge, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey, has blocked the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from revoking the abortion facility license of the Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic.

According to the Associated Press, the temporary restraining order will expire Wednesday after another hearing. 

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Four Anheuser-Busch heirs say they worry that their brother, Billy Busch, will turn Grant's Farm into a subdivision.

Trudy Busch Valentine and Andy Busch say they have seen housing plat maps already drafted for the animal park.

The animal park is owned by six Busch siblings, and earlier this month, four of the siblings sued to force the sale of most of the farm to the St. Louis Zoo for $30 million.

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Columbia's Business Loop 70 has been in the news a lot lately. A group of property owners along the roadway have gathered in an attempt to improve the aging commercial corridor. Before the road was called Business Loop 70, it was U.S. Highway 40. In a recent episode of KBIA's Thinking Out Loud, Trevor Harris spoke to a trio of Columbians about their memories of businesses along Old Highway 40.

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Price transparency can be hard to come by in health care. Putnam County Memorial Hospital, a small hospital in Missouri, is banking its future on having its prices out in the public.

Today Paul Pepper visits with GAIL HUMPHRIES, Dean of the School of Performing Arts at Stephens College, about two very different holiday-themed performances: 'Winter Wonderettes,' beginning Dec. 4th; and 'A Dickens Victorian Christmas,' beginning December 7th. Watch for details! At [4:01] JENNIFER BEAN, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, shares strategies you can use to keep from 'curtailing your social card for food' this holiday season! (Hint: focus on the fruits and veggies.) November 30, 2015

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The $380-million Gateway Arch grounds overhaul in St. Louis has opened its first renovated park.

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The Governor's Mansion is about to look a little more festive.

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A newspaper report says proposed plans to move a federal spy agency's regional headquarters from St. Louis to Illinois' Scott Air Force Base have been around for over a decade.


It's been more than 15 months since Michael Brown became a household name after a white police officer shot and killed the black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

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The cause of a fire that destroyed three Sedalia homes on Thanksgiving Day isn't known.

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A southwest Missouri newspaper's recent attempts to obtain emails from three former public officials in Joplin resulted in two denials because the records were wiped clean soon after the leaders left office.

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A former University of Missouri graduate teaching assistant is accused of grabbing a teenage family member by the hair and pulling her out of school because she wasn't wearing a traditional headscarf worn by some Muslim women.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports 53-year-old Youssif Omar was arrested Wednesday at his home on suspicion of felony child abuse. He was released from the Boone County Jail after posting $4,500 bond.

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A library science program at the University of Missouri has regained accreditation.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the American Library Association has reinstated its accreditation of the University of Missouri's library science master's program for the next seven years. The association withdrew the program's accreditation in June. But the university appealed. 

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Authorities say deputies have killed a man who shot at his wife and pointed a handgun at the deputies.

The Stone County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that 58-year-old Rick Gullickson was killed early this morning at a home in southern Stone County. The release said that the deputies went to the home after a woman called to report that her husband had shot at her. 

Happy Thanksgiving! Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA. They perform "Take Time to Remember the Poor" on banjo and guitar [1:48]. November 26, 2015

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The Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic could potentially lose its license to provide abortion services at midnight on Monday, November 30.

The University of Missouri Health Care System announced in September its “refer and follow” privileges would be discontinued. This category of privileges had been granted to the doctor working with the Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, and had allowed the clinic to renew abortion services for the first time since 2012.  

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Some University of Missouri students are expressing frustration with the campus chancellor after a Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic stopped performing abortions.

Mizzou for Planned Parenthood organizer Dina van der Zalm said a Wednesday meeting with interim Chancellor Hank Foley to talk about how the school could help the clinic was canceled.

Laura McQuade, the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, said they received a call Tuesday night informing them that interim Chancellor Foley had no time for the Wednesday meeting.

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Officials said they will continue with their plan to move a veterans memorial that bears a covered ichthus, or "Jesus fish," from the Boone County Courthouse grounds.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that five opponents of the move spoke Tuesday morning during a regular Boone County Commission meeting, but the commission will not stop plans to transfer the Desert Storm veterans memorial to the private Columbia City Cemetery. A new monument will be put in its place.

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There’s big change on the horizon for the public mental health safety net. The Excellence in Mental Health Act is being called the "biggest federal investment in mental health and addiction services in generations."

To discuss the changes, and to learn how Missouri’s mental health system has fared since federal funding was rolled back for Community Mental Health Centers, KBIA sat down with Brent McGinty, President and CEO of the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Maples Repertory Theatre! Artistic Director TODD DAVISON introduces us to the cast of their latest production, "Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings," who perform two numbers: "Stranger In Paradise" [2:36] and "Let It Snow" [4:55]. Show opens this Friday! November 25, 2015

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia has stopped performing medically-induced abortions. The Columbia Tribune reports that the clinic ceased offering the abortions Monday. 

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The University of Missouri Alumni Association is responding to requests and forming a Black Alumni Network.

Today Paul Pepper and our 'money man,' MEL ZELENAK, talk about the basic steps to planning your own financially secure future. Mel says that by cutting out the middle man, "you could save a huge amount of money." November 24, 2015

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A 20-year-old northeast Missouri man is facing several charges in the death of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper. 

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The mother of a slain infant has pleaded guilty to two felonies for permitting her child to be around the man convicted of killing the baby in February 2014. 

Today Paul Pepper sits down with JOHN WRIGHT, former 47th District State Representative, to talk about the polarization of politics, both on the state level and the national level. November 23, 2015

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Three people have died in central Missouri in what authorities are describing as a double homicide and a suicide. The Randolph County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that deputies responded early Saturday to a report of a shooting at a residence near Moberly. 

The University of Missouri Board of Curators held a meeting Friday afternoon to listen to the concerns of multiple student groups. 13 groups registered for the chance to speak to the board and other campus leaders, including newly appointed interim diversity chancellor Chuck Henson, interim UM system president Mike Middleton, and interim MU chancellor Hank Foley.