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Protesters upset with police over their handling of demonstrations related to the Michael Brown shooting managed to shut down St. Louis City Hall.

About 75 demonstrators who marched from St. Louis police headquarters on Wednesday were locked out of City Hall. The closing also affected office workers and citizens attempting to do city business.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

  A new Missouri education commissioner has been chosen to replace a leader who faced frequent criticism while dealing with struggling districts. 

  Are the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques torture? Former Vice President Dick Cheney gives Chuck Todd his definition of “torture” on Meet the Press. The Cosbys break their silence, MSNBC launches “The Shift” to test new programming online, and New York Magazine is duped by a high school student. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Earnest Perry: Views of the News.

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If you’ve ever lived in - or even visited - a small town, you know they can be pretty quaint. And Milan, Mo, population 1,881, is no exception.

Milan’s local hospital, Sullivan Country Memorial, has been around since 1953. Joe McCarty, a local resident and now patient in Sullivan’s long-term care unit, has lived in Milan almost his entire life – he’s turning 100 this year. Joe made his living as a cartoonist and up until just a few months ago he worked for the local newspaper.

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  Dr. Karen Edison is a dermatologist with the University of Missouri Health system. She has been using telemedicine for over 20 years to see patients at clinics in underserved areas of the state, and to follow-up with her rural patients in their homes. She can see photos of her patient’s skin, answer their questions through email, as well as talk with them through video calling.

Edison says telemedicine is a useful tool because it can save rural patients a trip to her office.

But rural patients aren’t only the ones looking to save time and money.

Today Paul Pepper visits with GRETA HULL, Director of Combs Language Preschool, about the school and whether or not your child might benefit from its services. At [4:45] VALERIE CHAFFIN, Second Chance, helps you decide if giving a pet for Christmas is the right thing to do for your family. December 17, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • The Charter Public School Commission is starting out with less money than was expected. 
  • Proposed legislation could make insurance cover eating disorder costs.
  • Washington University in St. Louis is getting $30 million for Alzheimer's disease research. 
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Missouri higher education officials are backing off an attempt to make scholarships available to students at an online university.

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When former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on Meet the Press Sunday, he told moderator Chuck Todd that he approved of the CIA's interrogation techniques -- and said he'd use them all again "in a minute."

Some say those enhanced interrogation techniques, including water boarding and rectal rehydration amount to torture. 

The release of the Senate's CIA interrogation report left many in the media wondering what terminology to use.

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As of this afternoon, people under 21 years of age will not be able to purchase tobacco products or electronic cigarettes within Columbia city limits. 

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Columbia City Council passed three new ordinances regulation tobacco and electronic cigarette products.
  • Kansas City has opened the first natural gas station open to the public.
  • Missouri unemployment at its lowest since 2008.
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Earlier this fall, MU junior Trey Makler was named the winner of the 2015 Sinquefeld Composition Prize, an award granted to the best work by an MU School of Music composition student. On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, we talk with Makler about his creative process, with his professor about what makes the award-winning piece work, and with the director of the MU School of Music who explains how the school is teaching more these days about the business of music. You'll also hear Makler's award-winning piece 'Elysium' on this week's Thinking Out Loud.


Today Paul Pepper welcome JOAN STACK and GREIG THOMPSON, State Historical Society of Missouri, who talk about a new exhibit that features 5th grade student artists from Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School in Columbia. See photos of their progress in making a ceramic mural on today's show! December 16, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • A proposed bill could require annual health inspections of abortion clinics.
  • A levee project in Missouri's bootheel is being opposed by conservation groups and community leaders.
  • Those who call for help for a drug overdose could receive legal amnesty.
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A proposed Missouri bill would give legal amnesty to those seeking emergency medical help for drug overdoses.

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Getting messy for a cause.  That's what a couple of hundred or so folks did a couple of months back when they got up early on a Saturday morning and cleaned-up a stretch of the Missouri River near Boonville.

It was one of eight major clean-ups of the Missouri River in 2014 coordinated by the Columbia-based organization Missouri River Relief. 

Steckel to become head coach at Missouri State

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  University of Missouri Defensive Coordinator Dave Steckel was named the next football coach at Missouri State on Sunday, December 14. 

The Lyceum Theatre

  For years, actors from New York City have joined theater productions in the tiny central Missouri town of Arrow Rock.

The Lyceum Theatre draws visitors to the town of 56 people throughout the summer.

But for the first time in its 54-year history, the theater is staging a winter production of "The Christmas Carol." The show ends this Sunday.

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On this week's Intersection, we are talking with Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin of the University of Missouri about the past year, and what his goals are for the future. 

Today Paul Pepper and DAVE MARS, Columbia Water and Light, share gift ideas for those energy-conscious people on your holiday shopping list! December 15, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • It could become harder to amend the Missouri State Constitution.
  • One lawmaker wants to limit scholarships to illegal students.
  • The World War I Memorial in Kansas City could be getting a new national status.
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Missouri's Liberty Memorial in Kansas City is one step closer to gaining ramped up national status.

A Republican lawmaker is trying to stop the Missouri Department of Higher Education from extending eligibility for a scholarship program to qualifying high school graduates who are in the country illegally.

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The holidays are upon us. As you make your way to office parties, family gatherings and other associated year-end merriments, know that KBIA has planned a series of holiday specials for every faith persuasion (including 'None of the above'.)

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Dr. Shakir Hammodi - a Columbia business man sentenced to three years in prison for violating trade sanctions - was released from prison this week.

According to his son Owais Abdul-Kafi, Hamoodi was released to a Columbia halfway house on December 9. Abdul-Kafi says Hamoodi will be allowed to return home at some point to serve the remainder of his sentence - ending April 7 -  under house arrest. Abdul-Kafi says he's not sure when that transfer would take place.

Missouri Supreme Court
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The Missouri Supreme Court decided it will not hear a case concerning the release of University of Missouri course syllabi to The National Council on Teacher Quality.

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A federal judge has imposed some limits on what actions police can take during protests in Missouri.

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One of Missouri's main retirement systems has temporarily blocked online access after discovering attempts to hack into its members' accounts.

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