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Legislators Split On Missouri ID Requirement Bill

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A bill to make Missouri driver’s licenses compliant with the federal REAL ID Act is moving forward despite strong opposition. The bill has been sent to the House Fiscal Review Committee, where it’s scheduled to be heard February 23.  

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is largely reversing his proposed cut to in-home care services for low-income disabled residents.

Greitiens said Thursday he wants to use a $52 million settlement payment with tobacco companies to undo $41 million of a proposed $52 million reduction in Medicaid funding for in-home care services next fiscal year.

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Missouri's GOP legislative leaders say it should be up to schools to decide how to handle transgender student bathroom access.

Comments from Republicans Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and House Speaker Todd Richardson to reporters Thursday came days after a Senate committee hearing on a bill to restrict restroom access in public K-12 schools.

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The diversity of this year’s Academy Award nominations has not gone unnoticed. In stark contrast to last year, when several prominent people of color boycotted the ceremony because of a lack of diversity, the 2017 picks feature a black nominee in each of the four acting categories and a more diverse set of nominations, from best picture to best documentary.

Brian Maurer, local filmmaker and film studies professor at MU, said the increase in diversity is most likely a reaction to last year’s outcry.

Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe discuss the balancing act of following multiple characters in their film The Bad Kids (T/F ’16). The Bad Kids premiers on PBS in March 2017. 

 

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University of Missouri Health Care will offer advice on how to minimize the risk of fall injuries at a health fair at Columbia Mall on Saturday.

Nurses and an on-site occupational and physical therapist will recommend how people can improve their strength, balance and overall health.

Clinician nurse Kassie Campbell said the trauma caused by fall injuries is a significant threat to the elderly.

Today Paul Pepper visits with RACHEL LITTRELL, MD, MU Health Care, about cardio-oncology. Rachel tells us that as we grow older, cancer and heart disease become more and more common. She says people will survive a heart attack only to learn of a cancer diagnosis; if that's the case, regular treatment may not apply and special considerations will have to be made. Stay healthy, everyone! At [3:56] JILL WOMACK, TRYPS Founder and Executive Artistic Director, and student NATALIE BOTKINS, invite "mommies and me" (or "fathers and daughters") to a 'Princess Tea Party' fundraiser April 23rd at the Kimball Ballroom on the Stephens College campus. Watch for details! February 23, 2017

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Missouri's unemployed would again face losing several weeks of jobless benefits under a bill advancing in the state House.

House members in a Wednesday voice vote gave the measure initial approval.

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick's bill is a revival of a failed 2015 plan to cut the maximum benefits to 13 weeks if the state's jobless rate is below 6 percent. That's seven weeks fewer than what's now allowed.

Missouri's unemployment rate in December was 4.4 percent. More current data are not available.

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Vice President Mike Pence is visiting a suburban St. Louis Jewish cemetery where more than 150 headstones were damaged earlier in the week. He says there is "no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism."

Pence says at the cemetery in University City that the people of Missouri are inspiring the nation with their "love and care for this place." He is thanking them for "showing the world what America's really all about."

Pence was joined by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

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The Missouri Senate has given initial approval for legislation establishing a prescription drug monitoring program.

Senators on Wednesday voted 20-13 to create a database that tracks when prescriptions for controlled substances are written and filed. The goal of such programs is to prevent people from going to multiple doctors to get prescriptions for drugs such as painkillers — sometimes known as "doctor shopping."

Missouri is the only state that doesn't have such a system.

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Rabbi Yossi Feintuch of Congregation Beth Shalom in Columbia said he received several phone calls from concerned synagogue members after hearing that a Jewish cemetery in a St. Louis suburb was vandalized over the weekend. They were worried that the Jewish section of the Columbia cemetery would also be attacked, Feintuch said.

 

A member of the congregation board contacted the Columbia cemetery and found out that nothing was out of the ordinary in the Jewish section, Feintuch said.

 

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Parents of transgender children are slamming a Missouri measure that would require public school students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates.

Republican Sen. Ed Emery said that the measure is needed to protect students' safety and privacy.

Parents and transgender children argued at a hearing yesterday that the proposal is discriminatory and would put transgender students at risk.

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Vice President Mike Pence talked about job growth while visiting an equipment and engine dealership in Missouri today.

Missouri Govenor Eric Greitens joined Pence on at the Fabick Cat headquarters in Fenton, Missouri, outside of St. Louis at 1:30 p.m. Pence met with workers, received a tour of the facility, and gave a speech.

The vice president's remarks aligned with a push for labor reforms in the Republican-led Missouri legislature. Bills include proposed changes to the way minimum-wage requirements are calculated for public works projects.

Does the use of anonymous sources and leaked material by journalists make them the enemy? We haven’t heard words like that from a president since the days of Richard Nixon. Also, why Simon & Schuster and CPAC are backing away from Breitbart Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos, how BuzzFeed plans to break you out of your news bubble and more. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Sherman Brown had a large impact on the Columbia community when he was alive, and will continue to have a presence in his city even after his passing.

State representative Kip Kendrick filed a bill to rename the stretch of Providence road between Business Loop 70 and Interstate 70 “Sherman Brown Jr. Memorial Highway.”

Sherman Brown was the owner of Lindsey Rentals, an equipment and party rental store in Columbia, when he died in August.

Brown had worked for Lindsey Rentals for almost 50 years, and used his store to mentor the city’s youth by hiring at risk teens.

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The Lake of the Ozarks Police Department has purchased twelve body cameras for use beginning later this month.

The cameras will be mandatory for use by all uniformed officers, according to Police Chief Gary Launderville. The department chose body cameras over the traditional in-car camera as the former allows for increased mobility.

“We can go inside a business, we can go inside a house, down the hill, around the corner. We still get video where we don’t have that with an in-car camera,” said Launderville.

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Liz Graznak runs an organic farm near Jamestown, Missouri, which she calls Happy Hollow Farm. She sells her vegetables to local restaurants, in CSA boxes and at the farmer’s market.  But eight years ago, after falling in love with the idea of growing her own local produce, the farm she runs today looked like a near-impossible dream.

While on track to earn a PhD in plant breeding, Graznak bought her first box of produce from a nearby farmer. Soon after, she decided then that instead of studying plants, she wanted to grow them. Easier said than done, though.

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More than 200 people gathered to voice their concerns about health care at a town hall on Tuesday night hosted by CoMo for Progress.

The town hall was held so the public could share stories and concerns about the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Since Congress is in recess, Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt were invited to attend the event, as well Representative Vicki Hartzler. McCaskill did not attend, but representatives from her Columbia office read a letter from the senator and listened to attendees concerns.

New Grant Promotes Undergraduate STEM Education

Feb 22, 2017
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 The American Association of Universities (AAU) awarded a small grant to an interdisciplinary faculty team at the University of Missouri to develop undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

The grant proposal was written by Johannes Schul and Sarah Bush, both from the Division of Biological Sciences. They are a part of a team of nine faculty from eight different departments.

The $20,000 grant over the next two years will help the team redesign STEM curriculum and train faculty.

Today Paul Pepper visits with SEAN SPENCE, Regional Director of the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau, about a tax prep scam where the CPA was convincing his clients to write the check to him for the money they owed to the IRS. He's in prison, but they still have to pay. Hear the full story and how you can protect yourself from the same situation! February 22, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence plans to talk about job growth while visiting an equipment and engine dealer in Missouri.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will join Pence on Wednesday at the Fabick Cat headquarters in Fenton, Missouri, outside of St. Louis. Pence will meet with workers, get a tour of the facility, and give a speech at 1:30 p.m.

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The Missouri House of Representatives will hold a hearing on the Cronkite New Voices Act this week. The act, which was originally proposed in 2016, would extend protection to student journalists at Missouri public high schools and state universities. Current law allows educators and schools to censor student journalists’ work without violating the First Amendment.

This week on Intersection, we talk with Clarence Lang, Professor of African and African-American Studies at The University of Kansas. Lang’s book, Grass Roots at the Gateway: Class, Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis from 1936-1975, explores St. Louis as an intersection of culture, economy and civil rights movements.

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Just two Columbia residents voiced concerns Monday night over parts of the proposed Unified Development Code.

Tim Ironwood spoke against the development of multi-residential property, saying he wants to preserve the character of the Benton-Stevens area in particular.

Property manager Tim Waid warned the council that one part of the proposed code would take power away from R-3 homeowners. Waid argued this would happen by allowing the City Council to override certain zoning laws by the East Campus Majority Housing Association called an overlay.

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Missouri will get $10 million as a result of a nationwide settlement with Moody's over inflated credit ratings leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.

A statement Tuesday from Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said the money could help mitigate a revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year.

The payment is part of an $864 million agreement to settle federal and state claims that Moody's Corp. gave inflated ratings to risky mortgage investments in the years leading up to the financial crisis.

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Look skyward when traveling along Missouri’s highways and backroads and sooner or later you’ll likely see a large bird that's among the most efficient in flight. This week on Discover Nature we look for the turkey vulture.

Does the use of anonymous sources and leaked material by journalists make them the enemy? We haven’t heard words like that from a president since the days of Richard Nixon.

Reena Flores, CBS News: “White House chief of staff says take Trump seriously when he calls press ‘the enemy’

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