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At least one Republican lawmaker is calling for Gov. Eric Greitens to resign following reports of an extramarital affair. Greitens denies details in a KMOV-TV report that he photographed the woman without her consent and used them to blackmail her. The station’s reporting is salacious and scandalous, but it is news? Does the public’s right to know about their elected officials’ behavior outweigh an individual’s right to privacy? 

Today Paul Pepper visits with our resident money man, MEL ZELENAK, about good financial resolutions you should make right now for 2018! Get his take on low-cost index funds and the American Heart Association's amount you'll save by staying healthy. At [4:44] SCOTT MINIEA, Insurance Counseling Services, talks about a special enrollment period for those who, for example, let their 2017 Affordable Care Act plan lapse. Other circumstances apply - watch for details! January 16, 2018

States including Missouri are banding together to promote civil rights tourism across the region.

Fourteen states including all of the Deep South are joining to promote the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. It's a tourism website and campaign that will highlight about 130 sites linked to the modern civil rights movement.

The joint effort is being unveiled as part of the MLK holiday weekend.

Today Paul Pepper visits with STEPHANIE SHONEKAN and BRIAN BOOTON, MLK Planning Committee Members, about two events celebrating the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The first event, a free showing of the film "Harvest of Empire," is TODAY at Ragtag Cinema; the second event, a talk by activist and author Junot Díaz, is next Monday at Jesse Auditorium. Watch for details! January 15, 2018

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A lawsuit alleging that a Republican Missouri senator was violating the state's open records law has been dismissed.

The Kansas City Star reports that a Cole County judge dismissed the lawsuit against Sen. Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph on Wednesday. The judge ruled that the judicial branch doesn't have jurisdiction over the case.

Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens appears to be bracing for a fight to preserve his political life after admitting to an extramarital affair but denying anything more.

Greitens met Thursday with Cabinet members and placed calls to rally support while his attorney issued firm denials to a smattering of allegations related to the affair. Among other things, Greitens' attorney is denying any violence, revealing photos or attempted blackmail.

Today Paul Pepper visits with LYNN ROSSY, Health Psychologist, about the 4th annual Mindful Eating Day! The theme this year is 'compassionate self-care to promote health and well-being', and you're invited to watch via two live broadcasts featuring interviews with knowledgeable practitioners. It all happens on January 25th. Watch for details! January 12, 2018

Hair braiders in Missouri have lost an appeal over a state requirement that they must be licensed like barbers and cosmetologists.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed a lower court ruling in St. Louis that upheld the Missouri law.

A former middle-school football coach convicted of abducting and killing a 10-year-old Missouri girl has been sentenced to death.

Circuit Judge Thomas Mountjoy sentenced 49-year-old Craig Wood on Thursday for the February 2014 death of Hailey Owens. Woods was convicted of first-degree murder in November but the jury couldn't decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without parole.

Columbia Honors Leaders in Diversity Efforts

Jan 11, 2018
Aviva Okeson-Haberman / KBIA

Lincoln University interim President Mike Middleton grew up in a segregated Mississippi. He lived through the lynching of Emmett Till, the Brown v. Board of Education decision and the March on Washington.

On this special edition of Global Journalist, we take a step back from international news to hear from Leonard Pitts Jr., a Pulitzer-winning syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald.

Pitts is well-known liberal critiques of the Trump administration as well as his columns covering race, gay rights, religion and other cultural issues. His column on Sept. 12, 2001 called “We’ll Go Forward From This Moment,” is particularly well-known for directly addressing the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks. In addition to the Pulitzer, Pitts has won numerous journalism awards from groups like the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society for Professional Journalists - and most recently a 2017 honor medal from the Missouri School of Journalism.


Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical and Behavioral Center, about getting to know your dog. Find that little something that the two of you enjoy doing, and your pooch will be set for the day! This is because every dog has a unique "something." When you find out what that is, your bond will be stronger than ever! January 11, 2018

Columns at University of Missouri
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The University of Missouri announced this morning a full closure of the Columbia campus beginning at noon today, in anticipation of rain followed quickly by a drop to freezing temperatures today. 

The school says only employees who are situationally critical should report to work. All MU Health Care hospitals will stay open, and the Veterinary Health Center and Equine Center, will remain open for emergencies. 

Meiying Wu / KBIA

Worries of icy conditions tomorrow evening mean students of Columbia Public Schools and their parents are in for a slight change in routine.

Late this afternoon, Columbia Public Schools informed community members over text message and email that all schools in the district will be closing two and a half hours earlier than usual for safety reasons tomorrow .

Forecasts for Thursday call for rain most of the day, then a sudden drop below freezing, leading to concerns about ice buildup on roads and sidewalks.

What happens when the president’s attorney’s try to block the publication of a White House tell-all? Sales go through the roof, of course… and buzz on television and radio gets louder and louder, quite literally. Where Wolff’s reporting techniques sound? Did the president’s surrogates hurt argument that anecdotes weren’t accurate? Also, how rumors of Oprah Winfrey’s 2020 presidential run made news, why the BBC’s China editor resigned her post, and a new publisher at the Columbia Daily Tribune. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

QB Lock to Return to MU for Senior Season

Jan 10, 2018

Missouri fans can breathe easy — their quarterback is coming back.

Junior Drew Lock has decided to hold off on entering the NFL Draft for another year and will return to Missouri for a senior season in 2018, the school announced Tuesday evening.

Court records say a security guard felt threatened before fatally shooting one person around 2 a.m. on New Year's Day at a Columbia restaurant.

Paul Love to Run Against Trapp for City Council; Peters to Run Unopposed

Jan 10, 2018

Following Tuesday’s filing deadline to run for Columbia City Council in April, Sixth Ward Councilwoman Betsy Peters will run unopposed and Second Ward Councilman Mike Trapp will face one challenger, Paul Love, who unsuccessfully tried to unseat him in 2015.

 Southeast Missouri State University will cut 35 to 40 jobs over the next five months, a move that the school's president says is necessary to balance the budget.

Missouri Offenders Help Their Peers Come to Terms with Death

Jan 10, 2018
Aviva Okeson-Haberman / KBIA

Offenders in some Missouri prisons are breaking down walls — emotional walls. They’re demolishing the barriers they’ve spent years building while inside a prison cell. But it’s only at the end of their sentence, the end of their life, that those walls finally crumble. And they crumble with a fellow inmate by their side.

It’s all part of the Missouri Department of Corrections (MODOC) Hospice Program, which started in 2015, where offenders are trained to provide end-of-life care for their peers.


Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions! Ed tells us about this Saturday's "Sinatra Supper Club" fundraiser for THP. Enjoy a Room 38-catered dinner and a show featuring Ed singing almost 40 of Ol' Blue Eyes's biggest hits. As a sneak preview, Ed performs "New York, New York" at [2:00]. January 10, 2017

What happens when the president’s attorney’s try to block the publication of a White House tell-all? Sales go through the roof, of course… and buzz on television and radio gets louder and louder, quite literally. Where Wolff’s reporting techniques sound? Did the president’s surrogates hurt argument that anecdotes weren’t accurate?

Michael Wolff, NY Magazine: “Donald Trump didn’t want to be president”

Missouri Capitol
Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

  Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and state legislative budget leaders are projecting that the state will bring in roughly $200 million less in revenue than expected this year.

The revised estimate released Tuesday would represent 1.9 percent growth compared to last fiscal year. That's half of what lawmakers were banking on when they passed this year's budget.

Missouri Department of Conservation

While cruising down a Missouri highway this winter, keep an eye out for a predator on the prowl.


National Headquarters Shuts Down MU Fraternity

Jan 9, 2018

Sigma Alpha Epsilon at MU has been placed under a cease-and-desist order according to a statement last month from the national headquarters for the fraternity.

According to a statement released Dec. 13 by the Fraternity Service Center, the Missouri Alpha chapter of SAE must immediately stop all chapter operations until further notice.

MU Still Has WaysTo Go In Diverse Faculty Hiring, Choi and Cartwright Say

Jan 9, 2018
Columns at University of Missouri
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MU had its best year in recent history hiring faculty of diverse backgrounds, but it still hasn’t reached its goal of having 10 percent of the faculty come from underrepresented minority groups, UM System President Mun Choi and MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright said on Monday at a hearing of the Missouri House Special Committee on Urban Issues.

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director, Voluntary Action Center, about the upcoming 'Homes For Computers' program. To qualify, you must live in Columbia; you must have a school-aged child; and you must currently be without a computer in the home. 40 families received a computer in 2016. Watch for details! January 9, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with JACK WAX about the upcoming Osher@Mizzou winter session. There's always something for everyone (well, everyone age 50+), and this year is no different. Classes available now cover topics such as American monuments, music and freedom of speech - just to name a few! At [5:00] LORETTA SCHOUTEN, Director of Operations at Youth Empowerment Zone, reminds us of all the good her organization is doing for the "kids with the greatest need" in Columbia. If you'd like to volunteer, become a mentor, or if you're in need of the services YEZ provides, watch for details! January 8, 2018

Torie Ross / KBIA

A state audit shows Missouri is paying out income tax refunds later and later because the state is short on cash.

Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit Monday that said the state paid roughly $423,000 in interest on late refunds to nearly 155,000 taxpayers last fiscal year.

That's up from fiscal year 2016, when the state paid about $306,000 in interest for about 83,000 late refunds.

Jim Gossage

Before he was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Lanford Wilson grew up in Southwest Missouri. On a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with Dr. David Crespy. The University Press recently published MU Department of Theater professor Crespy's collection of Wilson's early works. Crespy explained why Wilson donated his papers to MU Ellis Libraries' Special Collections. He also detailed what life was like for the young playwright Wilson and read excerpts from the new collection, Lanford Wilson: Early Stories, Sketches, and Poems.

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