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Democrat and former county prosecutor Teresa Hensley says she's running for Missouri attorney general.

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The U.S. Department of Justice has released a report critical of the St. Louis County Family Court, alleging that black youths are treated more harshly than whites, and juveniles are often deprived of constitutional rights.

Senator Tom Dempsey to Resign

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Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says he is resigning from office to return to the private sector and spend more time with his family.

 

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Missouri House Republicans have elected Rep. Mike Cierpiot  of Lee's Summit as their new majority leader.

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 Missouri Mission of Mercy, or MOMOM, hopes to provide free dental care for up to 2,000 Missourians this weekend at the Hearnes Center in Columbia. 

This is the fourth year dentists, hygienists and other volunteers from across the state have come together to provide cleanings, fillings and extractions free of charge.

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You see them on the battlefields patrolling the front lines and risking their lives.

But they are not soldiers, at least not in the traditional sense. They’re war correspondents. These brave men and women travel to the most dangerous parts of the globe, all for the story.

For many journalists, covering one war is enough. But there’s a small group of reporters and photographers who have made it their career to jump from one war to another.

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We're covering two issues on this edition of Global Journalist.

First, Jason McLure interviews Saw Yan Naing (@yannaingsaw), a journalist from Myanmar. He's in the United States as part of the Alfred Friendly Fellowship Program, which creates partnerships between American media outlets and journalists from around the world.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform Doc Watson's "What Does the Deep Sea Say?" on guitar and banjo at [2:35]. July 31, 2015

City of Ferguson, MO

  A city of Ferguson spokesman says a commotion involving dozens of people has broken out at a town hall meeting.

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  State Senator Scott Sifton said he's dropping out of the race for Missouri attorney general in 2016 and instead will seek re-election to his Senate seat.

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How do you celebrate 40-years in operation as a non-profit providing services to those with disabilities? If you are Columbia's Alternative Community Training then you host a roller derby match.

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Chert Hollow Farm sits nestled between rows of tall trees and a nearby stream in central Missouri. Eric and Joanna Reuter have been running the organic farm since 2006. That means they don’t plant genetically modified crops and can only use a few approved kinds of chemicals and fertilizers.

 


Today Paul Pepper and MARGARET TOLLERTON, State Outreach Director at Missouri Cures, discuss September's Women in Science and Entrepreneurship (WISE) conference in Columbia. Don't miss this "unique opportunity to learn, share and network!" At [4:13] LIZ SCHMIDT tells us what's happening with the election on August 4th - there is one item on the ballot and every vote counts! Watch our interview for details. July 30, 2015

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  Tired of discarded cigarette butts littering St. Louis streets and sidewalks, several organizations have partnered to install 62 recycling bins scattered across the city.

  A legislative panel that said it would investigate Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's decisions involving the state's response to last year's Ferguson protests has met just twice since December.

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Farm dog? Check.

Barn cats? Check.

Muddy work books lined up at the back door? Five checks.

A group of business associations has started a petition drive to try to force a referendum election aimed at overturning Kansas City's new minimum wage law.

The Kansas City Star reports the group has until Aug. 25 to gather about 3,400 signatures to challenge the measure recently approved by the City Council. The measure raises Kansas City's minimum wage from $7.65 per hour to $8.50 per hour on Aug. 24, with annual increases to $13 per hour by 2020.

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Federal authorities are working with the Christian County Sheriff's department to determine why some of the department's fully automatic weapons are unaccounted for.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that interim Sheriff Dwight McNiel says in a 19-page report that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working with the department to account for the missing weapons. The report says the weapons may have been legitimately transferred to another agency or authorized firearms dealer.

The New York Times has had to walk back its story on a "criminal" probe of Hillary Clinton's private email server while the paper is vigorously defending another of its exclusives...on abuses in the nail salon industry.  The first Republican presidential debate is only a week away.  Some wonder whether all the scrambling to meet the Fox News criteria for inclusion is worth the trouble.  More bad news for the newspaper business: major layoffs and poor performance with minority employment.  Media companies are embracing a new revenue source that raises ethical questions.  And research shows "visual" news sites are more successful.

Today Paul Pepper visits with PAULA SCHULTE, Marketing Coordinator at Missouri River Regional Library, about all the dates you should be saving so that you don't miss out on some great events happening in Jefferson City! (There's something for you Downton Abbey fans coming up THIS Sunday!) At [4:34] actors DANA MONTGOMERY and MITCHELL FLOTTMAN tell us about their roles as Fiona and Shrek, respectively, in Maplewood Barn Theatre's production of 'Shrek The Musical.' Tomorrow is opening night! July 29, 2015

Hanaway Gov. Campaign

  Republican candidate for Missouri governor Catherine Hanaway says the penalty for selling aborted fetal remains should be a felony, not a misdemeanor.

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  Missouri has filed a lawsuit accusing a Lincoln County developer of violating the state's water laws.

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  Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri's ethics laws need to be revamped in light of accusations that led to the resignations of two state lawmakers this year.

Nixon on Tuesday criticized the culture in the Capitol during remarks at a school administrators' conference in Columbia.

His comments follow the announced resignation of Democratic Sen. Paul LeVota amid accusations that he made unwelcome advances toward interns. Former Republican House Speaker John Diehl left office in May after admitting to exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with an intern.

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  Special elections have been scheduled to replace three Missouri lawmakers who resigned.

Jay Nixon on Tuesday announced elections will be held Nov. 3.

One vacancy comes after former Republican House Speaker John Diehl, of Town and Country, resigned in May. He admitted to exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with an intern.

Democratic Rep. Kevin McManus resigned after his election to the Kansas City City Council. Independence Republican Rep. Noel Torpey left office in December to take a job with a group that has lobbied the Legislature on utility issues.

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