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The topics of diversity, inclusion and respect were the main ideas of and open session on February 5, although the University of Missouri’s Board of Curators discussed various topics related to the UM system during a series of meetings over the course of two days.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARGARET TOLLERTON, State Outreach Director for Missouri Cures, about the 'latest and greatest breakthroughs' easily found their website and two events in which you're invited to participate - watch for details! At [4:19] director MILBRE BURCH and actress CHARA KNIGHT tell us about Talking Horse Productions' "Black Pearl Sings!" Kansas City playwright Frank Higgins's story of being a women in the 1930s is sure to delight everyone! February 10, 2016

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A drug that treats heroin overdoses could become easier to acquire in Missouri under legislation in the House.

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The Missouri Supreme Court says a recent amendment to the state constitution doesn't mean some felons now can carry guns.

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As the Zika virus moves north, journalists across America struggle to tell the story and raise awareness without feeding into the culture of fear. One in five people will contract it, yet few will become sick enough to ever see a doctor. So, why are we talking about the safety of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro?

Al Tompkins, Poynter: “How to cover the Zika virus responsibly

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones is a seasoned investigative reporter covering policies and politics that maintain segregation. She currently writes for the New York Times Magazine but has written for ProPublica, Politico, The Atlantic and this American Life. Her reporting has won several national awards and Tuesday, she was at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The career of Missouri's longest-serving sheriff has come to an abrupt end after he pleaded guilty to stealing reimbursement checks for his own use.

Wallace Newman George Jr. served as Saline County sheriff for 36 years before being required to step down under terms of a plea agreement.

Under that deal, he pleaded guilty to one count of stealing. Prosecutors say the 70-year-old admitted stealing 34 state-issued checks reimbursing the sheriff's office for mileage and expenses incurred when transporting prisoners returned from outside Missouri.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Legislation requiring a private company to scrutinize Missouri's welfare rolls has won initial approval in the House.

Under the bill endorsed Tuesday, the state would hire a company to check people's eligibility for programs such as food stamps. The company would flag cases for state employees to investigate.

Bill sponsor Rep. Marsha Haefner said the proposal could save more than $20 million over the next three years by eliminating waste and fraud.

Ray Chen to Play at Missouri Theater

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Twenty-six year old Taiwanese-Australian violinist Ray Chen will play tonight at the Missouri Theater in Columbia.

Chen is a winner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Brussels. He has played to crowds at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Merkin Hall in New York, and will play in Columbia for one-night only.

The performance this evening begins at 7 p.m. and is part of the University of Missouri's Concert Series.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SUSAN DUGGAN and LEVI GERKE, as well as first-timer SUSAN BISHOP, from Central Methodist University's production of "A Valentine Toast to Opera and Musicals." Levi and Susan perform "I'll Know When My Love Comes Along" from Guys and Dolls at [2:32]. Go see it February 11-14 in Fayette - watch for details! February 9, 2016

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A new achievement report was the topic of much discussion at Monday night’s Columbia Public Schools board meeting.

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Two proposals aimed at requiring Missourians to show photo ID before voting are heading to the Senate floor.

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A settlement has been reached between the state of Missouri and the bond underwriter who worked with the City of Moberly on its Mamtek project.  

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A Missouri lawmaker is pushing for a program that would track prescription drugs and let doctors and pharmacists know when similar prescriptions for potentially addictive drugs have been filled.

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The Dean of the College of Education at MU will be leaving the university. Interim Chancellor Hank Foley made the announcement this afternoon.

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A documentary has begun showing about a man whose conviction in a Columbia sports editor's death was overturned after he served nearly a decade behind bars.

Today Paul Pepper chats with HEATHER CARVER, Department Chair of MU Theatre, about their upcoming season! It kicks off with the annual Mizzou New Play Series and closes with Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. There's something for every theatre fan, so don't miss out! At [4:39] JENNIFER DAVIS and STEVE SCHNARR invite everyone to Missouri River Relief's 'Wild and Scenic Film Festival' fundraiser! It all happens this Sunday on the Stephens College campus in Columbia. Watch for details! February 8, 2016

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The new leader of the Missouri State NAACP says he plans to build a younger, more inclusive organization.

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Missouri is among the majority of states that restrict access to original birth certificates for people who were adopted.

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A Missouri lawmaker said he's pleased that a colleague dropped a restraining order against him, but said the man was trying to hurt his reputation.

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A Jefferson City man has been placed on unsupervised probation after he pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a 2014 lockdown at Lincoln University.



Several University of Missouri students are pressing the system's governing board for faster reforms in diversity as the Columbia campus continues grappling with racial unrest punctuated by racial protests there last November.

Black graduate student Timothy Love was among four students at the Columbia school who addressed the university's curators during their meeting Friday. He pressed for a requirement that undergraduate students have at least one comprehensive class about race and gender, and that it deals with "the science of prejudice."

You may not recognize his name, but you probably would recognize his face. Larry Miller has made hundreds of appearances in television and film. KBIA’s Steve Dawson talked to Miller about his beginnings as a comic in New York City, and how he met on of his closest friends, Jerry Seinfeld.

Miller said he saw Seinfeld perform for the first time at a New York City club, but didn’t have a chance to introduce himself that night.

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Thomas Hart Benton’s art came alive on Thursday night through the music of Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band.