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Today Paul Pepper and VAL GERMANN, Central Missouri Astronomical Association, invite you to join fellow stargazers at Columbia Eve Fest Dec. 31st atop the Missouri Theatre in Downtown Columbia. Also, watch for Val's stunning pics of Uranus and Jupiter's shrinking red spot. December 22, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • A man who escaped a Missouri jail last summer is set to stand trial.
  • Anti-abortion measures not a main concern for legislators this session.
  • The EPA has opted not to classify coal ash as a hazardous waste.
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A man who was caught inside a suburban Cleveland nursing home after a escaping from a Missouri jail is preparing to stand trial.

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This I believe. These are iconic words we heard on National Public Radio from the mouths of hundreds of people, sharing their beliefs, thoughts, and guiding principles. Today KBIA brings you a series of This I Believe, written and recorded by Rock Bridge High School students.


The Missouri Gaming Commission will get a new executive director next year.

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The St. Louis County prosecutor who convened the grand jury that investigated the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown says some witnesses before the panel obviously lied under oath.

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The Jefferson City Public School District announced today it has found a new superintendent after a three month search. 

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Missouri will get more than $280,000 from T-Mobile following claims that the company was unfairly charging customers for third-party text message subscriptions.

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Winter days can get short and winter nights can get really long. As a gardener, you can use this period to your advantage by planning now for next year's growing season. In this episode of KBIA's Farm Your Yard, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture Farm Manager Carrie Hargrove discusses the steps involved in planning for success in the 2015 garden.


  A New York City high school student makes $72 million playing the stock market? The headline offered the promise of a story that was almost too good to be true. Turns out the teen, Mohammed Islam, made up the whole story. It joins an increasingly long list of prominent stories unraveling due to fact checking.  Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue on KBIA's media criticism program, "Views of the News."

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Mother Jones published an article Wednesday about Missouri House Bill 131, a bill proposed by Republican Rick Brattin from Harrisonville. It’s mandatory reading for what follows to make much sense.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back consumer expert MEL ZELENAK, who shares his ideas for money-saving resolutions you should make in 2015! December 19, 2014

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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 waterboarding 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. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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On this week's Under the Microscope, how companies get that non-GMO label. 

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor will seek the death penalty for a white supremacist from Missouri who is charged with killing three people at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced his intention Thursday at a hearing where 74-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller of Aurora, Missouri, was ruled competent to stand trial.

Miller is charged in the April 13 shooting deaths of 69-year-old Dr. William Lewis Corporon, 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood and 53-year-old Terri LaManno.

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Members of a Catholic parish in Joplin that had its church, rectory and elementary school destroyed in a May 2011 tornado have celebrated Mass at their new church for the first time.

The Joplin Globe reports hundreds of residents on Wednesday packed the new St. Mary's Catholic Church for a dedication service and its first Mass. The service was led by the Most Rev. James Johnston, bishop of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese, and the Rev. Justin Monaghan.

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — One of the school districts for students from Ferguson is facing a lawsuit alleging school board elections discriminate against black residents.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP announced the suit Thursday against the Ferguson-Florissant School District. It claims the district's at-large elections make it more difficult for blacks to be elected, even though the district serves more black families than whites.

The suit seeks elections where candidates are selected by ward or sub-district.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The state is suing 13 St. Louis County municipal courts over what it calls fiscal failures.

The state says the cities of Beverly Hills, Breckenridge Hills, Pagedale, Pasadena Park and Upland Park didn't file required annual financial reports to ensure they didn't exceed a cap on traffic court revenue.

The lawsuit claims that Crystal Lake, Hillsdale, Mackenzie and Velda Village Hills didn't indicate how much of their operating revenue came from court fines and fees.

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This week the EPA will make a final decision on a proposed new rule for the disposal of coal combustion residuals, called CCRs, or coal ash.


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This episode of Global Journalist is audio only.

With the recent arrest of Azeri investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova, we look at Azerbaijan's crackdowns on journalists, and whether there's hope for the future. Our guests:

Today Paul Pepper visits with the Salvation Army's MAJOR RICHARD TRIMMELL about this year's fundraising campaign! Have you dropped your loose change in the bucket? At [4:58] AARON SWANEY, Family Health Center, talks about financial assistance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. December 18, 2014

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FULTON, Mo. (AP) — Federal officials are delaying a decision on issuing a 20-year extension for the Callaway County nuclear power plant.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the decision is on hold pending an administrative hearing on an environmental group's legal challenge regarding spent fuel rod storage.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is headed to St. Louis to discuss the region's troubled municipal courts.

The Jefferson City Democrat has scheduled a Thursday morning news conference to announce an unspecified action involving several municipalities in the county. He'll be joined by the Rev. Starsky Wilson and Rich McClure, who co-chair the state's Ferguson Commission.

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CENTRALIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is planning to hold a summit to brainstorm ways to beef up the state's cattle industry.

Nixon announced the summit during a Wednesday visit with Future Farmers of America members at Centralia High School. It's meant to find ways to expand the industry and spur economic development in rural Missouri.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — An execution date of January 28th has been set for a man who fatally stabbed a St. Louis County woman during a 1998 burglary.

The Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday set the execution date for 45-year-old Marcellus Williams. It would be Missouri's first execution in 2015, after a state record 10 inmates were put to death this year.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court.

It was there, they said, that low-income drivers sometimes saw their lives upended by minor infractions that led to larger problems. A $75 ticket for driving with expired tags, if left unpaid, could eventually bring an arrest warrant and even jail time.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Republican is proposing that women be required to get notarized permission from the father to receive an abortion.

State Representative Rick Brattin of Harrisonville recently filed legislation requiring a father's consent except in cases of rape or incest.

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.

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