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The University of Missouri will adopt new and amended policies regarding demonstrations and protests across campus on June 1, university officials announced Thursday.  The changes were drafted by the Ad Hoc Committee on Protests, Public Spaces, Free Speech and the Press, and later approved by Interim Chancellor Hank Foley.

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Columbia began implementing a prescription drug monitoring program Monday.  The program is designed to reduce “doctor shopping” and prescription drug addiction.  Columbia City Council passed the ordinance to establish this database in early March.

Under the new system, pharmacies are required to track who is picking up prescription and how often they are being filled.  The program specifically tracks narcotics and opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. 


Missouri’s Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and state legislators are aiming to strengthen protection for participants in the state’s Safe at Home program. Several hundred victims of domestic violence and other crimes utilize the program, which allows them to use the Secretary of State’s office as their legal address.  

By providing a barrier for victims of these highly personal crimes, “it is much more difficult for people that would want to do them harm to find where they are truly living and come attack them,” Ashcroft said. 

New Missouri S&T Interim Chancellor Announced

Apr 28, 2017
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University of Missouri System President Mun Choi named Dr. Christopher Maples the interim chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology Friday. The University of Missouri Board of Curators approved Dr. Maples’ appointment Thursday for one year.

Dr. Maples served as the president of Oregon Institute of Technology for eight years before his retirement in 2016. He previously held positions at Desert Research Institute in Nevada, the National Science Foundation and Indiana University.

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Apr 28, 2017
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Missouri House members want more information on how much money the state is paying in lawsuit settlements and judgments.

House members voted 150-1 on Thursday to pass legislation to require the attorney general and administration commissioner to update lawmakers and others monthly on state legal expenses.

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Indonesia has one of the world's largest remaining areas of tropical forest. From tigers and orangutans to Sumatran elephants, the forests support a stunning array of wildlife. They also soak up huge amounts of climate-warming carbon dioxide.

But an area of Indonesian forest the size of Delaware is cleared each year by loggers and palm oil companies.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the consequences of Indonesia's rapid deforestation for wildlife, the climate and people.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., about why some people are more prone to suffer from anxiety, irritation and frustration. The answer is quite simple, according to Dr. Newman; he says each one of those is a symptom of hypoglycemia. How can you tell if you have hypoglycemia? Take a close look at the fingers on your left hand! April 28, 2017

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has passed a school choice bill that would create education savings accounts for students with disabilities, foster children and children with parents in the military.

The bill passed Thursday by a 20-12 vote. It now moves to the House.

The legislation would create a tax credit program that parents of children with special needs could use to pay for educational expenses such as private school tuition, online classes and home schooling.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri's Columbia campus has announced revised policies related to protests, with the changes coming nearly two years after the campus was hit by a wave of demonstrations over racial concerns.

The new policies announced Thursday include a commitment to "protecting the rights of expression, assembly, protest, and dissent." Outdoor areas will be made available whenever possible, even for unscheduled gatherings.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local barbershop quartet, the Boone County Hams! They perform two numbers ahead of this Saturday's "Sounds of Spring" concert at the First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia: "When I'm 64" at [1:14] and "Coney Island Washboard Roundelay" at [5:00]. April 27, 2017

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A bill moving through the Missouri Senate would give adults another chance to work toward a high school diploma.

House Bill 680 would establish four adult high schools in Missouri. Anyone over the age of 21 would be eligible to attend a two-year program that would leave them with a diploma rather than a GED.

Republican Rep. Travis Fitzwater introduced the bill in January 2017.

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Missouri representatives have approved that the state pay an extra $241 million in unexpected expenses for this fiscal year.

House members voted 143-7 in favor of the supplemental budget Wednesday. It soon will go to the governor's desk.

Most of the money comes from federal funds, and most of it will go toward unexpected Medicaid expenses. About $44 million comes from state general revenue.

The state has allocated about $10 million to the Department of Transportation for vehicle replacements and equipment improvements.

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St. Louis' city minimum wage could rise to $10 an hour starting next week now that the state's highest court won't reconsider its ruling upholding it.

The Missouri Supreme Court in February rejected claims by business groups that setting a wage higher than the state's $7.65 one would spawn regulatory confusion. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to revisit that, ending the issue.

The ordinance sets a $10-an-hour minimum wage in the city this year, climbing to $11 in 2018.

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On this week's Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talked with Dr. Cat Gleason from the MU Department of Theatre about the upcoming performance of 'The Laramie Project.'

Two Columbia Schools Get New Principals

Apr 26, 2017
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Two top administrative vacancies at Columbia Public Schools are now filled for this fall. CPS announced Hickman High School Assistant Principal Tony Gragnani will move up to principal of that school, while Battle High School Assistant Principal Melita Walker will be the new principal at West Middle School.

Gragnani has served as an assistant principal at Hickman since 2014. He says the relationships he’s built during his time there will be important when taking on his new job.

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A former Jefferson City business owner has admitted to his role in a burglary scheme in which primarily electronic equipment and college housing in Columbia was targeted and the loot was sold on eBay.

The U.S. attorney's office says 27-year-old Yevhen Drobovych pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of mail fraud. Drobovych was the owner of Jefferson City Computer Services.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. LISA BRENNAMAN, MU Health, about pelvic disorders in women. Dr. Brennaman tells concerned patients, "this is not the same era that their grandmothers or mothers may have lived in; that we now have many treatments for women where we might not have before." At [3:56] actor RONNIE RICE and director CAT GLEASON invite everyone to come see "The Laramie Project" this weekend at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. 'Laramie' is based on the aftermath of the Matthew Shepard murder in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. His murder was deemed a hate crime. April 26, 2017

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A proposed health ordinance aims to widen areas between residential areas in Callaway County and concentrated animal feeding operations, also known as CAFOs.

Farms densely packed with livestock create an environment for bacteria and illnesses to cultivate. Often, antibiotics used to keep the livestock healthy end up creating antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria over time. While this can be spread through traditional contact, waste turned manure also disseminates the bacteria.

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Spring is wildflower season in mid-Missouri’s many woodlands. Already, dozens of species have bloomed and are going to seed, but there’s still time to catch some of the show, if you know where to look. If you don't, then you need Randal Clark, who has been guiding people through Missouri's spring wildflowers for close to 40 years. 

On a recent Thursday evening at the Devil's Icebox parking lot at Rock Bridge State Park, Clark was getting ready to do exactly that.

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Missouri public K-12 schools appear set to get roughly $48 million more in basic aid next fiscal year.

Senators voted 19-14 on Tuesday in favor of bumping up funding to meet targets called for under state law.

Because House members also passed a proposed budget that would meet funding goals, the money for schools likely will be locked into the final budget due May 5.

Senators were split on whether to give the extra money to K-12 schools while state revenues are lagging.

Progress Stalls on Paid Parental Leave in the Missouri Legislature

Apr 26, 2017

When Gov. Eric Greitens signed an executive order providing paid parental leave for the executive branch earlier this year, he encouraged lawmakers to extend those policies.

But with time running out in the legislative session, it's unlikely Missourians will see expansion of those policies in the public or private sector.

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Police in Fulton say a body found encased in concrete inside a container is likely that of a man missing for nearly a week from a group home.

Police said in a statement Tuesday that the body discovered the day before in a Fulton storage unit may be 31-year-old Carl DeBrodie, but results of any autopsy on the body have not been released.

DeBrodie had been living at the Second Chance group home in Fulton for the past nine years and was reported missing April 17.

No other details were immediately released.

Columbia Police to Ramp Up Sobriety Checkpoints

Apr 25, 2017

The Columbia Police Department will be monitoring impaired driving until this Sunday with an increased number of checkpoints and patrols.

A sobriety checkpoint on St. Patrick's Day this year lead to 19 DWI arrests, and Columbia's DWI unit arrested more than 200 impaired drivers in 2016.

Southern Boone School District is building new facilities to keep up with enrollment growth.

Voters approved a $7.5 million bond issue last April to add eight classrooms and a new gymnasium to the primary school. Building five more classrooms at the elementary school and a weight room at the high school are also on the district’s agenda.

Chris Felmlee is the superintendent of the district. He says the construction project is progressing well.