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The world will be watching as President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday. Among the big issues we’re keeping an eye on: what his relationship will be with journalists. We got a glimpse of it during last week’s news conference, in which he lashed out at CNN’s Jim Acosta. Is that the new normal?

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As temperatures freeze and thaw in late winter, one of the sweetest harvests awaits in the Missouri woods.  This week on Discover Nature, tap a tree, and collect a treat.


Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of Columbia Art League, about their new show that (unofficially) opens today called "Quintessence." What is 'quintessence'? Diana says this is "a show about the natural elements: fire, air, earth, water...and quintessence - the fifth element." At [3:55] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center, tells us how their 'Adopt-a-Family' program went this past Christmas, as well as what to expect in 2017. Nick says the area they're looking to grow the most in is housing because, "the need is just tremendous." January 17, 2017

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New Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will outline his policies on jobs, ethics, public safety and education during his first State of the State address.

The Republican will speak Tuesday evening at the Capitol.

Spokesman Parker Briden says more higher-paying jobs are a priority for Greitens. He also will touch on so-called labor reform, which likely means a right-to-work law banning mandatory union dues.

Central Missouri Democrats nominated an attorney who formerly worked for the Missouri Senate to run in a special election for the 50th House District seat.

Michela Skelton will run to replace Republican state Rep. Caleb Jones, of Columbia, who resigned from the Senate to become deputy chief of staff to Gov. Eric Greitens.

Skelton was nominated Monday by the 50th District Democratic Committee.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is cutting $146 million of spending from the budget, including tens of millions of dollars to public colleges and universities.

The Republican governor said the cuts announced Monday are necessary to keep the budget in balance because of lower than expected tax revenues and rising costs in certain programs such as Medicaid.

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For her ninth release 'Southern Comfort', jazz violinist Regina Carter researched music of American South from the early 20th century. In a recent interview with KBIA's Trevor Harris, Carter talked about her early Detroit influences, the value of knowing your musical history and the timelessness of Ella Fitzgerald. Carter brings her 'Simply Ella' program to Columbia on Monday, January 23.

Today Paul Pepper visits with 'MU Celebrates MLK' committee members, CAROLYN MICKLEM and FRANK SCHMIDT, about the many events happening this month that seek to recognize and honor the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The first such event is TODAY at Ragtag Cinema in downtown Columbia; next week, scholar and activist Angela Davis will be speaking at Missouri Theatre - watch for details! January 16, 2017

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Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are hoping to expand services to Missouri customers under proposed statewide regulations for the app-based companies.

The proposal requires background checks for drivers, vehicle inspections and includes a rider nondiscrimination policy.

The bill has largely drawn bipartisan support, but some are concerned that the statewide regulations don't go far enough to ensure safety. The proposal also includes a provision saying drivers don't have to pay local taxes.

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The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for nearly all of Missouri. As precipitation began Friday morning, KOMU8 reporters in Jefferson City and Columbia updated KBIA on conditions. 


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Freezing rain is causing numerous accidents in Missouri, including one fatal wreck.

Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Al Nothum says a sport utility vehicle veered off of Interstate 55 near Festus, south of St. Louis, on Friday morning. The SUV struck a tree, killing the driver. No other information has been released, but Nothum says a slick roadway is the suspected cause.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back NANETTE WARD, a volunteer with Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and in Missouri, it's also Sex Trafficking Awareness Month. To honor those affected, the Coalition is hosting an event featuring author/activist Christine McDonald at the Columbia Public Library January 26th. Watch for details! January 13, 2017

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An attorney for a man sentenced to 25 years in prison for rape is arguing that a Missouri law allowing sexually violent predators to be indefinitely committed to mental institutions is unconstitutional.

The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday from attorneys for Jay Nelson and the state.

Nelson was convicted of rape in 1989. While in prison, he was accused of sexually assaulting female guards.

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Missouri's Republican House budget leader says without more cuts the state is expected to end the fiscal year about $40 million in the hole.

Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick told lawmakers Thursday the difference between how much money the state has and its obligations is a problem.

Former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon already cut more than $200 million in spending this fiscal year.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has said he plans more cuts, although he hasn't said how much or what he'll ax. Greitens took office Monday.

Many local schools are closed and officials are bracing for emergency situations as an ice storm in the forecast could cause dangerous road conditions and downed trees and power lines. 

The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for nearly all of Missouri, which will begin at 9 a.m. this morning and last until noon on Sunday. NOAA’s updated warning this morning calls for one quarter to one half inch of ice  this weekend. Only the very most northern and southern parts of the state are not under the warning.

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The shooting death of Michael Brown and the ensuing riots in Ferguson, Mo. altered the course of Tony Messenger's career. 

Along with colleague Kevin Horrigan, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial writer was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015.  He's since become a metro columnist for the newspaper and continued to paint an unflinching portrait of race relations in St. Louis.  On this special edition of Global Journalist, Messenger speaks with guest host Joshua Kranzberg about his career and his award-winning coverage of St. Louis's racial divisions.


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By positioning themselves in the area's best birding areas, Allison Vaughn and Bill Mees were able to spot and count numerous bird species. Along with their fellow Columbia Audubon Society members, the duo took part in the Christmas Bird Count on December 22, 2016. Vaughn and Mees were guests on this week's Thinking Out Loud talking with KBIA's Trevor Harris about the annual count and what they saw.


Missouri's new Republican governor has named a partner at a global management consulting firm as the state's chief operating officer.

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The U.S. Department of Justice says Missouri counties are now eligible to receive federal funds for prescription drug monitoring programs to combat the opioid epidemic.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MAR DOERING, DVM, All Paws Medical & Behavioral Center, about making New Year's resolutions for your pet. One resolution Mar expands on is better communication. She says, "understand where your pet is coming from (dog or cat or guinea pig or whatever) and try and communicate on their level...they get what we're feeling more than what we're saying." January 12, 2017

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A Missouri House panel has voted to advance a right-to-work bill to bar mandatory union fees.

House Economic Development Committee members voted 8-4 in favor of the bill Wednesday.

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Missouri's new Republican governor has named a partner at a global management consulting firm as the state's chief operating officer.

Gov. Eric Greitens announced at a Jefferson City steel manufacturing business Wednesday that he picked Drew Erdmann from McKinsey and Company for the job.

Greitens created the COO position through executive order. He didn't take questions from reporters.

Erdmann previously worked as the National Security Council's director for Iran, Iraq and strategic planning in 2005 under former Republican President George W. Bush.

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Some Republican lawmakers in Missouri are proposing to overhaul the state's Medicaid system without waiting for President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress to act first.

A Senate committee heard testimony today on a bill that would direct the state Department of Social Services to seek a "global waiver" from federal Medicaid requirements to remake the state's program.

A loaded gun was confiscated from a sixth grader at Lewis & Clark Middle School in Jefferson City this morning. 

Staff received information about the gun and the student was removed from the school, according to information posted by Jefferson City Public Schools (JCPS) on its Facebook page. No one was injured during the incident, and JCPS is working with the Jefferson City Police Department. 

"JCPS is committed to a safe and positive learning environment for all students and staff," the school system said on Facebook.

Today Paul Pepper visits with COREY DUNNE, Co-Director of Education and Outreach at TRYPS, about their relatively new 'technique-based' dance studio! Corey tells us that "our goal is to develop all of these kids into triple threats: actors, singers and dancers." Watch for details on how to sign up! At [3:13] CHRIS CAMPBELL and PETER MIYAMOTO invite everyone to the kickoff of the 2017 Blind Boone Piano Concert Series at the Boone Museum and Galleries in Columbia! The opening show features Peter and his wife, Ayako Tsuruta, playing music from all over the world on two grand pianos. Their 8 year-old daughter is the opening act, and she makes a surprise appearance on our show to tell us all about it - watch! January 11, 2017

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Missouri lawmakers have defeated an effort to ban smoking in state Capitol offices.

Smoking already is prohibited in Capitol hallways and legislative chambers. On Tuesday, a House rules committee heard testimony from several high school students and the Jefferson City Council urging legislators to ban smoking everywhere in the Capitol, including in offices.

But the panel's Republican majority struck down a proposed amendment to the House rules on a 9-4 party-line vote.

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Bagnell Dam and Osage Energy Center at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks will get a $52 million upgrade starting this spring.

Ameren Missouri said Tuesday that new anchors and concrete will be installed on the downstream side of the dam that provides power to 42,000 homes.

Ameren officials say the last major structural update at Bagnell Dam was completed more than 30 years ago.

The new project is expected to take about 18 months. Ameren says the new anchors will help hold the dam to underlying bedrock, and more than 66 million pounds of new concrete will be added.

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Missouri's new Gov. Eric Greitens is putting a temporary freeze on new government regulations.

Greitens on Tuesday signed an executive order banning state agencies from creating new regulations through the end of February.

He said in a video announcement first released on Facebook that burdensome regulations hurt businesses.

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This winter, consider a style of hunting that doesn’t require any special equipment, and has no bag limit. This week on Discover Nature, head outdoors in search of deer sheds.

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 dinner and a show featuring Ed singing over 30 of Ol' Blue Eyes's biggest hits. As a sneak preview, Ed performs "Fly Me to the Moon" at [4:17]. January 10, 2017

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