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The U.S. Department of Agriculture closed offices in five states, including Colorado, on Tuesday after receiving anonymous threats.

USDA received “several anonymous messages that are concerning for the safety of USDA personnel and its facilities,” according to a statement by Matt Herrick, the department’s director of communications.

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Southeast Missouri State University Sees Enrollment Boost

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Freshman enrollment at Southeast Missouri State University has seen a boost of a little more than 10 percent this year compared to 2015.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that overall enrollment has increased by just more than 1 percent. The school's total enrollment is 11,536.

Officials say the school has seen a 24 percent increase in African-American students and a more than 30 percent increase in Hispanic students compared to last fall.

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Authorities are investigating a report that one or more male inmates sexually assaulted two women at the downtown Kansas City correctional center.

Jackson County said in a news release Sunday night that Regional Correction Center staff were notified Friday about the allegations and contacted law enforcement to request an investigation.

No staff members have been accused of engaging in sexual contact with any inmates. But through an internal review, one staff member has been suspended without pay for potentially violating department policies and procedures.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE from Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium about her trip this November aboard NASA's experimental aircraft called 'SOFIA'. Melanie also fills us in on more upcoming programs for children at the planetarium, including a new show called "Our Living Climate." Watch for details! August 30, 2016

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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is increasingly pessimistic about Merrick Garland being confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.

President Barack Obama nominated Garland to the high court earlier this year. But the GOP-controlled Senate has refused to hold hearings, making it increasingly likely that the next president will make the selection.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, McCaskill said it may not be practically possible to consider Garland’s nomination after the presidential election.

Transgender inmate latest to push for hormone treatment

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  A transgender inmate is suing the Missouri prison system for refusing to provide hormone therapy as she transitions to a woman, adding her voice to those of prisoners in other states who argue that denying such treatment amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

The federal lawsuit was filed last week in St. Louis on behalf of Jessica Hicklin, a 37-year old inmate serving life in prison without parole for first-degree murder. The lawsuit also names Corizon  Health, the health care provider for the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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 The Missouri auditor said the Republican-led House and Senate should be more transparent and should stop asking lobbyists for contributions.

Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway's office released findings Monday showing some legislative committees didn't record their votes. The findings also revealed that Sunshine Law policies for lawmakers are unclear.

Morning Newscast for August 29, 2016

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Aug. 28 means  that most of Missouri's new laws passed earlier this year are now in effect.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local singer/songwriter/storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry performs "Waltzing with Bears" on guitar - his most requested song of all time! August 29, 2016

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  While the University of Missouri is dealing with a sharp drop in enrollment this fall, many other four-year universities in the state reported an increase in the number of students.

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The Missouri attorney general's office is reviewing a recent state Supreme Court ruling that may impact the criminal charge of felony stealing.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes DR. HANA SOLOMON, M.D., President of BeWell Health, LLC and creator of Nasopure. Why use Nasopure? Dr. Hana says, "the nose filters 10,000 liters of air everyday, and we make a pint to a quart of mucus per day...I believe a nose deserves a washing just like your teeth deserve a brushing." So if you're in need of relief from nose and sinus issues, without the help of antibiotics, you've come to the right place! August 26, 2016

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Missouri's former Republican U.S. Sen. John Danforth is endorsing GOP candidate Eric Greitens for governor.

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Agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland has settled a lawsuit over claims the company was behind a now-imprisoned grain broker's scheme that gouged millions from dozens of Missouri farmers.

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A Missouri judge is blocking the state public defender director from appointing Gov. Jay Nixon to a case.

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Women's rights and opportunities have improved in Afghanistan over the past 15 years after the ouster of the Taliban.

They're no longer required to wear the burqa and are again allowed to attend school and leave the house without a male relative.

But as several recent incidents have highlighted, women in the country still face high levels of violence – including honor killings, forced marriages and and imprisonment for fleeing their husbands.

On this edition of Global Journalist, our panel examines the challenges and opportunities for women in Afghanistan. In addition, a bestselling author discusses the longstanding practice of families without sons dressing and raising their daughters as boys, a phenomenon known as "bacha posh."


Today Paul Pepper visits with MARIE ROBERTSON, Director/Co-owner of Dancearts, about the classes being offered this fall! If you're on the fence about whether or not to sign up, Marie talks the numerous advantages of dancing for both young and old. Register today! At [2:59] MARK PALMER, CEO of Woodhaven, invites everyone to help celebrate Direct Support Professionals Week at a reception September 13. Show your appreciation for the Woodhaven DSP's who, as Mark says, are "acting as mentors and friends and helping those individuals (with developmental disabilities) reach the highest level of independence." August 25, 2016

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State lawmakers say they'll hold a hearing to talk about damage caused from the illegal spraying of the dicamba herbicide on crops in southeastern Missouri.

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Attorneys for the police force and prosecutor that oversaw the grand jury investigation after Michael Brown's 2014 death in Ferguson have asked a federal judge to consider blocking the release of "grisly" photographs of the black 18-year-old's body to his family's attorneys, worried they could prompt violence if leaked.

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On a hot, July day in Boone County, Iowa, farmer Brett Heineman shuttled a semi from one of his family’s fields to the local co-op. He and his uncle were harvesting the first crop of oats on this farm in decades.

Before corn and soybeans almost completely covered the landscape -- today, they account for 95 percent of crop acres in Iowa -- most Corn Belt farmers also grew oats or alfalfa. Now, the Heinemans are among the farmers taking a closer look at re-integrating the small grain into their operations.

For years, WikiLeaks has been known for it’s crusade against government secrecy. But, the Associated Press reports that innocent, private citizens have had very personal information published online. Why would the agency publish medical record, name child rape victims or out gay men in Saudi Arabia? Also, another major shakeup in the Trump campaign, the end of Gawker, and Ryan Lochte’s fall from grace. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Have you noticed one of the side effects of reality TV?  I guess people actually watch “Naked and Afraid” and “My 600-pound Self”.  I only know about these shows because I surf past them on the way to professional cage fighting and Real Housewives of Las Vegas.  Just kidding about cage fighting.  But seriously, this programming makes voyeurs out of normal people, but more importantly, causes them to think differently about their social and political worlds.

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHARLOTTE JIMENEZ about The Language Tree Immersion School. If you're looking for an alternative education for your young child, consider The Language Tree! Charlotte says, "every head teacher is a native speaker, so you really have that first-hand quality language provided to the children." At [4:38] BETH WATSON talks about The Children's School at Stephens College. In the community since 1925, TCS groups students by ability, not age, all in one classroom. The advantage? Beth says, "if you have a gifted child, they can move up with the older kids." August 24, 2016

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