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The University of Missouri Law School dean is stepping down, but will take on another faculty role at the law school.

Dean Gary Myers announced Friday that he's resigning effective Aug. 14. Myers was named in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against Myers and the university over a public-records request.

In the suit, former Republican Rep. Kevin Elmer claims associate professor Josh Hawley conspired with Myers to keep Hawley's school emails private. Hawley is running for attorney general and faces an Aug. 2 Republican primary.

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Tom Cotter got his start as a stand-up comedian growing up in Providence, Rhode Island, and began doing open-mics at the nearby Boston comedy clubs. Tom got his big break on season 7 of America's Got Talent

Tom was the runner-up that season-- the highest place any comedian had achieved on the history of the show until that point. Tom has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, and Premium Blend. Tom is also the author of a parenting "advice" book called Bad Dad: A Guide to Pitiful ParentingThis Comedian's Life talked with Tom about his unique rise to fame, performing with Joan Rivers, and the "un-reality" of reality television. 


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Authorities are monitoring high water levels along the Current and Jacks Fork rivers in southwest Missouri to determine if sections of the rivers have to be closed to paddlers for the Memorial Day weekend.

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Missouri's Republican legislative leaders and more than 100 others say they oppose the Obama administration's directive on transgender student bathroom access.

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At first glance, media in Pakistan and the Ukraine have little in common.

But in both the South Asian nation and the former Soviet republic, independent private news outlets are relatively new and face a host of challenges both from government restrictions and outside actors. They're also among the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

On this special edition of Global Journalist, we interview journalists from prominent media outlets in each country who are visiting the U.S. on fellowships from the University of Missouri-based Alfred Friendly Press Partners.


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A former state lawmaker is suing over an associate University of Missouri law professor and attorney general candidate's emails.

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A Missouri Senate staffer has begun reviewing Planned Parenthood's internal records, including procedures for fetal tissue disposal.

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A St. Louis jury ordered Monsanto and three other companies to pay more than $46 million to three people in a suit alleging negligence in the production of PCBs.

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Tiffany Seda-Addington has been fighting for expanded access to naloxone for nearly three years. Ever since her best friend James Carmack died of a heroin overdose at his mother’s house.

“When James died,” Tiffany said. “It was immediately we have to do something.”

That “something” that she and others in Pulaski County, Missouri, decided to fight for was expanded access to naloxone, also known as Narcan. It’s the opioid overdose antidote that essentially brings a person dying from a heroin or opioid overdose back to life.


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Monarch butterflies are disappearing. Scientists agree that in the last 20 years, populations of the black and orange insect have been in precipitous decline. But there's much less certainty on what’s causing them to vanish.

As each new scientific paper on monarch decline is published, the image becomes slightly less opaque. So far, potential culprits include disease, climate change, drought, deforestation, and nectar plants. Blame has been cast on everyone from loggers to farmers to suburban developers.

The Mistakes Aren’t Hers, But the Consequences Are

May 26, 2016

When KBIA and the Columbia Missourian first met Monica Smith in 2012, she was a senior in high school in Higginsville, Missouri. Smith was consumed with school, work and so many extra curriculars she couldn’t keep count. People found it surprising that at 18 Monica kept straight A’s, worked and participated in sports when they found out what she had gone through.

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A new state park in southeastern Missouri is set to open July 30.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday announced Echo Bluff State Park's opening in Shannon County. The park was previously called Camp Zoe but was renamed after a sheer bluff on the property.

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A state audit released Wednesday cites "serious mismanagement" by the former superintendent of the Fox School District in suburban St. Louis, alleging she spent nearly $100,000 on questionable expenses with little oversight from the school board.

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Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri plans to merge with the abortion provider's central Oklahoma affiliate in July.

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Missouri's insurance department has dealt a setback to a proposal by the nation's third-largest health insurer to buy another insurance company.

 This week on Intersection, we're talking about the growing issue of homelessness in Columbia with guests Nick Foster, Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center, Pastor Meg Hegemann of Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church and the Turning Point program, and Sid and Patricia Howard, who volunteer at Turning Point. 

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Nine out of 10 Native Americans say they support the use of the name “Redskins” for the Washington NFL franchise, according to a Washington Post poll of approximately 500 people. What prompted the paper to commission such a poll? And, how is the team’s ownership using it to further his own political purposes? Also, St. Louis County drops the trespassing charges against two journalists arrested in Ferguson, the latest in the negotiations between Tribune Publishing and Gannett and the saga of Sumner Redstone and control of Viacom.  From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper and SCOTT BRADLEY, General Manager at Carpet One Floor and Home, continue their series of conversations about eco-friendly flooring. Today's topic is "marmoleum." Could it be the perfect solution for your home's needs? Watch! At [4:05] DANA NAYLOR and actress CATHERINE BARNARD invite everyone to come see Maplewood Barn Theatre's "amazing" production of "Godspell." It opens tomorrow night! May 25, 2016

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Missouri Supreme Court judges say the state doesn't owe two retired judges who later asked for more money based on federal judges' pay.

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Bayer says it looks forward to holding merger talks with Monsanto, after the St. Louis company said earlier it would consider a higher bid.

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Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway says a state board created to advocate for small businesses against government regulations isn't doing its job.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld two laws that limit the ability of local governments to regulate cellphone towers.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will be leading a trade delegation on a trip to Cuba next week.

The University of Missouri System has announced that it will conduct an audit of diversity and inclusion policies and procedures.

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Nine out of 10 Native Americans say support the use of the name “Redskins” for the Washington NFL franchise, according to a Washington Post poll of approximately 500 people. What prompted the paper to commission such a poll? And, how is the team’s ownership using it to further his own political purposes?

Finding Humor in the Presidential Primaries

May 24, 2016

I’ve followed American politics since I was a kid.  I teach classes in it at Columbia College.  I talk to you occasionally about it.

Last fall and winter I was telling people, with a fair amount of confidence, that Hillary Clinton was on a glide path to a coronation and with only slightly less confidence that she would beat Jeb Bush in the general election.

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So much in the natural world is ephemeral especially in the spring. This week on Discover Nature we look and listen for buzzing signs of the season.


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