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A special prosecutor says no charges will be filed against a Missouri House candidate who was accused of sexual assault by an incoming lawmaker.

St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said Tuesday that not enough credible evidence exists to charge Steven Roberts Jr., of St. Louis. Cora Faith Walker, of Ferguson, alleged in October that Roberts had sexually assaulted her. Both Democrats are running unopposed in their bids to serve in the Missouri House.

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On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum welcomes back Democratic state treasurer hopeful Judy Baker to the program.

The Columbia Democrat is running against state Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, in the contest to succeed state Treasurer Clint Zweifel. Zweifel is unable to run again, because the treasurer’s office is term-limited. 

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Eric Schmitt, the GOP candidate for Missouri treasurer, joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies for the latest Politically Speaking podcast

Schmitt, a state senator from Glendale, faces Democrat Judy Baker on Nov. 8. Baker also has been featured on Politically Speaking.

The closer we get to Election Day, the hotter the rhetoric gets. We rely on our news media to cut through the clutter and put it all into context. But, where do the opinions end and the true reporting begin?

Local organizations are working on ways to increase access to mental health services for veterans in mid-Missouri. Friday, the Harry S. Truman Hospital hosted a Veteran Affairs Mental Health and Homeless Summit. L. Stephen Gairth of the Public Affairs Office at the Hospital said this has become an annual event.

Representatives from The Salvation Army, The Missouri Department of Mental Health and other local veteran agencies came together to discuss mental health in the veteran community. In total, about 50 people were in attendance for the summit.

“It really creates an environment where we can build on the existing partnership and really enhance the engagement that we have with those state and local organizations,” said Gairth.

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Jefferson City may be adding a storm water utility fee to fund services to repair and maintain the failing infrastructure.

City Council held a storm water utility discussion Monday night to determine the urgency of better storm water services and how they may be funded.

Floods in August and September caused damage to at least 40 buildings and homes in Jefferson City, and there were flash floods on various streets.

Multiple residents told the council they have spent thousands of dollars on property repairs due to flooding.

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The second phase of Ballpark Village next to Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis will feature a 29-story luxury apartment building, along with office, retail, restaurants and entertainment space.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced the $220 project Tuesday. Construction is expected to start late next year and be completed in 2019.

The team is asking the city to amend its current development agreement to add a sales tax within Ballpark Village, and to issue bonds for the revenue generated by the project. The first phase of Ballpark Village opened in 2014 and includes restaurants, bars and the Cardinals Hall of Fame.

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Can you name a common Missouri animal that is also one of the least visible? This week on Discover Nature we learn more about beavers.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARGARET TOLLETON, State Outreach Director for Missouri Cures, about the latest WISE conference, happening next week in St. Louis. Plus, Margaret talks about Missouri Cures' opposition to Amendment 3,  the "big tobacco tax", which is up for vote this November! At [4:45] actors LORIN ZACKULAR and PATRICK HOLT tell us about "Nana's Naughty Knickers," a "really wildly funny farce" opening tomorrow night at Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon! October 25, 2016

Shigellosis Cases in Moberly Declining

Oct 25, 2016
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The Randolph County Health Department reports that the number of confirmed cases of the infectious disease Shigellosis has declined since the outbreak’s peak in late September.

As of this week there are only 23 confirmed cases of the bacterial infection, the lowest it has been in a month. The Health Department confirmed the outbreak with a letter written to parents and guardians of students at the Moberly Public Schools District, outlining what the disease was, and warning that children should not go to school if they exhibited any of the symptoms listed.

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A nonprofit says drought and population growth may put a strain on water sources in southwest Missouri.

The Joplin Globe reports that Tri-State Water Resource Coalition has initialed a number of studies over the years to examine water sources as well as demand throughout a 16-county region in southwest Missouri. The coalition is a nonprofit that aims to find and secure reliable water supplies in the Ozarks.

Much of the region sits atop the Ozark aquifer, which is the main source of water for most of the region's communities.

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St. Louis County prosecutors and the FBI are investigating allegations of absentee ballot vote fraud involving the mayor of Berkeley.

According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch , the investigation of Mayor Theodore Hoskins and alleged interference with the absentee ballot process during the April mayoral race was revealed in emails and other documents obtained by the newspaper. The FBI declined to comment on the allegations.

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  Missouri said the U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee a reporter or anyone else a right to see executions.

The state is pressing a federal judge to throw out Buzzfeed News reporter Christopher McDaniel's lawsuit over Missouri's decision to exclude him from witnessing executions. Missouri also says in court documents last week that it has legal immunity from such lawsuits.

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Most of the millions of dollars raised in the Missouri governor's race would be banned under proposed campaign contribution limits.

A measure on the Nov. 8 ballot would limit donations to candidates to $2,600 per election.

An Associated Press analysis found close to $16.5 million of Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens' fundraising, or about 95 percent, was in donations of more than $2,600.

Today Paul Pepper visits with author JUDY LAUBE about a very personal book she's written, titled: "Moment of Surrender: My Journey Through Prescription Drug Addiciton to Hope and Renewal." Judy tells us how she her addiction came about and why she decided to share her story. At [5:05] KAT CUNNINGHAM and JESSICA MAHON talks about the efforts being made to locally recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Kat says, "we're finding that individuals with disabilities - whether seen or unseen - are candidates for hire." Watch for more details! October 24, 2016

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MU Receives Diversity Grant for STEM Education

Oct 24, 2016
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Eight Missouri universities will share a $5 million grant for minority students in science, technology, engineering and math education.  The grant comes from the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.

The program was created by the National Science Foundation to promote the successes of minority students studying STEM in higher education institutions.

Rob Margetta is a public affairs specialist at the National Science Foundation.  

iPads Could Streamline Voting at Some Missouri Polling Locations

Oct 24, 2016
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Poll Pads are a new electronic voter check-in system that will be used during the Nov. 8 presidential election in 57 counties in Missouri.

KNOWiNK is a St. Louis company that developed a new electronic voter check-in system called Poll Pad in 2012. The company combined a registration software and an Apple iPad to create the product. It allows poll workers to search voters' information and make sure the correct ballot is being issued for each voter.

Lack of Public Interest Equals Lack of Funds for Pettis County Museum

Oct 21, 2016

The Pettis County Museum in Sedalia holds records of all the schools and railroads that have existed in the area. Its collection contains records of Pettis County’s residents who have fought in wars.

The museum also houses Native American artifacts. It’s home to objects that have traveled from Angola to mid-Missouri, given to the museum by a Pettis County woman who was a missionary in Angola.

Intersection – Missouri Honor Medalists

Oct 21, 2016

This week on Intersection, we're featuring conversations with Missouri Honor Medal recipients from the Missouri School of Journalism. Every year, the school's faculty awards medals to journalists on the basis of lifetime or superior achievement. Past recipients include Tom Brokaw, Christiane Amanpour, Winston Churchill, and Gloria Steinem. 

Jim Flink, professor of strategic communication, sat down with this year's medalists to talk about excellence in journalism and media.

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Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Health Educator/Consultant, talk about the sound of silence - or the lack thereof. Vera says "we live in a world that is so loud," that even the World Health Organization has come out and said noise pollution is "our new modern plague." What can be done? Who's at fault? And is one person's pleasure really another person's irritation? We discuss - watch! October 21, 2016

Columbia City Council Approves $1.1M Land Purchase

Oct 21, 2016

Downtown Columbia could be getting additional green space after the city council approved the purchase of land at the intersection of Broadway and Providence Road Monday night.

The property is valued at $1.1 million, and was paid for with money earned from interest on the capital improvements project fund, according to the city council memo.

The land was purchased from Roth Properties, LLP, who accepted Columbia’s offer after approval from the city council.

Missouri Law Could Cost Medicaid Patients More

Oct 21, 2016
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A new Missouri law could require Medicaid patients to pay fines for missing appointments if the state gets federal permission.

The law went into effect on Oct. 14, and allows medical providers to charge late fees to Medicaid patients who miss their appointments without canceling 24 hours in advance. The law also lets providers deny patients from rescheduling appointments until all their fines are paid.

The General Assembly overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto and passed the bill on Sept. 15.

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Bright Flight students in Missouri could see their scholarships cut by nearly 10 percent next semester. 

The Missouri Department of Higher Education is appealing to the state legislature for a supplemental appropriation of $1.5 million, which would allow them to pay the 7000 Missouri Bright Flight students the full $3000 they were promised. 

The department contacted universities across the state in early Oct. 5 to allow universities to begin notifying students.  MU sent out an email informing students of the potential cut on Oct. 19.

Missouri has received $8.7 million from Volkswagen as part of a multibillion-dollar national settlement over the automaker's emissions cheating scandal.

Attorney General Chris Koster's office transferred the money to the state's general revenue fund on Thursday.

The money comes after Gov. Jay Nixon so far this fiscal year cut about $174 million in funding for Missouri's schools, roads and a variety of other programs. He says the cuts were needed to balance the budget.

A Nixon spokesman didn't immediately respond to Associated Press requests for comment Thursday.

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The central Asian nation of Uzbekistan is known for its spectacular mosques, vast fields of cotton and immense natural gas reserves.

It's also one of the world's most repressive police states, where the government reportedly once disposed of two political prisoners by boiling them alive.

But Uzbekistan's regime has been shaken by the death last month of President Islam Karimov - the only president the country has had since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at Uzbekistan after the dictator's death.