Missouri Man Indicted in $2 Million Fraud Scheme

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 A south-central Missouri man was indicted by a federal grand jury for a fraud scheme that allegedly duped at least 24 investors of more than $2 million.

The indictment against 55-year-old Daniel Keith Steele of Rolla was announced Thursday. He is charged with mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud and two counts of engaging in unlawful monetary transactions using criminally derived property.

It wasn't immediately clear if Steele had an attorney.

MU Alum Makes “Transformative” Gift Announcement

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  The University of Missouri received a “transformative” multi-million dollar gift from Rich and Nancy Kinder on Thursday.

The $25 million gift was made on behalf of the Kinder Foundation and will go towards permanently establishing the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, which focuses on giving students and faculty more opportunities to explore the theories and practices that make up our constitutional democracy.

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Generations of tilling and planting on the same land have left the nation’s soil in poor shape. And if farmers don’t change the way they grow crops, feeding the future won’t be easy.

As farmer Jordan Shearer from Slapout, Okla., puts it, “we’re creating a desert environment by plowing the damn ground."



Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been imprisoned in Iran since July 2014. On this edition of Global Journalist, we examine how Iran's internal politics and relations with the U.S. have led to the lengthy jailing of a correspondent for a major U.S. newspaper. 

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  MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced Thursday that the University of Missouri will soon require faculty and new students to go through diversity and inclusion training.

His announcement came following an incident of racism that occurred during the early hours of the morning on October 5. The Legion of Black Collegians homecoming royalty court was practicing a performance at Traditions Plaza when a racial slur was yelled at them.

Today Paul Pepper and STEVE JOHNSON, Missouri River Communities Network, talk about this Saturday's 'Autumn on the Bricks' festival in downtown Fulton. Art, music, food, a wing cook-off and beer; there will be something for everyone, so don't miss it! At [4:24] RACHEL MUTRUX, Director of the Missouri Telehealth Network, tells us about "Show-Me ECHO," a new telehealth program at the University of Missouri's School of Medicine. If you're need of doctor but can't travel, this is a viable solution! October 8, 2015

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Missouri's secretary of state is warning business owners about a deceptive mailer that indicates they have a potential compliance violation.

Secretary of State Jason Kander says the postcards look like an official government document but are not affiliated with any state or federal agency, including the Corporations Division in Kander's office.

Dozens of Missouri businesses have reported receiving the postcards, which direct the recipient to call a toll-free number to avoid fees and penalties.

Kirksville Looks to Raise Water and Sewer Rates

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A Kirksville proposal may be costly to some residents in 2016. The Kirksville City Council proposed a fair rate structure on water and sewer services to help fund capital improvements. 

“I’m sure most people would not want a rate increase," Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber said. "A rate increase is necessary, even if it’s not what people want. But realistically, the cost of things go up…so you know, thinking about goods and services, it’s our responsibility, it’s the council’s responsibility to make sure that they are charging the rates that are necessary to run the operation."


Residents living near the site of a proposed 24-hour homeless drop-in shelter reviewed plans for the building Tuesday night. The Columbia Alliance to Combat Homelessness, CATCH, presented preliminary building plans to members of the North Central and North Village neighborhood associations.

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The Missouri Health Home program will be receiving a Gold Achievement Award for community-based services on Thursday from the American Psychiatric Association. This is one of four awards given out by the American Psychiatric Association every year to outstanding mental health programs.


Boone County authorities have requested more money to deal with the expenses of processing an increasing number of requests for concealed carry permits.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports applications for new concealed-carry weapon permits in Boone County are on pace to top previous highs.


The ongoing battle between taxicab regulators in the St. Louis region and Uber has escalated again with a new lawsuit that seeks to stop operation of the ride-hailing company.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission lawsuit, filed Monday, alleges that Uber violates Missouri law by allowing unlicensed and improperly vetted drivers.

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Personal Energy Transportation International, or PET, built its first rough-terrain transportation device for people with leg disabilities 21 years ago. With 25 affiliate workshops around the country today, the international organization reached the milestone of 50,000 PETs this year.

Mel West is a 91-year-old pastor and an antipoverty activist. In 1994, he met Larry Hills, a Methodist missionary who told West about polio and land mine survivors he was helping aide in Zaire, Africa.

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The US Department of Agriculture awarded a grant to help low-income families access affordable, healthful food in Boone County.

About $150,000 dollars was granted to better connect families in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to fresh food at the farmers market.

In Roseburg, Ore., the Douglas County Sheriff says the public won’t ever hear him utter the shooter’s name so as not to give him the fame and attention he sought. As the ‘No Notoriety’ campaign gains steam, journalists find themselves at odds with it. Also, President Obama the nation’s assignment editor-in-chief, Hillary Clinton’s NBC appearances and covering the “1,000-year flood” in South Carolina. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Reuben Stern and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Family Health Center opened back in 1992, and is Columbia’s federally qualified health center, which gets federal funding to assist low-income and medically underserved populations.

Over the years it has expanded to include not just medical services, but also mental health and dental services. And then, more recently, has opened two satellite clinics in rural Missouri – Salisbury and Marceline.

In the hours and days following the last week's massacre at Umpqua Community College, many called on the media not to name the shooter. The idea? Not to give him the attention and fame he was seeking in carrying out the act. But, there are many in the journalism community who say that while they can respect the concept of the 'No Notoriety' campaign, we'd be betraying the basic tenants of our profession if we adhered.

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Hands united in solidarity at the Missouri State Capitol in support of those with disabilities. The event, Hands Around the Capitol, took place Tuesday afternoon in celebration of Disability History and Awareness Month and the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Keynote speakers from a variety of backgrounds focused their addresses on the goals of equality for those living with disabilities. Speakers included, youth leaders, lobbyists and former legislators.

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A conservation group is raising money to pay for unplowed stretch of native prairie on the outskirts of Kansas City.

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The proposed riverfront NFL stadium in St. Louis has a naming rights deal worth $158 million.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ADAM SAUNDERS, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, about all the ways CCUA mentors people in our community on how to get the most out of their garden. At [3:48] Second Chance Executive Director VALERIE CHAFFIN joins us for the last time before a move to North Carolina. We say goodbye and meet interim director KERRI BURROWS. Watch! October 7, 2015

Prayer Held in Reponse to Racism at MU

Oct 6, 2015
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The Gaines-Oldham Black Culture Center, 100 Praying Women and MU’s Black Men’s Initiative all partnered today to provide a prayer service in response to Sunday’s episode of racism seen at Traditions Plaza.

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A judge is weighing a business-backed lawsuit's bid to stop the city of St. Louis from gradually raising its minimum wage.

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In a statement Tuesday morning, the University of Missouri said it has moved a student from campus in response to an incident involving racist remarks that occurred early Monday morning.