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In the last 24 hours I’ve seen journalists all over the country grappling with the senseless murder of two TV journalists working in Roanoke, VA. Many of us see ourselves in them: young, energetic, aspiring. Taking on the crummy hours because it’s worth it to get your start on your career, knowing you won’t win any awards for your routine assignments.

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Kendra Lawson doesn’t have the typical schedule of a nine–year-old.  With just a week of summer left, she spent her days working with her dad and mom on the farm and preparing her pigs to show at the state fair.

Here in central Missouri, the Lawson family raises cattle and pigs with a lot of help from Kendra. I met her at her house near Centralia, Mo., where she had just come back from helping her dad in the hay fields.

Today Paul Pepper visits with VALERIE CHAFFIN about "Pouring for Paws: Sit. Stay. Sip.," which is a fundraising event for Second Chance TOMORROW evening at the Missouri Theatre/Columbia Art League. Celebrate 30 years of Second Chance by drinking wine and nibbling on food from Glenn's Cafe and Peggy Jean's Pies! At [3:37] SONDRA FLAKER and MOLLY GRANGER invite everyone to the 5th Annual Vincent P. Gurucharri 9 Ball Tournament fundraiser at Billiards on Broadway in Columbia! Sign up your team or become a sponsor today! (Amateurs encouraged.) August 27, 2015

More than a 1000 graduate students and their allies – faculty, staff, undergraduate students and families – gathered at noon Wednesday in support of graduate students and their demands.

Some graduate students also took part in an all-day walk-out to illuminate the role they play in the education of undergraduate students and in research.

The rally and walk-out were planned as a response to the health insurance subsidy issue that has been taking place over the last two weeks. 

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The public will have an opportunity to suggest changes to the training requirements of law enforcers in Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety said the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission will hold six public meetings statewide.

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A mistake by supporters of a proposed sales tax increase for a business district in Columbia means only one woman could vote on the issue.

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Agricultural business giant Monsanto is abandoning its takeover bid for competitor Syngenta AG after the Swiss chemical producer rejected its latest offer of roughly $47 billion.

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Missouri's legislative budget chairmen say they don't approve of a plan to use state money for a new St. Louis football stadium.

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Moberly Area Community College and Central Methodist University plan to partner to offer new degree programs in Columbia.

  Details are still coming together in Roanoke, Va., where a disgruntled former employee shot and killed a reporter and photographer live on the air. Also, Cox’s Rare Media posts a job looking for a reporter that’s “less Paula Zahn, more Zoe Barnes.” It’s a House of Cards reference to a young, driven reporter willing to work sources – intimately -- to get her story. And, is it ethical to identify names of Ashley Madison subscribers obtained through theft, drama on CNBC and when journalists should turn into activists. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Each month at the Columbia Science Cafe, a researcher from the University of Missouri gives a presentation at Broadway Brewery as people enjoy a beer or a bite to eat.

While the world of research labs seems far removed from the dinner table, one associate professor at MU is bringing the two together.

Dr. Chris Pires is a botanist at MU. But when he describes his research, he often sounds more like a genealogist.

Today Paul Pepper and DR. MARILYN RANTZ, Professor at MU's Sinclair School of Nursing, talk about the advancements that have been made to assist the elderly or disabled at the home. Motion sensors, sensors on your bed and sensors on the ceiling are all part of a well-tested system available for you, courtesy of Sinclair At Home. August 26, 2015

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  A Senate staff member is back at work, a month after being fired by a senator who was facing sexual harassment allegations. 

The 2015-2016 MU student body has already set university records for achievement and enrollment. MU announced the total MU student enrollment is 35,050 students, a 0.3% increase from last year’s record.

MU also announced a record number of high achieving students who scored a 30 or higher on their ACT. Christian Basi, the Associate Director of the MU News Bureau said the 2013 scholarship developments have played an important role in the recruitment of high-achieving students.

Funeral arrangements are now in place for the 9-year-old girl killed when someone shot into a Ferguson home last week.

KMOV-TV reports that visitation for Jamyla Bolden will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Layne Renaissance Chapel. Another visitation begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m.

Ira DeWitt, wife of St. Louis Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III, has said her family will pay Jamyla's funeral expenses.

Hackers stole hook-up site Ashley Madison's member database and made it searchable online. Since that happened, media outlets around the world have been scouring the data and identifying users. Is it ethical for journalists to publish the data, given it's been made available to them via illegal means?

Chava Gourarie, Columbia Journalism Review: “Is it ethical to write about hacked Ashley Madison users?

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform the Scottish song, "The Rolling Hills of the Border" on mandolin and guitar. Go see them tomorrow night in St. Genevieve, Missouri - watch for details! August 25, 2015

Second Ward Councilman and co-chair for the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence Michael Trapp hopes that $150,000 approved by the Columbia City Council for the 2016 fiscal year budget will go towards the creation of a violence interruption program for the city.

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A new Muslim school and community center is expected to open by June 2016 in Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the 14,000-square-foot building will have nine classrooms on the top floor for the Islamic School of Columbia. The bottom floor will include the school's administrative offices, a multipurpose room, a kitchen, a free health clinic and space for Friday prayers.

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Stephens College has raised its full-time employee minimum wage to $10 per hour.

The change became effective with the start of the school's fiscal year on July 1. Employees mainly affected by the shift are in service or maintenance roles, including those who clean, take care of the grounds, handle recycling and trash pickup.

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Protestors and supporters of Planned Parenthood lined the sidewalks of Providence Road outside the Columbia clinic Saturday morning. Protesters from groups like 40 Days for Life came out from across the state as part of a national day of protest. Kathy Forck, the organizer of the protest, said over 300 rallies were held around the country.

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Enough Missouri senators appear to support an unemployment bill to vote to overturn Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's veto. 

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Following outcry from both students and faculty, University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced Friday that the University will "defer implementation" of its decision last week that would have stopped graduate student health insurance subsidies.

The University will pay previously promised health insurance subsidies to eligible graduate students.

MU says this reversal of the decision comes after “conversations with external experts and leadership, along with consultation with peer institutions, compliance experts and internal constituents.” 

But, as the phrase "defer implementation" implies, the complicated issues behind MU's original decision have not changed. MU has just adjusted its current plan.

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University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced Friday that the University will “defer implementation” of its decision last week that would have stopped graduate student health insurance subsidies.

The University will continue to pay health insurance subsidies to eligible graduate students.

When asked what had changed between last Friday and this Friday, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said simply “time.”

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