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Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about procrastination. We're all guilty of it, but why? Dr. Newman says it's a control issue. Since we can't control everything in our life, that which we can, we avoid. Sound familiar? If that's you or someone you know, check out this informative interview! July 22, 2016

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Meteorologists and atmospheric researchers say the Midwest's first dangerous bout of heat and humidity this summer is partly to blame on moisture piped out of the ground and into the atmosphere by the increasing acreage of corn crops reaching their peak.

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Political conventions in American have been around as long as there has been an America. Back in 1840, members of Missouri's Whig Party made their way by land and by water to Rocheport for their state convention. The Friends of Historic Rocheport's president Sherry Moreau was Trevor Harris' guest on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

Also on this program Chris Campbell from the Boone County Historical Society discussed Boone County Votes, a show opening next month at the society's Columbia museum.


Five Arrests Made in Relation to Columbia Robberies

Jul 21, 2016
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 The Columbia Police Department arrested five suspects in relation to a series of armed robberies that occurred last week.

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A Missouri state senator who's a former sheriff is condemning violence against police and says targeting law enforcement officers is a crime of hate.

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Missouri has had only two Republican secretaries of state since World War II, and both had the last name of Blunt.

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For many Americans, the Islamic State was first burned in our minds as a threat back in August 2014.

That’s when the terror group released chilling video of American journalist James Foley being beheaded by a black clad man who condemns U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. Foley of course was much more than a victim of terror or a martyr for press freedom.

He was also a son, a brother, a colleague, and a friend.

On this edition of Global Journalist we’re going to talk more about the life of James Foley. We’ll also look at what his death tell us not only about him but about how news organizations operate and how the U.S. government handles hostage situations. 


Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, about a new acquisition from local artist Brian Mahieu. Brian's painting, titled "Winter Sunset Looking North, Cottonwood Grove," captures a Missouri winter at it's bleakest; but as Joan says, "there's still a sense of the beauty of nature...those cycles of life." See it for yourself in the gallery now through September! July 21, 2016

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High temperatures and humidity will bake much of the central U.S. this week, sending heat indexes soaring as high as 115 degrees in some places for the first time this year.

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Wealthy Missouri businessman John Brunner has poured another $1 million into his campaign for governor.

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An Islamic relief agency once based in Missouri has admitted in federal court that it illegally funneled $1.4 million to Iraq.

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The former Chrysler plant in the St. Louis suburb of Fenton could be getting new life.

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The town of Brookfield, Missouri, in the north-central part of the state is a close-knit community. Population: about 4,500. Becky Cleveland, who grew up in town, says the area looks a little different today.

“When I was a kid, like I said, there was four grocery stores,” she says. Today there is just one and a nearby Wal-Mart.

Walking down Main Street past a few vacant storefronts among the businesses, it’s plain to see the town isn’t in its prime any more. Brookfield, though, is more vibrant than many other rural towns, Cleveland says. Rural life used to be centered around the farm, but farms today don’t work like they used to, which has caused a drop in jobs and left some small towns struggling for survival.

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There's been a national spike in the number of deaths from opioid drug overdoses over the past 15 years and some of the biggest increases have come in the Midwest. Missouri is no exception and also holds the distinction of being the only state without a prescription drug monitoring database—a common tool for preventing abuse.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack head's the nation's initiative on rural opioid addiction. On Friday, Vilsack and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill will host a town hall meeting in Columbia to discuss the epidemic with media and invited guests. 

KBIA spoke with Secretary Vilsack earlier this week. 

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Comedian. Host. Fake Republican from Ohio. In his show business career, Paul Gilmartin has had many different titles. Born and raised in Illinois, Paul started his stand-up career in Chicago. In 1995 Paul was tapped to host Dinner and a Movie on TBS. To Paul's surprise, the show ran for a whopping 16 years. Near the end of the show's run, Paul started hosting a self-help podcast called The Mental Illness Happy Hour. Paul interviews a variety of guests whose lives have been affected by mental illness, depression or trauma. It is one of the most popular self-help podcasts on iTunes. Paul is also the creator of Richard Martin, a deeply conservative representative from Ohio's 19th District. Paul has played Rep. Martin on podcasts, interviews, and at the Aspen Comedy Festival. For more information about Rep. Richard Martin, visit askarepublican.com. The Mental Illness Happy Hour is on iTunes, or at mentalpod.com.


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Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton says he would consider a buyout from the city to leave his job, according to a letter his attorney sent to Mayor Brian Treece.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARK WALTER, Deputy Director of Renew Missouri - a non-profit that advocates clean energy - about how to be a GOOD clean energy advocate. Co-ops are making noticeable efforts like installing a solar gardens. If you want to see more of that, Mark says, "you have to speak up; you have to speak to the people in the State Capitol...Boone Electric...they work for you." July 20, 2016

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Two Republicans vying to become their party's nominee for Missouri attorney general are waging one of the state's most hotly-contested primary campaigns.

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Chickens aren't a traditional pet. But with chicken coops springing up in more and more urban and suburban backyards, some owners take just as much pride in their poultry as their dog or cat. So much so that they're primping and preening them for beauty contests.

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If you’ve stepped out to enjoy the night air lately, you’ve likely noticed a loud newcomer to the chorus of night sounds.  This week on Discover Nature, we’ll shine some light on the Northern True Katydid.


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 segment focuses on the 'innovative' "SmartStrand Forever Clean" carpet. Scott says, "the stain protection never wears off!" At [4:41] KIT SALTER would like to see everyone at the next Saturday Morning Book Talk series! What is the Saturday Morning Book Talk series? Kit tells us, and summarizes the selections for August and September. Don't miss it! July 19, 2016

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says a court-ordered change to a proposed tobacco tax is not enough to disqualify it from the ballot.

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  A suburban St. Louis police officer shot in the neck during a traffic stop is paralyzed from the neck down due to what the Ballwin police chief calls "catastrophic damage to his spinal cord."

Officer Michael Flamion was shot from behind on July 8 after stopping a man for speeding in Ballwin, a well-to-do St. Louis County town of about 30,000 residents. Antonio Taylor of St. Louis was arrested later that day and is jailed on $500,000 bond on several charges, including first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer.

University of Missouri System's Credit Outlook Is Stable

Jul 18, 2016
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  A leading credit-rating agency says the University of Missouri system's credit outlook is stable, despite turmoil last year.

The system announced Monday that Moody's Investors Service is maintaining the system's Aa1 credit rating.

The announcement came months after credit-rating company Standard & Poor's downgraded the system's outlook from stable to negative but didn't actually lower the rating.

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK talk about supply and demand when it comes to booking travel. The trick? Keep checking back because the price will fluctuate. Plus, Mel encourages everyone to take advantage of those safety recall notices, but be careful of any "free" safety checks that are offered as a result - find out why! July 18, 2016

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