Student Veteran Honored For Volunteer Service

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Erik Anthes received a Veterans Service Award from Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder on the University of Missouri campus Wednesday. The award recognizes veterans who serve their community after returning home.

Several political figures joined Kinder at the presentation, including Senator Roy Blunt and State Representative Caleb Rowden. Blunt spoke at the ceremony, calling Anthes “a great story of service.”

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On Monday evening, a home became a part of a community. The 99th River City Habitat for Humanity home opened in Jefferson City. With the help of a dozen volunteers, a family received a newly built three-bedroom, two-bathroom house.  

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  Three Missouri rural electric projects are getting $108 million in federal loans to expand and modernize their infrastructure.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the investment Wednesday during a news conference in Savannah in northwest Missouri's Andrew County.

That's where Vilsack says United Electric Cooperative will get a $28 million loan to build or enhance 164 miles of line and make other system improvements. The loan includes $3.5 million for next-generation power transmission efforts known as smart grid.

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  Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens says he wants Missouri to change the way it selects judges.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Greitens supports a Tennessee procedure that gives the governor and Legislature more influence in picking judges. He believes the current system gives trial lawyers too much influence on judicial appointments.

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The massive industry that supplies farmers with the tools to raise crops is on the brink of a watershed moment. High-profile deals that would see some of the largest global agri-chemical companies combine are in the works and could have ripple effects from farm fields to dinner tables across the globe.


Today Paul Pepper visits with AMY SIMONS, Host, KBIA's Views of the News, about tonight's LIVE show at Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City! You're invited to come watch the program happen from 6:30-7, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and engage the panelists, including Mike McKean and Earnest Perry, in conversation. At [3:27] JOY SWEENEY, Executive Director, Council for Drug Free Youth, talks about disposing of prescription drugs. Did you know that special bags now exist that contain beads that will "neutralize" the drugs? It's true! Watch for details! October 26, 2016

Construction Begins on Business Loop 70

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Construction began Tuesday morning on Business Loop 70 in Columbia between College and Illinois Avenue.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is working on improving rusted culvert pipes in the area, and construction will take place every day for the next month and a half from 7 am to 5 pm.

MoDOT maintenance Super Intendant Mike Belt says they’re doing daytime work because it’s easier to work with city utilities during the day.

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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.

Jefferson City Discusses Storm Water Utility

Oct 25, 2016
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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.