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Nine out of 10 Native Americans say support the use of the name “Redskins” for the Washington NFL franchise, according to a Washington Post poll of approximately 500 people. What prompted the paper to commission such a poll? And, how is the team’s ownership using it to further his own political purposes?

Finding Humor in the Presidential Primaries

17 hours ago

I’ve followed American politics since I was a kid.  I teach classes in it at Columbia College.  I talk to you occasionally about it.

Last fall and winter I was telling people, with a fair amount of confidence, that Hillary Clinton was on a glide path to a coronation and with only slightly less confidence that she would beat Jeb Bush in the general election.

Missouri Department of Conservation

So much in the natural world is ephemeral especially in the spring. This week on Discover Nature we look and listen for buzzing signs of the season.


Exam - Moberly Man Takes Special Olympics Coaching Beyond the Court

20 hours ago
Ashley Reese

It was mid-afternoon and the athletes of the Magic City Olympians had just taken the court minutes after wolfing down their brown-bag lunches. Coach Jim Thornton stood on the sidelines, shouting tips to his athletes during their first game of the state-level Special Olympics competition. Many of the athletes spent the morning bowling at Fort Leonard Wood, and the exhaustion was starting to show on their faces.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the always delightful MARIE ROBERTSON, Director/Co-Owner of Dancearts of Columbia! Marie invites everyone to their spring recital May 27/28 at Jesse Auditorium on the MU Campus - this is one performance you won't want to miss! At [5:43] JESSICA BIBBO is seeking dog or cat pet owners that are 50+ for a University of Missouri Human Development and Family Science research study about caregiving and caregivers. If you're interested in participating, watch for details! May 24, 2016

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The Missouri Republican State Committee is backing closed primaries.

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Missouri voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to amend the state Constitution to allow lawmakers to add voter-identification requirements.

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A former St. Louis police officer accused of first-degree murder in connection with a 2011 shooting death while he was on duty has pleaded not guilty.

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Twenty years ago, when Milton Rafferty republished Henry Rowe Schooclraft's 1820 Ozarks journal, Rafferty introduced the explorer Schooclraft to a new generation of scholars. Schoolcraft's journal is unique in that he describes flora and fauna in the pre-statehood Missouri Territory in a way that no one else had to date.


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The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has turned the national spotlight on lead risks in drinking water across the country. That spotlight has exposed widespread problems with the system that tracks and tests for lead in water systems. KBIA’s investigation into these regulations has found that even if your water utility follows every EPA regulation, you could still be in danger for exposure to lead.

Today Paul Pepper visits with Fmr. Mo. State Rep. JOHN WRIGHT about a proposed initiative to gradually raise the cigarette tax in Missouri (which is the lowest in the country) and in turn give 100% of that money to smoking cessation, childhood health and early-childhood education. According to John, "this is a huge opportunity for our state," and he has the facts to prove it. Watch! May 23, 2016

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German drug and chemicals company Bayer AG says it has made a $62 billion offer to buy U.S.-based crops and seeds specialist Monsanto Company.

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Missouri's Republican-led Legislature this year passed tax breaks for goods and services ranging from wheelchairs to yoga classes.

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An initiative proposing to raise Missouri's cigarette tax to benefit early childhood programs is in jeopardy of not making the ballot after a judge ruled its financial estimate is insufficient and unfair. The ruling Thursday by Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green directs the state auditor to come up with a new cost estimate.

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It's not an exaggeration to say that Colin Mochrie is one of the most well-known improvisers in the world. Colin has been a regular on the most popular improvisational show on television, Who's Line Is It Anyway? for almost thirty years.

Colin not only does the TV show, now airing on CW network, but also tours the world in a live show with Who's Line co-star Brad Sherwood. Colin is also the author of the book Not Quite the Classics. This Comedian's Life talked to Colin about his career in improv, the difference between British and American audiences, and why Canadians are so funny. You can see Colin on the summer premiere of Who's Line Is It Anyway? on Monday, May 23. 


Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, about the efforts being made at JCCDFY to impress upon (especially) the youth that they have the power to live a drug-free life. It's easier said than done, and that's because the young brain is not fully developed. According to Joy, "all drugs rewire your brain so that your brain doesn't communicate the way it would if you let it get healthy and reach adulthood." May 20, 2016

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Prosecutors have dropped charges of trespassing and interference with police officers against two reporters arrested while covering the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

The mother of a boy killed in the Joplin tornado is abandoning her request to have a seat saved for him during the high school commencement.

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Activists in St. Louis are calling for a special prosecutor to handle the case in which a former police officer is accused of killing a man while on duty.

The American Association of University Professors released a report Thursday on the firing of MU Assistant Professor Melissa Click. Click’s employment was terminated in February following confrontations with student reporters and police as MU students protested the racial climate on campus in late 2015.

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It’s said that truth is often the first casualty in war. And for media in the Palestinian territories–where conflict has been the norm for more than six decades– giving the public an accurate picture of the news is a huge challenge.

In Gaza, where Hamas rules, Palestinian journalists must toe the line or face consequences. In the West Bank, governed by the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, reporters can face criminal charges for covering corruption or criticizing officials.

Meanwhile Israeli forces have become increasingly aggressive towards Palestinian journalists, sometimes placing them in indefinite "administrative detention" without trial.


Beatriz Costa-Lima

 This week we’re talking about a project called My Life My Town, which documents the lives of young people living in rural Missouri. It started back in 2011, when Columbia Missourian photo desk  and KBIA staff decided to work together to help students tell stories through images and sound. This past school year new teams of photographers and radio reporters went out to follow up with some of the people who participated in that project and to document the lives of  more young people living in small towns. 

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If there are any rattlesnakes in the rocky hills of northwestern Oklahoma, Ty Judd knows where to find them.

Judd and his friends have been rattlesnake hunting these gypsum hills for years, armed with long metal tongs, a plastic bucket and a few simple rules.

“Watch where you step,” Judd said. “Never put your hand on the side of a hill unless you’ve looked it over because little snakes will curl up there and bite you on the hand.”

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARIANNE JONES about Dreams to Reality, a non-profit organization that provides appropriate clothing to women who are seeking employment. If you're in need of such services, or would like to otherwise get involved, watch for details! At [4:29] CB CHASTAIN returns with tips to keep those pesky ticks away from yourself and your pets! (Hint: put away the sulfur.) May 19, 2016

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German drug and chemicals company Bayer AG says it has entered talks with the Monsanto Company about the possible acquisition of the U.S.-based specialist in genetically modified crop seeds.

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Illinois officials are aggressively fighting the preliminary decision to relocate a federal spy agency elsewhere in St. Louis, rather than to a site across the Mississippi River in a suburban area of southern Illinois.

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