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The Missouri Students Association passed a resolution Tuesday calling for the University of Missouri System to divest its endowment funds from all fossil fuel companies by 2022 and provide financial support to the renewable energy sector.

The Mizzou Energy Action Coalition, a divestment-focused campus organization, submitted the resolution. Frankie Hawkins, the president of the coalition, said the university has a responsibility to address environmental issues.

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An agreement between Boone County and Jefferson City, which would allow their emergency services to answer each other’s 911 calls, will receive a vote next week.

Missouri Will Receive $10 million to Fight Opioid Addiction

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The federal government will provide $10 million to the state of Missouri to help combat opioid addiction.

The grant will go to the Missouri Department of Mental Health, according to Katie Boyd, a press secretary for the U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.  

“Addiction is treatable, but only around 10 percent of those struggling with the disease get the help they need,” Blunt said in a news release on Wednesday announcing the grant.

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The movie "Lion" won enormous popular acclaim in 2016 for its heartrending tale about a 5-year-old Indian boy who loses his family after boarding the wrong train.

The movie has helped shed light on the huge problem of missing and abducted children in India. By one estimate, 180 children go missing in India each day. Many become victims of human trafficking, and end up being sexually exploited or forced to work in factories or as household servants.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the growing problem of child abduction and trafficking in India.

Today Paul Pepper visits with CHARIS CHAN and KAT NGUYEN about two events to raise awareness (and funds) in the fight against human trafficking in Mid-Missouri. Charis invites everyone to participate in the annual Freedom Walk on April 30th in Columbia; and Kat would love to see everyone at the screening of her short film, "For You" on May 2nd in Columbia. "For You" tells the fictional story of a couple involved in what's known as 'intimate partner trafficking'. All of this is in conjunction with the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. April 21, 2017

MU to Honor Memory of Students at Ceremony

Apr 21, 2017
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COLUMBIA -- The University of Missouri will honor the nine MU students who have died since April 2016 in a ceremony Friday afternoon.

The MU Remembers ceremony will honor Emily Bamberger, Dariana Byone, Monica Hand, Caden Hastie, Kyle Hirsch, Kendall Overton, Tyler Romaker, Kelly White and R. Peyton White.

The event is put on each year by the Missouri Students Association and the Graduate Professional Council.

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JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri Senate budgeters have approved a plan to make cuts to in-home and nursing care for disabled residents while slightly increasing money for public K-12 schools.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed its version of a budget for the next fiscal year beginning in July.

The budget proposal would cut in-home and nursing care by requiring people to show more severe disabilities to qualify, although the cuts are not as deep as what Gov. Eric Greitens initially recommended.

Jon Olshefski, a director who spent a decade gathering footage of his subjects, discusses time as an ingredient in documentary filmmaking. His film, QUEST, was the recipient of the 2017 True Life Fund.

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Missouri politicians gathered Thursday to greet EPA administrator Scott Pruitt on his “back to basics” tour.

US Senator Roy Blunt, Representative Vicki Hartzler and state attorney general Josh Hawley were among those who visited the Thomas Hill Energy Center in northern Missouri to see Scott Pruitt, who was appointed to his place at the head of the Environmental Protection Agency by President Donald Trump in February. 

Blunt introduced Pruitt by reflecting on last November’s presidential election. 

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This week on Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris visited with two members of a Columbia family who are active in their faith community. Sumit Gupta and his family attend Shanthi Mandir in Columbia. During a time when fewer Americans are choosing to regularly attend church, learn what keeps Gupta bringing his family back to Columbia's Hindu temple.

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Alex George is a lawyer by day, and an author by even earlier in the day. The author of six books, including Setting Free the Kites – published by Penguin in February, is also organizing the Unbound Book Festival, in its second year running this April.

The festival will bring acclaimed writer Salman Rushdie, author of such books as Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses to Columbia.

George said that as the festival organizer, he was glad to bring someone of Rushdie’s celebrity to Unbound and is excited to see Rushdie in front of an audience.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back PATRICK CLARK, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra. Patrick invites everyone to their second-ever concert tomorrow night in Jefferson City! A choral ensemble, featuring current and former MU School of Music students, will join the orchestra in performing Bach's Mass in B minor, which Patrick calls, "a magnificent masterpiece." At [4:11] MEGAN SCHRAEDLEY and MICHAEL FINK stop by to give us a sneak preview of what they'll be talking about at next Wednesday's Science on Tap CoMo event at the Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Columbia! Megan's focus will be food insecurities; Michael will discuss gene therapy in the cornea. Two perfect conversations to have over a couple of brewskis, don't you think? April 20, 2017

After Arguments, Supreme Court Leans Toward Local Church in Religious Freedom Case

Apr 20, 2017
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After arguments on Wednesday, U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed to lean in favor of a Columbia church in the case of whether a church’s preschool should be allowed to receive a state grant.

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The Missouri House has given initial approval to a proposal that sets stricter requirements for tracking fetal tissue after abortions.

Auditor Galloway Subpoenas Department of Revenue

Apr 20, 2017
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Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway issued a subpoena Wednesday to the Department of Revenue after it refused to provide records for a state audit.

CoMo Connect Copyright Case to Keep Moving Forward

Apr 19, 2017
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Columbia’s public transit program can still call itself CoMo Connect – at least for now. A federal judge ruled the bus system’s name can stay as is despite a copyright claim from another Co-Mo branded company.

CoMo Connect can mean two things: Columbia’s bus system or an internet, TV and phone provider owned by the Co-Mo Electric Cooperative. The co-op sued in October saying having two CoMo Connects was too confusing for mid-Missourians. Jeffery Simon is a lawyer for the company.

Rally Celebrates Columbia’s First Sanctuary Congregation

Apr 19, 2017
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More than a hundred people gathered to celebrate the new sanctuary status of Columbia’s Unitarian Universalist Church (UUCC) this Tuesday. The church members voted last week to become what it calls a sanctuary congregation. Under this status, the church says it will take civil initiative to protect immigrants and refugees facing deportation. 

“Becoming a sanctuary congregation means first that we are taking a public stand in solidarity with our immigrants and refugee members of the community,” Reverend Molly Housh Gordon said. “We're going to be engaging in public activism for more just policy and a more dignified approach to immigration.”

Fox News ousts Bill O'Reilly amid sexual harassment allegations. Video posted of a brutal murder in Cleveland forces Facebook to address the question again: is it a media company? What obligation does it have to monitor for criminal or violent content? Also, the White House’s decision not to make visitor logs public, can a commercial for McDonald’s be effective without any mention of McDonald’s and why Boston’s Fox affiliate is dropping network branding. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Center for Missouri Studies Breaks Ground

Apr 19, 2017
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The State Historical Society of Missouri will break ground on its new home at the corner of Elm and Sixth streets.

After nearly eight years of planning, construction on the 75,000 square-foot facility will begin Wednesday. The State Historical Society expects completion of the building by 2019 with an estimated cost of $35 million.

Alexandra Waetjan is the Outreach Coordinator for the State Historical Society. She said this project will link the community.

Today Paul Pepper visits with KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about another 'Kids in the Kitchen' class happening April 29th at the Columbia Public Library! It'll be a Cinco De Mayo theme, so get ready to make four different Mexican-style recipes! At [3:12] HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., sheds a little light on the recent opioid epidemic, and provides three myths. For some perspective, did you know 1,066 Missourians died of an opioid overdose in 2015? Do you know why? Heather says it's because there's been a "perfect storm of science and policy." April 19, 2017

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The Missouri House has passed a plan to change laws on students transferring from failing schools.

House members voted 138-6 Tuesday to send the bill to the Senate.

The measure would require schools to be accredited by individual building instead of just by district.

It would allow students at failing schools to transfer to better-performing schools within their districts. If those are full, they could transfer to nearby districts or charter schools.

MU Staff Members Question Administrators About Potential Layoffs

Apr 19, 2017
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Worries about potential staff layoffs at MU were not assuaged Tuesday after an open forum allowed staff to ask questions to university administrators. 

About 100 people attended the forum, which was hosted by the MU Staff Advisory Council, an organization that acts as a liaison between staff and administration on campus. Staff members were invited to submit questions beforehand, which were presented to a panel of administrators along with questions from the attendees.

Video posted of a brutal murder in Cleveland forces Facebook to address the question again: is it a media company? What obligation does it have to monitor for criminal or violent content?

Emily Dreyfuss, Wired: “Facebook streams a murder and now must face itself

Jefferson City Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21

Apr 18, 2017
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Eighteen-year-olds can no longer purchase tobacco products in Jefferson City, after the city council voted Monday to raise the age limit for all tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Tabacco21, a project of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation, pushed for the measure. The organization advocates for raising the tobacco age to 21 around the country. More than one-third of Missouri’s population lives in areas where the age requirement has been raised.

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The entire Missouri Attorney General’s Office has recused itself from the Supreme Court case involving Columbia’s Trinity Lutheran Church, which is set to begin oral arguments tomorrow.