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A St. Louis judge is considering a request to disqualify St. Louis prosecutors from one of the two felony cases against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Defense attorney Jack Garvey on Tuesday told Judge Rex Burlison that investigatory misdeeds in the invasion of privacy case against Greitens have "permeated and corroded" the second case, a computer tampering charge filed Friday. Garvey asked the judge to appoint a special prosecutor. Burlison took the request under advisement.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The legal battle between lawyers from Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and St. Louis prosecutors is escalating, with a judge considering Tuesday a request to disqualify the circuit attorney's office from a felony case over Greitens' use of charity donor list for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign.

An attorney for the ex-husband of a woman who had an extramarital affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been issued a subpoena by a legislative committee concerning $100,000 in anonymous payments to the attorney's firm.

Attorney Al Watkins on Tuesday confirmed he's received a subpoena. He expects to meet with the committee in early May. Watkins says he'll be "as cooperative as possible."

New components added to Missouri House bill changing Missouri Clean Water Law

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JEFFERSON CITY — New components were added to a Missouri House bill that would exempt agricultural storm runoff and other agricultural practices from the Missouri clean water law. One is meant to appease the concerns of some Missouri citizens and environmentalists.

House Bill 1973, sponsored by Rep. John Wiemann, R-O’Fallon, was discussed in a Senate committee hearing Monday after previously being approved in the House.

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This week on Discover Nature, rock bass build nests for the spawning season. 

 

Closely related to shadow bass and Ozark bass, and collectively referred to as ‘goggle eye,’ none of these fish are true bass. 

 

Their greenish-olive to brassy color patterns with dark mottling and large mouths are reminiscent of bass, but goggle eye are all heavy-bodied sunfish species. 

 

Natalie Maupin stands in front of a bright blue wall. She wears a black sweater and a blue, beaded necklace. She has long blonde hair and smiles into the camera.
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Natalie Maupin is a sexual assault nurse examiner and the forensic program coordinator at Mosaic Life Care medical center in St. Joseph.

She spoke about some of the work she does with victims of assault, and about ways others can be more aware of the traumatic events these victims have experienced.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at missourihealthtalks.org

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Missouri congresswoman Vicky Hartzler will host a Summit on Human Trafficking in Columbia Monday, April 30.

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Missouri ranks 16th in the nation for number of trafficking reports. That’s a number Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is trying to change.


DR. DAVID CRESPY tells us about "The Rimers of Eldritch," opening tomorrow night at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. David says that each performance will, in some way, celebrate the life of its writer, Lanford Wilson! Plus, HANNAH REEVES invites everyone to the final days of the Cuban Contemporary Exhibit at Sager | Braudis Gallery in Columbia. The works of art featured were brought over from Cuba by Hannah and her team! (4:29) April 24, 2018

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Updated at 10 p.m. April 23 with Burns saying he won't resign—The top leaders of the Missouri Democratic Party are calling for a south St. Louis County lawmaker to resign after he praised a radio host who commonly makes racist and misogynist remarks.

At issue are state Rep. Bob Burns’ calls into a radio show hosted by Bob Romanik, a Metro East political figure. He’s often said things on his show that are derogatory to African-Americans and women.

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The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for many patients.

The bill, approved Monday in a voice vote, would allow anyone over 18 dying of a terminal disease to access smokeless medical marijuana. People with cancer, Alzheimer's, post-traumatic stress disorder and a variety of other conditions would also qualify.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is still getting some legislative support, despite being charged on Friday with illegally obtaining a list of donors from a charity he founded years ago.

Rep. Diane Franklin, R-Camdenton, who represents portions of Fort Leonard Wood and the Lake of the Ozarks area, said the people she’s talked to in her district think Greitens is doing a good job as governor.

“I guess there’s maybe a rural and city divide on a lot of issues, and this is one of them,” she said. “The folks that I represent – as I’m out and about in the rural area – that’s how they feel about it.”

Judge Hears Final Arguments in Historic MU Grad Worker Unionization Case

Apr 23, 2018

Are MU graduate workers employees with the right to unionize?

To the nearly 100 graduate students and Columbia residents rallying Friday afternoon outside the Boone County Courthouse, the answer was a resounding yes.

“We are employees,” coalition co-chair Simona Simkins said determinedly into a microphone. She called for guaranteed access to health care, child care and livable wages for MU’s graduate workers.

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The University of Missouri System has a state economic impact of about $5.4 billion a year, according to a recent study.

The economic impact study was done by consulting firm Tripp Umbach. System administrators and Tripp officials presented the results to lawmakers on Tuesday, the Columbia Missourian reported.

Every year, St. Louis NAACP President Adolphus Pruitt lobbies to boost funding to Missouri’s historically black colleges and universities, and every year, he said, it’s more of the same: Missouri’s HBCU’s will come out at the end of the budget process underfunded again. Though higher education has seen across the board cuts in the last few years, this problem has always afflicted HBCU’s, said Pruitt.

Hickman High School Theatre opens 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' this Thursday! Actors ELIZABETH CURRAN and BRETT WILSON (Helena and Demetrius, respectively) talk about their classic characters and how you can get tickets. Plus, MU graduate student MEL BOEYER tells us about her upcoming presentation, 'The Adolescent Growth Spurt (Rated M for Mature)'. She is one-half of the Science on Tap CoMo presenters taking the stage this Wednesday at Craft Beer Cellar in Columbia. The other half of the evening will feature Anup Mishra talking about the AI revolution. Guest MIKE VIERLING explains. (4:12) April 23, 2018

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The Columbia Missouri National Education Association organized teacher-led rallies at intersections of Providence Road and Broadway, and Providence and Nifong Boulevard in Columbia, on the 19th Anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

Fellow Democrats are calling for a Missouri lawmaker to resign after they say he repeatedly called into a St. Louis-area radio program in which the host is known for making racist and other offensive remarks.

Missouri House Votes to Regulate Powdered Alcohol

Apr 23, 2018

 Powdered alcohol would be regulated like other alcoholic beverages in Missouri under legislation passed by the state House.

A Conversation With Local Author Julija Šukys

Apr 20, 2018
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The Unbound Book Festival in Columbia runs from April 19 to April 21 and features several local authors. Julija Šukys is a local creative nonfiction author. We talked about her book Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter's Reckoning.


A Conversation With Local Author Allison Coffelt

Apr 20, 2018
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The Unbound Book Festival in Columbia runs from April 19 to April 21 and features several local authors. Allison Coffelt lives in Columbia. We talked about her book Maps Are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip Through Haiti.


Missouri lawmakers are dedicating $3 million to help address the state's backlog of sexual assault evidence kits.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the Senate Appropriations Committee designated the federal funds to the Attorney General's Office Wednesday.

Republican Sen. Caleb Rowden of Columbia proposed the budget amendment. The budget will now go before the full Senate. The money for the testing would be obtained through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Lab tests on an unknown substance sent to a Missouri lawmaker suggest it was pesticide.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike O'Connell said Friday that lab results suggested that the green, granular substance leaking from an envelope may have been a pesticide sold over the counter to consumers.

A Cole County hazmat team was called Thursday after a staff member for Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Democrat of University City, spotted the envelope.

Missouri Legislature Approves Several Election Changes

Apr 20, 2018

The Missouri Legislature has approved a bill that makes several changes to local elections.

The proposal approved Thursday would allow voters to request absentee ballots by email, removes a barrier to run as an independent candidate and changes the amount of time candidates would have to get their names on ballots during special elections.

Proponents say the changes will improve state elections. Opponents say some provisions could make it harder for people to participate in the democratic process.

Local author/singer ED VARNUM talks about his new book, "In Pursuit of Something Better," and at [5:00] performs his song, "God Is Love." April 20, 2018

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