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Most people probably know little about the tiny South American nation of Guyana. In the U.S., it made headlines back in the late 1970s after an American cult leader named Jim Jones took his followers there – and more than 900 died in a murder-suicide after drinking poisoned Kool-Aid.

But recently Guyana has been in the news for more positive reasons. That’s because ExxonMobil has made one of the most promising offshore oil discoveries there in decades.

Yet the sudden discovery of all this cash under its seabed holds a lot of risk for Guyana. In some oil-rich countries like Angola and Nigeria, most of the population has gotten no real benefit from their country’s petroleum wealth. Next door in Venezuela, the country's economy has collapsed and its government has slid into dictatorship despite having the largest oil reserves in the world. 

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at Guyana’s big find - and whether it can avoid the so-called “resource curse.” 

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday evening on a charge of felony invasion of privacy. But what does that mean, and how will it affect Missouri politics?

What is an indictment?

An indictment is a legal process where a grand jury decides that the attorney prosecuting a case has enough evidence to begin basic criminal proceedings.

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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was indicted today by a Saint Louis Grand Jury for felony invasion of privacy.

Earlier this year Greitens admitted to a 2015 affair. He denied accusations of blackmail after the woman’s then-husband alleged Greitens snapped a photo of her in a state of undress.

Bill to Increase In-State Tuition Withdrawn

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Senator Caleb Rowden withdrew a bill aimed at increasing the cap on in-state tuition for public universities following a filibuster yesterday. The bill would have allowed universities to raise tuition prices to up to 10 percent above the inflation rate.

Christopher Dade is the president of the MU chapter of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri, which advocates for students at the four UM campuses in the state legislature. He says his group actually supported the measure.

Grand Jury Indicts Governor Eric Greitens

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A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015, the city circuit attorney's office said Thursday. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched an investigation in January after Greitens admitted to an affair with his St. Louis hairdresser that began in March 2015. He was elected governor in November 2016. Gardner declined comment beyond a brief news release. Greitens' attorney issued a scathing statement challenging the indictment.

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Today on Intersection, we're exploring some of the fascinating cultural events in Columbia this month. We hear about journalism meeting civil rights history and theater in The Green Duck Lounge, the major international photography competition POYi, and get some insider views on True/False films. 


Ameren Plans $11 Million Program to Add Charging Stations

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 The St. Louis-based utility company Ameren plans an $11 million program aimed at creating about 1,200 charging station plugs for electric vehicles.

Ameren's "Charge Ahead" plan, detailed Thursday in a Missouri Public Service Commission filing, also calls for adding electrified vehicles, including forklifts, in commercial settings.

Director RaMell Ross discusses reimagining depictions of the American South and the flaws of documentary filmmaking. His film HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING follows the lives of two young African-American men in Alabama and is playing this year at True/False 2018. 

The Maplewood Barn Radio players present the program "Puppy Love" from the series "Our Miss Brooks." 

Thinking Out Loud: Johann Neem on Public Education

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Johann Neem, professor of history at Western Washingon University and a recent guest to Mid-Missouri with the Kinder Institute for Constutitional Democracy, visits with Darren Hellwege about his book Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017) and the history of public education in America. 

Today guest host James Mouser visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society, about a Black History Month-themed exhibit currently on display in Ellis Library. "War, Peace and Black Progress" will immerse visitors in a variety of visual elements, including books and editorial cartoons, that depict African-Americans throughout history. See it now through the end of March! February 22, 2018

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Proposed legislation would allow some Missouri employees to take unpaid leave to take care of matters relating to domestic violence.

The Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee held a public forum on the bill Wednesday morning.

The bill would legally require workplaces with a minimum of fifteen employees to allow workers to take one week of leave concerning matters of domestic violence. These days could be used to seek medical attention, obtain counseling, seek legal help or other matters related to a situation of domestic violence.  Employers with at least 50 employees would be required to allow two weeks.

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Missouri could fall in line with other states hoping to implement work requirements for “able-bodied” Missourians on Medicaid.

A Senate Committee held a public forum Wednesday morning on legislation that would require some residents to engage in 20 hours of work, education, job searching or other services per week.

Columbia Climate Action Task Force Has First Meeting

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Sustainability and the environment are on the agenda for a local task force this year.

The Mayor’s Task Force on Climate Action and Adaptation Planning met for the first time Tuesday to establish environmental goals for 2018. The Task Force is designed to advise city council and the mayor on policies that will help protect the Columbia environment.

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Residents of east Columbia met with community leaders last night to talk about parks and access to healthy food. It was the sixth meeting of Columbia’s Strategic Plan, which seeks to improve social equity in three city neighborhoods.

“We have identified goals, and the neighbors here want to talk about activities for kids and how to make the neighborhood safer with sidewalks and streets,” said Jessica Macy, a consultant with New Chapter Coaching and the meeting facilitator.

American movie-goers flocked to the fictional African nation of Wakanda. “Black Panther” has gone from studio film to the makings of a movement. Is that good marketing? Or a sign of changing times. Also, why NBC insists on mispronouncing Pyeongchang, how high school journalists shifted the narrative in Parkland, Fla. and why a Seattle station spent $12,000 to forgive $1 million in viewers’ debt.  From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

A Missouri bill would confiscate licenses from teenagers accused of unlawful driving.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that lawmakers on Tuesday heard the bill proposed by Republican Rep. Galen Higdon.

The dangers of opioids are forcing police to change the way they test drugs found during traffic stops or arrests.

For decades, officers have put suspected drugs in liquid-filled vials. If the liquid turns a certain color, it's supposed to confirm the presence of cocaine, heroin or other narcotics.

Today guest host James Mouser visits with TRENT RASH about "Make A Joyful Noise Again," an upcoming benefit recital featuring the Stephens College Concert Choir. Funds raised will go towards the upkeep of the Firestone Baars Chapel's 60 year-old organ. At [3:50] JEFF CHIN reminds us all that it's tax season; but wait - there's more!  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offering to do your taxes for free at the Columbia Public Library. It's on a first come, first serve basis. Find out if you qualify! February 21, 2018

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The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill legalizing industrial hemp.

Proponents said Tuesday that the bill was a development opportunity that could be a boon for farmers and businesses.

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The Missouri House of Representatives heard and advanced a bill Tuesday night that would criminalize the practice of revenge porn. The bill makes it a felony when an image that would reasonably be understood as private, is intentionally shared without the knowledge or consent from the other party.

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A Missouri health care company says a pharmacy it recently bought will not provide execution drugs to the state.

Centene Corp. on Tuesday said Foundation Care has not and will not provide any drugs for executions. Centene bought the suburban St. Louis compounding pharmacy in October 2017.

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The Columbia City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday to begin planning a citywide community-oriented policing program.

The resolution directs City Manager Mike Matthes to design a “citywide program, transition plan, timeline and budget,” in continued collaboration with the police and community. 

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A rural Missouri county is moving to a privatized system for public defenders, a system that some advocates would like to see become more common.


The Columbia City Council unanimously approved a proposal Monday night to upgrade the water distribution infrastructure along Bryant and Switzler streets.  

American movie-goers flocked to the fictional African nation of Wakanda. “Black Panther” has gone from studio film to the makings of a movement. Is that good marketing? Or a sign of changing times.