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The road to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro games has been littered with problems. The threat of the Zika virus has seemingly every athlete and visitor worried. There have been reports of rampant crime and uninhabitable dormitories. And then there are multiple reports that say the water that will be home to sailing, rowing and other water sports is still teeming with raw sewage.

Furthermore, for the people of Rio there’s the question of whether hosting the games will be worth it. Many people of course, make money selling souvenirs, renting hotel rooms and building stadiums. But are hosting the games worth the billions of dollars governments spend putting on a show for the rest of the world?

On this edition of Global Journalist we examine the preparations for the Rio games and what Los Angeles, Rome and other cities bidding for the 2024 games can learn from Rio's challenges.


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Missouri election officials are predicting 31 percent of registered voters will cast ballots in next Tuesday's primary elections.

If the prediction holds true, that would be the highest voter turnout in a Missouri primary since 2004.

Nearly 36 percent of voters turned out in that election a dozen years ago, when then-Auditor Claire McCaskill defeated Gov. Bob Holden in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. The top draw that year was a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman.

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A judge has found that two members of the Missouri Clean Water Commission violated their duty to be impartial while considering a proposed large hog breeding operation in mid-Missouri.

The Columbia Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/2akEPmi ) reports that Chairman Todd Parnell of Springfield and member Ashley McCarty of Novinger won't be able to take part in discussions or votes on the Callaway Farrowing permit under Tuesday's ruling.

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The head of the Missouri Veterans Commission has been placed on paid leave after jurors awarded nearly $3 million in damages to a former employee who claimed discrimination and harassment over her dismissal.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune (http://bit.ly/2aqGp9K ) reports that the commission is offering no details on executive director Larry Kay's status.

Paul Pepper: Teri Walden, EnCircle Technologies

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Today Paul Pepper welcomes first-time guest TERI WALDEN, Executive Director/Co-Founder of EnCircle Technologies. Since 2013, this organization has focused on training adults with autism computer programming and web development skills - all in an effort to improve their future employment opportunities. Watch for details! July 28, 2016

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A state appeals court has rejected a lawsuit challenging how Missouri obtains the lethal drug used in executions.

The Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss the case. The suit claims the state violates state and federal law by using an illegal prescription to obtain pentobarbital from a compounding pharmacy.

Justin Gelfand, the attorney for the plaintiffs, called the ruling disappointing. He stopped short of saying an appeal would be filed but said all options are being considered.

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A nonprofit legal group has taken the case of a man convicted in the death of a Columbia sports editor.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the Midwest Innocence Project has taken the case of Charles Erickson, who's serving a 25-year sentence for second-degree murder in the 2001 death of Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt.

Erickson's testimony in the case, which he has since claimed was a lie, implicated Ryan Ferguson, who served nearly 10 years behind bars before he was released in 2013.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JAMILA BATCHELDER, Coordinator of the C.A.R.E. Art Gallery, about their August 5th show in the North Village Arts District. "Top notch" artwork from 15 "passionate" young artists will be on display for you to look at and maybe even buy! At [4:08] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Columbia's Voluntary Action Center, encourages everyone to take part in their ongoing 'fan club' program, as well as the upcoming 'Back to School Health Fair,' sponsored in part by the Family Impact Center. (Free haircuts will be available!) July 27, 2016

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St. Louis County prosecutors are seeking to increase the bond for a man accused of shooting a police officer in the neck, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.

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A man accused of sexual abuse in a pending civil lawsuit is suing Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate John Brunner.

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Among the members of the Squirrel Family living in Missouri, you’ll most likely see Eastern gray and fox squirrels.


Commentary: The Art of the Acceptance Speech

Jul 26, 2016

I am not a convention junkie.  Mostly I read the day after about what went on.  But I do watch two events live: the presidential nominee acceptance speeches.

At the conclusion of each speech I turn off the TV and write down my impressions.  I am not interested in what the talking heads have to say.  Sometimes the next morning when I catch the analyses I wonder aloud: “Did those people watch the same speech I did?”

Today Paul Pepper visits with KELLY SMITH about River City Habitat for Humanity's 100th home, now under construction in Jefferson City. For an organization that's only 25 years old, Kelly says that "...to be getting to our 100th home at this point is a big accomplishment." Find out what their plans are for the next 100! At [4:27] father and son acting duo CHRIS and NATHAN HEESE invite everyone to come see them and the rest of the cast in Maplewood Barn Theatre's production of "Oliver!," opening this Thursday in Columbia! July 26, 2016

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Some Missouri delegates to the Democratic National Convention who supported the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders are reluctant to heed his call to now back the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. 

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A federal judge has chosen a monitor team to oversee reforms of Ferguson's policing and court system.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry announced Monday that Squire Patton Boggs, a law firm based in Cleveland, was picked from four finalists to make sure reforms are adequate in the St. Louis suburb. 

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  A federal judge has chosen a monitor team to oversee reforms of Ferguson's policing and court system.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry on Monday announced that Squire Patton Boggs, a law firm based in Cleveland, was picked from four finalists to make sure reforms are adequate in the St. Louis suburb. Ferguson officials said the cost of the monitoring will not exceed $1.25 million over five years, or $350,000 for any single year.

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  Missouri Republican candidate John Brunner said he wants to be the first businessman elected governor in 80 years.

The former chairman and CEO of personal care product company Vi-Jon Inc. told The Associated Press his business experience qualifies him to run the state.

If elected, Brunner said he'll support right to work and recruit businesses to come to the state.

Brunner has never held elected office before. He lost to U.S. Rep. Todd Akin in a three-way GOP primary for U.S. Senate.

The Missouri House speaker said state representative Bill Lant has been hospitalized after a serious car accident.

In a Monday email to lawmakers and staff obtained by The Associated Press, House Speaker Todd Richardson said Lant was taken to an intensive care unit after an accident that morning.

Richardson said “there is reason to be optimistic at this time." He said Lant's family is waiting for more information on his condition.

Lant's office referred comment to the House chief clerk, who did not immediately return an AP request for comment Monday.

Today Paul Pepper visits with CONNIE SHAY about the 10th annual Peacemakers Quilt Show, happening in conjunction with the Fayette Festival of the Arts next Saturday on the campus of Central Methodist University! This year's theme is "In the Garden," and Connie brought an example of what you'll find among a hundred other quilts - watch! At [2:56] JOYCE HULETT and MARY RIDGE tell us about all of the programs sponsored by the Retired Teachers Association of Boone County, and it's a lot! Programs like classroom grants, volunteer work and something called "Books for Soldiers" are just a few of the activities their 450 members are involved with. July 25, 2016

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Republican candidates in Missouri's gubernatorial primary are pledging an aggressive law-and-order approach, two years after the fatal Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown prompted widespread protests.

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about procrastination. We're all guilty of it, but why? Dr. Newman says it's a control issue. Since we can't control everything in our life, that which we can, we avoid. Sound familiar? If that's you or someone you know, check out this informative interview! July 22, 2016

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Meteorologists and atmospheric researchers say the Midwest's first dangerous bout of heat and humidity this summer is partly to blame on moisture piped out of the ground and into the atmosphere by the increasing acreage of corn crops reaching their peak.

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Political conventions in American have been around as long as there has been an America. Back in 1840, members of Missouri's Whig Party made their way by land and by water to Rocheport for their state convention. The Friends of Historic Rocheport's president Sherry Moreau was Trevor Harris' guest on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

Also on this program Chris Campbell from the Boone County Historical Society discussed Boone County Votes, a show opening next month at the society's Columbia museum.


Five Arrests Made in Relation to Columbia Robberies

Jul 21, 2016
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 The Columbia Police Department arrested five suspects in relation to a series of armed robberies that occurred last week.

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