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Wealthy Donors Pump $3M to Missouri Candidates in Last Blitz

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Donors gave about $3 million to candidates on the final day of unlimited political giving in Missouri.

The most recent campaign contribution reports show donors gave roughly $3.2 million to state candidates and elected officials in a last-minute blitz Wednesday.

Nearly $1.6 million went to Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens. Members of the Humphreys family gave Greitens and Republican Attorney General-elect Josh Hawley each $1 million.

Fire Forces Evacuation at Missouri S&T Building

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A building at Missouri S&T was evacuated after a fire broke out on the building's roof.

Missouri S&T spokeswoman Mary Helen Stoltz says an air conditioning unit on the roof of Emerson Hall caught fire at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. She says the fire was contained less than an hour later.

She says it's unclear how many people were evacuated from the building, which houses classrooms and offices. Stoltz said she had not received any reports of injuries.

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Route B in Northeast Boone County and College Avenue in central Columbia will see some road improvements starting next year. The Missouri Department of Transportation held a public hearing to provide information on those improvements Tuesday.

Michael Dusenberg, the Central District Project Manager from MoDOT, said they are improving the roads to meet the requirements listed in the Americans with Disability Act. He said the construction will affect residents and landowners nearby, which is one reason this public hearing was held.

Mizzou Continues to Fight the Mumps

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The University of Missouri is continuing to battle a mumps outbreak.  The MU Student Health Center

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A bipartisan U.S. Senate bill that would have made changes to the $22 billion federal program that distributes free and reduced-priced meals in schools is officially dead, according to bill sponsor Pat Roberts, Republican U.S. senator from Kansas.

 

The school lunch, breakfast, and summer meal programs will continue to operate under the policies set in 2010 under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act.

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A month has passed since Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States. In these past few weeks, many Democrats and even some Republicans are wondering how this happened. Author Thomas Frank visited the University of Missouri a couple of days after the election and offered a few explanations.

Frank believes that there is no one complete reason as to why Trump won the nomination, but he believes that Trump understood how many Americans felt going into the election.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back MARIE ROBERTSON, Director/Co-owner of Dancearts. Marie tells us why she thinks a lot of adults choose to dance, and why Dancearts is a perfect place for those just starting out. At [3:05] JOHN BAKER, Executive Director, Community Foundation for Central Missouri, talks about this season's CoMoGives campaign. 92 local organizations could benefit from your generous donation this year; and giving is just a click away! Watch for details. December 8, 2016

University of Missouri Receives Diversity Recommendations

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A task force says the University of Missouri system should emphasize diversity in its recruiting and hiring practices, while also finding ways to fund those practices to make them sustainable.

A 21-page report by the UM System Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task force issued Wednesday made specific recommendations to improve diversity for all four campuses and the system's headquarters. The report was in response to a 164-page audit also issued Wednesday by the IBIS Consulting Group.

Missouri Prison Harassment Reports Spur Call for Review

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Missouri's Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson is calling for an investigation of the state Department of Corrections after reports of widespread workplace harassment.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday reported Richardson says he won't tolerate what he said appears to be a culture of sexual harassment.

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Opponents are suing to stop a new Missouri constitutional amendment to limit political giving.

Missouri Electric Cooperatives and Legends Bank on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against the amendment, which takes effect Thursday.

Voters in November approved capping direct contributions to candidates at $2,600 per election. Donations are limited to $25,000 for political parties.

Attorney Chuck Hatfield said he plans to ask the court to temporarily block the amendment as the court case plays out. 

The attorney general's office did not immediately comment.

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 Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is blocking millions of dollars of planned Medicaid spending in a budget-balancing move near the end of his term.

The Democratic governor said Wednesday that he was restricting $51 million of budgeted spending, including nearly $43 million for the Medicaid health care program and nearly $9 million in bonding authority. In both cases, Nixon said the budgeted spending wasn't needed because of savings achieved by his administration.

He also cited declining corporate tax revenues as a reason for the cuts.

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The UM System Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task force announced recommendations Wednesday to create a more diverse public university across all campuses. These recommendations were made based on an independent diversity, equity and inclusion audit.

David Mitchell, the chair of the task force and MU law professor, said the audit shows recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and students are important on all four campuses within the system.

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  Opponents are suing to stop a new Missouri constitutional amendment to limit political giving.

Missouri Electric Cooperatives and Legends Bank on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against the amendment, which takes effect Thursday.

Voters in November approved capping direct contributions to candidates at $2,600 per election. Donations are limited to $25,000 for political parties.

Attorney Chuck Hatfield said he plans to ask the court to temporarily block the amendment as the court case plays out.

The attorney general's office did not immediately comment.

Missouri Peach Grower Sues Monsanto Over Herbicide Use

Dec 7, 2016
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  Missouri's biggest peach producer is suing Monsanto Co. over illegal herbicide users suspected of causing widespread crop damage in Missouri and neighboring states.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says last month's lawsuit in southeast Missouri's Dunklin County by the operator of Bader Farms near Campbell seeks what Bader's attorney suspects will be millions of dollars in compensation for damage to the farm's peach trees over the past two years.

More than 35 people died in Friday night’s Oakland, Calif. warehouse fire. A distraught Derick Almena, the building’s landlord, appeared on The Today Show Tuesday hoping to apologize to the public. But, the interview took a quick turn when the co-hosts asked some pointed questions. Were they too hard on him? Or, where they asking the same questions investigators would likely ask? Also, the impact of fake news on private citizens, a CNN field producer is caught on tape making inappropriate jokes about President-elect Donald Trump. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back MELANIE KNOCKE and REX BELTZ, who are fresh off their trip aboard NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, a modified Boeing 747 with a 100" telescope on board. Melanie and Rex take us behind the scenes of this "trip of a lifetime," which consisted of two, almost 10-hour flights off the coast of Southern California. December 7, 2016

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The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra can claim some of the glory in a Grammy Awards nomination announced today.

Violinist Leila Josefowicz was nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for her performance on John Adams' Scheherazade.2, in a February 2016 recording with the SLSO. Music Director David Robertson conducted the performance.

In a September 2016 review, NPR said the piece was “masterfully illuminated by conductor David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.”  

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Three teenagers are in custody in the armed robbery of the wife of Missouri Gov.-Elect Eric Greitens, who says it's a good thing police got to them before he did.

Eric and Sheena Greitens spoke at a brief news conference Tuesday. Sheena Greitens was robbed at gunpoint Monday while in her car outside a coffee shop in St. Louis. She was unharmed.

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Republican lawmakers in Missouri are continuing their push for expanded gun rights by targeting businesses that operate as gun-free zones.

Legislation pre-filed in the Missouri House would allow people authorized to carry firearms to sue businesses that ban firearms on their properties if they're wounded in a robbery or assault while at that business. It's sponsored by Rep.-elect Nick Schroer, R-O'Fallon.

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More than 35 people died in Friday night’s Oakland, Calif. warehouse fire. A distraught Derick Almena, the building’s landlord, appeared on The Today Show Tuesday hoping to apologize to the public. But, the interview took a quick turn when the co-hosts asked some pointed questions. Were they too hard on him? Or, where they asking the same questions investigators would likely ask?

Columbia Announces Plan to Upgrade Parking Meters

Dec 6, 2016
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Parking in downtown Columbia will look a little different come mid-January. The city’s public works department announced Tuesday it will upgrade nearly all of the city’s downtown parking meters.

The project, which comes with a roughly $475,000 price tag, will make each meter payable by coins, a new prepaid card system, or the Parkmobile app.

Of the more than 1,800 meters the city oversees downtown, about 90 percent will receive some sort of upgrade, though about half of existing meters will only get their internal mechanisms reworked.

The 710 meters set for replacement will make way for new meters that serve two parking spots at a time.

“These new meters have increased security. They have better tracking; better auditing data,” said Shay Jasper, of the Columbia Public Works Department. Jasper added the bright LED display will make the new meters easier to read.

The project is scheduled to start start Jan. 7 and finish on Jan. 13 assuming weather conditions are favorable, according to the city. Jasper said January was a good time to get the work done since many of Columbia’s college students are out of town for the holidays.

The new two-spot meters add a step to the payment process for drivers, making sure to select which spot they are paying for. Jasper says the process is “pretty straightforward,” and that the department will “hand out some brochures at the start” to help customers along.

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The University of Missouri chapter of the Delta Upsilon fraternity will be suspended until at least the fall of 2018 for repeatedly violating fraternity and university policy and state law.

Delta Upsilon International announced the suspension Tuesday, citing incidents at three parties this semester. All operations of the Columbia chapter have stopped indefinitely and members are suspended.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the suspension is not related to a Sept. 27 incident at Delta Upsilon's Columbia house when members of the Legion of Black Collegians reported people shouted racist and sexist slurs at them. The fraternity was temporarily suspended after that report.

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As colder air moves into Missouri this week, keep an eye to the sky for honking flocks of snow geese.

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As the winter moves in, several species of ducks are making their way into and through Missouri, en-route to their overwintering grounds. While this time of year is a boon to duck-hunters, recent research suggests ducks moving through might soon be an ominous sight for farmers.

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director, Voluntary Action Center, about the many Christmas-related programs underway this month at VAC. If you're interested providing a cushion for any potential "curveballs" in someone less fortunate's life, there's still time to volunteer or make a donation! At [3:23] DR. JOHN JARSTAD, Assoc. Prof. of Clinical Ophthalmology, MU Health Care, talks about LASIK eye surgery: what's the difference between that and cataract surgery? Why choose one over the other? Dr. Jarstad has the answers! December 6, 2016

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