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People from around the world converged on Missouri to watch the solar eclipse.

Among the crowd that gathered Monday at the Missouri Capitol were husband and wife David Colon and Mariana Perez, from Alajuela, Costa Rica. They flew along with his brother to Oklahoma, where their mother lives, and then drove as a family to Jefferson City.

They said the long trip was well worth it.

As the total eclipse faded, Perez said: "It's amazing — I mean, God is amazing."

Today Paul Pepper visits with JIM STEELE, editor of the book, "Howard Co., MO: From Prairie Land to Promised Land." Three years in the making, this passion project features about 265 photos, some of which date back to the 1800s! Whether you're a serious history buff or a casual history buff, this book is a wonderful opportunity to step back in time. (Check out the photo of a young Kit Bond on the square in Fayette!) August 21, 2017

Parks officials in Kansas City, Missouri, say an 83-year-old Confederate memorial will be removed after it was vandalized.

The Missouri Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy asked Kansas City Parks and Recreation officials to remove the monument from its current location along of the city's main streets to a place of safety. That came after someone painted what appeared to be a red hammer and sickle on the "Loyal Women of the Old South" memorial late Friday or early Saturday.

Missouri State Parks officials say they can't verify that solar eclipse glasses the agency sold meet safety standards and are warning people not to use them.

The agency on Friday warned people not to use PMS Promo Mart eclipse glasses and viewers sold at parks and historic sites in Missouri during Monday's solar eclipse. People who purchased the glasses can return them for a full refund.

Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Renee Bungart said it's unclear how many PMS Promo Mart glasses were sold, but the agency purchased 25,000.

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Missouri State Parks officials say they can't verify that solar eclipse glasses the agency sold meet safety standards and are warning people not to use them.

The agency on Friday warned people not to use PMS Promo Mart eclipse glasses sold at parks and historic sites in Missouri during Monday's solar eclipse. People who purchased the glasses can return them for a full refund.

An Associated Press request for more information wasn't immediately answered Friday.

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Attorneys for a Missouri man convicted of killing a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter 19 years ago are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the prisoner's execution scheduled for next week.

Marcellus Williams is set to die by injection Tuesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre for fatally stabbing Lisha Gayle during a 1998 robbery at her home in University City.

Authorities are investigating whether police were targeted when someone tossed an explosive device at a patrol car along a Missouri highway.

No one was injured Thursday when the device detonated on the pavement behind a westbound police patrol vehicle along Missouri 58 in Raymore, a Kansas City suburb. Investigators say the device was thrown from an eastbound vehicle.

John Ham is a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Ham says the device was "likely homemade" and could've caused "severe injury." He declined to provide further details.

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A Missouri lawmaker who temporarily posted a Facebook comment hoping for President Donald Trump's assassination could face an effort to remove her from office.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens and Lt. Gov. Mike Parson on Friday both said state senators should oust Democratic Sen. Maria Chapelle-Nadal from office.

Numerous top Democratic and Republican officials in Missouri have called upon Chappelle-Nadal to resign because of the Facebook comment she wrote and later deleted Thursday. But the lawmaker from the St. Louis area has said she won't step down.

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Two U.S. senators from Kansas and Missouri say an emphasis on protecting the nation's food supply has waned since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and it's time to make the issue a priority again.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, and Sen Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, met Friday with government, education and private officials involved in ensuring the nation is prepared to protect food, agriculture and livestock from terrorism and infectious diseases.

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A former dean at a Missouri women's college is suing the school for allegedly creating "a hostile work environment based on gender."

The Columbia Missourian reports the lawsuit was filed Wednesday in state court by Carole Chabries, a former dean of graduate and continuing studies at Stephens College.

She says she made a complaint about Vice President of Academic Affairs Leslie Willey, alleging Willey said "a woman might need to step back from her career to take care of her family" in response to time Chabries had spent away from campus.

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The Business Loop Community Improvement District, or the Loop CID aims to make a historic commercial artery in Columbia a more inviting place to visit and shop. Funded via a sales tax and voluntary tax among property owners, Loop leaders are planning their future. The Loop CID's Director Carrie Gartner and Board Chair Dave Griggs visited with KBIA's Trevor Harris about their plans for the future of The Loop.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back ANGELA SPECK, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Missouri! In her fourth and final appearance (related to this Monday's solar eclipse, natch), Angela tells us about the dangers of staring at the sun. Her advice? If you can see any part of the sun, wear your solar eclipse glasses! August 18, 2017

World War II veterans exposed to mustard gas by the military will find it easier to receive help under legislation President Donald Trump has signed into law.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Trump on Wednesday signed the legislation that Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, pushed through Congress. It requires the Veterans Affairs Department to reconsider disability benefits denied to those who claimed the testing caused health problems.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and her potential Republican rival Attorney General Josh Hawley are meeting at the Missouri State Fair. The two shook hands and chatted Thursday at the annual Governor's Ham Breakfast.

McCaskill is up for re-election in 2018. Hawley created a committee to explore a bid for the office but hasn't officially entered.

Hawley said it was nice to meet the senator for the first time. The two spoke about efforts to combat human trafficking they say is conducted through the website Backpage.com.

A federal judge has given the go-ahead to a lawsuit filed by the parents of an autistic teenager who was shot multiple times with a Taser after he stopped to tie his shoe on the lawn of a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper.

U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan this week denied dismissal motions filed by the five law enforcement officials named as defendants in the case by the parents of Christopher Kramer.

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Sixty-four years ago, a ceasefire brought a halt to the Korean War and left Korea divided.

But in recent weeks the frozen conflict on the Korean peninsula threatened to re-erupt over the North’s nuclear weapons program. President Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” and the North’s Kim Jong Il countered with a plan to launch an “enveloping fire” of missiles towards the U.S. territory of Guam.

The showdown has tested the credibility of both leaders and raised anew the prospect of nuclear war in East Asia. On this edition of Global Journalist: a look at how such a war might come about and how a more stable peace could be achieved.


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A Democratic state senator who posted on Facebook that she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated acknowledged she should not have posted the comment, but said she is frustrated and angry over the president's reaction to protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal said she has no intention of resigning over a comment she posted and the deleted Thursday.

Survey: Drought Still Burdening Rural Economy in 10 States

Aug 17, 2017
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A new monthly report shows drought conditions continue to burden the rural economy in parts of 10 Plains and Western states.

The overall Rural Mainstreet Index for the region rose slightly in August to 42.2 from July's abysmally low 40.7. The index ranges between 0 and 100, with any number under 50 indicating a shrinking economy.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says nearly 58 percent of bankers reported in August's survey that drought conditions were having a negative effect on agriculture products in their area.

St. Louis Cardinals Taking Claim of Rally Cat

Aug 17, 2017

Rally Cat may be coming back to Busch Stadium.

The St. Louis Cardinals are taking claim to the now-famous cat that darted across the field during the Aug. 9 game against Kansas City, just moments before Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hit a grand slam.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the cat has officially been named Rally Cat by the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach. The organization is currently caring for the feline.

Cardinals spokesman Ron Watermon says the center promises to give the cat to the team after a 10-day quarantine ends Monday.

Farm Your Yard: Fertilizing 101

Aug 17, 2017
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I like to preserve what I can of my harvest, which is why I over plant some things, with the idea to enjoy them over the winter months. Tomatoes are pretty high up there on my “I want to eat some now, but I mostly want to eat them later” list. 


Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK talk about owning the whole stock market. Well, via mutual funds, anyway. Test your knowledge with Mel's 'true or false' questions about expense ratios, transaction costs and other potential fees paid to financial advisors. August 17, 2017

MU Scientists, Volunteers to Gather Data for NASA During Eclipse

Aug 17, 2017
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Neil Fox is precisely where he’d like to be in time and space.

The MU atmospheric science professor will be involved in collecting data on temperature changes during the much-hyped total eclipse of the sun on Monday, a phenomenon he predicted "will be like nothing you’ve ever seen." Being in Columbia is perfect, given that it lies directly in the path of totality and that NASA has its research eyes trained on mid-Missouri.

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Missouri utility regulators have rejected a proposed high-voltage power line to carry wind power across the Midwest to eastern states.

The decision Wednesday by the Missouri Public Service Commission creates a significant hurdle for Clean Line Energy Partners, which wants to build one of the nation's longest transmission lines.

Commentary: Mind Your Own Business

Aug 16, 2017

As children we were all told by someone – another kid, a parent, a teacher – to “Mind your own business.”  Usually good advice, not always heeded, of course.  Kids who frequently didn’t mind their own business often grew up to become lawyers.  Just kidding.

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