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A library science program at the University of Missouri has regained accreditation.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the American Library Association has reinstated its accreditation of the University of Missouri's library science master's program for the next seven years. The association withdrew the program's accreditation in June. But the university appealed. 

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Authorities say deputies have killed a man who shot at his wife and pointed a handgun at the deputies.

The Stone County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that 58-year-old Rick Gullickson was killed early this morning at a home in southern Stone County. The release said that the deputies went to the home after a woman called to report that her husband had shot at her. 

Happy Thanksgiving! Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA. They perform "Take Time to Remember the Poor" on banjo and guitar [1:48]. November 26, 2015

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The Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic could potentially lose its license to provide abortion services at midnight on Monday, November 30.

The University of Missouri Health Care System announced in September its “refer and follow” privileges would be discontinued. This category of privileges had been granted to the doctor working with the Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, and had allowed the clinic to renew abortion services for the first time since 2012.  

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Some University of Missouri students are expressing frustration with the campus chancellor after a Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic stopped performing abortions.

Mizzou for Planned Parenthood organizer Dina van der Zalm said a Wednesday meeting with interim Chancellor Hank Foley to talk about how the school could help the clinic was canceled.

Laura McQuade, the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, said they received a call Tuesday night informing them that interim Chancellor Foley had no time for the Wednesday meeting.

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Officials said they will continue with their plan to move a veterans memorial that bears a covered ichthus, or "Jesus fish," from the Boone County Courthouse grounds.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that five opponents of the move spoke Tuesday morning during a regular Boone County Commission meeting, but the commission will not stop plans to transfer the Desert Storm veterans memorial to the private Columbia City Cemetery. A new monument will be put in its place.

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There’s big change on the horizon for the public mental health safety net. The Excellence in Mental Health Act is being called the "biggest federal investment in mental health and addiction services in generations."

To discuss the changes, and to learn how Missouri’s mental health system has fared since federal funding was rolled back for Community Mental Health Centers, KBIA sat down with Brent McGinty, President and CEO of the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Maples Repertory Theatre! Artistic Director TODD DAVISON introduces us to the cast of their latest production, "Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings," who perform two numbers: "Stranger In Paradise" [2:36] and "Let It Snow" [4:55]. Show opens this Friday! November 25, 2015

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia has stopped performing medically-induced abortions. The Columbia Tribune reports that the clinic ceased offering the abortions Monday. 

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The University of Missouri Alumni Association is responding to requests and forming a Black Alumni Network.

Today Paul Pepper and our 'money man,' MEL ZELENAK, talk about the basic steps to planning your own financially secure future. Mel says that by cutting out the middle man, "you could save a huge amount of money." November 24, 2015

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A 20-year-old northeast Missouri man is facing several charges in the death of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper. 

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The mother of a slain infant has pleaded guilty to two felonies for permitting her child to be around the man convicted of killing the baby in February 2014. 

Today Paul Pepper sits down with JOHN WRIGHT, former 47th District State Representative, to talk about the polarization of politics, both on the state level and the national level. November 23, 2015

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Three people have died in central Missouri in what authorities are describing as a double homicide and a suicide. The Randolph County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that deputies responded early Saturday to a report of a shooting at a residence near Moberly. 

The University of Missouri Board of Curators held a meeting Friday afternoon to listen to the concerns of multiple student groups. 13 groups registered for the chance to speak to the board and other campus leaders, including newly appointed interim diversity chancellor Chuck Henson, interim UM system president Mike Middleton, and interim MU chancellor Hank Foley.

UPDATE: 11:04 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24:

Ellen De Graffenried issued this statement to KBIA, via the MU News Bureau:

"I am honored to have served at Mizzou and have enjoyed working with leadership, faculty, staff and students.  I recognize the importance of allowing new leadership to have the flexibility to build their own team and believe the changes are in the best interest of the university."


The University of Missouri issued a press release late Friday afternoon announcing a new Interim Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communication.

Local Columbia citizens spoke on a panel at the Columbia Country Club on Friday. Those sitting on the panel spoke about the state of the Democratic Party from African-Americans' perspectives.

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All six of Missouri's living governors have gathered in Kansas City for a panel discussion on economic development.

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A former assistant professor is suing four Emporia State University officials, alleging he faced racial discrimination and retaliation before he was fired.

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State Republican legislative leaders have called a joint hearing that will review programs that could be used to provide assistance for refugee resettlement in Missouri.

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A new trade deal aimed at cutting thousands of taxes and opening markets with 11 Pacific Rim nations has drawn heavy lobbying from some of America’s largest agribusinesses.

The deal – known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership – was reached in early October. It is designed to ease the flow of goods between partner nations by lowering restrictive trade policies and regulations.

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Protests by University of Missouri black students that forced the administration to address racism and other problems mirror efforts decades ago that led many majority white schools to create African-American studies and other programs.

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The interim police chief in Ferguson is leaving about two months earlier than expected.


Christianity might have gotten its start in the Middle East, but the region’s Christian minority is finding the area more and more dangerous when it comes to practicing their beliefs.

The rise of the Islamic State has only exacerbated the problem. When ISIS captured the mainly Christian city of Qaraqosh in northern Iraq last year, the remaining civilian population was given the choice: convert to Islam; pay a special tax; or face execution. Other Christian settlements were given the same choice.

Since the start of the Syrian civil war, about one-third of that country’s 1.8 million Christians have fled. In Iraq there are perhaps 500,000 Christians remaining, down from 1.5 million in 2003.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the future of Christianity in the Middle East.

Shepard Boulevard Elementary gets Makeover

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On Thursday night Columbia Public Schools hosted a dedication that coincided with a series of expansions to the Columbia Public School District.

Today Paul Pepper visits with LINDSAY LOPEZ, Executive Director for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, about the Partnership Against Hunger Food Drive this coming Tuesday in the parking lot of Walmart and Schnucks locations across Mid-Missouri! Consider making your first act of giving this holiday season to those less fortunate. November 20, 2015

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The intersection of Texas Avenue and Parkade Boulevard in Columbia will be closed early Friday for a water project. The project is set to begin at 8:00 am and will likely end that evening. Drivers in the area may experience a detour during the time of the project.