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A Democratic senator is warning her party it could be politically dangerous to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Sen. Claire McCaskill is up for re-election next year in Republican-leaning Missouri. McCaskill highlights the dilemma for many Democrats in similar straits.

They must decide whether to vote for Judge Neil Gorsuch and anger their liberal supporters, or to vote to block Gorsuch and prompt Republicans to permanently change Senate rules to eliminate the filibuster.

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Missouri residents are one step closer to being able to get a driver's license that complies with a federal identification requirement.

The Missouri House on Thursday passed a bill with a 99-40 vote that would allow people to decide whether to get a compliant license.

Without a change, Missouri residents won't be able to use their driver's licenses to board airplanes starting in 2018. They already can't use them to enter military bases. The bill now moves to the Senate.

Gov. Eric Greitens is tapping the Illinois Department of Labor director to head Missouri's labor agency.

The Republican on Thursday announced his pick of Anna Hui to oversee labor issues and workers' rights in Missouri. She served as assistant labor director in Illinois until Gov. Bruce Rauner in February picked her to lead the agency.

If confirmed by the Senate, Greitens says Hui would be Missouri's first Asian American cabinet member.

A number of documentaries have highlighted the gruesome violence against Syrians amid that country's civil war. But "The War Show," a new film that screened at this year's True/False Film Festival, highlights the emotional toll of the conflict on Syrian young people.

On this special edition of Global Journalist, Syrian producer Alaa Hassan discusses the film and the internal damage to those who lived through the heady days of protests against the Assad regime to the current dark cycle of extremism and state-sponsored violence.  

Today Paul Pepper visits with JANA RUSSON, Kirksville Arts Association, about a fire that destroyed a quilt exhibit last December and the book dedicated to the quilts that were lost. Hear the full story and find out how you can get a copy, proceeds of which support the Kirksville Arts Rebuild Fund. At [4:24] STEPHANIE SMITH, Jefferson City Home Educators, and HENRY TOWNE, JCHE Teen Club, invite everyone to their production of "M*A*S*H," a fundraiser for JCHE opening tomorrow night inside the Union Hill Baptist Church gymnasium in Holts Summit. March 30, 2017

Commentary: The Fragility of the Trump Rebellion

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During the 1991 Gulf War military commanders kept talking about a “target-rich environment” in Iraq and Kuwait.  And indeed it was.  And so is American politics in 2017.  There is no shortage of subjects for analysis.

So forgive me for returning to the same one repeatedly: President Trump.  My shorthand for explaining Trump – or at least describing him – I’m not sure anyone can explain him – still works.  In seven words: won’t change, doesn’t care, not a Republican.  Interestingly, this shorthand is also beginning to describe Trump supporters. 

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House members are advancing a bill to make Missouri the last state to adopt a database to track addictive prescription drugs but the measure still has a long way to go.

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Missouri's Republican-led House has squashed an attempt by Democrats to expand Medicaid eligibility.

Members voted 102-41 against a proposal by Columbia Democratic Rep. Kip Kendrick to broaden eligibility under former President Barack Obama's federal health care law.

The University of Missouri's interim chancellor says he'll be leaving for new work as president at the New York Institute of Technology after May 3.  

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A Missouri appeals court panel says utility regulators had no authority to grant conditional approval for a high-voltage power line across northeastern Missouri.

The ruling Tuesday overturns an April 2016 decision by the Missouri Public Service Commission, which approved the line on the condition that an Ameren Corp. subsidiary later get consent to cross roads from the counties affected.


Members of Missouri's House Budget Committee want to make records of elected officials' flights on the state airplane easily accessible by the public.

Members added the requirement for state airplane use to be recorded on sites such as FlightAware to budget proposals debated Tuesday.

Kansas City Democratic Rep. Greg Razer says his goal is to ensure citizens know when the plane is used and where it's headed.

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Missouri's Republican-led House has endorsed a bill to repeal the state's "prevailing wage" requirements for public construction projects.

The 93-60 vote Tuesday is part of a Republican push to revamp the state's labor laws by limiting union powers.

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  Gov. Eric Greitens says he's still against expanding eligibility for Medicaid in Missouri following failed efforts in Congress to overhaul health care.

Greitens told reporters Tuesday in Jefferson City that he doesn't support broadening eligibility under former President Barack Obama's federal health care law.

Greitens was among Republican governors who wrote to congressional leaders in support of a House plan to overhaul health care. Efforts to pass the bill collapsed last week, but Greitens says he still supports repealing and replacing the federal law.

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Discover nature this week with a walk outdoors, and keep an eye out for blooming Eastern redbud trees (Cercis canadensis).


Columbia City Council elections for the Fifth and First Wards are April 4. This week, Intersection talked with the Fifth Ward City Council Candidates, Arthur Jago and Matt Pitzer. The candidates discuss issues including safety, policing, development and city growth.






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Missouri School of Journalism

Two big meetings at our university this week made the news.

One was celebratory, the other cautionary. They could hardly have been more different in setting or tone, but I took away from both an important common theme. I haven’t seen that theme reflected in the news reports, so I’ll explain.

On Monday, several hundred fans gathered in Mizzou Arena to welcome our new men’s basketball coach. It was a happier crowd than I’ve seen at actual games this season.

The huge scoreboard repeatedly flashed a set of impressive numbers: Playing in 6 of the last 9 postseasons, 23 conference championships, 26 all-time NCAA tournaments, four Elite 8’s. The last three seasons, for obvious reasons, weren’t mentioned.


Today Paul Pepper visits with VALORIE LIVINGSTON, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia, about their planned 14,000 sq. ft. expansion that aims to better serve the needs of high school students because, as Valorie says, "they're the hardest group to get engaged." At [4:15] AMANDA DE LA MATER, Program and Education Specialist at the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Missouri, talks about the need for more volunteer caregivers. Amanda tells us that, "the amount of care that they provide totals to about 230.1 billion dollars worth of care (that they're providing for free)." March 28, 2017

Columbia's Population Growth in 2016 Continued Upward Trend

Mar 27, 2017

Even among increasingly popular college towns, Columbia’s growth stands out.

According to recent U.S. Census data, Columbia's metropolitan area grew by 1.17 percent, or just over 2,000 people, from 2015 to 2016. As a percentage, the growth is the highest in Missouri, and ranks tenth among other metropolitan areas in the Midwest.

Bernie Andrews, vice president of Regional Economic Development, Inc., partially attributed the increase to local colleges, which often attract students who stay in town after graduating, and to a strong business community.

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The Republican-led Missouri Legislature will get back to a business-friendly agenda when it returns from a mid-session recess next week.

Lawmakers are hoping to continue to pass laws backed by business leaders now that, for the first time in almost 10 years, GOP majorities in both houses have the backing of a Republican in the governor's office. Gov. Eric Greitens has promised to work with legislative leaders to pass bills regarding labor, lawsuits and education.

Greitens already has signed a new "right-to-work" law banning mandatory union fees.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DAN CULLIMORE about the Community Garden Coalition of Columbia and Boone County. Dan says that these gardens are "tremendously important" to lower and moderate-income individuals and families, as well as for educational purposes. If you'd like to get involved, watch for details! At [3:48] TYLER NICOSIA and WALLY PFEFFER invite everyone to the 3rd annual 'Wine Down Wednesday,' April 12th at the Grand Cru restaurant in Columbia! Wine tasting, good food and a silent auction are to be expected at this popular fundraiser for the Mizzou Alumni Association. March 27, 2017

Views of the News: YouTube Filters LGBTQ+ Material

Mar 26, 2017

For years, YouTube’s “restricted mode” has been an option for schools and parents who want to limit children’s access to sensitive content, but the site had to issue an apology after users discovered that some LGBTQ-related content was blocked under this filter.

The apology stated that while some LGBTQ-related content was available in restricted mode, videos that included “more sensitive issues” may not be.

Nation's Top Basketball Recruit Commits to Missouri

Mar 25, 2017

Former hometown hero Michael Porter Jr. — the country's best player — is ready to return to Columbia and revive the Missouri basketball program.

On Friday, Porter Jr. announced through Twitter that he will play the next season with the Tigers. 

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County Clerks’ offices across Missouri are testing voting machines in preparation for the April 4 municipal elections.  State law requires that each county tests machines before and after each election.

The Cole County Clerk’s office finished its testing earlier this week.  Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer said the process is in place to ensure complete accuracy.

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Faith Voices of Columbia hosted a Ward 1 City Council Candidate Forum Thursday night to discuss solutions to poverty and homelessness in the area.

Prevailing Wage Laws May Be Repealed

Mar 24, 2017
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The Missouri State Senate will hear a bill that could remove prevailing wage laws in the state Monday.

These laws require government organizations to pay contractors what is known as prevailing wage. Prevailing wage is an established hourly rate determined by a survey of contracts in each county.

Richard Sheets, deputy director for the Missouri Municipal League, thinks that this system is faulty.


The development delay ordinance for downtown Columbia enacted last spring will expire March 31.

The ordinance set restrictions on multi-family residential apartments and demolition projects within a one-mile radius of the downtown area.

Third Ward Councilmember Karl Skala said the ordinance was initially enacted by the City Council to regulate the influx of student apartment complexes.

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not let pool reporters into some meetings during his trip to the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, deciding to only take a Fox News reporter instead. Tillerson reportedly has little interaction with media, and recently made headlines for a comment saying “I’m not a big press access person.”

Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discussed why Tillerson is so reluctant to involve the press in his affairs on the weekly media criticism program, “Views of the News.”

Columbia Public Works

COLUMBIA -- The Columbia Public Works Department announced its 2017 Plan on Monday to the City Council. This plan works on preventative maintenance to roads and pothole restoration which Public Works Engineering Manager Richard Stone said is more cost efficient than working from the ground up and will save the city money.