The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is exploring whether there's interest in developing a resort at northern Missouri's Mark Twain Lake.

The corps manages the 18,000-acre lake created by construction of the Clarence Cannon Dam on the Salt River about three decades ago.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it is soliciting private-party interest in a lodging and recreation complex on 331 acres of public land.

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Three more ethics bills have been approved by a Missouri House committee. One would ban individual gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers, the second would revise rules for investing campaign funds, and the third would expand the definition of public official to include members of a task force appointed by the governor. 

That last bill is sponsored by Republican Jay Barnes of Jefferson City:

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Two proposals aimed at adding requirements for voting are moving forward in the Missouri House.

Lawmakers in a voice vote Wednesday gave initial approval to a constitutional amendment and a bill aimed at requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Republicans defeated Democrats' attempts to add more forms of acceptable photo ID and automatically register driver's license applicants to vote.

Democrats say the measures could disenfranchise thousands of poor and minority voters.

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is free and back with family and colleagues after 545 days in an Iranian prison. Several news agencies knew about diplomatic efforts to free him. So, why did they choose not to run the story until his release was secure? Also, the end of Al Jazeera America, Sean Penn says he’s “sad about the state of journalism in our country,” and Univision buys The Onion, really. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Stacey Woelfel: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper chats with KRISTEN EIFFERT, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about another 'Kid's Cooking Class' January 30 at the Columbia Public Library. The theme for this class is 'Fun Fiesta,' and it's for children as young as 3 - watch for details! At [3:53] MIKE GOLD tells us what goes on at the MU Center for Agroforestry. "We are designing integrated systems to produce alternative crops and protect the environment at the same time." They're hosting a free symposium that's open to the public next week. January 20, 2016

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University of Missouri graduate students are guaranteed their health insurance subsidies – at least for the next year.  

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A proposed ban on lobbyist gifts to Missouri lawmakers and other public officials has approval from a House panel. 

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On February 28, all eyes will turn to Hollywood for the Academy Awards. Comedian Chris Rock is slated to host the telecast. But, pressure is mounting on him to join a boycott over the lack of diversity in this year's pool of nominees. Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee are leading the charge for actors, directors and producers of color to simply stay home that night.

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St. Louis police identified the 52-year-old man killed by an officer after a reported fast-food restaurant robbery.

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An 18-month-old Missouri law that allows casinos to issue credit to well-heeled patrons is working as intended, casino operators say, but a few tweaks could make it even more useful.

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A committee tasked with assessing diversity issues at Southeast Missouri State University is presenting its findings next week.

Today Paul Pepper is joined by director Robin Steinhaus and actors Stella Pruitt and Mikey Mossine from Hickman High School's production of "Crazy For You," a familiar musical featuring standards like "Embraceable You," I Got Rhythm" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It." Stella performs "Someone To Watch Over Me" at [2:28]. January 18, 2016

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The University of Missouri System will begin mediation with a labor union that represents service, maintenance and custodial employees. 

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Missouri's U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is planning a hearing this week on the growing abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers. 

Missouri is looking at more than 4,000 acres in the southern portion of the state for a new state park, but it's not without opposition.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the proposed park would be along the Eleven Point River in Oregon County near the Arkansas border. The land includes a portion of a ranch where the Beatles stayed during their first U.S. tour.

The newspaper says nearly $11 million from settlements with lead-mining companies will pay for the land, which will be deeded to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Former Missouri congressman Russ Carnahan has created a committee to run for lieutenant governor.

Carnahan filed paperwork Friday with the Missouri Ethics Commission setting up a Democratic campaign committee.

He served 12 years in the U.S. House before losing a 2012 primary to Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. after redistricting merged parts of their two St. Louis area districts. Missouri lost a congressional seat because the 2010 census showed the state's population failed to keep pace with growth in other states.

Governor Jay Nixon joined members of the community at the Thompson center for Autism Friday in Columbia to announce that his proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget will include investments in services for Missourians with developmental disabilities

Nixon said his budget would invest a total of $131 million in additional state and federal funding for the Development of Mental Health-Division of Developmental Disabilities. Of the proposed budget, Nixon said $5 million would fund an expansion of the University of Missouri-owned Thompson Center.

On this special edition of Global Journalist, CBS News' White House correspondent Bill Plante examines the changes to the news business and the biggest stories of his 52-year career.

 Plante, a 2015 recipient of the Missouri Honor Medal and numerous other journalism awards, has covered every presidential campaign since 1968.  

Today Paul Pepper is joined by CHRIS CAMPBELL, who invites everyone to one (or all!) of the many events this month at the Boone County Historical Society. From art exhibits to the return of the Blind Boone Concert Series - BCHS has a busy month ahead! At [4:04] DIANA MOXON tells us about "Inside Voices," the latest exhibit at the Columbia Art League. Based on the Pixar movie, "Inside Out," artists were asked to play on the idea of human emotion. Stop by and see the results for yourself! Also, sign up for classes that are starting soon. January 15, 2016

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A member of the board of curators for the four-campus University of Missouri system has joined the call for an assistant professor at the Columbia campus to be fired over a videotaped clash with reporters. 

Missouri is looking at more than 4,000 acres in the southern portion of the state for a new state park, but it's not without opposition. 

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Two measures requiring a photo ID to vote are heading to the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives.

A House committee on Thursday approved a bill and a proposed constitutional amendment tightening the requirements to vote, two days after another committee endorsed them. Republicans on both committees prevailed on straight party-line votes.

The constitutional amendment would require voter approval. The Missouri Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that requiring a photo ID to vote was unconstitutional.

The first bill the Missouri House has passed this year would increase reporting of elected officials' and others' personal finances.

House members voted 143-11 in favor of the measure Thursday. It heads to the Senate.

The legislation would require personal financial disclosure reports to be filed twice a year. Currently, they are filed once a year.

In a 143-16 vote, the House also approved legislation to require reporting of lawmakers' trips paid for by third parties.

The mayors of Kansas City and St. Louis say ending an earnings tax in those cities would have potentially devastating consequences on city services.

On Thursday, Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer touted his proposal to eliminate the 1-percent tax on those who work or live in the cities.

Schaefer is running for state attorney general.

Speaking during a Senate committee hearing, Schaefer said the tax was unconstitutional and could be overturned in court. He also says it stifles economic growth.

Today Paul Pepper visits with NANETTE WARD, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition Volunteer Board Member, about the very real problem of human trafficking in Missouri. Nanette shares a story of a couple from Park Hill who lured a young woman into trafficking based on the promise of a modeling job. "These are not people from dark corners, they're people among us." Awareness is key - please watch! January 14, 2016

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