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Heroin continues to be a serious problem throughout the county. The Centers for Disease Control released data earlier this month that showed heroin use increasing among nearly every group – age, income, gender, etc. And according to the CDC’s report, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths heave nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013.

The White House announced earlier this month that it was determined to do something about this problem. They introduced the Heroin Response Strategy, which works to promote public health and public safety partnerships through a 15 state area. This new project aims to focus more on the treatment of heroin addicts than the punishment of them.


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As a co-host of NPR's flagship "All Things Considered," Audie Cornish's voice is heard by 12 million people everyday. On a special edition of Global Journalist, she takes us behind the scenes of one of the most influential radio shows in the U.S. and talks about the future of public radio.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, about their latest exhibit: "John James Audubon Paper Menagerie." Check out the sneak preview Joan has brought to the set, and then join a curator-lead tour of Audubon's "massive books" TOMORROW afternoon! August 28, 2015

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  Kansas City leaders are meeting next month to discuss the educational problems that occur when students change schools frequently.

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  Victims of rape and sexual assault can get orders of protection against their assailants under a new Missouri law.

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  Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that St. Louis Community College will receive more than $5 million for laboratory upgrades. 

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The end of summer is state fair season across the Midwest. That means lots of fried food, carnival rides and livestock competitions. But at most fairs, there’s also a whole lot more.

If you missed the fair… fear not. Here are some of the sights and sounds of the Missouri State Fair.


In the last 24 hours I’ve seen journalists all over the country grappling with the senseless murder of two TV journalists working in Roanoke, VA. Many of us see ourselves in them: young, energetic, aspiring. Taking on the crummy hours because it’s worth it to get your start on your career, knowing you won’t win any awards for your routine assignments.

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Kendra Lawson doesn’t have the typical schedule of a nine–year-old.  With just a week of summer left, she spent her days working with her dad and mom on the farm and preparing her pigs to show at the state fair.

Here in central Missouri, the Lawson family raises cattle and pigs with a lot of help from Kendra. I met her at her house near Centralia, Mo., where she had just come back from helping her dad in the hay fields.

Today Paul Pepper visits with VALERIE CHAFFIN about "Pouring for Paws: Sit. Stay. Sip.," which is a fundraising event for Second Chance TOMORROW evening at the Missouri Theatre/Columbia Art League. Celebrate 30 years of Second Chance by drinking wine and nibbling on food from Glenn's Cafe and Peggy Jean's Pies! At [3:37] SONDRA FLAKER and MOLLY GRANGER invite everyone to the 5th Annual Vincent P. Gurucharri 9 Ball Tournament fundraiser at Billiards on Broadway in Columbia! Sign up your team or become a sponsor today! (Amateurs encouraged.) August 27, 2015

More than a 1000 graduate students and their allies – faculty, staff, undergraduate students and families – gathered at noon Wednesday in support of graduate students and their demands.

Some graduate students also took part in an all-day walk-out to illuminate the role they play in the education of undergraduate students and in research.

The rally and walk-out were planned as a response to the health insurance subsidy issue that has been taking place over the last two weeks. 

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The public will have an opportunity to suggest changes to the training requirements of law enforcers in Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety said the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission will hold six public meetings statewide.

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A mistake by supporters of a proposed sales tax increase for a business district in Columbia means only one woman could vote on the issue.

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Agricultural business giant Monsanto is abandoning its takeover bid for competitor Syngenta AG after the Swiss chemical producer rejected its latest offer of roughly $47 billion.

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Missouri's legislative budget chairmen say they don't approve of a plan to use state money for a new St. Louis football stadium.

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Moberly Area Community College and Central Methodist University plan to partner to offer new degree programs in Columbia.

  Details are still coming together in Roanoke, Va., where a disgruntled former employee shot and killed a reporter and photographer live on the air. Also, Cox’s Rare Media posts a job looking for a reporter that’s “less Paula Zahn, more Zoe Barnes.” It’s a House of Cards reference to a young, driven reporter willing to work sources – intimately -- to get her story. And, is it ethical to identify names of Ashley Madison subscribers obtained through theft, drama on CNBC and when journalists should turn into activists. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Each month at the Columbia Science Cafe, a researcher from the University of Missouri gives a presentation at Broadway Brewery as people enjoy a beer or a bite to eat.

While the world of research labs seems far removed from the dinner table, one associate professor at MU is bringing the two together.

Dr. Chris Pires is a botanist at MU. But when he describes his research, he often sounds more like a genealogist.

Today Paul Pepper and DR. MARILYN RANTZ, Professor at MU's Sinclair School of Nursing, talk about the advancements that have been made to assist the elderly or disabled at the home. Motion sensors, sensors on your bed and sensors on the ceiling are all part of a well-tested system available for you, courtesy of Sinclair At Home. August 26, 2015

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  A Senate staff member is back at work, a month after being fired by a senator who was facing sexual harassment allegations. 

The 2015-2016 MU student body has already set university records for achievement and enrollment. MU announced the total MU student enrollment is 35,050 students, a 0.3% increase from last year’s record.

MU also announced a record number of high achieving students who scored a 30 or higher on their ACT. Christian Basi, the Associate Director of the MU News Bureau said the 2013 scholarship developments have played an important role in the recruitment of high-achieving students.

Funeral arrangements are now in place for the 9-year-old girl killed when someone shot into a Ferguson home last week.

KMOV-TV reports that visitation for Jamyla Bolden will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Layne Renaissance Chapel. Another visitation begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m.

Ira DeWitt, wife of St. Louis Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III, has said her family will pay Jamyla's funeral expenses.

Hackers stole hook-up site Ashley Madison's member database and made it searchable online. Since that happened, media outlets around the world have been scouring the data and identifying users. Is it ethical for journalists to publish the data, given it's been made available to them via illegal means?

Chava Gourarie, Columbia Journalism Review: “Is it ethical to write about hacked Ashley Madison users?

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform the Scottish song, "The Rolling Hills of the Border" on mandolin and guitar. Go see them tomorrow night in St. Genevieve, Missouri - watch for details! August 25, 2015

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