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Tonight on Thinking Out Loud, Darren visits with Anna Duff and Vanessa Leitza of the Missouri River Cultural Conservancy about the 10th annual EcoArtFest happening Sept. 12th and 13th at Cooper’s Landing in southern Boone County.

Listen to new episodes of Thinking Out Loud each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on 91.3FM KBIA.

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The city of Columbia is looking toward the future. City Manager Mike Matthes spoke at public forum at City Hall Thursday morning about the city’s strategic plan for the next four years.

The plan, which will be introduced and could be approved by the city council at Tuesday’s meeting, includes five key projects: the economy, social equality, public safety, infrastructure, and workforce performance. Matthes said the biggest issue the city is looking to address is poverty.

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In a special edition of Global Journalist, al-Jazeera's top executive Mostefa Souag addresses controversies that have shadowed the award-winning news network as it tries to grow its U.S. presence. Souag responds to questions about the network's independence from the Qatari government, perceptions of anti-Semitic and anti-American bias and its famous interviews with Osama bin Laden.

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about what our handwriting says about us - what we're thinking and what we truly believe. "It's 100% accurate." Examples used on today's show include handwriting samples from Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. Watch! September 4, 2015

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State regulators have approved an 11.7 percent rate increase for some Kansas City Power & Light customers. 

The Kansas City Star reports the decision will mean about half of KCP&L's customers in Missouri will see rates go up nearly $12 a month.

The utility said it needed the increase to pay for pollution control at its La Cygne coal-fired plant, improvements at Wolf Creek nuclear power plant and rising transmission costs.

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said new reports raise troubling concerns about the environmental fallout from contamination and a subsurface fire at a landfill in St. Louis County.

Koster on Thursday  released several reports related to the Bridgeton Landfill. One found radiological contamination in trees outside the landfill's perimeter. Another indicates that the underground fire has moved past two rows of interceptor wells built by owner Republic Services to keep the fire from reaching buried nuclear waste in an adjacent landfill.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

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  A Missouri advocate who says he was sexually abused by a priest as a teenager says the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City gave him $40,000.

David Clohessy said Thursday that the diocese wrote him a check after he asked for $200,000 for therapy and medical expenses. Clohessy says he agreed not to take legal action against the diocese.


Republican Eric Greitens has received a total of $700,000 from two big donors for a potential gubernatorial campaign.

Campaign finance records show California venture capitalist Michael Goguen recently gave Greitens $500,000 and Michigan-based commercial real estate company McKinley Associates gave him $200,000.

The contributions add to an already sizeable pot of money Greitens has raised for a potential 2016 campaign. Greitens had more than $1.1 million to spend at the end of June.

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  Two St. Louis men are headed to federal prison for seven years each for planning a bomb attack targeting the Ferguson police chief and other officials after an officer killed Michael Brown there last year.

Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Orlando Baldwin pleaded guilty in June to felony counts of conspiring to use explosives and making false written statements while buying firearms. They were sentenced Thursday in St. Louis.

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An Alabama man has been arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime against Muslims in Columbia.

Boone County authorities say 29-year-old Randall Heath, of Salem, Alabama, was arrested Tuesday as he appeared in Boone County Circuit Court on a drunken driving charge.

Authorities allege that in June, Heath shouted anti-Muslim insults at four men who were walking to prayers at the Islamic Center in Columbia. The men said Heath circled the block four times and shouted insults. One of the men who confronted Heath in the vehicle was struck in the arm. 


A Missouri judge has ruled that a right-to-farm constitutional amendment doesn't protect a woman who allegedly grew marijuana in her basement.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green ruled Tuesday that a woman charged with growing pot isn't covered by the amendment.

Jefferson City police arrested Lisa A. Loesch in 2012. Her public defender said the judge should set aside a grand jury indictment of the woman, arguing that growing marijuana is protected by the right to farm. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with RUTH O'NEIL, Boone County Volunteer Coordinator for Heart of Missouri CASA, about the 2nd annual "Justice is Served" fundraiser, happening October 22nd. In the hot seat this year? The Columbia Daily Tribune's Vicki Russell! Unfamiliar with CASA's mission or interested in volunteering? Watch! At [5:04] MARIE ROBERTON, Director and Co-Owner of Dancearts, lets everyone know about upcoming classes for boys and girls, young and old, with all ranges of experience! September 3, 2015

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The Missouri attorney general's office said a home security company accused of misleading consumers has to pay $50,000 to Missouri customers. 

The woman who would have been the only voter on a proposed sales tax increase for a downtown Columbia business district says she would have voted against the measure. 


The architects of a new football stadium in St. Louis are planning an arena that will offer more than just football games.

Eli Hoisington, with St. Louis-based HOK architects, told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch the stadium would have plazas, gardens, bike trails, a three-story brew pub and an observation deck overlooking the Mississippi River.

  It seems every few weeks we’re talking about another shooting incident. Why is that? MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough puts the blame on the 24-hour cable news networks. Is it a fair criticism? Also, President Obama’s appearance on an NBC reality show, press freedoms challenged at student publications across the country, and athletic teams’ game changing decision regarding access for credentialed journalists. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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As mobile health technologies like Fitbits and Apple Health become more common, better health seems inevitable. But much of the data that users can now track never actually reaches their doctors.

That’s one of the problems University of Missouri psychiatrist Dr. Ganesh Gopalakrishna faced while treating his patients with various mental illnesses. While some of his patients were logging their activity, both mental and physical, he couldn’t get a good record of it.

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Jeff Siegfried knows just about anything you’d ever want to find out about a 50-acre corn field in northern Colorado.

The 24-year-old easily rattles off the various gadgets he uses to measure soil moisture, plant health, air temperature.



Today Paul Pepper and STEVE DULLE, 2015-16 Rotary Club District Governor, talk about the "Food Fight," which was a joint effort with The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri to alleviate the hunger problem in Columbia and surrounding communities. Find out how much was raised! At [4:42] director MORGAN DENNEHY and actress DANA BOCKE tell us about Maplewood Barn's twist on their upcoming  production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." (Hint: it involves pizza and football.) September 2, 2015

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Fifty bridges were added to the list of bridges in critical condition across Missouri this year.

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A Missouri man sentenced to life in prison for marijuana charges has been released after spending two decades behind bars.

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Students at Hillsboro High School are starting conflicting protests over an effort by a transgender student to use the girl’s bathroom.

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A Missouri appeals court will not hear a man's case regarding the dismissal of his affidavit claiming Ferguson officer Darren Wilson assaulted Michael Brown before fatally shooting him.