Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about their upcoming show, "Reasons To Be Pretty." Ed hopes the audience walks away having learned a little something, with a few laughs mixed in. At [3:48] MARY WILKERSON joins us from Central Bank of Boone County (formerly Boone County National Bank) to talk about the 56th Art Show happening this weekend in the CBBC lobby! Works of art by residents from Boone County and Columbia Art League members will be on display for your enjoyment! October 13, 2015

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  Engineering students at the Missouri University of Science and Technology are opening their underground chamber of fright next week.

The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has agreed to settle claims involving a pedophile priest for a total of $200,000.

A Kansas City Fire Department official says two firefighters were killed and two were injured when a burning building collapsed.

Pheasant Hunting Expands Statewide

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  COLUMBIA- The Missouri Department of Conservation announced that it will expand pheasant hunting statewide starting Nov. 1. Hunters in mid-Missouri will now have the opportunity to hunt the popular bird closer to home.

In years past hunting was limited to the area north of I-70, all of St. Charles County and a portion of the Southeastern corner of the state.

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A doctor says a virus found in Missouri in 2009 appears to be showing up in other states.

Dr. Scott Folk, director of adult infectious diseases at Heartland Clinic in St. Joseph, says the Heartland virus discovered 2009 was initially thought to be confined to the region.

But he told The St. Joseph News-Press that new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates the Heartland Virus may extend through more of the nation than initially thought.

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Heartland is a small community in northeast Missouri and is home to the state's largest dairy. Heartland Dairy is under investigation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a worker died on the job in September. It's the third death there since 2012. But many of the employees at Heartland aren't the typical dairy workers; they're participants in a rehabilitation program.

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Joplin is beginning to get reimbursed for debris removal stemming from a massive 2011 tornado that killed 161 people and destroyed thousands of buildings.

The Joplin Globe reports that a $2.6 million claim to the state of Missouri for debris and concrete removal was recently paid to the city of Joplin. That begins the process of recouping cleanup and rebuilding costs covered by state and federal agencies and insurance.

City officials estimate that another $8 million in reimbursements also needs to be claimed.

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All week, Harvest Public Media’s series Choice Cuts: Meat In America is examining how the meat industry is changing the U.S. food system and the American diet.

Americans have a big appetite for everything meat. We smoke it, grill it, slice it, and chop it.

The typical American puts away around 200 pounds of beef, pork, and poultry every year . That’s true in many of the wealthiest countries. But developing countries are showing a growing appetitefor meat.

Today Paul Pepper invites back local folk musicians Cathy Barton and Dave Para to perform Bob Zentz's "Sweet Song from Yesterday" on guitar and autoharp [2:45]. October 12, 2015

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St. Mary’s hospital in Jefferson City was designated Friday as a Missouri “Show-Me 5” hospital for its breastfeeding-friendly practices. To become a breast feeding friendly child care facility the hospital had meet 5 key criteria set by the Missouri department of health.

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Directors of the Boone County 911 center are piecing together what happened Thursday after a nearly five-hour emergency system delay. Center employees began receiving calls from citizens around 2:23 that their 911 calls were not being answered. Joe Piper, Deputy Director of Boone County Joint Communications, said it wasn’t soon after citizens’ concerns that he realized the impact of the delay.

A Republican state senator running for Missouri attorney general has received another big check from mega-donor Rex Sinquefield.

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Recommended changes for what Missouri schoolchildren should learn in each grade are ready for review but some say they're still too similar to the current Common Core standards.

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 A former Missouri resident now living in California is seeking the dismissal of a federal indictment accusing him of playing a role in an effort to support terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.

Missouri’s Restorative Justice Program gives offenders the opportunity to repay the community for their crimes with community service and labor.

Off the Clock: A Brief History Lesson with David McCullough

Oct 9, 2015
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Pulitzer-prize winning historian David McCullough spoke Wednesday evening at the Missouri Theatre on the lessons to be learned from the founding fathers. McCullough’s lecture marked the opening of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, which supports the study of the American democratic tradition at MU.

McCullough has written biographies on historical figures like John Adams, Harry Truman, Theodore Roosevelt and—most recently—the Wright Brothers. In addition to his Pulitzers, he has been awarded the National Book Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Operations have been shut down at a central Missouri plant that makes materials used in fracking.

MU Plans to Raise $1.3 Billion in Funding

Oct 9, 2015
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MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin launched a new campaign Thursday, seeking to raise over a billion dollars in funding for the university.

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The University of Missouri is expanding its mental health training program. Christy Hutton is the Assistant Director for Outreach and Communications at the MU Counseling center. She created RESPOND, an intensive, one-day interactive program aimed to teach students how to respond when someone is dealing with mental concerns. RESPOND stands for Recognize signs and symptoms, Empathize, Share your concern, Pose open questions, Offer hope, Navigate resources and policies, and Do self-care.

The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders announced a partnership on Wednesday with the Mizzou Arena to train employees of the arena on how to interact with families with individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

University of Missouri Awarded Grant Money from USDA

Oct 9, 2015

The University of Missouri was awarded $84,000 in grant money to fund projects that will help crop producers conserve resources and maximize their production.

Missouri Man Indicted in $2 Million Fraud Scheme

Oct 8, 2015
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 A south-central Missouri man was indicted by a federal grand jury for a fraud scheme that allegedly duped at least 24 investors of more than $2 million.

The indictment against 55-year-old Daniel Keith Steele of Rolla was announced Thursday. He is charged with mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud and two counts of engaging in unlawful monetary transactions using criminally derived property.

It wasn't immediately clear if Steele had an attorney.

MU Alum Makes “Transformative” Gift Announcement

Oct 8, 2015
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  The University of Missouri received a “transformative” multi-million dollar gift from Rich and Nancy Kinder on Thursday.

The $25 million gift was made on behalf of the Kinder Foundation and will go towards permanently establishing the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, which focuses on giving students and faculty more opportunities to explore the theories and practices that make up our constitutional democracy.