Today Paul Pepper and CARRIE WINSHIP, MU Theatre Department, talk about "Good Kids," a 'relevant and important' drama about a high schooler who is sexually assaulted at a party on a college campus, and how her community and those involved respond to it. At [3:55] HEATHER HARLAN returns with information about 'medication assisted recovery' at Phoenix Health Programs in Columbia. Heather says medication addiction is a chronic brain disorder, which means it doesn't go away; but, comprehensive treatment can make life a little easier for those affected. Watch for more information! October 19, 2016

Is it November 8 yet?


On the Planet Tralfamador Americans are tuning into presidential debates that are enlightening, illuminating and helpful to voters.  There, on the other side of the galaxy, Americans are watching ads on TV and social media that are professionally and substantively addressing the issues that separate the candidates. There Americans are turning out to vote in record numbers in a national show of civic pride and duty.



Kirksville Residents to Pay Higher Utilities in 2017

Oct 19, 2016
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Kirksville residents will pay about $2.00 more per month on their water and sewage utility bill next year.

The Kirksville City Council approved the increase in a 4-1 vote in order to make sure the city is generating enough revenue to run the system.

Every year the City of Kirksville takes a look at utilities to ensure costs are being covered effectively.

Missouri became the 26th state to recognize crossbows as an archery method. The Missouri Department of Conservation expanded crossbow use to all archery hunters for the first time this fall. This makes crossbows legal for use during archery season and the fall firearms turkey season.

Benny Pryor, the regional supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation, said crossbows were allowed for different purposes in the past, but this new expansion will create more opportunities in hunting.

McDonald's will pay a $56,500 settlement after a southeast Missouri restaurant manager refused to interview a deaf job applicant.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Tuesday with McDonald's Corp. and McDonald's Restaurants.

The EEOC says a young man who can't hear or speak applied online in 2012 to work at a store in Belton, Missouri. He had previous experience as a cook and cleanup team member at a McDonald's in another state.

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A 32-year-old southwest Missouri man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for setting fire to a mosque and trying to burn down a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Jedediah Stout of Joplin pleaded guilty on April 18 to one count of damaging the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque; two counts of arson at a Planned Parenthood facility in Joplin; and one count of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.

Stout told investigators that he did not like Islam as a religion and admitted setting a fire that destroyed the mosque on Aug. 6, 2012.

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We’re less than three weeks from the presidential election and the rhetoric is getting hotter by the day. On this week’s program, our panelists will analyze the long-term effects of the “Access Hollywood” tape, how endorsements and predictions might influence the electorate, and why Donald Trump wants Saturday Night Live off the air.

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Suspended Missouri State quarterback Breck Ruddick is out for the rest of the year but won't be kicked off the team for an animal cruelty citation.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Bears coach Dave Steckel announced Monday that the Marion, Arkansas, sophomore must apologize and meet other conditions before playing next year.

Ruddick was suspended Sept. 23 before Missouri State fell 35-0 to Kansas State in a game that was called at halftime because of dangerous weather.

The following Monday, Ruddick was issued the animal cruelty ticket and another accusing him of allowing a dog he was caring for to run at large. The incident report said the dog needed surgery for a broken jaw.

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Ford is temporarily idling four North American plants in response to slowing demand for new vehicles.

The company has scheduled one-week closures this month for its plants in Kansas City, Missouri, and Hermosillo and Cuatitlan, Mexico. Those plants make the F-150 pickup truck, the Fusion sedan and the Fiesta subcompact.

Ford Motor Co. will close its Louisville, Kentucky, plant for two weeks in October. That plant makes the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC small SUVs.

After six years of growth, U.S. demand for new vehicles is slowing. So far this year, overall industry sales are flat compared to 2015.

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The Missouri University of Science and Technology has suspended the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity after two students were injured during an event last week at the fraternity house.

The university said in a news release Monday that campus police were notified Sunday and that an investigation is underway. The release offered no details about how the students were hurt or the extent of their injuries.

During the suspension, the fraternity won't be recognized as a student organization and won't have access to the Rolla university's facilities.

Utility Bill for Kirksville Residents Will Increase in 2017

Oct 18, 2016
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Kirksville residents will pay about $2.00 more per month on their water and sewage utility bill next year.

The Kirksville City Council approved the increase 4-1 in order to make sure the city is generating enough revenue to run the system.

Every year, the city of Kirksville takes a look at utilities to ensure costs are being covered effectively.

Kirksville Finance Director Lacy King wrote up the report detailing the utlility rates must be a set at a level so the city can “pay operations and maintenance costs, pay the principal and interest on State Revolving Loan Fund bonds, ensure the net operating revenues are equal to or greater than 110 percent of the annual debt service, provide sufficient reserves to pay debt of service, and provide sufficient reserves to pay debt service and to ensure protection and integrity of the systems.”

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Martha Stevens left her social work and advocacy positions to run for the District 46 House of Representatives seat. Her job experiences gave her ideas for public policies on health care coverage. For Stevens, health care expansion is one of the most critical issues facing Missourians.

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Tonight on Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talks with Nicholas Rodriguez, also known as NicDanger, about his new E.P. and his career in hip-hop and rap music. Also, Doug Wilson previews this weekend’s Central Missouri Renaissance Festival in Callaway County.

This week on Discover Nature, watch for spiders spinning silken webs, and “ballooning.”

Today Paul Pepper visits with ANGELA NELSON, Market Regulation Director for MoDIFP, about the new MO2GO application for your smartphone. This is a great way to keep all your necessary home/auto/life insurance information in one location because, as Angela says, "I know for me, my life is on my phone!" At [4:04] CB CHASTAIN, University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center, returns with the four 'Cs' that will keep your pet(s) safe this Halloween! October 18, 2016

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The Federal Election Commission is questioning some donations to GOP incumbent Senator Roy Blunt’s campaign, and Democrats are using the questions to attack Blunt in his tight race with Jason Kander.

The Federal Election Commission sent a letter to Roy Blunt’s campaign about a $1000 donation from Missourians for Responsible and Better Government.

This is a group that was formed in 2014 with the leftover money from the gubernatorial campaign of Blunt’s son, Matt. It’s all run by another Blunt, Roy’s son and campaign manager, Andy. Democrats called it the “Blunt Family PAC.”

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Washington University in St. Louis has stopped using sedated cats to train medical students how to insert breathing tubes down the throats of babies, effectively ending the practice in the U.S., according to a medical ethics group.

The Washington University School of Medicine said in a statement on Monday that after a "significant investment" in its simulation center, it will now provide neonatal intubation training using only mannequins and advanced simulators.

Today Paul Pepper visits with longtime friends KIT and CATHY SALTER about an upcoming diabetic workshop at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Columbia! "The Fall of Diabetes," featuring a number of informational workshops and activities, is FREE, but registration is preferred. Watch for details! October 17, 2016

Kansas City Brewers Say Hops Shortage May Be Easing

Oct 17, 2016

Kansas City-area brewers are raising a toast, believing the nation's shortage of hops, used to add bitterness and aroma to beer, may be nearing an end.

The demand for hops is high partly because of America's obsession with India pale ales, which use large amounts of hops. Craft brewers increasingly are infusing more of the soft cone flower from the hops plant into beers in what Bryce Schaffter of Cinder Block Brewery in Missouri's North Kansas City calls a "hops race."

Accidental Shootings Kill 8 Missouri Children Since 2014

Oct 17, 2016
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Eight Missouri children were killed in accidental shootings in the 2 1/2 years leading up to July, and the top St. Louis prosecutor thinks a new state gun law could result in even more young lives lost.

Columbia Police Department Focuses on Community Policing

Oct 14, 2016
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Last week the Columbia Police Department launched a series of town hall meetings to improve police-community relations across Columbia.

Each meeting centered on policing in a specific department beat of Columbia. Most recently, Shepard Boulevard High School played host to one of those town hall meetings. The meeting centered around issues facing Southeast Columbia.

MoDot Looks to Sell Old, Historic Bridges

Oct 14, 2016

The department of transportation is selling the bridge that crosses the Bourbeuse River on Route B in Phelps County. The bridge was built in 1934 and has historic value, according to MoDot. For this reason, MoDot must offer the bridge for sale before demolishing it.

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The Philippines is in the midst of a spectacularly brutal war on drugs. The man behind it is the President Rodrigo Duterte, who took office June 30.  

In Duterte’s first seven weeks on the job, more than 1,800 people were killed by police or vigilante death squads. By one estimate that figure has climbed to nearly 4,000 through mid-October.

Those being killed aren’t just suspected drug traffickers. They’re also ordinary drug users, street children and sometimes people who are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the bloodshed and the reasons for Duterte's high approval ratings.

Today Paul Pepper and travel guru, MEL ZELENAK, talk about more ways to save a buck while seeing the world, all before you leave the house! Find out about Mel's favorite website in which to book a flight, as well as advice on reading the fine print. October 14, 2016