Republican Gov. Eric Greitens' nonprofit has donated $250,000 to a political action committee created to help stave off efforts by labor unions to repeal Missouri's right-to-work law.

The Kansas City Star reports that the source of the money given Monday to Missourians for Worker Freedom is unknown. That's because nonprofits, such as Greitens' A New Missouri Inc., aren't required to disclose donors.

Paul Pepper: Author John Howe, "The Foolish Corner"

Jul 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with author JOHN HOWE. The basis of his book, "The Foolish Corner," is something called "behavioral economics," and John uses that foundation to help guide you in making wise financial decisions. In this interview, John touches on "confirmation bias" and "hedonic adaptation." July 19, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's unemployment rate has dropped slightly.

The state's Economic Development Department announced Tuesday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went down from 3.9 percent in May to 3.8 percent in June.

Unemployment had been holding steady at 3.9 percent from March through May.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri state lawmaker from suburban St. Louis says he'll appeal the more than $114,000 in fines he has been assessed for allegedly violating campaign finance laws, blaming the supposed misconduct on the theft of his debit card and campaign computer.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Missouri Ethics Commission concluded Democratic state Rep. Courtney Curtis of Berkeley kept at least 11 bank accounts for his re-election fund, potentially allowing him to use some donations for personal use.

Officials Worry Greitens' Drug Program May Not Mesh With Current Efforts

Jul 19, 2017

COLUMBIA — At the command of the governor, a statewide prescription drug monitoring program is in the works — but local officials say they are concerned about how it may mesh with an established local monitoring program.

Farm Your Yard: Planning the Fall Garden

Jul 18, 2017
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

It’s the middle of summer and the garden is bumping. It’s hot and I am busy trying to keep everything watered and fighting off the inevitable disease and fungus problems that plague all tomatoes grown in our humid climate.

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The University of Missouri System has closed its $10 million medical research institute as part of an effort to cut costs.

University spokesperson Christian Basi tells the Columbia Missourian that the decision to close the International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine will affect 17 full-time and part-time employees through layoffs and contract non-renewals.

Missouri Department of Conservation

As we head into the middle of summer, keep an eye out in the woods for ripening blackberries.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back poet, author and Missouri's first poet laureate, WALTER BARGEN! Walter reads his poem, "Queen Anne's Lace," which he dedicates to the white lanky wild flower of the same name (it's actually a member of the carrot family!). Meet Walter in person next month in Ashland - watch for details! July 18, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A dispute over a common weed killer is turning neighbor against neighbor across much of farm country.

The furor surrounding the herbicide dicamba has quickly become the biggest controversy of its kind in U.S. agriculture. And it is even suspected as a factor in the death of a farmer who was allegedly shot by a worker from a nearby farm where the chemical had been sprayed.

Crops near many treated soybean fields have turned up with leaves that were cupped and crinkled.

$10 Million Medical Research Institute Closed by MU

Jul 18, 2017

COLUMBIA — The MU International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine was closed June 30 as part of the UM System's cost-cutting measures.

The institute, at 1514 Research Park Drive off Providence Road, has been on campus since 2009. The decision to close the institute was made last month, MU spokesman Christian Basi wrote in an email.

MU broke ground on the $10 million institute in 2008. The future of the building is still to be determined, but it is likely to be used as a research facility, Basi wrote.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — City leaders in Missouri's capital are hoping that new legislation will help rejuvenate the state's former prison and the largely dilapidated area around it.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Gov. Eric Greitens signed a measure last week turning over 32 acres of state-owned land to Jefferson City. The city plans to build roads, hotels and new housing in the shadow of the old Missouri State Penitentiary, which closed in 2004.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DEBBIE CRITCHFIELD, Owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Columbia, about the services they provide for elderly people who live in their own home, but are in need of some assistance, and the caregivers who provide that assistance. At [5:11] actors SARAH JOST and DANE JOHNSON, "Beauty" and "the Beast," respectively, invite everyone to Maplewood Barn's production of "Beauty and the Beast." This classic fairy tale is sure to delight and entertain the whole family, so don't miss it! July 17, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has vetoed a bill that he says would mean children could ride on the bows of boats without railings.

Greitens took action on that bill and several others Friday.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An investigation has found that Missouri prison workers failed to properly check on an inmate whose cellmate repeatedly sexually and physically abused him.

One Dead After Overnight Triple Shooting

Jul 17, 2017

COLUMBIA — One man is dead following a triple shooting that occurred before 3 a.m. Sunday morning in the area of Trimble and Brickton roads.

Thousands of customers of an internet and television company have experienced service interruptions in three states after two large fiber-optic cables were accidentally cut.

Mediacom spokeswoman Phyllis Peters tells the Columbia Missourian that customers in Georgia, Illinois and Missouri experienced service issues after a road crew mower severed a cable Thursday near Fitzgerald, Georgia. A construction crew severed another cable just over a half hour later near Carrollton, Missouri.

Jack Gouverneur stands looking into the camera. He is 86 years old, has many wrinkles and is balding. He wears a blue and black striped polo. There is an American flag flying over his left shoulder.
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Jack Gouverneur is an 86-year-old Korean War veteran who lives in Carthage, Missouri. Last month, over the course of a weekend, he waited in line for hours to get free dental care at the 6th annual MOMOM or Missouri Mission of Mercy.  MOMOM is a once a year, two-day dental clinic providing free care for anyone who’s willing to wait in line. It’s in a different place every year, and this year the event was held in Joplin, Missouri. Jack does have dental insurance, but said MOMOM happened at the "right time," and allowed him to get three teeth extracted without having to pay his insurance co-pays. He reflected on the dental care he has received throughout his 86 years.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at

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Homosexuality may not be illegal in China, but LGBT people in the world's most populous country often live their lives in the shadows.

By one estimate, as many as 80 percent of the country's 20 million gay men marry women due to social pressure. The phenomenon is so common it has its own word in Mandarin, "tongqi," or "gay man's wife."

But the views of LGBT people are changing, particularly in China's biggest cities. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at how Chinese views of gay rights are evolving.

This program originally aired Feb. 16, 2017.

Angie Bennett

A group of Mid-Missouri veterans recently returned from a trip to Washington DC. They were participants in the Central Missouri Honor Flight #47. The group's vice-president, Steve Paulsell, was recently a guest on Thinking Out Loud. He visited with Darren Hellwege about how the local group recognizes those who served their country.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JACK SCHULTZ, Director, Bond Life Sciences Center, about why the population of arctic hares rise and fall so dramatically. Could it be because of the arctic fox? Perhaps, but not in the way you might be thinking. July 14, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are at a standstill on broad anti-abortion legislation more than a month after Republican Gov. Eric Greitens called them into a special session to deal with abortion issues.

The legislation calls for several new regulations, such as annual state inspections of abortion clinics. But one of the provisions causing the most confusion addresses a St. Louis ordinance intended to prevent discrimination based on reproductive health decisions, such as pregnancy and abortion.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The $10 per hour minimum wage law in St. Louis will be short-lived, but an effort launching Friday will encourage and pressure businesses to honor the higher wage even if state law doesn't require it.

Organizers on Thursday detailed the "Save the Raise" campaign to The Associated Press. It will urge employers to keep paying workers at least $10 an hour. Businesses agreeing to do so will be listed on the campaign's website. On the other side, organizers vow to protest businesses that roll back wages.

Library Board Approves Policy Allowing Employees to Carry Weapons

Jul 14, 2017

COLUMBIA — The Daniel Boone Regional Library Board of Trustees unanimously approved a policy change Thursday that allows employees with valid concealed carry permits to bring weapons to work.