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Kansas City deems measles outbreaks officially over

Jun 12, 2018

Kansas City's two measles outbreaks are over, but officials are just starting to calculate the costs of containing them.

The Kansas City Star reports that the city deemed the outbreaks officially over as of Monday, when there had been no new cases in 42 days, or two incubation periods. The city had been combating the highly contagious virus since March.

More than $170,000 in taxpayer resources went to holding the outbreaks to 35 total cases, 22 of which were in Kansas.

Maples Rep Theatre is kicking off their 2018 season with "Mamma Mia," and we've got a sneak peek! Check out 'Donna and the Dynamos' (MARIA KONSTANTINIDIS, FAITH SANDBERG and MEGAN OPALINSKI) ) singing "Dancing Queen." Guest: TODD DAVISON June 12, 2018

Columbia School Board approves budget, discusses suicide prevention policy

Jun 12, 2018
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The Columbia School Board unanimously approved the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget for Columbia Public Schools on Monday night. It will go into effect on July 1.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson called a rare meeting Monday with Missouri's congressional delegation, earning bipartisan praise from lawmakers.

The group met to discuss a variety of issues facing the state, including infrastructure and the opioid crisis. Stepping out of Parson's office a little before noon, several lawmakers said their relationship with the current governor was already better than the one they had with Eric Greitens, who resigned less than two weeks ago. Both Parson and Greitens are Republicans.

Director ROB CROUSE says that this will be the Central Missouri premiere of Disney's Tony award-winning musical "Newsies." ALEX ARMSTRONG plays Jack, the leader of the on-strike newsies who are preparing to go toe-to-toe with "the rich and powerful men who own New York City." | Also, NICK FOSTER is looking for donations to help keep low-income families and individuals cool this summer through Voluntary Action Center's fan program. Find out how you can get involved! (5:38) June 11, 2018

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man who served 20 years in prison is enjoying his freedom after he had his sentence commuted by outgoing Gov. Eric Greitens.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 52-year-old Jessie McKim had been serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the 1997 death of Wendy Wagnon of Kirksville.

Evidence of an inaccurate ruling on the part of a medical examiner, prosecutorial misconduct and witness credibility were all said to be reasons for a new trial. But they were all denied by appeals courts.

Parson Won't Reinstate Low-Income Housing Tax Credits This Year

Jun 11, 2018

New Gov. Mike Parson said he has no plans to reinstate a popular low-income housing tax credit program.

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Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ office parted ways with speechwriter and communications advisor Jimmy Soni in spring of 2017, just as Soni was coming under renewed fire over past sexual harassment allegations. But the two didn’t stay apart for long. Public records show Soni continued to be paid for work by Greitens’ campaign, even as accusations of the former governor’s own sexual misconduct began to catch up with him.

Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson has named a county prosecutor as general counsel to the governor's office.

Parson on Friday announced he picked Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Limbaugh for the job.

Former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Limbaugh to be prosecutor in the southeast Missouri county in 2012.

The prosecutor is from a well-known legal family in Missouri.

He is the son of former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. and a grandson of retired U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh.

A special prosecutor will not refile a felony invasion-of-privacy charge against former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced her decision Friday, one week after the Republican governor's resignation.

A St. Louis grand jury in February indicted Greitens, accusing him of taking an unauthorized and compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair in 2015, before he was elected.

If you've got a "stable heart," MU Health Care cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM encourages you to try turning your ordinary exercise routine into combination of maximum intensity for four minutes, followed by moderate intensity for four minutes. And don't forget to smile. June 8, 2018

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley is making a 100-stop tour of Missouri businesses.

Hawley's next stops are Friday in Springfield and Conway. He says the goal is to highlight workers and what he described as the "collapse of the middle class."

Hawley is running for Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat in a race that could determine party control of the U.S. Senate.

McCaskill last year held more than 50 town halls across Missouri.

Community Food Assessment Reveals Problems with Food Distribution, Accessibility

Jun 8, 2018

Data from the Community Food Assessment was presented to Columbia residents at the Activity and Recreation Center Thursday night. The community health survey was conducted through March 16 by Live Well Boone County and the Build This Town Campaign for the construction of the Agriculture Park.

The assessment, organized by the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, revealed problems in residents’ access to food. Some of the most prominent issues were grocery store distribution, availability of healthy and affordable food options and transportation to food sources.

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When South Sudan became a country in 2011, there was a lot of optimism in a nation where people had endured decades of conflict to win independence from Sudan.

But within three years, the country had descended into its own civil war – a war that continues to this day.

Today more than a third of South Sudan’s population has been forced from their homes. Children are used as soldiers and mass rape as a weapon of war.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at why the government and the main rebel group have been unable to make peace, and whether a policy shift by the Trump administration may lead to a deal.


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The Missouri House committee that had been investigating former Gov. Eric Greitens has dropped an attempt to get records related to a nonprofit group that supported him.

A Cole County judge had scheduled a hearing Thursday on whether to still enforce a House subpoena for records from Greitens' campaign and a pro-Greitens group called A New Missouri in light of his resignation last Friday.

But that hearing was canceled after a House attorney notified the judge Wednesday that it's withdrawing its request to enforce the subpoena.

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University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright, Vice Chancellor Rhonda Gibler for Finance and Interim Provost Jim Spain announced budget cuts for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year, which begins July 1. This included a general revenue reallocation of $45 million, with cuts ranging from 5 to 12 percent across departments at MU.

If you've never been to Olivet Christian Church's annual chicken and mutton barbecue (dine in or drive thru!), you're really missing out on a "great experience." Find out why! Guests: JOE REEDER and RITA REEDER | Also, our consumer expert MEL ZELENAK wants to give back. If you're a young couple looking for advice when it comes to financial management, Mel is here to help - for free! Watch for details. (3:43) June 7, 201

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A second lawsuit has been filed against a guard at a Missouri women's prison alleging sexual assault of an inmate.

The Kansas City Star reports the lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Chillicothe Correctional Center officer Edward Bearden of sexually assaulting an inmate. The lawsuit also names two of Bearden's superiors and the Missouri Department of Corrections official responsible for preventing prison rape.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to disposing of a gun that was pulled before a guard fatally shot a man on New Year's Day at a Columbia restaurant.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 20-year-old Jaylon Freelon, of Columbia, was sentenced Monday to five months in jail for evidence tampering and given credit for time served.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says he's keeping his predecessor Eric Greitens' ban on lobbyist gifts to executive staffers.

That means Parson also is now banned from accepting meals and other gifts. Parson previously served as lieutenant governor but was elevated to the state's top executive office when Greitens resigned amid personal and political scandal Friday.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a former Columbia Public Schools teacher has been charged with having sexual contact with a student.

Court records show the felony was filed Tuesday against Sean Diestel. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the probable cause statement says he is a former laser technology and vocational technology instructor at the Columbia Area Career Center, and is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student who was enrolled in his class last year.

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Set on a Minnesota farm, "The Wedding Present" is a drama-comedy about one man's trek to the alter, by way of a domineering mother-of-the-bride and a surprise guest. This two-week run at Talking Horse Productions will be the premiere of writer Matt Braaten's story. Guest: ED HANSON | Also, KIM SHELMADINE and ANN ANDERSON tell us about all the good Central Missouri Community Action's Foster Grandparent Program does for our community, and why you should get involved! (3:50) June 6, 2018

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