Brian Ross has long been regarded as one of the best investigative reporters in the business, but Friday’s fact error regarding Michael Flynn’s guilty plea created big problems for ABC. The network has suspended him for four weeks. But, to what end? 

Missouri Department of Conservation

As colder air moves into Missouri this week, keep an eye to the sky for honking flocks of snow geese.

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., about "recovery-friendly hosting," which is offering alternatives to alcohol when hosting a party or friends this holiday season. Heather tells us that there are several reasons to do this, including the fact that almost 10% of the population lives with an alcohol-use disorder. December 5, 2017

City to Move Forward With New Police Building in North Columbia

Dec 5, 2017

Construction on a $9.7 million police precinct and municipal service center in north Columbia is set to begin in mid-2018 after Columbia City Council unanimously approved the design plans Monday night.

The facility will be located on the south side of International Drive in the Auburn Hills subdivision. The building itself is estimated to cost $7.3 million, and other services including design and planning bring the total to the $9.7 million.

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson wants the head of the St. Louis Veterans Home removed in response to claims that patients are being mistreated.

Parson on Monday called for Administrator Rolando Carter's ouster. He alleged that there have been issues with medications, turnover and transparency. The lieutenant governor also wants the assistant administrator out.

Neither Carter nor his second-in-command immediately responded to Associated Press requests for comment Monday.

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The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for parts of northeast, central and southwest Missouri, including Boone County.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for much of northeast, central and southwest Missouri until 9 p.m Monday.

Boone County Clerk's Office Streamlines Website

Dec 4, 2017
Boone County Clerk

Residents of Boone County will now be able to register to vote, change addresses, and request an absentee ballot online. The Boone County Clerk’s Office launched a newly-designed website with these new online services Friday. Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks says he hopes this will make registration easier.

“I’ve always believed that if someone wants to register to vote, they’ll probably find a way to do it through voter registration drives or coming into the County Clerk’s Office,” Burks says. “But if we can lower the barriers to getting people registered, then that’s what we want to do.”

Survey To Evaluate Moberly’s Historic Buildings

Dec 4, 2017

An historic preservation consultant will conduct an architectural inventory in Moberly this winter. Ruth Keenoy of Keenoy Preservation says Moberly received a grant from Missouri’s State Historic Preservation Office for preservation work. Moberly chose Keenoy and Terri Foley, another consultant, to do the work. The project includes a survey of properties to determine whether they could be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Keenoy said an individual property’s eligibility depends on certain guidelines.

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Thirteen states filed a lawsuit Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging a California law that requires farmers to give egg-laying hens more space.

The lawsuit, filed by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, claims the 2015 California egg law is a violation of two federal laws. One prohibits state laws from discriminating against citizens of other states and another bans one state from imposing its farming regulations on other states.

In November, Columbia Public School’s Misha Fugit, a sixth grade English teacher at Jefferson Middle School, received a national award for her work in children’s literacy. KBIA’s Taylor Kinnerup spoke with Fugit about receiving the award and her plans for the grant money.

Kinnerup: Can you just tell me a little bit about the award you've recently received?

Fugit: Yes, I received the Bonnie Campbell Hill National Literacy Leader Award - it has a very long title - from the Children's Literature Assembly, which is a branch of the National Council for the Teachers of English. So, that’s a mouthful, but the award is really about helping teachers who have shown promise in the field, as far as their contributions to articles or thinking in the field, to learn and grow themselves as professionals in an area that they're interested in.

Missouri School of Journalism

  It’s hard to think of a more important topic for civic conversation than the relationship between our police department and our minority, especially African-American, community.

That’s why it’s so painful to realize that the conversation on that topic that has been under way since August at the Second Missionary Baptist Church seems to be going in a closed circle, with a decreasing number of the same well-intentioned participants saying the same things to each other but little indication of progress.


Read the complete column online at the Missourian.

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Voluntary Action Center, about the need for more people to sponsor a family this Christmas. Even if you can't do the shopping yourself, a monetary donation or a gift card will still go a long way in making someone's holiday season extra-special! At [4:34] DICK DALTON invites everyone to come see Capital City Productions' take on 'A Christmas Carol'. According to Dick, musical director Brandon Sankpill has chosen music that isn't necessarily Christmas music to further this modern-day retelling of the classic story. December 4, 2017

In a Time of MU Struggles, MU Health Care Reports Strong Year

Dec 4, 2017
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Thanks to two partnerships, one past and one future, MU Health Care is positioned well for future growth, CEO Jonathan Curtright said at a Friday meeting of the UM System Board of Curators Health Affairs Committee.

Curator and committee member John Phillips agreed with the positive characterization of MU Health Care’s financial state: “Very strong performance,” he said. “I think we can all see things are going quite well this year.”

The Tiger Institute, a venture between MU Health Care and Cerner Corp., helps keep medical records far more effectively, and the future partnership of Boone Hospital Center and MU Health Care provides enormous potential for growth and improvement, Curtright said.

Columbia's 2017 Homicide Total is Highest Since 2000

Dec 4, 2017
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Nine people have been killed in homicides so far this year, the most in more than 15 years — and there’s one month left.

Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30, there have been nine reported homicides in Columbia, and almost all of the victims were black, according to data from the city. The number of homicides is tied with the highest number the city has seen in an entire year since at least 1985, the earliest data is available.

A Sprawling Veterans United Opens its 17th Location in Columbia

Dec 4, 2017
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Industrial parks don’t typically inspire a vision of employee health and wellness. Veterans United Home Loans seems intent on changing that.

The company provides mortgage loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs through the VA home loan program and refinancing opportunities for veterans. It opened its 17th Columbia location to staff members Nov. 29 at 1500 Vandiver Drive.

University of Missouri Reveals Long-term Enrollment Goals

Dec 4, 2017
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The University of Missouri is setting some lofty goals for increasing enrollment and helping students stay in school and find employment after graduation.

A university committee on enrollment recently unveiled five goals that it wants the Missouri to reach by 2023.

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Robert Greene Film Nominated for Sundance Film Festival

Dec 1, 2017

Award-winning filmmaker and MU professor Robert Greene is returning to the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival with another nominated film.

On Wednesday, Greene’s latest project, “Bisbee ‘17,” was announced as a feature in the festival’s U.S. documentary competition. The film explores the 100-year-old mass deportation of immigrant minors in a town on the Arizona-Mexico border. Credited as both screenwriter and director, Greene used locals to reenact the town’s painful past in the documentary.

First Capital City Festival of Lights Kicks Off

Dec 1, 2017
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Jefferson City is lighting up for the first time this holiday season with its inaugural Capital City Festival of Lights.

The drive-through festival is completely run by volunteers who have set up 15 displays at Binder Park, including LED sets with Santa, elves and reindeer. Some of the displays even sync to car radios to give a completely immersive experience.

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Three in 10 Americans now have a tattoo, according to a 2016 Harris Poll survey. But even with so much demand, getting a start as a tattoo artist can be difficult.

Gabe Garcia has owned and operated Iron Tiger Tattoo in Columbia for eight years and Tattoo You for three. He started apprenticing at the age of 18. He said getting your foot in the door takes artistic talent, extensive training, people skills and a little bit of luck.

In this special preview of the True/False Podcast Season 2, directors Myles Kane and Josh Koury discuss filming legendary journalist Gay Talese and he writes the unforgettable story of Gerald Foos. Their film VOYEUR is out on Netflix now. The True/False Podcast returns in January 2018.

Today Paul Pepper visits with KAY GLASS about the 2017 Calvary Episcopal Church Bazaar, happening tomorrow in Columbia. Arrive early for the famous church mice or you'll miss out! Proceeds benefit several organizations in our community -- watch for details! At [3:44] MAJOR JACK HOLLOWAY reminds us about all the good the Salvation Army does throughout the year, and how most of the money they raise is done so during the holiday season! Find out where the money goes and about the many different ways in which you can donate. December 1, 2017

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Housing Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Tax Credits

Dec 1, 2017

The staff of the Missouri Housing Development Commission will hold a public hearing Friday in Columbia on a plan to end the state’s low-income housing tax credits.

The public hearing will be at 11 a.m. at the Stoney Creek Inn, 2601 S. Providence Road.

On Nov. 17, the commission narrowly approved a draft “Qualified Allocation Plan” that would not give out $140 million in state tax credits that for years have helped build and renovate low-income housing in Missouri.

New Appointee Resigns Embattled Missouri Education Board

Dec 1, 2017
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A new appointee to Missouri's embattled State Board of Education has resigned.

Claudia Onate Greim stepped down Thursday following months of work by Gov. Eric Greitens to fill the education board with a majority of his appointees and replace Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven.

Massive multiplayer online role playing games like "World of Warcraft" and "League of Legends" are wildly popular in China. 

But the popularity of online games has given rise to fears that the country has raised a generation of "internet addicts." One 2009 survey estimated there are 24 million young people addicted to the internet in the country. 

The concern spurred the opening of more than 300 internet addiction treatment centers - many of which resemble boot camps that use controversial techniques to try to cure patients. 

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at internet addiction in China.