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A Missouri state trooper charged in the death of an Iowa man who drowned while in his custody is scheduled for trial this summer. 

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The 2016 holiday season is approaching. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Trevor Harris talked to a pair of Columbians who want you to think about the impact of your gift purchases on the lives of the people who made them.

Today Paul Pepper visits with our resident consumer/travel expert, MEL ZELENAK, about sharing ideas. Does your neighbor or friend know of a way to save a buck or two? Do you? If so, pass it on! Mel also delves more into his favorite bit of advice for young investors: avoid the financial planner. Watch! November 21, 2016

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Services were held in northern Missouri this weekend for a soldier killed outside a military base in Jordan earlier this month.

Matthew Lewellen was one of three U.S. Army sergeants from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, killed in early November in a shooting outside the base in southern Jordan.

Two students with ties to Missouri have been named Rhodes scholars to study at the University of Oxford in England.

The Rhodes Trust said in a release Sunday that Kirk P. Smith, from St. Louis, and Olivia A. Klevorn, who is from Chicago, are among the 32 U.S. students awarded the 2017 scholarships.

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Can food be organic even if it’s not grown in soil?

Many hydroponic growers in the U.S. want access to the $40 billion organic market, but a board that advises the U.S. Agriculture Department on organic industry policy signaled Friday it would recommend excluding produce not in grown in soil from the federal organic program.

Local Agencies Will Simulate Active Shooter Situation

Nov 18, 2016
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The Boone County Office of Emergency Management will hold a simulated active shooter response exercise, on Monday November 21. The first exercise will be at the University of Missouri campus in Laws Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. The second will be at Southern Boone Elementary school in Ashland from 6 to 8 p.m.

Each exercise will incorporate sounds of gunfire, over 100 local emergency responders and 30 volunteers acting as real victims. Some volunteers will be wearing make-up, simulating actual injuries.

Well.  I did not see this election coming.  I take no comfort in being in good company.  The evidence was in plain sight.  I chose to discount or ignore it, because I was wed to old ways of thinking.  Clearly many of the analytics we use in elections are obsolete or irrelevant or both.  This applies especially to polls, whose problems I have been talking about in this space for some time.

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About 5,000 women are killed each year in so-called "honor" killings around the world.

These are crimes in which the victims, who are almost always female, are killed by family members - usually men - for bringing what they see as dishonor on the family.

Pakistan and India have the highest rates of "honor" killings in the world. But a new law in Pakistan has made such killings illegal - and raised hopes that the government will address gender violence more effectively.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the history of these killings and some recent high-profile cases that have renewed efforts to end the practice.  

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back DEBBIE PARKER, MU's Center for English Language Learning, who introduces us to CHUQIAO WU, a student in the IEP Conversation Partner Program. This program encourages "students to meet Americans outside of class to practice their English skills and learn about American culture." November 18, 2016

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Nov 18, 2016

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The state of Missouri will pay $9 million to the family of an Iowa man who drowned while he was in custody of a state trooper.

The settlement announced Thursday ends a civil lawsuit filed by the family of Brandon Ellingson after he died in May 2014 on the Lake of the Ozarks. Ellingson, an Arizona State University student from suburban Des Moines, Iowa, was arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. While in a boat with Trooper Anthony Piercy, Ellingson fell into the water while wearing handcuffs and an improperly secured life vest.

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  A mumps outbreak at the University of Missouri continues to grow with 31 confirmed cases.

The university also said Wednesday that there are another 27 probable cases of people who have been in close contact with someone with confirmed mumps and have shown symptoms for at least two days. The university says it's working with health officials to control the outbreak.

Mumps is a viral infection that causes swelling in the salivary glands and cheeks. Anyone with symptoms is asked to stay at home.


  Officials with the Ladue School District and the St. Louis County chapter of the NAACP will meet Friday to discuss recent racial incidents at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

NAACP board member John Gaskin III told KMOV-TV that the district needs to find a way to get past the incidents.

More than 100 students walked out Wednesday in protest.

Appeals Court Rejects Lawsuit Against California Egg Law

Nov 17, 2016

  A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by six states challenging a California law that prohibits the sale off eggs from chickens that are not raised in accordance with strict space requirements.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that the states failed to show how the law would affect them and not just individual egg farmers. California voters approved a ballot initiative in 2008 that required that egg-laying hens in the state spend most of their day with enough space to allow them to lie down, stand up, turn around and fully extend their limbs.

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“Paris la nuit, je trouve ça plus séduisant que Paris le jour.”

“Paris by night is more seductive than Paris by day.”

Julien Coquelle is a French student in journalism at the University of Missouri. He is from Chantilly, a city near the French capital.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation collected more than 19,000 samples from deer killed in Northeast, East central and central Missouri last weekend.

Hunters in 29 Missouri counties were required to bring harvested deer to department-run stations and have their lymph nodes sampled during the opening weekend of the November firearms season. The lymph nodes were collected and sent to a lab to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Results are expected to take 4-6 weeks.

CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects deer across 29 counties in Missouri. It can be spread through deer to deer contact, or from contaminated sources in the environment. It slowly deteriorates the brain and nervous system. As of now, it hasn’t been proven harmful to humans.

Robert Hemmelgarn, a representative of the Missouri Department of Conservation, said the research and testing would be hard to do without hunter cooperation.

Hundreds Join Columbia’s Peace Walk Against Hate

Nov 17, 2016

Hundreds of people gathered in Peace Park in Columbia Wednesday evening for a “Peace Walk Against Hate.” Demonstrators walked through downtown Columbia to the Boone County Courthouse while chanting and holding signs about peace and unity. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOHN MURRAY, Director of the University Concert Series, about all the holiday-themed entertainment that's set to hit the stage as early as November 28th! John says, "we don't start before Thanksgiving, but boy, we start right after." And rightly so with a jam-packed schedule like this that's sure to delight the whole family! Tickets on sale now. At [3:28] we meet NANCY HOLLOWAY, one of the new majors for the local Salvation Army. Nancy talks about the importance of Columbia's Harbor House, a homeless shelter that benefits from your donation during the annual holiday "giving" season. Watch! November 17, 2016

Morning Newscast for November 17, 2016

Nov 17, 2016
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Missouri's two U.S. senators have been named to top positions in Republican leadership and legislative committees.








Republican Sen. Roy Blunt on Wednesday announced he was re-elected vice chairman of the Senate's GOP caucus.

He said Republicans want to work with GOP President-elect Donald Trump on issues such as Democratic President Barack Obama's federal health care law, regulations and vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court.

City of Columbia Plans to Replace Utility Systems

Nov 17, 2016
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The Columbia Utilities Department  and Department of Public Works are co-developing improvement projects for Garth Avenue and Sexton Road.

The project is in its developmental stages. The main focus of the plan is to replace failing sanitary and storm water utility pipes. The Public Works department will be filling in sidewalk gaps. The systems have been causing problems to residents in the area. Problems range from sewer and water backups in peoples basements and road flooding during heavy rains.

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Missouri's employment has reached an all-time high.

The state Department of Economic Development on Wednesday said nonfarm payroll employment grew by 9,300 jobs in October. That's a record high at more than 2.8 million jobs. The state gained close to 51,000 jobs in the past year.

Unemployment also dropped slightly from 5.2 percent to 5.1 percent.

Outgoing Gov. Jay Nixon praised the employment numbers Wednesday. He also touted Boeing Co.'s Tuesday announcement that the company would move 500 jobs to St. Louis County.

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  The man who took the NFL out of St. Louis won't be pursuing a mega-development in the St. Louis suburbs after all.

Officials in Maryland Heights, Missouri, said Wednesday that billionaire real estate developer Stan Kroenke and St. Louis attorney Alan Bornstein have ended plans to develop 1,800 acres near the Missouri River.

Maryland Heights officials blamed the struggling retail economy, saying the developers couldn't find enough stores for the project.

Messages seeking comment from Kroenke and Bornstein were not returned.

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  Missouri Supreme Court judges are weighing arguments over the constitutionality of a law passed in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson that would cap the amount of revenue cities can keep from traffic fines and court fees.

A lawyer for several St. Louis suburbs told judges in the capital courthouse Wednesday that the law unfairly targets those cities.

The law limits most cities to 20 percent of their budgets. St. Louis County municipalities face a 12.5 percent cap.

We’re learning the names of some of President-elect Trump’s first appointments. How should the news media cover those? And, when do you use terms like “alt-right” versus “white nationalist?” Also, Mark Zuckerberg’s response to the notion the spread of fake news on Facebook affected the outcome of the election, nonprofit news organizations see a rush of donations, and the death of Gwen Ifill. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELYNDA LOTVEN about this weekend's 7th annual Fall Into Art event at Parkade Center in Columbia! Don't miss works of art by 59 artists from all over Missouri. (Oh, and yes, the giant 'turkey gourd' you see was painted by Melynda and will be available for sale!) At [4:16] SASHA GOODNOW and SARAH GOODNOW RILEY-LAND have come up with a fantastic idea - and their timing couldn't be better! If while preparing Thanksgiving dinner next week you find yourself in need of certain speciality items (bread makers, dehydrators, mixers, etc.), the Free Kitchen Library is here to help - watch! November 16, 2016