Today Paul Pepper visits with Capital City Productions actors BRANDON SANKPILL and JOSHUA LEHTO about "Beauty and the Beast," opening this Thursday at the Shikles Center in Jefferson City. This cast of 38 is ready to sing, soar, dance and delight audiences of all ages! At [4:24] WALTER BARGEN and TRACY EICHHORN invite everyone to "Through the Eyes of a Poet" at the Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance gallery in Ashland. Walter tells us that this hands-on workshop will be a chance for artists of all kinds to express themselves using his original poetry and prose. August 7, 2017

Columbia Utility Rates to Increase

Aug 7, 2017

Utility rates across Columbia will be slightly increased heading into the new fiscal year.

An increase in all five utilities' monthly costs will combine to increase Columbia residents' utility bills by about $3.83 for fiscal year 2018 starting in October, said Jim Windsor, assistant director of Columbia Utilities. The dollar figure is an average.

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An observatory in southwest Missouri has reopened after completing renovations.

The Joplin Globe reports that the Stilabower Public Observatory in Lamar has a new replacement telescope that allows visitors to specify an object or coordinates to find in the sky.

Kansas City's mayor has threatened to file ethics complaints against his city council colleagues if he learns they have revealed information from closed council meetings.

The Kansas City Star reports that Mayor Sly James made the threat during a closed session.

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The day after Gov. Eric Greitens advocated increasing education and job training programs for inmates, he signed a budget that cut $1.4 million from Missouri Department of Corrections rehabilitation programs, with most of the reduction coming in education programs.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that in a June 29 Facebook post, Greitens said programs that help inmates learn a trade, be better parents or earn a high school diploma makes the millions of tax dollars spent on the prison system worth something.

MU Research Centers to Perform Experiments During Eclipse

Aug 4, 2017
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MU research centers will use the upcoming eclipse to their scientific advantage.

Bradford and South Farm research centers will host visitors for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, according to a news release from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Visitors will also get to watch research experiments in progress via livestreams.

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A new Missouri law has made 183 St. Louis teachers eligible for retirement, though the district's top administrator and union members don't expect an exodus of teachers.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the school district is sending teachers a letter signed by Superintendent Kelvin Adams and the American Federation of Teachers' local president, Sally Topping, urging retirement-eligible teachers to stay.

Today Paul Pepper visits with STEWART SCOTT, Owner, Cevet Tree Care, about how to successfully plant trees in your own yard. Stewart says, "quite often a small tree that's in a pot, if it's planted correctly, will outgrow a large tree that's bald and burlaped." Find out why and what you should look for the next time you visit a nursery. At [4:28] DEBBIE FURNELL and MELISSA HOLYOAK invite everyone to GenCOMO 2017, a "genealogy and family history conference" for beginners and experts alike, now in it's third year! Debbie says, "DNA can tell you a lot, but it can't tell you everything!" August 4, 2017

Congress has passed a proposal pushed by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill that's aimed at helping World War II veterans she says were exposed to mustard gas by the military.

McCaskill told reporters Thursday that the measure will show veterans that the government believes them and could help them get benefits.

Senators sent the proposal to President Donald Trump as part of another bill to expand college aid for military veterans.

Express Scripts gave $10,000 to help fund Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' inauguration months before it received a no-bid contract with the state.

The Kansas City Star reported Thursday that the donation was listed on Express Scripts' website among other political contributions. Greitens had released a list of "benefactors" to his January inauguration but did not disclose how much donors gave.

A nonprofit group and two St. Charles County residents are suing the county over its prescription drug monitoring program.

Carl Bearden, executive director of United for Missouri, said in a news release Thursday that the drug monitoring program violates citizens' right to privacy and against unreasonable searches and seizures.

St. Charles' program requires those prescribing and dispensing prescription drugs to provide information to the Department of Public Health. The goal is to prevent people from "doctor shopping" to obtain several prescriptions from different doctors.


A St. Louis-area branch of the NAACP is pushing back against an advisory supported by state and national NAACP members that urges caution while traveling in Missouri.

St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood said in a statement Thursday that the advisory could end up hurting workers in the state's hospitality industry.

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Globalization has brought huge benefits to billions of people. But one of the drawbacks to it has been the acceleration of the disappearance of many indigenous languages around the world as a few dominant languages like English replace them.

In North America, there are 278 different languages that are classified as vulnerable or endangered by the UN. In some cases, like that of the Ho-Chunk people in Wisconsin, only a few dozen people speak the language fluently.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at efforts to revive North American indigenous languages in danger of extinction.

Today Paul Pepper visits with BRIANNA LENNON about Missouri's latest voting rules and procedures ahead of next week's election. She tells us that there are three different ways in which to present identification at the polls. Find out which one is right for you! At [4:46] CONNIE SHAY invites everyone to this Saturday's Peacemakers Quilt Show inside Linn Memorial Church in Fayette. The theme this year is "The Past Revisited," and, as usual, it's all a part of the Fayette Festival of the Arts! August 3, 2017

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An appeals court has revived a man's lawsuit claiming police violated his civil rights in 2014 when they arrested him during protests of the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting death of Michael Brown.

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed a judge's dismissal of Dwayne Matthews Jr.'s case against police. Matthews says police beat him, held his head under water in a culvert and used pepper spray on him.

First Day of School for New MU Chancellor

Aug 3, 2017
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Alex Cartwright, former State University of New York System provost and executive vice chancellor, took over as MU's chancellor Tuesday.

His arrival marked the first day MU has had a non-interim chancellor since the end of 2015. Although he officially began Tuesday, he's been actively involved behind the scenes for some time.

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is taking a first step toward entering the race for U.S. Senate.

Hawley spokesman Scott Paradise on Wednesday confirmed the Republican will launch an exploratory committee this week for a possible challenge to Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Voters to Decide Whether to Extend County Sales Tax for Roads

Aug 2, 2017

A few months ago, St. Charles Road in northeast Columbia was full of cracks, rumbles and potholes. The road had not been treated since the 1990s when it was originally paved.

In July, Boone County began to rehabilitate a portion of the road from Battle High School to Route Z. Its completion was celebrated this week.

The project cost the county $244,026. 

United Begins Flights to Chicago and Denver

Aug 2, 2017
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The partnership between United Airlines and Columbia Regional Airport kicked off Tuesday afternoon as passengers took the first United flight to Chicago. 

Beginning Tuesday, United is the second airline to service Columbia in addition to American Airlines. United will offer twice-daily flights to and from Chicago O'Hare International Airport and a daily flight to and from Denver International Airport. 

This is the first time United has flown from Columbia, said Steven Sapp, community relations director for the city of Columbia. 

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A recent special legislative session on abortion policies cost Missouri taxpayers nearly $92,000.

Figures provided to The Associated Press show the House spent about $60,000 and the Senate nearly $32,000 on the session that ran from mid-June to late July.

The session resulted in a new law that will tighten abortion regulations, give the attorney general power to prosecute violations and exempt pregnancy resource centers from a St. Louis ordinance banning discrimination based on "reproductive health decisions."

Today Paul Pepper visits with MIKE PARKS, Manager, Columbia Regional Airport, about what the addition of United Airlines will mean for people who are familiar with flying out of Columbia. August 2, 2017

A lawyer for is declining to comment on efforts by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to dismiss a lawsuit the company filed against him.

Hawley filed a motion Tuesday against Backpage, saying its lawsuit seeking to block him from investigating Backpage is frivolous and should be tossed.

Hawley launched an investigation of the company this year and in May issued civil investigative demands seeking documents from Backpage, which hasn't complied.

The Rams are long gone from St. Louis, but they still may owe more than $350,000 in taxes to the state of Missouri.

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a ruling from an administrative hearing that determined the NFL team did not have to pay state sales tax on a special city entertainment fee added to tickets from 2007 to 2013. The state said during oral arguments in March that the Rams owe up to $352,000.

Attorneys for the Rams have argued that the state owes the team $401,000 in improperly assessed sales taxes.

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Missouri’s 65 species of freshwater mussels live all around us, sitting quietly in the bottoms of rivers and streams, often unnoticed despite their bright pearls and colorful names. Discover Nature this week, as the “Pocketbook” mussel begins breeding.