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A grant could fund four new Columbia police officers. 

The Columbia City Council will consider a bill to accept a grant from the United States Department of Justice during its meeting on January 3, according to a release issued by the city Thursday. 

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Missouri Republican Governor-elect Eric Greitens will make budget cuts after he takes office.

Greitens' senior adviser Austin Chambers announced plans for budget cuts Thursday but declined to provide further details, including how much spending previously approved by lawmakers the next governor will restrict.

Greitens takes office January 9. He replaces outgoing Democratic Governor Jay Nixon, who was barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

Today Paul Pepper and BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager at the City of Columbia, talk about what to do with your Christmas tree once it comes down. (No rush, seriously!) One option is to have the city pick up your full-sized tree (through the end of January) and use it to create methane via the bioreactor at the landfill. Find out more! Plus, get an update on the CoMo Energy Challenge - just two days left to try and win $5M! December 29, 2016

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A man who was the longtime chancellor of the University of Missouri campus is Kansas City before serving as the four-campus university system's president has died. 

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about keeping stress under control and New Year's resolutions. On the topic of stress, Dr. Newman recommends focusing on breathing: "use the whole lung...and you'll be surprised to notice how fast the stress starts coming down." On New Year's resolutions, Dr. Newman suggests choosing two things and being "very, very specific" about those two things. December 28, 2016

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A recent report by a Missouri task force says the state's public universities and community colleges should not stray from the types of degrees their institutions can grant unless they have a good reason to do so.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Missouri lawmakers asked the task force, made up of 16 state higher education leaders, to address the issue after a dispute between the University of Missouri System and Missouri State University.

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One of mid-Missouri's fastest growing tourist attractions is a place where nobody wanted to be prior to its closing in 2004 — the Missouri State Penitentiary.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports that 32,811 people this year visited the old state prison, a haunted-looking place that first opened in 1836. The number of visitors was a 25 percent increase over 2015. And Mayor Carrie Tergin noted that as recently as 2009, just 3,000 people visited the landmark.

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Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens has chosen a northeast Missouri woman to be the next director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Greitens announced on his Facebook page Tuesday that he had chosen Chris Chinn, 41, to lead the department. She and her husband, Kevin, are fifth-generation farmers who raise hogs, cattle and crops near Clarence in Shelby County.

Greitens called Chinn an "outsider" and a leading advocate for agriculture and family farms. In 2013, she was named by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance as one of their Faces of Farming & Ranching.

Ninety-six-year-old Cyrus Porter is a devoted Taylor Swift fan and has traveled to her shows, but on Monday, he didn't have to go anywhere. Swift came to him.

A day after Porter hosted 72 people for Christmas, a van pulled into the driveway of his home in New Madrid.

Out stepped Taylor Swift and her parents. The 27-year-old singer stayed about an hour and sang "Shake It Off" as Porter's relatives sang along.

Swift had learned about the World War II combat veteran's fandom and decided to surprise him.

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Missouri’s resident and migratory bald eagle populations peak in the winter, and now is a great time to look for these iconic American raptors.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARY HUSSMANN and SUTU FORTE about the City of Columbia's New Year's Day Festival! The familiar New Year's Eve tradition is no more, but since this town is bursting with talent, you won't want to miss this new effort featuring local performers - including Sutu! She will kick off the fun by playing the entire "piano solo/concerto arrangement" of 'Rhapsody in Blue'. Watch for details! December 27, 2016

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Missouri lawmakers hope that the upcoming session will finally produce a ban on lobbyist gifts, thanks to support from Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens. 

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Today Paul Pepper and YVONNE MATTHEWS, Associate Administrator, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, talk about Kwanzaa, which starts today! Unfamiliar with the traditions? Yvonne tells that Kwanzaa is a series of seven: seven days; seven candles; seven principles; and seven symbols. Plus, find about a city-wide celebration this Friday in Jefferson City! December 26, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA! They perform John Hartford's "On Christmas Eve" on banjo and guitar. To close the show, they play a special holiday-themed medley. Merry Christmas, everyone! December 23, 2016

Authorities in the St. Louis area are searching for a 5-month-old girl after someone took off with the minivan she was in earlier this week.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the baby, Eden Brooke Hawthorne, was last seen in the 2006 Chrysler Town and Country van at a Church's Chicken in Normandy on Monday night.

Police say the mother rode to the restaurant with the baby and four other people. The mother and a man went inside the restaurant, and the minivan left with the baby inside.

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A federal appellate court has reinstated a judge's 2013 ruling that a central Missouri technical college's mandatory drug testing policy is unconstitutional when applied to most students.

The 9-2 ruling yesterday by the full 8th U.S. District Court of Appeals in St. Louis sided with the American Civil Liberties Union in reversing an earlier decision by a three-judge panel of that court.

That trio had overturned a federal judge's injunction barring State Technical College of Missouri — formerly Linn State Technical College — from drug screening all of its 1,200 students.

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KBIA recently took the show on the road for a special Thinking Out Loud live from Columbia's Sager Braudis Gallery.

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Sherpa guides and porters do much of the work of getting foreign hikers up Mt. Everest. But despite doing an incredibly dangerous job in a lucrative industry, they receive just a small fraction of the money $300 million annually generated by Everest expeditions.

On this edition, filmmaker Jennifer Peedom talks to Global Journalist about 'Sherpa,' her documentary about tensions on Mt. Everest.


Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local storyteller LARRY BROWN! Larry doesn't disappoint, telling an original Christmas story about 'charitable and good things' titled, "Welcome to the Starburst Motel." Enjoy! December 22, 2016

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The Missouri lawmaker behind a failed attempt to protect some businesses opposed to same-sex marriage says he doesn't plan to try again next year.

Republican Sen. Bob Onder told The Associated Press on Wednesday that too much time was spent this year on the proposed constitutional amendment, only for it to fail.

It would have barred government penalties against businesses such as florists that cite religion while denying some goods and services for same-sex weddings. It also needed voter approval.

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A 144-mile stretch of a former railroad line is expected to be transferred to the state of Missouri by the end of next year for use as a hiking and biking trail.

Gov. Jay Nixon was at Ameren headquarters in St. Louis Wednesday to announce details of plans to develop the former Rock Island rail line from Windsor, in western Missouri, to Beaufort, about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Nixon says the new trail will strengthen economies along its path and bolster the state's image as a leading hiking and biking destination.

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Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens is appointing a North Carolina corrections official to lead Missouri's Department of Corrections.

Greitens announced his pick Wednesday of North Carolina community supervision Director Anne Precythe.

The Senate must confirm her appointment.

Current Missouri prisons chief George Lombardi had applied to stay on when Greitens assumes office in January, but later withdrew his application.

The Columbia Police Department has come under scrutiny for a claim Police Chief Ken Burton made during the July 19 City Council Meeting. Burton stated that he believed the Columbia Police Department did not racially profile its citizens.

Burton’s comment was challenged both by some council members and citizens at the meeting, including members of the group Race Matters, Friends, a group of organizers and activists working towards racial equity in Columbia.

“So the conversation became about the attorney general’s report on vehicle stop reports because that showed

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JOY SWEENEY, Executive Director of Council for Drug Free Youth. Joy has a message for all adults with children during this festive time of year, and that is: "model appropriate behavior." In other words, don't make it seem like the only way to have fun is by drinking alcohol. There's a reason why the legal drinking age is 21, and Joy talks about that - watch! December 21, 2016

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The Missouri Supreme Court has reinstated the law license of former St. Louis Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr.

Bosley's license was suspended indefinitely in September 2014 over allegations that mishandled clients' money.

Bosley served as St. Louis mayor from 1993 to 1997 and has run a law firm that handles personal injury lawsuits and other cases.

The state Supreme Court had court found Bosley violated attorney rules by mingling clients' money with personal funds, failing to keep complete records and not promptly paying money to clients.

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A Missouri appeals court has ordered a new trial for a man sentenced to three decades in prison for infecting another man with HIV and endangering four others with the disease while attending college.

A Missouri Court of Appeals panel sided yesterday with Michael L. Johnson's claim that the St. Charles County trial court abused its discretion by admitting excerpted recordings of phone calls Johnson made while jailed. Those recordings weren't disclosed to Johnson's attorneys until the morning of the first day of trial.

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Outgoing Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is warning the Democratic Party against veering to the left after the party's defeats in this year's elections.

Nixon told The Associated Press yesterday that the party needs to include those with more centrist values.

Nixon says identity politics can lead to exclusion and says it's wrong not to welcome those who enjoy sporting activities including shooting, hunting and fishing.

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Missouri Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens has named a top Anheuser-Busch official, Michael Roche, to be his chief of staff.

The Kansas City Star first reported the pick Tuesday.

Roche is vice president of national affairs for the brewery and worked as a federal lobbyist for the company.

Greitens' former campaign manager, Austin Chambers, says he'll stay on as a senior adviser.

Chambers also confirmed that Jennae Neustadt will be Greitens' legislative director. She previously worked as chief of staff for Republican state Sen. Bob Onder.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Did you know there are more than 200 species of woodpeckers in the world? This week on Discover Nature: look and listen for the seven species that call Missouri home.


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The Chief Executive Officer of University of Missouri Health Care will be leaving his post – effective February 24, 2017.

Mitch Wasden became the chief operating officer of MU Health Care in 2012, and then also took over the CEO duties in 2013. Earlier this year MU hired a new COO, and Wasden continued his work as CEO.

According to an email from the MU Chancellor’s office, Wasden made “tremendous strides in advancing the health of Missourians” during his tenure.

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