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The Missouri Democratic Party is renewing efforts to tie Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley to embattled Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.

A Friday release from the party criticizes Attorney General Hawley for not doing enough or acting too slow to check into allegations of misconduct against the governor.

Hawley's office found no wrongdoing after investigating use of a secretive message-deleting app by governor's office staff.

Hawley also recently launched a pending investigation into The Mission Continues, which Greitens founded.

The third annual Unbound Book Festival returns next weekend to the Stephens College campus in Columbia! Among the new changes this year is the addition of Thursday to what was just a two-day event. CATHY SALTER is here to tell us all about this free event that's fun for all ages - watch! April 13, 2018

Roots N Blues N BBQ Announces Its 2018 Festival Lineup

Apr 13, 2018
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Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival turns 12 this year. The lineup for 2018 boasts a mix of festival favorites like The Avett Brothers and new, noteworthy additions like Grammy award-winner Sturgill Simpson.

Here is your guide to all the artists announced so far who will be taking the stage from Sept. 28-30. 

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One of Missouri's smallest state universities could face accreditation trouble stemming from low tuition and a decline in state support.

Missouri Southern State University's finances must be addressed before its 10-year re-accreditation site visit in 2019, said university President Alan Marble.

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Facing mounting calls to resign following sexual misconduct allegations, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens appears to be taking a cue from President Donald Trump as he fights for his political survival amid a #MeToo movement that has felled dozens of other prominent politicians and public figures.

Referencing events in Washington, D.C., Greitens is using wording similar to that used by Trump to denounce accusations of unwanted sexual aggression as "lies" and "fake charges" and the investigations into his alleged wrongdoing as a "political witch hunt."

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The Missouri Senate has voted to lower the corporate tax rate from 6.25 percent to 3.5 percent.

The measure, approved Thursday in a 28-3 vote, would lower the corporate tax rate effective Jan. 1.

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China’s rapid economic growth over the past two decades been nothing short of remarkable.

Of course there’s been a dark side to this growth. As China has built more factories, power plants and cars, it also became one of the most polluted countries on earth.

But since President Xi Jinping declared a ‘war on pollution’ in 2014, China has also made big strides in tackling some of the problems. It’s become a global leader in renewable energy from solar and wind, has cut smog in big cities and is planning tens of billions of dollars worth of environmental projects. 

On this edition of Global Journalist: a look at China's war on pollution.


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 The Missouri Senate approved an amendment to the state constitution that would ban lobbyist gifts to lawmakers.

The measure, passed Wednesday in a 20-12 vote, would also change legislative term limits to allow lawmakers to serve more time in one chamber. If the amendment is approved by the House, it will go to voters.

The gift ban was a longtime priority of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who signed an executive order more than a year ago banning lobbyist gifts to his own employees.

If you remember the days of turning the dial on the radio in order to change the station, you're gonna love the collection of songs the Boonslick Chordbusters have put together for their next concert, "Tunes From Around the Dial," happening this Saturday in Columbia! The Boone County Hams - a four-part spin-off - perform John Denver's "Country Roads" [2:10] and "This Little Light of Mine" [5:50]. April 12, 2018

Warm Weather Signals Beginning of Tick Season in Missouri

Apr 12, 2018
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Early April and warmer weather mark the start of tick season in Missouri.

The Department of Health and Senior Services lists several ways to prevent tick bites on its website. It recommends people apply insect repellent, wear protective clothing and keep lawns short with frequent mowing, as ticks tend to hang out in longer grasses.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley is joining in the call for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to resign.

Hawley issued a statement Wednesday night saying a special legislative committee's report contains "shocking, substantial, and corroborated evidence of wrongdoing by Governor Greitens."

Hawley is the state attorney general. He calls the Republican governor's conduct "impeachable" in his judgment. But he says the people of Missouri should not be put through an impeachment "ordeal" and the governor should step down.

House Investigative Report Details Governor's Aggressive Encounter

Apr 11, 2018

The woman who had an affair with Gov. Eric Greitens told House lawmakers that not all of their encounters were consensual and that the governor was sometimes violent.

The details were included in a graphic report released by a House investigative committee Wednesday. The committee did not recommend any specific action against Greitens, stating that doing so would be outside the scope of their duties. Among the options House lawmakers would have include calling for impeachment.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress to answer questions about users’ privacy on the social media platform. At least one senator inquired as to why users don’t seem clear on how their data is collected and used. Could it lead to regulation?

Bracing for Greitens Report, All Remaining House Activities are Canceled for the Week

Apr 11, 2018
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The Missouri House of Representatives canceled most of its business on Wednesday and all activities scheduled for Thursday as it prepared to release an investigative report on Gov. Eric Greitens.

No announcement was made as to why, but multiple lawmakers said the action was likely taken because of the report's release, scheduled for 5 p.m. A special committee has been investigating questions surrounding Greitens' 2015 extramarital affair with his hairdresser.

Cindy Sheltmire invites everyone to a free talk by Maryl Walters, an international speaker on spirituality, tomorrow night at the ARC in Columbia. Maryl will speak on issues affected by, and changed by, believing in the power of divine love. Also, actress JESSI GREEN tells us about Capital City Productions' "Boeing Boeing," a comedy set during the jet age of the 1960s. Can a bachelor engaged to three stewardesses keep them apart? Find out when the curtain goes up tomorrow night! [4:27] April 11, 2018

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House Panel to Release Greitens Report on Wednesday

Apr 11, 2018

A special legislative committee investigating Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says it will release its report Wednesday.

A former administrator of an ambulance district has been sentenced to two years in federal prison without parole for embezzling more than $227,000.

Plans Unveiled for Massive St. Louis Zoo Expansion

Apr 11, 2018

 Plans have been unveiled for a proposed St. Louis Zoo expansion that would allow visitors to go on "safari" to watch African animals graze on a separate tract of land near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

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Some Columbia high school students may be subject to sobriety tests at their upcoming prom.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that all Rock Bridge High School students attending prom on April 28 must take an alcohol breath test before entering the dance.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress to answer questions about users’ privacy on the social media platform. At least one senator inquired as to why users don’t seem clear on how their data is collected and used. Could it lead to regulation?

MizzouThon Meets Fundraising Goal One Year Early

Apr 10, 2018

A student-run program on MU’s campus met a large fundraising goal a year early. In 2014, MizzouThon made a five-year pledge to raise $1 million for the neonatal intensive care unit at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital. On Saturday during MizzouThon’s 13 hour dance marathon, the program met that goal one year early after raising over $300,000.

Missouri will receive more than $100 million in federal funds for disaster relief in response to severe flooding across the state during the past few years.

The money, announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is part of a Community Development Block Grant.

A little more than half of the money, $58.5 million, will go toward fixing bridges, roads and other rebuilding projects. More than $41 million will be used for preventative measures, such as demolishing structures that have repeatedly flooded.

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As nighttime temperatures begin to climb and soil warms in Missouri’s woods, a fungal favorite of foragers begins to emerge. 

 

This week on discover nature, keep an eye to the ground for morel mushrooms. 

 

Morels are hollow-stemmed mushrooms, with a somewhat conical cap, covered with definite pits and ridges, resembling a sponge, pinecone, or honeycomb.  

 

These choice-edibles grow in a variety of habitats including moist woodlands and river bottoms. 

 

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This week on Intersection, we bring you a special from Missouri Health Talks. Health reporter Rebecca Smith spoke with Jennifer Carter Dochler, the Public Policy Director for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) and one of the facilitators of the MO-SART, or Missouri Sexual Assault Response Team.

The last Friday of this month is National Arbor Day. It's America's oldest environmental holiday, and it's all about planting trees.


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