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Area businesses are working to be more inclusive of those with disabilities. On this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talked with a local business leader and economic developer at MU about creating meaningful work for those with different abilities.


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A decade ago a disputed presidential election in Kenya led to violence that left more than 1,400 people dead and forced 600,000 from their homes.

Now political tensions are again running high after another disputed election in August. The country's electoral board declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the victor by 1.4 million votes over opposition candidate Raila Odinga. But Kenya's Supreme Court nullified the result, saying the poll had been marred by "irregularities" and ordered a new election. 

That poll was scheduled to take place Oct. 26, but its future is now in doubt after Odinga pulled out saying the new election would also not be free and fair. Odinga's supporters have taken to the streets and the government has sought to quell the upheaval by banning public protests in three major cities. 

On this edition of Global Journalist, we take an in-depth look at the political crisis in a country once considered a beacon of stability in Africa. 


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Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, about a new exhibit opening next week that features works by contemporary street photographer Jon Luvelli! Don't miss your chance to see six large photographs of Missourians that are "overlooked in society." October 13, 2017

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A Democratic senator from suburban St. Louis who was censured by the Missouri Legislature for a Facebook post that hoped for President Donald Trump's assassination is defending her new tweet that compares Trump to Adolf Hitler.

Report: Women in Columbia Prescribed Drugs at Higher Rate Than Men

Oct 13, 2017

Prescription drugs are dispensed to females at a much higher rate than males in Columbia, according to the first quarterly report from Columbia’s drug monitoring program.

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services published its first quarterly report Wednesday since joining the St. Louis County Department of Public Health’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. The report details prescription drug dispensing information for Columbia residents.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says a new Missouri law doesn't provide the same protections from housing discrimination as federal law, and Missouri consequently will lose some funding.

Missouri Democratic House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty on Thursday said the state could lose between $400,000 and $500,000 a year. She's calling on legislative colleagues to repeal parts of the new law that will lead to funding losses.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens in July signed the law, which creates a higher standard for proving discrimination in court.

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  A new report from the ACLU of Missouri says black students and students with disabilities are far more likely than whites to face school discipline, including corporal punishment, suspension and expulsion.

The report "From School to Prison" released Thursday in St. Louis found that students subjected to school discipline are less likely to succeed and more likely to face legal trouble as they grow up.

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A judge ordered the Howard County coroner this week to release the transcript of an inquest that determined a Fayette teenager killed himself after persistent bullying.

Howard County officials said after the judge's ruling on Wednesday that they will appeal the ruling. Attorney Richard Hicks said the coroner's office will not follow the order because of the appeal.

Today Paul Pepper visits with SUSAN COOK-WILLIAMS, Executive Director of River City Habitat for Humanity, about the success of World Habitat Day 2017. This annual spotlight on the need for affordable (and decent) housing for everyone took place on September 30th in Jefferson City, where more than 100 homes have been built by River City Habitat for Humanity over the past 25 years! At [4:31] FRED SCHOLLMEYER invites the public to come to the Jefferson City Art Club's Monday meetings, held every third Monday of the month. This month, the featured artist will be Gary Cadwallader! Gary is known for his watercolor paintings, and he'll be demonstrating his technique during his presentation. Don't miss it! October 12, 2017

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The University of Missouri has called off its search for a staff lobbyist to replace employees it laid off in June.

After laying off employees in the University Relations office following system-wide budget cuts, the university started to search for a lobbyist to replace those employees, but they’ve canceled that search.

This means the university is now relying on third party lobbying firms like Clark Hill and Statehouse Strategies.


Missouri has more time to comply with stricter identification requirements under the Real ID Act.

The Department of Homeland Security is giving Missouri a grace period through Jan. 22, 2018 as it reviews the state's request for another extension. The last extension expired Tuesday.

At issue is a federal law with tougher proof-of-identity requirements needed at airports, some federal facilities and military bases.

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Ameren Missouri’s Callaway Energy Center began its routine refueling and maintenance outage on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Tim Herrmann, the sites vice president, said the outage should last about 50 days and make the plant more efficient.

This marks the 22nd time Ameren has performed the regular maintenance and refueling of this plant. Senior director of nuclear operations, Barry Cox, said the refuel is integral to the plants safety.

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia has received a license to begin offering abortions.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains announced Tuesday the clinic received its license and its first counseling appointments will be scheduled for Monday.

The fallout from the New York Times’ reporting on harassment allegations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein have meant big changes for the company he co-founded. Why is it taking decades for those stories to become public? Also, ESPN suspends Jemele Hill after another violation of the network’s social media policy, Dove apologizes for a racially insensitive promotion and Facebook has a plan for fact checking. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Ryan Thomas: Views of the News.

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It’s just before dawn in Southwest Missouri, and the outermost rays of the sun are just starting to reach across a dazzling array of wildflowers carpeting the shallow valley that runs along County Road 2120 near Mount Vernon. Crickets and cicadas are in full voice, interrupted only by the piercing call of dickcissels who nest in the thickets of sumac that dot the grassland.

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Today Paul Pepper visits with BECCA PAMPERL, Co-Chair of the 2017 Out of the Darkness Walk, about this Sunday's event at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia! The goal, as always, is to raise awareness of, and is a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Greater Mid-Missouri Chapter. At [4:13] CB CHASTAIN, Veterinary Health Center, tells us how we can keep rodents from coming into our homes this fall without using rodent bait. Why not use rodent bait? Well, for one, domesticated pets can be attracted to the bait being used which, in turn, can kill them. October 11, 2017

Missouri Cancels Search for Staff Lobbyist

Oct 11, 2017
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The University of Missouri System says it is no longer looking for a staff lobbyist to replace employees who were laid off three months ago.

President Mun Choi said in a news release Tuesday that rather than hiring a lobbyist, he will work with campus chancellors and contract lobbyists to promote the university system's legislative priorities.

$1M Grant to Fund Community Policing in Suburban St. Louis

Oct 11, 2017
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St. Louis County is getting a $1 million federal grant that will help fund community policing efforts in a financially struggling part of the county.

The grant from the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program was announced Tuesday. The grant will be used over a three-year period in the Castle Point neighborhood of north St. Louis County.

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A new online resource guide for undocumented parents was discussed at a public meeting of the Columbia Public School Board on Monday.

The document cites a 1982 Supreme Court ruling that ensures all students have a constitutional right to enroll in public school and provides links and phone numbers to local sources of legal aid and family counseling.

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As autumn begins in Missouri, one of the state’s most fragile and unique species is active beneath the surface of some streams.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Is MU Facing a Challenge or an Opportunity?

Oct 10, 2017
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William Wiebold, the incoming chair of our university’s Faculty Council, began his first address to the fall general faculty meeting Wednesday with a little joke.

An agronomist, he said he would have preferred to be discussing methods of increasing soybean yields rather than the range of issues facing the campus.

It isn’t hard to see why. While soybean yield per acre is predicted to be down slightly this year, total production in Missouri and across the country is expected to set new records. So the productivity challenge would appear to be something short of critical.

Not so with the challenges facing the university.

Read the complete column online at the Columbia Missourian.

The fallout from the New York Times’ reporting on harassment allegations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein have meant big changes for the company he co-founded. Why is it taking decades for those stories to become public? 

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, New York Times: “Harvey Weinstein paid off sexual harassment accusers for decades

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The University of Missouri System says it is no longer looking for a staff lobbyist to replace employees who were laid off three months ago.

President Mun Choi said in a news release Tuesday that rather than hiring a lobbyist, he will work with campus chancellors and contract lobbyists to promote the university system's legislative priorities.

The release did not explain why the search was canceled.

Today Paul Pepper and actor ED HANSON talk about Talking Horse Productions' latest show, "The Gin Game." Don't miss this "tragicomedy" about two senior citizens in a nursing home who turn a recurring game of cards into a recurring battle of wits. Curtain goes up this Thursday! At [5:00] author JAMES OERMANN tells us about his cross-genre book, "A Collection of Tales." If you're a fan of historic fiction and/or contemporary issues in American society from a Buddhist perspective (you know who you are!), this book might be worth a read! October 10, 2017

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