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    The utility company Ameren Missouri is seeking approval from the state's Public Service Commission to build six public charging stations for electric vehicles between St. Louis and central Missouri.

Ameren Missouri announced the pilot program Monday. Mark Nealon, who is leading the project, said five of the stations will be between St. Louis and Boonville on Interstate 70, and one will be in Jefferson City on U.S. 54.

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Ask Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri about his party's presidential nominee and you'll likely get a polite but weary response.

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has sided with the maker of Schlafly beer in its trademark dispute with conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly.

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The proposed $12.2 billion merger of Kansas-based Westar Energy with Missouri-based Kansas City Power & Light could be at the mercy of Missouri utility regulators whose staff has recommended the deal be rejected.

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Eric Greitens has received $1 million from the Republican Governors Association for his Missouri gubernatorial campaign.

The contribution comes about a week after Greitens prevailed in a four-way Republican primary. It could help him replenish his finances for the Nov. 8 general election against Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster.

The most recent reports show Greitens had $628,000 in his campaign account as of July 21. Since then, he has received at least $1.5 million in donations of more than $5,000 each.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back Missouri's first Poet Laureate, WALTER BARGEN! Walter shares two poems that perfectly capture summertime in Missouri: "Perfumed Kingdoms" at [3:15] and "Capsize" at [5:17]. Watch! August 12, 2016

Public health officials are announcing Clay County's first case of Zika virus.

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The Federal Reserve says farmers are borrowing more to cover their operating expenses because farm income continued to decline in during the second quarter in Midwestern and Western states.

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The Columbia Police Department says that an assault occurred on the MKT Trail near the Forum Boulevard entrance last night.

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The Missouri Veterans Commission has reinstated its executive director who had been on paid leave since jurors last month awarded nearly $3 million in damages to a former employee.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune (http://bit.ly/2aOm9xR ) reports the commission voted 7-1 on Tuesday to put Larry Kay back on the job as the commission's executive director.

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Fifty years ago Chinese Premier Mao Zedong ignited the Cultural Revolution, one of the strangest and most controversial periods in China's history.

The movement began out of Mao's concern the country was straying from Communist dogma. But it eventually became a purge that shut down the nation's schools and universities and led to the imprisonment and 'reeducation' of millions of people viewed as intellectual or bourgeois, including future premier Deng Xiaoping.

The revolution spurred an economic crisis and left about 1.5 million dead before it ended in the 1970s. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the Cultural Revolution and its impact on modern China.


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Democrat Chris Koster has tallied another significant endorsement from an agricultural group in his race for Missouri governor.

The Missouri Soybean Association announced Thursday it is throwing its support behind Koster’s bid over Republican Eric Greitens. The endorsement is a big win for Koster as it will likely help him with the traditionally conservative vote of rural Missouri.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes 11th-grader SHRISTI BASHISTA, a "youth ambassador" with Partners of the Americas. Shristi tells us about her latest trip to Colombia, why she got involved with 'Partners' and why you should consider applying! She says, "I have always considered myself a 'world citizen'...and my goal in life is to help the world...and the best way to do that is to meet people from around the world." At [4:19] HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, returns with the four 'Es' to look out for when "thinking about treatment for young people." It's great advice - watch! August 11, 2016

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A spokesman for the city of Ferguson says it appears the driver who struck a protester at an event marking the second anniversary of Michael Brown's death did not do so intentionally.

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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is getting help from the National Rifle Association as he campaigns for re-election against Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander.

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A federal lawsuit accuses 13 north St. Louis County municipalities of a coordinated police and court effort to target poor people, most of them black.

The nonprofit legal organization ArchCity Defenders and the law firm Arnold & Porter announced the suit Wednesday. It alleges that municipalities use fines and fees as a "money-making scheme."

ArchCity Defenders director Thomas Harvey says the goal of the lawsuit is to end what he calls a "debtors' prison" system.

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A central Missouri prosecutor has dropped felony charges against a man accused of trying to kill a police officer, saying two officers made up reports about the 2015 incident.

Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Donald Stouffer said he found no evidence the suspect had a gun, and video and other evidence contradicted the officers' accounts. 

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Missouri Revenue Director Nia Ray is stepping down to take the same job in Oregon.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday picked Ray to lead the state's revenue department starting Oct. 10 if she is confirmed by the Oregon Senate in September.

Ray is set to replace Oregon Interim Revenue Director Kris Kautz, who took over when the last director, James Bucholz, retired in December.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Ray in 2014, but he's barred from seeking re-election and will be out of office in January.

John Oliver summed it up succinctly on Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight, “the media is a food chain which would fall apart without local newspapers.” We’ll talk about Oliver’s harsh words for the content creators and why so many reporters and editors are cheering him on. Also, a look of the best –and the worst – of the coverage of the Olympic games in Rio and Fox News after Roger Ailes. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.


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Larry Gerdes is having his barn taken down and disassembled in Malta Bend, Mo. It’s about the size of a three-car garage but stands much taller in a clearing surrounded by six-foot stalks of corn.

The barn’s exterior is graying, part of its roof is missing and there’s a gaping hole looking out from the hayloft. It’s about 100 years old and it’s not really useful.

“It’s deteriorated and it would cost a lot of money to repair it,” Gerdes says. “And it doesn’t fit into the modern farming. Unless you got two cows to let them loaf inside, nothing fits and it’s just obsolete.”

Today Paul Pepper visits with ROB CROUSE about Capital City Productions' latest show, "Ghost the Musical." If you know and love the movie, the stage adaptation stays true to the story - with just a tad more singing and dancing. Rob introduces us to the cast, and shares some behind-the-scenes secrets on how they pull off the special effects - watch! At [4:56] CB CHASTAIN, University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center, talks about the benefits and the dangers of giving your dog rawhide bones. Among many shared tips, CB says to avoid the kind with knots on the end: "they're not as safe." Watch for more! August 10, 2016

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A $20 million federal lawsuit filed on behalf of four people arrested during protests following the death of Michael Brown accuses the city of Ferguson and its attorneys of constitutional violations and malicious prosecution.

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Missouri voters can weigh in on whether to hike cigarette taxes and re-impose limits on campaign contributions.

The University of Missouri said Tuesday it has hired San Diego State's Jim Sterk as its new athletic director on a seven-year contract.

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  The University of Missouri has officially announced Jim Sterk as its new Athletic Director.

"This is a wonderful day for Mizzou and Tiger fans everywhere," MU Chancellor Hank Foley said in a written statement Tuesday night. "Jim's leadership in intercollegiate athletics is unparalleled, and we are thrilled he is going to bring his talents, energy and passion for working with student-athletes to Columbia. He is just what Mizzou needs at this time."

John Oliver summed it up succinctly on Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight, “the media is a food chain which would fall apart without local newspapers.” We’ll talk about Oliver’s harsh words for the content creators and why so many reporters and editors are cheering him on.

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