The director of the Missouri State Parks division says he's been removed from the job without explanation.

Bill Bryan told The Springfield News-Leader he was told Jan. 23 that his services were no longer needed. He says no explanation was given and he didn't ask for one.

Bryan was appointed by former Gov. Jay Nixon in 2009 to head the state parks department. During his tenure, the park system added seven new parks.

The News-Leader said spokesmen for Gov. Eric Greitens and the Department of Natural Resources declined to discuss Bryan's ouster.

Today Paul Pepper and MEL ZELENAK, retired home economics professor at the University of Missouri, trade travel talk and tell us what you should not agree to when renting a car (that will save you a few extra bucks). Plus, Mel talks about fiduciary relationships and whether or not the Trump Administration will uphold a ruling set forth by the Obama Administration; as well as how to develop passive income. February 2, 2017

Mumps have been reported at another Missouri university.

The Missouri University of Science and Technology said in a news release Wednesday that a single student has contracted the illness. Students at the Rolla school are urged to contact health officials if they believe they may be infected. Health officials are monitoring reports to determine whether further measures are needed.

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The Missouri House has passed a bill that could overturn a Missouri Supreme Court decision pertaining to breath-test evidence in drunken driving cases.

The bill allows courts to use breath-test evidence gathered from December 30, 2012, to April 4, 2014, in driving-while-intoxicated cases. The House passed the legislation Wednesday by a 127-37 vote. It now goes to the Senate.

The legislation effectively overturns a 2016 ruling throwing out breath tests from machines that weren't calibrated in compliance with the state law in effect at that time.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is laying out his plans for the state budget amid financial strain and lagging revenue.

Greitens is to announce his proposed budget Thursday at a Nixa public school. He broke from tradition by not outlining his budget during his January State of the State address.

Greitens' budget proposal will come during what's shaping up to be a challenging time for state finances. Revenues so far this fiscal year have been lower than expected, and hundreds of millions of dollars have been cut to balance this year's budget.

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About 100 people gathered for a lunchtime protest outside Sen. Roy Blunt’s office Tuesday to voice their opposition to various aspects of President Donald Trump’s agenda.

CoMo for Progress, a progressive community group, organized the event to address President Trump’s recent cabinet picks and his executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

Protestors chanted, held signs and delivered letters expressing their concerns to Sen. Blunt’s local office staff.


Ozarks Technical Community College officials in Springfield, Missouri say they're dramatically increasing tuition should the state face budget cuts.

Chancellor Hal Higdon tells the Springfield News-Leader that the school didn't raise tuition this year because the state's Legislature promised they would quote "get us that money." But if the budget cut for next year is equal to the one this year, Higdon says he will have no choice but to propose a tuition increase.

Reporters were working overtime this weekend, covering the fallout from President Trump’s executive order limiting travel from seven countries. Also, journalists’ response to Steve Bannon’s call to keep its mouth shut and listen more, how George Orwell’s 1984 became required reading outside the high school literature classes and our memories of Mary Tyler Moore. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Health care policy has come back into public discussion in a big way, and we want to add your voice to the conversation. Over the coming months, we’ll be featuring interviews with health care providers, experts and everyday Missourians about their health hopes, needs and concerns moving forward.

Today Paul Pepper visits with PEGGY PLACIER about two upcoming public forums hosted by the League of Women Voters. Up first is a Legislative Town Hall February 2nd at the Columbia Public Library. Peggy says that all the Boone County State Legislators will be there! Then, on February 13th (also at the library), there will be a discussion over the topic: "What's the Relevance of Free Speech and Freedom of the Press in the Digital Era." Watch for details! At [4:17] TARA FLYNN, M.D., Mizzou Urgent Care, tells us how one should decide whether quick care, urgent care or the emergency room is the right choice for your situation. Tara says, "a lot of it is on the severity of symptoms." February 1, 2017

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Missouri's No. 2 Republican state senator is proposing a $10 limit on lobbyist gifts to elected officials.

The legislation Majority Leader Mike Kehoe pitched to a Senate panel Tuesday wouldn't completely ban gifts, as Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has called on lawmakers to do.

Instead it would limit lobbyists to spending at most $10 per day on each elected official.

A proposal passed by the House would ban most lobbyist gifts to individual elected officials. Exceptions would include flowers, honorary plaques and catering meals at some events.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is lashing out against two Republican senators who didn't vote against a pay raise for themselves and other elected officials.

Greitens in a Tuesday Facebook post accused Sens. Denny Hoskins and Paul Wieland of betraying their constituents.

At issue was a proposed pay increase for legislators and statewide elected officials. Senators voted 25-2 against it Monday. Only Hoskins and Wieland cast votes to allow the raise to take effect, but six other senators recused themselves and didn't vote.

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Reporters were working overtime this weekend, covering the fallout from President Trump’s executive order limiting travel from seven countries.

Evan Perez, Pamela Brown & Kevin Liptak, CNN: “Inside the confusion of the Trump executive order and travel ban

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The Missouri Supreme Court says a recent constitutional amendment allows prosecutors to present more evidence in child sex abuse cases, regardless of when the alleged abuse occurred.

 Supreme Court judges on Tuesday ruled past criminal allegations can be used in child sex abuse cases from December 2014 forward.

That's when a constitutional amendment to allow that took effect.

A Missouri man accused of a child sex crime in 2013 said allegations of past crimes shouldn't be used in his case. He argued the amendment shouldn't apply retroactively.

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  A Missouri man convicted of killing a woman and her two children in 1998 has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution.

Mark Christeson is scheduled for lethal injection Tuesday evening. If carried out, it will be Missouri's first execution since May.

The main issue raised in Christeson's appeal Monday is that his trial lawyers were inept, noting they missed a 2005 deadline for a federal appeal, which is a standard procedure in death penalty cases.

Columbia Offcials Hold Forum on Racial Profiling

Jan 31, 2017

A deep dialogue between citizens of Columbia and Police Chief Ken Burton focused on racial profiling Monday night, where speakers discussed data from the Missouri Attorney General analyzing racial profiling and police stops. The meeting, led by City Manager Mike Matthes, revolved around the disproportionate ratio of traffic stops of black drivers in 2015 than any other race in Columbia.

“On searches, we’re about three times more likely on paper to search an African American male on a traffic stop,” Burton said.

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This week in nature, keep an eye out for groundhogs. Also known as woodchucks, or whistle pigs, these rodents in the squirrel family are active during daylight hours, and are breeding now.


This week on Intersection, we talk with three MU professors about their teaching and research in and outside of the classroom. From the First Amendment and social media to what superheroes can teach us about American history, we're learning from some of our region's fascinating  educators.  

Listen to the full show here: 

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The steps of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri in Columbia are covered with the support of the community. Yellow flowers, signs, candles, and balloons line the steps in a show of support for the local Muslim community.

A march Sunday was held in protest in response President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the U.S.

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Republicans from the 50th Legislative District nominated Sara Walsh to run for the 50th House District seat in a special election in August.

Walsh has previous political experience, having served as state committeewoman for the Missouri Republican Party in the 19th Senatorial District and as a delegate in the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Walsh also served as the Vice Chair of the Boone County Republican Central Committee.

Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, says that Walsh may focus on many of the issues he does.

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Missouri senators have taken the final step to deny pay raises for themselves and other elected officials.

Senators voted 25-2 against the raises late Monday. They had until Wednesday to act.

The vote came after Republican Gov. Eric Greitens put pressure on lawmakers to oppose the raise, which prompted a prickly response from some senators.

Republican Sen. Paul Wieland described Greitens' tactic as intimidation and said he felt insulted.

Today Paul Pepper visits with AMANDA De La MATER, Education Specialist, Alzheimer's Association of Greater Missouri, about the many aspects of this organization. Amanda tells us how it serves to support, enrich and care for those with Alzheimer's, and those affected by it - and how you can get involved. At [4:47] SUE McDANIEL and SUE HOEVELMAN are back to remind everyone that the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's first 'Cookie Connection' fundraiser of 2017 is happening now! Support services for women and children in our community by ordering a box of delicious chocolate chip cookies that will be delivered fresh to you (or maybe that special someone!) on Valentine's Day. January 31, 2017

Missouri Refugee Organizations Prepare for Changes

Jan 30, 2017

President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order temporarily stopping the entry of citizens from seven countries into the United States. This included refugees from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. In 2015, over 1,400 refugees settled in Missouri, and around one-third are from those seven countries, according to a report by the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.

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The University of Missouri has hired college sports attorney Mike Glazier to help its investigation into allegations of academic fraud.

Glazier is a managing member of the Overland Park-based law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King.

The Kansas City Star reports Missouri and the NCAA are conducting a joint investigation into allegations made by Yolanda Kumar, a former tutor at the university. She has said she performed or taken online classes or tests and helped with tests for 15 student-athletes, which violates NCAA rules.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JEN DAVIS, Event Coordinator, Missouri River Relief, about the upcoming 'Wild & Scenic Film Fest', February 12th at The Blue Note in downtown Columbia. Jenn tells us that "this film festival travels to over 100 cities in the United States...but we get to hand-pick the films we want to feature and show the local community." At [4:18] actress SOPHIA ROMERO-COMPAIN and technical director PAYTON OSWALT invite everyone to Hickman High School's production of "Almost, Maine." Sophia says this entertaining show is "something people will be able to relate to." See it this weekend only! January 30, 2017

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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens says he met with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House.

Greitens announced on his Facebook page that he and the vice president met on Saturday.

He said he and Pence discussed how the Trump administration can help take Missouri "in a new direction with more jobs and higher pay." Greitens also mentioned safer streets and better schools for the state.

The governor says the two men also discussed the negative financial impact of Obamacare and said Pence promised relief for the state's budget is coming.

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When she set out to collect the oral histories of longtime Missouri River valley residents, Boonville's Meredith Ludwig never imagined that she would end up with over 70 hours from two dozen men and women. Her histories - collected in 2004 - are archived at the State Historical Society of Missouri. KBIA's Trevor Harris talked with Ludwig about her oral histories with the late 'Mayor of Overton' Fred Oerly and Lottie Klein.

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A lunchtime rally brought about 50 people to U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s Columbia, Missouri office Friday, voicing their support for the Affordable Care Act to his local staff. The demonstrators called for the health care law to be fixed rather than repealed completely.