Today Paul Pepper visits with MARGARET TOLLERTON, State Outreach Director at Missouri Cures, about the latest breakthroughs in medical advancements. Today's headlines come from the University of Ottawa, Texas A&M and MU's Bond Life Sciences Center! At [3:48] DINGANI BEZA and CARLY FISCHER invite everyone to come see "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," the latest production from Capital City Players. Curtain goes up July 8th - get your tickets today! July 6, 2016

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Missouri's governor has vetoed a measure that would have allowed the state's doctors to charge Medicaid patients fees for missing appointments without advance notice.

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  A federal judge has blocked Kansas from cutting off Medicaid funding for two Planned Parenthood affiliates.

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Police are investigating an incident in which a Baptist church in St. Louis was vandalized and set on fire.

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The Hill, The Atlantic and POLITICO are among the news organizations offering sponsorships opportunities for events at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions later this month. In many cases, special interests are footing the bill. Is it a conflict of interest or creative way to create and alternative revenue stream… or both?

Lee Fang, The Intercept: “Major political news outlets offer interviews for sale at DNC and RNC conventions

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As we head into the middle of summer, keep an eye out in the woods for ripening blackberries.

Today Paul Pepper visits with CATHERINE PARKE about 'Second Saturday for Kids', a thrice-annual multi-art workshop for children at Orr Street Studios in Columbia. The theme for the next class is "Color Music Music Color." Find out what that means and how to sign up in five short minutes! At [4:56] DANIELLE DOYEN invites everyone to come see "Buyer and Cellar," a hilarious, one-man show about working at a shop in Barbra Streisand's basement. It opens July 8th at Talking Horse Productions - don't miss it! July 5, 2016

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back pianist MICHAEL BUTTERWORTH, who plays two Independence Day-themed selections, "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "God Bless the USA." Happy 4th, everyone! July 4, 2016

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Stan Kroenke couldn't wait to get his NFL team out of St. Louis six months ago, in part because of what his team's relocation application deemed to be a "struggling economy."

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Education officials say new statewide requirements for similar basic classes at Missouri public colleges and universities will help ensure transfer students get credit.

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Just three states — Missouri, North Dakota and California — have held cigarette taxes flat since the turn of century.

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On this sunny, summer morning in late June, Ronnie Russell is “windshield farming.”

Driving from field to field in his Ford pick-up, he can see that his corn is about to tassel, his soybeans are mostly weed-free and white butterflies are floating above the alfalfa.

All three crops, adding up to about 1,500 acres, are grown with genetically-engineered seeds, a technology Russell views as a boon to farming.


Under President Ilham Aliyev, the economy of Azerbaijan has expanded spectacularly. An oil boom has fueled a 10 fold increase in the size of its economy since he took power in 2003.

But under Aliyev, the country of 10 million has been one of the hardest and cruelest places in the world for journalists. According to Freedom House, Azerbaijan’s government has used spurious charges to jail journalists and human rights activists. Disseminating information that harms the “honor and dignity” of Aliyev is a criminal offense. 

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On a late Friday in June, Charley Joe Dill casually smokes a cigarette outside the Retroplex skating rink in Saint Robert, Missouri. He stands back a bit from the door, but people still flock to him - stopping to say “Hi” on their way in.

While spending a summer night at the skating rink isn’t anything too unusual in rural Missouri, this particular skate night is special – it’s part of the Pulaski County Pride festival.

Today Paul Pepper visits with LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, about the upcoming August primary. Not up to speed on the candidates or the issues? Don't worry, the League has you covered with two upcoming forums! Watch for details. At [4:30] DAVE WHITE invites everyone to come see MU Theatre's production of "Greater Tuna," running in rep at the Corner Playhouse until July 22nd. This hilarious, two-man, 20+ characters show is an unforgettable experience you won't want to miss! July 1, 2016

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A company is trying again to build a power line in Missouri for a multistate wind energy project.

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This Fourth of July will be extra special for Southeast Missouri State University president Carlos Vargas-Aburto — he'll become a U.S. citizen.

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This Fourth of July will be extra special for Southeast Missouri State University president Carlos Vargas-Aburto — he'll become a U.S. citizen.

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Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have dropped slightly but still suggest economic growth ahead.

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Nearly every day somewhere in the country, the Stars and Stripes is flying low, ordered to half-staff in one of the most significant official gestures of mourning and respect.

An Associated Press analysis of proclamations from 50 state governors and the federal government found American flags were ordered lowered at least someplace 328 days during 2015.

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

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Like most sporting venues, Busch Stadium prohibits guns. Soon, gun-carrying Cardinals fans will have the option of leaving their weapon in an armored truck instead of their car.

Starting July 15, a company called Weapon Safe Armory will park an armored truck at a bar that sits in the shadow of Busch Stadium.

Owner Justin Hulsey, a National Guard veteran from Herculaneum, Missouri, outfitted a 22-foot-long vehicle with armor and security cameras, and hired guards to surround it when the vehicle is parked in public.

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Gov. Jay Nixon says Planned Parenthood can continue receiving funding for women's health services for a while, despite a Missouri budget provision attempting to stop it.

Nixon said Thursday that his administration will eventually implement a ban on Medicaid funding for organizations that perform abortions. The budget takes effect Friday.

But Nixon says the state must first solicit public comments and then get federal approval to change its women's health program. He said that could take until 2017 and all providers will continue to be funded until then.

Today Paul Pepper and VERA MASSEY, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, talk about 'compassion'. Vera says, "to be a compassionate person with others and situations starts within, with our own compassion." June 30, 2016

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Gov. Jay Nixon is backing a proposed power line in Missouri that's part of a multistate wind energy project.

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An effort to get the legendary Delta Queen riverboat back up and running on the Mississippi River and its tributaries has gotten a boost from the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee.