Massive multiplayer online role playing games like "World of Warcraft" and "League of Legends" are wildly popular in China. 

But the popularity of online games has given rise to fears that the country has raised a generation of "internet addicts." One 2009 survey estimated there are 24 million young people addicted to the internet in the country. 

The concern spurred the opening of more than 300 internet addiction treatment centers - many of which resemble boot camps that use controversial techniques to try to cure patients. 

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at internet addiction in China. 

What happens to the human brain when one contemplates a spiritual experience or god? Those studying neurotheology hope to find out! Guest: DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc. May 31, 2018

Lawsuit: Second Chance Employees Forced Carl DeBrodie to Fight, Left Him to Die

May 31, 2018

Carl DeBrodie was forced to sleep on a basement floor and fight another resident for the amusement of two Second Chance employees before he had a seizure and was left to die in a bathtub, according to allegations in an amended wrongful death lawsuit filed this week in federal court.

DeBrodie, 31, suffered several serious injuries, including at least six broken ribs, as a result of the forced fights. He died in the bathtub of a home where he’d been taken several times by a former assistant director of the independent living facility in Fulton where he had been living.

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Wildflowers and warm weather signify the arrival of spring in Missouri… and one of the state’s largest, heaviest wild mammals enjoys the season as much as we do… 

This week on Discover Nature, we recognize May as National Bear Awareness Month.  

Black bears mate now through June, but reproductive development pauses for 6-to-7 months, until bears enter hibernation.  Mother bears birth litters of two to three cubs in January and February, sometimes while the mother still sleeps.  

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri forward Jontay Porter has withdrawn his name from NBA draft and will return for his sophomore season.

The school announced Porter's decision on Wednesday, the final day the 6-foot-11 forward could remove his name from the draft and return to the Tigers for next season. Porter followed the lead of his brother, Michael Porter Jr., in declaring for the draft last month, but he didn't hire an agent.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors agreed to drop one of two felony criminal cases against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens after the governor's attorneys said he would resign if the allegations were dismissed, a spokeswoman for St. Louis' top prosecutor said Wednesday.

Jefferson City-based Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association serves roughly 1,400 children throughout 13 mid-Missouri counties, and to do so takes a lot of money. To help offset the cost, they're hosting a benefit concert in July featuring a Tom Petty cover band! Guest: MEGAN CORBIN | Also, TOM HENDERSON invites those age 50+ to participate in the Osher@Mizzou summer session. Classes to choose from include: a Civil War roundtable; the American Presidents; Columbia facility tours and more! (4:25) May 30, 2018

Columbia Firefighters Aim to Increase Coverage and Reduce Response Times

May 30, 2018

The Columbia Fire Department plans on increasing staffing and the number of fire stations in the next few years to keep up with the city’s growth.

A report released last week identified staffing and coverage as some of the biggest challenges facing the department. The 2018-2021 Strategic Plan used feedback from residents and within the department to identify strengths, weaknesses and areas where the department could improve.

Assistant Fire Chief Brad Frazier said strong community support and a need for expansion were the main takeaways from the report.

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New legislation passed in Missouri means that as early as next year, public school students in kindergarten through 12th grade could have the option of taking online courses for free.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Missouri House and Senate in May approved what's been dubbed the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program. If Gov. Eric Greitens signs it, the law could become effective next summer.

After numerous legal and legislative battles over his personal conduct and the legality of his 2016 campaign, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has resigned.

Court Says Pro-Greitens Group Must Comply With Subpoena

May 29, 2018

A secretive group supporting Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens must turn over documents subpoenaed by a legislative committee trying to determine whether to bring impeachment proceedings against the Republican governor, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ordered the pro-Greitens group A New Missouri to immediately begin turning over documents and to finish doing so by Friday. The order also applies to documents sought from Greitens' campaign committee related to A New Missouri.

Pay Increases, Savings for a New School Highlight School District's Budget

May 29, 2018
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Salary and benefit increases will raise expenses for Columbia Public Schools in the coming year, but the district still plans to sock away money to help fund a new school.

The district expects its revenue will grow from $219.2 million in the fiscal year ending June 30 to $225.3 million in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Expenses will go from $210.2 million this year to $221.8 million next year. The district expects to capture nearly $9 million in excess revenue this year that will go toward new schools. Next year, the district projects banking $3.5 million.

Missouri Black Bear Population Rising

May 29, 2018
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Authorities say a dead bear was found on Interstate 44 in southern Missouri.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the adult bear was spotted Sunday morning on the eastbound interstate near Strafford. Authorities say the bear appeared to have been hit by a vehicle and was already dead when they arrived.

They say they found no indication that any person was hurt in the crash. No vehicles were around when an officer arrived.

There's only one place to be this weekend, and that's Stephens Lake Park. Why? Because it's the diamond anniversary of Art in the Park! If you've never been, check out today's show. The Columbia Art League's LOUISE SARVER takes us on a virtual tour! May 29, 2018

On this Memorial Day, local folk musicians Cathy Barton and Dave Para perform Walter Kittredge's Civil War-era song, "Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground" on the guitar and autoharp. May 28, 2018

Local organizations work to close the opportunity gap

May 28, 2018

About six months ago, the Missourian’s business reporters gathered around a conference room with a statistic and an idea.

“(Boone County is) among the worst counties in the U.S. in helping poor children up the income ladder,” according to the New York Times. “Better than only about 17 percent of counties.”

Shorter Spring May Explain Snake Sightings

May 28, 2018

Missourians who are moving outdoors as the weather should keep their eyes open for snakes.

Sam Stewart, a naturalist with the Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City, says people may believe they are seeing more snakes this year but that's not necessarily true.

Stewart says because of the long winter and a short spring, snakes are emerging from hibernation all at once, rather than over several weeks as they normally would.

KRCG-TV reports there are 49 species and sub-species of snakes in Missouri and only six are venomous. The most common is the copperhead.

Lawmakers Pass Several of Greitens' Priority Items

May 28, 2018

Lawmakers passed several items on Gov. Eric Greitens' wish list this year, even as they prepared to launch a special session to consider impeaching him.

Missouri congressman Emanuel Cleaver has joined the growing number of public figures to demand technology and retail giant Amazon reveal more details about how its facial recognition tool, AWS Rekognition, is being used by law enforcement.

In a joint letter with representative Keith Ellison, Cleaver, a democrat who serves the Kansas City area in the U.S. House of Representatives, demanded Amazon release a list of law enforcement organizations using the service, which can identify and track individual people’s faces over time.

Samantha Dyroff, left, wears a gray sweatshirt and has dark brown hair. Megan Anderson, right, wears a gray, long-sleeved athletic shirt and has light blonde hair. They smile into the camera.
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Megan Anderson and Samantha Dyroff are both medical students at the University of Missouri. They both work with MedZou, a student-run health clinic here in town. When we spoke to them, Megan was a second-year student and the transgender health coordinator, and Samantha was a first-year medical student and ran the specialty services for MedZou.

They spoke about a recently opened specialty clinic at MedZou that offers free and inclusive healthcare for transgender Missourians, and about what that clinic has meant to some of their patients. 

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at

Missouri lawmakers have subpoenaed Gov. Eric Greitens to testify before a special panel considering whether to try to impeach and remove him from office.

The chairman of the House investigatory panel announced Friday that it has subpoenaed Greitens to appear before the committee on June 4.

Mobility Worldwide's JEFF MORAN is fresh off a trip from western Kenya, where he and his team distributed three-wheeled, all-terrain, hand-operated carts to immobile individuals. Made right here in Columbia, Jeff says people traveled from as far aways as 500 miles to get one the carts. And speaking of moving, things are moving in the right direction at Youth Empowerment Zone. LORETTA SCHOUTEN takes us on a tour of their new, low-cost child care center in northeast Columbia! May 25, 2018

Increased Tuition at MU May Hurt Diversity, New Study Says

May 25, 2018

MU has taken a number of measures in the past to bolster diversity on campus. But, this week, the UM System took a step that might negatively impact the effort.

According to a 2018 peer-reviewed study, increases in tuition in two- and four-year universities can lead to a decrease in diversity on campus. On Monday, the UM System Board of Curators voted to increase tuition beginning this fall.