The University of Missouri is planning to expand its ROTC scholarship program, with a goal of doubling the number of students on campus who are using the scholarships.

Missouri officials said Thursday that beginning next fall, the scholarship will cover room and board for the freshman year for incoming ROTC students who won national scholarships from the military branches.

National ROTC scholarships currently cover tuition and required fees, as well as providing a book allowance and monthly stipend up to $5,000 a year.

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The Attorney General's Office is auditing how many untested rape kits there are in Missouri.

Attorney General Josh Hawley announced the audit Thursday. The announcement comes after a Columbia Missourian report that Missouri has never done a statewide review of untested rape kits, so the number of unprocessed kits is unknown. The newspaper reported that at least 32 other states have conducted audits.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MELANIE KNOCKE, Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium, about the 2017 STEM Expo this Saturday at Rock Bridge High School. Don't miss an afternoon of science, technology, engineering and math-related activities that are free for all ages! At [4:46] SUE HOEVELMAN and KAREN WILMS are here to remind everyone that the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's quarterly 'Cookie Connection' fundraiser is back! Get your order in by next Tuesday for the best chocolate-chip cookies you'll ever taste! Proceeds benefit a good cause. Watch for details. November 9, 2017

Republican House Majority Leader Mike Cierpiot has been elected to the Missouri Senate.

Cierpiot won a special election Tuesday to fill former Sen. Will Kraus' vacant seat. The Lee's Summit Republican resigned in July after the governor appointed him to the State Tax Commission.

Police Review Board Discusses Changes to CPD Complaint, Education Policies

Nov 9, 2017
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The Citizens Police Review Board discussed internal affairs policy changes for citizen complaints and the Columbia Police Department’s new educational standards at a Wednesday night meeting.

  Columbia police changed how they handle complaints and internal investigations in early October.

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This week on intersection we are joined by Dr. Rebecca Johnson. She is the Millsap Professor of Gerontological Nursing and Public Policy Professor at the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing. She's also a professor and serves as the director of the Research Center for Human Animal Interaction in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Johnson researches how people and pets interact, including the beneficial effects animals can have on people and the science behind it all.

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A central Missouri judge says the caseload for her county's public defenders is so big that something must be done to ensure clients are given adequate representation.

The News Tribune reports that Cole County Presiding Judge Pat Joyce made her finding yesterday after public defender Justin Carver testified that attorneys within his district are, quote, "overburdened with cases." Joyce set a hearing for next week to work on a solution.

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Voter turnout in Boone County is at a “new low” after Tuesday’s special election vote according to the Boone County Clerk.

Voters across Boone County rejected a county-wide use tax propositions in Tuesday’s special election vote.

Columbia, Ashland and Harrisburg also voted to reject the city use tax measures. Local governments had proposed the use tax measures as a way of making up for sales tax revenue lost to online shopping.

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St. Louis voters have approved a half-cent sales tax increase to fund pay raises for police, even amid lingering anger at police over handling of recent protests.

About three-fifths of voters supported Proposition P on Tuesday.

The Sept. 15 acquittal of former police officer Jason Stockley in the shooting death of a black suspect led to angry demonstrations. Nearly two months later, protests continue, though the size of the gatherings has declined.

Covering the sexual assault and harassment scandals rocking the entertainment world hasn’t been easy for many journalists, but it’s even harder when the accusations fly within your own organization. Also, what prompted a billionaire to shutter the Gothamist and DNAInfo hyperlocal news sites, why Disney shut out the LA Times, and YouTube’s algorithm serves violent videos to children. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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City Council Approves First Phase of Clary-Shy Park Improvement Project

Nov 8, 2017


The seeds of a permanent Columbia Farmers Market and urban garden were planted Monday night.

The Columbia City Council unanimously approved a plan for the market and urban garden at Clary-Shy Community Park during its meeting on Monday. The Clary-Shy Improvement Project was approved following a public hearing, during which several community members praised the plan and urged its approval.

Today Paul Pepper visits with the City of Columbia's BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager, and PATRICIA HAYLES, Community Relations Specialist, about the Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement (MCPA) awards nomination process. Applications are still being accepted! Also, Barbara invites those who need a small appliance repaired, and those who know how to fix a small appliance, to the first (possibly annual) "Fix-It Fair"! Watch for details! November 8, 2017

Kansas City voters overwhelmingly approved a $1 billion renovation on Tuesday for the Kansas City International Airport.

After 6 years of planning, talks with airlines and rallying for public support, 75 percent of Kansas City voters voted in favor of the change. Developers will demolish the existing 3 terminals and build a new single terminal. 

Use Taxes Fail in Boone County and Columbia

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Columbia voters narrowly voted down a measure that would have created a use tax in Columbia that matched the regular city tax rate. With just over 8.400 votes cast for Proposition 1, it failed by a margin of just 132 votes (50.78% no, 49.22% yes).

Covering the sexual assault and harassment scandals rocking the entertainment world hasn’t been easy for many journalists, but it’s even harder when the accusations fly within your own organization. 

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A former Missouri lawmaker is arguing to the state's Supreme Court that she shouldn't have to pay $230,000 for alleged campaign finance violations.

An attorney for former St. Louis Democratic Sen. Robin Wright-Jones told judges Tuesday that the charge amounts to an unconstitutionally excessive fine by the Missouri Ethics Commission.

A lawyer representing the commission said the amount is an appropriate fee for a couple hundred thousand dollars of expenditures and contributions the candidate failed to accurately report by state deadlines.

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A college education is no longer a requirement for new police officers in Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the city now mandates a high school diploma instead of at least 30 hours of college education — the equivalent of an associate's degree. City officials had discussed the change for some time before taking action in August.

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This week on Discover Nature, watch for white-tailed deer in rut.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about this year's "Starting Gate New Play Festival." You're invited to watch six, 10-minute original plays with one common theme. This year's theme is 'Earth and Sky'. At [4:17] ANN McGINITY invites everyone to the 28th annual Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild's popular 'Holiday Exhibition and Sale' this Friday through Sunday! Check out a few of the examples Ann brought of some one-of-a-kind crafts available for purchase! November 7, 2017

An Associated Press analysis has found that a 2004 ballot initiative hasn't generated as much money as projected for Missouri roads and bridges.

Constitutional Amendment 3 shifted vehicle sales tax revenues away from the state general fund to a new account for highway bonds. But the Department of Transportation had to tap its regular road funds to help pay the Amendment 3 debt in 10 of the past 12 years.

Council Wants More Time to Analyze Vehicle Stops Report, Listening Tour Data

Nov 7, 2017

The Columbia City Council was in agreement Monday night that one business day was not enough to read 604 pages.

That's the length of the city's Vehicle Stops and Listening Tour Summary, which was released Thursday afternoon. It includes the Missouri Attorney General's 2016 Vehicle Stops Report, as well as information collected from the city's Listening Tour, an effort to gain input about the stops report.

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Missouri is one of the top ten states for reducing student loan default rates, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Zora Mulligan is the Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education at the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Mulligan said Missouri offers statewide programs that have helped lower default rates. The Default Prevention Loan Program gives students the knowledge they need to pay back their loans, she said.

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Columbia Police Department officers no longer need a college education to work in the city.

The change means potential hires could apply as long as they have a high school diploma among other requirements.

Civilian Public Information Officer, Bryana Larimer said this is an opportunity to reach people with diverse backgrounds, who for many reasons, couldn’t go to college. 

The Jefferson City Public School District continues to host community meetings on diversity.

These series of meetings were in response to an incident in September where a group of high school students posed in a picture that included racist imagery.