Joplin's former master developer is contesting a $1.4 million judgment the city won against the firm for defaulting on its agreements.

More Rain, Floods Coming to Central Missouri

Jun 16, 2015
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The next few days in Central Missouri will see more rain and flooding. The National Weather Service predicts 4-6 inches of rain by June 18, and it has issued flood watches and warnings across the state.

The Missouri River has reached over 27 feet in Jefferson City, surpassing the flood stage by 4 feet but not yet breaking the 30-foot levee. Cole County Emergency Management Director Bill Farr said he doesn’t expect the water to reach that height, but he will be prepared in the meantime.

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Agriculture officials don’t know just how the massive outbreak of avian flu in the Midwest was spread, but believe the culprits include humans breaking biosecurity measures and the virus going airborne.

A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed by two African-American men who claimed there was a pattern of racial discrimination at a downtown Kansas City entertainment district.

The Kansas City Star reports U.S. District Senior Judge Ortrie Smith on Monday threw out the second count of the two-count lawsuit filed on behalf of Dante A.R. Combs, of Overland Park, Kansas, and Adam S. Williams of Edmond, Oklahoma. The other count was dismissed last year.

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A week ago, few outside Spokane, Wash. knew Rachel Dolezal. Today, she’s a household name, thanks to one reporter’s persistent line of questioning. What is it like to ask questions of someone when you know it'll likely change the course of their life forever? Has the media been fair to Rachel Dolezal, her experience and her story?

Jeff Humphrey, KXLY: "First on KXLY: Rachel Dolezal responds to race allegations"

Today Paul Pepper and MARGARET TOLLERTON take a tour of the Missouri Cures website. If reading about the latest in medical findings interest you, you won't want to miss this segment! At [4:30] SHELIA ROBERTSON tells us about MU Health's 7-week Safe Kids Camp Amazing. Different themes each week will keep kids having fun while learning about staying safe. Space is filling up fast so call today! June 16, 2015

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The Columbia Parks and Recreation and the city manager are proposing the parks and recreation sales tax be renewed every six years rather than five years.

Meter Permits Available in Downtown Columbia in August

Jun 16, 2015
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Some 10-hour parking meters off Locust Street, Second Street and parts of Broadway will soon have permits available for $35 a month. 

Federal authorities are investigating after an explosion at a recycling facility in southwest Missouri killed one person and injured another.

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When you're investing millions of dollars in a building project you might think twice before installing a type of  heating and air conditioning system that while growing in popularity, you are not all that familiar with.

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Boone County Joint Communications Director Scott Shelton resigned on  June 15, according to a news release issued by the Boone County Commission.

The City of Columbia website describes the Director of Boone County Joint Communications as responsible for supervising operation of the county-wide 911 emergency dispatch system.

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The Columbia Police Department is asking downtown businesses and residents if they would be willing to share exterior security camera footage to help police in investigations.

Katie Essing, the Executive Director for the Downtown Community Improvement District, said the Columbia Police Department asked them to compile a list of businesses and residents in the downtown area that have exterior cameras and would be willing to voluntarily share footage with police.

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  Rivers are rising throughout Missouri, and with more rainfall in the forecast, moderate flooding is now expected at several locations.

Both the Missouri and Mississippi rivers are overflowing their banks, due to heavy rain that has settled over the central U.S. over the past several days.

Butch Dye of the National Weather Service office in St. Louis said Monday that more rain is in the forecast for much of southwestern and eastern Missouri through the week. Up to 7 inches of rain could fall by the weekend, potentially making flooding even worse.

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  Missouri officials are proposing changes after aspiring teachers struggled on new educator certification exams, particularly those for math and science. 

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  A nurse spurred by the racial unrest in Ferguson following last summer's police shooting death of Michael Brown is giving prospective nurses from that St. Louis suburb an educational break. 

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  A spring storm has churned up a small tornado in eastern Missouri and downed trees in the central part of the state. 

Two Columbia Doctors Extend Charity to Georgia

Jun 15, 2015
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 Two doctors from Columbia’s Womens’ Clinic and Childrens’ Hospital are bringing $4,000 worth of medical supplies to the country of Georgia.

Dr. John Pardalos and Dr. Trish Blair work with the not for profit group A Call to Serve International, which provides medical supplies and skills to Georgia. Blair, president of A Call to Serve, said that the group’s main goal is to spread useful tools and skills. “The idea is that people are the same all over the world and some of us have some skills and some supplies that other people don’t have, so we should share those” she said.

Today Paul Pepper visits with BILL MCKELVEY about the University of Missouri's Plant, Grow and Share initiative, which encourages home gardeners to donate their extra fruits and veggies to those who aren't as lucky. Make the "produce pledge" today! At [4:41] KAITLYN BRADLEY tells us about this weekend's 58th annual Olivet Christian Church Mutton and Barbecue fundraiser. June 15, 2015

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Financial advisers soon will have more authority to act if they suspect an older Missouri resident or person with a disability is the target of financial fraud.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday signed a bill touted by supporters as a way to protect seniors from exploitation.

Once the bill takes effect, financial professionals can refuse to process transactions if fraud is suspected.

The measure applies to advisers of those over 60 or those with disabilities.

Mid-Missouri Seeing Increase in Armadillos

Jun 12, 2015
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Mid-Missouri is seeing an increase in its population of armored inhabitants.

Armadillo sightings are becoming a normal occurrence for both residents and motorists north of the Missouri River.

Missouri Conservation Agent Bob Lyons says the river itself was assumed to be a roadblock in armadillos’ path to Mid-Missouri.

“They’ve moved up from the south and have progressively increased over the years,” Lyons said. “Everybody always thought that they’d never be able to cross over the Missouri River, but they certainly know how in some fashion.”

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Missouri transportation officials are warning drivers that construction projects will cause delays on Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis this summer.

The state is encouraging drivers to avoid using the interstate at peak travel times on Friday and Sunday afternoons. It says delays of up to an hour are possible in some areas.

Alternate routes include U.S. 50 south of the interstate or U.S. 36 to the north.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says the main cause of congestion will be work on bridges over the Blackwater River near Marshall Junction.

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It's a startling number: according to Mexico's National Citizen Femicide Observatory, six women are killed every day in the country. Despite that alarming statistic, only 24 percent of those deaths are investigated, and only 1.6 percent of those cases lead to an arrest and sentencing from 2012 to 2013. On this episode of Global Journalist, we look at what's being called an "epidemic of violence."

Our guests this week:

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A special prosecutor says he won't file criminal charges against a Boone County sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a murder suspect in February. 

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Stephens College has named Susan Muller dean of the School of Health Sciences. Muller will be the first dean of the newly created School of Health Sciences at Stephens College. Muller led the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at Murray State University for three years.

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The Fort Leonard Wood farmers’ market announced Thursday that it now accepts food stamps.

The market is operated by the Pulaski County Sheltered Workshop (PCSW), a local non-profit that provides work for people with physical and mental disabilities.

Market manager Samantha Kramer said the new policy will provide fresh foods to people living on food-stamps in an area where produce is scarce.