Truman VA Advocates for the Great American Smokeout

Nov 16, 2016
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The Truman VA hospital in Columbia is participating in the Great American Smokeout on November 17 as a day geared towards helping people quit smoking.

Put on by the American Cancer Society, thousands of smokers across the nation will attempt to quit, even if it’s just for the day.

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, “While 57% of the U.S. population has never smoked cigarettes, just 32% of Veterans receiving health care from VA report they never smoked.”

Truman VA and the national VA offer several options to help its veterans kick the habit.

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State Auditor Nicole Galloway on Tuesday released details of a test her office recently conducted on how cities, counties, water districts, fire protection districts and other governing bodies respond to Sunshine Law requests.

She had employees send Sunshine requests to more than 300 local governments. The letters were "in plain form" (not office letterhead) and prepared in a way citizens might request public information. None of the letter writers identified themselves as employees of the state auditor's office.

All Lanes of Jefferson City Bridges Now Open

Nov 16, 2016
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All lanes of Route 54 and Highway 63 on the Missouri River Bridge in Jefferson City are now open. The Missouri Department of Transportation opened the eastbound side of the bridge Sunday afternoon and the westbound side of the bridge Friday. Construction on the bridge began May first. 

MoDOT Central District Construction and Materials Engineer Patty Lemongelli said residents have been inconvenienced enough and MoDOT is glad the bridge is reopened.

COU Airport Manager Resigns After Two Months on the Job

Nov 15, 2016

City officials are “disappointed” after the manager of the Columbia Regional Airport stepped down from her position.

Tamara Pitts took her job as manager on Sept. 12 as part of a shift in the airport’s leadership. Her last day at work was Friday, according to a Monday announcement from the city. It was not immediately clear why she stepped down.

Pitts’ resignation comes as city officials put together major infrastructure improvements for the airport, including a reconstructed runway and new terminal.

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  The number of confirmed mumps cases at the University of Missouri is growing amid a national rise in cases.

The university plans to provide an update each Wednesday. As of Nov. 9, the university had recorded 17 cases since the beginning of the fall semester. The school says all the students received the required two doses of a vaccine that protects against mumps, as well as measles and rubella.

Mumps is a viral infection that causes swelling in the salivary glands and cheeks. Anyone with symptoms is asked to stay at home.

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Members of the NAACP of St. Louis County plan to meet with Ladue School District leaders after white high school students chanting Donald Trump's name on a school bus suggested that blacks should move to the back of the bus.

NAACP member John Gaskin III on Tuesday called the incident "deeply disturbing." School district spokeswoman Susan Downing says the district not only wants to meet with the NAACP but hopes to begin a broader community discussion about racial diversity.

Courtesy CBS

We’re learning the names of some of President-elect Trump’s first appointments. How should the news media cover those? And, when do you use terms like “alt-right” versus “white nationalist?”

Leslie Stahl, 60 Minutes: “President-elect Trump speaks to a divided country on 60 Minutes

Missouri Department of Conservation

As food sources become harder to find in the winter, birds go looking for berries, grain and seed at home feeders.

Ryan Famuliner, Nathan Lawrence

The University of Missouri announced Tuesday that is withdrawing the recognition of Kappa Alpha fraternity as a recognized student organization, citing "multiple violations" of the MU Standard of Conduct.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DANIELLE WOODS, RN, about Binge Eating Disorder (BED). What is it? Danielle says this "form of self-harm and addiction (just like drugs and alcohol)" is a common occurrence in athletes who "eat more than a normal amount of calories in one sitting." McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers has a variety of treatment programs to help combat this mental illness. At [4:20] NAT GRAHAM returns with ANDREA RAVELO, who gives us a sneak preview of her talk about orchids at this month's Science on Tap CoMo. Find out when and where! November 15, 2016

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A transgender soldier serving 35 years at a Kansas military prison for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks is asking President Barack Obama to commute her sentence to the 6 1/2 years she has already served.

Chelsea Manning says in her application for commutation that she's a "far different person" than she was in 2010, when her name was Bradley Manning and she was struggling to fit in as a male.

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Hundreds of people who were illegally jailed in a St. Louis suburb are eligible to share in a lawsuit settlement, but with the deadline approaching, most of them have not come forward.

Officials with the non-profit law firm ArchCity Defenders and other advocates for minorities and the poor said at a news conference Monday that only about 400 of the roughly 2,000 people eligible have filed a claim in the settlement with Jennings, Missouri. The deadline is Nov. 24.

University of Missouri Sees Football Game Attendance Slip

Nov 14, 2016
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  University of Missouri officials said that average attendance at home football games this season will be the lowest since 2002, barring an unexpected rebound for the last two games.

Associate athletic director Chad Moller said the attendance has suffered because of a lack of winning.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes cast members from Hickman High School's production of "Pippin." SOPHIA CASTO ("Fastrada") and LYDIA BRYDA ("Featured Dancer") tell us about the show, and then MIGUEL AVILES ("Pippin") and RAYA ABERBACH ("Leading Player") perform "Simple Joys" at [3:30]. November 14, 2016

Morning Newscast for November 14, 2016

Nov 14, 2016
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Missouri's mega-donors say a newly approved state constitutional amendment to cap campaign contributions won’t keep money out of politics.

The measure, approved by 70 percent of voters, caps donations to candidates at $2,600 and donations to political parties at $25,000 per election.

A spokesman for donor Rex Sinquefield says the amendment will actually empower large donors.

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  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is stopping in the United Arab Emirates during an upcoming economic development trip.

Nixon announced Friday that he'll pitch Missouri exports to government officials and businesses in the country later this month.

Nixon also plans to speak with officials at the American embassy.

He'll start the trade trip Nov. 15 in Israel, head to Germany on Nov. 17 and then arrive in the United Arab Emirates on Nov. 18.

Nixon will be back in the United States on Nov. 22.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JACK SCHULTZ, Executive Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri. Jack's topic today: the Tasmanian devil. What do you really know about this marsupial most famous for it's Looney Tunes counterpart? If your answer is "not much," enjoy! November 11, 2016

Suspect in Jefferson City Double Homicide in Custody

Nov 11, 2016

Authorities have taken a suspect into custody after a Jefferson City double homicide Wednesday night.

Authorities were sent to the 100 block of Grant Street around 7:30 pm, where they found two victims suffering serious injuries consistent with a sharp object. The two victims, 27-year-old Ciera Kolb of Cole County and 27-year-old Micah Hall of Jefferson City, were sent to the hospital and were pronounced dead last night.

Columbia Police Arrest MU Student for Social Media Post

Nov 11, 2016

The Columbia Police Department arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of harassment after he posted a threatening message on Erodr, a social media app for college students, on Wednesday. 

According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Phipps was released from the Boone County Jail on Wednesday after posting a $500 bond.

The social media post read: “I'll be in prison for a while. But that's okay I guess. Some of you should be ready to die tomorrow. If you want to topple a country prison is the least I can do to show you what you deserve.”

COMO Connect Asks For Community Feedback

Nov 11, 2016

COMO Connect is encouraging residents to take an online survey before it closes in December. The survey is part of their Bus Service Evaluation Project, a 14-month long effort to meet the needs of the community through concepts like visioning sessions and online forums. Transit and Parking Manager Drew Brooks said the survey is looking for diverse perspectives in the community.

Mid-Missouri Fire Department Merger Improves Response Time

Nov 11, 2016

A little more than a month after the Camdenton City Fire Department and the Mid County Fire Protection District merged into one, the department has seen faster response times and improved functioning, according to Fire Chief Scott Frandsen.

The decision to merge the two fire departments was made by the Camdenton Board of Alderman to avoid duplicate services, which would save taxpayers money, and improve the functioning of the emergency service.

Frandsen says the results of merging are positive.

Asmaa Waguih

Civil war in Yemen has forced more than 3 million people from their homes and left millions more in need of food and other humanitarian aid.

With the recent failure of UN-backed peace talks, the situation is unlikely to ease.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the crisis in Yemen and Saudi Arabia's controversial airstrikes in the country that have worsened the plight of its desperate people.

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One early September evening British Lord Alan Watson prepared for a ribbon cutting. . He held the scissors and snipped the ribbon at the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton.

Watson and Edwina Sandys, Winston Churchill’s granddaughter, among others, were opening the museum’s newest exhibit: a typed draft of the Iron Curtain speech, hung on frames throughout the room. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about the 2nd annual "Starting Gate New Play Festival." This year's theme is Feast/Famine. Enjoy six 'wonderfully diverse' plays that 'celebrate the craft of playwriting' at THP starting tomorrow through Sunday! At [4:38] JANICE RAMBO, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, stops by to "empower" grade schoolers to start snacking healthy! How do we get them to do it? Janice says we have to make it visible, convenient, effortless and great-tasting. Sounds easy enough... November 10, 2016