Today Paul Pepper and LIZ SCHMIDT, League of Women Voters, invite everyone to a couple of events in the near future, including: a town hall this Thursday at the Columbia Public Library and a 'Lunch and Learn' about the Affordable Care Act February 16. (Remember to register by February 17 in order to vote March 15!) At [4:53] "A Chorus Line" director MAGGIE HUNTER tells us what goes into preparing such an iconic show, which opens February 11 at Columbia Entertainment Company! February 2, 2016

A Missouri high school's protest over a transgender teen's locker room use has prompted state legislators to file a handful of bills that would make schools enforce gender-specific bathrooms and locker rooms.

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Americans owe more than $1.3 trillion in student debt, according to the Federal Reserve.

While much of this debt is owed to the federal government or private companies, State Representative Kip Kendrick (Columbia-D) said he has spent the last six months trying to figure out what can be done on the state level to provide Missouri borrowers with relief.

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For almost a year, presidential candidates have been crisscrossing Iowa, wooing voters in a state that relies on agriculture for about one-third of its economy. But even here, most voters live in cities or suburbs and don’t have a first-hand connection to the farm.

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In this special, hear the voices of journalism students from the University of Missouri. They know that figuring out who you are isn't as easy as it sounds. They were challenged in their magazine writing capstone class to tell stories from their lives that have helped shape who they are. With help from their teacher and master-storyteller, Berkley Hudson, they recount stories from first loves and first tattoos to losses that touched their lives. 

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A suspect who was fatally shot by Missouri police has been identified.

Today Paul Pepper visits with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director, Youth Empowerment Zone, about YEZ being Columbia's 'best-kept secret.' For over 10 years now, YEZ has helped roughly 1,200 youths find stability, despite being under-staffed and under-funded. Look for an early-childhood development program in the near future! February 1, 2016

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The two-state fight for a federal spy agency's new regional headquarters and more than 3,000 high-tech jobs has gained increased urgency in St. Louis after the failed bid to build a $1 billion riverfront stadium to keep its NFL franchise from moving to Los Angeles.

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Missouri lawmakers who want a private firm to scrutinize the state's welfare rolls say it could save money by ending benefits for people who aren't actually eligible.

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The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is opening a city school for the first time in more than 70 years.

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The former director of a domestic violence shelter in south-central Missouri has admitted stealing about $30,000 from the shelter.

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The suspended University of Missouri professor who was charged with misdemeanor assault related to her clash with journalists during campus protests in November has reached a deal with prosecutors.

Columbia city prosecutor Steve Richey said Friday that assistant communication professor Melissa Click agreed to serve 20 hours of community service and no jail time if she stays out of trouble for a year instead of being prosecuted.

Richey considers "this disposition to be appropriate."

Today Paul Pepper and DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., talk about "spiritual regression." Never heard of it? Dr. Newman says it's one of "the most exciting areas to do research in." Find out why! January 29, 2016

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Two Missouri lawmakers have switched seats in the House chamber after one filed a restraining order against the other because he says they got in a fistfight.

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Missouri lawmakers are blocking a tax increase on the state's most valuable farmland.


After wars in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda killed nearly a million civilians, 120 nations came together to create what we know as the International Criminal Court. The goal: to prosecute those responsible for future genocides, crimes against humanity and other terrible war crimes.

But 13 years after it was created, the ICC has seen its share of controversy. Some African leaders are threatening to withdraw from the court for what they see as its unfair focus on prosecuting African cases. Others question the usefulness of a court that has convicted just two people in 13 years.

On this edition of Global Journalist, we discuss the controversies surrounding a court set up to prosecute the world's worst criminals.

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The University of Missouri football team has dismissed quarterback Maty Mauk from the program after a series of missteps.

Increasingly, sound is providing scientists with clues about changes in habitat. On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Christopher Bobryk, a Columbia-based soil scientist with the USDA who uses sound to measure habitat. He visited with Darren about the growing field of soundscape ecology.

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The Ferguson Police Department has agreed to overhaul its policies, training and practices as part of a sweeping deal with the U.S. Justice Department.

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The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a ban on traffic ticket quotas.

Today Paul Pepper visits with SCOTT BRADLEY, Carpet One Floor and Home, about eco-friendly hardwood flooring. "It looks like real wood; it feels like real wood, but it's not." Looking for alternative home renovation ideas? Watch! At [4:16] NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Columbia's Voluntary Action Center, tells us about a program underway that provides computers to less-fortunate homes with school-aged children. The City of Columbia is providing the computers, but there aren't enough to go around, so registration is required - watch for details! January 28, 2016

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced Wednesday night it is suspending University of Missouri assistant professor Melissa Click. Chair of the Board of Curators Pam Henrickson issued this statement following a nearly four hour special meeting:

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Today the University of Missouri Interim Chancellor, Hank Foley, delivered the annual state of the university address. Foley announced an increase in regarding graduate student stipends.   

 “Beginning in July, July 1, 2016, our minimum stipend will rise by three thousand dollars a year to 15 thousand dollars,” Foley said.

He said the stipend that graduate students currently receive is well below the average of other higher learning institutions.

Missouri Senate discussing concealed weapons on college campuses

Jan 27, 2016
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JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers have begun discussing whether to allow concealed weapons on college campuses.

A Senate committee began hearing testimony Wednesday on a bill that would only allow campuses to ban concealed weapons if the school posts armed guards and metal detectors at every entrance to every campus building.

Other bills in the House and Senate would also expand access to guns on campuses.

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According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2014 alone, there were more than 1.3 million Americans living in nursing homes. One research group in Columbia is working on developing technology that will help the elderly age better, more safely and hopefully - at home.