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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has approved an additional $700 million of spending this year.

Greitens signed the supplemental budget bill Thursday.

'Too Quick for the Living' author/poet WALTER BARGEN reads "Jack Mackerel Joins the Roman Legion." (It's about a cat.) April 6, 2018

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A Columbia-based composer won a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship yesterday.

Yoshiaki Onishi is a contemporary classical composer and one of 175 scholars, artists and scientists awarded a spot in the Fellows class of 2018. He is one of 12 recipients in the music composition category.

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Following President Trump’s tweets on trade policies, China responded Tuesday with its own planned taxes on U.S. imports. China plans to tax American airplanes, automobiles and soybeans at a rate of 25 percent.

Soybeans were one of Missouri’s top commodities in 2017 and accounted for over $1 billion in revenue.

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A Missouri House committee has rejected a bill meant to give terminally ill patients access to medical marijuana.

The Columbia Missourian reports that Republican Rep. Jim Neely's bill failed to make it out of the Legislative Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

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A spokesman for Gov. Eric Greitens says he hopes to nominate new members to the Missouri Ethics Commission next week.

Vacancies on the commission mean it has too few members to meet with a quorum. The committee has before it a complaint about whether Greitens' gubernatorial campaign told the truth about how it gained access to a list of donors.

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Missouri senators on Thursday passed legislation aimed at shielding government whistleblowers from retaliation.

Senators voted 30-0 in favor of the bill, which would roll back a provision of a new law that Democratic sponsor Sen. Jill Schupp said inadvertently took away protections for state workers who report misconduct or other issues.

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The use of orphanages fell out of favor in the U.S. around World War II, and the institutions were largely replaced by the foster care system.

But in parts of Asia and Africa, the number of orphanages has actually risen in recent decades – spurred in part by the death toll from conflict and HIV/AIDS. Many of these institutions are privately owned or run by non-profits and receive no government money. Instead, they are funded entirely by donations.

The growth has led to criticism by some child advocates. They argue that most children would be better off living with relatives or others. They also worry that in some countries the growth in orphanages has been spurred in part by adults looking to pad their own pockets by capitalizing on tourists willing to pay to volunteer at childrens’ homes.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the debate around institutional child care in developing countries and what might be perpetuating the problem of overseas orphanage scams.


"Madagascar: A Musical Adventure" is what's known in JILL WOMACK's world as a TYA production, or a 'theatre for young audiences'. That means this particular show features adults acting alongside advanced TRYPS children. You'll want to be sure and "move it move it" to the Macklanburg Playhouse on the Stephens College campus this weekend only! April 5, 2018

Missouri Lawmaker Overseeing Greitens Probe Says 'No' to Request for Delay

Apr 5, 2018

The chairman of a special committee investigating Gov. Eric Greitens offered an emphatic “no” Wednesday when asked if he was planning to delay the release of the panel’s findings next week.

Rep. Jay Barnes’ response came a day after a letter surfaced from the governor’s legal team that requested the legislative committee keep its work under wraps until the conclusion of the separate criminal trial against Greitens.

Missouri House Advances Plan to Cut Income Tax Rate

Apr 5, 2018

House members on Wednesday voted to advance a proposal to cut the income tax rate for businesses and most Missouri residents to 5 percent as part of a broader Republican-led effort to change state tax law.

The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow members of the Legislature to serve up to 16 years in one chamber.

Voters would have the final say if the Senate approves the proposal once more and it also passes the House.

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A House bill that limits how Missouri residents can spend temporary assistance funding received scrutiny during a Senate committee hearing Wednesday morning.

The legislation, which passed the House with a vote of 100 to 46, would stop residents from using their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF cards, to access cash.

 

It also makes it illegal to purchase certain items like alcohol, tobacco products or pornography.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' lawyers have asked state lawmakers to delay releasing the results of their investigation into the Republican governor as a related criminal trial plays out over allegations that he took a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman with whom he had an extramarital affair.

Attorneys for Greitens sent a letter to the House investigatory committee asking it to wait until the May criminal trial against Greitens is over. They voiced concerns about tainting the jury pool and said it's "unreasonable" to ask Greitens to testify to the committee before then.

MU Veterinary Health Center's CB CHASTAIN on the recent pet food recalls: "what I think is a lot more concerning is a more common problem where bacteria gets into the food, and that puts the animal's life at risk and can also risk the health of the owner." Plus, 'It Takes a Village: Community Through Song' is a "huge concert" that showcases members from each ensemble in the Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri. Artistic Director EMILY EDGINGTON ANDREWS tells us more! [4:45] April 4, 2018

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The Missouri House has passed legislation to require parents receiving food stamps to comply with work requirements or face losing benefits.

Lawmakers voted 107-43 Tuesday to send the bill to the Senate.

The measure is aimed at requiring able-bodied parents aided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to seek work or job training.

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Nine people testified during a house committee meeting Tuesday evening, on behalf of a bill that would change how minors are charged with crimes.

The bill, which would be enacted in 2021, requires individuals under the age of 18 to be tried as juveniles for most crimes, unless they are certified as an adult.

Minors could still be charged as adults for violent or serious crimes such as murder or robbery.


Voters in the city of Ashland approved a half-cent sales tax increase Tuesday night that will fund stormwater and local park projects. Previously, the city had no source of revenue for such projects. But the growth of the city, seeing over a thousand new residents since 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, strained the city budget.

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Cheering at Teresa Maledy’s watch party may have only started after the final votes were counted, but the candidate had pulled ahead well before then.

“The campaign even though it’s been outside of my comfort-zone I’ve been overwhelmed with the type of support and really people who were enthusiastic about me running. So that feels great, and I want to make sure I work hard for them.”

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Greg Steinhoff celebrated with a few dozen supporters as he again won a seat on the Boone Hospital Board of Trustees. Steinhoff was a trustee on the hospital’s board from 1999 to 2005, and he says the hospital’s current situation is much different.

Incumbent Michael Trapp Wins Ward Two City Council Seat

Apr 4, 2018

Michael Trapp was elected to his third term as Second Ward City Councilmember on Tuesday night. His family, friends and supporters watched the results come in live at The Roof on Broadway.

When it was clear who won, the crowd cheered and Trapp began his speech.

David Ritchie and incumbent Bill Watkins both won seats Tuesday night on the board of directors for the volunteer Boone County Fire Protection District. They’ll both serve a six-year term on the five-member board.

Five seats on Jefferson City's City Council and two seats on the Board of Education for Jefferson City Public Schools were up for election on Tuesday.

Jon Hensley won the only contested race for City Council in Ward 5. He came in with 46 percent of the vote against Jim Crabtree and Ashley Jones-Kaufman. Hensley currently serves as general counsel at the Missouri State Treasurer's Office. He said he hopes to address some of the points in his campaign platform as a council member. 

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The Columbia City Council unanimously voted to approve streetlight improvements Monday for three different areas of the city.

Three new street lights will be placed along West Broadway near Reedsport Ridge, and one on Cass Drive between Rice Road and Mohawk Avenue. Thirty-six streetlights in East Campus will be upgraded from mercury vapor bulbs to brighter LEDs.

University of Missouri senior Justin McDonald, told council members that this is a good start, but there is still more work to be done.

Missouri Bill Would Require Teens Under 18 to Be Prosecuted in Juvenile Court

Apr 3, 2018

A bill to be heard in the state House committee today would prevent 17-year-old defendants from being tried for minor and non-violent offenses in adult courts.

Missouri Senate Bill 793 would require children under the age of 18 to be prosecuted in juvenile court for most criminal offenses unless the child is certified as an adult. The 17-year-olds charged with more serious and violent crimes could still be tried as adults. 

The bill was approved unanimously in the Senate and will head to the House floor if the committee approves.

Democratic State Auditor Nicole Galloway on Tuesday announced her office identified roughly $2 million in potential inaccuracies in Missouri's financial reports of its unemployment insurance program.

Galloway's office pointed to a new, more than $40 million tracking system for the program as the root of several financial reporting problems. According to the audit, the system was not fully developed or tested before it was put into place in November 2016.

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