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Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens is appointing a North Carolina corrections official to lead Missouri's Department of Corrections.

Greitens announced his pick Wednesday of North Carolina community supervision Director Anne Precythe.

The Senate must confirm her appointment.

Current Missouri prisons chief George Lombardi had applied to stay on when Greitens assumes office in January, but later withdrew his application.

The Columbia Police Department has come under scrutiny for a claim Police Chief Ken Burton made during the July 19 City Council Meeting. Burton stated that he believed the Columbia Police Department did not racially profile its citizens.

Burton’s comment was challenged both by some council members and citizens at the meeting, including members of the group Race Matters, Friends, a group of organizers and activists working towards racial equity in Columbia.

“So the conversation became about the attorney general’s report on vehicle stop reports because that showed

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JOY SWEENEY, Executive Director of Council for Drug Free Youth. Joy has a message for all adults with children during this festive time of year, and that is: "model appropriate behavior." In other words, don't make it seem like the only way to have fun is by drinking alcohol. There's a reason why the legal drinking age is 21, and Joy talks about that - watch! December 21, 2016

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The Missouri Supreme Court has reinstated the law license of former St. Louis Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr.

Bosley's license was suspended indefinitely in September 2014 over allegations that mishandled clients' money.

Bosley served as St. Louis mayor from 1993 to 1997 and has run a law firm that handles personal injury lawsuits and other cases.

The state Supreme Court had court found Bosley violated attorney rules by mingling clients' money with personal funds, failing to keep complete records and not promptly paying money to clients.

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A Missouri appeals court has ordered a new trial for a man sentenced to three decades in prison for infecting another man with HIV and endangering four others with the disease while attending college.

A Missouri Court of Appeals panel sided yesterday with Michael L. Johnson's claim that the St. Charles County trial court abused its discretion by admitting excerpted recordings of phone calls Johnson made while jailed. Those recordings weren't disclosed to Johnson's attorneys until the morning of the first day of trial.

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Outgoing Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is warning the Democratic Party against veering to the left after the party's defeats in this year's elections.

Nixon told The Associated Press yesterday that the party needs to include those with more centrist values.

Nixon says identity politics can lead to exclusion and says it's wrong not to welcome those who enjoy sporting activities including shooting, hunting and fishing.

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Missouri Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens has named a top Anheuser-Busch official, Michael Roche, to be his chief of staff.

The Kansas City Star first reported the pick Tuesday.

Roche is vice president of national affairs for the brewery and worked as a federal lobbyist for the company.

Greitens' former campaign manager, Austin Chambers, says he'll stay on as a senior adviser.

Chambers also confirmed that Jennae Neustadt will be Greitens' legislative director. She previously worked as chief of staff for Republican state Sen. Bob Onder.

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Did you know there are more than 200 species of woodpeckers in the world? This week on Discover Nature: look and listen for the seven species that call Missouri home.

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The Chief Executive Officer of University of Missouri Health Care will be leaving his post – effective February 24, 2017.

Mitch Wasden became the chief operating officer of MU Health Care in 2012, and then also took over the CEO duties in 2013. Earlier this year MU hired a new COO, and Wasden continued his work as CEO.

According to an email from the MU Chancellor’s office, Wasden made “tremendous strides in advancing the health of Missourians” during his tenure.

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Fulton, Missouri, is home to one of the most famous folk artists in the United States. Jesse Howard’s work hangs in the Smithsonian, but Fulton only recently started acknowledging the lasting impact his artwork has had on the country and the town.

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Missouri Representative Kip Kendrick and six other House Democrats filed seven ethics reform bills last week. The proposed legislation includes creating new term limits, banning gifts from lobbyists and regulating campaign committees. KBIA’s Michaela Tucker spoke with Kendrick about the bills and the upcoming legislative session.



Today Paul Pepper welcomes back pianist MICHAEL BUTTERWORTH! Michael performs three holiday tunes for us: "Winter Wonderland" [1:21]; "I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)" [4:17]; and "The Christmas Song" [8:00]. Order one of Michael's CDs from! December 20, 2016

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In 2016, University of Missouri Athletics experienced a wide range of successes and failures. The year also featured instability, as five different people (Mack Rhoades, Wren Baker, Hank Foley, Sarah Reesman and Jim Sterk) served as the university’s athletic director.

Following the departure of long-time football head coach in 2015, and the football team’s role in the November 2015 protests on the MU campus, Missouri Tiger fans have not appeared to support the football program as much as years past.

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Documents obtained by the Columbia Daily Tribune show 16 students who drank at University of Missouri fraternities were taken to hospitals for alcohol poisoning since August 2015.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports those incidents include cases reported to the university police department or the Department of Student Life. Records show six incidents involving an emergency medical response where a student didn't have to be transported to a hospital.

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Six federal inmates serving time in Missouri-related drug cases are getting their sentences shortened by President Barack Obama, and three others got pardons.

The commutations were among 153 announced yesterday by the White House, along with 78 pardons. That's the largest number of individual clemencies in a single day by any president.

Obama issued pardons to Bob Edward Bone of St. Louis and Larry Wayne Childress of Williamsville in methamphetamine conspiracy cases, and Emmanuel Gabriel Leeper of Plano, Texas, for a marijuana-possession conviction.

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Advocates for domestic violence victims and the National Rifle Association are working with lawmakers to keep firearms out of the hands of batterers.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the issue is with a new law that allows Missourians to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. The concern is that law enforcement officers will no longer be able to use the permitting process to ensure guns don't fall into the wrong hands when the law takes effect Jan. 1.

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The dangerous wintry mix that settled over Missouri during the weekend is gone, but bitter cold on Monday forced dozens of schools to call off classes and made venturing outdoors miserable.

Parts of the state awoke to temperatures below zero Monday morning, and readings most everywhere else were in single digits. Schools remained closed in many places because it was too dangerously cold for the kids to get out.

Nearly 40 water main breaks in the St. Louis area were blamed on the frigid conditions.

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A newspaper reports that members of Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens' transition team have agreed to not publicly discuss their activities.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says documents obtained through the state's open-records law show members of the transition team are required to pledge in writing that they won't discuss the group's inner workings.

That "Code of Conduct and Confidentiality Agreement" notes that not complying with its 17 requirements may result in the offender's ouster from the transition team, and "other sanctions" deemed appropriate.

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Missouri's electors who voted for President-elect Donald Trump have received a mixed response from onlookers.

Supporters in the Capitol clapped and cheered when the state's 10 electors all cast their ballots for Trump.

An opponent in the crowded Senate Lounge called out "justice for all" after the vote took place. A woman in response told the man to "get over it."

The votes for Trump were expected, although opponents looking to block the president-elect from taking office had hoped some electors would change their minds.

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The homeless are proving to be especially susceptible to the latest version of synthetic marijuana, a man-made hallucinogen that experts say is far more dangerous and unpredictable than the real thing.

Nearly 300 homeless people became ill last month in St. Louis. Other outbreaks have occurred in New York City, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas.

Experts say synthetic marijuana is popular among the homeless for several reasons: It's cheap. It's difficult to detect in a drug test. And it's a fast escape from reality.

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 Missouri's Republican electors soon will gather to cast their votes for the next president of the United States.

The state's 10 GOP electors are set to vote this afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Capitol.

Eight electors interviewed by The Associated Press said they'll vote for Republican President-elect Donald Trump. AP was unable to interview the two other electors.

The voting process has lasted mere minutes in past Missouri elections.

But this year it's being closely watched following an outpouring of pressure from those hoping to stop Trump from taking office.

Temperatures plummeted in Missouri after freezing rain blanketed roads with ice, causing scores of accidents including some fatalities. At least three deaths in Missouri were blamed on icy roads Friday after a treacherous mix of snow and freezing rain blasted much of the state.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back our resident consumer expert, MEL ZELENAK! Mel delivers part one of his New Year's resolutions: save even more money in 2017. Get his thoughts on fiduciary relationships with financial planners (yes!), passive investing (maybe!) and "paying yourself first" (absolutely!). December 19, 2016 

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I would like to explain a photo that ran on Thanksgiving day in the Columbia Missourian. It was a picture of a group of folks, some adults, and at least one teenager who were steadily working together towards one large, and possibly overwhelming project on a local farm.

Freezing drizzle and low temperatures hit sections of Missouri, making travel icy and treacherous.

I-70, Stadium Boulevard, and many other major roadways were at a near standstill Friday afternoon. 

Columbia Public Works says it put about 25 peices of equipment on Columbia streets, priority routes, starting at 10:30 am Friday to spread salt. The crews will continue to work overnight.

Today Paul Pepper asks DR. CB CHASTAIN, MU's College of Veterinary Medicine, his thoughts on giving a puppy as a present this holiday season. General consensus is that it's a bad idea, and CB agrees, adding, "unless you know that the person that's going to receive the puppy is going to contribute the time and the effort" it takes to raise a dog. At [4:50] DR. PATRICK CLARK invites everyone to the very first performance of the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra TONITE in Jefferson City. Enjoy works from Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and more! On today's show, we talk about how the program as a whole came together in a very short amount of time. December 16, 2016

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A Mexican-American elector says he's sticking with his pledge to vote for Missouri's winning candidate, Donald Trump.

Hector Maldonado told The Associated Press he won't change his mind Monday in what's shaping up to be an unusually controversial Electoral College vote.

The child of a migrant worker, Maldonado moved to the U.S. at about age 5 and became a citizen in 1995.

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Missouri Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens is picking Kansas City attorney Lucinda Luetkemeyer to be his general counsel.

Greitens' transition team leader Austin Chambers told The Associated Press on Thursday that Luetkemeyer also is serving as the transition team's general counsel.

Luetkemeyer works at the Kansas City law firm of Graves Garrett.

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Missouri's Department of Corrections director says he's withdrawing his application to continue heading the agency under the next governor following calls for him to leave.

Director George Lombardi in Thursday emails obtained by The Associated Press announced plans to leave when Gov. Jay Nixon's term ends. He says he'll go with as much dignity as he can muster.