Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. CHERYL BLACK, director of MU Theatre Department's production of "Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3." This Pulitzer Award-winning musical by Suzan-Lori Parks tells the story of a slave named Hero during the American Civil War. Curtain goes up Wednesday! At [3:15] DR. JUSSUF KAIFI, MU Health Care, talks about the positive effects that a lung cancer screening can have at the early stages of the disease. "Now we see patients at an early stage that we can cure mostly with surgery." November 6, 2017

Critical Report on Greek System Ignored MU's Own Data on Freshmen Academic Performance

Nov 6, 2017

In a report critical of Greek life last week, the Florida-based consulting firm Dyad Strategies recommended that freshmen no longer live in fraternity houses.

This was based partly on the claim that they perform worse academically than non-Greeks.

MU’s own data suggests otherwise.

Since at least 2013, the latest year available, the average GPAs of fraternities’ new member classes — which are mostly freshmen — were higher than the average GPA of all male freshmen on campus, according to MU data.

New HPV Vaccination Program Sets a Wildly Ambitious Goal for Missouri

Nov 6, 2017
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One hundred percent. Total success.

That's the goal of a new program aimed at increasing the number of children, teens and young adults who receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.

MU's Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is one of four health care hospitals nationwide working with Texas-based MD Anderson Cancer Center on the Moon Shots program. The program was launched in 2006 in Texas with the ambition to improve cancer prevention, early detection and treatment across the country. August was the official kickoff for MU's part in the project. 

"Our goal is to get 100 percent of the population to be vaccinated," said Dr. Eric Kimchi, who is heading the program at MU. "One hundred percent is always an unrealistic goal, but that’s what we would like to set as our goal." 

Trapp Seeks Support for Legalizing Medical Marijuana in the State

Nov 6, 2017
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Second Ward Councilman Michael Trapp wants the state to make medical marijuana legal, and he’s asking his City Council colleagues to approve a resolution encouraging the state legislature to act.

The resolution won’t come to a vote at the council’s regular meeting Monday night. Rather, a draft of the resolution is included in a report that’s intended to gauge the level of council support for the idea.

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At the heart of the use tax measures Boone County residents will be voting on Tuesday, Nov. 7, is online shopping.

Local store around the country must compete with out-of-state retailers as more people shop online. Many of these out-of-state online businesses do not have to pay local sales tax, allowing them to sell some products for lower prices.


The MU Faculty Council voted Thursday to support a resolution to rename a new residence hall after Lucile Bluford. Bluford was rejected from the university 11 times in the early 1900s because she was African-American. She went on to become a successful journalist and civil rights activist until her death in 2003.

Faculty council member Berkley Hudson says the council and the diversity enhancement committee wanted to add their voices to support those like Bluford who have advocated for civil rights in the past.

The University of Missouri announced a housing and dining affordability initiative Friday morning that will reduce the most common housing and dining plans by 3.5 percent.

Chancellor Alexander Cartwright says the university is reducing rates for more than one-third of its available residence halls rooms.

“This will allow many students to live on campus for less than $1,000 a month,” Cartwright says.

Resident Hall Association President Maggie Recca says students have consistently expressed their concerns through “resident rants” about on-campus expenses.

A fight over the fate of Kansas City International Airport will come in for a landing next week when voter decide whether to approve a nearly $1 billion project to build a new airport terminal.

The question is on the ballot for Tuesday's citywide vote in Kansas City, Missouri.

The plan calls for replacing the 45-year-old airport's three horseshoe-shaped terminals with a single terminal. Mayor Sly James and other supporters say the makeover will help boost Kansas City's economy, attract new businesses, provide jobs and increase security.

Former State Worker Gets $1.1 Million in Settlement

Nov 3, 2017

The state of Missouri will pay $1.1 million to settle two sex and age discrimination lawsuits filed by a former state employee.

The Columbia Tribune on Wednesday obtained a copy of the settlement finalized this week on behalf of Cindy Guthrie.

Guthrie and former Missouri Division of Employment Security director Gracia Backer filed suit in 2014 naming former Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations director Larry Rebman, then-Gov. Jay Nixon, and others.

Today Paul Pepper visits with NICK FOSTER, Executive Director of Voluntary Action Center, about tomorrow's Warm Up Columbia event at the Armory in downtown Columbia. If your family qualifies for free coats, hats, scarves, blankets and more, now is your chance to collect. Watch for details! At [3:33] JOAN STACK and GREIG THOMPSON invite everyone to come visit the State Historical Society's latest exhibit dedicated to local artist and veteran, Robert Bussabarger. Bussabarger's work is a reflection of his time spent in the military during WWII. November 3, 2017

Missouri Agency Investigating St. Louis Veterans Home

Nov 3, 2017
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The Missouri Department of Public Safety is investigating the St. Louis Veterans Home following allegations of poor care.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens directed the department to launch an independent investigation this week. The review is in response to complaints from workers, patients and their families of medication issues, low staff morale and neglect. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported one man visited his father at the home and found him dehydrated, covered in his own feces and suffering from a bed sore.

Treatment of Blacks in St. Louis Prompts Economic Boycott

Nov 3, 2017
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Amid ongoing protests reinvigorated by the acquittal of a white former police officer in the death of a black suspect, several African-American faith and civic leaders in St. Louis announced details of an economic boycott campaign Thursday as the busiest retail period of the year approaches.

The effort is targeting about a dozen businesses, including the retail chain Target, the St. Louis-based grocer Schnucks Markets, and the Galleria shopping mall in suburban St. Louis.

The Rev. Dinah Tatman, organizer of the campaign, said African-Americans are subjected to excessive force by police, criminalized for minor infractions and saddled with long sentences. She also cited economic disparities, efforts to diminish voting rights and political redistricting that has made it harder for black people to have their voices heard in elections.

MU Alumni Association Launches New Award

Nov 3, 2017

The Mizzou Alumni Association will begin the Mizzou 18 award program, which will be given to the top 18 graduate students based on their academic performance and community involvement.

Kyle Mauzey, Coordinator of Alumni and Student Programs, said the program stemmed from Mizzou 39, the prestigious award given annually to the top 39 graduating seniors.

“We’ve been trying to think of a program that we could dedicate to the University of Missouri graduate and professional students that are in their last year of their degree eligibility,” Mauzey said. “It will be 18 recipients who will also choose a faculty or staff mentor to recognize as well.”

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The University of Missouri has apologized for referencing the Netflix show "House of Cards" while advertising an internship opportunity after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced about the show's star, Kevin Spacey.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the university sent an email Wednesday about the internship opportunity that said: "Experience the real life 'House of Cards!'" The message was also posted on a university webpage.

There has been broad fallout from Russian efforts to hack the 2016 U.S. election, including sanctions, worsening relations between the two countries and a continued cloud over Donald Trump’s presidency.

But in Europe such attacks are hardly new. The first “political” cyberattack thought to have been carried out by Russia in Europe was in 2007 in Estonia.

Since then, other Russia-linked targets have included Ukraine’s election commission, the German parliament, and the campaign of French President Emmanuel Macron.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at Russia’s hacking strategy and European efforts to head off the Kremlin’s use of technology to influence foreign elections.

The state of Missouri will pay $1.1 million to settle two sex and age discrimination lawsuits filed by a former state employee.

The Columbia Tribune on Wednesday obtained a copy of the settlement finalized this week on behalf of Cindy Guthrie.

Guthrie and former Missouri Division of Employment Security director Gracia Backer filed suit in 2014 naming former Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations director Larry Rebman, then-Gov. Jay Nixon, and others.

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Much has come from the November 2015 protests here at MU. One upcoming series of discussions on race will occur in a new course that begins in January. A pair of MU faculty who developed the course 'Race and the American Story' were guests on this week's Thinking Out Loud.

A Missouri coroner will stop fighting a judge's order that he must provide school officials a transcript of an inquest that determined a teenager killed himself after persistent bullying.

The Columbia Missourian reports that Howard County Coroner Frank Flaspohler agreed Wednesday to turn over the transcript to the Glasgow School District.

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University of Missouri Provost Garnett Stokes will leave the University of Missouri to become the next President of the University of New Mexico.

UNM made the announcement Thursday morning, stating that Stokes will take over the role on March 1, 2018. Stokes had been announced as one of the five finalists for the job last month.

In an email to MU faculty and staff Thursday, MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright said that he expects the school to launch a national search immediately, and to identify an interim provost “in the coming weeks.”

Today Paul Pepper visits with musician JOHN HOWLAND about a free bluegrass/southern gospel benefit concert this Saturday in Jefferson City! Come see local band 'Missing Pieces' perform popular tunes like "I'll Fly Away," "Daddy Sang Bass" and "There Will Be A Fountain." Non-perishable food donations will be given to the First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry. At [5:12] JENNIFER BEAN, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, reminds us to continue eating healthy, even during the winter months. How? One way is to find out if your local farmers market has an indoor location. Seasonal produce year-round! November 2, 2017 

A Missouri appeals court upheld a ruling that the Missouri Veterans Commission and its executive director, Larry Kay, were guilty of age and sex discrimination against a former ombudsman for the commission.

A panel of the Western District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the commission didn't prove during the original trial in Cole County that judge improperly handled some evidence in a lawsuit filed by Pat Row Kerr.

In July 2016, Kerr was awarded $2.875 million in damages.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' office says it hasn't seen a feasible plan to restore budget cuts affecting services for the disabled, signaling that a special session on the issue is unlikely.

Greitens spokesman Parker Briden said Wednesday that if anyone has said otherwise to reporters, "they are either confused or being dishonest."

Fellow Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard had said earlier this week that lawmakers presented a potential plan to Greitens for reversing those Medicaid cuts but hadn't heard back from the governor's office.

In 2016, the United States settled a case against Volkswagen resulting in a $14 billion settlement, and Missouri is getting a $41 million cut.

According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the settlement consists of multiple agreements and requires Volkswagen to take certain actions, such as paying $2.9 billion to a national environmental mitigation trust fund.

A panel created by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is recommending that nearly 450 gubernatorial appointments be eliminated.

Greitens in a Wednesday statement said government is "too big, too slow, and works too poorly." He said the recommendations are a good step toward shrinking government.