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Stephen Webber Announces 2016 Run for State Senate

Apr 10, 2015
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Democrat Stephen Webber announced Thursday he will be running for State Senate in the 2016 election. A former Marine, Webber is currently on his second term as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives.

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A bill providing an additional $120 million dollars in general funds for the 2015 fiscal year is moving forward in the Missouri House.

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North Korea has long been a forbidden land for journalists, human rights advocates, and pretty much anyone who publicly disagrees with the regime’s philosophies and practices. But there have been more and more cracks in the facade, and people are beginning to share their stories with the rest of the world.

Chancellor's Arts Showcase Casts a Wide Net

Apr 10, 2015
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Each year since 2005, the MU School of Music has put on a concert hosted by the chancellor. This year's version of the Chancellor's Art Showcase is next Monday, April 13. For the 2015 version, the school's Director Julia Gaines has cast a wider net for the concert including for the first time student art from MU scholars creating outside the School of Music.

Afternoon Newscast for April 9, 2015

Apr 9, 2015
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Republican Representative Kevin Engler, gave a strong speech yesterday advocating for sexual orientation to be added to work place discrimination law. 

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Retiring Missouri Department of Transportation Director Dave Nichols says that a lack of funding from the state legislature will hurt both urban and rural roads throughout the state in the next fiscal year.

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Just over a year ago, Tracy Dethlefs learned she has stage 1 breast cancer. Since then, she estimates she’s charted some 10,000 miles travelling from her farm near Loup City in central Nebraska to area hospitals for treatment. Every surgery, round of chemotherapy and radiation treatment was a road trip.

“Radiation treatments usually (take) only about 5 minutes (on) a day that they have to see you,” Dethlefs said. “But for a week, for seven weeks in a row, you’re driving every single day to the cancer treatment center. We’re about an hour away from cancer centers.”

 


Today Paul Pepper chats with Job Point Recruiter, Tyree Byndom, about several programs happening at Job Point right now; including: heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) training, and 'Youth Build,' a leadership development program for ages 17 1/2 - 24. Good stuff - watch! April 9, 2015

Title IX Attorneys Conduct Forum for MU Faculty Members

Apr 9, 2015
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Two legal consultants from Pennsylvania spoke at MU on Tuesday, conducting two open forums where faculty could voice their questions and concerns about the university’s new Title IX policies.

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The Missouri House passed a bill that will require schools to have additional sexual education that is focused on online predators and how to stay safe online.

Callaway County Rejects Use Tax By 26 Votes

Apr 9, 2015

A use tax which would enable Callaway County to preserve $125,000 in annual tax revenue was defeated by 26 votes on Tuesday.

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Some mental health providers in rural Missouri are raising concerns about a provision passed by the Missouri Senate that would shift about 200,000 Medicaid recipients onto privatized managed care programs.

Loretta Fuge is a psychologist based in Mansfield, Mo. Currently, Fuge is reimbursed for seeing Medicaid patients through the state’s fee-for-service model. She has some experience with managed care and, she says, she isn’t a fan.

  Who is to blame for the journalism malpractice at Rolling Stone? The reporter? The editors? The fact-checkers? Jackie? Columbia Journalism School’s report into to “A Rape On Campus” is out, and it’s scathing. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean will talk about how it happened, why it happened and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.


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A measure Missouri lawmakers hoped would be in place before Tuesday's local elections to exempt some elections from partisan requirements is getting a second chance.

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Cardiologist Dr. Jerry Kennett was elected Tuesday to a five-year term as a trustee on the Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees. Kennett defeated fellow cardiologist Dr. Robert Doroghazi with nearly 66 percent of the vote.

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Part of a Missouri law limiting the money cities can get from traffic fines is being challenged because it removes the jurisdiction of municipal courts when cities violate the law.

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After the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, electronic health records were put into effect in 2012 and were intended to reduce paperwork and increase the quality of care.

 

But when it came to nursing homes, the New York Times reported in August 2014 that staffing records used to rate nursing homes were mostly self-reported and possibly skewed. According to federal documents, a series of improvements including a more regulated, electronic system of staff recording, similar to that adopted under the ACA, were proposed to improve the care for nursing home patients.

 


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Nate Storey’s greenhouse in west Laramie is packed with vegetables growing in long, upright plastic towers. Storey’s set-up is an urban farmer’s dream: the waste from fish tanks fertilizes the crops through plastic tubing that drips water onto the vertical garden. The greenhouse is small, but produces a lot of food. Like a proud father he shows off bok choy, butter lettuce and spinach.

“You can grow anything. People have grown some crazy stuff with the towers,” Storey says. “We’ve grown tomatoes and very large statured crops, watermelons. It works until they’re about 20 pounds apiece and then things start falling.”

An urban farmer’s dream in a decidedly not urban place.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MONICA McMURRY, Dean of the School of Design and Fashion at Stephens College, about their annual Student Designer Fashion Show. Clothing for men, women and children will be featured across three shows April 25th! At [4:33] PAT GERKE and RUSS PALMER tell us about "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel," the "hilarious" new production from Columbia Entertainment Company. It opens tomorrow! April 8, 2015

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Missouri senators have narrowly passed a budget for state social services despite hours of late-night debate and filibusters.

The budget passed with the minimum 18 votes needed early Wednesday. Fifteen lawmakers voted against it.

Betsy Peters Elected Sixth Ward Columbia Councilperson

Apr 8, 2015

In a tight Columbia city council race between Sixth ward candidates Betsy Peters and Ryan Euliss, Peters edged out Euliss by a mere 35 votes. Although the candidates ran on similar issues, like increasing the amount of safety personnel and improving infrastructure, they differed in their approach to representing the Sixth ward.

Euliss who took a city-wide approach said the issues that the Sixth Ward faces are similar to the Columbia’s as whole.


Voters accepted Columbia Water and Light’s request to increase electric utility taxes by 6% over the next five years along with the stormwater utilities suggested rate adjustment to address failing and inadequate storm water systems.

Mitch Richards is the spokesperson of Boone County for Liberty, which according to its website is a Missouri based Political Action Committee whose purpose is the advocacy of economic and civil liberties.

Tergin Wins Jefferson City Race for Mayor

Apr 7, 2015
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Jefferson City has a new mayor-elect after Election Day yesterday. Carrie Tergin celebrated her win during a watch party last night at Revel Catering and Events in downtown Jefferson City, with close friends and supporters. Tergin won the race for mayor with 41 percent.

Tergin said she was proud of the large amount of support she received from voters.

“To see the wide margin that I was able to achieve just really showed that this community does want to move forward,” Tergin said. “It shows they want leadership that sees the positive in Jefferson City and sees the opportunities that we have – and not to stay the same but to get better and move forward – and that’s what I’m about.”


Ruffin Wins First Ward City Council Seat, While Strong Campaigners Trail Behind

Apr 7, 2015
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  Clyde Ruffin won the vacant First Ward Columbia City Council seat by a margin of 100 votes with 327 total votes. The race was highly contested with nine candidates running for the position.

Ruffin said there’s work to be done before he is sworn in on Monday, April 13.

He said his top priority once he’s sworn in is to prepare for his role on the city council.


    

Michael Trapp was reelected as the ward 2 councilmember with 52% of the vote.  He defeated Paul Love who also ran for Columbia mayor in 2010.  Trapp said he ran this campaign on his process of listening to all points of view before he makes a decision.  He knows there will always be critics but believes as a whole, the people of Columbia are happy. 

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Polling locations around Columbia had varying turnout for the School Municipal Elections on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. As of 3 p.m., some polling locations had several hundred voters while others had less than a hundred.

Nono Jost, an election official at the Columbia Public Library, said 280 voters had turned out so far.

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