Hillary Clinton’s health is in the news again. What information does she owe the press – and the American people? Was there ever any doubt that Donald Trump’s interview with Larry King would end up on Vladimir Putin’s RT network? Also, what pressure did Matt Lauer’s performance during a candidate forum put on future debate moderators? Facebook’s about face on censoring an iconic photo from the Vietnam War, the role of the local gossip columnist. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Ryan Thomas: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, and MU student JOSEPH EGGERMAN, about a new exhibit called, 'From Boone to Black Elk,' that features the original oil painting of Daniel Boone by Chester Harding. Check it out September 22nd during the Artifact Museum and Gallery Crawl! September 14, 2016

New Church Sets Up Shop in a Hotel

Sep 14, 2016
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Chapels, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques. These are all some typical places of worship. One new church group, however, is setting up shop in a hotel.

Although their location is not planned to be permanent, Anthem Church comes from a system of churches in Iowa that is establishing its residence at Stoney Creek Hotel in Columbia, off of Providence Rd.

 This is a process called church planting, which is where a church organization develops a team to start a new church somewhere else. For pastor Stan Hayek and company, they have traveled 277 miles in hopes that the roots of the gospel will run deep in their new home.

NAACP Vows to Fight Voter ID if Veto Overturned

Sep 14, 2016
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Republicans will likely take a big step forward Wednesday in what has been a 10-year battle to pass voter identification legislation in Missouri.

The bill would require Missouri voters to present some form of photo identification at the polls in order to vote. Voters could also present a non-photo ID, but would be required to sign a document affirming their identity and be required to sign up for a state-funded government issued ID.

University of Missouri System Announces New Diversity Initiatives

Sep 13, 2016
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  University of Missouri System officials doubled down on their push to improve diversity in the four-campus system Tuesday. The announcement comes almost a year after protests sent shockwaves through the system’s leadership.

UM System officials said they’re making clear progress on the goals they laid out last November, but also unveiled some new benchmarks they plan to hit.

An appeals court judge has ruled that a do-over election in a state representative Democratic primary in St. Louis can go on as planned on Friday.

Incumbent Rep. Penny Hubbard defeated challenger Bruce Franks by 90 votes in the Aug. 2 primary. But concerns were raised about absentee voting, where Hubbard received 78.5 percent of the vote. Circuit Judge Rex Burlison on Sept. 2 called for a new election.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the new election can proceed.


Hillary Clinton’s health is in the news again. What information does she owe the press – and the American people?

Callum Borchers, Washington Post: “Conservative media – and NPR – entertain the possibility of a Hillary Clinton replacement

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When shoppers browse meat at the grocery store they are confronted with all kinds of brands and labels, making it hard to tell whether the meat they buy comes from animals that were raised humanely. Organic producers want to answer that question more clearly, but conventional farmers are charging that proposed changes to organic standards would amount to unfair government backing of the organic industry.

The water disinfection process in Columbia was changed from a chlorine to a chloramine-based system Tuesday. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources recommends that the treatment is changed from chlorine to chloramine, which is a combination of chlorine and ammonia.

“We generally do the straight chlorine in the summertime because we have a lot more water use through irrigation, so that flushes it through the system a lot faster,” Columbia Water and Light spokesperson Connie Kacprowicz said.

The Moberly School Board introduced a new superintendent to the Spartan family at a community ice cream social Monday afternoon. Students, faculty and staff, as well as their families, welcomed Dr. Matthew S. Miller.

The school board hired Miller in December after former Superintendent Gena McCluskey announced her retirement. School Board President Matt Crist says Dr. Miller wasn’t contracted to begin working until July 1, but has not missed a school board meeting since his hiring was announced in December.

Discover Nature: Black Bears Prepare for Winter

Sep 13, 2016
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Discover Nature this week as the American Black Bear (Ursus americanus) prepares for winter. 

Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center, talk about the effects of climate change on eggs in the wild. Jack says, "you think of eggs as just sort of sitting there...[but] embryos inside eggs are actually way more alert about what's going on outside the egg than we thought." September 13, 2016

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The Columbia Board of Education discussed consequences for teachers who break their contracts at last night’s board meeting.

The school board was introduced to a new policy that outlines repercussions for a broken contract. Susie Adams, President of the Columbia Missouri State Teachers Association, said the policy was hypothetical until now.

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 Statewide results for the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) revealed that elementary school students received low scores in science for the third year in a row. Only 42.7 percent of 5th grade students scored proficient or above in the test, down from about 47.5 percent last year.

Communications Specialist for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Nancy Bowles said that these scores indicate the increased importance of science education in Missouri.

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State and federal regulators say 32 disposal wells in northeastern Oklahoma must shut down because they are too near a newly discovered fault line that produced the state's strongest earthquake on record.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission said Monday that 27 wells under its jurisdiction would cease operations, along with five wells in Osage County, which is covered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules.

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School is back in session, and this week on Intersection we talk with three MU professors about their work in the classroom and beyond.

Our guests include:

  • Lisa Sattenspiel, an anthropology professor who researches infectious disease.
  • Robert Greene of the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism. His film Kate Plays Christine premiered in early September.
  • Joseph Erb, professor of digital storytelling and animation, who talks about preserving the Cherokee language.

Authors Discuss new Lloyd Gaines Book

Sep 12, 2016
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  Authors James Endersby and William Horner discussed their new book Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation Saturday morning during The Boone County Historical Society’s monthly “Meet the Authors” event.

Chris Campbell, the Executive Director for the Boone County Historical Society, says “Meet the Authors” events are meant to celebrate great writing.

“The goal is to give people a great experience.” Campbell says.

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  At least 200 demonstrators are rallying at the Missouri Capitol to call for a higher minimum wage and expanded health care.

The rally Monday was one of 30 scheduled nationwide as part of the "Moral Monday" movement.

The movement began in 2013 against conservative policies that advocates say hurt the poor and minorities. The Rev. Will Barber, who gained attention when he spoke at the Democratic National Convention, is leading a protest in North Carolina.

Final Veto Showdown for Missouri's Most-Overridden Governor

Sep 12, 2016
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  Missouri lawmakers are attempting to expand Gov. Jay Nixon's already historic status as the state's most overridden governor.

Since Nixon took office in 2009, the Republican-led Legislature has overridden 83 vetoes of bills and budget expenditures by the Democratic governor.

That's nearly four times the combined total of all other governors' overrides dating back to the early 1800s.

The high number of overrides is partly because of Republicans' virtually unchecked control of the Legislature.

New Parking Meters Coming to Columbia

Sep 12, 2016
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  Visitors to downtown Columbia will be able to keep their change soon. Downtown Columbia will be adding more parking meters that are payable by smartphone app. The Parkmobile app allows drivers to pay a meter by credit card or PayPal. 

Public Works spokesperson Barry Dalton said the city will make every meter downtown accessible through Parkmobile by the end of this fall. There is no set date.

“Those new meters will allow customers to use coins, the city’s prepaid parking card, or the Parkmobile app,” Dalton said.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MARILYN McLEOD, League of Women Voters, about two programs coming up this month. The first - in honor of Constitution Day - is called, "Will They Count Your Vote?"; the second is the monthly 'Lunch and Learn' at Hy-Vee South in Columbia. You'll see two short films about voting, including "Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot." Watch for details! At [3:43] GLOVER BROWN and TODD SPALDING are here with more about the Lafayette Street and the Historic Foot District Memorial Project. Todd serves at the Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry in Jefferson City, and has a plan to redevelop the area as a park next spring - find out more! September 12, 2016

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A carriage company has been ordered to stop giving rides in St. Louis and St. Louis County after allegations that it used unlicensed drivers and worked horses on extremely hot days.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, which governs vehicles for hire, ordered Brookdale Farms to end the rides after a hearing last week.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports carriage rides are prohibited when heat and humidity cause a "feels-like" temperature of 100 degrees or more.

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A national accreditation group says the University of Missouri School of Medicine must address several areas of concern within two years to maintain its accreditation.

The report by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education says, among other things, that the number of Missouri medical students who reported experiencing gender discrimination is twice as high as the national average. The committee accredits medical degree programs.

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 A retired sergeant who spoke out after a handcuffed Iowa man drowned is suing three Missouri Highway Patrol officials, saying they conspired against him and forced him to retire early.

The Kansas City Star reports that Randy Henry filed the lawsuit Thursday.

Twenty-year-old Brandon Ellingson was arrested in 2014 on the Lake of the Ozarks on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. While being transported, he tumbled into the water wearing an improperly secured life vest and drowned.

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A state commission has ruled that a former police officer can be disciplined for pointing a semi-automatic rifle at Ferguson, Missouri, protesters more than two years ago.

Raymond D. Albers was a lieutenant for St. Ann police. He was working at a protest 10 days after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014. Video showed Albers pointing a gun at protesters and swearing at them.

He resigned days later.