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The Missouri State Penitentiary will be considered for nomination for the National Register of Historic Places.

The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has chosen the historic Jefferson City prison as a potential nominee for national preservation. The prison was first opened in 1833, and its oldest existing building was finished in 1868.

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Service and technology companies based in Missouri will have the option of calculating their taxes in a way that supporters of the measure say avoids double taxation.

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Missouri's Republican-controlled Legislature has passed a bill barring cities from adopting ordinances on plastic bags and employee benefits.

House members voted 105-48 Wednesday for the bill, which passed the Senate a day earlier. It now goes to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

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A measure that would give the state's child protection office authority to investigate complaints of child abuse by other juveniles is now headed to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

The Missouri Senate on Wednesday approved the measure 33-1. The House earlier approved it 140-13.

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Professional video gaming has emerged as a booming industry since the early 2000s.  According to E-Sports statistics, professional video gamers have won over 125 million dollars in tournament prize money since 1998 and over 12 million dollars this year alone.  Others have found high-paying careers in video game livestreaming and organizing tournaments. 

Connor Hall is a former professional video gamer from St. Louis.  He said that even as a kid he dreamt of playing video games as a profession.  His dream came true in high school, and Hall said he enjoyed every minute of it.

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Missouri lawmakers made changes to the state’s law regarding student transfers and now await Governor Jay Nixon’s approval.

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A proposal that would expand Missouri's Medicaid rolls by increasing the amount of assets elderly and disabled people can have and still qualify for the program is heading back to the Missouri Senate.

  Cable companies and professional sports leagues say journalists live-streaming violates their copyright. How far will they go to stop it? And, how are reporters responding? Also, what happens when a journalist – who is also a surgeon – is sent to cover a natural disaster, how the New York Times customized a story just for you, an analysis of the coverage of Freddie Gray’s death and the Baltimore protests and more.

From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.


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A new report from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) released this week said 23 states spent more than a combined $1 billion to combat winter weather from October 2014-April 2015.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says continued revenue growth means he can release an additional $67 million he initially restricted for this year's budget.

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Dr. Claudia Preuschoff is a pediatrician in Poplar Bluff. She often treats children from rural communities in her area, especially those who may need more than primary care.

“I just had a referral last week from a nurse practitioner in a much more rural area,” Preuschoff said. “The question was 'Do you think this child has autism, and if so what are we going to do about it?'”

According to a study by the CDC, the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder diagnoses in the United States more than doubled between 2000 and 2010.

In rural areas - where there are few medical specialists - the increase in identified cases of autism can be especially difficult to manage.

Today Paul Pepper visits with ELIZABETH BRAATEN-PALMIERI about "The Con Artist," an original comedy opening tonight at the Columbia Art League! Plus, find out about GTP's upcoming trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. At [4:20] BRUCE BURKETT - in honor of May being Hepatitis C Month - tells us about the disease, what the signs are and how you can get tested. (Hint: it's not a routine test.) May 6, 2015

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A measure that would block immigrants who are illegally in the U.S. from receiving money under Missouri's A+ scholarship program is headed to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

The Missouri House gave final approval Tuesday, 108-38, to the bill supporters say is meant to limit the number of people receiving scholarships in order to preserve them for Missouri residents.

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A bill that aims to fix Missouri's flawed student transfer system will head to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Lawmakers passed the bill Tuesday night after hours of debate. The current transfer law requires struggling districts to pay tuition for students to switch to better-performing schools, which has caused a financial hardship for some. Legislators for years had worked to find a fix.

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Missouri may be the next state to require high school students to undergo CPR training as a graduation requirement. New legislation is pushing a “hands only” training course. Students will be able to complete the program in 30 minutes or less and it will consist of an instructional DVD and manikin which allows them to watch and practice the techniques simultaneously.  

City Council Invites Columbia Residents to Speak Up

May 5, 2015
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  SpeakUpcomo.com is Columbia's new website for public engagement. The city council hopes to use this site in addition to their weekly meetings to reach a wider audience.

“We have put a project on SpeakUpCoMo, and it’s a list of all the various projects being considered right now,” Tony St. Ramaine, the Deputy City Manager of Columbia said. “And we have a description of the project, and people have an opportunity to vote those up if they think they’re needed.”

St. Romaine also said that citizens can suggest their own projects on the website

The Best of Here Say

May 5, 2015

Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map. And to hear your favorite stories from this season, you can find our free podcast on itunes.


City of Columbia Rejects Student Housing Proposal

May 5, 2015
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  The Columbia City Council rejected a proposal for a luxury student housing project outside campus at its meeting on Monday, May 5. The project, rejected by a 6-1 vote, would add around 850 beds of luxury student housing to the east side of town near Highway 63 and Stadium Boulevard.

The New York-based developer Park 7 Group presented the plan, saying it was necessary to address the increasing amount of students enrolling to MU in recent years.

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There's quiet in the streets of Baltimore again, but the media is still talking about the death of Freddie Gray and the protests that erupted in the aftermath.

David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun: “FOP besmirches media, but WBAL has clear conflict of interest with prosecutor’s office

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Bald eagles in Missouri were taken off the federal endangered species list in 2007.

The road to recovery took nearly 30 years.  

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) now reports that around 2,000 bald eagles spend part of the winter in the show me state.

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The University of Missouri Nepalese Student Association held a vigil Friday night to honor those who have died in the Nepal earthquake aftermath. A crowd of around 60 students and community members gathered in Speaker’s Circle on the MU campus to light candles forming the outline of Nepal and phrases like “Mizzou Loves Nepal” and #StayStrongNepal.

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  Two Chicago sports radio personalities on 670 The Score caught some flak after a Twitter exchange of sexist comments went viral. A few weeks later, the station announced it hired Julie DiCaro to contribute sports blogs for the WSCR-AM and CBSChicago.com website. 

The Score acknowledged its need for female representation. 

Today Paul Pepper chats with DR. SUSAN QUIGLEY-DUGGAN, Central Methodist University, about their summer opera, "Cosi fan tutte." It opens June 12th - mark your calendars! At [3:45] CHARLIE WILKERSON and BYRON SCOTT talk about "Darker Shores," on stage now at Maplewood Barn. You won't want to watch this show alone - find out why! May 5, 2015

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A Fulton High School student is suspected of hacking into the district's computer network, shutting down the system for several hours.

The 17-year-old student was arrested on suspicion of tampering with computer equipment in last week's incident.

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The state budget director says Missouri's revenues continue to increase compared with last year's.

Budget Director Linda Luebbering on Monday reported revenues have grown 7.7 percent this fiscal year. That's far over Gov. Jay Nixon's estimate of 4.6 percent.

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