UM System President Names Stokes Interim Chancellor

May 2, 2017
University of Missouri

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi named Dr. Garnett Stokes the new interim chancellor for the University of Missouri – Columbia today. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with 'master gardener' PEGGY SALMONS about this Saturday's Central Missouri Master Gardener plant sale in Jefferson City. Native plants, vegetables, hanging baskets, trees, shrubs and more will all be on sale; plus, get all your gardening questions answered by the experts! At [5:02] JERRY RICKER and JIMMY MUSTION tell us about the 70th annual 'High School Sketch Day', sponsored by the Jefferson Art Club! All the participants' work will be on display to the public at Capital Arts Gallery from May 3-7. Watch for details! May 2, 2017

Stewart Road to Get Speed Humps After Council Approval

May 2, 2017

Late at night on March 2, Keith Politte awoke to the sound of a car violently crashing into his front yard. The driver had been going so fast that he split a three-quarter ton boulder sitting in front of Politte's house. 

Unfortunately, this sort of occurrence is not rare for Politte, hence the boulder in his front yard. He says drivers have crashed into his front yard nearly a dozen times in the 15 years he has lived in his house at the west end of Stewart Road.

The new president of the four-campus University of Missouri System says faculty will be added despite reduced budgets.

President Mun Choi said Friday that the university is not "retrenching" in the face of budget shortfalls. He says the Missouri University of Science and Technology will add 18 faculty members. Faculty also will be added at engineering, business and medical schools on the Columbia campus.

Choi also pledged to elevate research and teaching at the university.

Results from a monthly survey of business supply managers suggest a slight improvement in the economic conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states.

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index report released Monday says the overall economic index for the region rose to 61.4 in April from 60.1 in March.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the figures suggest strong growth for both manufacturing and nonmanufacturing through the third quarter of this year.

This week on Intersection we are joined by William Trogdon, who writes under the name William Least Heat-Moon, to discuss his new novel, “Celestial Mechanics.”


The novel follows Silas Fortunato, an amateur astronomer, through a serious accident and life-changing relationships with three women. The novel is set in a place inspired by Columbia and Boone County. Heat-Moon is also the author of books including “Blue Highways” and “PrairyErth”.











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Today Paul Pepper visits with ELIZABETH BRAATEN PALMIERI, Artistic Director of GreenHouse Theatre Project, about "Dark Creation: The Mary Shelley Project." This original production was written by Elizabeth and 'GreenHouse' co-founder, Emily Adams. See it this weekend beneath the vaulted ceilings inside Muse Clothing store on 9th St. in downtown Columbia! At [3:32] ROSE VOMUND and ANGELA HOLLOWAY join us with details about this Sunday's 'Kitchens in Bloom' fundraiser for Services for Independent Living. Get a sneak peek inside one of the four kitchens on the tour, courtesy of Kerry Bramon Remodeling and Design! May 1, 2017

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Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has agreed to pay a penalty to the state Ethics Commission for failing to report that his gubernatorial campaign got a donor list from a charity he founded.

Greitens' campaign adviser Austin Chambers said Saturday that the violation was a "simple campaign finance matter — not a major ethics matter."

The Ethics Commission imposed a $1,000 fee, most of which would be waived if Greitens pays $100 and commits no other violations in the next two years.

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Roughly 240,000 more Missouri Medicaid recipients are being switched to a system under which private companies oversee patient care.

The system, called managed care, will be expanded statewide Monday. About 500,000 Missourians in 54 counties along I-70 already had health care under that model.

The rest received care under a fee-for-service model. Under that system, physicians are reimbursed as patients are treated.

Missouri seniors, the blind and people with disabilities on Medicaid will not be impacted by the change.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says two people have died in the weekend flooding across his state.

Greitens said Sunday that additional flooding is expected in the days ahead as rivers crest at historic levels.

So Greitens says he has activated the National Guard, so troops can help cities fill sandbags and prepare for the flooding.

First responders performed 111 evacuations and 135 rescues across Missouri over the weekend.

Flood warnings remain in place for much of Missouri with the heaviest flooding expected in the southern third of the state.

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The University of Missouri will adopt new and amended policies regarding demonstrations and protests across campus on June 1, university officials announced Thursday.  The changes were drafted by the Ad Hoc Committee on Protests, Public Spaces, Free Speech and the Press, and later approved by Interim Chancellor Hank Foley.

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Columbia began implementing a prescription drug monitoring program Monday.  The program is designed to reduce “doctor shopping” and prescription drug addiction.  Columbia City Council passed the ordinance to establish this database in early March.

Under the new system, pharmacies are required to track who is picking up prescription and how often they are being filled.  The program specifically tracks narcotics and opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. 


Missouri’s Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and state legislators are aiming to strengthen protection for participants in the state’s Safe at Home program. Several hundred victims of domestic violence and other crimes utilize the program, which allows them to use the Secretary of State’s office as their legal address.  

By providing a barrier for victims of these highly personal crimes, “it is much more difficult for people that would want to do them harm to find where they are truly living and come attack them,” Ashcroft said. 

New Missouri S&T Interim Chancellor Announced

Apr 28, 2017
University of Missouri System

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi named Dr. Christopher Maples the interim chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology Friday. The University of Missouri Board of Curators approved Dr. Maples’ appointment Thursday for one year.

Dr. Maples served as the president of Oregon Institute of Technology for eight years before his retirement in 2016. He previously held positions at Desert Research Institute in Nevada, the National Science Foundation and Indiana University.

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Missouri House members want more information on how much money the state is paying in lawsuit settlements and judgments.

House members voted 150-1 on Thursday to pass legislation to require the attorney general and administration commissioner to update lawmakers and others monthly on state legal expenses.

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Indonesia has one of the world's largest remaining areas of tropical forest. From tigers and orangutans to Sumatran elephants, the forests support a stunning array of wildlife. They also soak up huge amounts of climate-warming carbon dioxide.

But an area of Indonesian forest the size of Delaware is cleared each year by loggers and palm oil companies.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the consequences of Indonesia's rapid deforestation for wildlife, the climate and people.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, Inc., about why some people are more prone to suffer from anxiety, irritation and frustration. The answer is quite simple, according to Dr. Newman; he says each one of those is a symptom of hypoglycemia. How can you tell if you have hypoglycemia? Take a close look at the fingers on your left hand! April 28, 2017

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has passed a school choice bill that would create education savings accounts for students with disabilities, foster children and children with parents in the military.

The bill passed Thursday by a 20-12 vote. It now moves to the House.

The legislation would create a tax credit program that parents of children with special needs could use to pay for educational expenses such as private school tuition, online classes and home schooling.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri's Columbia campus has announced revised policies related to protests, with the changes coming nearly two years after the campus was hit by a wave of demonstrations over racial concerns.

The new policies announced Thursday include a commitment to "protecting the rights of expression, assembly, protest, and dissent." Outdoor areas will be made available whenever possible, even for unscheduled gatherings.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back local barbershop quartet, the Boone County Hams! They perform two numbers ahead of this Saturday's "Sounds of Spring" concert at the First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia: "When I'm 64" at [1:14] and "Coney Island Washboard Roundelay" at [5:00]. April 27, 2017

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A bill moving through the Missouri Senate would give adults another chance to work toward a high school diploma.

House Bill 680 would establish four adult high schools in Missouri. Anyone over the age of 21 would be eligible to attend a two-year program that would leave them with a diploma rather than a GED.

Republican Rep. Travis Fitzwater introduced the bill in January 2017.

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Missouri representatives have approved that the state pay an extra $241 million in unexpected expenses for this fiscal year.

House members voted 143-7 in favor of the supplemental budget Wednesday. It soon will go to the governor's desk.

Most of the money comes from federal funds, and most of it will go toward unexpected Medicaid expenses. About $44 million comes from state general revenue.

The state has allocated about $10 million to the Department of Transportation for vehicle replacements and equipment improvements.

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St. Louis' city minimum wage could rise to $10 an hour starting next week now that the state's highest court won't reconsider its ruling upholding it.

The Missouri Supreme Court in February rejected claims by business groups that setting a wage higher than the state's $7.65 one would spawn regulatory confusion. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to revisit that, ending the issue.

The ordinance sets a $10-an-hour minimum wage in the city this year, climbing to $11 in 2018.