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The National Prescription Drug Take-Back event took place Friday and Saturday in Boone County. Officials collected 826 pounds of medications from seven locations throughout the county. This year’s event collected the third-highest amount of medications since the program began eight years ago. Major Tom Reddin, chief deputy in Boone County, says the take-back events remove a lot of potentially dangerous drugs from the county.

Commentary: Is The Blue Wave Really Coming?

Apr 30, 2018

Recently I was asked if I had difficulty finding topics for these commentaries.  I said: “You’re kidding, right?”  Politics in 2018, to quote General Norman Schwartzkopf from the 1991 Gulf War, is a “target-rich environment.”

One topic that fascinates me is the prediction of the Blue Wave coming in November – Democrats will take back the U.S. House and keep Senate losses to a minimum, or possibly even pick up a seat or two, including holding Claire McCaskill’s seat.  Evidence presented includes:

Escape from life's troubles at tomorrow evening's 'Harp and Healing' session at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia. This final session of the season will feature St. Louis artist Vesna Delevska live painting to harpist MARIA TREVOR's music. Enjoy two soothing performances on today's show! April 30, 2018

Woman Files Appeal in Missouri Governor's Case

Apr 30, 2018

A woman who had an extramarital affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is asking the state Supreme Court to allow her to avoid turning over her cellphone for a forensic investigation.

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  Companies that produce plant-based meat substitutes or lab-grown products would be required to clearly note that their products do not contain meat under a bill approved by the Missouri House.

Missouri U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says it is premature to call for the resignation of Gov. Eric Grietens.

Medical Students Pair Up with Active, Involved Older Adults

Apr 30, 2018

Maren Heller remembers her grandparents being older and less active in her early childhood.

Last fall, Heller saw a different side of aging. She met Jack and Terry Meinzenbach.

Dawn Day stands in front of a bright blue wall. She has long blonde hair, wears a black blouse and a cross necklace. She smiles into the camera.
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Dawn Day is a sexual assault nurse examiner or SANE nurse and the sexual assault program coordinator at the Mercy hospital in Springfield.

She spoke about the stress it can put on nurses to take care of patients who are victims of sexual assault, and a little bit about how she and others deal with those stressors.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at missourihealthtalks.org

Attorneys for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens have asserted that a lengthy deposition of a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair would bolster his defense that their relationship was consensual not criminal.

Yet Greitens' attorneys apparently have been reluctant to allow a copy of the deposition to be turned over to a House investigatory committee weighing whether to try to impeach and remove Greitens from office.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show the House issued a subpoena for the women's deposition April 18.

Get your planners out! Local artist FRED SCHOLLMEYER takes us through a whole list of events sponsored by the Jefferson City Art Club that are happening this spring! Plus, ROSE VOMUND and ANGELA HOLLOWAY are back to talk about the annual Kitchens in Bloom fundraiser for Services for Independent Living. Check out some before and after photos from this year's project courtesy of Kerry Bramon Remodeling and Design! (4:15) April 27, 2018

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A lawyer for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens argued Thursday that Attorney General Josh Hawley should be barred from investigating the governor because of critical comments that he suggested were partly motivated by Hawley's candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

During a court hearing, Greitens' attorney Jim Bennett said Hawley displayed a "personal interest" when he called upon Greitens to resign following the release of a House investigatory report this month detailing allegations of sexual misconduct by Greitens. Bennett said that should disqualify Hawley's entire office from investigating separate allegations that Greitens' wrongfully accessed a donor list from a veterans' charity for his political campaign.

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The Missouri House speaker says most Republicans in his chamber have signed a petition calling for a special session during which lawmakers could consider impeaching Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.

House Speaker Todd Richardson did not provide specific numbers Thursday but said "well over a majority" of Republicans are on board. He also anticipates overwhelming support from Democrats.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' appointees to the State Board of Education appear unlikely to be confirmed by the Senate.

Fellow Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard on Thursday affirmed that Greitens' nominee Eddy Justice won't be brought up again for confirmation. Several senators said they would block a vote on him during debate Tuesday.

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Missouri now has 10 cases of measles, including three students, according to health officials.

The Kansas City Health Department plans to announce seven more exposure sites in the Kansas City area soon, The Kansas City Star reported.

Missouri US Sen. McCaskill Votes to Confirm Pompeo

Apr 26, 2018

Missouri U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill has voted to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state.

Missouri's auditor says she's turning over records to the FBI and state attorney general related to allegations of conflicts of interest between state agencies and a trucking technology company.

GOP Seeks to Boot 4 Candidates From Primary Ballot

Apr 26, 2018

The Missouri Republican Party is seeking to boot four candidates from the primary ballot, including two Congressional challengers, arguing that they aren't really members of the GOP.

Missouri Will Return $575,000 in Parks Money to Feds

Apr 26, 2018

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources plans to return $575,000 it received for two new state parks to the federal government.

Missouri Senate OKs Stable University Funding

Apr 26, 2018

Missouri senators have adopted a budget proposal that includes stable funding for public colleges and universities next year.

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The imbalance between the supply of organs for transplant and the demand for them can be staggering.

There are about 75,000 people active on the U.S. waiting list for kidneys, livers and other transplantable organs. On average, 20 of them die each day.

And globally, the situation is much worse.

The international shortage of transplantable organs has lead to a booming underground industry known as the "Red Market,” where people illegally buy and sell human body parts to the highest bidder.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at how the donor shortage has fueled a lucrative underground market, and how efforts to stifle it are shaping international policy.

Help ten veterans take part in the Central Missouri Honor Flight AND enjoy strawberry pie, jam, wine, shortcake - you name it - at the Strawberry Festival June 9th in Millersburg. CHERIE RUTTER tells us all about it! Plus, CHERYL UNTERSCHUTZ invites everyone to take part in the Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run Spring 5K next Saturday in Columbia. Volunteers are needed! (4:39) April 26, 2018

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To Professionals, Pooling Resources Is The Best Solution for Opioid Epidemic

Apr 26, 2018

There might not be a single solution to the current opioid epidemic. Instead, representatives from across the state are talking about combining their efforts to try to lower the rate of opioid addiction and overdose, particularly in rural communities.

A Missouri House committee investigating Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has hired former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Edward "Chip" Robertson Jr. as special counsel.

A Missouri judge has ruled that corporations cannot contribute money to political action committees that they create.

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