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Missouri Supreme Court Judge Zel Fischer is the state's next chief justice.

Fischer's term begins Saturday and ends in 2019. In Missouri, Supreme Court judges take turns serving as the chief justice. The chief justice acts as the administrative leader of the state's judicial system.

Former Republican Gov. Matt Blunt appointed Fischer to the high court in 2008. Voters in 2010 chose to keep him on the court for a 12-year term that expires in 2022. Before that he was elected as an associate circuit judge in Atchison County in 2006.

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Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is creating a taskforce to find ways to revamp Missouri's prison system.

Greitens announced his executive order Friday. He's directing the taskforce to find ways to ensure there's enough room for the state's most violent offenders without expanding prisons.

Greitens also wants the taskforce to find ways to reduce the number of convicts who reoffend.

The panel will be led by Corrections Department Director Anne Precythe or her designee.

Paul Pepper: Tim Rich, Welcome Home

Jun 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with TIM RICH about Welcome Home, an emergency and transitional shelter for homeless veterans. Tim says, "when you think about the fact that every single veteran that served in the United States military - male or female - signed on the dotted line willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. We owe them...a new start when they hit bottom and find themselves on the street, and that's what Welcome Home is about." June 30, 2017

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is signing bills to allow farm equipment on highways at night and tax propane used as vehicle fuel.

Greitens announced his support Thursday. One new law will allow farm machinery with proper lighting on state highways at night.

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The final pieces of a Confederate Monument have been removed from a St. Louis park.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that most of the 38-foot-monument was removed from Forest Park in St. Louis on Wednesday night. The monument stood in the park for decades before it became the focus of a dispute between the city and the Missouri Civil War Museum.

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Fifty years ago this week, Israelis were riding high. In just six days, the Jewish state’s army had won a stunning victory over the combined militaries of Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Israel more than tripled in size, winning control of the West Bank, the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai peninsula.

But a half century later, the legacy of that war looks decidedly different. This month’s celebrations in Israel were muted, not least because its military continues to occupy the West Bank and guard over 3 million stateless and impoverished Palestinians.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the mixed legacy of the Jewish state's greatest military victory.

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Law enforcement and safety councils at the Lake of the Ozarks are emphasizing awareness to lake safety to keep visitors safe.

Last year the Water Patrol Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol made enforcement changes from seasons before. These changes included more troopers working at the lake, more BWI checkpoints, and raising awareness on the dangers caused by too much wake.

According to Sgt. Scott White of the WPD, the focus for the WPD this summer is raising boat operators’ awareness on how to manage their wake and at what speed their boat creates the most wake.

Tax Revenue Shortfalls Could Mean More Cuts for MU

Jun 29, 2017

It appears the bleeding hasn't stopped.

Just as the UM System Board of Curators passed its budget for fiscal 2018, tax revenue shortfalls could set the stage for more cuts in higher education funding across Missouri.

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, said on Wednesday that state revenue growth was below 2 percent instead of the projected 3 percent for fiscal year 2017. That means Missouri is facing a $150 million shortfall heading into fiscal year 2018, which begins Saturday.

KBIA is honored to receive first place awards in three categories in the Public Radio News Directors, Inc. annual national competition. The awards honor the best work in public radio across the country. KBIA competed against other stations in the “medium size station” category.

Today Paul Pepper visits with KARLI URBAN, M.D., MU Family and Community Medicine, about the upcoming Family Caregivers Conference. Karli says this will be a great way to learn about resources in the community and to network with others in a similar situation. Watch for details! At [5:15] KAT DAKE invites everyone to the Jefferson City Art Club's special art exhibit this Saturday at the Runge Conservation Nature Center. Tour works of art by JCAC members that showcase Missouri's many native plants and wildlife! June 29, 2017

Nursing Shortage in Missouri Hospitals Reaches an All-Time High

Jun 29, 2017
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Ashley Hulet applied for just one job after graduating in May from the Sinclair School of Nursing. Because the job outlook was so promising, one application was all she needed.

A student position in the intensive care unit at University Hospital turned into a job for Hulet as a nurse technician after graduation. Beginning today, she will become a full-time nurse in the same unit.

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With two days left in the 2016-17 fiscal year, Missouri athletics announced Wednesday that it raised a record-breaking $50.4 million toward MU's 20 athletic teams. 

The 2016-17 total broke the previous record, $45.7 million raised during 2011-12, by $4.7 million. 

In a release from Missouri athletics, Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk thanked more than 7,000 donors who contributed to the University of Missouri's Tiger Scholarship Fund (TSF).

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Missouri appellate judges are reinstating descriptions of initiative petitions against right to work laws that were approved by the former Democratic secretary of state.

The Missouri Court of Appeals' Western District on Tuesday ruled eight of 10 original summaries of the petitions were sufficient. Judges added wording to two.

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A man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's death was overturned after spending nearly a decade in prison has settled a portion of his lawsuit against police.

A federal judge was informed during a teleconference Tuesday that the settlement in Ryan Ferguson's lawsuit against six Columbia Police Department members is awaiting signatures. Court records say the attorneys expect the deal will be finalized this week or next. No details were disclosed. Attorneys for Ferguson and police didn't immediately return emails from The Associated Press.

Today Paul Pepper visits with KIT SALTER about the second half of 2017's Osher Saturday Morning Book Talk series! The next 'talk' will feature Jill Orr, author of "The Good Byline." Come for the conversation, stay for the pastries and coffee - it all begins at 9:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month! June 28, 2017

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The Family Health Center in Columbia will have a new CEO as of July 1.

The new CEO is Jack Kelly, who has served as the Chief Operating Officer for the organization for nearly seven years. 

Kelly said he was originally inspired to work in community healthcare after being a nursing home administrator for nearly 30 years.

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Missouri senators won't reconvene until at least after the July 4 holiday to consider legislation on abortion.

Republican Majority Leader Mike Kehoe on Tuesday announced the next Senate meeting is scheduled for July 6. But he said that's a technical session and no work will be done.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens called lawmakers back to the Capitol for the second time this summer to work on abortion policy.

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Missouri members of the NAACP and others are rallying against legislation to make it more difficult to sue for discrimination.

Roughly 40 people protested Tuesday at the Capitol and taped opposition notes outside Gov. Eric Greitens' office. The bill is pending on Greitens' desk. The Republican governor has not said if he'll allow the bill to become law or veto it.

In part because of the bill, the state NAACP issued an advisory telling travelers to be careful while in the state because of a danger that civil rights won't be respected.

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The Missouri Supreme Court says it's constitutional to commit sex offenders to secure confinement after prison.

In two rulings Tuesday, the high court supported the Missouri law, which allows sexually violent offenders to be committed indefinitely to mental institutions.

A man convicted of sodomy and a man convicted of rape challenged their commitments and the constitutionality of the law.

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Listen at the water’s edge this week, and you’ll likely hear Missouri’s largest frog, and official state amphibian.

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, about a new approach to helping family members who are, in turn, helping loved ones who are suffering from substance abuse issues and may not want to seek professional counseling themselves. At [4:04] actors BARB TUTTLE and LARRY SHAW invite everyone to come see Maplewood Barn's production of "Laughing Stock"! The very meta storyline - behind-the-scenes struggles at a local theatre company - will keep you 'laughing' from start to finish. Curtain goes up this Thursday! June 27, 2017

The Kansas City Press Club announced the winners of the Heart of America Awards at its banquet in Kansas City on Saturday. KBIA was honored with 24 awards, including 9 Gold Awards, 5 Silver Awards, 7 Bronze Awards, and 3 Honorable mention awards.

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The Missouri NAACP is issuing an advisory telling travelers to be careful while in the state because of a danger that civil rights won't be respected.

The advisory cites a bill passed by lawmakers and awaiting action by Gov. Eric Greitens that would make it more difficult to sue for housing or employment discrimination.

State chapter President Rod Chapel said Monday that the organization is considering a full boycott of the state. The NAACP in February launched an economic boycott in North Carolina.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back the Boone County Hams! They're teaming up with the African Children's Choir for a special concert this Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Columbia. Before they take the stage, the Hams perform three songs for us: "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die" [1:48]; "I Believe" [3:29]; and "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" [7:12]. June 26, 2017

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The University of Missouri Libraries is asking book lovers for some help.

Library officials have a wish list of more than 400 books that they hoped to buy but are not able to because of budget cuts.