An appeals court has ruled that electric car maker Tesla Inc. can continue to sell its vehicles directly to consumers in Missouri.

The Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling in a lawsuit filed by the Missouri Auto Dealers Association.

A Cole County judge ruled last year that the Missouri Revenue Department violated state law by granting licenses that allowed the automaker to sell cars directly to customers instead of through a dealership.

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Several senior members of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' office have accounts with a secretive app that erases messages after they're read.

The Kansas City Star reports that it determined the governor and some of his staff have Confide accounts connected to their personal cellphones. The app deletes messages and prevents recipients from saving, forwarding, printing or taking screenshots of messages.

Jim Jantz looks into the camera. He has a goatee, wears glasses and a multi-colored sweater.
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The cold winter months can be especially hard for people experiencing homelessness, but the faith communities in Columbia have collaborated to provide an emergency winter shelter since 2008, hosted at various churches around the city – called Room at the Inn.

Jim Jantz and Rockie Alden, who both work with Room at the Inn, spoke about the health issues their guests most often face, as well as the importance of treating everyone with dignity.

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

In September, President Donald Trump announced he would end a federal program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The program was created in 2012 when then President Barack Obama signed an executive order.

DACA protects nearly 800,000 people around the United States who were brought here as children without documentation, giving them a chance to work or study without the risk of deportation. Missouri has about 3,500 DACA recipients, and nearly half of them are students.

KBIA’s Hannah Haynes talked with a young DACA recipient to find out how the program has changed her life and what the Trump administration might mean for the program going forward. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with our consumer and travel expert, MEL ZELENAK. Mel touches on a number of topics, including: fee-only financial planners, where to find the best return on your investments (according to Jack Bogle), the "world's largest cruise agency" and a look ahead to 2018! December 7, 2017

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed three new members with ties to Missouri agriculture to a board that oversees water pollution.

The governor announced the appointments Wednesday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that farm friendly members now have a majority on the Clean Water Commission. The board is responsible for granting permits to large factory farms.

Greitens picked farmers Stan Coday and John Kleiboeker, as well as Pat Thomas. Thomas is chief of staff to a lawmaker who is a leader in agriculture policy.

A member of the State Board of Education said he received “absolutely zero pressure” from the governor’s office to fire Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven.

Eddy Justice, a Republican board member, was appointed by Gov. Eric Greitens in July 2017. He is one of the 10 people nominated by Greitens to the 8-member board since this summer. Only five of those nominees — including Justice — sit on the board, and all five voted to remove Vandeven last week.

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A small airplane has crashed near a gas station in an area near Spirit of St. Louis Airport near St. Louis, but apparently missed hitting anyone on the ground.

The crash happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday in Chesterfield, Missouri. TV footage showed that the plane crashed on the parking lot of a BP service station and may have clipped a roof over the gas pumps. The station is less than a mile from the airport.

The UM System Board of Curators will view an initial assessment of administrative departments during its meeting Friday. Among its contents: recommendations for a fresh look at employee benefits and hints at a potential decrease of full-time employees in several key departments.

Missouri's recently ousted education commissioner, Margie Vandeven, says Gov. Eric Greitens never met with her to discuss his expectations of her or his goals for education.

Vandeven said she wasn't surprised when the state Board of Education voted to fire her last week because Greitens had been maneuvering for weeks to name board members who would agree to remove her.

A temporary jail in southwest Missouri has finished construction but sits empty due to a staff shortage.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that a series of semi-trailers have been outfitted with sleeping bunks and other features to house up to 108 inmates at Greene County.

Brian Ross has long been regarded as one of the best investigative reporters in the business, but Friday’s fact error regarding Michael Flynn’s guilty plea created big problems for ABC. The network has suspended him for four weeks. But, to what end? Also, NBC after Matt Lauer, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year and what’s next for net neutrality. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Today Paul Pepper welcomes back The Boone County Hams! They perform two holiday classics, "Jingle Bells" [1:24] and "Blue Christmas" [4:29], ahead of this Saturday's "Kickin' It Back For Christmas" holiday concert that also features the CPS 5th Grade Honors Choir and the Heart of Missouri Women's Chorus! December 6, 2017

UM Administrative Review Results to be Revealed at Friday Curators Meeting

Dec 6, 2017
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Further areas for budget cuts at MU and the main UM System office will be announced during a Friday morning curators meeting, President Mun Choi wrote in a Tuesday email.

The potential cuts have been identified as part of a joint effort between auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and UM System officials that started over the summer. 

Central Pantry Food Bank to Change Operation Hours in January

Dec 6, 2017

The Food Bank’s Central Pantry will have new hours beginning in the new year. Starting Jan. 2, 2018, the pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. One of the most prominent changes is that the pantry will no longer be open on Mondays.

The director of programs for the Food Bank, Eric Maly, said the change aims to maximize efficiency.

Missouri Library Association Wants Autonomy on Firearms Decisions

Dec 6, 2017

Although state law allows people to legally carry guns into public libraries, the people who run those libraries hope to have their own say.

Almost all local governments or political subdivisions, except public library districts, have the option to choose whether to allow firearms on the premises.

Vicky Baker, president of the Missouri Library Association, feels libraries were inadvertently left out of the law.

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A new state audit shows that school administrators' salaries are growing at a faster rate than teachers'.

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An investigation ordered by Republican Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has found that his predecessor's office withheld DNA evidence in a lawsuit over the fatal shooting of a black man by a white St. Louis officer.

Private attorney Hal Goldsmith's investigation released Tuesday found that the office of former Attorney General Chris Koster "was aware of and failed to turn over" DNA evidence taken from Jason Stockley's revolver.

A Missouri lawmaker says he'll to try to block state education board appointees who voted to fire the state's top education official.

The Springfield News Leader reported Monday that Sen. Gary Romine says he's prepared to filibuster the confirmations of fellow Republican Gov. Eric Greitens' appointees.


The Broadway Hotel in Columbia is moving forward with plans to build a second tower after the city council voted to approve $2 million in tax increment financing during last night’s meeting.

This means the hotel will get a property tax break, allowing the owner to put 2 million dollars toward building a second tower for the hotel.

The financing was approved in a 5-2 vote with Mayor Brian Treece and Fourth Ward Councilmember Ian Thomas voting in opposition.

Third Ward Councilmember Karl Skala says he was originally going to vote no on the project.


Brian Ross has long been regarded as one of the best investigative reporters in the business, but Friday’s fact error regarding Michael Flynn’s guilty plea created big problems for ABC. The network has suspended him for four weeks. But, to what end? 

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As colder air moves into Missouri this week, keep an eye to the sky for honking flocks of snow geese.

Today Paul Pepper visits with HEATHER HARLAN, Phoenix Health Programs, Inc., about "recovery-friendly hosting," which is offering alternatives to alcohol when hosting a party or friends this holiday season. Heather tells us that there are several reasons to do this, including the fact that almost 10% of the population lives with an alcohol-use disorder. December 5, 2017

City to Move Forward With New Police Building in North Columbia

Dec 5, 2017

Construction on a $9.7 million police precinct and municipal service center in north Columbia is set to begin in mid-2018 after Columbia City Council unanimously approved the design plans Monday night.

The facility will be located on the south side of International Drive in the Auburn Hills subdivision. The building itself is estimated to cost $7.3 million, and other services including design and planning bring the total to the $9.7 million.