Thinking Out Loud: Sharing The Land

Sep 7, 2016
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On a recent sunny late summer morning, Tony McCauslin led a group across his Macon County property. The quail and rabbit habitat improvements that he did last year got the attention of the Missouri Department of Conservation. The state agency invited him to be the inaugural participant in its new program that grants public access for hunting and fishing onto private property.

Today Paul Pepper visits with Missouri Symphony Society Executive Director, JANE WHITESIDES, about auditions now underway for a new male and female youth choir called 'Columbia Conservatory Chorus.' There a just a few days left, so don't miss out! At [3:51] JENNIFER BEAN, from the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells us about the benefits of coconut water. Never heard of it? It's basically liquid from a coconut that hasn't aged. Interesting conversation - watch! September 7, 2016

Before roughly 500 people Tuesday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence made the case to southwest Missourians on why they should elect Donald Trump president.

The Republican nominee’s running mate spoke of Trump’s stance on the economy, national security and foreign policy before a boisterous crowd at the Springfield Expo Center.

Pence says on day 1 as president, Trump will “unleash the boundless energy” of the American economy and put people back to work, in part by rolling back red tape. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaking Tuesday at the Springfield Expo Center. 

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Defense attorneys are questioning the impact of local police using U.S. Secret Service cellphone tracking technology in 2014 to investigate a case.

Attorney Diane Dragan argues that some of the charges and all of the evidence stemming from her client's arrest should be tossed out of court because the cellphone tracking performed by the technology is illegal.

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Construction crews are making progress on the Missouri River Bridge outside Jefferson City, though drivers on Labor Day weekend were hit with major delays. Bridge traffic is confined to one of the two bridges that make up the crossing while the other is being repaired, causing delays as drivers are squeezed into narrow lanes. Missouri Department of Transportation spokesperson Sally Oxenhandler said she understands how frustrating getting stuck in traffic can be, but said the construction on the bridge has to be done.

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  Is the death penalty in America gradually dying?

There have been just two executions since May 1. And the total for 2016 probably will hit a 25-year low.

Execution drug shortages, errors in death chambers and legal challenges to sentences imposed by judges have contributed to a dramatic decline in the number of states that are carrying out executions.

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  The National Rifle Association is backing Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster for Missouri governor.

The NRA's political action committee on Tuesday announced it endorsed Koster over his Republican opponent Eric Greitens.

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  Residents will have an opportunity tonight to voice their opinions on a proposed two lane roundabout at the intersections of Forum Boulevard and Green Meadows Road at tonight’s Columbia City Council meeting.  

Discover Nature: Monarchs Migrating

Sep 6, 2016
Missouri Department of Conservation

What’s that large butterfly perhaps you’ve seen lately? You know, the ones with the black and orange wing patterns. This week on Discover Nature we meet the Monarch Butterfly.

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It's been two months since former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed her sexual harassment suit against Roger Ailes and Fox News. Today, the network announced a settlement.

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “Fox News has settled Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment suit for $20 million

Poor white people have been in the news a lot lately.  Most obviously they are a target voting group and natural constituency for Donald Trump.  But they are also the subject of some interesting recent non-fiction books.  One memoir entitled Hillbilly Elegy by a guy who grew up in rural Kentucky is actually a best seller, and a couple of others have had a real impact on how people think about this very large group of Americans.

Today Paul Pepper visits with DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, about their latest exhibit, "Interpretations IV." Diana says you'll need to give yourself plenty of time in order to truly appreciate the 80 artworks and 80 pieces of writing on display! At [4:10] ROSALIE METRO and KRISTIN BOWEN want to see everyone at the Moms Demand Action rally in Jefferson City on September 14th! Watch for information about Senate Bill 656, which they say 'jeopardizes public safety.' September 6, 2016

Morning Newscast for September 6, 2016

Sep 6, 2016

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Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation plans mandatory inspections of deer killed in 29 counties during the opening weekend of the November firearms season as part of an effort to battle a deadly deer disease.

The department has established a "Chronic Waste Disease Management Zone" in northern and central Missouri for the weekend of Nov. 12-13, the busiest period for deer hunting in Missouri.

It is the state's first-ever mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease, which produces holes in brain tissue and causes the animals to die. There is no cure.

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A recent state audit says Missouri is making in-state and out-of-state students bear more of the costs at public universities and colleges, prompting Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to respond that the state is a national leader in college affordability.

Nixon touted Missouri's lowest-in-the-nation in-state undergraduate tuition increases since 2008. He says including money for scholarships and capital improvements, state spending on higher education went up 3.9 percent between fiscal years 2009 and 2015.

Today Paul Pepper visits with Love INC Co-Founder, JANE WILLIAMS, about a new program called 'Bike to the Future.' Jane says that 6% of Boone County families don't have a vehicle, and because of that, keeping a job becomes a challenge. As a way to help, Love INC is now collecting any gently-used bicycles and will donate them to those in need. Watch for details! September 5, 2016

MU Defends Study That Led to Beagles' Death

Sep 5, 2016
University of Missouri

The University of Missouri is defending its research practices after a pet-adoption group publicly decried an experiment that led to six female beagles being euthanized.

The California-based Beagle Freedom Project said it learned of the dogs' deaths after happening upon a published study about treatment for damaged corneas.

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A University of Missouri assistant communications professor fired for her conduct during student protests late last year has a new job with a university in Washington state.

The Kansas City Star reports that Melissa Click has been hired as a lecturer at Gonzaga University in Spokane.

Click was fired in February after a videotaped confrontation in which she called for "some muscle" to remove a student videographer from a protest area in November on the University of Missouri's Columbia campus. The video went viral.

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A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling ordering Missouri to identify any supplier of the state's lethal injection drug to two Mississippi death row inmates.

The three-judge 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Friday rejected Missouri's claim that disclosing its pentobarbital source could compromise the state's future ability to obtain that drug.

A spokeswoman for Missouri's attorney general says an appeal is planned to the full 8th Circuit.

Afternoon Newscast for September 2, 2016

Sep 2, 2016

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The construction of a wind farm in DeKalb County is on pace to be completed this fall.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Next Era Energy Resources is working on a 97-turbine wind farm that will be able to produce 200 megawatts of electricity. Kansas City Power & Light will purchase the electricity.

Construction on the wind farm began in May. Work is scheduled to be completed at the end of November.

Today Paul Pepper and KARI HOPKINS talk about all the good that Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home has provided for the past 25 years. Help them celebrate this milestone by attending their "big birthday celebration party" on September 11th! Watch for details. At [4:31] PAT FOWLER and MARK WAHRENBROCK invite everyone to a "big barn sale" featuring items salvaged from the 112 year-old 'James' apartment building before it was torn down earlier this year. If you're in need of a door, a window or a fixture for your home, don't miss this unique, one-of-a-kind sale! September 2, 2016

Ladue School District

A suburban St. Louis school district has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that it failed to protect a high school student from "severe, pervasive and persistent" harassment.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports that a judge granted a motion last month to dismiss the case against the Ladue School District. The student sued in August 2015, alleging that he was subjected to anti-gay slurs and threatened during the 2014-2015 school year at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has disbarred a former St. Louis city prosecutor who helped cover up a police detective's beating of a handcuffed man.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the state's high court last month revoked Bliss Barber Worrell's Missouri law license.

Worrell was sentenced in July to 18 months of probation and 140 hours of community service. She pleaded guilty in October of last year to misprision of a felony, or helping conceal a crime.

Missouri State Highway Patrol

A Missouri judge has fined the state Highway Patrol $5,000 after finding that it violated open records law in responding to requests from the family of an Iowa man who drowned while in custody.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem issued the order Wednesday. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , Beetem ruled that the state's delays in turning over documents to Brandon Ellingson's family amounted to a "purposeful violation" of law. The fine is the maximum allowed.


Picture a city of about 300,000 people - something the size of Tampa, Fla. or Riverside, Calif.

Now picture all of those people in this city being told it’s being closed down and they have to move.

That’s what the Kenyan government in East Africa is trying to do with the 340,000 people who live in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp. Built 24 years ago by the U.N. to house people fleeing Somalia's civil war, many of the people living there today have never set foot in Somalia and don't want to go back.