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A new report shows there was a slight improvement last year in the disproportionate rate at which black drivers in Missouri were pulled over, but that it was still far from equal.

The state attorney general's office's annual report released Wednesday shows that blacks were 69 percent more likely than white motorists to get stopped.

That's an improvement on 2014, when blacks were 75 percent more likely to get stopped based on their proportionate share of the driving-age population. That was the highest disparity since data collection began in 2000.

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Missouri's budget director says revenue is up 3.4 percent compared to the same time last year.

Director Dan Haug on Thursday announced that the state brought in about $8.1 billion in the current fiscal year through May. At the same time last year, the state had $7.8 billion.

Revenue in May was up 12 percent compared to May 2015.

Individual income tax collections increased more than 4 percent so far this year and more than 12 percent last month. The state's collected roughly $6.6 billion.

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Sherpa guides and porters do much of the work of getting hikers up Everest. But despite doing an incredibly dangerous job in a lucrative industry, they receive just a small fraction of the money $300 million annually generated by Everest expeditions.

On this edition, filmmaker Jennifer Peedom talks to Global Journalist about 'Sherpa,' her documentary about tensions on Mt. Everest.

  


Finding Her Place after Being 'Out in a Small Town'

Jun 2, 2016

When KBIA and the Columbia Missourian first met Trinity Rainey in 2011, she found it both funny and frustrating when people mistook her for a boy at work. Her short hair and white T shirt completed her self-proclaimed “lesbian look.” At 16, Trinity learned not to spend too much time worrying about what others think, as a gay teen in Macon, Missouri.

Today Paul Pepper visits with Associate Professor ERIC SANDVOL, MU Department of Geological Sciences, about the science behind man-made earthquakes. On fracking, Eric says "You're getting about ten times more salt water than oil and gas...the cheapest thing to do (with all that waste water) is to pump it back into the ground...causing earthquakes." Find out more in this truly eye-opening discussion! June 2, 2016

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General Mills says the 10 million pounds of its flour recalled over a possible link to an E. coli outbreak in 20 states largely was produced at the company's Kansas City, Missouri, plant.

Another University of Missouri dean at the Columbia campus is stepping down.

It took him nearly a decade, but Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel has found a way to get revenge on Gawker Media for outing him: secretly bankroll defamation lawsuits to drive it out of business. He financed Hulk Hogan’s case to the tune of $10 million and is said to be behind other celebrity lawsuits, too. Also, whether an editor’s decision discredits Katie Couric’s gun safety documentary, Donald Trump spars with reporters, and the debut of cable television’s ‘Roots’ reboot. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Today Paul Pepper visits with PETE MILLIER, Director of Mizzou Botanic Garden, about two events celebrating National Pollinator Week. The first event is a dinner with renowned ethnobotanist, Gary Nabhan, from the University of Arizona; and the second event is an all-day symposium. Watch for details! At [3:40] actress TORI STEPANEK and actor DAVID BAKER invite everyone to come and see Capital City Players's latest production, "Rock of Ages." If you're fan of classic songs from the 1980s, you're going to love this show! June 1, 2016

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The University of Missouri will soon have one fewer interim administrator. Interim chancellor Hank Foley announced today that Marshall Stewart will take over as vice chancellor of extension and engagement at MU. Stewart is currently at North Carolina State University, where he serves as a special assistant to the dean.

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A settlement has been reached in a former Jackson County inmate's lawsuit accusing county employees of cruel and unusual punishment for shackling her while pregnant and transporting her to another prison on the day she gave birth.

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Cape Girardeau apparently hit the jackpot when it bet on opening a casino.

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Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is pushing legislation she says is aimed at helping World War II veterans exposed to mustard gas.

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It took him nearly a decade, but Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel has found a way to get revenge on Gawker Media for outing him: secretly bankroll defamation lawsuits to drive it out of business. He financed Hulk Hogan’s case to the tune of $10 million and is said to be behind other celebrity lawsuits, too.

Nick Denton, Gawker: “An open letter to Peter Thiel

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Tom Cotter got his start as a stand-up comedian growing up in Providence, Rhode Island, and began doing open-mics at the nearby Boston comedy clubs. Tom got his big break on season 7 of America's Got Talent. Tom was the runner-up that season-- the highest place any comedian had achieved on the history of the show until that point. Tom has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, and Premium Blend. Tom is also the author of a parenting "advice" book called Bad Dad: A Guide to Pitiful ParentingThis Comedian's Life talked with Tom about his unique rise to fame, performing with Joan Rivers, and the "un-reality" of reality television. 


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What do fawnfoot, monkey face and fat pocketbook all have in common? They are a few of the fun names of Missouri’s 69 freshwater mussel species.

From "Lonely" to "Together": a Single Teen Mom Finds her Path

May 31, 2016

When KBIA and the Columbia Missourian first met Shirley LeBlanc, she was a 19 year-old single mother in Harrisburg, Missouri. It was winter break of her senior year in high school when Shirley found out she was pregnant. Her family, particularly her mother was there to comfort her.

“The first thing she helped me realize is that my life isn’t over, my life has just changed,” LeBlanc said.

Today Paul Pepper and DIANA MOXON, Executive Director of the Columbia Art League, talk about what you can expect to see and do at this year's Art in the Park, happening June 4 & 5 at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia. This two-day, family-friendly festival is "one of the biggest events of the year," so don't miss it! (If you're interested in volunteering your time, we've got details on that, too.) Watch! May 31, 2016

A prominent GOP political donor is again supporting Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder as he runs for Missouri governor.

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St. Louis' police chief is calling the city's judges too lenient with defendants in alleged gun crimes, insisting those on the bench "are accountable to virtually no one."

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The state of Missouri has budgeted money to begin the process of building a news veterans' home and to upgrade two veterans' cemeteries.

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Missouri conservation advocates say the case of a man who received a modest fine for killing a black bear shows why the state Legislature should put more teeth in poaching penalties.

The Springfield News-Leader reports 40-year-old Chris Keown of House Springs shot the bear with a muzzle-loading rifle around May 2 in a heavily wooded area near his home.

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Regulations aimed at helping companies such as Uber and Lyft expand in Missouri died in the Legislature this year.

At issue is whether the ride-hailing companies are governed by uniform statewide rules or by varying rules from city to city. The companies say differing rules make it hard for them to do business. 

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Missouri state authorities say they are investigating a weekend shooting death involving a 19-year-old man in Mid-Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Robert Ashbaugh was pronounced dead Saturday night at a house in Tipton in Moniteau County. The patrol believes Ashbaugh was shot during another person's horseplay with a gun. 

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back resident storyteller, LARRY BROWN, who shares an original Memorial Day-themed story titled, "Jack and the Mysterious Forrest" at [1:24]. May 30, 2016

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A World War II veteran who says he was exposed to mustard gas experiments at a former southwest Missouri military camp has had his disability claim denied again.

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