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Family and friends mourn the death of Michael Tufts

Oct 6, 2014
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Michael Tufts served as a police officer at the New Bloomfield Police Department for four months before he was hit by a drunk driver in Columbia, Mo. He spent the next 20 months in a coma before dying on Aug. 23, 2014.

While Michael’s death was tragic, his legacy lives on through his family and friends. The Michael Tufts Memorial Fund is a way for his family to raise awareness about drinking and driving.

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On this week's show, we'll hear about a fight over school lunches and learn how one New Bloomfield school was able to introduce new technology into the classroom.

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Ryan Denning teaches history and English in New Bloomfield, a small town twenty minutes north of Jefferson City. Like all teachers in the New Bloomfield school district, Denning’s salary is under a pay freeze. He’s seen the school suffer large budget cuts, and he recognizes that education funds are low. But thanks to community efforts Denning is one of two teachers receiving a grant for over $4,000, which they’re using to buy clickers for their students.