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  A new Missouri law will double how much crime victims can receive for lost earnings.

Pop rocker Taylor Swift takes a bite out of Apple, forcing the company to revise its royalty payment plans for the new Apple Music streaming system. What lessons could journalists take from her demand for fair pay? Also, the deadly shooting at Emanuel AME Church reignited the national conversation about race, but has the media done its job to move that conversation forward. And, you can take the “interim” off Lester Holt’s title as anchor of NBC Nightly News. We’ll look at what’s ahead for the network as Brian Williams’ suspension expires and he moves to MSNBC. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Mary Russell says she's mostly satisfied with her two-year term as chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, which ends next week on June 30.

She took over as chief in July 2013 after fellow Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman wrapped up his two-year term.

Russell's tenure coincided with the resumption of executions in Missouri, which have been on a record pace as 16 convicted killers have been put to death since November 2013.  Russell says the increase is due to several factors.

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Less than 24 hours after pop rocker Taylor Swift told Apple she'd withhold her hit album, 1989, from the new Apple Music streaming service, the company revised its plan for royalty payouts. Originally, Apple wasn't planning to pay record labels royalties for streams during the free three-month trial period.

Taylor Swift: “To Apple, Love Taylor

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Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Brandon Ellington says State Representative Chuck Basye hosting a Confederate dedication ceremony at the family farm was insensitive.

“As a State Representative, it is highly inappropriate to be honoring any type of guerillas that was fighting to enslave the people,” Ellington said.

Amid GOP calls that he give back the money, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says any controversy over $50,000 that he recently received from the national UAW misses the point of why he vetoed an anti-union bill known as “right to work.”

“This is not partisan to me,’’ Nixon said in an interview Thursday after an unrelated news conference to herald a new business coming to the city’s Grand Center area.

  A week ago, few outside Spokane, Wash. knew Rachel Dolezal. Today, she’s a household name, thanks to one reporter’s persistent line of questioning. Also, how an Arkansas judge’s alternative sentencing stands to affect one television station’s editorial product, why Glenn Greenwald says a story in the Sunday Times is “the opposite of journalism,” and the experiment to drive home the importance of mobile at the New York Times. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Mike McKean and Jamie Grey: Views of the News.

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A week ago, few outside Spokane, Wash. knew Rachel Dolezal. Today, she’s a household name, thanks to one reporter’s persistent line of questioning. What is it like to ask questions of someone when you know it'll likely change the course of their life forever? Has the media been fair to Rachel Dolezal, her experience and her story?

Jeff Humphrey, KXLY: "First on KXLY: Rachel Dolezal responds to race allegations"

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, has adopted one of the GOP’s favorite words – “overreach” – as he attacks President Barack Obama’s habit of using executive orders and rule changes to implement his policies.

Kander’s  prime pitch Thursday to the St. Louis Regional Chamber was that the White House was too dependent, in his view, on using executive orders and rule changes to circumvent the Republicans who control Congress.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has received hundreds of messages urging action as he considers pending student transfers legislation. 

Fox News Channel scored huge ratings with last week’s exclusive interview with members of the Duggar family. Megyn Kelly promised to ask the tough questions. Did she? Did the Duggars do anything to help themselves in the court of public opinion? Also, how the gender gap affects the quality of news reporting, the next steps at Gawker Media now that employees agree to union representation, and an NPR/ProPublica follows Red Cross spending in Haiti. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Jamie Grey and Katherine Reed: Views of the News.

Petitioners seeking to oust controversial Ferguson Mayor James Knowles from office haven't gathered enough valid signatures to trigger a recall election.

Eric Fey, the Democratic director of elections at St. Louis County Board of Elections, told St. Louis Public Radio that petitioners had gathered 1,008 valid signatures. They needed 1,814 to trigger a recall.

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Members of the Duggar family appeared on Fox News Channel's The Kelly File to to talk about the abuse allegations against the oldest child, Josh. Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard told Megyn Kelly they are two of their brother's victims. But, they said, they've long forgiven him. Instead, they say, it the media violated them and privacy laws were broken in the process.

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The chairman of a Missouri panel that regulates public utilities such as water and electricity will step down.

Veterans’ homes in Missouri will receive more than $33 million for repairs and renovations under legislation signed by Governor Jay Nixon today in Springfield.  House Bills 17, 18 and 19 will provide bonding funding for capital improvement projects at Missouri’s eight veterans’

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Governor Nixon is expected to approve a plan for roughly $300 million in bonds to repair state buildings. 

As expected, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed the “right-to-work” bill passed by state lawmakers just before their session ended last month.

The measure would stop employers from making union dues a condition of employment. As it stands now, unions and businesses can make that requirement if a majority of workers have voted to be in a union.

St. Louis’ political leadership will make a quick attempt to raise the city’s minimum wage, a public policy initiative they contend is economically and morally just.

But whether the city possesses the authority to raise its minimum wage is something of a moving target – and could depend on whether a bill that many Democrats despise is enacted into law.

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A contentious measure that would make Missouri the 26th right-to-work state will soon be up for an expected veto.

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  Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a St. Louis area attorney to serve as a judge for the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals.

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Faith leaders and other organizations are responding to the Vehicle Stops Report issued by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office this week. According to the report, last year African American drivers were 75 percent more likely to be stopped by police on Missouri roads than whites. That is the highest rate recorded since data collection began in 2000.

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Missouri Senate leaders have approved a workplace policy book that includes steps for dealing with allegations of harassment.

  Call her Caitlyn. It’s a message that seems simple enough, yet some in the media continue to refer to Caitlyn Jenner using her birth name and male pronouns.

Also, why employees at Gawker Media are voting on union organization, the ethics of fabricating a scientific study to prove a point about shoddy science journalism and an former FIFA official’s unofficial defense against corruption charges? An article in The Onion.

From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

Jefferson City Mayor Issues Anti-Marijuana Proclamation

Jun 3, 2015

On Monday, June 1, Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin signed a proclamation to raise awareness to the issue of young people using marijuana recreationally and the harmful effects of doing so.

Senior Savings Protection Act Sitting On Nixon's Desk

Jun 2, 2015
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Legislators sent Senate Bill 244 to Gov. Jay Nixon on May 27. If signed, the bill would create the Senior Savings Protection Act. The act would allow professionals in financial institutions to delay or refuse disbursements from the accounts of qualified individuals if they suspect financial exploitation. Qualified individuals include people older than the age of 60 and individuals between the ages of 18-59 who have a disability.

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After months of rumor and speculation, tabloid headlines and network news interviews, Caitlyn Jenner made her debut with the release of July issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

Jenner's transition has made headlines -- and raised questions about how the media covers the transgender community.

Vanity Fair: “Introducing Caitlyn Jenner

Creasy Springs Road Dangerous City Council Says

Jun 2, 2015

  Creasy Springs Road in Northern Columbia has concerned city officials who want to take measures to make the road safer.

Nonprofit Fast Tracks Teaching Certificate Program

Jun 2, 2015

A nonprofit organization is holding informational meetings across the state to recruit for its accelerated teacher certification program.

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 Republican lawmakers are pressing ahead with plans to enact one of the nation's most restrictive unemployment laws later this year — even though Missouri's governor and a former Supreme Court judge claims they can't.

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A Missouri lawmaker has had his pharmacist's license placed on probation for writing prescriptions for himself and others without a doctor's approval.