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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
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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. 

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  Advocates for human trafficking survivors, law enforcement, state officials and lawmakers will be meeting over the next 18 months to evaluate Missouri's policies to combat human trafficking.

Deborah Hume is a founding member of the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. She says she hopes the group can provide more comprehensive, informed services to victims of trafficking.

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A group says it has enough signatures to prompt a recall election of Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III.

Cable channel TLC pulled the reality tv series “19 Kids & Counting” amidst allegations the eldest child, Josh Duggar, was named in an underage sex abuse complaint. When did TLC first learn of the allegations? What was Oprah Winfrey’s role in the investigation? Also, what’s in Hillary Clinton’s emails, why the New York Times says its cutting back on the number of movies it reviews and how trauma affects journalists on the job. 

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

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 Governor Jay Nixon is pushing back the deadline for the state's Division of Energy to devise a comprehensive statewide energy plan.

As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office.

When President Obama took office back in 2009, "cybersecurity" was not a word that everyday people used. It wasn't debated. Then, mega-breaches against consumers, businesses and the federal government changed that.

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The Missouri Senate has hired a lawyer in response to a "workplace harassment complaint."

A document obtained on May 26 by The Associated Press shows the Senate hired the attorney on May 7, 2015.

The legal fee agreement didn't give any details in regards to the complaint, but Minority Leader Joe Keaveny said the Senate is conducting an internal investigation. He declined to comment further.

Jim Nowogrocki of the St. Louis-based Weiss Attorneys at Law will be paid $270 an hour for legal counsel and advice. Senator Keaveny, D- St. Louis, also works at the same firm. 

Bill Otto, Bill Otto For Congress

Democratic Missouri State Representative Bill Otto announced Tuesday that he is running for the United States House of Representatives.

He said he intends to run to represent Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District, which covers most of the suburbs west and south of St. Louis.

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  A group seeking to recall the mayor of Ferguson says it will present a petition to the city council at an upcoming meeting.

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Missouri lawmakers did not take action this session on additional funds for transportation, a priority for Republican leaders and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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 The Missouri Legislature once again has failed to pass bills aimed at clamping down on ethics laws considered some of the loosest in the nation. 

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St. Peters Representative Robert Cornejo has entered what could be a crowded race for Missouri House majority leader. 

An investigation by the Missouri Senate and the University of Central Missouri appears to be underway into whether there was inappropriate treatment of another Missouri legislative intern, although there has been no official confirmation.

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Jay Ashcroft, a Republican candidate for Missouri secretary of state, is pushing an initiative petition that would allow the Legislature to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

The St. Louis attorney filed a proposed constitutional amendment with the secretary of state's office on Thursday. This amendment would permit voter photo ID requirements.

It wasn't particularly surprising that state Sen. Bob Onder was pushing hard to get so-called "right to work" legislation through a seemingly intractable Missouri Senate.

The Lake Saint Louis Republican campaigned last year in support of right to work, which bars arrangements that force workers to pay union dues if a majority voted to organize. He supported that measure even though the population of union members has steadily increased in St. Charles County, which may be why his two unsuccessful GOP rivals opposed right to work during the campaign.

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  A measure that would require Missouri's tax collection agency to notify affected businesses when there are changes in tax policy is headed to the governor's desk.

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A one-year reauthorization for a tax that provides a large chunk of funding for Missouri's Medicaid program moved toward Governor Jay Nixon's desk on the final day of session.

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  Young adults in the custody of the state who earn money from work or job training may have funds deposited in a trust fund under a measure sent to Missouri's governor today.

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The Missouri House passed a bill limiting police use of deadly force today, but it faces a big hurdle on the Legislature's final day.

The End of an Era: The End of 'Idol'

May 15, 2015
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One of the first television shows that incorporated the audience, American Idol comes to an end. FOX offcially announced the competition show's 15 season will be its last. Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss the issue on the weekly media criticism program, "Views of the News." 

For more, follow Views of the News on  Facebook ,  Twitter, and  YouTube.    

Mitt Romney is a glutton for punishment.

After losing the 2012 presidential election as the Republican presidential nominee, Romney may be gearing up for a beating of another kind.

The 68-year-old former Massachusetts governor will step into the boxing ring on Friday to fight former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

Yes, you read that right.

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