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MU Health Care Moves Forward In Jefferson City, Mexico Hospital Purchase Efforts

MU Health Care is in exclusive talks to purchase hospitals in Jefferson City and Mexico, Missouri, according to officials. In a letter to staff Thursday morning, MU Health Care CEO Jonathan Curtright announced that the organization’s initial proposal to acquire St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain and St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City has been accepted.

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Families of 19 victims in the deadly bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy gathered on Saturday at a state-run funeral.

At least 38 people died when a section of Morandi Bridge collapsed in the Italian port city just before noon on Tuesday, sending cars and trucks tumbling to highway A10 below.

An elite boarding school in Connecticut is acknowledging sexual abuse by seven former faculty members against 16 of its former students — going back as far as 1969 and lasting until 1992.

The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., is a private high school of about 600 students.

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Missouri News and Politics

As the filmmaker's latest collaboration with Spike Lee becomes the must-see movie of the moment, we talk to Kevin Willmott about BlacKkKlansman, race in America, the purpose of satire, and his own life story, which begins in Junction City, Kansas. This hour-long interview is part of our Portrait Session series.

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled on a case that “We Live Here” zeroed in on at the beginning of the podcast's season. 

The podcast’s most recent episode is about the case of Latasha Johnson, whose eviction proceedings made it to the state's highest court because of its importance to tenants’ rights. The court ruled in favor of Johnson's landlord but it also laid out some important new guidelines for tenants’ rights. However, the ruling did nothing to change Johnson’s situation or expunge the eviction from her record.

Gov. Mike Parson is replacing one of the Missouri Cabinet members he inherited from former Gov. Eric Greitens.

Charles “Drew” Juden has served as public safety director since January 2017. He was among three Cabinet picks Greitens announced before his inauguration.

Col. Sandra Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, will serve as interim director while a search for a successor is conducted. She will continue to head the Highway Patrol as well.

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In early August, Vice President Mike Pence renewed a call by the Trump Administration for the U.S. military to create a “Space Force.”

The White House’s effort comes in response to advances by China, Russia and other countries in space. It also raises the question as to whether or not the move might accelerate the militarization of space.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at how militaries have and could operate outside our atmosphere - and what that may mean for the future of warfare.

Poet/author WALTER BARGEN planned on reading two of his poems about the migratory bird population in North America, but his own personal story of migration -- that is, a recent trip abroad with his family on a flight full of rowdy elementary school-aged children -- was too good not to tell. August 17, 2018

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has sued the St. Louis Housing Authority over conditions at a low-income housing complex, alleging problems that include rodent and pest infestations, mold and structural failures.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, cites concerns at the Clinton-Peabody Housing Complex. It also names the company that manages the complex, McCormack Baron Management.

The lawsuit alleges that the problems have long been evident but have not been resolved.

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri candidate who recently won a surprise victory in the Republican primary for state auditor is now facing questions about whether she's eligible to run.

The Kansas City Star reports that Saundra McDowell will face Democratic incumbent Nicole Galloway in the Nov. 6 general election. Many Republican officials, however, worry that McDowell could undercut the party's chances of ousting Galloway this fall.