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Missouri S&T To Study Internal Cyber-Security Threats

A team at Missouri University of Science and Technology has received a $1 million grant to research better kinds of cyber security. They aren’t looking to stop outside hackers — they want to stop threats from the inside. Facilities and systems like power grids, water plants and driverless cars could all benefit from the research funded by the National Science Foundation.

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The partial government shutdown is now in its fifth week. And if nothing changes come Friday, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will miss another paycheck.

Among those federal workers, FBI agents. The FBI Agents Association says without funding, that important counterterrorism, drug and child abuse investigations are stalled.

Thomas O'Connor is president of the association, which advocates for more than 14,000 former and active FBI special agents. And he joins me now. Mr. O'Connor, welcome to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.

For three days last week, thousands of Guatemalans blocked roads and major highways to protest the Central American country's slide toward a constitutional crisis. The protest organizers included groups that have long demanded justice: indigenous communities and campesinos, as rural and farm workers are called.

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This interview will be on St. Louis on the Air over the noon hour Wednesday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

St. Louis on the Air’s monthly Legal Roundtable will get underway Wednesday as host Don Marsh delves into a variety of recent local and national stories pertaining to the law.

The discussion will touch on national matters including the Trump administration’s decision to appeal a federal judge's ruling that blocks plans to add a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 census and a federal court ruling that deemed the Affordable Care Act health plans unconstitutional.

Regional matters to be discussed include the lawsuit against the Sunset Hills retirement community Friendship Village and the appointment of Circuit Judge Robin Ransom to the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District.

Joining the discussion will be Mark Smith, J.D., associate vice chancellor of students at Washington University; William Freivogel, J.D., journalism professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale; and Rachel Sachs, J.D., associate professor of law at Washington University.

The Missouri Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the legality of one aspect of Missouri’s death penalty statute.

Segment 1: After winning election to the Kansas City Council in 2011, Jermaine Reed now has his sights set on the mayor's office.

After two terms on the city council, Jermaine Reed tells how, if elected, he plans to take what he's learned as councilman and apply it to the city's highest office. Reed says "as mayor, I want to ensure we're investing in all area's of the community . . . making sure that we're dicussing greater economic development opportunites."

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  Conservation officials say eight people were shot, three of them fatally, during the 2018 fall deer and turkey hunting seasons.

A congressman from St. Louis is urging utility and service providers in the region to take measures to ease the burden of federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown.

Democratic U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay wrote to corporate officials at Spectrum Communications, the utility company Ameren and Spire Energy noting that more than 12,000 federal employees in Missouri are without income "through no fault of their own."

Clay is encouraging the companies to avoid shutting off service or charging late fees or penalties for impacted federal workers.

A proposed settlement could end the long legal fight over a failed effort to build an artificial sweetener factory in Moberly.

The proposal is between bankruptcy trustee Bruce Strauss and former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole and his wife, Nanette. Bruce Cole created Mamtek and persuaded Moberly officials in 2010 to issue $39 million in bonds to build an artificial sweetener plant.

The plant was never built, Mamtek went into bankruptcy, and Cole served about 3½ years in prison for theft and securities fraud .

Viral videos often make news, but what happens when they don’t tell the whole story? What can we learn from what happened on the National Mall this weekend between a high school student and Native American elder?