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Laurie Hines and Ted Glasgow have been together for many years. Ted is an accomplished bodybuilder - a six-time Mr. Missouri – but a few years ago he experienced kidney failure.

Ted was on dialysis for several years, but now Laurie is a living kidney donor and the director of the Missouri Kidney Program, and Ted is two and a half years post-transplant.

They reflect on their experiences and give some advice for others facing dialysis and organ transplants.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at missourihealthtalks.org

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Mark Kirchhoff is the homeless youth program coordinator for Rainbow House in Columbia, and Kelsey Louder is the former shelter director.

They spoke about the misconceptions others may have about what homelessness in a youth population looks like.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at missourihealthtalks.org

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Algae Temporarily Shuts Stephens Lake

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A popular Columbia lake is closed while state officials test the water quality. 

Potentially dangerous levels of blue-green algae are growing in Stephens Lake.

Signs are posted warning residents to stay out of the water as a precaution. The algae has not been tested yet in the lake.

Humans could experience skin and eye irritation, the Department of Health and Senior Services said.

“It is one of the few algae that are toxic to both animals and humans- and more so to animals like dogs,” Columbia Parks and Recreation director Mike Griggs said. 

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JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri appeals court panel cleared the way Friday for voters to decide a November ballot initiative that could shake up of the state Legislature by requiring districts to be drawn to achieve "partisan fairness" and imposing new lobbying limits.

The ruling overturned a decision issued a week ago by a state judge who said the so-called Clean Missouri initiative violated the state constitution by addressing multiple topics.

ST. LOUIS — Washington University will offer free Uber rides for students from its main campus in St. Louis after recent reports of gun crimes in the area.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports recent incidents include a man being shot during an apparent carjacking near campus and armed suspects approaching a student and demanding his car keys.

MU to Grow Research Initiatives

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The University of Missouri System Board of Curators unanimously approved a resolution to a commitment of excellence in research at its meeting this week.

This allows UM System President Mun Choi and MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright to take all appropriate and reasonable action to strengthen MU as a research University.

This begins with the launching of the Office of Research Advancement.

Chancellor Cartwright says MU has to positively change what it is doing in research.

A Missouri prosecutor says he won't press charges related to allegations of conflicts of interest between state agencies and a trucking technology company.

The Highway Patrol and Department of Transportation fell under scrutiny because agency officials had served on the board of a company called HELP Inc. that for years received the only state contract to provide technology allowing truckers to bypass Missouri weigh stations.

But Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson on Thursday said he found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Supporters of a St. Louis man killed in a SWAT raid at his home 15 months ago are demanding answers about the internal police investigation of his death.

The police department's Force Investigation Unit launched an investigation shortly after the death of 21-year-old Isaiah Hammett on June 7, 2017, but has not disclosed its findings.

Abortion Services To Stop At Columbia Planned Parenthood On Oct. 1

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Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to prevent restrictions from taking place on Oct. 1.

“The Columbia health center has abortion procedures scheduled on October 3, 2018, so needs relief by that date in order to avoid cancelling patient appointments,” the organization wrote in court documents.

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Poland was once a model democracy in eastern Europe. Yet since 2015 when the populist Law and Justice party (PiS) won both the presidency and lower house of parliament, there have been big changes.

Law and Justice has sought to force out judges deemed unsympathetic, shunned refugees and chilled the independent press – while tapping into resentment of the country's political elite and the European Union. The moves have strained ties with the EU, which has begun a process that could lead to sanctions on Poland and even the loss of its voting rights in the European bloc.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the challenges for democracy in Poland.


The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is proposing an improvement project for Lions-Stephens Park.

The project will be funded by the department’s Park Sales Tax, which was voted into place in 2015. The department is working with the Benton-Stephen’s community to figure out what improvements are needed most at the park. 

New Missouri Education Commissioner Expected In January

Sep 20, 2018

The next Missouri education commissioner, who will be decided by the Missouri Board of Education, is expected to be in position by January.

The seven board members are accepting nominations and applications for the new position.

The spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Nancy Bowles says the position is a big responsibility.

Gov. Mike Parson is considering changes to Missouri regulations to help address a shortage of long-haul truck drivers.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports one possibility is changing a law that takes away driver's licenses or occupational licenses from people who haven't paid child support for three months.

Curators Hear MU Health Care Success, Translational Precision Med Plans

Sep 20, 2018

MU Health Care celebrated a solid year, and the Translational Precision Medicine Complex received support from the UM System Board of Curators on Thursday.

MU Health Care broke the $1 billion mark in net patient revenue for the first time in fiscal year 2018, MU Health Care CEO Jonathan Curtright said in his annual update during the board's meeting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. That's a $200 million annual increase. 

The Mayor’s Task Force on Climate Action and Adaption Planning is working to include members of the Columbia community in developing a plan of action and strategies related to climate change reduction.

Subcommittees met last week to rate strategies and action items on effectiveness, affordability, feasibility, equity and co-benefits. The strategies aim to help Columbia meet community emissions reduction goals of 35 percent reduction by 2035 and 100 percent reduction by 2060. 

The city council’s commission on Bicycle and Pedestrian safety met Wednesday to discuss the impact of scooters on the city.

The City of Columbia and Bird Scooters are working out a plan to allow the scooters to safely operate in the city for a year. City officials have been negotiating details with the company but a deal has not yet been reached. 

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley says Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is "another Washington liberal" for her decision to vote against President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

McCaskill on Wednesday announced she will vote against Judge Brett Kavanaugh over his positions on "dark money" issues.

She also says that allegations raised by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago when they were in high school are troubling and should be examined. But she said she didn't base her decision on that.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley says Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is "another Washington liberal" for her decision to vote against President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

McCaskill on Wednesday announced she will vote against Judge Brett Kavanaugh over his positions on "dark money" issues.

She also says that allegations raised by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago when they were in high school are troubling and should be examined. But she said she didn't base her decision on that.

The longtime superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau has resigned after two former students alleged he acted inappropriately between 20 and 25 years ago.

Leon Witt, who has been superintendent of the schools for 15 years, resigned last week. The Springfield News-Leader reports the complaints came from one male and one female student while Witt was a teacher and principal at what is now known as St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Springfield.

Tuesday’s Midwest Energy Policy Series hosted speakers from across the state in Columbia exploring how realtors are promoting energy efficient homes and appraisers are putting a value to energy efficiency.

Brandon Renaud is the residential energy services supervisor at Columbia Water & Light. He says it’s better to keep energy local.

The longtime superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau has resigned after two former students alleged he acted inappropriately between 20 and 25 years ago.

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The search for Missouri's next top education official has begun.

The State Board of Education is accepting applications for the next education commissioner beginning Wednesday. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19.

The board fired former commissioner Margie Vandeven last year. That came after former Gov. Eric Greitens stacked the board with his appointees, who led her push out. Greitens wanted Vandeven replaced.

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City leaders unveiled new markers on Columbia’s African-American Heritage Trail at a ceremony Tuesday. The markers commemorate African-American history in the city at Douglass Pool, the Original Russell Chapel and the Annie Fisher House. Vicki Russell played a part in researching for the project.

 

“This unveiling is our fifth marker since we started at Sharp End,” Russell said. “We have 12 to 14 more markers in the works. In combination with those markers and ones that already exist that were put in place by other entities, we will have over 20 markers eventually.”

A former prosecutor and chairman of Missouri's Democratic Party who once was considered a potential candidate for statewide or national office was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in federal prison for misusing campaign funds for trips, fine wine and political activities.

Mike Sanders also was ordered to forfeit $40,000 after pleading guilty earlier this year conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors asked that he be barred from using any of the more than $400,000 in campaign donations still under his control to pay the fine.

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