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Details are slowly starting to emerge about what might have happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi جمال خاشقجي inside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. How aggressively is the #Trumpadministration really pressing for answers? And, how are news organizations changing their approach to working in Saudi Arabia. Also, President Donald J. Trump’s media tour, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test, and why polling guru Nate Silver says journalists aren’t likely to like what he sees. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Ryan Thomas and Mike McKean: Views of the News. KBIA 91.3 FM

This week on Discover Nature, listen for the clear, loud calls of ground-dwelling birds just before dawn. 


Missouri’s native quail – Northern bobwhite live in groups of 5-30 birds, called coveys, from autumn to spring. 


Northern bobwhite are streaked or mottled reddish-brown and white, with a gray tail. Males have a distinctive dark brown cap and face. Their camouflaged colors help protect them from their many predators including foxes, coyotes, racoons, hawks, owls, and snakes. 


The #Black panel discusses the conviction and sentencing of Bill Cosby, the issue of a white woman curating a museum exhibition on hip-hop music at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, and the Cardi B and Nicki Minaj fued. 

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Columbia’s classical music scene is growing and thriving, thanks to Missouri Symphony director Kirk Trevor. But Trevor’s work doesn’t stop with professional musicians.

On a Monday night at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia, Kirk Trevor conducts an orchestra of about 30 elementary and middle school students. He is joined by two symphony member coaches and a handful of parents, eager to listen to their children play. The students are practicing for their next performance in two weeks.

Never heard of the Youth Community Coalition? Guest RON ROWE says this network of youth-serving organizations' main purpose is to "help make the community the best place it can be for kids to make positive decisions and avoid risky ones." Their current program is called "You Card We Care." Find out more about the difference it hopes to make in the lives of our children! October 17, 2018

Columbia’s Disabilities Commission and several disability-related organizations are hosting a Disability Issues Forum Thursday morning at Woodhaven in Columbia, Missouri.

Chuck Graham, the Chair of Columbia Disability Commission, said there will be a variety of issues addressed by candidates at the forum.

“I think it is important for voters and voters with disabilities to get a chance to meet the people that are running for office,” said Graham. “They are not always able to get those kind of answers from candidates’ TV ads or mailer drops in their mailbox.”

Missouri vehicle owners will be getting new red, white and blue license plates to commemorate the state’s upcoming bicentennial.

The new plates will be distributed as people renew their licenses over the next couple of years. The goal is to have them all in place before the state’s 200th anniversary in 2021.

The new design has a white background with dark blue letters and numbers. Missouri’s prominent rivers are represented by red wavy lines on top and blue wavy lines on bottom. The state seal is in the middle.

Task Force 1 Members and Canine Teams Carry Out Searches in Florida

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Missouri Task Force 1 searched destroyed houses and debris fields Monday and Tuesday in Mexico Beach, Florida, according to a Boone County Fire Protection District Facebook post.

Human remains detection search teams worked in conjunction with four Missouri Task Force members previously assigned to Jackson County, Florida, to search the homes.

The rest of the task force was assigned to Panama City, Florida, to carry out searches as directed by a FEMA team.

Students, Prisoners, and The Homeless: Choir Members for One MU Professor

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Music can heal everyone — even those who are “voiceless.”

That’s according to Brandon Boyd, assistant director of choral activities and assistant professor of choral music education at MU School of Music, who spoke to 16 participants in a research discussion Tuesday in MU Townsend Hall.

Boyd opened the discussion with his experience of being an organizer and a conductor of the Interfaith Community Shelter Street Choir, a Santa Fe, New Mexico, group made up of the homeless.

Details are slowly starting to emerge about what might have happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. How aggressively is the Trump administration really pressing for answers? And, how are news organizations changing their approach to working in Saudi Arabia.

Hatice Cengiz, New York Times: “My fiancé Jamal Khashoggi was a lonely patriot

Republican Josh Hawley brought in about $3.4 million and spent nearly $2.9 million in recent months in his bid to unseat Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Data provided by the campaigns on Monday shows McCaskill outraised and outspent Hawley. McCaskill brought in closer to $8.5 million and spent a whopping $17.5 million between July and the end of September.

Hawley ended September with $3.5 million cash on hand compared to McCaskill's roughly $3.2 million.

The two are squaring off for the Nov. 6 election.

Water levels on the Mississippi River are dropping north of St. Louis after high waters forced road and ferry closures.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that in the hardest-hit communities, floodwater crested over the weekend at almost nine feet above flood stage. Hannibal saw the Mississippi River reach about 8.8 feet above flood stage, although it was spared property damage. Water levels hit 8.1 feet above the mark at Clarksville.

GOP incumbent Rep. Ann Wagner didn't show up at a League of Women Voters candidate forum after her spokeswoman accused the group of being biased against Republicans.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Democrat Cort Van Ostran and Libertarian Larry Kirk were the only ones answering questions Monday night at the forum at Congregation Shaare Emeth in the St. Louis suburb of Creve Coeur.

A wrongful death lawsuit over the suicide of a 17-year-old Missouri boy whom witnesses said killed himself because of relentless bullying has been moved to state court after a judge dismissed federal claims.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the move was made in August, over a year after Kenny Suttner's suicide. The case has received attention because the teen's former Dairy Queen manager faces charges, including assault, in his death.

Come hear the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra perform the music of Claudio Monteverdi and Giovanni Gabrieli in a concert titled "The Early Baroque: Echoes from Seventeenth-Century Cathedrals" this Friday in Jefferson City. Guest PATRICK CLARK says "the music is fantastic!" Also, LOUISE SARVER tells us about the annual 'Give a Gift of Art' exhibit, which returns next month to the Columbia Art League. She says pieces and works featured make excellent Christmas gifts! (5:04) October 16, 2018

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Missouri farmers and state officials recently discussed business challenges in agriculture at 5 Imagine Ag Business sessions. The sessions were hosted the by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, or CAFNR.

Council Roundup: West Ash Homes Downzoned, Substance Abuse Program Considered

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A request to downzone 47 properties in the West Ash and West Central Columbia neighborhoods was approved by the Columbia City Council at its Monday night meeting.

The downzoning was on the consent agenda, which means it was approved without council or public discussion. But during the general comment period at the end of the meeting, Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas said he was “very happy to support” the downzoning and that it was a “good way to preserve neighborhood character.”

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More than 150 people gathered in a Columbia conference center Monday morning to learn about the Missouri Department of Conservation’s new goals.

The MDC held its second annual MO Conservation Partners Roundtable event to educate its partners, students and other members of the audience about how its going to continue to preserve the nature of the state.

Director Sara Parker Pauley outlined MDC’s three new goals: to take care of nature, connect people with nature and maintain public trust.

Trevor and Lindsey are thinking about a cruise, so they contact a travel agent. They find a great deal on a cruise from Athens, Greece to Miami, Florida. Two tickets for the flight to get to Athens and then home from Miami (to St. Louis) cost $5,862. Not wanting to pay that much (to find that flight, they looked at both and the cruise's website), Trevor and Lindsey are faced with two options: cancel the trip or look again. At guest MEL ZELENAK's suggestion, they look again, this time searching for one-way tickets instead. The savings? Not to be believed! October 15, 2018

Officials with the Springfield Art Museum are proposing a multimillion dollar renovation that they say would make the museum a world-class attraction.

Museum director Nick Nelson presented the proposal to the Springfield City Council on Tuesday. He says the plans would transform the museum to a multi-story structure that would become a community hub with walking and biking trails and a meandering stream.

With nearly $30 million in renovations underway on the outside of the Missouri Capitol, attention is turning toward an expensive and lengthy project to upgrade the interior of the building.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatcher reports a consultant hired to oversee the renovation project told state officials this week that the interior work could take as long as seven years, and he won't have cost estimates until the end of the year.

Missouri Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley is taking a cue from President Donald Trump and decrying what he describes as "mob behavior" by Democrats.

Hawley made his comments on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.

Trump and Senate Republicans have been warning about what they say would be Democratic "mob rule" as they seek to amp up GOP voters before the midterms.

Republicans view Hawley's race against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill as one of their best chances of flipping a Senate seat.

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EDINA  — Three junior high school football players have been charged in juvenile court with felony harassment and their coach has resigned in a case of alleged escalating hazing involving members of a younger football team. Knox County R-1 School District Superintendent Andy Turgeon says he followed board policy in disciplining the students but provided no details, citing student privacy laws. He says the coach's resignation happened last month after an investigation.

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A defense lawyer says three Nebraska farmers charged in an organic grain fraud scheme were working under a Missouri businessman who marketed ordinary corn and soybeans as organic. Tom Brennan, James Brennan and Michael Potter are expected to appear Friday afternoon in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to plead guilty to wire fraud. Prosecutors say each received $2.5 million from 2010 to 2017 from sales of corn and soybeans falsely marketed as certified organic.