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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is unwilling to budge much on a proposed list of bridges slated for repair under a $350 million bond plan he's pitching, the Republican told members of The Associated Press and Missouri Press Association on Thursday.

When asked by AP how open he is to adding or changing bridges on the project list, Parson said "not much."

His comments come after several state senators from the St. Louis and Kansas City areas criticized the proposal for including too few bridges from those regions.

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The killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October generated days of international headlines. Unfortunately, when journalists are killed for their work their deaths rarely attract such attention.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the targeted killings of two investigative journalists in European democracies.  At the time of their deaths, Slovakia's Ján Kuciak and Malta's Daphne Caruana Galizia were probing government corruption and the influence of Italian organized crime families in their respective countries. In both cases, justice has been slow in coming.

Yet if the intention of those who killed Kuciak and Galizia was to halt their reporting, that effort failed. In both cases, journalists from a number of media outlets organized to continue the work of their slain colleagues.


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Graduate transfer quarterback Kelly Bryant will remain at the University of Missouri amid sanctions handed down by the NCAA, according to The Columbia Missourian.

MU’s football program, as well as the baseball and softball programs, received a one-year postseason ban, among other punishments from the NCAA after a former employee committed academic fraud.

A source close to Bryant confirmed to the Missourian that he will remain at Missouri. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Former state Rep. Kevin Corlew's testimony this week before a Missouri Senate committee is raising questions about whether he followed state laws prohibiting former lawmakers from quickly returning to lobby at the Statehouse.

Corlew, a Kansas City Republican, resigned from the legislature in December to avoid a new law banning lawmakers from returning as lobbyists for two years after leaving office. He still is required to wait six months after the end of his term to lobby.

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The NCAA is sanctioning the University of Missouri's football, softball and baseball teams after a tutor violated the organization's rules for academic conduct.

An NCAA report released Thursday says a tutor completed work — including homework assignments, quizzes and even an entire class — for a dozen University of Missouri student-athletes.

As a result, all three programs are getting three years of probation and a one-year postseason ban. This means the football team will not be eligible for a bowl game next school year.

The NCAA has sanctioned Missouri's football, baseball and softball programs after an investigation revealed academic misconduct involving a tutor who completed coursework for athletes.

Among the penalties handed down Thursday were three years of probation and one-year postseason bans for all three programs. That means the baseball and softball teams will be ineligible for the NCAA Tournament this season and the football team will be ineligible for a bowl game this fall.

Roughly 10,000 baby boomers retire each day. JOHN HOWE, author of 'The Foolish Corner,' says planning is key to a proper retirement because people are "living twenty, thirty years after retirement and that's a fairly long period of time to have to support ourselves." January 31, 2019

Violators of the No-Call List Could See Increased Fines Under House Bill

Jan 31, 2019

Missouri’s no-call list laws could could become more strict under a new bill that would increase fines for those who knowingly call individuals registered under the no-call list.

House Bill 523, which was heard before the General Laws committee Wednesday night, would increase current penalties by up to $5,000 per violation.

The chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court announced new rules Wednesday requiring judges to first consider non-monetary conditions for pretrial release, a shift aimed at reducing court costs that can sometimes derail the lives of low-income defendants.

Judges still will be able to set bail if needed, but only at an amount necessary to ensure either public safety or that the defendant will appear in court, Chief Justice Zel Fischer said his State of the Judiciary address to lawmakers at the Capitol. The changes take effect July 1.

He said it's the responsibility of judges "to ensure that those accused of crime are fairly treated according to the law, and not their pocket books."

Senators Take Another Shot at Toughening SNAP Requirements

Jan 31, 2019

Food stamp recipients in Missouri would have to work at least 30 hours per week or risk losing their benefits under a proposed Senate bill in the Missouri legislature.

“The ticket out of poverty is work. And that’s what this bill is all about,” said the Senate Bill 4’s sponsor, state Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville.

Able-bodied adults would be required to spend the 30 hours each week working, in job training or doing community service. Under the proposed bill, the first time a person fails to meet the standards they will lose benefits for three months. The second time, six months, and if they fail to comply a third time, they will be permanently disqualified from the food stamp program. 

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Republican lawmakers are proposing an overhaul of how Missouri universities handle sexual harassment and assault claims to add more protections for the accused.

The Kansas City Star reports that two measures in the Missouri House and Senate include provisions that give more power to those accused under Title IX, the federal law that bars gender-based discrimination in schools that receive federal money.

Both bills would borrow judges to hear appeals from students punished for sexual misconduct. The proposals would also allow a student to sue a university if they are not afforded due process.

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Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's proposal to offer scholarships for adults to study high-demand fields received bipartisan pushback from state senators Tuesday.

The chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court announced new rules Wednesday requiring judges to first consider non-monetary conditions for pretrial release, a shift a

Republican lawmakers are proposing an overhaul of how Missouri universities handle sexual harassment and assault claims to add more protections for the accused.

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Schools across Missouri called off classes today and homeless shelters are overflowing as temperatures plunged to dangerous lows.

And the National Weather Service this afternoon issued a Winter Weather Advisory until midnight tonight for parts of central Missouri, including Columbia and Fulton, warning of slippery road conditions during the evening commute. Columbia Public Schools announced a two-hour delayed start Thursday, Jan. 31. 

Tom Brokaw has apologized for his comments about Spanish speakers and #assimilation made on Meet the Press on Sunday. But that apology has raised more questions than answers. Also, conservative commentators criticize President #Trump, saying he caved, working with Democrats to end the government #shutdown, and more than 1,000 #journalism jobs lost in a week. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News. 

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University of Missouri students and staff received news of canceled classes via university email at 7:58 this Wednesday -- minutes before the first classes of the day were scheduled to begin. 

The MU Alert email cited mechanical issues with privately-contracted shuttle services as the reason for the cancellation. According to the email, other campus operations will continue today.  

A Jefferson City man who supervised workers at the federal courthouse in Jefferson City has admitted selling firearms to convicted felons.

Forty-year-old Victor Nahum Vargas pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of knowingly selling firearms to convicted felons and one count of making false statements.

"If I could write a prescription for any one person, all ages, doesn't matter what problems you have, physical activity and exercise really is preventative and in some circumstances curative." -- DR. MARY DOHRMANN, MU Health Care | Also, Hickman High School Theatre opens "Dearly Beloved" tomorrow night for one weekend only. Cast members ZOE BELLMAN and MORGAN MILLER take us to Fayro, Texas for an 'over-the-top' wedding full of eccentric characters! (4:08) January 30, 2019

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's proposal to offer scholarships for adults to study high-demand fields is meeting pushback from state senators.

Senate Education Committee members on Tuesday questioned whether a new scholarship is needed, why the state should pay for that job training and which programs would be covered.

Parson earlier this month proposed $22 million in grants to cover tuition for adults over age 25 with household adjusted gross incomes of less than $80,000.

The St. Louis prosecutor is raising concerns about whether police tried to block drug and alcohol testing of two on-duty officers following the fatal shooting of Officer Katlyn Alix.

Alix was off-duty and with two on-duty male officers at an apartment early Thursday. Charging documents say Officer Nathaniel Hendren and Alix were taking turns pulling the trigger of a gun loaded with one bullet while pointing it at each other when Alix was shot in the chest. Hendren is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Tom Brokaw has apologized for his comments about Hispanics and assimilation made on Meet the Press on Sunday. But that apology has raised more questions than answers.

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Authorities have arrested a second suspect in the shooting death of the student body president of a historically black college in Missouri.

Police in Jefferson City, Missouri, announced Tuesday in a news release that 19-year-old Michael Bouchee was taken into custody overnight in Texas on a second-degree murder warrant in the death of Lincoln University senior D'Angelo Bratton-Bland, who is from Chicago.

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