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The Southside Philharmonic Orchestra is made up of about 30 players from Jefferson City, Columbia and Kansas City. They, along with members of Dancers' Alley, are coming together for three performances of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" this weekend at the Miller Performing Arts Center! Guest: PATRICK CLARK | Also, Columbia's Healthy Bottoms Diaper Bank is looking for both diaper and monetary donations. MEGHAN KOUBA tells us how it works! (4:42) December 12, 2018

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MoDOT Director To Address Chamber on Future Road Plans

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Patrick McKenna, the director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, will talk with members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce on Thursday about plans for road maintenance in mid-Missouri and the rest of the state.

The talk is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the chamber's offices in the Walton Building, 300 S. Providence Road.

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A Missouri commission has rejected a proposal to greatly expand a cattle feedlot near a 970-acre botanical garden.

The Kansas City Star reports that Powell Gardens chief executive Tabitha Schmidt says she's "utterly elated" by the Missouri Clean Water Commission's ruling. The commission decided Monday to reverse earlier state approval Valley Oaks State Co.'s expansion plan.

 An eastern Missouri doctor has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for prescribing fentanyl and other opioids to women with whom he had personal relationships who had no medical need for the drugs.

The doctor, 62-year-old Philip Dean of Warrenton, pleaded guilty in August to federal charges of illegally distributing opiate medications and making a false statement to the Medicare program. He was sentenced Tuesday.

Punny, yes. Funny? No. The closing of the Uranus Examiner presents a serious problem for the residents of Pulaski County now that its lost its only locally-produced newspaper.

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Both U.S. senators from Missouri are demanding answers about the death of a veteran after an apparent altercation at the Kansas City VA Medical Center.

The Kansas City Star reports that Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt sent a joint letter to U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie last week. They urged him to release any information that can be made public about the death in May of Dale Farhner of Kingston, Missouri.

The Kansas City VA Medical Center's spokesman said then that he couldn't release any information "due to privacy restrictions."

'Tis the season to eat what we want - or is it? Dietitian GINGER MEYER says that one way to keep from over-eating during the holidays is to "hit the pause button" at meal time. Also, Missouri Symphony conductor KIRK TREVOR invites everyone to celebrate the season at the 8th annual 'Symphony of Toys' this Sunday at the Missouri Theatre. Your child might just be chosen to conduct the orchestra! (4:44) December 11, 2018

St. Louis police say an Uber driver robbed a customer by using a translator app to demand cash.

A 28-year-old man was not injured after giving the driver money.

Police say the man left his phone in the Uber and arranged to meet the driver early Sunday to retrieve it.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports when they met, the driver displayed a pocket knife and used the app to demand cash. The apps are used to communicate with someone in another language on a mobile device.

The driver, a 41-year-old man, drove away and as of Monday officers hadn't located him yet.

The Missouri Attorney General's Office is pushing back against allegations that Josh Hawley misused public resources to boost his successful U.S. Senate campaign.

First Assistant and Solicitor General John Sauer in a Monday letter called the complaint against Hawley "a frivolous act of political harassment."

At issue are allegations by American Democracy Legal Fund. The liberal group complained that it was a misuse of taxpayer-funded resources for political consultants to direct attorney general staff to do work that could help Hawley's Senate bid.

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University of Missouri Professor Emeritus George Smith has received the university’s first-ever Nobel Prize. In a ceremony Monday, he was recognized by the Swedish royal family.

The last time Joseph Johnson was a free man, the world was different.

It was 1994 – Bill Clinton was president, Michael Jordan was playing baseball, and The Lion King was the year’s highest-grossing movie.

DR. JOHN LAURIELLO tells us about the services provided at the Missouri Psychiatric Center, a division of MU Health Care. If you or someone you know is feeling depressed this holiday season, John says the first thing you need to do is tell someone. Also, it's not too late to adopt a family participating in Voluntary Action Center's annual Holiday Program. DIAMOND SCOTT says "this is one of the largest years that we've had, and we still have families in need." (5:12) December 10, 2018

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University of Missouri Professor Emeritus George Smith will shake the hand of King Carl Gustaf the 16th of Sweden as he officially accepts his part of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry at its award ceremony Monday evening.

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MU Professor Emeritus George Smith’s Nobel Prize lecture may have been geared toward a general audience, but it didn’t shy away from scientific detail. The crowd in the Aula Magna lecture hall on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Stockholm University was a mix of fellow laureates and their guests, students of Stockholm University and general members of the public.

“When this award was announced on October 3, my friends who are actual chemists were surprised to learn that I was one too,” Smith joked to the crowd. 

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31 Cats And Dogs Rescued By Boone County Animal Control

Dec 7, 2018

Thirty-one animals rescued by Boone County Animal Control were turned over to the Central Missouri Humane Society on Monday.

The 17 cats and 14 dogs were originally taken in by Animal Control. After a residential fire in August in which the animals were rescued, the animals were turned back over to the owner after finding no sufficient evidence of animal abuse, according to Jason Wilcox, the senior planner at Boone County Animal Control.

But by Oct. 31, Animal Control obtained enough evidence to seize the animals, and the owner voluntarily gave them up.

A Missouri high school student faces a felony charge after authorities say he posted on social media that he was going to buy an assault rifle and "make history."

William James Nelson, an 18-year-old from Branson, was charged Thursday with making a terroristic threat, according to reports. No attorney was listed for him in online court records.

Some of you might be interested to know that this coming Saturday is the 666th day of the Trump presidency.

How did your party and candidate and ballot issue do last week? I feel the same way: Could have been worse, could have been better.

If you are a Republican you like picking up seats in the U.S. Senate, with Missouri being a big contributor to that. You don’t like losing the U.S. House, especially by more than the average number of seats after a presidential election.

Scientists, researchers and politicians talked about one of the biggest issues American society is facing today at “The Science of Addiction Symposium” in the MU Bond Life Sciences Center.

The purpose of the symposium was to bring together different fields of study to tackle the increasing number of opioid fatalities in the United States, but with a specific look at the state of Missouri.

Keynote speakers discussed psychology, economics and biology—all areas that can have a significant influence in the development of curing addictions.

It takes a village to put on "Handel's Messiah," and nobody knows that better than the members of the Memorial Baptist Church Adult Choir! They are performing this "intense amount of music" for you for free this Sunday in Columbia. Guests: KEVIN SCANTLAN and RANDY SCHILB | Also, JOHN BAKER tells us about Community Foundation of Central Missouri's 'Donor Advised Funds' program. He says CFCM can help you start your own foundation fund in four simple steps. (3:13) December 7, 2018

In Nobel Presser, MU Professor Reflects on Inspiration and Collaboration

Dec 7, 2018
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University of Missouri Professor Emeritus George Smith and his fellow Nobel laureates in Chemistry, Physics and Economic Sciences discussed working on projects larger than themselves and some of their “aha” moments during a Friday morning press conference.


Over the past two years, Tanzania's President John Magufuli has led what critics say is a broad assault on human rights, including freedom of expression.

His government has suspended the publication of newspapers that criticized him and attempted to silence critical bloggers and members of the opposition. It's even detained and interrogated researchers from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Also targeted: members of the East African nation's LGBT community, who have faced criminal prosecution and stepped-up intimidation.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at Magufuli’s crackdown on civil liberties in Tanzania.

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Down in a side room in the basement of Hickman High School, two juniors, Conor Byrne and Sam Wills, broadcast their radio show called Dad Rock World Tour. They speak into a small laptop computer about the different songs they are about to play and it echoes through the halls with the students as they make their way to lunch.

The 90s, hipster aesthetic of the high school junior’s radio show matches perfect with the old band posters on the walls and the dimly-lit closet the radio studio is essentially in. Every day during lunch, students can come and sit on the worn down couches as a part of the club, Academy of Rock. They can visit with their friends while they eat, talk about their favorite bands and listen to the DJs.

A Missouri lawmaker who resigned just one minute before new lobbying limits took effect says he quit in order to focus on private-sector business possibilities.

Democratic Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, of Ferguson, resigned at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. That was one minute before a voter-approved amendment took effect requiring lawmakers to wait two years before registering as lobbyists.

State law had required only a six-month lobbyist waiting period.

Republican Josh Hawley's campaign spent about $11 million to successfully unseat Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill despite the Democratic incumbent's significant financial advantage during their marquee U.S. Senate race, according to campaign finance reports released Thursday.

A month after the key GOP win, records show that Hawley spent about $3.9 million between Oct. 18 and Nov. 26, the weeks just before and after the Nov. 6 election. He brought in about $1.5 million in donations during that same time period.

The final show of Talking Horse Productions' 2018 season is here! Actress MONICA PALMER tells us that 'Clever Little Lies' is actually "a lot more about more truth and the power of truth and...what truth can do to relationships." This touching comedy opens tomorrow in the North Village Arts District. Also, MIKE POWELL tells us about the mission of Greenbelt Land Trust of Mid-Missouri. (4:40) December 6, 2018