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46 Years After Their First Hit, Missouri's Ozark Mountain Daredevils Are Still Raising Hell

There was a time, around Kansas City — and the whole country — when the Ozark Mountain Daredevils were the soundtrack of summer. When you drove around town, “ If You Wanna Get To Heaven ” and “Jackie Blue” blasted from car stereos tuned to radio stations playing what we now refer to as classic rock. More rustic songs like “ Standing on A Rock ” and “ Chicken Train ” were cult favorites, perfect for singalongs around bonfires at the lake.

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When 29-year-old Gilberto Olivas-Bejarano first returned to his birth home, the Mexican city of León, he didn't speak the native language.

"I barely speak Spanish now," he says.

He arrived in León alone, and today, nearly two years since his deportation, Olivas-Bejarano has still not seen his family in person.

If you've had a manicure lately, chances are you probably had it done at a nail salon run by people of Vietnamese heritage.

The salons are everywhere — in nearly every city, state and strip mall across the United States. So how did Vietnamese entrepreneurs come to dominate the multi-billion dollar nail economy?

Filmmaker Adele Free Pham set out to answer that question in a documentary called Nailed It. Growing up in Portland, Ore., she says that she observed that all the nail salons around her were Vietnamese-run.

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It’s raining steadily as Jay Maddink tends to a couple thousand young chickens inside a hot, small barn in Lathrop, Missouri. His wife, Carol Maddink, says the chicks are about three weeks old and are being raised as broiler birds.

“These will all get butchered pretty much in one week,” she says. “And this is what we'll take to the restaurants and grocery stores in about six weeks from now.”

A couple of federal agencies you probably haven’t heard of keep track of what farmers grow, what Americans eat and how the country’s entire food system operates. And the Trump Administration wants them out Washington, D.C. — and maybe in the Kansas City area.

As she was dying, Sonya Willis's mother gave her daughter a warning. 

"She watched me sit back and put my head in my hand and she said, 'Don't you cry.' ... It's like, 'Don't you cry. You get the job done.'"

Willis believes her mother, and other black women who had experienced Jim Crow segregation, lived by a "Code of Silence” that allowed them to rise above their own suffering to accomplish difficult things on behalf of others. By adhering to that code, Sonya’s mother accomplished great things in Kansas City, Kansas – but never told her own story.

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Missouri's Republican-led House on Friday passed sweeping legislation designed to survive court challenges, which would ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.

If enacted, the ban would be among the most restrictive in the U.S. It includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for violating the eight-week cutoff. Women who receive abortions wouldn't be prosecuted.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign the bill.

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Missouri's attorney general is closing an investigation into whether former Gov. Eric Greitens improperly used his office staff to work on his campaign's social media accounts.

The Kansas City Star reports Eric Schmitt's announcement on Thursday concludes what is believed to be the last investigation into alleged wrongdoing during Greitens' administration. Greitens resigned last June amid allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign finance violations.

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On campuses across mid-Missouri students and faculty are wrapping up the semester, and on this edition of Off the Clock we visit a unique end-of-term tradition hosted by MU's Ancient Mediterranean Studies department: The Homer-athon. It's a celebration of "The Iliad," in multiple languages, and KBIA's Olivia Love captured the languages and the sounds of the recent 25th annual Homer-athon, on May 10th. 

Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation limiting the number of young children at in-home child-care providers.

State law currently limits unlicensed child-care providers to supervising four children who are not relatives but contains no limit on the number of sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and cousins who can also be present.

A bill given final approval Thursday would set the limit at six children, of which no more than three could be under the age 2. Only relatives eligible to be enrolled in elementary or secondary school would be exempt from the cap.