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In 1969, graduate student Barbara Papish hands out an underground newspaper on the University of Missouri Columbia campus. The Free Press Underground issue features a cartoon on the cover depicting police officers raping the Statue of Liberty and Lady Justice. The words “With Liberty and Justice For All” encircle the image.

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Missouri officials are moving to remove peregrine falcons from the state’s endangered species list.

The Missouri Conservation Commission gave initial approval Friday to the removal. The plan, however, calls keeping the bird as a species of conservation concern. Peregrine falcon populations plummeted nationwide during the 1940s through the 1960s due to the widespread use of pesticides such as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane in their food chain.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases among Missouri lawmakers is continuing to grow.

At least four more lawmakers told The Associated Press on Friday that they had contracted COVID-19 since the session began on Jan. 6. That's in addition to three others previously reported. The House canceled all work this week because of the virus outbreak. But the Senate remained in session.

Health experts say Missouri isn’t vaccinating people quickly enough to create widespread immunity by this summer.

To reach that goal, officials want to inoculate between 70% and 85% of the state’s residents. That means getting between 4.3 million and 5.2 million people immunized. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that just 205,000 Missourians have received the first dose of vaccine.

Missouri’s health department doesn't include antigen tests in its count of COVID-19 cases, meaning tens of thousands of positive tests have not been included in the state's tally.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that though Missouri doesn't count antigen testing in its tally of 445,621 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the state’s virus tracking dashboard does separately list details about each type of testing.

Seven Democratic senators have asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley “to fully understand their role” in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

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A St. Louis County police dispatcher is no longer with the department, less than two weeks after using a racial slur over a police radio.

A police spokesperson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they could not disclose if the dispatcher was fired or resigned. The dispatcher, whose name has not been released, was recorded Jan. 9 saying an expletive and then using the racial slur, according to a the recording that was released by the police department when a woman sued for the audio.

The Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association are being renamed the Kansas City Monarchs after the team that played in the Negro Leagues.

The original Monarchs were founded in 1924 and won the first Negro League World Series in 1920. The team played in the Negro National League and Negro American League and later as an independent. A museum exhibit is to travel with the team.

The Monarchs also plan to establish a youth academy for baseball and softball.

CPS Teacher, Staff Vaccinations Expected To Start Within Two Weeks

Jan 22, 2021

Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Peter Stiepleman said the district is “optimistic” a vaccination plan will be put into effect for teachers and staff within the next two weeks.

Stiepleman provided a COVID-19 update to the Columbia School Board at its work session Thursday. He went over substitute staffing statistics, an increase in the number of students and teachers out for isolation or quarantine, concerns from departments including transportation and technology and the vaccine rollout plan for teachers and staff.

The Missouri Legislature is planning to open a rapid testing clinic for potential COVID-19 cases in the Capitol building, after the session began with an outbreak of the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Chief House Clerk Dana Rademan Miller said Thursday that she hopes to open the testing site within the next couple weeks. It will be available for lawmakers, staff and others who regularly work in the building, such as lobbyists and journalists. At least three House members have tested positive for COVID-19 in the first couple weeks of session.

Seven Democratic senators have asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley “to fully understand their role” in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

Missouri’s resident and migratory bald eagle populations peak in the winter, and now is a great time to look for these iconic American raptors.



Mature bald eagles are easily identifiable by their black bodies with white head- and tail feathers. However, for their first four to five years of life, juveniles sport all-brown feathers with white speckles. 


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A Missouri appeals court has rejected a second appeal by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner challenging her removal as prosecutor against Mark McCloskey, who along with his wife, Patricia, pointed weapons at racial injustice protesters last year.

Gardner argued the disqualification of her and her office from Mark McCloskey's case should not have also applied to Patricia McCloskey's case. The appeals court rejected Gardner's challenge on Wednesday. Gardner now needs the Missouri Supreme Court to reinstate her office to the case.

Republican senators in Missouri are trying to check health officials' power in response to their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Senate health committee members debated a bill Wednesday that would ensure there are no government-imposed occupancy limits on churches and other places of worship during public health emergencies. Other bills would take the power to make public health rules away from county health boards and instead leave it up to county commissioners.

Teacher of Color Support Network Twitter account

Last week, the Columbia Public School Board of Education voted to return students to in-seat learning. This is despite continued high levels of COVID infections in the community, hospital status remaining at yellow, teachers not yet having received a vaccine and concerns over safety from many teachers – especially teachers of color.

Brittany Fatoma is the founder and director of the Teacher of Color Support Network here in Columbia. According to its Twitter page, the organization’s mission is to “support, empower, and retain educators of color in Columbia, Jefferson City, and Mid-Missouri.”

Fatoma sat down with the Assistant Director and current CPS 3rd grade teacher, Daphanie Bibbs, to talk about their concerns.  

Here's a roundup of headlines from across the region, including:

  • Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri Plays Key Role in Inauguration Ceremony
  • Number of Abortions Drops in Missouri Because of Regulations
  • Some Missourians Asked to Give Back Covid-related Payments

The Trump presidency comes to an end. After two impeachments, how will Joe Biden and Kamala Harris move the nation forward, and how will journalists record it for history. Also, a CNN reporter’s emotional reaction following one of her own COVID-19 reports. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News.

Courtesy of MU Health Care

Last Thursday, Governor Mike Parson announced Missouri would enter Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, making millions of Missourians eligible for vaccination. But the vast majority of those eligible still have to wait to be inoculated. That’s because supply of the two vaccines approved for distribution — from Pfizer and Moderna — hasn’t mirrored the growth in eligibility. 

Sara Humm is with the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services department. She says the department is still prioritizing 1A — health providers and long-term care facility residents — and the first tier of 1B, which includes emergency responders. "“The state said that we could start working on tier 2," Humm said. "The reason we haven’t is we do not have enough vaccine to do so.” 

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Liability Protections During The COVID-19 Pandemic Debated In Missouri Senate Hearing

Jan 20, 2021

Two bills that would provide liability protections for businesses, churches, schools, manufacturers and health care entities during the COVID-19 pandemic were debated by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Sen. Bill White, R-Joplin is a sponsor of one of those bills, Senate Bill 42. He said the state should encourage individuals to "step up" to meet the unique needs that arise in times of crises. With the threat of liability suits, individuals and businesses might shy away from providing much-needed services in times of uncertainty.

Curbside Recycling In Columbia Will Resume On A Reduced Basis

Jan 20, 2021

The city of Columbia will resume curbside recycling collection every other week beginning Feb. 1, it was announced Tuesday.

Also on Feb. 1, the city will initiate its Pay As You Throw trash collection program, which charges residents for extra refuse bags after they exceed their annual allotment.

New Survey From MU Health Tells People When They Can Get Vaccinated

Jan 20, 2021

MU Health launched a survey which will notify members of the public when they will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The survey was announced in a news release Tuesday.

The survey asks Boone County residents questions about their occupations and medical conditions — information that helps determine what phase and tier a person is in. After submitting the survey, the webpage reads, "When the vaccine is available to you, we will contact you with further instructions on where and how to get vaccinated."