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Creepy or helpful? That's the question we raise during our discussion about technology's way of storing information about its user with AI enthusiast and University of Missouri assistant professor SCOTT CHRISTIANSON. November 13, 2019

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Kinder Institute Gives $10 Million Gift to MU

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The University of Missouri has received a $10 million gift from the Kinder Foundation, which will be used to support two new degrees programs.

The university announced Tuesday it will offer a bachelor's degree in constitutional democracy and a master's degree in Atlantic history and politics. The gift will support expanding faculty and staff for the new degrees.

Rich and Nancy Kinder of Houston, Texas, formed the Kinder Foundation in 1997. Rich Kinder, a Cape Girardeau native, under bachelor's and law degrees at Missouri in the 1960s.

Glascock Announces New Deputy City Manager

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Columbia City Manager John Glascock announced De’Carlon Seewood as the next deputy city manager Tuesday.

Glascock said in a news release Seewood was chosen because of his background in economic development, human resources and community development and that his passion for public service will benefit the community and city.

Impeachment hearings will soon be underway in the U.S. House of Representatives. What advice does our panel have for journalists covering it? Also, CBS fires an employee for leaking video obtained while working at ABC, John Oliver comments on a series of lawsuits and an apology from Northwestern University journalism students frustrates many in the profession.

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The city of Moberly will need to decide whether or not to spend between 650 and 900 thousand dollars to renovate or rebuild its fire stations.

A study of the fire stations conducted by Williams Kuhl & Freshnock Architects highlighted a series of health and safety issues with the stations, including a lack of adequate ventilation and sprinkler systems.

For Rick Kuhl and his firm, it’s not uncommon for buildings like these that were built in the 1970s to not be up to code with the latest regulations.

A 52-year-old Kansas City woman has been sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison without parole for embezzlement.

Kathleen Frederico was an accountant at Saint Luke's Foundation when she embezzled the money. During her sentencing Tuesday, Frederico was ordered to pay $546,603 in restitution. She pleaded guilty in June to wire fraud.

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Another school district is suing leading e-cigarette maker Juul, claiming that its devices create "enormous distractions for students."

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the Ava R-1 School District in southwest Missouri filed an 80-page lawsuit on Oct. 31 in federal court. The suit claims that the company marketed its products to teenagers and got a new generation of young people addicted to nicotine.

Ava Superintendent Jason Dial says the district has rolled out a comprehensive prevention plan to stem the rise in e-cigarette among students.

Protect yourself and those around you: get a flu shot! That's the takeaway from our conversation with MU Health Care's DR. CHRISTELLE ILBOUDO. Also, MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to three upcoming events sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the first of which is TODAY at noon at the Columbia Public Library. Next week: Charlie Chaplin dressed as woman. (4:12) November 12, 2019

Missouri Proposes Ban on Pot Companies Paying Taxes in Cash

Nov 12, 2019

Missouri’s health department wants to ban medical marijuana businesses from paying taxes in cash, a move that industry advocates say could shut out small businesses from the field.

Missouri voters in 2018 made medical marijuana legal, but sales are still prohibited under federal law.

Financial institutions, particularly national banks, shy away from working with the cannabis industry because of the federal ban, BeLeaf CEO Mitch Meyers said. That forces some marijuana businesses to pay bills and salaries in cash.

UM President Elected to National Public University Board

Nov 12, 2019

UM System President Mun Choi has been elected to the board of directors of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

The appointment places Choi alongside leaders of public universities around the country, according to an MU press release.

APLU is the oldest higher education institution in North America, representing 243 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems and affiliated organizations. It works to further student success, promote research and drive economic growth, the press release said.

Community Organizers Teach What to Do Before First Responders Arrive

Nov 12, 2019

Boone County Community Against Violence and MU Health Care may have helped save a life in the future.

The organizations came together Sunday afternoon at the Columbia Boys & Girls Clubs for a public health expo. It taught lifesaving techniques to about 50 people who could become potential bystanders.

The community group’s founder, Shaunda Hamilton, lost her daughter to gun violence in Columbia earlier this year. Hamilton’s daughter did not receive medical attention before first responders arrived on scene, so now Hamilton is giving others the tools to provide it.

Missouri Slightly Above Average on Rate of Food Insecurity

Nov 12, 2019

Missouri needs to improve its food security, multiple speakers said at Saturday’s Building Blocks for Missouri’s Success annual conference.

This year’s conference focused on the importance of food security and that nothing is more basic than food, said Nicole McKoy, president of the board of directors at Empower Missouri.

The rate of food insecurity in Missouri is 12%, while the U.S. average is 11.7%, said Bill McKelvey, project coordinator at MU’s Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security.

MU Joins Alliance to Improve Diversity Within STEM Faculty

Nov 12, 2019

MU has joined a national alliance to develop inclusive faculty practices in its STEM departments, the university announced Monday.

The alliance, Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty, will focus on recruitment, hiring and retention of diverse science, technology, engineering and math faculty. MU is one of 20 universities joining the Aspire Alliance, which will last for three years.

Board Approves New Middle School's Name: John Warner Middle School

Nov 12, 2019

At its meeting Monday, the Columbia School Board approved John Warner Middle School as the name of its seventh middle school, which will open in fall 2020.

In September, a committee formed to choose a name. Jennifer Rukstad, assistant superintendent for secondary education, and Jimmy Hale, the new middle school’s principal, co-chaired the committee and invited community members to participate.

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On this edition of Intersection, we talk with state Reps. Martha Stevens and Kip Kendrick, both Democrats from mid-Missouri leveraging their local community involvement into their legislative work in the superminority party in Jefferson City.

Stevens has worked as a professional social worker and has focused on health care policy since being elected to the state legislature in November 2016. Kendrick has served in the legislature since November 2014, focusing on health care policy and serving on the House Ethics and Higher Education committees. 

Producer Sidney Steele talks with the two legislators about payday lending, Medicaid, health care access, and their plans for the upcoming state legislative session in January 2020. 

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Missouri regulators have fined the Doe Run Co. $1.2 million for dozens of clean air violations over several years at a lead battery recycling center in southeast Missouri.

It was reported Monday that it is one of the largest monetary penalties the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has issued in the past five years.

Wintry weather in mid-autumn is causing plenty of trouble in parts of Missouri.

Several slide-off accidents were reported Monday after blustery wind and snow began falling. Northern and eastern Missouri were especially hard-hit. The Missouri Department of Transportation listed several major highways and interstates as "covered" or "partly covered" with snow, including parts of Interstate 70, U.S. 36 and U.S. 63.  

There were no immediate reports of fatal accidents.

A judge has found that the University of Missouri knowingly violated the state's open records law by overestimating the cost to provide records of dogs and cats used in research to an animal rights group. 

Boone County Judge Jeff Harris sided Friday with Animal Rescue, Media & Education, also known as the Beagle Freedom Project, which was initially told it would cost $82,000 to get records for 179 animals used in university research. The group sued in 2016, alleging that the cost was so high that it effectively prevented the public from accessing information.

Your kids are gonna love this: TRYPS presents 'Frozen Jr.' this weekend at Launer Auditorium on the Columbia College campus. Artistic director JILL WOMACK says this show was purposely moved away from Stephens College's smaller Warehouse Theatre to accommodate all the little Elsas's and Anna's who won't want to miss this show! Also, Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY brought self-adhesive planks. This idea for maybe an accent wall in your home is "better than paneling." (5:02) November 11, 2019

Missourians Compete With Out-of-State Marijuana Businesses

Nov 11, 2019
Missouri's Capitol Building in 2017.
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Some Missouri business owners looking to profit from the state's burgeoning marijuana industry worry that they'll lose out to established out-of-state organizations that have been aggressive in applying to process or sell medical marijuana in Missouri.

Columbia Municipal Court to Offer Warrant Amnesty Next Month

Nov 8, 2019

Are you wanted for a minor offense in Columbia? For two weeks in December, you can turn yourself in without penalty. 

It's called warrant amnesty, and the Columbia Municipal Court is offering it to anyone with outstanding warrants for failing to appear for traffic and parking tickets and other city ordinance violations. 

Once you quit evading the law, your warrant will be recalled and you'll be given a chance to resolve the case the same day. Otherwise, you'll have a new court date set to resolve the issue. 

Missouri's health department wants to ban medical marijuana businesses from paying taxes in cash, a move that industry advocates say could shut out small businesses from the field.

Missouri voters in 2018 made medical marijuana legal but sales are still prohibited under federal law.

Show-Me Opera director CHRISTINE SEITZ invites everyone to 'Sextets and Other Encounters', an evening of various opera scenes next weekend at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia. DAVID PELINO and MARQUES RUFF perform the Act I duet from Bizet's 'The Pearlfishers' at [3:20]. November 8, 2019

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