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Libby Brockman-Knight, left, wears a bright red blazer and smiles into the camera. Gaurav Kulkarni, right, wears a black shirt and multi-colored tie and looks into the camera.
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Libby Brockman-Knight and Gaurav Kulkarni both work at Compass Health Network in Columbia. Brockman- Knight is the Deputy Chief clinical officer of substance use disorder services and Kulkarni is a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction.

Brockman-Knight spoke with Kulkarni about treatment for substance use disorders - specifically alcohol addiction and the numerous barriers that can exist for their patients.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at

Registered dietitian TAKAKO TAGAMI, Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells us about an upcoming class for kids in which they'll make homemade ice cream in honor of National Ice Cream Month! Also, Resident Arts founder MADELINE LeMIEUX is helping Children's Grove spread kindness in the form of painted butterfly wings! (4:51) July 19, 2019

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Nathan Lawrence

The lower Missouri River is likely to remain high throughout the summer because of the large amount of water being released from dams upstream.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it needs to keep the releases high to clear out space in all the dams along the river. So it will continue releasing more than double the average amount of water from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border at least into August.

National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Dergan says the Missouri River isn't likely to go down much until the releases from the dams are reduced.

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Cooling centers are opening around Missouri as high temperatures and humidity create dangerous conditions.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that some public swimming pools are extending hours in Springfield, where the heat index is expected to top 100 degrees through the weekend before dropping back into the 80s next week. 

In Joplin, city buildings were opened to the public to provide relief to those without air conditioning. The city health department's assistant director, Ryan Talken, told The Joplin Globe that people should delay outdoor work until the evening.

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A new program will give Missouri small business owners and farmers hit by tornadoes, storms and flooding this year access to low-interest loans.

Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced the programThursday. It allows linked-deposit loans of up to $2 million for borrowers impacted by natural disasters.

Tornadoes, storms and flooding have wreaked havoc on homes, farmland and infrastructure throughout the state this year.

"Poisons work two ways: how much you get and the nature of the poison itself. Scorpion poison is designed to kill little things, not humans." -- author OLEN R. BROWN putting to rest any fears you might have of getting stung by a scorpion in Missouri. (It'll still hurt.) July 18, 2019

A year after a duck boat sank and killed 17 people in a Missouri lake, the future of the tourist attraction remains a topic of debate.

Former Branson Mayor Karen Best had to inform the families of those who died on July 19, 2018, on Table Rock Lake. She told The Kansas City Star that she will never forget the survivors' screams and crying, and she doesn't see any reason the duck boats should return to the lake.

The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend.

Communities are preparing by offering buildings as cooling centers and asking residents to check in on family members and neighbors. Officials are also concerned about smog, which is exacerbated by the heat and makes it harder for certain people to breathe, including the very young, the elderly and people with asthma or lung diseases.

Nathan Lawrence

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi says he plans to appoint Kristin Sobolik as interim chancellor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Choi on Wednesday announced that he wants Sobolik to lead the school after current Chancellor Thomas George retires Sept. 1.

Sobolik currently serves as provost and executive vice chancellor at the St. Louis campus.

Choi says Sobolik's appointment still needs approval by the system's Board of Curators in August. If approved, she'll serve as interim chancellor until a permanent replacement for George is named.

Nathan Lawrence

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed an executive order establishing a taskforce on a potential Affordable Care Act waiver.

Parson signed the executive order Wednesday. The order creates a panel tasked with brainstorming ways to revamp Missouri's health insurance market. The recommendations would then be used to apply for a federal waiver from former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Parson's order comes after he vetoed a bill last week that would have created a similar taskforce.

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In the first of a two-part series on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, Global Journalist examines the issue in the Netherlands – the first country to legalize euthanasia.

Over the past decade the number of Dutch choosing to have a doctor end their lives voluntarily has climbed to nearly 7,000 per year, or about 4 percent of all deaths in the country. This includes physically-healthy people with dementia and psychological disorders that haven’t responded to treatment.  As the numbers have grown, so too has criticism of the process by which it’s carried out.

Most people who have applied to sell medical marijuana in the Kansas City area won't be granted licenses this year.

The Kansas City Star reports that the director of Missouri's new medical marijuana program Lyndall Fraker says the Kansas City-area congressional district will get 24 licenses, but 73 have applied.

In contrast, the mostly rural 6th Congressional district north of Kansas City has only 17 applications.

Governor Mike Parson
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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed an executive order establishing a taskforce on a potential Affordable Care Act waiver.

Parson signed the executive order Wednesday. The order creates a panel tasked with brainstorming ways to revamp Missouri's health insurance market. The recommendations would then be used to apply for a federal waiver from former President Barack Obama's health care law.

An animal rights group official has testified that the $82,000 his group was told it would need to pay the University of Missouri for records about dogs and cats used in the school's research appeared to be designed to discourage access.

The Columbia Daily-Tribune reports that Jeremy Beckham was the primary witness in Tuesday's trial. Beckham works for the Beagle Freedom Project, which sued in 2016 over the research and copying estimate.

The group also requested records from other universities. He says the demand from the University of Missouri was by far the costliest.

It's about to cost more for Missouri motorists to renew their driver's licenses and license plates.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the cost for processing a three-year driver's license will rise next month from $2.50 to $6.

Isabelle Robles/Missouri Business Alert

Braid artists in Missouri used to have to obtain a cosmetology license to practice legally — but cosmetology training didn’t include instruction on hair braiding.

#Missouri judge ruled former Gov. Eric Greitens’ use of the disappearing chat app #Confide did not violate the state’s#SunshineLaw because it functions similarly to a telephone. But does it? Also, the status of a Memphis reporter released from #ICEcustody, a candidate’s request a female reporter have a male chaperone on a reporting trip, and Netflix’s decision to re-edit '13 Reasons Why.’ From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Kathy Kiely: Views of the News. KBIA 91.3 FM

If you've never heard of pickleball, SUE KERRIGAN tells us that it's a combination of tennis, table tennis, racketball and badminton (among others). If that sounds like fun to you, the Jefferson City Pickleball Club is the place to be! Also, Voluntary Action Center's annual Boone County Back to School Health Fair is coming up next Saturday in Columbia. NICK FOSTER says they expect to serve at least 800 students. (3:46) July 17, 2019

The Department of Agriculture says fewer than 40% of the researchers whose jobs are being transferred from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City will make the move to the Midwest.

The Kansas City Star reports that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced in June that the USDA would move more than 550 jobs to Kansas City. A USDA spokesperson told The Star on Tuesday that 145 workers will follow their jobs to Kansas City, while 250 will leave the agency.

Greitens for Missouri

Last year's criminal case involving Missouri's former governor is under the scrutiny of a second special prosecutor, this time to investigate allegations from St. Louis' prosecutor.

A judge on Tuesday appointed retired Judge Michael Bradley of Columbia to investigate allegations filed against Republican Eric Greitens' attorneys by Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner. She alleges that Greitens' attorneys threatened to "ruin" her if she didn't back off the investigation of Greitens.

Penalties for Poaching Increase in Missouri

Jul 17, 2019
Juanita Shore

Those thinking about killing an elk or a black bear in Missouri ought to check their bank balance first. If they get caught, they face a fine of $10,000 to $15,000 under a bill signed into law Thursday by Gov. Mike Parson.

The law, sponsored by state Sen. Matt Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, and state Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, will take effect Aug. 28. It raises a host of fines for those convicted of illegally taking Missouri game species and other native wildlife, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Discover nature this week along Missouri streams and bottomland woods, and listen for the low, harsh vocalizations of great blue herons.



Herons nest in colonies – or rookeries – near water. These rookeries can contain hundreds of bulky stick nests which may be used over multiple years. 


Herons are mostly monogamous during a season, and each pair incubates 3-to-6 eggs.  In mid-July, fledgling herons begin to leave the nest, learning to fly and feed themselves. 


In 1932 and 1933 Joseph Stalin deliberately starved between three and ten million residents of Ukraine – no one knows the number for sure – and he tried to keep it secret.  When a later official Soviet census showed a multi-million person decline in Ukraine’s population, Stalin did the only thing he could do.  He had the top officials of the census executed.

So the pollsters recently fired by President Trump because internal polling showed Trump was behind in several battleground states should consider themselves lucky.  But Trump has a point.  People: IT IS A YEAR AND A HALF UNTIL THE ELECTION.  

Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri judge ruled former Gov. Eric Greitens’ use of the disappearing chat app Confide did not violate the state’s Sunshine Law because it functions similarly to a telephone. But does it?

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