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A federal judge has ruled that some provisions of a St. Louis ordinance banning discrimination based on reproductive health decisions violate the U.S. Constitution and Missouri law.

A lawsuit questioned the city's 2017 ordinance that bars employers from hiring or firing workers based on whether they have had an abortion, been pregnant outside marriage, or used contraceptives or artificial insemination. Landlords also can't refuse tenants based on those criteria.

MARY ELLEN LOHMANN is back with more information about next Saturday's Center for Missouri Studies Fall Lecture series, this month featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author Caroline Fraser! She's written a book about Laura Ingalls Wilder, and if you're a fan of Wilder, you'll enjoy our conversation here, as well as the event October 13th! Additional guest: SEAN ROST | Also, JAN MARTIN and LAURA DeVENNEY tell us about Mid-Missouri Quilts of Valor, a non-profit organization that awards locally-made "quilts of comfort" to veterans. (5:04) October 5, 2018

MU fraternity Sigma Chi Suspended

Oct 5, 2018

The MU chapter of Sigma Chi has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, MU spokesman Christian Basi said Thursday.

“When an organization is suspended, they are not allowed to participate in any university activities,” Basi said in an email.

This would include Greek Life activities accompanied with Homecoming on Oct. 20.

The nature of the investigation could not be disclosed, Basi said. 

John and Donna LaBelle stand side-by-side. John, left, is wearing a patterned shirt and a leather vest.  Donna, right, has long light-colored hair and wears a black shirt.
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John and Donna LaBelle are from Fulton, and we sat down in September at an event called “The Art of the Scar” that was hosted by the Missouri Kidney Program.

When John was in his early twenties in the 1980s, he unexpectedly experienced kidney failure.  Not long after, in 1981, John underwent a kidney transplant where they also removed his spleen.

They spoke about how even 37 years after his successful kidney transplant, there are still health concerns they face every day.

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

The turkey hatch is down this fall and could provide a challenge for turkey hunters.

The low turkey hatch is because of the lack of young birds called poults. The poult to hen ratio is 25 percent lower than the previous five year average.

A federal judge denied Planned Parenthood's request for a mid-Missouri clinic to be temporarily exempted from certain abortion regulations, ensuring that the Columbia clinic will not be able to resume abortions.

The ACLU of Missouri is hosting a series of rallies around issues such as transgender healthcare as part of a 10-day campaign.

October is a busy month for the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. From conversations about the "demand" to stories from survivors, NANETTE WARD encourages everyone to find the time to come to an event that's guaranteed to open your eyes to this very real, very relevant topic. October 4, 2018

The 26-year-old Missouri woman charged with intentionally driving her children into the Kansas River waived her right to a preliminary hearing and did not enter a plea at a brief court hearing.

Scharron Dingledine, of Columbia, Missouri, on Tuesday waived her right to a preliminary hearing. Her attorney, Carol Cline, said she and her client need more time to prepare before Dingledine's arraignment, which is scheduled for Dec. 3. No trial date is scheduled.

Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas is asking Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri to remove his name and praise for her from a new campaign ad.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Roberts wants McCaskill to remove from the ad his quote from 2017 describing her as a senator he seeks out to get things done on a bipartisan basis.

McCaskill is in a tight re-election race with Republican Secretary of State Josh Hawley, whose campaign paints her as an obstructionist. McCaskill says she is known for working across party lines.

The carnival is coming to town, but not in the way that you might think. Ninety-six booths with about 115 total tattoo artists taking part in the Carnival of Ink will be showcasing their ink for the public in Columbia.

Joe Bridges, ringmaster of the carnival, is looking forward to the new clientele that will be drawn from a college town.

“It’s kind of a win-win for a lot of the artists because it’s a central spot of Missouri,” Bridges said. “We aren’t far from St. Louis. We’re not far from Kansas City. We’re not far from Lake of the Ozarks, so it just made sense.”

Whiteman Air Force Base
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A former commander at Whiteman Air Force Base will take forced retirement over several misconduct allegations.

Capt. Earon Brown, spokesman for the Air Force Global Strike Command, confirmed Tuesday that Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV will stop work on Oct. 19, and retire Dec. 1.

Brown says the Air Force began investigating in May 2017 after concerns were raised about Tibbets, who was commanding the 509th Bomb Wing near Knob Noster, Missouri, at the time.

Planned Parenthood Columbia
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Missouri is down to one clinic that can perform abortions after the license of another facility expired.

The Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic's abortion license expired Tuesday.

The site also has not been able to meet a new state requirement that doctors must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals before they perform abortions. Federal appeals judges ruled last month that Missouri could enforce that rule as of Monday.

A Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis is the last in the state that can provide abortions.

It’s been almost a week since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. We’ll talk about what’s transpired since then, and how the national news media covered it. Also, California passes its own net neutrality law, much to the ire of the federal government, Led Zeppelin is back in court over ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and the sci-fit hit Black Mirror goes interactive, From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Ryan Thomas and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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The University of Missouri has its first ever Nobel Prize.

Professor Emeritus George Smith shares the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with two other researchers, one from Caltech in Pasadena, and the other from the MRC Laboratory in Cambridge. Smith was a professor at MU for 40 years. He won the Nobel for his development of a method called phage display, in which a virus that infects bacteria can be used to evolve new proteins.

"'Songs for a New World' is about people that are about to face a new adventure in their life. They're in a moment of decision, and they have to figure out which way to go." -- JOY POWELL, MU Theatre Department. So which way do they go? Joy adds, "lots of different ways!" Also, Pastor RICK MATSON invites everyone to explore the "beautiful grounds" of the Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church during a free afternoon picnic this Sunday! (4:45) October 3, 2018

Schroeder Wins Sinquefield Composition Prize

Oct 3, 2018

The Mizzou New Music Initiative has awarded the 2019 Sinquefield Composition Prize to graduate student Niko Schroeder.

Schroeder, in his first year MU studying music composition, submitted “Genealogy I” for the competition. The piece was written for piano, violin, and cello.

“Genealogy I” was selected from a pool of submissions by the Mizzou New Music Initiative and brought forth, with two other competitors’ pieces, to a group of adjudicators from three universities.

New Door Lock Switches Could Keep Active Threats Out of MU Classrooms

Oct 3, 2018
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Since April, more than 300 MU classrooms have been equipped with yellow-gold active threat door lock switches or some other door lock.

Four types of locking mechanisms have been installed, said Sara Diedrich, MU public safety information specialist. They’re meant to keep an active threat out.

MU expects to spend about $1 million in the next few years to upgrade and replace locks around campus, Diedrich said in an email.

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It’s been almost a week since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. We’ll talk about what’s transpired since then, and how the national news media covered it.

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Abortions at a Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic face cancellation this week.

Abortions were scheduled for Wednesday at the Planned Parenthood in Columbia.

But federal appeals court judges on Monday issued a mandate that allows Missouri to once again enforce a law that requires doctors to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals in order to perform abortions. The Columbia doctor doesn't have those privileges.

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Amid a national teacher shortage, a wave of teachers’ strikes last spring spotlighted some of the ongoing problems for the teaching profession, such as low pay and limited classroom resources. On top of that, a recent poll found that for the first time since 1969, just over half of American parents don’t want their children to pursue a teaching career.

The Missouri Constitution prohibits teachers from striking, but just because they aren’t speaking out, doesn’t mean schools here don’t face many of those issues. With some of the lowest teacher salaries in the country, recruiting and retaining qualified teachers is a challenge, said Paul Katnik, assistant commissioner for educator quality at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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The doors opened Monday morning at the new facility of the Cole County Health Department.

The old facility was cramped, making it confusing for clients to check in for appointments and too small for the health department to expand their programs and services, according to Kristi Campbell, the director of the Cole County Health Department.

Just three miles down the road from the old facility, the Truman Boulevard location offers more space for not just their current services, but to start other programs, like community classes diabetes and disease prevention.

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Missouri soybean farmers will likely see low prices due to a bumper crop this year.

The US Department of Agriculture is projecting record high soybean yields of 51.6 bushels per acre for Missouri. That’s up by more than three bushels an acre from last year. US soybean production has increased by more than four percent from last year with nearly one percent less acres planted according to the USDA.