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Mizzou Botanic Garden has signed a pledge to stop the spread of invasive species. The garden ceremoniously removed the first of eight Callery pear trees from the landscape of Anheuser-Bush Natural Resource Building Friday. This species has spread rapidly amongst Missouri’s natural communities and endangers the native ecosystem.  Forestry Field Program Supervisor Brian Schweiss said invasive species can crowd out both native species and native habitats.

A new federal grant will allow University of Missouri Extension to provide strength training and other programs to help older adults to live independently and reduce their fear of falling.

The $500,000 grant is from the Administration for Community Living, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will help about 6,000 Missourians.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the university will work with Oasis Lifelong Adventure St. Louis, to expand the current programs to prevent fall.

The Environmental Protection Agency has a plan to clean up waste from a century of lead mining in southeast Missouri, but tourism businesses and environmentalists have concerns about it for differing reasons.

The Old Lead Belt is centered in St. Francois County, where lead- and zinc-mining operations existed from 1864 to 1972.

Waste known as tailings was left behind and littered the landscape and waterways including the Big River and Flat River.

Hallsville Hosts Funfest

Sep 28, 2018
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Hallsville added new events to help grow the Second Annual Funfest this weekend.

Hallsville used to have a heritage festival in the summer- but decided to make it a carnival during the fall.

Event organizer Eric Adkins said the carnival is about bringing the community together.

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ST. LOUIS — Missouri's Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley opposes a federal provision that bars religious organizations from political endorsements, and his upcoming appearance at a Baptist university may provide a test case for the future of the measure.

Hawley, the state's attorney general, is scheduled to speak Wednesday during chapel at Hannibal-LaGrange University, a 900-student college in Hannibal, 115 miles north of St. Louis.

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KANSAS CITY — A coalition of nonprofit groups that has registered more than 87,000 new Missouri voters — most of them black residents — says it is not working for Sen. Claire McCaskill, but its effort could help her campaign against Republican challenger Josh Hawley.

Two weeks ago, the Missouri state Legislature passed House Bill 3, which will create new policies to promote STEM education across the state.

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. According to the Pew Research Center, STEM careers are some of the fastest-growing jobs in the country. Since 1990, employment in STEM occupations has grown 79 percent.

But in Missouri, there’s a supply problem.

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Democratic candidates running for state representative in three Missouri districts fielded questions about student debt, medical marijuana and campaign finance at a forum organized by MU’s Graduate Professional Council Thursday.

Some of the nuclear waste buried near a smoldering underground fire at a Missouri landfill will be dug up and the rest will be capped under a new federal plan.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's remedy announced Thursday comes a decade after its initial cap-and-monitor proposal at suburban St. Louis' West Lake Landfill was met with so much opposition that the agency went back to the drawing board. The partial excavation plan slightly modifies a proposal announced in February.

Folk musicians CATHY BARTON and DAVE PARA perform "The Waters of Tyne" (3:32) on guitar and mandolin. September 28, 2018

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Agreements with countries like Turkey, Sudan and Libya have helped the European Union dramatically cut the flow of migrants to the continent.

But some of these partnerships have generated controversy amid concerns that the Libyan and Sudanese forces helping Europe keep migrants away are involved in the illegal detention, torture and trafficking of asylum-seekers.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the costs and benefits of the EU's immigration policy and its efforts to stop would-be migrants hundreds of miles from Europe's borders.

Columbia's Bus System Plans A Clean Tech Future

Sep 27, 2018

A new partnership with a nationally known environmental non-profit is bringing changes to Columbia’s bus system. To protect funding for paratransit services in the city…City Council members recently voted to reduce regular routes for the short term. But the City’s plan for the long term is expected to bring significant savings and improvements to public transit for its users. 

Roots N Blues N BBQ Starts This Weekend

Sep 27, 2018

The Roots N Blues Festival begins this weekend at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia.

The festival is expected to bring around 10,000 people a day to the event and the city.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is hosting open houses in October to receive feedback around future regulations to control chronic wasting disease, a fatal disease found in deer.

Possible regulations include a feeding ban in management zones and restricting movement of deer carcasses in high-risk areas. The feedback sessions are the beginning stages for approving regulations next fall.

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHH) is opening its rural flu clinics again this fall in preparation for flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this week that last flu season was one of the worst the United States has seen in decades. About 80,000 people died from the flu last winter.

The rural clinics provide the opportunity for people outside of Columbia to get vaccinated.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is asking the full Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the case of a death row inmate who claims lethal injection would be unconstitutionally cruel due to his medical condition. 

Steve West, the Republican challenger for Missouri’s 15th House District in North Kansas City, has made headlines recently for his incendiary claims regarding Jews, homosexuality and Muslims, among other things.

"'Participate in Discovery' is an opportunity for individuals who live in the state of Missouri to identify themselves as being interested in being contacted to participate in research studies at the University of Missouri." -- SARA GABLE, University of Missouri School of Medicine | Also, LORETTA SCHOUTEN tells us that after 14 years, Youth Empowerment Zone is now CoMo Youth Works. Why the change? Loretta says a decision was made to refocus heavily on the mission of job readiness. (4:33) September 27, 2018

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live.

Fulton College Students Compete To Clean Up Town

Sep 27, 2018

The City of Fulton’s environmental program called The Stream Team has started a new competition between William Woods University and Westminster College. The competition, titled “Battle of the Bags,” is getting students involved by picking up trash around town and turning it in to City Hall.

William Woods University has had the most involvement so far, but city employee and Stream Team member Courtney Coffelt said she knows once the word gets out about the program involvement will increase.

MU Study Finds Social Groups Affect News Literacy

Sep 27, 2018

A recent MU study has found that social groups can affect an individual’s ability to tell fact from fiction online.

The study asked four groups of people to answer different questions about the history of MU’s campus. Isa Jahnke, the supervisor of the study, said although each test group had equal access to the internet, groups that worked individually were more successful than groups that worked together.

A victims' support group is putting pressure on Missouri's governor to intervene in a state investigation of potential clergy abuse, but Gov. Mike Parson's office says he doesn't have the authority to act at this point.

Missouri leaders of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests in a Wednesday letter asked Parson to order Attorney General Josh Hawley to conduct a full criminal investigation.

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A St. Louis official who joined protests after a white police officer was acquitted of murder last year in the shooting of a black man is suing over the police response to the demonstrations.

Democratic Alderwoman Megan Ellyia Green alleges in the federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that police used tear gas on her without justification on Sept. 15, 2017 , following a demonstration after former Officer Jason Stockley was acquitted of first-degree murder in the death of drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith.

"Smoke Free" sign on the MU Campus
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Public health professionals spoke to local legislators and political candidates about the new e-cigarette called Juul at a public forum this week.

Panelists at the youth community coalition meeting on Tuesday said that many teens in the area have started using Juuls, despite the fact that they can only be purchased by people over the age of 21 inside Columbia city limits.

Juuls can be particularly dangerous because many of the users do not know what is truly being used with the product.

Screenshots of text messages show former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' staff used a message-deleting app on their personal phones to discuss government business with each other and people outside the governor's office, according to a published report.

Thursday is shaping up to be the biggest news day of the year. In Washington, Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein meets face-to-face with President Donald Trump following a New York Times exclusive. How will journalists balance their coverage? Also, the sentencing of Bill Cosby, ‘Murphy Brown’ returns to the CBS primetime lineup and personalized playlists based on your DNA. From Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.