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Bill To Expand School Meal Programs Dies In Negotiations

A bipartisan U.S. Senate bill that would have made changes to the $22 billion federal program that distributes free and reduced-priced meals in schools is officially dead, according to bill sponsor Pat Roberts, Republican U.S. senator from Kansas. The school lunch, breakfast, and summer meal programs will continue to operate under the policies set in 2010 under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act.

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On a typical weekday evening, 14-year-old Clara Jené spreads out her homework across the dining table in her family's apartment in a leafy northern suburb of Madrid. She gets about three hours of homework a night — and more than twice that on weekends. "Often we're sitting down to dinner, and I have to tell her to put away the books," says Clara's father, Camilo Jené, a 51-year-old architect. "It's cutting into our family time." Keep in mind that Spaniards sit down to dinner around 10 p.m....

Among the queries included in a questionnaire sent by President-elect Donald Trump's transition team to workers at the Department of Energy is a request for an inventory of all agency employees or contractors who attended meetings or conferences on climate change. Another question asks for a current list of professional society memberships of any lab staff. The 74-point questionnaire has raised fears among civil rights lawyers specializing in federal worker whistleblower protections, who say...

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Today Paul Pepper visits with DR. NOEL BARTLOW, Assistant Professor, MU Department of Geological Sciences, about "geodesy," which is the study of the Earth's changing shape. Dr. Bartlow tells us how she applies this knowledge to the forecasting of earthquakes, as well as how early warning technology can benefit some transportation methods - watch! December 9, 2016

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Dec 9, 2016

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The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a law that denies bail to criminal defendants who cannot prove they are legally present in the U.S. The unanimous decision Thursday comes in the case of a man who was charged with a felony for possessing a forged Social Security card. Faustino Lopez-Matias has been in jail since Sept. 3. He was denied bail by a state judge, who cited a Missouri law prohibiting bail for defendants believed to be in the U.S. without legal permission. The state's high...

City of Columbia Asks Residents for Feedback

Dec 9, 2016
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The city of Columbia sent out its annual citizen satisfaction survey last week. Among the issues addressed are public safety, economic well-being and conditions of city streets. It is the latter issue on which city officials expect to receive the most feedback. “We are hoping to see increases in satisfaction particularly in areas relating to the conditions of city streets,” said Toni Messina, a spokesperson for the city’s civics office. Richard Stone, engineering manager for the Public Works...

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Even as the number of executions is set to hit a 25 year-low in the U.S., the use of the death penalty is on the rise globally. One country that is leading the rise is Saudi Arabia, which executed at least 158 people last year. Saudi Arabia's growing use of capital punishment has drawn criticism from human rights groups, who argue that the Saudi policy of publicly beheading the condemned is inhumane and that executing people for non-violent crimes such as drug-smuggling or apostasy is unjust....

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Dec 8, 2016

Wealthy Donors Pump $3M to Missouri Candidates in Last Blitz Fire Forces Evacuation at Missouri S&T Building Public Hearing Held on Road Improvement Projects in Columbia Mizzou Continues to Fight the Mumps

Donors gave about $3 million to candidates on the final day of unlimited political giving in Missouri . The most recent campaign contribution reports show donors gave roughly $3.2 million to state candidates and elected officials in a last-minute blitz Wednesday. Nearly $1.6 million went to Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens. Members of the Humphreys family gave Greitens and Republican Attorney General-elect Josh Hawley each $1 million. Wednesday was the last day donors could cut six-figure...

Fire Forces Evacuation at Missouri S&T Building

Dec 8, 2016

A building at Missouri S&T was evacuated after a fire broke out on the building's roof. Missouri S&T spokeswoman Mary Helen Stoltz says an air conditioning unit on the roof of Emerson Hall caught fire at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. She says the fire was contained less than an hour later. She says it's unclear how many people were evacuated from the building, which houses classrooms and offices. Stoltz said she had not received any reports of injuries.

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Route B in Northeast Boone County and College Avenue in central Columbia will see some road improvements starting next year. The Missouri Department of Transportation held a public hearing to provide information on those improvements Tuesday. Michael Dusenberg, the Central District Project Manager from MoDOT, said they are improving the roads to meet the requirements listed in the Americans with Disability Act. He said the construction will affect residents and landowners nearby, which is one...

Mizzou Continues to Fight the Mumps

Dec 8, 2016
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The University of Missouri is continuing to battle a mumps outbreak. The MU Student Health Center notified students about eight confirmed cases of mumps at the beginning on November. Yesterday, students received and email from the school stating officials have identified 193 cases of the mumps. Of these 193 cases, only 24 are currently active. In Wednesday’s email, MU health officials recommended students get a third MMR vaccine. This is the same vaccine as the first two. Students are...

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