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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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Back when I was drinking, I loved the holiday season, because it was a time of year when getting blasted was perfectly acceptable. Eat, drink and be merry? Hey, I'm just following the rules here. Between open bars, champagne toasts and office parties, the month of December was one long pub crawl for me, and if I drank too much — and I always drank too much — I could absolve myself on Jan. 1, when I swore to a bunch of resolutions I would inevitably break about two weeks later. I've made so...

Washington felt like a hall of mirrors on Monday. The CIA has concluded that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election to help Donald Trump win. But Trump says he doesn't believe that. And the FBI doesn't think there's enough evidence. The U.S. intelligence community had warned about the Russian meddling during the campaign. What's new is that the CIA says it is confident the Russians were acting with a specific goal in mind — to help Trump win. The entire country is now enmeshed in...

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Today Paul Pepper visits with JOE POLACCO, author, "Vina, A Brooklyn Memoir." Joe tells us how this tribute to his Italian mother came to be, and what he learned about her after her death. Plus, find out where you can meet Joe in person next Monday! At [5:12] JANE WHITESIDES, Executive Director, Missouri Symphony Society, invites everyone to this year's annual "Symphony of Toys" concert at the Missouri Theatre! With an appearance by Santa Claus, audience caroling, a "performance" by notable Columbians (including our esteemed host) and more, this event is sure to delight the whole family! December 12, 2016

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A Missouri lawmaker says President-elect Donald trump's promise to slash corporate income taxes could create momentum to eliminate those taxes completely in the state. Republican state Sen. Will Kraus is proposing phasing out Missouri's 6.25 percent corporate income tax by 2019. Kraus told The Associated Press that the goal is to attract companies and increase jobs. Missouri would be one of only three states without a corporate income tax or other business tax. Missouri's flat corporate...

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A Missouri lawmaker says President-elect Donald trump's promise to slash corporate income taxes could create momentum to eliminate those taxes completely in the state. Republican state Sen. Will Kraus is proposing phasing out Missouri's 6.25 percent corporate income tax by 2019. Kraus told The Associated Press that the goal is to attract companies and increase jobs. Missouri would be one of only three states without a corporate income tax or other business tax. Missouri's flat corporate...

Columbia Plant Would Have Little Environmental Impact

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a proposed medical radioactive isotope plant in Columbia would have little environmental impact. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the plant, which would be operated by Northwest Medical Isotopes, would partner with the University of Missouri Research Reactor. They would produce an element known as Molybdenum-99 that is used in nuclear medicine to diagnose life-threatening diseases. The commission's environmental impact statement concedes the plant...

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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