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Public Invited to Give City Council Feedback on Fiscal 2018 Budget

Work on the proposed city budget for fiscal 2018 will resume Tuesday when the Columbia City Council holds the second of three public hearings on the $455.2 million spending plan. A final hearing and vote is scheduled for Sept. 18. Key to the debate over the budget is whether and by how much to raise monthly bills for the sanitary sewer, water, electric and solid waste utilities. At an Aug. 23 work session, Mayor Brian Treece expressed frustration about proposals to raise rates by 1 percent to...

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A few months after fleeing war in Syria for safety in Germany, Ahmad Chahabi was at Berlin's main bus station. As he waited for a friend, he saw a child get off a bus with her family. Suddenly, the girl dived to the ground, sobbing. When he looked up, Chahabi realized she had mistaken a passenger jet overhead for a bomber. "It's not enough to move from one place to another," Chahabi realized. "War follows you."

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Today Paul Pepper visits with NIKKI PYATT about the 3rd annual Berlin Bazaar, this Saturday at Cafe Berlin in Columbia! This family-friendly event features artists from all over Missouri; plus, food, music, storytelling and more! At [2:46] ADDISON MYERS and WIN GRACE invite everyone to "Memoirs," a one-act play about a conversation between Ulysses S. Grant and Mark Twain. Addison plays Grant, and Win provides the music! See it beginning this Friday at Talking Horse Productions in Columbia. September 6, 2017

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Hollywood usually banks on big summer blockbusters… but this year, Americans said no to the going to the movies. Was it this year’s offerings? Or are our entertainment options changing and making the movie theater a thing of the past? 

Adam B. Vary, BuzzFeed: “Why Hollywood bombed so badly this summer

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St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is urging the County Council to fire County Auditor Mark Tucker.

Stenger's office on Tuesday released a letter from Stenger to County Council Chairman Sam Page, citing a news report from last week that Tucker owes nearly $100,000 in federal taxes. Stenger also questioned why Tucker was hired in the first place, saying he had not previous accounting experience.

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Missouri's budget director says revenues increased 7 percent compared to the same time last fiscal year.

Budget Director Dan Haug on Tuesday announced the state collected about $792 million in the month of August compared to roughly $740 million in August 2016.

UM System Responds to Trump's Decision the End DACA

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The University of Missouri System released a statement on Tuesday regarding the possible end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA.

This came after the Trump administration’s earlier announcement that they would be ending the program, which allows people who entered the US as children to live, work and study.

According to the statement, the system will work with the more than 35 students in the UM System that are DACA recipients to help them through this “time of uncertainty.”

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri mother has donated nearly eight gallons of breast milk to the victims of flooding in Texas.

KMOV-TV reports that Danielle Palmer, of Owensville, had a freezer full of milk because her youngest son, Truett, was born with a congenital heart defect and was unable to take her milk for much of his life. Most of his nutrition came through an IV.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mayor of St. Louis says the city is "on edge" as it awaits a ruling in the first-degree murder trial of former police officer Jason Stockley, in part because of a troubled history of justice in St. Louis and nationwide.

Stockley is accused of fatally shooting Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. The case was heard last month but it's unclear when Judge Timothy Wilson will rule.

Activists have threatened civil disobedience if Stockley, who is white, is acquitted in the death of the black suspect.

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A small private university in Missouri is creating a tuition-free college option for low-income students.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Fontbonne University is partnering with donors to create a program called the Fontbonne Promise.