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As the Palestinian people prepared to bury their longtime leader Yasser Arafat, SMSU Political Science Professor Mihrdad Haghayehgi talked to KSMU's Mike Smith about Arafat's legacy, and what the future may hold for the Palestinian people.

From the Associated Press and KSMU News:

The firearms portion of Missouri's deer hunting season begins November 13th and continues through Nov 23rd. KSMU's Mike Smith talked about the annual event with Francis Skalicky of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Today is Veterans Day and about 75 people turned out for a flag-raising ceremony at SMS. The event was moved indoors because of rain. KSMU's Missy Shelton produced this sound portrait that begins with the National Anthem and remarks from Captain Mark Stillwell, a retired member of the Navy and the SMS Sports Information Director.

The new legislative session begins in January in Jefferson City. K-S-M-U's Katie Hummel reports on how two high-powered lobbyists are getting ready.

Missouri's Attorney General Jay Nixon has asked a circuit court to put a hold on an education funding lawsuit. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

This Veterans Day, SMU honors those who served vith a variety of activities and discussions. Michele Skalicky reports.

Monika Moskal tells how trees have shaped the landscape of SMSU.

Kay Murnan explores issues related to non-threatening communication.

Suprisingly strong solar activity brings the Northern Lights to the Ozarks. Mike Smith has the story:

Links: Evan Bookbinder's pictures of Northern Lights

Republicans and Democrats in the Missouri House of Representatives have chosen who they want to lead them in the upcoming legislative session. Republicans retain control of the House and increased their majority with last week's election. Republican lawmakers have chosen Rod Jetton to be their Speaker. KSMU brought you the comments of Republican leaders recently. Now KSMU'S Missy Shelton reports on House Democrats and their plans for the session.

Missouri has one of the nation's highest smoking rates among pregnant women, and it's costing the state millions of dollars annualy. Mike Smith files this report:

Just one day after winning additional seats in the Missouri House of Representatives, Republicans met in Jefferson City to choose their leaders for the upcoming legislative session. The election of legislative leaders by the majority party is important because these individuals determine the legislative agenda and control which bills come up for debate. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Governor-elect Matt Blunt has announced that Ken McClure will head his transition team. KSMU's Missy Shelton spoke with McClure by phone about how he'll help Blunt assemble his administration.

Voters in Springfield and Greene County on Novenber 2nd elected two new members to the Greene County Commission. Mike Smith has this report:

Defeating his democratic opponent by more than 40 percentage points, Republican Roy Blunt retained his seat in the U.S. Congress. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Republican Kit Bond held on to his senate seat. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Missourians voted overwhelmingly in favor of amending the state constitution to require that revenues from certain transportation-related taxes and fees go only to pay for road construction. KSMU's Mike Smith reports.

Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt is Missouri's next govenror. He defeated Democratic State Auditor Claire McCaskill be fewer than four percentage points. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Three races in Springfield for seats in the Missouri House of Representatives drew a lot of attention. K-S-M-U's Katie Hummel reports on the candidates who won and lost these House seats.

Republicans and Democrats each held their own parties in Springfield last night to watch election results come in. KSMU's Justin Pointer reports on the atmosphere of the parties and the attitudes of the party faithful as the results became apparent.

On this edition of SMS AND YOU, Julie Johnson talks about SMSU's week long observance of Veterans Day.

Tomorrow is election day and local political parties are busy. KSMU's Missy Shelton visited offices where both Republicans and Democrats are making their final push.

Dr. Lloyd Young interviews Democrat Sara Lampe who is running in the 138th District. Last week, he interviewed the incumbent, Republican Representative Larry Morris.

Election day is tomorrow and KSMU's Katie Hummel visited the Greene County Clerk's office to find out how many people are voting absentee.