Jennifer Moore

KSMU Contributor/Missouri State University Journalist-in-Residence

As the Journalist-in-Residence at Missouri State University, Jennifer teaches undergraduate and graduate students, oversees a semester-long, team reporting project, and contributes weekly stories to KSMU Radio in the area of public affairs journalism.

Ways to Connect

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On the evening of May 22, 2011, then Governor Jay Nixon was in the basement of the Governor’s Mansion, getting ready to hop on an elliptical machine and sweat out some of the stress only a chief executive can know.

Sunday evenings were routinely his favorite time to work out; the TV positioned in front of the elliptical allowed him to catch the end of weekend NFL games, at least during football season.

Senator Dixon's office

Missouri Senator Bob Dixon stood on the Senate floor several years ago and issued an ominous warning:  the state of Missouri was going to get sued if it didn’t fix its broken public defender system.

His concern was that the state was not fully honoring the US Constitution’s Sixth Amendment—that’s the one that says every American charged with a crime has the right to an attorney, even if they cannot afford one. 

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Rural southern Missouri, the heart of the Bible Belt, might not seem like the most popular place to open a taproom. In fact, many counties just south of the Missouri-Arkansas state line are still “dry” counties.

But when Phil Wages, co-owner of Wages Brewing Company, held a grand opening a few weeks ago in West Plains, his brewery was packed.

Wages said the response has been tremendously positive, with a couple of exceptions.

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Deanna McNew works at PenMac in West Plains, Missouri. In a nutshell, she helps job-seekers and businesses connect. But she’s noticing a trend: employers are reporting that workers lack so-called “soft skills” – especially timeliness and attendance.

I ask her if this happens every day.

“Absolutely. Sometimes, the messages are quite long. We have quite a few on our answering machine and several call in. Or clients notify us that so-and-so isn’t at work, and, ‘Can you see where they’re at,’” McNew said.

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Missouri lawmakers took trips to Turkey that were subsidized by a group tied to the Turkish Muslim scholar and thinker, Fethullah Gulen, who is now a controversial opposition leader. Such trips are common—and legal, under Missouri ethics laws—but they’ve drawn the ire of the Turkish government.