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  • ACT scores show one-third of Missouri grads are college ready
    An ACT report says about one-third of Missouri’s 2016 high school graduates were academically prepared for college. It also says about 59% of Missouri students are college ready in English, 40% in reading, 35% in math and 32% in science. Department of Education Spokesperson Sarah Potter says the state’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests […]  Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:40:21 +0000

  • The Bill Pollock Show–Give us Hope, low test scores and Hot Grichuk (PODCAST)
    U.S. soccer suspended goalie Hope Solo for six months after she called Sweden cowards for the way they played and then beat the U.S. at the Olympics in Brazil. This is the best type of publicity that US women’s soccer can get!  I’ll tell you why. Mizzou has a new band director…maybe we can get […]  Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:58:14 +0000

  • High school football rankings after week one
    First-place votes in parenthesis. CLASS 6 Rank, team, Rec., Pts., LW 1. CBC (12), 1-0, 138, 1 2. Blue Springs (2), 1-0, 121, 2 3. Jefferson City, 1-0, 109, 4 4. Springfield Kickapoo, 1-0, 81, 5 5. Park Hill, 1-0, 68, 7 6. Kirkwood, 0-1, 67, 3 7. Lee’s Summit West, 1-0, 65, 8 8. […]  Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:01:14 +0000

  • Three more homers help Cardinals to deGrom
    The Cardinals used three homers Jacob deGrom to give plenty of support for Carlos Martinez to cruise to an 8-1 blowout of the New York Mets. Matt Carpenter, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty all homered in the win.  Martinez allowed just one run over eight innings on four-hits to improve to 12-and-7. Grichuk has played in 11 games since […]  Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:52:46 +0000

  • Royals miss opportunities to get to Fernandez
    Jose Fernandez pitched seven shutout innings to lead the Marlins to a 3-0 win over the Royals at Marlins Park. Miami scored three runs in the sixth, thanks in part to a two-run single from Christian Yelich. Alcides Escobar had two hits for Kansas City, while Dillon Gee fell to 5-and-7. The Royals were 1-for-11 with […]  Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:46:31 +0000

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  • Empower Missouri talks about why everyone is affected by childhood trauma
    Empower Missouri talks about why everyone is affected by childhood trauma

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Central Chapter of Empower Missouri and guests gathered to talk about why it is in everybody's interest to limit and help heal children impacted by trauma.

    Dr. Patsy Carter, the Director of Children's Clinical Services at the Missouri Department of Mental Health, spoke to around 40 guests in Jefferson City Thursday night about this issue.

    She delivered her speech entitled "Trauma and Adverse Child Experiences" in order to raise awareness on the dangers of childhood trauma and to educate people on how trauma should be handled.

    Empower Missouri's Executive Director Jeanette Mott Oxford said it is typical for children impacted by trauma that goes ignored, to live a life of crime and addiction which affects the mid-Missouri community.

    "If things don't help that child heal, then that child's brain will develop in a way that has little impulse control, often that will be sort of the flight-or-fight mentality about life. And a lot of choices will be made that often lead to things like school failure, to dropout, to mental health issues, where someone might choose to self medicate with alcohol, drugs, and become an addict. With addiction comes the need to steal sometimes, in order to feed your habit, which leads to crime in our communities, which leads to high costs of incarceration," Mott Oxford said.

    The dinner also served as a fundraiser in order for Empower Missouri that has many purposes.

    "We are a citizen organization. We advocate for the well being of all Missourians through civic leadership, education and research. We've been around since 1901 and focus on social issues such as poverty and hunger," Mott Oxford said.

    The next Empower Missouri Central Chapter meeting is Wednesday, October 19 at 11:30 a.m. at 308 E. High Street, Jefferson City.

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      Thu, 25 Aug 2016 8:50:39 PM

  • Douglass Park hosts three-day back-to-school event
    Douglass Park hosts three-day back-to-school event

    COLUMBIA - A celebrity basketball game was just one part of the first night of the “Back to School Explosion” at Columbia’s Douglass Park Thursday.

    The three-day event, sponsored by the Columbia SOA Church and So Amazing Life, kicked off with the basketball contest followed by a service presentation from The Grace Tour, a faith-based organization based in Atlanta.

    Dr. Ty Douglas, an MU assistant professor in the College of Education, coordinated the event in conjunction with The Grace Tour for the third straight year.

    "We're really just trying to impact the community," Douglas said. "We believe that our young people have gifts and talents, perhaps that they know not of or haven't fully come to realize. We want to inspire them and we want them to know that there are folks who believe in them."

    MU Assistant Vice-Chancellor Pat Ivey was one of the celebrities who played in the game Thursday. Ivey formerly served as strength and conditioning coach for the Missouri football team.

    Former MU Athletic Director Mike Alden was also in attendance, but did not play.

    Other planned events for the weekend include a 3-point and slam dunk contest at 6 p.m. Friday and a block party and concert at 3 p.m. Saturday. Douglass Park will host all three days of the event.

    During The Grace Tour's performance on Friday, Douglas said an artist will be doing live paintings while the speakers are performing. The paintings will be a live interpretation of the speakers' words.

    "We travel the country," Grace Tour speaker Jeremy Anderson said. "From the east coast to west coast, we go to different places bringing hope to people."

    Anderson said the members of the Grace Tour team have all overcome hardships, including homelessness, abuse, drugs, alcoholism and prison.

    "This is not just being cute," Douglas said. "They're gonna share the real realities that our young people are facing. But they also stand as an embodiment of the hope that can happen when one perseveres and connects with the resources necessary to be able to make it through the challenges that many of us face."

    Douglas said he expects this to be the largest turnout since the event started three years ago, and he anticipated as many as 500 people in attendance.

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      Thu, 25 Aug 2016 7:51:35 PM

  • Man gets prison term for causing fatal Missouri crash
    Man gets prison term for causing fatal Missouri crash

    INDEPENDENCE (AP) — A man who drove 115 mph and used marijuana before a deadly suburban Kansas City crash has been sentenced to two and a half years in Missouri prison.

    Julian Melissinas of Blue Springs apologized to the victim's family during his sentencing Thursday in Jackson County. That's where the 21-year-old pleaded guilty in June to an involuntary manslaughter count related to 19-year-old Clint Jacoby Reno's death in May of last year.

    The Kansas City Star reports several relatives of Reno were dismayed by the sentence being half of the punishment prosecutors sought. The charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

    Police calculate Melissinas was going about 115 mph, with Reno as a passenger, when the vehicle went airborne, traveled through a field and struck a tree.


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      Thu, 25 Aug 2016 7:30:29 PM

  • Football helmet recall has mid-Missouri teams double checking helmets
    Football helmet recall has mid-Missouri teams double checking helmets

    COLUMBIA - As coaches and players conduct walk-throughs in preparation for Friday night football, many are also checking helmets after the announcement of a football helmet recall.

    Xenith, a football equipment manufacturer, is the company behind the 6,000 football helmets recall. The company said the specific types of paint styles can crack and cause a "potential impact injury hazard."

    Ryan Sullivan, President of Xenith, released the following statement.

    "To meet the highest standards of excellence and performance for our products, we made the decision to announce a voluntary recall of Xenith Epic Varsity, X2 Varsity, X2E Varsity and Youth football helmets with a gloss or metallic-painted polycarbonate shell sold or factory reconditioned from May 2015 through March 2016." 

    Rock Bridge High School does use Xenith's helmets, but its helmets have a matte finish so those helmets are not part of the recall.

    "I still trust my helmet, I think it will keep me safe," said Aiden Rodriguez, a freshman corner back on the Rock Bridge team.

    Joe Collier, head football coach of the Rock Bridge High School, said his team is proactive when it comes to checking players' helmets.

    "We get all of our helmets sent off to be professionally checked, and they check to make sure they are functioning properly. We make sure to keep our kids safe because this is a high impact sport," Collier said.

    He also said it is important to teach proper tackling techniques.

    "We tell kids to play behind their shoulder pads. So their head is suppose to be up, and their eyes are suppose to be on the target. So while the helmet is an important piece, we teach them to tackle shoulder first, in hopes of minimizing head contact," Collier said.

    According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, 29 cracked helmets have been reported, but none of those have lead to an injury. 

    Click here to find more information on which helmets have been recalled.

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      Thu, 25 Aug 2016 6:33:20 PM

  • New volunteer program to help remove illegally posted advertisements
    New volunteer program to help remove illegally posted advertisements

    COLUMBIA – Many of the advertising signs posted on utility poles or medians in Columbia are illegal. A new volunteer program called Sign Sweepers was created to address the problem.

    Volunteers are asked to spend a few hours each month removing unlawful signs from the City’s right-of-way. All signs collected are thrown away in the dumpsters behind City Hall.

    City of Columbia Volunteer Program Specialist Amber Olson said the signs pose a safety hazard.

    “As a driver myself, I’ve noticed myself slowing down to try to see what’s on the sign,” Olson said.

    Olson said the Sign Sweepers volunteer program was created for several reasons, including getting the community involved and maintaining Columbia's environment.  

    “We started it because we want to help improve the appearance of our community,” Olson said. “And a great way to do that is to remove those unlawful signs.”

    Olson said the owner of the violating sign will get a notice to remove the sign. If they are not removed, then they can face a fine.

    Blue Note Street Team Promotional employee Krista Blomenkamp said the illegal signs take away from the natural beauty of downtown.

    “They’re kind of distracting for sure,” Blomenkamp said. “It kind of takes away from the cleanliness and when it rains, the posters kind of get gross and torn down. I think it’s a good idea to keep things posted to kiosks.”

    Olson said there are a couple ways to post signs legally including kiosks in the downtown area.

    “It’s okay to post if it’s on your property or if you have a permit.”

    People can visit the Columbia's Community Development service center to get a permit.

    Blomenkamp said the volunteer program is a great way to educated everyone about where it is okay to post signs.

    “I was completely unaware that it was illegal, but this program will help raise awareness.”

    Olson said many of the signs are posted on city property or in the public’s right of way, which is against City Ordinance 23.

    According to the ordinance, the purpose of the sign regulations are:

    • To allow the effective use of signs as a means of communication in the city
    • To maintain and enhance the city's ability to attract sources of economic development and growth
    • To improve pedestrian and traffic safety
    • To minimize possible adverse effects of signs on nearby property
    • To bring all signs into compliance with adopted regulations
    • To enable the fair and consistent enforcement of these sign regulations
    • To maintain and enhance the appearance of the community

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      Thu, 25 Aug 2016 6:23:57 PM

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  • City task force explores flat-rate parking fees for developers
    A group studying parking and transportation in Columbia is exploring the idea of charging developers flat fees in lieu of building more parking lots and garages in high-traffic areas such as downtown.  Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:00:00 -0500

  • Appeals court decides two Columbia labor cases
    Columbia must provide weekly permanent disability benefits to a former sanitation worker who was injured on the job in 2011, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District ruled in an opinion issued T  Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:00:00 -0500

  • Replacement of Gans Creek bridge complete
    The Highway 63 outer road in Columbia is open ahead of schedule after work to replace a bridge over Gans Creek was completed early, the Missouri Department of Transportation said Tuesday.  Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:00:00 -0500

  • Boone County officials say technology upgrades key to new 911 center
    Boone County has purchased more than $3.3 million in technology this year to replace antiquated equipment at its new Emergency Communication Center.  Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:00:00 -0500

  • Organizations back land trust for affordable housing
    A proposal to establish a community land trust in Columbia to foster affordable housing development has earned the approval of several local organizations.  Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:00:00 -0500


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