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  • Northwest Missouri State makes college sports history
    Northwest Missouri became the first school in Division II history to win a Football and Men’s Basketball title in the same  year with a 71-61 victory over Fairmont State in the national championship game. After the football team went undefeated to win the school’s sixth national title in football, the men’s basketball team kept the […]  Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:25:24 +0000

  • Missourinet 5 p.m. Newscast 3-24-2017
    Top stories: The U.S. House has delayed indefinitely a GOP health care plan intended to replace Obamacare. Missouri’s Secretary of State is confident his budget request to fulfill voter ID requirements will be fulfilled. Alisa Nelson reports.  Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:34:39 +0000

  • Porter Jr. “I’m coming home”
    With one simple tweet on Friday afternoon, Michael Porter Jr. made Mizzou basketball relevant again in the state and in Division I basketball. His announcement comes less than 24 hours after Mizzou basketball announced they had hired his dad, Michael Sr. as an assistant coach to Cuonzo Martin.  Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:32:15 +0000

  • Major highways in northwest Missouri used for trafficking contraband
    By Nadia Thacker, KFEQ Radio The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it patrols major highways in the northwest part of the state that are often used to transport contraband. Several large drug busts were made on I-29 over the past several weeks in Andrew County. Sgt. Jake Angle with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says […]  Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:32:14 +0000

  • Chinn proud of Missouri farmers helping out West
    By Julie Harker of Brownfield Ag News The Missouri Agriculture Director says she’s proud of the way Missouri farmers and cattle producers have been helping their counterparts out west. “Farmers and ranchers have gathered hay, fencing supplies, many donations to send out to the wildlife relief in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas,” says Chinn. Chinn […]  Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:08:49 +0000

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  • UPDATE: 2 dead, 1 injured in northwest Columbia shooting
    UPDATE: 2 dead, 1 injured in northwest Columbia shooting

    COLUMBIA Updated 7:05 p.m. - The Columbia Police Department said a second victim in the Sunday shooting on I-70 Drive NW is dead.

    Michael J. Walker Jr., 32, died at a hospital. He was found along with Jeffery D. Jones, 26, and another man in a shot-up SUV near the intersection of Garden Drive and I-70 Drive NW about 12:45 p.m. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. Walker and the third man were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

    When they arrived Sunday afternoon, officers found all three men with gunshot wounds.

    The driver's-side window of the SUV had a hole slightly smaller than a volleyball broken through it. Police kept the doors of the vehicle open during the investigation.

    Officers closed down a stretch of I-70 Drive between Garden Drive and Stadium Boulevard while they investigated. A forensic unit joined police on the scene.

    Police had not released any suspect information as of Sunday evening. 

    Neighbors said they could hear the gunshots. One man said it sounded like someone banging on his front door. Though people living in the area said they were used to traffic accidents at the intersection, they were not used to shootings in their area.

    KOMU 8 News spoke to two people who called 911 when they heard the gunshots, though they did not want to be identified for this story.

    This story is ongoing, KOMU 8 News will continue to update this story as we gather more information.

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  • St. Louis tears down abandoned homes to absorb rainfall
    St. Louis tears down abandoned homes to absorb rainfall

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — About 1,000 of St. Louis' delinquent properties are expected to face the wrecking ball to create more green space to absorb rainfall.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2nMCwmm ) reports that the move will help the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District comply with a court order to cut sewer overflows. Doing so means the sewer district must reduce rooftops and pavement in areas where rain overwhelms its system.

    The sewer district has earmarked up to $13.5 million for the demolitions, which will create about 50 acres capable of absorbing stormwater.

    City officials want to leave more than vacant lots behind after the demolitions. They're working with conservation officials and other organizations on plans to plant vegetation and maintain the lots.

    The city has thousands of abandoned homes because of suburbanization and disinvestment.

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      Sun, 26 Mar 2017 1:13:10 PM

  • Missouri man accused of sexual misconduct with teen
    Missouri man accused of sexual misconduct with teen

    OZARK, Mo. (AP) — A southwestern Missouri man is accused of sexual misconduct involving a teenager who investigators say told them they engaged in sex more than 100 times over a two-year span.

    The Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/2n26lKW ) reports that Christian County prosecutors have charged 40-year-old Bryant C. Holt of Sparta with statutory rape, enticement of a child and statutory sodomy.

    Authorities say the misconduct took place between 2013 and 2015, beginning when the accuser was a high school freshman. She's now 18 years old.

    Online court records don't show whether Holt has an attorney.

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  • Missouri man accused of killing ex-wife in his mobile home
    Missouri man accused of killing ex-wife in his mobile home

    FORSYTH, Mo. (AP) — Authorities said a southern Missouri man told investigators he was either sleepwalking or dreaming when he fatally shot his sleeping ex-wife.

    Seventy-three-year-old Eldon Ault Jr. is charged in Taney County with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He's jailed on $500,000 bond.

    Investigators allege in court filings that deputies who responded Friday to Ault's mobile home near Forsyth found 73-year-old Deanna Merritt — Ault's ex-wife and girlfriend — dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

    Ault reportedly told authorities he sleeps with a loaded pistol under his pillow for protection, and that the sound of the gunshot woke him up.

    Investigators said Ault told them the victim planned to leave that morning to stay with another former husband.

    Online court records don't show whether Ault has an attorney.


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  • Hearing set for Sturgeon police chief
    Hearing set for Sturgeon police chief

    COLUMBIA - A hearing for Sturgeon Police Chief Greg Halderman will take place on Monday. 

    On the week of March 13th, Sturgeon Mayor Gene Kelly gave Halderman a document asking him to resign or attend a hearing on March 27th. The document details accusations of alcohol abuse on the job, inappropriate language with a minor, holding a gun up to another officer's face and verbally abusing prisoners.

    Halderman said charges were dropped for two out of the four allegations. 

    Monday evening, Halderman along with witnesses will speak on his behalf.

    According to one of Halderman's witnesses, Anthony Jones, Halderman's lawyer advised the witnesses to refrain from discussing the closed meeting until it is over. 

    Jones said the mayor of Sturgeon called for a closed hearing. However, the public is able to attend the open meeting. 

    He said supporters will attend the open meeting to voice their opinion, but the mayor will not answer questions about the hearing. 

    "People are on the agenda," Jones said. "Everybody wants to figure out why are they trying to fire the best chief we've ever had."

    Jones said he wants justice for Halderman.

    "Everybody in this town loves him," Jones said.  "Not only is he a friend, but he's a wonderful, perfect cop."

    The public meeting starts at 7 p.m. and the closed hearing starts at 8:30 p.m.



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  • Wreck halts westbound I-70 traffic through Columbia
    Both westbound lanes of Interstate 70 were reopened around 5 p.m. after a multi-vehicle wreck under the Highway 63 overpass caused a closure that lasted roughly three hours.  Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0500

  • Nauser reflects on city council service
    Laura Nauser first decided to run for Columbia City Council in 2005 after graduating with a political science degree. When she called the city clerk to inquire about the filing process, she learned she needed to turn in pages of…  Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0500

  • Buster's back: Missing dog found three months later
    Driving to work several years ago, Lori Campbell spotted a stray dog walking along the road. When she drove home at the end of the day, she saw the dog again — dead on the side of the road.  Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0500

  • Christensen hopes to bring ‘fresh perspective’ to hospital board
    With years of experience in medicine and no ties to Boone Hospital Center, Gordon Christensen said he can bring new eyes to the hospital’s Board of Trustees.  Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0500

  • Shanker seeks autonomy for Boone Hospital Center
    Richard Shanker’s platform is simple and straightforward - autonomy for Boone Hospital Center.  Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0500


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