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Top stories: Parts of Missouri are expected to have rain and flooding this holiday weekend. A commission examining the University of Missouri includes two persons of color. Alisa Nelson reports. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:20:00 +0000
Mizzou named Steve Bieser as the next head coach for the Tigers baseball program. ¬†Bieser (pronounced: Bee-zer) will be Mizzou’s 14th head coach and just the fourth since 1937. Bieser comes to Mizzou after an extremely successful career at SEMO. ¬†He is the¬†only coach to win three consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Championships and led¬†the Redhawks […] Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:54:39 +0000
Missouri is predicted to receive a lot of rain over the next few days, and the National Weather Service is warning people to be paying attention. Forecasts say a large portion of central to northern Missouri could receive four to six inches of rain by Monday, with up to eight inches in local areas. Other […] Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:40:15 +0000
Governor Nixon says some state spending could be frozen for the new fiscal year. ¬†Bill Wise reports. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:05:57 +0000
The governor expects to have to freeze some spending as the fiscal year begins. ¬†Bill Wise reports. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:01:20 +0000
COLUMBIA — Missouri passed a new law requiring all students entering ninth grade in public, charter, and private schools to pass an American civics test.
"Missouri has been a leader in the area of civics education for years, and we have really set the bar high for the rest of the nation in terms of how to appropriately educate children about civics issues," Melissa Randol, executive director of the Missouri School Board Association, said.
Randol said this bill has been filed multiple years, and it's a lot different the way it passed this year than the way it was filed. The way it was filed it would have out a lot of requirements, and the Missouri School Board Association felt that would be a huge step backwards.
But she said she is glad that the law doesn't require replacing current curriculum and the bill allows integrating those questions to Missouri schools' current curriculum.
"The students will still be required to pass their test on the constitutions and all the assessment before," Randol said. "This doesn't change that. This just adds some questions that needed to be integrated into the curriculum throughout the course in order for students to successfully pass their citizenship requirement."
The new law will begin after July 1, 2017 for students. Missouri is not the first state to have this law.
"A number of other states, because they have actually more flexible or lower standards than Missouri, they have been looking at legislation to require the citizenship test," Randol said. "For Missouri, that would be a step backward because we already go above and beyond what's required in the citizenship test."
Randol said the test would not be the same but similar to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services questions used to test new citizens. The test will reflect the same content, and it will consist of 100 questions.
Melody Rodriguez, a parent who has children ranged from 7 to 15, said she has concerns about kids or people who don't know their basic rights and laws in the U.S.
"As a citizen of United States, you have to know things in the civics test," Rodriguez said. "I believe that all high school students should know basic laws of the United States and how our government functions. It's common sense, they should know that."
Alexis Hoffman, a new freshman in high school, said she is glad to have this kind of test in the future.
"I think it's necessary to take this test because all citizens should know their rights and the government," Hoffman said.
KOMU 8 randomly picked six questions from the U.S. Citizenship Test and asked six people in Columbia. No one got all the answers right; only one person named all three branches of U.S. government.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 1:40:14 PM
JEFFERSON CITY — Some Missouri drivers may see red, white and blue in the form of police lights over the holiday weekend.
Missouri law enforcement will increase visibility over the Fourth of July, checking for impaired drivers.
"High visibility enforcement is one of the key measures in combating impaired driving," said Highway Safety Program Administrator Scott Jones. "We have not only the Highway Patrol, which is going to be statewide, but we have over 200 agencies that we have contracted with that are going to be working."
Law enforcement will increase sobriety checkpoints, roving and increased patrolling.
Jones said there will be no warnings; if a driver is impaired, he or she will be arrested.
"Last year there were 870 people killed on Missouri roads," Jones said. "Of those crashes, almost 25 percent involved an impaired driver. The special holidays can double or triple the percentage in the short time period of a holiday weekend."
In 2015, there were 14 people killed over a four-day counting period around Fourth of July weekend. Jones said that number is far too many people.
"These are lives," Jones said. "These are mothers, brothers, and children that are being killed, and they're not always the impaired drivers that are being killed. The impaired driver is causing crashes where other totally innocent people are being killed."
Last year, there were 381 DWI arrests in Missouri over the Fourth of July weekend.
"That's a high number for just a four day period in the state," Jones said. "Those were just alcohol related. When you add on for drug impairment as well, there were well over 415 total DWI arrests."
Jones said the number one way to stay safe over the holiday weekend is by wearing a seat belt.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:55:22 PM
PLATTE CITY (AP) — A Missouri man accused of killing four of his relatives has pleaded not guilty to charges in the case.
Grayden Denham was arraigned Thursday on four counts of first-degree murder and eight other charges in the February shooting deaths of his grandparents, his sister and her infant son. The victims were shot to death and their bodies were found outside a home Denham shared with them outside of Edgerton in northwest Missouri. All the bodies, along with the family dog's body, were set on fire.
Denham was arrested while walking naked in northern Arizona in February.
His next hearing date is scheduled for Aug. 4. Denham does not yet have an attorney.
A possible motive for the shootings has not been released.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:24:12 PM
COLUMBIA — According to Columbia Police Department data, Columbia typically sees an increase in burglaries during July.
Spokesperson Bryana Larimer said summer is known to be vacation time.
“I would say, in any city, if you look at their data, you’ll probably see a rise in burglaries during that time of the year just based off of the fact that people are gone and away from their homes,” she said.
There were 108 burglaries in Columbia last July, the highest number of the year. When looking at five-year averages, July remains on top.
Columbia resident Amanda Caldwell had heard that crime usually increases over summer breaks but didn’t realize it could happen to her until she became part of the data.
Last July, Caldwell was on vacation and her roommates were gone for the night. When they returned the next morning, it was evident someone had been there.
“Whenever my roommate came in, the back door was wide open and the only thing that was missing was our TV, which was about 47 inches, and they unhooked all of the cables from it,” said Caldwell. "They even unhooked the Xbox."
Caldwell said, in her case, the entry wasn’t forced. Her roommate had left the door unlocked. Since then, she takes extra precautions and always makes sure doors and windows are closed and locked.
“It made me feel uncomfortable. I’m not really afraid of living by myself and I don’t really have a fear of anybody breaking in, but it is kind of unnerving to just think that anybody could do that to anyone at anytime,” Caldwell said.
Larimer said, “Burglars are opportunistic criminals, so they are literally going to the homes where they believe doors, vehicles, items are going to be left unattended or left unlocked. And so again, it’s important to always be conscientious even if you think ‘Hey, this would never happen to me.’”
In response to the increase in burglaries last year, CPD began doing what is called saturation patrols.
“We had officers out on the streets specifically patrolling areas where we were seeing increases in burglaries,” Larimer said.
She said the CPD did saturation patrols over spring break, but she isn't sure whether they will happen in July.
Larimer said, so far this year, burglaries are down.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:54:42 AM
OSAGE BEACH — Starting on July 1, the City of Osage Beach 911 Communications Center will be able to receive text messages that people send to 911.
According to a press release from the City of Osage Beach, people can put 911 in the “To” or “Recipient” field on their phone and send a message telling dispatchers their emergency and their location.
Osage Beach has the first communications center in the area that can receive text messages.
The city said people should use the rule, “Call if you can. Text if you can’t.”
“Text to 911” can be used if someone has an injury or medical condition preventing them from speaking or if they are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impediment. It can be used if someone is in a situation where they think a voice call could be dangerous or if someone has poor phone reception and cannot make a phone call.
If someone tries to text 911, but the area where they are located does not have “Text to 911” capabilities, they will receive a text telling them to call 911 instead.
The City of Osage Beach said people need to remember texting and driving is dangerous and they should pull off of the road if they need to text 911 from their vehicle.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:04:12 PM
Columbia Daily Tribune - news/local
The Boone County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help to find a woman reported missing by her family. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:35:00 -0500
A pilot was unhurt when he had to land his plane without front landing gear Wednesday evening at Columbia Regional Airport. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:00:00 -0500
Donations from numerous organizations and the city of Columbia, including a $1.5 million gift from Veterans United Home Loans, will make Columbia a unique place for helping veterans who struggle with Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:41:00 -0500
Work will begin July 12 on the Interstate 70 bridges over the Lamine River near Boonville, and officials are warning drivers to expect significant delays. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:00:00 -0500
Central Missouri Honor Flight plans to leave Columbia for Washington, D.C., early Wednesday with what the organization is calling its largest group of veterans to date. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:00:00 -0500