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Bob Ehle of KWIX Radio contributed to this story The Cooper County Sheriff’s Department reports that a small plane crash this afternoon near the Boonville airport in mid-Missouri has killed two people. FAA Spokesman Tony Molinaro says the National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation. “I don’t have information on where the plane was […] Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:07:02 +0000
Columbia College head women’s basketball coach Jessica Keller resigned to accept a top assistant coach position at NCAA Division I Illinois State University. Keller compiled an overall record of 75-24 in three seasons at Columbia, including a 55-17 mark in the American Midwest Conference. She coached the Cougars to a pair of NAIA National Tournament […] Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:09:10 +0000
By Missourinet contributor Jill Enders A new program is available in Missouri to help those with disabilities. On Monday morning, State Treasurer Eric Schmitt (R) joined other advocates at Paraquad in St. Louis to launch the MO ABLE Program, which enables Missourians living with disabilities to save and invest through tax-free savings accounts. Schmitt sponsored […] Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:24:26 +0000
Missouri State Senator Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) hasn’t ruled out further obstructing activity on the chamber floor after single-handedly grinding it to a halt last week. He claims Governor Eric Greitens and special interests are trying to ramrod spending through the legislature. Schaaf says the roll-out of managed care is being done in an unconstitutional manner. […] Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:18:02 +0000
A Department of Corrections investigation and a snack recall. All in 60 seconds. Bill Wise reports. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:01:30 +0000
FULTON - Fulton Police are investigating a body found. Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers believes the body could belong to 31-year-old Carl DeBrodie, who disappeared from his home one week ago.
DeBrodie went missing last Monday morning, and he has a mental disability and limited communication skills. Officers and community members have been searching for him since he went missing last week.
Investigators are still in the field tonight, but Myers wouldn't disclose where the body was found. According to Myers, police have served eight to ten warrants related to the case.
Myers said there will be an autopsy done in Columbia, but he is unsure when it will happen.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 9:19:22 PM
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri senators have confirmed a former PricewaterhouseCoopers partner to be the state's next revenue director.
Senators confirmed attorney and certified public accountant Joel Walters in a voice vote Thursday.
Walters previously was a partner at accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he led the company's tax practice for foreign businesses that invest in the U.S.
Republican Gov. Eric Greitens touted his appointee as an "outsider."
Walters started work at the revenue department April 3.
In his short time leading the agency, he's faced off with Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway by pushing back against her requests for information for an audit on compliance with a tax refund deadline. He wrote letters questioning her authority to conduct the audit and citing privacy complaints, but eventually provided records after she issued a subpoena.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 8:44:56 PM
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public School teachers could see a significant increase in salary for the coming school year.
The new deal would increase the base salaries for teachers in the district and improve working conditions.
Teachers without a Ph.D would see a $330 increase in base salary. Teachers with a Ph.D could see an increase of $3000 if the new agreement is passed.
Columbia Missouri National Education Association is the exclusive representative for the teachers union in Columbia Public Schools.
Teachers will vote to ratify the new agreement next week. The CMNEA conducts the ratification process independently of the district.
"At the end of the season this year we reached a tentative agreement on working conditions and compensation," said Dana Clippard, Deputy Superintendent of Columbia Public Schools.
Clippard said it was a great thing both sides were able to come together on an agreement.
"I think we had a positive. productive bargaining season," Clippard said. "We are pleased both sides were able to reach a tentative agreement in order for CMNEA to take it to their unit."
If passed though the CMNEA, the agreement would go to the school board for approval on May 8.
The new agreement bumps up the starting pay for new teachers, and Clippard says that will cost the district about $2.4 million a year.
"We wanted to design it so that a career classroom teacher could afford to remain in the classroom for a 30 year period if they desired," Clippard said.
Clippard said the new agreement sets up the possibility of changing the teacher salary schedule more in the future.
Along with the increased compensation, working conditions were addressed in the new agreement.
One of the main focuses was helping teachers who move classrooms, which is mostly a problem in the high schools.
"Some teachers have to move rooms, and that cuts into planning time, the logistics of picking up your things and moving to another room can be burdensome," Clippard said. "We really just tried to come up with an agreement that says we want to be cognizant of that, we want to minimize that so that you are maximizing instructional time."
Clippard said both sides were able to reach an agreement on wording for that.
Teachers and the district bargain yearly and they have a multi-year contract that is up in 2019. Each year though, teachers can bring forth new things to negotiate.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 7:22:07 PM
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri senator says he's moving out of a room he rents from a lobbyist following questions from a co-worker.
St. Joseph Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf said he's staying at a hotel Monday as he searches for a new place to stay.
Columbia Republican Sen. Caleb Rowden questioned him days earlier about renting from a lobbyist and sponsoring a bill the lobbyist is pushing.
Schaaf says that contributed to the appearance of a culture of corruption in Jefferson City, then called to strengthen ethics laws and ripped into Republican Gov. Eric Greitens' ethics.
Schaaf said Greitens should return some political donations and called for a nonprofit supporting Greitens to be disbanded. A New Missouri, Inc. launched attack ads against Schaaf Thursday.
Greitens' senior adviser Austin Chambers called Schaaf's comments "absurd."
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 7:17:23 PM
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has passed stricter requirements for tracking fetal tissue after abortions.
The bill passed Monday with a 117-40 vote. It now moves to the Senate.
The proposal prohibits anyone from donating fetal tissue from an abortion to scientific research and sets stricter standards for pathologists to record and track fetal tissue after an abortion procedure.
It would also require an adult consenting to a minor's abortion to notify the other parent in writing of the decision. The first parent doesn't have to notify the other in some circumstances, including if the second parent had been convicted of sexual offenses.
The bill also requires annual, random inspections of abortion providers.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 7:13:54 PM
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A federal judge followed through on his promise Wednesday and blocked abortion-restricting rules in Missouri, saying he's bound by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and that the state is denying abortion rights "on a daily basis,… Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:27:00 -0500
The city will solicit resident feedback on proposals to increase ridership on the city's bus system, in part by increasing how often buses arrive at each stop. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500
American Outdoor Brands will save nearly $2.8 million over a decade after the Boone County Commission unanimously approved tax breaks for the shooting and hunting equipment company on Tuesday. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500
Boone County deputies will conduct at least one sobriety checkpoint between Thursday and Sunday, according to a news release. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500
A Missouri State Highway Patrol DWI checkpoint in Moniteau County led to several arrests Friday, the agency said in a news release. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500