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The Greene County Sheriff in southwest Missouri says an elderly woman murdered Monday was seen outside her home near Strafford speaking to the suspect, before the killing happened. At a Tuesday news conference in Springfield, Sheriff Jim Arnott says a 16-year-old from Republic is accused of murdering 80-year-old Mary Shisler. “And I can’t tell you […] Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:53:18 +0000
Mizzou has confirmed that senior linebacker Michael Scherer and sophomore defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. suffered season ending injuries in Saturday’s loss against Middle Tennessee. Scherer has a torn ACL and MCL. Beckner Jr. has a torn ACL. Beckner Jr. tore his other ACL last November in the game against BYU at Arrowhead Stadium. Scherer started […] Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:46:48 +0000
Top story: Charges will not be filed against a future lawmaker accused of sexually assaulting another future colleague. Alisa Nelson reports. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:17:12 +0000
By Nadia Thacker, KFEQ Radio The St. Joseph Police Department is asking the public for help locating a suspect in connection with a bank robbery. Police began investigating a bank robbery that took place shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Nodaway Valley Bank located at 402 N. Belt Highway in St. Joseph. Authorities have […] Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:25:42 +0000
The federal government’s preparing plans to ensure the state has free and safe elections next month. Missouri western district Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Daly will oversee that portion of the state under the Justice Department’s Election Day Program. Daily’s charged with handling complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses. Federal law prohibits intimidating or […] Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:40:59 +0000
COLUMBIA- Columbia non-profit group Race Matters, Friends met with Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes and Chief of Police Ken Burton to discuss racial profiling issue in the community as part of a "listening tour." The group held the first meeting Tuesday night.
Since the death of Michael Brown a few years ago race issues have been an ongoing conversation in Mid-Missouri, and now Columbia city officials want to hear from citizens. The tour will be a series of meetings that Matthes and Burton will attend to address racial issues in the community.
"I want to hear from everyone that has an interest in the topic if it is something that we should know or we should learn," City Manager, Mike Matthes said.
"We will train our officers to de-emphasize traffic stops such as back tail lights or missed turning signals," Columbia Chief of Police, Ken Burton said.
At the meeting Burton said racial profiling must be fixed through police training. As of now, Columbia police officers must receive a signature to search a person's car, not just a verbal agreement.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 8:37:19 PM
COLUMBIA - With only two weeks until the Nov. 8th election, more people are expected to vote in a nontraditional way.
The Pew Research Center estimated 50 million people will fall under this category, and as of Oct. 21st over four million have already casted a ballot.
Cole County reported issuing 2,214 absentee ballots as of Tuesday, while Callaway County reported a total of 981.
In 2012 Cole County received a total of 4,085 absentee ballots and Callaway County received 1,631 absentee ballots.
Missouri Resident Theresa Gaul said she filled out an absentee ballot because she knew she couldn't make it back to her home town and enjoyed the process.
"It gives you the opportunity to look at the candidates that you want to vote for. Usually I would never go to a candidates website, but since I had the ballot and I could think about it for awhile and look at the names, I actually was able to research who I was voting for," Gaul said.
Columbia College Political Science Professor Terry B. Smith said Missouri doesn't allow for early voting, but it does let people fill out absentee ballots if necessary.
"Absentee voting in Missouri is fairly restrictive because you have to be able to prove or swear that you simply can't go to the polls on election," Smith said.
Smith encourages everyone to vote if eligible and said, "If you don't vote, don't complain."
Mail-in absentee ballots are to be sent out by Nov. 2, and walk in absentee ballots are eligible until Nov. 7th.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 7:06:43 PM
COLUMBIA - Columbia will receive five more electric buses and battery charging stations.
According to the City of Columbia, the buses will be obtained on a lease-to-own agreement over the next 12 years and cost about $3.6 million. All of the buses will be painted with the current color scheme for Columbia's fleet and ancillary equipment will be installed upon delivery.
The charging stations will be located at the Public Works Department's Grissum Building complex.
Shay Jasper, the marketing specialist for CoMO Connect, said currently Columbia has one battery-electric bus, which was released last year. There will be five 40-foot buses from BYD, with a monthly lease payment of around $5,000 per bus paid as operating expense from the University Shuttle account budget.
Jasper said it will save 70 percent in overall maintenance costs and 50 percent in energy costs for the electric buses compared to diesel buses in the fleet.
"Some kind of pre-maintenance on the buses just to make sure be the best they can be before we run them, is only cost 350 dollars," Jasper said. "While a diesel bus, it costs about one thousand."
Jasper said the city has seen a lot positive things including a significant maintenance saving from electric buses.
"It's moving forward with sustainability, which is our really huge goal for the city of Columbia," Jasper said.
"Columbia is the first of Missouri to have an electric bus, so we're starting something that's really great," Jasper said. "We can run them for 12 hours on one charge, that's pretty significant we're reducing greenhouse gases."
Delivery of the buses is expected on Nov. 4 and CoMO Connect is hoping to have a total of 12 electric buses next year.
"Energy efficiency is really big for us and of course, keeping us a sustainable future for Columbia," Jasper said.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 6:26:33 PM
NEVADA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says a processing plant in southwest Missouri faces penalties of up to $10,000 per day if it continues to violate air quality regulations.
The Joplin Globe reports the Missouri Department of Natural Resources sent an order Friday to Dan Scannell, president of the Nevada division of Custom Drying Solutions. The agency had already performed two inspections of the plant and sent a warning letter about its process of evaporating wastewater.
The stage agency says Nevada residents have complained about the smell from the wastewater processing.
The DNR gave company officials until Nov. 4 to reply. Scannell says the company takes the situation seriously and is working with the Department of Natural Resources to resolve the issue.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 4:26:08 PM
MEXICO - A formerly stray dog named Soldier is now helping veterans and their families when they needed it the most.
Initially taken in at the Garrett Animal Shelter in Fulton, Soldier was running out of time when the Puppies for Parole program at Algoa Correctional Center decided to give him a try.
“Our Puppies for Parole coordinator here at the institution contacted the Mexico Veterans Home and talked to them about the possibility of them wanting a house dog and they agreed,” said Louisa Bolinger, deputy warden of offender management at the center.
Bolinger and two veterans from the Mexico home made their way to Fulton to pick out a dog that could be trained and be adopted by staff at the veteran’s home. They chose a yellow lab/retriever mix and named him Soldier.
“We showed up there, and actually, Soldier was in one of the outside pens and at first he was scared of the two veterans,” Bolinger said.
Soldier found ball caps and motorized wheelchairs intimidating at the time of the visit. However, he was still selected as the house dog for the veteran’s home, but the home's representatives said there was just something about him.
From there, Soldier was assigned to two offender handlers at the correctional center and participated in Canine Good Citizen training, an 8-10 week program for dogs in Puppies for Parole.
“He had a very sweet, genuine personality and he was very bright,” Bolinger said. “So we knew that he would be the perfect fit for the veteran’s home.”
Puppies for Parole was started in 2010 by Missouri Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi. Since then, the program has become a part of 19 out of the 21 correctional institutions in the state. More than 4,000 dogs have been saved, trained and adopted through the program.
It’s also not just puppies helping people.
“We have taken that (Fulton) from a high euthanization rate shelter to a zero euthanasia rate for adoptable dogs,” Bolinger said.
Lombardi said he started the program to help with the issue of puppy mills in the state. He said he’s seen the program give offenders a sense of compassion, while also bettering the atmosphere in correctional facilities.
“One of the things I didn’t foresee was the amazing fact that, as the program started, more than half the dogs at almost every prison were adopted by the staff of the prison,” Lombardi said. “So you can see where that would improve the relationship, in many ways, between staff and offenders.”
At the Mexico Veterans Home, residents are happy to have Solider as a comfort companion.
Former Marine and resident Dwight Hudspeth has seen Soldier four-fives times a week for the last five years.
“No matter what kind of day you started off with, seeing Soldier come by, how he stops and likes to visit, greets, it makes your day. It brightens your whole day,” Hudspeth said. “I’ve been honored and blessed to be here; Soldier adds to that very greatly. I’ve been here six years- - I hope I’m here 15 - and I hope Soldier is with me every step of the way.”
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 3:47:42 PM
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WASHINGTON — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers, including those in Missouri, will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That’s sure to stoke another “Obamacare”… Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:00:00 -0500
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The Rainbow House will mark 30 years of providing emergency shelter for children with an event from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:00:00 -0500
The Missouri State Highway Patrol on Friday will honor two men who saved two people from a burning truck after a crash in Callaway County in August. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:00:00 -0500