KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Continuous News Continuous News en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:06:46 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Springer hits slam as Astros pound Royals, Volquez 13-4 http://www.komu.com/news/springer-hits-slam-as-astros-pound-royals-volquez-13-4/ http://www.komu.com/news/springer-hits-slam-as-astros-pound-royals-volquez-13-4/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:20:52 PM Associated Press Springer hits slam as Astros pound Royals, Volquez 13-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — George Springer hit a grand slam and a triple in Houston's nine-run first inning against Edinson Volquez, and the Astros routed the Kansas City Royals 13-4 on Friday night.

Springer finished with five RBIs, and Colby Rasmus had four hits, including a homer in the eighth, scored three runs and drove in two.

Marwin Gonzalez, Carlos Gomez, Jason Castro and Rasmus all had RBI singles in the first off Volquez (7-7), who retired only three of the 15 batters he faced with 12 scoring, ballooning his ERA more than a full run to 5.15. He gave up eight hits and walked three.

The last time the Astros scored nine in the first inning was July 10, 2003, against Cincinnati. The Royals last allowed nine or more in the first on Sept. 23, 2006, when Detroit scored 10.

Dallas Keuchel (4-9) picked up only his second victory since April 15.


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Judge: Lawyers can have Michael Brown juvenile records http://www.komu.com/news/judge-lawyers-can-have-michael-brown-juvenile-records/ http://www.komu.com/news/judge-lawyers-can-have-michael-brown-juvenile-records/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 8:47:06 PM The Associated Press Judge: Lawyers can have Michael Brown juvenile records

CLAYTON (AP) — A judge says attorneys for the city of Ferguson and other defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by Michael Brown's parents can have access to juvenile records involving the black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in 2014.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/28X7tfg ) reports that the judge said those who are granted access to the records can't disclose the confidential information.

The ruling Thursday from St. Louis County Circuit Judge Thea A. Sherry says permitted viewers include attorneys, clerks, paralegals, legal secretaries, investigators, people present at depositions and consulting experts. The information must be kept locked in lawyers' offices.

The city's lawyers argued that the information could "lead to the discovery of admissible evidence" in the lawsuit against Ferguson and the officer who shot Brown.


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Better Business Bureau warns of Ameren UE scam http://www.komu.com/news/better-business-bureau-warns-of-ameren-ue-scam/ http://www.komu.com/news/better-business-bureau-warns-of-ameren-ue-scam/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 7:32:19 PM Hannah Husmann, KOMU 8 Reporter Better Business Bureau warns of Ameren UE scam

HOLTS SUMMIT- The Better Business Bureau is warning mid-Missouri about a new scam, where scammers claim to represent Ameren UE.

All-Spec Metal Systems LLC received a call around 1:30 p.m. from someone stating Ameren UE would disconnect their service within the hour due to non-payment. 

"At that time I told him I knew payments had been made and checks cleared," Office Manager Lori Twehus said.

Twehus called the company's local Ameren location and found out the phone call was actually a scam.

"I gave them the information and they said it is common in the St. Louis area but not locally. They indicated they would get it recorded and released to the news media but I'm not sure how long that takes and didn't want anyone to fall for it being close to a weekend and hot weather," Twehus said.

Ameren told Twehus these scams are unusual for mid-Missouri, but the BBB's mid-Missouri Regional Director Sean Spence says these kinds of scams are common all over, and can cause companies to lose billions of dollars in the process.

KOMU 8 reached out to the Ameren UE location responsible for All-Spec Metal Systems' service for comment but did not get a response.



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Boone County Fire Protection District gets equipment upgrade http://www.komu.com/news/boone-county-fire-protection-district-gets-equipment-upgrade/ http://www.komu.com/news/boone-county-fire-protection-district-gets-equipment-upgrade/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 7:04:39 PM Felesha Lee, KOMU 8 News Reporter Boone County Fire Protection District gets equipment upgrade

COLUMBIA- The Boone County Fire Protection District got an upgrade on Friday.

It showed off 10 of its shiny new trucks, purchased with $5.35 million of the $14 million bond issue which passed in April 2014.

Assistant Chief Josh Creamer says, "We wanted this to be an event for the community so that they can see what the and the money was used for."

The new trucks have allowed Boone County Fire to replace older trucks, some of which are 30 years old. The new trucks will be distributed to 12 fire stations throughout Boone County.

Firefighters are being trained to use the new equipment while the trucks are being outfitted with basic tools like hoses, nozzles, and radios. The trucks will also feature compressed air foam systems (CAFS), which will help firefighters more effectively fight fires in rural areas.

"We've been able to incorporate some new technologies, some new safety features that will be of great benefit to the local citizens of the community when these trucks go in service," Creamer said.

Other money from the bond issue is being used for facility upgrades and equipment. The total budget for facility upgrades is $6.85 million. The equipment budget is $1.5 million, which included portable radios and self-contained breathing apparatus.

The department expects to receive six more trucks by October. 

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Heat wave causing problems for drivers http://www.komu.com/news/heat-wave-causing-problems-for-drivers/ http://www.komu.com/news/heat-wave-causing-problems-for-drivers/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 6:50:50 PM Amina Petonjic, KOMU 8 Reporter Heat wave causing problems for drivers

COLUMBIA - The recent heat wave in mid-Missouri has already caused problems with the roads. And now it's causing major issues with the cars on those roads.

Missouri State Highway Patrol said there has been an increase vehicles overheating because of the warm weather.

Lieutenant Paul Reinsch said coming out of winter, people have not checked their car fluids or batteries, and the warm weather can wear on those things. 

He said anytime the air conditioning is running, it will make it harder for the engine to run, and if fluids are low, it's going to make it harder to cool them down.

Reinsch said incidents like these happen when a heat wave hits, and drivers whose cars break down should call *55 for assistance.

"Our number one priority is safety on the highways. Anytime you have someone stopped along the shoulder it's a very dangerous place to be. We want to get an officer out there as quickly as possibly, so the traffic can move away over from them and get them going as quickly as possible so they can be safe with there families," Reinsch said.

Reinsch advises making sure your car is up to date on its inspections because that will ensure your vehicle is ok on the road.

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Missouri to consider solar roadways http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-to-consider-solar-roadways/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-to-consider-solar-roadways/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 6:48:47 PM Lishan Guo, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri to consider solar roadways

COLUMBIA - Some drivers in Missouri could soon be rolling down the road of the future.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is working on a Solar Roadways Pilot Project for sidewalks and roadways, which means roads would be embedded with solar panels.

MoDOT is working with the Federal Highway Administration and a solar panel company to deploy some of the roadway panels at the Route 66 Welcome Center off I-44 in Conway, Missouri, by the end of the year.

"In this way, it will be a small deployment of solar roadway panels likely on the sidewalk at first. If they can succeed, it can grow off the sidewalk into paved areas where we would drive our cars," Tom Blair, serves in Missouri Department of Transportation and leads the "Road to Tomorrow" team, said.

Solar Roadways is a company in northern Idaho developing solar panels that people can "drive on." Blair said Missouri has not increased the investment in transportation for almost 20 years, and MoDOT needs to be seeking innovation.

"Solar Roadways has envisioned us, all of us as citizens being able to drive on roadways that are all embedded with solar panels. The solar panel that they envision would create solar electricity that's offsetting the cost of the roadway, possibly becoming a roadway that eventually pays for itself," Blair said.

According to Solar Roadways, "Our panels contain LED lights to create lines and signage without paint. They contain heating elements to prevent snow and ice accumulation. The panels have microprocessors, which makes them intelligent. This allows the panels to communicate with each other, a central control station, and vehicles."

Melinda Lee, a driver in Missouri, said the LED lighting would make driving safer, especially at night and in bad weather.

"Back in the 80's, when I was driving back and forth to college, sometimes with the rain and the storms, you can't always see the lanes," Lee said.

Blair told KOMU there are two ways for the funding. One comes from Federal Highway Administration research funding, and the other way is from crowdfunding.

"Missouri is preparing to seek the first ever Department of Transportation crowdfunding effort. So we are going to go out there publicly on the internet and ask for money to make our Solar Roadways Pilot Project even bigger and better," Blair announced in a presentation in Kansas City.

Lee commends MoDOT for trying something different in an attempt to make the roadways better.

"This program is something that helps save a few lives, that's the perfect place for us to place the money," Lee said.




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Gov. Nixon signs three agriculture bills http://www.komu.com/news/gov-nixon-signs-three-agriculture-bills/ http://www.komu.com/news/gov-nixon-signs-three-agriculture-bills/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 3:53:46 PM Jack Barlow, KOMU 8 Reporter Gov. Nixon signs three agriculture bills

SEDALIA - Gov. Jay Nixon signed three agriculture bills into law Friday evening. He was accompanied by state legislators from both parties, the Missouri Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce and Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe.

Nixon emphasized the importance of the work the legislators did over the past couple years to get these bills approved and ready for signing. He noted the bipartisan work ethic that allowed the bills to take shape and ultimately reach his desk.

Gov. Nixon also stressed how vital agriculture is to the Missouri economy and believes these bills will bring growth to the prosperous field.

Missouri Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce was happy with the signings. He was especially happy with Senate Bill 665. This bill re-authorizes the existing Qualified Beef Tax Credit until 2021. Fordyce wants the cattle grown in Missouri to stay and be sold here in the state as well.

"We are gonna actually incentivize folks to keep cattle in Missouri longer. We are the number three cattle state in the country, but by the time those cattle get to a finish way where we're ready to process them we have lost most of them," Fordyce said.

Senate Bill 657 will promote the installation of blended fuel pumps at more gas stations throughout the state to ensure gas stations offer ethanol based fuel.

Secretary of State Jason Kander proposed Senate Bill 664 which will allow for family farms to forgo extra paperwork each year if the farm's reported information has not changed throughout the year. 

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Columbia residents happy with City Hall help line http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-residents-happy-with-city-hall-help-line/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-residents-happy-with-city-hall-help-line/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 5:36:00 PM Austin Hough, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia residents happy with City Hall help line

COLUMBIA - Residents of Columbia say they are feeling more satisfied than ever when it comes to calling City Hall for assistance.

According to the State of the City report release Wednesday, 62 percent of people who call City Hall say they feel they get the right help needed.

That's a massive jump from 2007, when it was 47 percent.

City officials credit the new customer contact center that eliminated more than half the phone numbers at City Hall.

Previously, there used to be 154 different lines that ran through the building. Now, there's only 70. The decrease in phone lines has cut down the amount of times someone gets transferred from one office to another.

The report also said the city is working towards having one phone line that everyone can call to try and have their issues resolved. In the official city release, the city stated they are planning on "disconnecting excess phone numbers as we reach full implementation."

"There's a pretty good staff involved with meeting citizen's needs," Columbia resident Alex Melise said."As long as you don't get some computer-assisted machine, (one line) could work."

Overall satisfaction stayed around 72 percent for Columbia as well, which is above the regional and national levels by over 20 percent.

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Missouri Uber drivers now required to have car insurance http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-uber-drivers-now-required-to-have-car-insurance/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-uber-drivers-now-required-to-have-car-insurance/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 4:32:43 PM Rachel Leigh, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri Uber drivers now required to have car insurance

JEFFERSON CITY - Your next ride with Uber or Lyft will be different than last time.

Governor Nixon signed a bill into law Thursday requiring car insurance for people who use their personal vehicles for commercial use through ride-sharing companies. 

If a person chooses to be an Uber driver, they will be required to have this $1 million policy.

The insurance coverage requirements would be between a transportation network company (TNC) and a TNC driver using their own car for commercial use. 

Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar sponsored the bill. Parson thought it was important to clarify when a private vehicle becomes a commercial vehicle for safety reasons. 

"There's a reasonable expectation when you get in a vehicle as a consumer that you think there's coverage, especially if someone is doing it for hire," Parson said. "Unfortunately because it's somewhat new, I'm not sure everybody realizes how it works. The other thing unfortunately is some of them didn't have the coverage that they should have," Parson said. 

Before the law, Uber drivers weren't required to have insurance. Parson said some insurance companies don't allow a driver to use a car for commercial use without additional coverage. Now, drivers will have their own policy in addition to a larger policy for the commercial use.

Parson said the new law allows for the consumer to be taken care of if there were an accident. 

"You can get in a car with a driver and you can get injured. All of a sudden you find out the driver is not covered, and then you as a citizen that got in the vehicle, and your car insurance doesn't cover it. All of a sudden there's this gap, like who covers this?" 

 The law will go into effect April 1st, 2017. 



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New troopers assigned to mid-Missouri region http://www.komu.com/news/new-troopers-assigned-to-mid-missouri-region/ http://www.komu.com/news/new-troopers-assigned-to-mid-missouri-region/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 4:11:46 PM Danielle Katz, KOMU 8 Digital Producer New troopers assigned to mid-Missouri region

JEFFERSON CITY - Three new troopers have been assigned to Troop F in mid-Missouri, according to Sgt. Scott White of Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The new troopers were members of MSHP’s 102nd recruit class that graduated from the Patrol Academy on Friday. The new troopers report for duty on July 11.

Trooper Sean Ernst, a native of Kirksville, has been assigned to Zone 10, which serves Boone County. He attended MU, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife management. Ernst also currently serves in the Army National Guard.

Trooper Catlynn Newbold, a native of Jefferson City, has been assigned to Zone 11, which serves Camden County. Newbold attended William Woods University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in legal studies.

Trooper Geoffrey Beaulieu, a native of New London, Connecticut, has been assigned to Zone 9, which serves Montgomery County. Beaulieu enlisted with the United States Marine Corps, where he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, in Twentynine Palms, California.

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Operation Dry Water focuses on drunk boating this weekend http://www.komu.com/news/operation-dry-water-focuses-on-drunk-boating-this-weekend/ http://www.komu.com/news/operation-dry-water-focuses-on-drunk-boating-this-weekend/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 4:01:29 PM Alyssa Salcido, KOMU 8 Reporter Operation Dry Water focuses on drunk boating this weekend

OSAGE BEACH - The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be increasing its forces in Missouri waterways this weekend.

Operation Dry Water began today and will run through Sunday. It is a national campaign where law enforcement officers across the country dedicate the last weekend in June to focus on boating while intoxicated. 

"We have found over the years that weekend preceding Fourth of July is historically very busy," said MSHP Sergeant Scott White. 

White explained that every single trooper that can be working out on the water will be. 

Last year during Operation Dry Water troopers arrested a total of three people statewide for boating while intoxicated. They also issued 85 boating violation summonses and 588 warnings on Missouri waterways.

"Every year those numbers fluctuate, a lot of those numbers last summer were rained out and we just didn't have a lot of that boating traffic," said White.

He explained that boating while intoxicated is often much harder to detect than driving while intoxicated.

"You have to remember that there is no stop signs, there's no stop lights, there's no center lines out there on the lake," said White.

MSHP has no quota or set number of stops to make. Many times they will end up pulling boaters over for a minor violation like a no wake violation, then they find the driver to be intoxicated.

Since the operation first began back in 2009, MSHP has participated every year. White says the easiest way to avoid any danger is to simply designate a sober boat driver.

"I think this has had a positive impact. Over the years we've seen more and more of those designated captains...but there are still a few people who are dragging their feet and that's what these operations are for," said White.

While the operation will end on Sunday, White said every weekend at Lake of the Ozarks is busy during the summer months and MSHP will always be out there. 




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Drunk drivers in Missouri now have to consent to blood test http://www.komu.com/news/drunk-drivers-in-missouri-now-have-to-consent-to-blood-test/ http://www.komu.com/news/drunk-drivers-in-missouri-now-have-to-consent-to-blood-test/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 3:51:06 PM Courtney Lewis, KOMU 8 News Reporter Drunk drivers in Missouri now have to consent to blood test

COLUMBIA - United States Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police officers do not need a warrant to give a breathalyzer test in a drinking and driving arrest. 

But, the ruling also said police officers specifically in Missouri now must have a warrant to conduct a blood test on drivers who are drinking and driving. 

According to Officer Clinton Sinclair with the Columbia Police department, if a person is unconscious due to a car crash, police are automatically given consent to take a blood test. 

Bud Balke is the court monitoring coordinator for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). He said the group's national office in Washington, D.C., submitted an amicus brief on behalf of all law enforcement for this Supreme Court ruling.

"This is a smart move from the Supreme Court's stand point. It's a good decision. We think that law enforcement will be able to train themselves, and be able to get to the point where they will be able to still do breath tests without a warrant, blood tests with a warrant," Balke said

Missouri has been practicing giving breathalyzer tests without a warrant for years, but if a person does refuse, their licenses can be revoked for at least a year. 

Balke said MADD supports this Supreme Court ruling.

[Editor's note: KOMU.com has updated this story to clarify information and correct grammar.]

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Trooper chase ends in motorcycle crash http://www.komu.com/news/trooper-chase-ends-in-motorcycle-crash/ http://www.komu.com/news/trooper-chase-ends-in-motorcycle-crash/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 3:45:48 PM Danielle Katz, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Trooper chase ends in motorcycle crash

MEXICO - A Missouri State Highway Patrol pursuit of a man on a motorcycle ended in a crash at Highway 22 and Clark St.  

Around 1 p.m., a trooper radioed he was in pursuit of a motorcyclist on East Liberty in Mexico. About a minute or two later, another trooper said the motorcycle had rear ended a vehicle.

Sgt. Scott White said the motorcycle driver was taken to University Hospital and was sitting up and talking with troopers. White also said a person in the vehicle he struck was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Mexico with minor injuries.

White said troopers are still investigating. The names of those involved and possible charges should be posted online Friday afternoon, according to White.

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Authorities searching for Missouri woman http://www.komu.com/news/authorities-searching-for-missouri-woman/ http://www.komu.com/news/authorities-searching-for-missouri-woman/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 3:35:24 PM The Associated Press Authorities searching for Missouri woman

TROY (AP) — Authorities say they're searching for an eastern Missouri woman after her husband was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The body of 50-year-old William Benhardt was found in his truck north of Bellflower in Montgomery County on Thursday. Police say he died of a single gunshot wound, but that it appears two rounds had been fired from his revolver.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department says his wife, 50-year-old Sussette Benhardt, is considered missing and endangered. Department spokesman Lt. Andy Binder told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch a murder-suicide is one of the possibilities investigators are considering.

Authorities say the couple operates an area nursery and were going through a divorce.

Binder says authorities on Friday have been searching the couple's 50-acre property in rural Lincoln County for any evidence.

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New outreach unit designed to help local animals in need http://www.komu.com/news/new-outreach-unit-designed-to-help-local-animals-in-need/ http://www.komu.com/news/new-outreach-unit-designed-to-help-local-animals-in-need/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 3:16:36 PM Stephanie Sierra, KOMU 8 Reporter New outreach unit designed to help local animals in need

COLUMBIA - The Central Missouri Humane Society launched a new Community Outreach Unit Friday to help animals in need throughout the city.

"We have this great opportunity to step forward to help in any way that we can," said Michelle Casey, Central Missouri Humane Society's Assistant Director.

The unit is funded by the Bissell Pet Foundation to provide food, vaccinations, and surgeries for animals around the city. Casey said there are a number of problems the unit plans to address.

"We want to address the community cat issue due to over population from not spraying or neutering both cats and dogs in the community," she said. "In addition to curbing the homeless dog population."

The team plans to target areas in the north and east parts of Columbia where there is a large population of pet owners. 

KOMU 8 News reached out to some residents living north of Columbia who agree there is a significant need.

"It's heartbreaking seeing animals around town chained up outside, not getting shelter, they're in the heat, they're in the cold," said Marita Karl, a local resident. "It's an issue that needs to be addressed."

Casey said the need in the community is ongoing and their team will continue to find other ways to address animal health.

"We're really thrilled to introduce this program to get it out into the community, and in the end, keep pets with the people that love them," Casey said.

For more information on reporting areas in need of help, contact the Community Outreach Unit's team. 


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Tolton Catholic High School president and principal resigns http://www.komu.com/news/tolton-catholic-high-school-president-and-principal-resigns/ http://www.komu.com/news/tolton-catholic-high-school-president-and-principal-resigns/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 3:08:59 PM Danielle Katz, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Tolton Catholic High School president and principal resigns

COLUMBIA - Kristie Wolfe, the first president and principal of Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School, has announced her resignation, effective June 30.

In a statement sent to the Tolton Catholic high school community Friday morning, Wolfe said other leadership gifts are needed at this time at the school, and “it is prudent for me to step aside.”

“Scripture tells us that there are many gifts, but the same spirit, and I am so very honored that the gifts I have been given by my Creator were just the right gifts at just the right time to be able to bring this school out of imagination and into reality,” Wolfe said.

In a letter issued to the Tolton Catholic community, Bishop John Gaydos of the Diocese of Jefferson City thanked her for her leadership, which he said "enables us to provide a diocesan Catholic high school for the community of Columbia and its surrounding areas.”

Bishop Gaydos appointed Sister Julie Brandt, associate superintendent of Catholic schools for the Jefferson City diocese, as acting administrator of the high school. The Catholic School Office of the diocese, in conjunction with Tolton Catholic’s board of directors, will address future leadership of the school and making a recommendation to Bishop Gaydos for a new school president.

Wolfe has overseen the development of the school since its inception, including completion of the school’s construction, furnishing, staffing and leading fundraising efforts which led to an expansion only two years following the high school’s initial construction.

“We are made for Sabbath,” she said in her statement, noting she has worked at the school for six years — one year planning and hiring in advance of the school’s opening and five years “at the helm as we’ve navigated uncharted territory, through stormy seas and calm waters.”

“Now,” Wolfe said, “the seventh year is time for Sabbath.”

Wolfe came to Columbia from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania and has been at Tolton Catholic since its doors opened in 2011 with 64 students from Columbia, Boonville, Moberly, Mexico and Fulton.

The current enrollment is over 300 students and three graduating classes have produced 121 alumni.

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Man pleads guilty in death of former girlfriend at Jennings home. http://www.komu.com/news/man-pleads-guilty-in-death-of-former-girlfriend-at-jennings-home-/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-pleads-guilty-in-death-of-former-girlfriend-at-jennings-home-/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 2:06:28 PM The Associated Press Man pleads guilty in death of former girlfriend at Jennings home.

JENNINGS (AP) — A 35-year-old man has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of his former girlfriend at her home.

Calvin Campbell II pleaded guilty Friday in St. Louis Circuit Court to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the 2013 death of 28-year-old Sophia Moore.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Campbell admitted in court Friday that he killed Moore at her home in Jennings about a week after Moore kicked Campbell out of the home. Authorities say Campbell returned, kicked in her door and stabbed her to death in front of her two sons. Her 9-year-old son ran to a neighbor's home, screaming for help. The boys were not injured.

Campbell surrendered the next morning.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 7.

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Mexico man sentenced 527 years in prison http://www.komu.com/news/mexico-man-sentenced-527-years-in-prison/ http://www.komu.com/news/mexico-man-sentenced-527-years-in-prison/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 1:48:00 PM Alyssa Henzler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mexico man sentenced 527 years in prison

AUDRAIN COUNTY – Prosecuting attorney Jacob Shellabarger announces 40-year-old Darran Wade Boston of Mexico was sentenced 527 years in prison.

After a two- day trail in April, Boston was convicted on twenty- eight counts of statutory rape, statutory sodomy, child abuse, sexual exploitation of a minor, use of a minor in sexual performance, child molestation, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of more than twenty images of child pornography.

Judge Wesley C. Dalton gave Boston a maximum sentence on all counts and totaled it up to 527 years, making it the worst case Dalton has ever seen in his thirty-five years of practice.

Between 2013 and 2015, Boston raped, sodomized, abused and exploited two young girls in Audrain County, documenting the abuse with photographs.

When talking with his probation officer, Boston expressed that he felt he didn’t do anything wrong and believes his behavior was right and good. 

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First phase of new state hospital in Missouri completed http://www.komu.com/news/first-phase-of-new-state-hospital-in-missouri-completed/ http://www.komu.com/news/first-phase-of-new-state-hospital-in-missouri-completed/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 1:19:54 PM The Associated Press First phase of new state hospital in Missouri completed

FULTON — State officials say construction of the first phase of the new Fulton State Hospital is completed.

Gov. Jay Nixon, along with Mental Health and Office of Administration officials, toured the $23.1 million Energy Control Center on Thursday. It will house dietary services, the communication center, materials management and computer information. Dietary service employees will move into the ECC in mid-July.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports construction of the main building is next, starting with an administration building.

The main hospital will hold 300 beds in maximum-security and intermediate security areas.

The Legislature approved the $211 million project in 2014. The former Fulton State Hospital was built in 1851 and was the oldest psychiatric facility west of the Mississippi River.

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Missouri bans feral hog hunting on conservation land http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-bans-feral-hog-hunting-on-conservation-land/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-bans-feral-hog-hunting-on-conservation-land/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:27:49 AM The Associated Press Missouri bans feral hog hunting on conservation land

KANSAS CITY — Missouri has banned feral hog hunting on land owned or managed by the state conservation department.

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved the change at a meeting Friday. Conservation officials say the ban's goal is to completely eradicate the feral hogs, which multiply rapidly and do extensive damage to land, water and habitat.

The change takes effect Sept. 30. Penalties could include fines and the loss of hunting privileges.

Past efforts to control the feral hog population failed, in part because some hunters took hogs to new sites to set up hunting opportunities.

The department owns or manages about 1,000 conservation areas in Missouri, with nearly 30 known to have feral hogs. The proposed ban doesn't apply to private land, but agents will work with landowners having problems.


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