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. () () Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:07:54 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 NAACP hosts Missouri candidate forum http://www.komu.com/news/naacp-hosts-missouri-candidate-forum/ http://www.komu.com/news/naacp-hosts-missouri-candidate-forum/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 3:05:27 PM Sasha Sander, KOMU 8 Reporter NAACP hosts Missouri candidate forum

COLUMBIA - The NAACP hosted a candidate forum Tuesday night at the Second Baptist Church.

The organization invited all candidates statewide to attend the event. A total of 15 candidates went to the event. There were 13 Democrats and two Republicans.

Civil rights advocate Darryl Gregory Gray said he planned on asking about topics that focused not just on color issues, but people issues. "I have a 20-year-old getting ready to go to college, and I want to know how they plan on making it affordable for everyone." 

The topics at the forum focused a lot on Columbia's Propositions One and Two, and the public was encouraged to bring questions to ask the officials.

Member of the airport advisory board David Thomas stood up during the forum and said, "I am not against updating a new terminal. I just want a plan."

Former Mizzou Athletic Director Mike Alden was an attendee of the forum.

Alden said he is especially interested in, "The proposal relative to the increase in the hotel lodging tax for the new airport terminal in Columbia. I think it's a strategic need for the community." 

After an hour into the forum Gray also said, "Candidates need to speak to my everyday issues. I think the NAACP is the perfect form in which to do it because it has a history of talking about equality issues, issues of discrimination, speaking to direct issues of minority communities."


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Missouri governor candidate sued for defamation http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-governor-candidate-sued-for-defamation/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-governor-candidate-sued-for-defamation/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 7:48:43 PM The Associated Press Missouri governor candidate sued for defamation

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A man accused of sexual abuse in a pending civil lawsuit is suing Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate John Brunner.

In a petition dated Tuesday, California venture capitalist Michael Goguen accused Brunner of defamation.

The allegations against Goguen, which he denies, are an issue in the Missouri governor's race because Goguen gave $1 million to Republican candidate Eric Greitens.

Brunner in a recent debate said Greitens took money from "the owner of a teenage sex slave."

Brunner's campaign spokesman said the lawsuit is an attempt by a donor of Greitens to distract from other issues in the race.

The other GOP candidates in the Aug. 2 primary are former U.S. Attorney and House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. They've called on Greitens to return the money.


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St. Louis police add ice cream truck as outreach tool http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-police-add-ice-cream-truck-as-outreach-tool/ http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-police-add-ice-cream-truck-as-outreach-tool/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 6:16:23 PM The Associated Press St. Louis police add ice cream truck as outreach tool

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police have a new truck — an ice cream truck.

Police on Tuesday unveiled the new effort to reach out in a positive way to the community.

Police Chief Sam Dotson calls it "Operation Polar Cops," an ice cream truck that will give away ice cream treats at various events and in neighborhoods. Police say the goal is to provide a "fun environment for citizens to have positive interactions with our officers."

St. Louis police, like many other departments around the nation, are trying to soften the often tense relationship with the community it serves. Police in St. Louis have frequently been the subject of protests following fatal shootings of suspects, especially in the two years since Michael Brown's death in nearby Ferguson.

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Missouri church: 6 members missing since March in Micronesia http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-church-6-members-missing-since-march-in-micronesia/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-church-6-members-missing-since-march-in-micronesia/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 6:11:49 PM The Associated Press Missouri church: 6 members missing since March in Micronesia

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A southwest Missouri church whose members are from Micronesia says six of its members have been missing since March, when they returned to their native land for a mission trip.

Tonis Mathew, pastor of the House of Mercy Church in Neosho, says the four men and two women apparently were lost at sea on March 7 as they traveled by boat near the island of Chuuk (chuhk), part of the Federated States of Micronesia.

The U.S. Coast Guard conducted a search for about a week but didn't locate them or any wreckage.

Mathew says the church didn't publicly discuss the disappearance because Micronesian people try to handle their own problems. But he is grateful that a GoFundMe page and other efforts have been made to help the church.

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Suit challenges law requiring traffic fine revenue reports http://www.komu.com/news/suit-challenges-law-requiring-traffic-fine-revenue-reports/ http://www.komu.com/news/suit-challenges-law-requiring-traffic-fine-revenue-reports/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 6:09:39 PM The Associated Press Suit challenges law requiring traffic fine revenue reports

CLAYTON (AP) — The Municipal League of Metropolitan St. Louis has filed suit challenging a requirement that the region's cities report revenue from traffic fines.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch report that the suit was filed Monday in St. Louis County Circuit Court, claiming that the rule for reporting traffic fine revenue to the state auditor is cumbersome and at odds with state law.

Gov. Jay Nixon last year signed a law reducing the amount of revenue a city can keep from minor traffic violations to 20 percent of its general operating revenue. The law was meant to keep municipalities from relying on tickets as a vital revenue source, a concern raised in the aftermath of protests that followed the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

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2 new lawsuits challenge Missouri cigarette tax proposal http://www.komu.com/news/2-new-lawsuits-challenge-missouri-cigarette-tax-proposal/ http://www.komu.com/news/2-new-lawsuits-challenge-missouri-cigarette-tax-proposal/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 6:06:13 PM The Associated Press 2 new lawsuits challenge Missouri cigarette tax proposal

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Opponents of a cigarette tax hike that would benefit early childhood programs have filed two new lawsuits seeking to block it from the November ballot.

One is a follow up to a recent appeals court decision that changed the measure's ballot summary. Opponents contend all the petitions should be invalidated because of a Missouri law requiring that petitions bear the official ballot wording.

But Secretary of State Jason Kander is counting the petitions. He said Tuesday that an after-the-fact change in the summary should not overturn the will of the petition signers.

The other lawsuit contends the proposal violates the Missouri Constitution by how it raises and spends money.

The measure would raise the cigarette tax from 17 to 77 cents a pack and impose additional fees on some brands.

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St. Louis appoints first-ever resilience officer http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-appoints-first-ever-resilience-officer/ http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-appoints-first-ever-resilience-officer/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 6:02:50 PM The Associated Press St. Louis appoints first-ever resilience officer

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis has its first-ever chief resilience officer, a position created to help the city prepare for and respond to events ranging from floods and tornadoes to violence and riots.

Mayor Francis Slay announced establishment of the office Tuesday and appointed Patrick R. Brown as chief resilience officer.

The office is part of the 100 Resilient Cities effort, a program from the Rockefeller Foundation that helps cities worldwide plan for and deal with potentially damaging events. A spokeswoman for Slay says Brown will earn $126,000 annually, with 100 Resilient Cities paying his salary for two years.

The city has identified major "shock" concerns as rioting and civil unrest, heat, tornadoes and flooding. The biggest "stress" concerns are endemic violence, educational disparities, declining population and aging infrastructure.

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Sanders makes surprise speech to Missouri delegation http://www.komu.com/news/sanders-makes-surprise-speech-to-missouri-delegation/ http://www.komu.com/news/sanders-makes-surprise-speech-to-missouri-delegation/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 6:00:00 PM The Associated Press Sanders makes surprise speech to Missouri delegation


JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri delegates to the Democratic National Convention got a surprise visit from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

State Democratic Party Chairman Roy Temple says he spotted Sanders on Tuesday morning in the Philadelphia hotel that Missouri delegates share with those from Illinois and Kansas. So he invited Sanders into their breakfast.

Delegates say Sanders repeated his call for them to rally behind his former rival, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in order to defeat Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

On Monday, similar suggestions drew boos from many Sanders supporters.

But that didn't occur during Sanders' speech Tuesday to Missouri delegates.

Sanders delegate Homer Page, of Columbia, said he thought the previous booing was embarrassing, disrespectful and a betrayal of the political movement that Sanders has led.

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27-year-old arrested after vehicle stolen http://www.komu.com/news/27-year-old-arrested-after-vehicle-stolen/ http://www.komu.com/news/27-year-old-arrested-after-vehicle-stolen/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 5:50:26 PM Alyssa Henzler, KOMU Digital Producer 27-year-old arrested after vehicle stolen

CALLAWAY COUNTY- Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 27-year-old Courtney Hutchason and referenced a vehicle theft.

On July 4, Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated a stolen vehicle report on 10000 block of State Road C near Mokane. Initially, a homeowner reported a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer had been stolen from a residential driveway.

The next day, the vehicle was recovered in Centralia.

Hutchason was in custody on a $9,000 bond Monday, facing possible charges of stealing and tampering with a vehicle and driving while revoked.

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Nixon releases statement on unemployment insurance benefits http://www.komu.com/news/nixon-releases-statement-on-unemployment-insurance-benefits/ http://www.komu.com/news/nixon-releases-statement-on-unemployment-insurance-benefits/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 5:20:03 PM Alyssa Henzler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Nixon releases statement on unemployment insurance benefits

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon issued a statement regarding the Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling, upholding his veto of a measure that would have cut unemployment benefits.

House Bill 150 would have cut the maximum duration of unemployment insurance benefits from 20 weeks to 13 weeks for Missourians.

Nixon said he was pleased with the Missouri Supreme Court ruling and it brought good news for thousands of Missourians who were “wrongfully denied the unemployment benefits they had earned.”

Nixon also said the Missouri Department of Labor will work to make sure people get the unemployment benefits they have earned.


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Former bank executive sentenced for SBA and FHA fraud case http://www.komu.com/news/former-bank-executive-sentenced-for-sba-and-fha-fraud-case/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-bank-executive-sentenced-for-sba-and-fha-fraud-case/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 4:49:51 PM Alyssa Henzler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Former bank executive sentenced for SBA and FHA fraud case

JEFFERSON CITY- A former bank vice president was sentenced Tuesday afternoon for leading a $4.1 million conspiracy to defraud the Small Business Administration. Delong was also sentenced for participating in an unrelated $18.2 million scheme to defraud the federal government, specifically the FHA.

Delong pleaded guilty in 2014 to his role in the first conspiracy. While on bond for that offense, the 51-year-old pleaded guilty to an unrelated case in December 2015 for possessing and expressing a forged security as part of another scheme.

Delong has been in federal custody since his bond was revoked in November 2014.

Delong was sentenced to three years in federal prison for his involvement in the SBA fraud and two years in federal prison for his involvement in the FHA fraud; both to be served concurrently.

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Consumers will receive full compensation after roofing repair scam http://www.komu.com/news/consumers-will-receive-full-compensation-after-roofing-repair-scam/ http://www.komu.com/news/consumers-will-receive-full-compensation-after-roofing-repair-scam/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 4:30:26 PM Alyssa Henzler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Consumers will receive full compensation after roofing repair scam

JEFFERSON CITY - Weathertech Restoration, LLC and its owner, Eric Kroesen, agreed to settlement Monday after taking upfront payments for roofing repair and installation in St. Charles County, but failing to perform the work.

Weathertech and Kroesen submitted insurance bids and accepted checks, but never started any repair work. As a result of the settlement, consumers will be refunded the full amount of their loss.

On top of the settlement, Kroesen is prohibited from owning, managing or operating a home repair business in Missouri.

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Man sentenced in heroin overdose death at Providence Inn and Suites http://www.komu.com/news/man-sentenced-in-heroin-overdose-death-at-providence-inn-and-suites/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-sentenced-in-heroin-overdose-death-at-providence-inn-and-suites/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 4:05:58 PM Alyssa Henzler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Man sentenced in heroin overdose death at Providence Inn and Suites

JEFFERSON CITY - Jon Patrick Washington was sentenced five years in federal prison without parole for injecting heroin into a a 16-year-old girl who died of a heroin overdose.

In April 2014, Columbia police officers responded to a heroin overdose death of the girl in Washington’s motel room at the Providence Inn and Suites.

Later that day, Washington was brought in for questioning and admitted he had injected the victim with heroin around 8:30 p.m.

Washington told law enforcement officers that the 16-year-old was nodding off from a prior heroin injection and asked him, and another individual, to help shoot up another dose of heroin.Washington said he found a vein on the girl on his second attempt at injecting the drug.

Washington pleaded guilty in January to maintaining a drug-involved premise. Washington admitted he rented the room at Providence Inn and Suites Motel to use heroin.

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UPDATE: Endangered missing person found in Jefferson City http://www.komu.com/news/update-endangered-missing-person-found-in-jefferson-city/ http://www.komu.com/news/update-endangered-missing-person-found-in-jefferson-city/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 3:14:50 PM Alyssa Henzler and Lauren Petterson, KOMU 8 Digital Producers UPDATE: Endangered missing person found in Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY- The Jefferson City Police Department has cancelled an Endangered Person Advisory that was issued for Kelley L. Clark after an incident occurred at 200 East Ashley Street at 10:48 p.m. on Monday.

According to a press release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Clark was located safe in Jefferson City.

The Jefferson City Police Department 911 Center said a caller stated Clark was being held against her will in her vehicle by the suspect.

911 operators spoke with Clark on the phone and she said she was fine, but she was short with her responses. Before being disconnected, operators heard a verbal argument on the phone.

45 minutes after the call, officers located Clark’s vehicle unoccupied in the 200 block of East Ashley Street. Evidence located at the vehicle indicated Clark might be in danger and possibly being held against her will, police said.

Police said Jimmie J. Johnson Jr. is a possible suspect. He was previously described as a 47-year-old male weighing 205 pounds and 6 feet 1 inch. Johnson has black hair and brown eyes with tattoos on both his arms and chest. The tattoos are religious in nature.

According to the original Endangered Person Advisory, Johnson is known to drive a silver or gray 1999 Ford Taurus station wagon bearing Missouri plate FJ1U1F.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the most recent information. 

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County offers solution to Hinkson Creek trash pile up http://www.komu.com/news/county-offers-solution-to-hinkson-creek-trash-pile-up/ http://www.komu.com/news/county-offers-solution-to-hinkson-creek-trash-pile-up/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 1:59:22 PM Sasha Sander, KOMU 8 Reporter County offers solution to Hinkson Creek trash pile up

COLUMBIA - The Boone County Public Works Department provided more insight Monday on what will be done to clean Hinkson Creek at Jay Dix Station. 

A large tree fell into the creek a couple weeks ago during a storm. 

The tree then created a dam effect where the creek's current stopped and piles of trash collected on the creek's surface.

The director of Facilities Maintenance, Doug Coley, said, "We are in the process of developing a strategy of removing the trees and debris at the same time. This way we will not have to worry about the trash and debris moving downstream once the large tree is removed."

He said, with the heavy rainfall recently, the water was able to rise high enough to pick up the trash and take it down to where the fallen tree is located.

The date of the cleanup process is to be determined.


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Nixon congratulates Randolph County on receiving certificate http://www.komu.com/news/nixon-congratulates-randolph-county-on-receiving-certificate/ http://www.komu.com/news/nixon-congratulates-randolph-county-on-receiving-certificate/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 1:46:39 PM Christina Salonikas, KOMU 8 Reporter Nixon congratulates Randolph County on receiving certificate

MOBERLY - Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday Randolph County has become the 34th county to be a Certified Work Ready Community.

Nixon said the Certified Work Ready initiative is designed to match job skills to community needs.

“The Certified Workforce Ready initiative will help communities like Randolph County attract and train the skilled workers needed to meet the demands of our growing economy. I congratulate the local economic development and education leaders here in Randolph County on earning this important designation," Nixon said.

Moberly Fire Department Cptn. Robert Hardy said he can't wait to see what the future brings to Randolph County.

"What a great honor it is for Moberly to receive this prestigious award. It will be a great asset for job creation in the future, and economic impact to the citizens of Moberly and Randolph County will be great," he said.

Hardy said many jobs were lost over seas, and the certificate will be a great tool to bring jobs back to Moberly.

"I think this initiative will give the law enforcement community and fire department community reasons to stay here. Job growth creates jobs, and more factories, more initiatives, more growth that comes to Moberly will not only help the economy but it will help our fire and police departments," he said.

Nixon said being a police officer is a difficult job, and is challenging to find the right person.

"I think the biggest challenge is making sure that we get people who are willing to commit their lives to that tough job, to be on that thin blue line for all of us," said Nixon.

There are currently 78 actively participating counties in the Certified Work Ready Community initiative. 


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Local pizza mogul: Shakespeare's gets ready to come home http://www.komu.com/news/local-pizza-mogul-shakespeare-s-gets-ready-to-come-home/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-pizza-mogul-shakespeare-s-gets-ready-to-come-home/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 1:39:31 PM Lauren Donovan, KOMU 8 News Local pizza mogul: Shakespeare's gets ready to come home

COLUMBIA - The iconic Columbia pizza place Shakespeare's gave KOMU 8 News an inside look at its new building on Ninth and Elm Streets downtown as the project enters its final stages. While the building itself is entirely new, it's in the same location as before and has many of the same features customers may remember. 

Manager Kurt Mirtsching is very passionate about the sense of nostalgia he said the new restaurant provides its customers

"When people say 'if I could tear it down and start all over these are the things I would change,' and we got to do just that," Mirtsching said. 

The new building has the same bricks, tin ceiling, and many of the wooden walls.  Mirtsching said no expense was spared in removing each part separately in order to reuse them.

While Mirtsching said Shakespeare's was lucky to find a temporary home next door, he said the new location will be able to provide staff and customers with many more amenities. 

"We didn't have to lay anyone off and that was a really important thing to the owners," Mirtsching said. "The average employee in Shakespeare's has been there for over three years - above the average of the rest of the restaurant industry." 

The kitchen, which Mirtsching said was a "hot mess," has now expanded in size. The seating areas and the bar have expanded as well.

"We're really glad we get to keep throwing the party on the corner of Ninth and Elm. The box has changed but the party that goes on inside and the people, the customers, the employees, the pizza none of that's going to change," he said. 

The lease signed for the new space will last for the next 50 years. 

Mirtsching told KOMU 8 News that, while the restaurant has not set a grand opening date yet, customers can expect doors to open sometime in early to mid-August, before MU students return to campus for the fall semester. 

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Schnucks faces fresh food shortage, Columbia affected http://www.komu.com/news/schnucks-faces-fresh-food-shortage-columbia-affected/ http://www.komu.com/news/schnucks-faces-fresh-food-shortage-columbia-affected/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 1:02:49 PM Anna Jaoudi, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Schnucks faces fresh food shortage, Columbia affected

COLUMBIA - Schnucks is having a shortage in fresh items and many shelves are empty at the store on Forum Boulevard.

Schnucks released a statement that said high customer traffic, a transition to a new warehouse, and a power outage that affected computer ordering systems combined to create shortages in some stores. 

"We are working to resolve this as quickly as possible and apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause some of our customers," Schnucks said in a statement. "We are offering rain checks for any out-of-stock sale items at each store's courtesy center. It is our commitment to provide our customers the freshest, widest selection of products. We thank our customers for their ongoing support and patronage."

Paul Simon of Schnuck's Market said stores are currently receiving fresh shipments for the items that are under or out-of-stock.

"We are working with our vendor partners to resolve this," he said.

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Body pulled from Mississippi River is missing kayaker http://www.komu.com/news/body-pulled-from-mississippi-river-is-missing-kayaker/ http://www.komu.com/news/body-pulled-from-mississippi-river-is-missing-kayaker/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:54:51 AM The Associated Press Body pulled from Mississippi River is missing kayaker

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a body pulled from the Mississippi River at St. Louis is a 29-year-old kayaker who went missing last week after hitting towlines between two barges.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2a8Z5we ) reports that the city medical examiner's office has confirmed that the body recovered Saturday is that of Dalton Bast of Humboldt, Iowa. He disappeared two days earlier after falling from the kayak and failing to resurface.

Bast's body was found about 10 miles downriver from where he went missing.

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Jason Kander visits Columbia in 50-stop bus tour http://www.komu.com/news/jason-kander-visits-columbia-in-50-stop-bus-tour/ http://www.komu.com/news/jason-kander-visits-columbia-in-50-stop-bus-tour/ Continuous News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:42:12 AM Laurel Bloom, KOMU 8 Reporter Jason Kander visits Columbia in 50-stop bus tour

COLUMBIA - Senate hopeful Jason Kander made a stop at Logboat Brewing Co. on the second day of his 50-stop bus tour around Missouri.

Kander's platform for his campaign is #FixCongress and the main point during his speech was the fact that Congress is currently on a 7-week break.

He thinks lawmakers currently have too many important decisions to make to take a break. He specifically spoke about Zika Virus, ISIS and the Supreme Court nomination.

Kander said the issue is a key difference between him and the the incumbent, Sen. Roy Blunt.

"This campaign is about a new generation of leadership," Kander said. "We just have plenty of people in Washington right now who actually believe these decisions are so difficult that they can't make them and they have to leave town. That's a big problem."

There is a Jayhawk mascot following the bus tour around, contesting the claim that Kander is a '5th Generation Missourian,' because he was born in Kansas.

A spokesperson from Kander's campaign said the Jayhawk has been following Kander since April.

"I think Senator Blunt should be pretty embarrassed about the fact that he has forced a member of his staff to dress up in an animal costume," Kander said. "If a politician who has lived in Washington for more than half my life believes that a former captain of the Missouri National Guard is not a Missourian, I wish him luck with that argument."

The Missouri Republican Party released a statement saying "Jason Kander claims to be a 'fifth-generation' Missourian, yet he was born and raised in Kansas, graduated from a Kansas high school, was a registered voter in Kansas and got married in Kansas." 

Party leaders said they want to know "if Jason Kander cannot be truthful about his own biography, what else is he willing to do or say?"

Kander was also criticized in a press release by the Missouri Republican State Committee because he decided to not attend the Democratic National Convention. Kander said he endorses Hillary Clinton for president, but that he's focused on his campaign.

"I just wanted to make sure I could be here to talk to voters in Missouri, and that's exactly what we're doing," Kander said.

After visiting Logboat, he headed to Jefferson City for a stop at Lincoln University. 

Kander made six stops Monday in St. Louis and the boot heel area.

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