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COLUMBIA -A family's pet rabbit died in smoke fire Wednesday morning.

Fire and police went to the 4100 block of West Bethany Drive.

The fire started in the kitchen. Fire officials said the family wasn't home at the time. The fire is now contained. There was no major damage to the house. Fire marshals are still investigating the cause. 

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Kansas City man pleads guilty to Pettis county murder https://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-man-pleads-guilty-to-pettis-county-murder/ https://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-man-pleads-guilty-to-pettis-county-murder/ Continuous News Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:51:09 PM The Associated Press Kansas City man pleads guilty to Pettis county murder

SEDALIA (AP) — A Kansas City man has pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of another man at a trailer park on the outskirts of Sedalia.

The Sedalia Democrat reports 30-year-old Ronald Cage had been scheduled to go on trial Wednesday. Instead, he pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm in the August 2017 death of 28-year-old Leon Hinckley, of Windsor. Through the plea, a second armed criminal action charge was dropped. Sentencing is set for Nov. 8.

Cage evaded arrest for nearly three months before he was taken into custody in Kansas City for an unrelated incident.

A second defendant, Branden Hendren, was arrested in Independence a week after Hinckley's death. He's awaiting trial on charges that include first-degree murder.

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Missouri education board launches search for top official https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-education-board-launches-search-for-top-official/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-education-board-launches-search-for-top-official/ Continuous News Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:24:10 AM The Associated Press Missouri education board launches search for top official

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The search for Missouri's next top education official has begun.

The State Board of Education is accepting applications for the next education commissioner beginning Wednesday. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19.

The board fired former commissioner Margie Vandeven last year. That came after former Gov. Eric Greitens stacked the board with his appointees, who led her push out. Greitens wanted Vandeven replaced.

But efforts to replace her were delayed following pushback from state senators, who balked at Vandeven's firing and did not confirm Greitens' appointees. Greitens has since resigned in scandal, and new Gov. Mike Parson replaced his appointees with people who faced considerably less pushback.

The revamped board now is restarting its search for the next elementary and secondary education leader.

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Two killed in head-on crash on Highway 87 https://www.komu.com/news/two-killed-in-head-on-crash-on-highway-87/ https://www.komu.com/news/two-killed-in-head-on-crash-on-highway-87/ Continuous News Wed, 19 Sep 2018 9:51:21 AM Hannah Thomas, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Two killed in head-on crash on Highway 87

HOWARD COUNTY - Two people are dead and two others injured after a crash on Highway 87 Tuesday afternoon.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the crash happened when 18-year-old Hannah Norris, of Glasgow, drove her 2004 Dodge Neon over the center line about one mile north of Route K on Highway 87.

Seventeen-year-old Shane Ashpaugh of Boonville, and 15-year-old Autumn Norris of Glasgow, were in the same vehicle.

The car crashed head-on with a 2015 Ford Fusion driven by 75-year-old Kenneth Huddle, of Keytesville.

Huddle and Ashpaugh were pronounced dead at the scene. Hannah and Autumn Norris were taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

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One man dead after Cooper County motorcycle crash https://www.komu.com/news/one-man-dead-after-cooper-county-motorcycle-crash/ https://www.komu.com/news/one-man-dead-after-cooper-county-motorcycle-crash/ Continuous News Wed, 19 Sep 2018 6:57:35 AM Sydney Olsen, KOMU 8 Digital Producer One man dead after Cooper County motorcycle crash

COOPER COUNTY - Anthony Martin died in a crash in Cooper County on Sunday after losing control of his motorcycle.

52-year-old Martin was ejected from his vehicle on Interstate 70 going eastbound at the 113 mile marker. Another vehicle struck Martin while trying to avoid hitting his motorcycle. 

Martin was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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Columbia woman seriously hurt in Lake-area motorcycle crash https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-woman-seriously-hurt-in-lake-area-motorcycle-crash/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-woman-seriously-hurt-in-lake-area-motorcycle-crash/ Continuous News Wed, 19 Sep 2018 6:39:53 AM Sydney Olsen, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Columbia woman seriously hurt in Lake-area motorcycle crash

CAMDEN COUNTY - A Columbia woman was taken to the Lake Regional Hospital on Sunday after a crash involving a motorcycle.

52-year-old Lesley Clark was riding a Harley Davidson Motorcycle with 50-year-old Brian Dunwoody from Moberly on Horseshoe Bend Parkway at Palisades Condo Drive in the lake area.

Dunwoody attempted to pass an RV using the center turn lane. According to a crash report, he failed to negotiate a curve and struck and curb ejecting both riders from the bike. 

Clark was taken to the Lake Regional Hospital by ambulance. Dunwoody was airlifted to the University Hospital. 

Both sustained serious injuries from the crash. 

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Callaway County CAFO work continues, so does neighbor's four-year fight https://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-cafo-work-continues-so-does-neighbor-s-four-year-fight/ https://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-cafo-work-continues-so-does-neighbor-s-four-year-fight/ Continuous News Tue, 18 Sep 2018 8:26:31 PM Eric Graves, KOMU 8 Reporter Callaway County CAFO work continues, so does neighbor's four-year fight

CALLAWAY COUNTY - Jeff Jones is living just a quarter of a mile away from a future Controlled Animal Feeding Operation, or CAFO.

Jones submitted a health ordnance to the Callaway County Commissioner on March 14. Now, six months later, Jones got his response.

Callaway County Commissioner Gary Jungermann denied the request, citing the ordnance being too specific.

"It was the strictest ordnance in the state of Missouri, which I thought was a little extreme," said Jungermann.

Jones says he worked for months on a citizens health advisory board, after a similar board got disbanded by the commissioner a few months before.

Jones wants compromise instead of just having his proposal shot down.

"There's got to be give and take," Jones said. "If they believe this is too strong or too stringent then we need to work this out."

The CAFO broke ground in June and is already starting to fill the 20 acre plot of land.

Jones is concerned for his and his neighbors' way of life.

"The fears in my mind is that there's going to be tremendous amount of traffic going through here," Jones said. "There's going to be a tremendous amount of animals that's going to be concentrated in a small area, which is going to pollute our air and our water, which is going to be hard to live around."

Jones wants to see a statewide health ordinance, instead of one ordnance for each of the 114 counties.

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Columbia works on plan to regulate Bird scooters https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-works-on-plan-to-regulate-bird-scooters/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-works-on-plan-to-regulate-bird-scooters/ Continuous News Tue, 18 Sep 2018 7:25:31 PM Elise Brisco, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia works on plan to regulate Bird scooters

COLUMBIA - Assistant City Counselor Jose Caldera announced the city and Bird are talking about short-term rules regulating the rental scooters.

Caldera talked with the Downtown Columbia Leadership Council Tuesday afternoon. 

Bird scooters first landed in Columbia about a month ago and now there are about 350 scooters scattered throughout the city. 

Caldera added the city is studying what other cities are doing to regulate the company and citizen's use of the scooters. 

The company is currently operating in Columbia without a business license. Caldera says the company applied for one, but the city denied it. 

The city's short-term agreement is expected to span over one year and to include concerns like parking regulation, location of scooters, enforcement and ADA compliancy.

According to the council, riding motorized vehicles on sidewalks in Columbia business districts is prohibited. However, some Bird users find the sidewalk to be the safest place for them to ride. 

"I ride mine on the sidewalk," said Shardae Williams, an MU student. "I typically ride with earphones so I don't know if someone is behind me and I want to stay safe at all times."

Tootie Burns, a member of the leadership council, wondered about who would enforce the rules. 

"Are we going to ask our police officers to enforce that?" Burns asked. "I'm not sure if there is the time for them to enforce that."

Caldera said the short-term agreement will allow more time to have more conversations with city leaders about the scooters' future. 

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Missouri Task Force 1 details its rescues, other post-hurricane efforts https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-task-force-1-details-its-rescues-other-post-hurricane-efforts/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-task-force-1-details-its-rescues-other-post-hurricane-efforts/ Continuous News Tue, 18 Sep 2018 6:48:39 PM Michael Boyer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Missouri Task Force 1 details its rescues, other post-hurricane efforts

COLUMBIA - Missouri Task Force One continues rescuing people, checking on others and sheltering those in need in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

Search and rescue teams went on multiple missions in Leland this week,  rescuing and evacuating 44 people and and checking on 11 others who were sheltering in place, according to a Facebook post.

In Boiling Springs Lake, members helped rescue three people and evacuate 33, along with eight animals. They also checked on 496 people who were sheltering in place.

On Tuesday morning, the team was notified of 12 people trapped in a van on a flooded road between Leland and Bolivia. The task force successfully rescued everyone by launching boats from both sides of the flooded area. 

Task force members returned to their base operations where members and vehicles were decontaminated and prepped for later assignment.

After breakfast and a briefing, the teams began search and reconnaissance missions in Brunswick County, the post said. 

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Columbia climate task force to meet amongst climate change disagreement https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-climate-task-force-to-meet-amongst-climate-change-disagreement/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-climate-task-force-to-meet-amongst-climate-change-disagreement/ Continuous News Tue, 18 Sep 2018 5:29:49 PM Sydney Kalich, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia climate task force to meet amongst climate change disagreement

COLUMBIA -- The mayor of Columbia's task force on Climate Action and Adaptation planning could recommend an increase in renewable energy production Wednesday.

The energy and waste subcommittee is holding a meeting about the issue Wednesday.

One of the items on the agenda is to increase on-site renewable energy in new and existing buildings throughout Columbia. Jay Hasheider, head of the task force, said that getting renewable energy for the city Columbia would not only help the climate, but also help the local economy.

"I think that if we can move into a renewable paradigm where we are getting most of our energy from renewables, that would be great," said Hasheider. "But if we can get them so that we can produce them locally, that's so much better because it would help our local economy." 

The 15-member task force was assembled by the mayor in December 2017 with the goal of having a climate action plan to deliver to city council by summer of 2019. The decision to create a climate action plan came just months after President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

"When the current administration pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, several mayors, I think it's over 400 now, have signed on to stick with those goals," said Patricia Weisenfelder, community relations specialist for Columbia utilities.  

The dates on the tentative plans have end dates like 2030 and 2050.

"The plan is two-fold. We have a stretch goal which is a 2050 goal," said Weisenfelder. "Then we have some interment goals to keep us on track to keep us moving forward to achieve these long-term goals." 

The meeting will be held at MU's Sustainability office at 4 p.m. 

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Mid-Missourian shares stories of asylum-seekers https://www.komu.com/news/mid-missourian-shares-stories-of-asylum-seekers/ https://www.komu.com/news/mid-missourian-shares-stories-of-asylum-seekers/ Continuous News Tue, 18 Sep 2018 5:20:34 PM Monica Harkins, KOMU 8 Reporter Mid-Missourian shares stories of asylum-seekers

COLUMBIA - After volunteering at a detention center for women and children seeking asylum in the U.S., one Jefferson City man is sharing his experience around mid-Missouri of the women he met.

Native Spanish speaker Pedro Guerrero paired up with St. Louis lawyer Mark Timmerman and volunteered as part of the CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley, Texas, in July; Guerrero translating Timmerman's legal advice for women and children seeking asylum.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday the Trump administration is cutting the number of refugees the United States will accept to an all-time low of 30,000 people for 2019.

In the last year of former President Barack Obama's term, his administration set the cap at 110,000 refugees. When President Trump took office, he cut the number to 45,000.

While a refugee and an asylum-seeker are not legally the same thing, Guerrero said the two are still a major part of the immigration debate. A refugee is someone who seeks refuge before entering the United States and an asylum-seeker is someone who is already on U.S. soil. 

Guerrero's family received asylum from Peru when he was two years old. 

"It's kind of almost come full circle now that I am sort of experiencing or paying witness to the same fear that these families that we served down in Texas experienced," Guerrero said.

Timmerman said his emphasis in civil rights law and interest in immigration in America right now inspired him to research how he could help. 

The two spent a week in Dilley, Texas, and assisted roughly a dozen women, listening to their stories of why they are fleeing their home countries.

Timmerman said the narrative he hears in America about immigration, refugees and people in detention centers, is not at all what he's come to find out.

''The fact that all these people are criminals? No, doesn't make sense. The fact that they're coming to take our jobs? No, that wasn't at all a part of my experience," Timmerman said. "The last thing they're thinking about is getting a job."

Pedro said one of the hardest parts was asking these women to recount in explicit detail the worst days of their lives.

Timmerman said, in order for the women and their children to gain asylum they have to make a "credible fear" or "reasonable  fear" for their life argument in front of a asylum officer who decides their fate.

In one case, Guerrero said, one woman he met was trying to appeal a previous deportation ruling.

"She laid out everything that you could possibly imagine, like repeated rape from multiple family members that were connected, to gangs," he said.

"They're running for their lives into the United States," Guerrero said.

Now, he is working on sharing the stories of his experience in Dilley so people can get a better grasp on the human beings behind the term deportation.

"After creating those strong bonds with those people knowing that they're probably being sent back to their death was one of the hardest things to face, because up until now I had never known an individual that had been deported for anything," he said.

Guerrero is working on giving presentations to various communities across mid-Missouri based on his experience in Texas.

"Race relations post Ferguson, the conversations that we see taking place are exclusively black and white. There's no room for other colors on that spectrum," he said.

Guerrero said bringing to light the issues that are taking place on the border will add Mexican and Latino communities to conversation about racial justice in Missouri.

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Public invited to give feedback on Bird scooters https://www.komu.com/news/public-invited-to-give-feedback-on-bird-scooters/ https://www.komu.com/news/public-invited-to-give-feedback-on-bird-scooters/ Continuous News Tue, 18 Sep 2018 5:19:11 PM Celine Pence, KOMU 8 Reporter Public invited to give feedback on Bird scooters

COLUMBIA - Bird scooters will be discussed at the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission meeting Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

The commission will hold an open discussion on the presence of these controversial new scooters.

"We want community feedback," said commission member Paul Lovern. "We want to promote non-vehicular transportation. I don't see why these scooters wouldn't fall into that."

Lovern said the city is concerned with safety.

"I've seen people riding the scooters recklessly on the sidewalk. It's an issue because it's dangerous to pedestrians," he said. "The commission wants to inform the public of what the laws are."

This comes after the city and Bird are talking about short-term rules regulating the rental scooters.

MU student Parker Owens agrees the scooters are dangerous.

"Every experience I've had with them people have almost hit me or run over my feet or have been swerving in and out of people or getting honked at. I saw someone yesterday almost get hit by a car on one," he said.

He said everyone he knows has negative opinions of them and wants them gone.

"Please get rid of them. If I could have one thing come out of this meeting, it's to get them out of town," he said. "We don't need them."

He sees them as a gimmick.

"They're like those hover boards from two years ago, except they haven't started catching on fire yet," he said.

Columbia resident Jaylen James uses the scooters every day. He said it's a quick and fun way to get around, and cheaper than Uber.

"I didn't feel like getting a ride to work, so I'm like let me just take the scooter, and the scooter got me there in the same amount of time," he said.

James said he has no complaints about the scooters.

Lovern said the commission will use the discussion and feedback from the community to see if it should do further research into the scooters. Then, it can make a recommendation to city council on what to do with the scooters.

"The more information we have the better the decision is going to be for everyone," he said. "This will be a good starting spot."

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Columbia teenager to spend 12 years in prison for deadly shooting https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-teenager-to-spend-12-years-in-prison-for-deadly-shooting/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-teenager-to-spend-12-years-in-prison-for-deadly-shooting/ Continuous News Tue, 18 Sep 2018 3:35:11 PM Steve Lambson, News Content Manager Columbia teenager to spend 12 years in prison for deadly shooting

COLUMBIA - A teenager pleaded guilty Monday in connection with a deadly 2016 shooting on Claudell Lane.

Navarro Scott, 18, pleaded to charges of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action, and got 12 years in prison as a sentence. Prosecutors originally charged Scott with murder.

Authorities said the shooting which left Keith Chambers dead happened during a deal to buy marijuana. Two other teenagers - Brian Smith and Dariel Reid - were arrested and charged.

Smith pleaded guilty in June to robbery and armed criminal action, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Reid is scheduled to stand trial for murder in October.

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Sunrise Beach fire chief steps down; says district "under attack" https://www.komu.com/news/sunrise-beach-fire-chief-steps-down-says-district-under-attack-/ https://www.komu.com/news/sunrise-beach-fire-chief-steps-down-says-district-under-attack-/ Continuous News Tue, 18 Sep 2018 3:23:58 PM Michael Boyer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Sunrise Beach fire chief steps down; says district

SUNRISE BEACH - Fire Chief Dennis Reilly announced his resignation due to harassment from a board member. 

Reilly said in a press release that Bob Hemen, a board member, has "a personal agenda to create disruption in our organization and is antagonistic against our employees". 

Bob Hemen, the board treasurer, was censured by the board two months ago and both him and Reilly have been at odds preceding Hemen's April election, according to KY3. The Springfield station reported Hemen also abstained from every vote during Monday's meeting and objected to the board president who asked for a motion to form a joint committee to find the next chief.

Reilly said his family and duties have been effected from the sacrifices made due to the harassment, and that he has no regrets of his decision. 

Reilly plans to end his duty on Oct. 10 and take vacation time until the end of October. After he is no longer an employee he will draw pension from the State of Missouri Local Government Employee's Retirement System, according to the press release. 

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Columbia line workers say pay increase not enough to keep them working https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-line-workers-say-pay-increase-not-enough-to-keep-them-working/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-line-workers-say-pay-increase-not-enough-to-keep-them-working/ Continuous News Tue, 18 Sep 2018 3:13:11 PM Alex Arger, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia line workers say pay increase not enough to keep them working

COLUMBIA - City employees are getting a raise in this year's budget, but some say it's not enough for line workers.

On Monday, Columbia City Council approved a 45-cent pay raise for all city employees and an additional $2 an hour to trash collectors. The additional raise in the waste department is to help hire and retain employees, but Columbia Water and Light is having the same issue with line workers.

"I came to the Council to express a problem that half a dozen retirees brought to our attention, and that is the fact that line workers are leaving because they aren't getting competitive pay in Columbia," Jay Hasheider, Water and Light Advisory Board member said.

Hasheider said the city should have 40 full-time employees in this field, but right now, it is in the twenties, "and headed downward."

"Unfortunately, we can't just hire more because nobody wants to come here for less money than they can make some place else."

Hasheider said nearby electric companies, like Boone Electric Cooperative, are offering more money for the same job. He said the city is looking at a 20-30 percent pay discrepancy.

Hasheider said the lack of trained workers could lead to a deteriorating system and more outages in the future because new workers might not know how to operate Columbia's system. 

One city lineman said he and the other employees have been forced to work overtime because they are short too many workers. He said many of the employees have left for Boone Electric Cooperative because they can make up somewhere between $5 to $7 more an hour. He said it's going to be hard to get those workers back.

"The city is supposed to get us raises, but they have waited so long and gotten so far behind in pay," Michael Smith said. "It's going to take forever to get to the point of other businesses."

Hasheider said the he's going to continue the conversation with the Council until the line workers get a raise. 

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New lawn care app comes to Columbia https://www.komu.com/news/new-lawn-care-app-comes-to-columbia/ https://www.komu.com/news/new-lawn-care-app-comes-to-columbia/ Continuous News Tue, 18 Sep 2018 2:16:15 PM Nikki Ogle, KOMU 8 Reporter New lawn care app comes to Columbia

COLUMBIA - A lawn care app launched in Columbia to connect consumers with people who want to make extra money mowing lawns. 

MowMagic has separate apps for providers and for buyers. A consumer can download the app, post the job and decide what to pay. Consumers can even choose if they want the yard trimmed or the grass blown. Providers get a notification and a satellite image of the property, and can then decide whether or not to take the job. 

The app is only available in three cities in the country: St. Louis, Columbia, and Beaumont, Texas. It launched in St. Louis in mid-May, and in Columbia on Monday. 

One co-founder said the company chose to launch in Columbia for two reasons: its proximity to the company's home base in St. Louis, and the number of college students who may be looking for extra cash. 

Co-founder Mike Braun said he wanted to start the company to make lawn care simple.

"Push a button, get a mow," Braun said. "The process doesn't need to be complicated, but it is in today's world." 

Braun said he experienced his own frustrations with trying to find a reliable lawn service. 

"Calling five or three different landscaping companies to come give you a quote is time that you could spend doing something else that you enjoy," Braun said. 

Braun said the company's goal is not to compete against established lawn services in Columbia, but to provide a simpler service for a home owner. 

"In today's world, on-demand services are becoming more and more prevalent and more and more useful to consumers," he said. 

Braun said MowMagic could be more for individuals or for small lawn care companies looking for more business. 

Keith Headd, with McVey Mowing in Columbia, said the business is looking into using technology to gain clientele. 

"We're expanding next year and thought about using a couple apps," Headd said. 

Headd said he had not yet heard of MowMagic. 

Braun said the app already has 20 downloads in Columbia, which, he said, is a good start. 

"Ideally, you could post a job today or tomorrow and it would get picked up and get mowed," he said. 

Braun said the company hopes to expand to 20 to 40 markets next year. 

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Jefferson City Police Department to receive more police cars https://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-police-department-to-receive-more-police-cars/ https://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-police-department-to-receive-more-police-cars/ Continuous News Tue, 18 Sep 2018 1:56:36 PM Caitlin McCarthy, KOMU 8 Reporter Jefferson City Police Department to receive more police cars

JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Police Department is set to receive nine brand new police vehicles in the next year. 

The police department originally asked for 14 of their cars to be replaced.

Mayor Carrie Tergin approved a $10.2 million budget for the police department.

This is about a $92,000 increase from the previous year's budget.

"In Jefferson City we are very serious about public safety, it's a top priority and that is evident in the budget we just passed," said Tergin.

The city council unanimously approved the budget Monday night.

"In my budget I funded two and the council was able to fund more than the initial two, so that was a good outcome," Tergin said.

The city council made sure the budget allowed for those nine cars, but any more cars needed will have to be taken out of the police department's current budget.

"It's important to have police cars, as we know they're used in a different way than a normal vehicle, so we're looking at the wear and tear, and the mileage," continued Tergin. "And what those miles are is certainly what we pay attention to because we realize that we want to keep the police vehicles in the best shape that we can."

KOMU reached out to the Jefferson City Police Department, but a sergeant said no spokesperson was available.

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Missouri National Guard member injured by gunshot during training https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-national-guard-member-injured-by-gunshot-during-training/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-national-guard-member-injured-by-gunshot-during-training/ Continuous News Tue, 18 Sep 2018 1:40:32 PM Joshua Tyler, KOMU 8 Digital Reporter Missouri National Guard member injured by gunshot during training

MACON - Deputies are investigating after a member of the Missouri National Guard was shot at a training site near Macon.

The guardsman was driving a truck when a bullet came through the windshield and lodged in the truck's metal frame. Shrapnel from the frame hit the driver in the face. The driver was transported to a Columbia hospital and their condition is unknown. A passenger in the truck was unhurt.

When deputies arrived, they heard gunfire continuing. While investigating, they found a landowner nearby sighting rifles, unaware of anything going on even after the guardsman was hurt.

Members of the guard said they heard 15-20 shots after the victim was injured, though they didn't know who was shooting or at what.

The office's investigation is ongoing and names are being withheld until it is completed.

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ACLU says Facebook allows employers to post discriminatory ads https://www.komu.com/news/aclu-says-facebook-allows-employers-to-post-discriminatory-ads/ https://www.komu.com/news/aclu-says-facebook-allows-employers-to-post-discriminatory-ads/ Continuous News Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:06:05 AM Sara O'Brien and Kaya Yurieff, CNN ACLU says Facebook allows employers to post discriminatory ads

(CNN Money) -- Facebook's ad targeting system is being used by some employers to unlawfully discriminate based on gender, a new complaint says, the latest in a string of allegations of discrimination being allowed in Facebook ads.

On Tuesday, the ACLU, law firm Outten & Golden, and labor union Communications Workers of America filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Facebook and 10 other employers for allegedly using Facebook ads to discriminate against potential job seekers.

The complaint was filed on behalf of three female job seekers and a group of "thousands" of members represented by the labor union. The named complainants are also seeking to represent a broader proposed class of what the ACLU says is "millions" of Facebook users who may have been similarly impacted.

It alleges that job ads on Facebook were targeted exclusively to male users, and that most of these listings were for positions in male-dominated fields. As a result, all women and non-binary users were excluded from receiving the ads, according to the complaint.

"The employers for those jobs are probably thinking they need to fill them with people who look like the people who currently hold those jobs. The problem is, that is unlawful," Galen Sherwin, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU Women's Rights Project, told CNNMoney.

The complaint alleges that Facebook allows advertisers to target job ads based on age and gender. This is against federal and local laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Additionally, the government can forbid job advertising that discriminates based on sex, according to a Supreme Court ruling in 1973, the complaint said.

"I shouldn't be shut out of the chance to hear about a job opportunity just because I am a woman," said Bobbi Spees, one of the three complainants in the case, according to a press release.

"There is no place for discrimination on Facebook; it's strictly prohibited in our policies, and over the past year, we've strengthened our systems to further protect against misuse," Facebook spokesperson Joe Osborne said in a statement to CNNMoney. "We look forward to defending our practices once we have an opportunity to review the complaint." Facebook also said it would soon require all advertisers to consent to complying with its anti-discrimination policies and the law.

Juan Mundel, an assistant professor of advertising at DePaul University, noted that Facebook is "the biggest advertising agency in the world at the moment."

"While Facebook will do its best to satisfy regulations and make small adjustments, they won't actually make any decisions that will drastically affect their business model which allows it to hyper-segment consumers," he added.

According to ACLU's Sherwin, the fix is simple: She suggests Facebook stop making it an option for employers to select a gender for targeting job ads.

Mundel says, more broadly, Facebook could apply more oversight to determine if employers are appropriately and legally applying targeting for specific ad purposes.

Facebook isn't the only company allowing advertisers to target ads, according to Mike Yao, a technology and advertising expert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

"Facebook is an easy target, but I think the problem goes way beyond Facebook," he said.

In the past, the company has faced criticism about its advertising platform and whether its systems allow for discrimination.

Most recently, the Department of Housing and Urban Development accused Facebook of violating the 1968 Fair Housing Act in August. It filed a formal complaint against Facebook claiming the platform lets landlords and home sellers use targeted ads to discriminate against potential buyers or renters based on race, sex, religion, disability and other factors.

In response, Facebook said it eliminated 5,000 targeting options that could be potentially misused to discriminate.

Last December, a ProPublica and New York Times investigation found that dozens of major employers, including Verizon, ran recruitment ads only for certain age groups. At the time, Facebook said age-based targeting is "an accepted industry practice."

The ACLU complaint also includes allegations that employers were able to target younger users on Facebook thereby discriminating by age.

In November, a separate ProPublica report found discriminatory advertisements were getting through Facebook's systems. ProPublica was able to purchase dozens of home rental advertisements targeted toward audiences that specifically excluded "African Americans, mothers of high school kids, people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, expats from Argentina and Spanish speakers."

Discriminatory housing-related advertisements are not allowed under the Fair Housing Act. The law prohibits the advertisement of homes for rent or sale and discriminating "based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin."

Update: Due to an error in an ACLU press release, this story originally misidentified the quoted complainant."

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Shooter in Missouri pursuit faces 20 years in plea deal https://www.komu.com/news/shooter-in-missouri-pursuit-faces-20-years-in-plea-deal/ https://www.komu.com/news/shooter-in-missouri-pursuit-faces-20-years-in-plea-deal/ Continuous News Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:41:07 AM The Associated Press Shooter in Missouri pursuit faces 20 years in plea deal

NEOSHO (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has pleaded guilty to shooting at a sheriff's deputy during a chase.

The Joplin Globe reports that 26-year-old Andrew Utley, of Webb City, agreed Monday to a plea deal in Newton County Circuit Court. Through the deal, he pleaded guilty to assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and a drug charge. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.

Authorities say that during a 2016 pursuit, Utley leaned out of the window and fired several shots at the deputy's vehicle. The deputy wasn't hurt, although police recovered seven casings and three bullets in the street.

Utley and the driver were arrested after a crash. Methamphetamine, scales and a syringe were found in the vehicle.


Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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