KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Continuous News Continuous News en-us Copyright 2018, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 26 Apr 2018 HH:04:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Central Missouri proves to be a prime destination for paddlefishing http://www.komu.com/news/central-missouri-proves-to-be-a-prime-destination-for-paddlefishing/ http://www.komu.com/news/central-missouri-proves-to-be-a-prime-destination-for-paddlefishing/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 6:49:15 PM Justin Kollar & Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Reporters Central Missouri proves to be a prime destination for paddlefishing

SWEET SPRINGS - As temperatures rise in Central Missouri, so do fishermen's aspirations of landing their trophy catch. Missouri's lakes and rivers are teaming with fish and other wildlife once again. One particular fish, the paddlefish, whose population was struggling, is now on the rise. 

The paddlefish spawns at the beginning of spring every year. Due to human involvement in their native habitats in the form of locks and dams, their numbers have declined in recent years after spawning routes have been blocked in reservoirs. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) collects these prehistoric fish and breeds them to restore their numbers to a stable level. 

Blind Pony Hatchery Manager Nathan Storts said the fish MDC collects have a much greater chance of survival under the hatchery's care than they would in the wild.

"By keeping them in a controlled environment, we are able to monitor them and restock lakes and rivers across the state for fisherman to enjoy," Storts said.

The eggs spawned at Blind Pony are incubated for 10 days until all the eggs hatch. The young fish, called "fry," are then released into one of the hatchery's holding ponds, where they grow and mature. In October, the fish are large enough to be released into the wild in spots across Missouri.

Storts says the paddlefish's closely-monitored life at the hatchery is critical to the species survival.

"With the decline of their spawning habitat, there's just no way they could keep up," Storts said. "People love to catch paddlefish. Without our help, they would decline pretty rapidly." 

Popular lakes for this sport include Table Rock Lake, Black River and the Lake of the Ozarks. The way a paddlefish is caught is unlike traditional fishing methods. A large hook is dragged across the floor of the body of water until it snags a paddlefish. 

Adam Wolf, owner of Tombstone Tackleshop in Columbia, said his store has been busier this year than ever before. 

"They always say that Oklahoma is the snagging capital of the world, but it's not," Wolf said. "Lake of the Ozarks is. The lake has unbelievable populations that are a huge draw for fisherman across the country."

Due to their recovering population, paddlefish season is much shorter than other fish species. Wolf says the short window of opportunity for fisherman is also a factor to the sport's success. 

"The excitement builds up all year," Wolf said. "I think if you could do it year-round, it wouldn't be as big. But when you wait all year to do it, and you just have a month and a half, it creates excitement."

The paddlefish season begins March 15 and runs through April 30.

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Report: Food labeling policies come with unintended costs http://www.komu.com/news/report-food-labeling-policies-come-with-unintended-costs/ http://www.komu.com/news/report-food-labeling-policies-come-with-unintended-costs/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 5:20:40 PM Nora Faris, KOMU 8 Reporter & Elise Brisco, KOMU 8 Reporter Report: Food labeling policies come with unintended costs

COLUMBIA - "Organic" and "non-GMO"—these food labels adorn all kinds of products, from breakfast cereal to snack food. And according to an MU study, those labels are costing consumers more than they might know.

According to the study, non-genetically modified (non-GM) food products can cost between 10 and 62 percent more than corresponding foods containing GM ingredients.

The study adds that for some products, like ice cream, the price difference between non-GM and GM options is small: about 10 percent. But non-GM cooking and salad oils cost 60 percent more than GM oils, and non-GM breakfast cereals have a price premium of 26 percent over cereals with GM ingredients. These latest estimates of GM/non-GM cost differences are at least 10 times higher than other previous studies of the impacts of mandatory GM labeling.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently finalizing rules and a roll-out for mandatory GM labeling, a policy that was adopted by the U.S. two years ago. Although the mandatory labeling rule was passed into law, it has yet to be fully implemented, so the outlook for food producers and consumers is still a bit unclear. 

GM food labeling laws were adopted largely due to consumer fears over potential health concerns stemming from GM crops. GMO products have been on the market for over 20 years. Groups like the American Medical Association, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the World Health Organization have said that no strong scientific evidence has ever shown a relationship between GM products and adverse health effects.

"The law requires companies to disclose the GMO content of their products," said Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, an MU professor of agricultural economics and author of the cost-analysis study."So the question is, will companies choose to use GM labels, or will they try to avoid GM labels and the consumer stigma by using non-GM ingredients?"

Faced with mandatory labeling laws, some companies, like Kalaitzandonakes mentioned, are reformulating their products to avoid placing a GM label on their products. And although GM foods have not been found to affect human health, the GM labeling laws could significantly affect consumers' financial health. Non-GM ingredient sourcing can be more expensive for companies, which pass on that price increase to consumers, who pay an added premium for non-GM products.

According to Feeding America, a hunger relief and advocacy organization, the average price of a meal in Missouri is $3.05. For the nearly one in five people in Boone County already facing food insecurity, the additional costs of GM labeling—although maybe only adding up to a few dollars on each grocery bill—could mean a few more skipped meals a week.

The USDA is set to release implementation plans for mandatory GM labeling this summer. Food manufacturers' potential decisions to reformulate their products to avoid consumer stigma surrounding GMOs could lead to further price increases for consumers.  

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UMSL considers cutting programs http://www.komu.com/news/umsl-considers-cutting-programs/ http://www.komu.com/news/umsl-considers-cutting-programs/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 5:17:05 PM The Associated Press UMSL considers cutting programs

BELLERIVE (AP) — The University of Missouri-St. Louis is considering eliminating some degree programs amid financial trouble.

A committee of deans and faculty compiled a report proposing the university cut the bachelor's degree programs for anthropology and theater, the master's program for communications and the Ph.D. program for political science, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The report also suggests consolidating several majors into one program, such as sociology, gerontology and gender studies.

The committee evaluated the programs based on enrollment, past success in improving students' employment prospects, addressing emerging employment needs and campus benefits, among other criteria.

Provost Kristin Sobolik said students currently enrolled in these majors would be allowed to finish their degrees.

Many students in the affected programs expressed concern about the value of their degrees after graduation.

"If I have a degree from a program that no longer exists, I think employers would look at that and say there's an issue there," said Dana Channell, an undergraduate studying anthropology and music.

Sobolik acknowledged that she cannot predict the decision's potential impact.

No jobs will be lost from degree eliminations or consolidations, Sobolik said. It's possible that the university could choose to not fill some positions once vacated.

Other institutions in the University of Missouri System are researching and reviewing the future of their degree programs, according to the school's administrators. The move follows a request from the System President Mun Choi.

The state issued a report in December alleging that half the 1,800 degree programs at Missouri's public colleges and universities do not meet state standards.

The university hopes to make final recommendations by May 9. Some recommendations may need approval from the state Department of Education. Implementation for some proposals could take years.

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Former Royal returns to KC http://www.komu.com/news/former-royal-returns-to-kc/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-royal-returns-to-kc/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 4:04:38 PM Jacob Lang, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Former Royal returns to KC

KANSAS CITY - Beloved former Royal Lorenzo Cain made his much-anticipated return to Kauffman Stadium Tuesday night.

Cain, now a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, was 2-3 with a home run and reached base four times. The Brewers won the game 5-2.

Cain spent seven seasons in Kansas City, where he was a one-time All-Star.  He was a part of the team that won back-to-back pennants in 2014 and 2015, including a World Series championship in 2015.  Cain left Kansas City in free agency this past offseason in favor of Milwaukee, where he spent one year at the beginning of his career.

The Brewers and Cain are back in action at Kauffman Stadium Wednesday night at 7:15 for game two of the midweek series.

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Student finds dead mouse in Missouri State cafeteria meal http://www.komu.com/news/student-finds-dead-mouse-in-missouri-state-cafeteria-meal/ http://www.komu.com/news/student-finds-dead-mouse-in-missouri-state-cafeteria-meal/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 3:50:03 PM The Associated Press Student finds dead mouse in Missouri State cafeteria meal

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Missouri State University and its food supplier are investigating to determine how a small mouse was found in a dining hall meal this week.

The Springfield News-Leader reports freshman Miles Shelfter found the mouse Tuesday in his salad at Garst Dining Center.

University spokeswoman Suzanne Shaw said the school is working with its food service provider, Chartwells, to determine how the mouse ended up in the meal.

A food inspector was called to the university Wednesday. Chartwells said in a statement that it pulled the prepackaged, pre-washed spinach from its facilities.

Chartwells says it has also contacted its Quality Assurance team and is reviewing all pest inspection reports for the last six months. The company says it is confident the rodent came from its produce supplier.

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Study finds 9 of 10 elementary teachers extremely stressed http://www.komu.com/news/study-finds-9-of-10-elementary-teachers-extremely-stressed/ http://www.komu.com/news/study-finds-9-of-10-elementary-teachers-extremely-stressed/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 3:38:23 PM Bryce Marlin, KOMU 8 Reporter Study finds 9 of 10 elementary teachers extremely stressed

COLUMBIA – A study out this week finds high stress levels among elementary teachers affect student behavior and performance.

The MU study finds that nine of 10 elementary teachers are highly stressed in the classroom. Researchers found 93 percent of teachers are stressed due to their job, leaving just a small fraction of teachers unaffected by stress.

MU College of Education professor Wendy M. Reinke said the study was conducted in a school district near St. Louis and researchers found many cases of stress among teachers.

“We started to really see how stressful that job is and we had many teachers expressing that they had a great deal of stress,” Reinke said. “We have hundreds of teachers now that have reported their level of stress.”

Reinke said the stressful environment changes how teachers cope with student needs.

“Teachers who are highly stressed and are unable to find ways to cope were the teachers we found that effects their student outcome, student achievement and student behavior problems the most,” she said.

Reinke said stress is a national problem facing graduates who go into the teaching field unprepared to handle.

“One of the things that causes a lot of stress in the classroom is teachers not knowing exactly what to do with the behavior problems that they are seeing,” she said.

Reinke said education students must be taught better classroom management skills in college before they graduate.

A doctoral student at the MU school psychology, Jale’t Hickmon-Rosa said high anxiety causes teachers to burn out, and eventually leave their job.

“Research shows half of all teachers leave the profession after five years,” Hickmon-Rosa said. Then you keep putting teachers there that aren’t qualified to their because of this shortage.”

Hickmon-Rosa said there has to be a strong emphasis in helping teachers combat stress so student performance is not as affected.

“Based off research when teachers are well supported, they perform better and students do, too,” she said. “Teachers are people, too.”


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People from 46 countries become U.S. citizens at Jefferson City ceremony http://www.komu.com/news/people-from-46-countries-become-u-s-citizens-at-jefferson-city-ceremony/ http://www.komu.com/news/people-from-46-countries-become-u-s-citizens-at-jefferson-city-ceremony/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 3:29:07 PM Lydia Nusbaum, KOMU 8 Reporter People from 46 countries become U.S. citizens at Jefferson City ceremony

JEFFERSON CITY - More than 100 immigrants gathered to become American citizens at the naturalization ceremony Wednesday afternoon. 

"It's been a long journey," Mary Ann Hopkins said, a woman from the Philippines who received her citizenship. 

Hopkins' immigration attorney, Robert Torp, attended the ceremony and helped her become a citizen. 

"Now she's a U.S. citizen and I'm just thrilled," Torp said. 

Many people at the ceremony said it took between eight and 11 years to receive citizenship. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the process to become a citizen includes filing applications, taking naturalization tests and going through an interview process. 

Melanie Fraga teaches English Speakers of Other Languages in Jefferson City, and ran into one of her former students the day of the ceremony.

"To have former students pop out of the audience that are about to become citizens today was just--I just got chills," Fraga said. "I just almost started to cry."

Fraga's former student, Veronica Narvaez, moved here from Nicaragua in 2008 and immediately started taking English classes. Narvaez said she wants to be a part of the decisions made in the United States.

"I want to be taken seriously, and I want to keep moving forward and help others," Narvaez said. 

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Legal experts: Greitens not entitled to charity donor list http://www.komu.com/news/legal-experts-greitens-not-entitled-to-charity-donor-list/ http://www.komu.com/news/legal-experts-greitens-not-entitled-to-charity-donor-list/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 3:11:56 PM The Associated Press Legal experts: Greitens not entitled to charity donor list

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Legal experts say Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was not entitled to use a donor list from a veterans' charity he founded to raise money for his political campaign.

Greitens is facing a felony charge of tampering with computer data for allegedly disclosing a donor list of The Mission Continues to his campaign without the charity's permission. His attorney has released a statement seeming to suggest that Greitens was entitled to it because he had personally built the donor list.

But several nonprofit law experts told The Associated Press that a charity's donor list is a valuable asset that cannot be used for other purposes without permission of the nonprofit.

A spokeswoman for The Mission Continues says it did not provide or authorize any political campaign to use the list.

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DACA supporters react to judges ruling http://www.komu.com/news/daca-supporters-react-to-judges-ruling/ http://www.komu.com/news/daca-supporters-react-to-judges-ruling/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 3:06:08 PM Hailey Jennings, KOMU 8 Reporter; Ethan Burks KOMU 8 Digital Reporter DACA supporters react to judges ruling

COLUMBIA - The head of an MU Latino student group said Wednesday a court ruling to protect the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program is welcome news.

A U.S District judge ruled Tuesday against the Trump administration's decision to end DACA, a program created to protect young undocumented immigrants. 

U.S District Judge John D. Bates said the the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to end the program “was unlawful and must be set aside.”

The president for the MU Association of Latin Americans, Daniel Serres, is an advocate for DACA. "Ending of the program wouldn't allow for new applicants to gain protection," Serres said. "There are thousands of students who could lose legal status any day."

Serres said DACA gives young immigrants proper access to jobs, transportation and higher education and that ending the program would stop all progress.

"I think it's very important not to take it for granted because this is not the end of DACA," Serres said. "I very much still believe it needs to be turned into immigration reform or turned into a bigger solution."

When asked for a statement about the ruling, the office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt sent KOMU 8 News audio from a press availability in Jefferson City earlier this month before the ruling when the Republican spoke to the Missouri General Assembly.

"I think there's a lot of appropriate sympathy for kids who were brought here and grew up here and really know no other country," Blunt said April 4. 

One Columbia resident said every child deserves the right to stay in America.

"It shouldn't matter where you come from or the color of your skin," Krystian Burlinski said. "All kids should have the right to stay until they're old enough to realize what they want to do and where they want to live." 

The judge in the case is giving Homeland Security 90 days to put together a clear plan as to why DACA should be eliminated. He is the third federal judge to rule against this action. 

DACA was created to protect children from deportation who were under 16, and arrived before 2007, when their parents brought them into the country illegally.

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Osage community celebrates the life of Miller County deputy http://www.komu.com/news/osage-community-celebrates-the-life-of-miller-county-deputy/ http://www.komu.com/news/osage-community-celebrates-the-life-of-miller-county-deputy/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 2:49:45 PM Jalyn Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter Osage community celebrates the life of Miller County deputy

OSAGE BEACH - Hundreds celebrated the life of Miller County sheriff's deputy Casey Shoemate Wednesday morning.

Shoemate died Friday night while responding to an emergency call. On his way to the scene, he crashed head-on with another car on Highway Y, just south of Eldon.

The other driver was seriously injured at the scene, but is now in fair condition.

Cole County Sheriff John Wheeler said death is typically a difficult topic for small communities like Osage Beach. 

"It's solemn, sad and tragic when anybody dies but even more-so when a first responder dies," Wheeler said. "It's a small area so we work with each other a lot. He's not just a face or a number, he's a person to us."

Various first responders from the area including the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Eldon Fire Department and Eldon EMS all attended the funeral to show their respect for Shoemate and his family.

KOMU 8 News spoke with friends who attended the funeral, they said Shoemate's role in the various communities he served in made an impact on everyone he came into contact with.

Several local businesses in Eldon even have signs on windows or on lawns that read "Rest in Peace Deputy Shoemate."

"It's pretty impressive to see a community like that pull together and shown their support," Wheeler said.

In addition to first responders, the Patriot Guard Riders honored Shoemate at the ceremony and participated in his nearly 20 minute processional.

"He didn't die in vain, there's no greater love than those that lay down their life for their brothers," Wheeler said.

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Greitens speaks at St. Louis area police prayer breakfast http://www.komu.com/news/greitens-speaks-at-st-louis-area-police-prayer-breakfast/ http://www.komu.com/news/greitens-speaks-at-st-louis-area-police-prayer-breakfast/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 2:41:40 PM The Associated Press Greitens speaks at St. Louis area police prayer breakfast

ST. CHARLES (AP) — In a brief and subdued speech to hundreds of St. Louis area police officers, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens praised law enforcement while making no reference to his own legal problems.

Greitens spoke Wednesday at an annual breakfast of the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association. He told the officers that a strong majority of Missourians support police even in a time of controversies.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the governor made no mention of the two criminal indictments he faces or growing calls that he should resign. Reporters were kept at the back of the room and told they could not ask questions about the controversies.

Association officials said they asked Greitens to be keynote speaker because he has been a strong supporter of law enforcement.

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Teachers say new bill on unions could hurt students http://www.komu.com/news/teachers-say-new-bill-on-unions-could-hurt-students/ http://www.komu.com/news/teachers-say-new-bill-on-unions-could-hurt-students/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 2:28:44 PM Ian Nickens, KOMU Reporter Teachers say new bill on unions could hurt students

JEFFERSON CITY – Union teachers are urging lawmakers to vote against a bill that would change how unions use dues and manage membership.

The bill, HB 1413, does three major things: it prevents unions from taking money out of members' salaries to pay dues without an annual authorization; it prevents unions from using member fees to pay political campaign contributions without consent; it requires union members to re-certify their union every two years.

Sally Topping, a St. Louis teacher who opposes the bill, said the shorter re-certification process could hurt students.

"Basically, we have to re-certify our union every two years, which makes it impossible for us then to have any certainty with regard to salary or working conditions." Topping said. "When you negotiate a contract, it takes about a year. Now, we're talking about an even shorter process."

Topping said the more frequent re-certification process would distract teachers from writing curriculum and gathering supplies because they wouldn't have the job certainty needed to make arrangements. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa), doesn't believe that to be the case.

"Well, I would say it's a pretty simple process," Taylor said. "It gives them two weeks to re-certify every two years and they should have the opportunity, new teachers are always coming in, things change, they should decide whether or not they still want to be represented by the union."

Taylor said the political contributions issue would also require consent as a way to try to keep union activities in the best interest of its members.

"They shouldn't have dues being taken out if it's going to political purposes that they disagree with. Maybe they still want to be part of the union, but they don't want those dues being spent on candidates they don't support," Taylor said.

However, according to Topping, there's a problem with that logic.

"Some [representatives] didn't realize that political contributions are entirely voluntary, separate and segregated from any other dues that are paid," Topping said. "They didn't know that. They were so out of touch with what the union for teachers really does that some of their questions, honestly, if they were students, I would have given them an 'F.'"

Topping said HB 1413 is really just a political game to weaken unions and keep teacher voices quiet.

The bill passed the house and is currently in the senate. That's actually where the part about re-certification was added. However, Taylor said he supports that addition.

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USDA, Missouri leaders address opioid epidemic in Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/usda-missouri-leaders-address-opioid-epidemic-in-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/usda-missouri-leaders-address-opioid-epidemic-in-missouri/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 1:50:37 PM Tyler Emery, KOMU 8 Reporter USDA, Missouri leaders address opioid epidemic in Missouri

COLUMBIA — One out of every three Missouri families is now affected by the opioid crisis. This fact drove the U.S. Department of Agriculture to lead a roundtable discussion Wednesday with more than 30 leaders in Missouri.

Participants ranged from Missouri state department leaders, law enforcement agencies and health care providers.

The main speakers were: 

-Dean Linneman, the Director of the Division of Regulation & Licensure for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

-Timothy Rudder, with the Missouri Department of Mental Health

-Eric Swan, the Lead Counsel on Opioids for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office

-Sgt. Shawn Griggs, the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Drug and Crime Division

Griggs showed that in 2016, one out of every 66 deaths in Missouri was due to heroin or opioid overdoses. Statistics show 908 Missourians died from opioid overdoses that year.

"We can't arrest our way out of the opioid epidemic," Griggs said. 

Linneman agreed, and said the main focus for Wednesday's discussion was how many departments within the state can come together to address the issue. 

"The opioid epidemic is a nationwide problem. Missouri has not escaped that," Linneman said. "It's going to take the entire state and resources available through the other state departments to help put a dent in the problem."

Other panelists touched on the difficulty for those living in rural Missouri to seek help. 

Karen White is the CEO of Missouri Highlands Healthcare located in rural southern Missouri. The facility serves seven of the most rural counties in the state. 

"The individuals that come through our doors are train wrecks," White said. "The struggles are really hard because the resources aren't there."

White said many of the individuals their rural clinics treat turned to opioids because they couldn't afford other forms of pain treatment. 

"I really do think that had they been given equal opportunity to seek other care to treat their pain, they would have taken those over taking a substance such as an opioid," White said. 

A lot of the roundtable participants said they believe one of the best solutions toward addressing the issue in Missouri is awareness and education.

Boone County will be participating in a nationwide effort this weekend for "National Perscription Drug Take Back Day." The locations and times of take back sites are shown below.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018:

  • Harry S. Truman VA Hospital
    • 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, Mo.
  • University of Missouri Student Center
    • 2500 MU Student Center, Columbia, Mo.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018:

  • Ashland Police Dept.
    • 109 E. Broadway, Ashland, Mo.
  • Centralia Police Dept. Lobby
    • 114 S. Rollins, Centralia, Mo.
  • Hallsville Police Dept.
    • 202 Highway 124 East, Hallsville, Mo.
  • Hickman High School
    • 1104 N. Providence Rd., Columbia, Mo. (north entrance)
  • Rock Bridge High School
    • 4303 S. Providence Rd., Columbia, Mo. (north entrance)

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Jefferson City YMCA and Holts Summit battle over district lines http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-ymca-and-holts-summit-battle-over-district-lines/ http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-ymca-and-holts-summit-battle-over-district-lines/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 1:37:43 PM Wesley Weglarek, KOMU 8 Reporter Jefferson City YMCA and Holts Summit battle over district lines

JEFFERSON CITY - The five-year battle between Jefferson City YMCA and the city of Holts Summit intensified this week when the YMCA decided not to release the city from its service area.

Holts Summit City Administrator Rick Hess said around 600-700 families in Holts Summit are members of Jefferson City YMCA, about 33 percent of the total number of households. 

In a Facebook post, Hess posted the response from Jefferson City YMCA Chief Executive Officer Craig Lammers. Hess responded with "captive to another entity because of $$$$$."

"We have a strong market penetration in the Holts Summit area and have a responsibility to continue to provide services in the area," said Lammers. "As mentioned before, we would welcome the opportunity to do programming at possible locations to provide group exercise classes as an example. 

Lammers said the Jefferson City YMCA has offered to discuss a project with Callaway YMCA.

"We have offered to discuss this project with Callaway YMCA, but you have not expressed interest in exploring this potential partnership," Lammers said.

Hess said in 2013 Holts Summit tried to build a YMCA through Callaway YMCA, but that is when Jefferson City interjected. Hess said Holts Summit has not reached out again, because its not fair to Callaway County if they are still under Jefferson City's service area.

"That one fell through because the Jeff City 'Y' came in and said Holts Summit is in our area of influence along with some of the smaller outlying communities in Cole County and Ashland," said Hess. 

Since the fight started in 2013, Jefferson City YMCA built another YMCA in Jefferson City along with a YMCA in Ashland.

Hess said to be considered to have a YMCA built in Holts Summit, they would need to raise $850,000, which the city said is not possible.

"We just want them to release us and they refuse to release us," said Hess. "They won't release us because we're a big cash influence to them."

Hess said the next step for Holts Summit is to find a entrepreneur or business owner who is willing to build a daycare, athletic center or pool for their residents. 

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Neighbor rescue 2 from burning northeast Missouri home http://www.komu.com/news/neighbor-rescue-2-from-burning-northeast-missouri-home/ http://www.komu.com/news/neighbor-rescue-2-from-burning-northeast-missouri-home/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 1:27:18 PM The Associated Press Neighbor rescue 2 from burning northeast Missouri home

MONROE CITY (AP) — A mother and daughter are recovering after narrowly escaping their burning home with the help of some heroic neighbors.

KHQA-TV reports that a home caught fire Saturday in the northeast Missouri town of Monroe City. Dane Foster saw smoke coming from his neighbor's home. He went inside, picked up the mother and carried her out.

Meanwhile, the town's mayor, John Long, was working in his yard when his wife yelled that the neighbor's home was on fire. He flagged down a third neighbor, Zach James.

James went into the home and Foster went back in. They emerged with the daughter as flames engulfed the roof.

The mother and daughter are staying with relatives, shaken but otherwise OK.

Monroe City, with about 2,400 residents, is 130 miles northwest of St. Louis.

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KCP&L warns of large increase in scams aimed at customers http://www.komu.com/news/kcpandl-warns-of-large-increase-in-scams-aimed-at-customers/ http://www.komu.com/news/kcpandl-warns-of-large-increase-in-scams-aimed-at-customers/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:38:54 AM The Associated Press KCP&L warns of large increase in scams aimed at customers

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City Power & Light is warning customers it is seeing a dramatic increase in the number of scams directed at customers.

The electric company said Wednesday that it has tracked 326 attempted utility collection call scams in the first quarter this year. That's a 76 percent increase from 185 similar calls last year.

KCP&L officials say the scams generally involve someone posing as a KCP&L employee telling a customer a bill is past due and threatening to disconnect service if payment isn't made immediately. Generally, customers are told to buy prepaid cards, then call back and give the caller the card's number and PIN.

The utility says it does call customers but employees will never demand immediate payment or the purchase of a prepaid card.

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Inmate escapes from eastern Missouri jail http://www.komu.com/news/inmate-escapes-from-eastern-missouri-jail/ http://www.komu.com/news/inmate-escapes-from-eastern-missouri-jail/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:08:14 AM The Associated Press Inmate escapes from eastern Missouri jail

UNION (AP) — An inmate has escaped from an eastern Missouri jail where he worked in the kitchen.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Franklin County Sheriff Steven Pelton 37-year-old Ricky Johnson Jr. escaped around 6 a.m. Wednesday when a kitchen staff member arrived at work and unlocked a rear door.

Johnson was being held at the jail for probation violations. His original charges were receiving stolen property, property damage, burglary and stealing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office.

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Moberly man set to plead not guilty to sexual abuse charges http://www.komu.com/news/moberly-man-set-to-plead-not-guilty-to-sexual-abuse-charges/ http://www.komu.com/news/moberly-man-set-to-plead-not-guilty-to-sexual-abuse-charges/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:05:49 AM Eric Graves, KOMU 8 Reporter Moberly man set to plead not guilty to sexual abuse charges

MOBERLY - A Moberly man who was not arrested until two years after investigators first got reports he was sexually abusing children was being arraigned Wednesday morning at the Randolph County Courthouse.

Carl Sheets was arrested in October of 2017 and is facing 16 counts of sexually abusing a minor. 

Mike Fusselman, the prosecuting attorney, said the six minors mentioned in Sheets' case are very important to the trial, but he is worried about them.

"There is some research that shows not all children do well by having to testify and we do have research that shows repeated testimony is harmful to them," he said.

For these reasons, Fusselman wants to keep the children from testifying, as much as possible.

"The more a child has to revisit a tragic event the more harmful it can be," he said.

For Carl Sheets and his special public defender, Clark Jones, the plan for the arraignment is simple.

"We're going to enter a plea of not guilty as to all accounts and then we'll engage in depositions," Jones said.

Investigators say Carl Sheet's wife acted in concert with him and "aided or encouraged" him.

Angie Sheets is facing eight counts. She recently decided to wave her preliminary hearing and talk to prosecutors about possibiy testifying against Carl Sheets.

After Carl Sheets' arraignment, the defense has 10 days to file either a motion for change of judge or change of venue, depending on if they feel they need to.

Both attorneys said they are going to be using the coming weeks to prepare for a jury trial.

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District suspends security official after student is stunned http://www.komu.com/news/district-suspends-security-official-after-student-is-stunned/ http://www.komu.com/news/district-suspends-security-official-after-student-is-stunned/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 9:59:34 AM The Associated Press District suspends security official after student is stunned

NORMANDY (AP) — A suburban St. Louis school district has suspended a security official accused of using a stun gun on a 14-year-old.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Normandy Police Chief Frank Mininni says the security official was arrested Friday at Normandy Middle School after witnesses were interviewed and security footage reviewed. No charges have been filed.

Mininni says the student was a half-day student who was getting ready to go home when the security official told him to go back to class. Mininni says the student replied, "I'm not going back to class, I'm going home," and tried to outpace the security official before being stunned. Police called an ambulance, but the student's father took him to a hospital.

A school district spokeswoman says the district is cooperating with police.

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Woman dies on Alaska Airlines plane in Kansas City http://www.komu.com/news/woman-dies-on-alaska-airlines-plane-in-kansas-city/ http://www.komu.com/news/woman-dies-on-alaska-airlines-plane-in-kansas-city/ Continuous News Wed, 25 Apr 2018 9:27:21 AM The Associated Press Woman dies on Alaska Airlines plane in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY (AP) —  Authorities say a woman has died on an Alaska Airlines flight that took off from Seattle and landed at Kansas City International Airport.

Kansas City police released a statement saying firefighters responded to a medical emergency aboard Flight 478 on Tuesday and found the woman dead. She was identified on Wednesday as 59-year-old Anna Lively of Humansville, Missouri.

Police say it appears that Lively suffered cardiac arrest but the exact cause of death won't be known until after an autopsy.

The airline's website says the flight was nonstop from Seattle to Kansas City.

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