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, 24 Aug 2016 01:08:23 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 City of Columbia to require storm shelters in some new buildings http://www.komu.com/news/city-of-columbia-to-require-storm-shelters-in-some-new-buildings/ http://www.komu.com/news/city-of-columbia-to-require-storm-shelters-in-some-new-buildings/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 7:41:43 PM Shelly Hagan, KOMU 8 reporter City of Columbia to require storm shelters in some new buildings

COLUMBIA - Major building code changes will go into effect in Columbia starting October 1, 2016. The city is currently under the 2012 International Code Council (ICC) codes, but Tuesday the Building and Site Development group held a meeting at City Hall to discuss the changes in the 2015 ICC codes.

Some of the changes include mandatory storm shelters for specific building permits after September 30. According to Building Regulations supervisor John Simon, any schools and critical emergency operations such as 911 call stations and police stations will now be required to have storm shelters. Although this doesn’t apply to existing structures, it does affect large additions.

“If you add 25 percent of the existing floor area [to these types of buildings], then you require a storm shelter,” Simon said.

Other topics discussed include a change in the International Fire Code regarding stage canopies.

“There’s been several large events involving the collapse of stage canopies, so the fire code in this case has reacted to this,” Fire Department Assistant Chief Brad Fraizer said.

Notably, large gusts of wind blew over Sugarland’s stage canopy at the Indiana State Fair in 2011 killing seven people and injuring others.

“The new regulations require canopies excess of 400 square feet to have a third party engineer endorse the canopy and ensure it’s rated, for example most specifically, for wind,” Fraizer said.

Other new items in the code include requirements for plot plans for single-family homes, commercial kitchen size limits, and energy codes.


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Debate begins to fix Columbia's parking garage problem http://www.komu.com/news/debate-begins-to-fix-columbia-s-parking-garage-problem/ http://www.komu.com/news/debate-begins-to-fix-columbia-s-parking-garage-problem/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 7:12:37 PM Lauren Donovan, KOMU 8 News Debate begins to fix Columbia's parking garage problem

COLUMBIA - Columbia's Downtown Leadership Council began debate Tuesday afternoon on how to solve a slew of problems with parking downtown. 

Recently the city has made improvements to parking like allowing drivers to pay with their phones instead of feeding the meter with change, but many on the council argue the city still needs more improvements. 

In an effort to standardize the garages downtown, the city has moved all of Plaza Garage's hourly parking spots to the top floor. It has kept the premium and permit spaces down below. City officials say the consolidation will make it easier for users of the garage to find those spaces. Richard Stone, engineering manager for Columbia Public Works said, "It is much more efficient for the public and for us.”

Opponents argue it's unfair to hourly users who have to trek all the way to the top floor. Brent Gardner of the Downtown Leadership Council said he sees the disadvantages to non-permit holders. "The permit parking down to the main floor seems like a mistake because its harder for people to park there." 

People at the meeting made a few suggestions on how to improve the parking situation including a parking validation program and having employees park at permit spots on quieter streets so they won't take up parking garage spots.  

Kimi Kulacic, a frequent user of the garages, said finding a parking spot is an annoyance. "I always have found it super difficult to find places. There's just not enough spots. A lot of the times when I go into the garage, there will be just nowhere to park and you'll have to drive all the way up and even then you usually won't find a space," Kulacic said. 

No plan has been established yet on how to fix these budding issues. The next meeting to address the issue will be next month.

 


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Boone County Fire Protection District builds new fire station http://www.komu.com/news/boone-county-fire-protection-district-builds-new-fire-station/ http://www.komu.com/news/boone-county-fire-protection-district-builds-new-fire-station/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 6:42:49 PM Ming Ma, KOMU 8 Reporter Boone County Fire Protection District builds new fire station

COLUMBIA - The construction of a new Boone County Fire Protection District station starts this week. 

The new Station 16 building will be located on Route HH, near the Sun Valley Estates subdivision in Columbia. 

Gale Blomenkamp, the assistant chief of the Boone County Fire District, said Station 5 in Prathersville is the busiest fire station in Boone County. On average, it runs three to four calls a day and almost a hundred calls a month. Station 16 is expected to decrease the number of calls to the station in Prathersville. 

"I think the biggest benefit is gonna be our customer service, our ability to respond more quickly to increase the area of call volume for the fire district," Blomenkamp said. 

Blomenkamp said Station 16 is part of the large project from a 2014 bond issue, which is about $14 million, and the construction will cost more than $1.3 million. 

The construction will be finished by next year. 


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Court ruling gives MU grad workers renewed hope for unionization http://www.komu.com/news/court-ruling-gives-mu-grad-workers-renewed-hope-for-unionization/ http://www.komu.com/news/court-ruling-gives-mu-grad-workers-renewed-hope-for-unionization/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 5:42:43 PM Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 News Court ruling gives MU grad workers renewed hope for unionization

COLUMBIA - A ruling Tuesday from the National Labor Relations Board, which states graduate workers at private universities are considered employees, has given graduate workers at the University of Missouri new hope they may eventually be allowed to unionize.

That would grant graduate workers collective bargaining rights.

MU is a public university, so the ruling does not apply directly to it, but Coalition of Graduate Workers Outreach Officer Joseph Moore said the ruling may still help graduate workers fighting for the right to unionize.

"It does have an indirect impact in the sense that it sets a precedent at the federal level that state and local courts can follow," Moore said. 

He said graduate workers will stage a rally between Jesse Hall and The Columns on MU's campus on Wednesday at noon.

MU said in a statement that it still won't recognize graduate workers as employees, because it follows Missouri laws, ones that are different from those affected by the Labor Relations Board ruling on Tuesday.

That statement said, in part, "MU and graduate students still need guidance from Missouri courts about important, and as yet undecided, issues of unionization in our state."

Currently, MU graduate workers are in a legal battle with the university following a series of events over the past year. 

Last August, graduate workers organized a walkout as they called for fully subsidized health insurance, more affordable housing, and other benefits. Then, in April, more than 1,500 graduate workers voted for unionization, with 84 percent saying yes.

After that vote, MU said it would not recognize graduate workers as employees, citing legal issues in the state pertaining to unionization. In the university's statement Tuesday, MU said it continues to work toward improved relations with graduate workers. It cited increased minimum stipends, which MU said will go up each of the next two years. 

Graduate Student Minimum Stipends:

  • 2016-17: $13,771 for master's students and $15,148 for PhD students
  • 2017-18: $16,525 for master's students and $18,000 for PhD students

Moore said the labor board ruling pertaining to private schools should soon apply to public schools, because graduate workers' roles are similar at both.

"We're the same. We perform the same services. So, the definition of 'employee' the NLBR used for graduate students absolutely applies to graduate students at public as well as private universities," Moore said. 

The ruling said graduate students could be treated as employees if they perform and are paid for services the university oversees.

MU said it will continue to seek legal counsel on the legality of unionization of graduate workers as the lawsuit filed against it by the Coalition of Graduate Workers continues.


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One man seriously injured in car accident Tuesday http://www.komu.com/news/one-man-seriously-injured-in-car-accident-tuesday/ http://www.komu.com/news/one-man-seriously-injured-in-car-accident-tuesday/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 5:28:09 PM Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Reporter and Amber Sipe, KOMU 8 Digital Producer One man seriously injured in car accident Tuesday

COLUMBIA - One man was seriously injured Tuesday in a crash at the intersection of Bethel Church Road and Route K.

Firefighters had to remove the roof of the car to get the trapped man out. Gale Blomenkamp, Boone County Assistant Fire Chief, said the man had a broken leg and a cut on his head. 

"He was counscious when we pulled him out of the vehicle but he's got a road to recovery ahead of him," Blomenkamp said.

He was taken from the scene in an ambulance. 

The car hit trees before stopping.

"Most of the damage was on the passenger side because that's the side that the trees were on," Blomenkamp said. "So, after he made contact with those trees and then popped back up on the road, that's where he ended up."

Blomenkamp said investigators are looking into whether the driver was connected to a rear end collision that happened a few minutes earlier at the intersection of Providence and Nifong. 


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Experts warn people to do research before donating to flood victims http://www.komu.com/news/experts-warn-people-to-do-research-before-donating-to-flood-victims/ http://www.komu.com/news/experts-warn-people-to-do-research-before-donating-to-flood-victims/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 4:51:24 PM Christina Salonikas, KOMU 8 Reporter Experts warn people to do research before donating to flood victims

COLUMBIA - The Better Business Bureau is warning people to take extra precautions when donating to flooding victims and to check to make sure non-profits and charities are legitimate before giving away personal information.

Sean Spence, Better Businesses Bureau regional director, said, "Don’t make a contribution over the phone to somebody you have never heard of before. Take a step back. They are still going to need your money in a later day. They’re still going to need your money tomorrow and in a week, and do the research, check them out on the web, call them back on the phone, make sure they are for real."

Spence said scams pop up every time a national tragedy occurs.

United Way Executive Director Andrew Grabau advises people to search GuideStar online to profile non-profits and charities and make sure they are a legitimate organizations. 

"You can research all registered non-profit agencies because on that website. You can also look at their tax filings. The form 9-90 is a tax form that all 501-C3’s have to file with the government, and you can make sure they are legitimate through that source," Grabau said.

Spence said, "You want to check the charity before you give them a single dime."

If people want to donate locally to Baton Rouge, Grabau said United Way can designate every dollar directly to the efforts in Louisiana. 

He said people wanting to donate should look into established non-profits that are known for disaster relief. 

There currently are no reported scams from the flooding. The BBB's website offers a scam tracker.


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Science fiction author Heinlein honored as famous Missourian http://www.komu.com/news/science-fiction-author-heinlein-honored-as-famous-missourian-81163/ http://www.komu.com/news/science-fiction-author-heinlein-honored-as-famous-missourian-81163/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 4:20:13 PM The Associated Press Science fiction author Heinlein honored as famous Missourian

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Science fiction author Robert Heinlein has been inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a bronze bust of Heinlein that will be displayed at the Capitol building.

Heinlein was born in 1907 in Butler and raised in Kansas City. He launched his career in writing in 1939.

He won top science fiction awards for books including "Starship Troopers" and "Stranger in a Strange Land."

State Rep. T.J. Berry of the Kansas City area says Heinlein's writing also influenced the fields of science and space exploration.

Heinlein joins 45 other Missourians honored in the hall. Others include Mark Twain, Dred Scott and Ginger Rogers, as well as more controversial figures such as Rush Limbaugh.


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Woman charged in shooting of man she claimed was intruder http://www.komu.com/news/woman-charged-in-shooting-of-man-she-claimed-was-intruder/ http://www.komu.com/news/woman-charged-in-shooting-of-man-she-claimed-was-intruder/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 4:11:45 PM The Associated Press Woman charged in shooting of man she claimed was intruder

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A key figure in a previous murder case is now charged with killing a man she claimed was an intruder.

Pamela Hupp of O'Fallon, Missouri, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder. Police say she is hospitalized in stable condition after repeatedly stabbing herself with a pen in a women's restroom while in custody. Bond is set at $2 million.

Hupp fatally shot Louis Gumpenberger Aug. 16. She told police Gumpenberger was a stranger who confronted her on her driveway then followed her into the home.

But St. Charles County prosecutor Tim Lohmar says Hupp set up Gumpenberger and killed him without provocation.

Hupp was a witness against Russell Faria, convicted of fatally stabbing his wife, Betsy Faria, near Troy in 2011.

The conviction was reversed and Faria was acquitted in 2015, partly on claims that he should have been able to argue in the first trial that Hupp had motive to kill Betsy Faria.


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Columbia Public Schools now offering dinner at high schools http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-public-schools-now-offering-dinner-at-high-schools/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-public-schools-now-offering-dinner-at-high-schools/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 3:51:29 PM Amber Sipe, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Columbia Public Schools now offering dinner at high schools

COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools is now offering evening dinner for high school students staying after school for clubs, athletics or special events, according to Community Relations Director Michelle Baumstark. 

She said the meal service is available from 4:30-7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and may differ on Fridays. The menu is composed of items students have voted as favorites.

The hot meal will cost $2.90 and individual and a la carte options will also be available. Students can pay for the meal with cash or charge it to a student meal account. The meals also qualify for free or reduced pricing, according to Baumstark.

 


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Green Party gets approval to appear on Missouri ballot http://www.komu.com/news/green-party-gets-approval-to-appear-on-missouri-ballot/ http://www.komu.com/news/green-party-gets-approval-to-appear-on-missouri-ballot/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 3:27:26 PM The Associated Press Green Party gets approval to appear on Missouri ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters will have some additional choices on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The Green Party received approval Tuesday to appear on the ballot after turning in more than 23,000 valid petition signatures of registered voters. The secretary of state's office also certified a dozen independent candidates.

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein will join Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Constitution Party candidate Darrell Castle.

The governor's race has two new additions — independent candidate Lester Turilli Jr. and Green Party candidate Don Fitz. They join Democrat Chris Koster, Republican Eric Greitens and Libertarian Cisse Spragins.

For U.S. Senate, Green Party candidate Johnathan McFarland was certified to appear alongside Republican Roy Blunt, Democrat Jason Kander, Libertarian Jonathan Dine and Constitution Party candidate Fred Ryman.


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Columbia launches minority and women-owned business database http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-launches-minority-and-women-owned-business-database/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-launches-minority-and-women-owned-business-database/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 3:06:50 PM Chris Green, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia launches minority and women-owned business database

COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia's website launched a database of businesses owned by minorities and women Tuesday.

The database includes 129 businesses. It is a part of the social equity priority of the city's Strategic Plan, which strives to assist disadvantaged business enterprises so they have equal opportunities in the private sector.

Debra Harris and her husband Al Harris own A Cut Above the Rest Barber and Salon. She said the database is a great idea if enough people know about it.

Al Harris said he wants more business from everyone, regardless of race, because he is able to do a variety of styles and cuts.

Debra Harris said the couple's business is not a "black and white thing,"

"At the end of the day we are a business and we offer a service, so we are trained to service all people. It’s not about the color."

She said the database seems like it will help new businesses more than hers because the black community already knows about A Cut Above the Rest.

The Harrises hope the database will allow more diverse people to patronize their business and “at least give [them] a chance to service them,” Debra Harris said.


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Ruling: Grad students at private universities can unionize http://www.komu.com/news/ruling-grad-students-at-private-universities-can-unionize/ http://www.komu.com/news/ruling-grad-students-at-private-universities-can-unionize/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 3:05:10 PM The Associated Press Ruling: Grad students at private universities can unionize

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that student teaching and research assistants at private universities are employees and have a right to be represented by unions.

The 3-1 ruling Tuesday overturns a 2004 NLRB ruling that said graduate students were not employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act.

Tuesday's decision in a case involving graduate students at Columbia University potentially affects graduate students at hundreds of private colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

It is also an issue at public institutions, including the University of Missouri, where graduate students have voted to form a union. Chancellor Hank Foley has said the university would not recognize such a union.

Olga Brudastova, a graduate research assistant in civil engineering at Columbia, said she looks forward to "a speedy, fair election" there.

Columbia University said in a statement that it disagrees with the ruling because the relationship students have with faculty members as part of their studies "is not the same as between employer and employee."

(Additional reporting by Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director.)

 


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Raising St. Louis County tobacco age limit to be proposed http://www.komu.com/news/raising-st-louis-county-tobacco-age-limit-to-be-proposed/ http://www.komu.com/news/raising-st-louis-county-tobacco-age-limit-to-be-proposed/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 2:25:19 PM The Associated Press Raising St. Louis County tobacco age limit to be proposed

CREVE COEUR, Mo. (AP) — An increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 in St. Louis County is set to be proposed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that councilman Sam Page, an anesthesiologist, announced on Monday plans to introduce the proposal. Page says it is too easy to buy tobacco products in the county.

The age restriction would include the sale of vape products as well as cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco.

The restrictive measure, and others like it, is commonly known as a Tobacco 21 or T21 ordinance.

Ginny Chadwick, who spearheaded the T21 initiative in Columbia, says the ordinance will not stop teens from smoking, but that it's more effective than any other tobacco prevention program.


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Man accused of assaulting woman and two children while holding them captive http://www.komu.com/news/man-accused-of-assaulting-woman-and-two-children-while-holding-them-captive/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-accused-of-assaulting-woman-and-two-children-while-holding-them-captive/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 1:33:17 PM Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Reporter and Shannon Sankey, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Man accused of assaulting woman and two children while holding them captive

COLUMBIA - A woman told police a man strangled, sliced, punched and head-butted her, and assaulted her children while holding them all captive for a week.

Columbia police arrested Terrence Hartmann when responding to a physical disturbance call from 3600 block of Greeley Drive Monday morning.

The 29-year-old female victim told officers she and her children, ages 5 and 2, had run from Hartmann's house, where he had held them captive since Sunday, Aug. 14. The victim said she didn't live with Hartmann but was in an intimate relationship with him and that he broke her phone so she wouldn't be able to contact police.

The victim's report to police said Hartmann threatened to shoot the woman and her children, attacked her numerous times and hit the 2-year-old on the butt and the 5-year-old in the face.

On Monday, the victims escaped and called the police from a neighbor's home. Columbia Police Department Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer said officers arrested Hartman while he was searching for the victims.

"When the victim left the residence running with the two children, he also got into a vehicle and started circling the area looking for them," Stroer said. "And we were given a description of the suspect as well as his vehicle. And we located him and the vehicle on Yoko Court."

The woman said, over the course of several days, Hartmann strangled her to the point of unconsciousness. The woman told police Hartmann head-butted her in the nose causing her blood to get all over the bedroom. 

The victim also said that Hartmann punched her in the stomach while in the laundry room before he stabbed the door with a knife and told her "this is what it's going to look like when you stand up." The woman said that she put her hands up to prevent herself from being stabbed and Hartmann cut her fingers with the knife.

Officers found multiple marks on the female victim including: a bruise in the center of her nose, a bruise on her ear, a mark on her chest, a bruise on the left upper arm, and bruises on her neck. Officers found cuts on her left middle and index fingers.

Officers said they found red marks on both of the children's butts as well as red marks on the 5-year-old's face below his eye and a bruise on the arm. 

The CPD said it got a search warrant for Hartmann's residence and found the following: a loaded handgun in the bedroom, blood in the bedroom, blood in the bathroom, blood on bedsheets officers found in the kitchen, holes in the laundry room's door, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Boone County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Caldera said Hartman faces eight charges. They include:

  • Three counts of kidnapping
  • Two counts of domestic assault in the second degree
  • Two counts of endangering the welfare of a child in first degree
  • One count of armed criminal action

The Boone County Jail website said Hartmann is being held on a cash bond of $200,000 dollars.


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Columbia gymnastics reaps the benefits of the Final Five's Olympic success http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-gymnastics-reaps-the-benefits-of-the-final-five-s-olympic-success/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-gymnastics-reaps-the-benefits-of-the-final-five-s-olympic-success/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 1:28:32 PM Desiree' Evans, KOMU8 Reporter Columbia gymnastics reaps the benefits of the Final Five's Olympic success

COLUMBIA - Since the Olympics, Authority Gymnastics and Cheer has seen an increase in enrollment for its fall gymnastics classes.

“For our business, I think it will increase about 25 percent,” Shari Mann said.

Mann and Jonathan Liddle have been the owners of Authority Gymnastics and Cheer for six years and say they are excited for the future of their gym and for the future of gymnastics as a whole.

Liddle said he believes the diversity on the U.S. gymnastics team will increase representation within the sport. Laurie Hernandez is Hispanic, while Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas are black.

"It’s going to just widen the base for the entire gymnastics community,” he said.  

Enrollment for gymnastics can be done over the phone and online. Fall classes begin next week.


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Science fiction author Heinlein honored as famous Missourian http://www.komu.com/news/science-fiction-author-heinlein-honored-as-famous-missourian/ http://www.komu.com/news/science-fiction-author-heinlein-honored-as-famous-missourian/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:23:12 PM Associated Press Science fiction author Heinlein honored as famous Missourian

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Science fiction author Robert Heinlein has been inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a bronze bust of Heinlein that will be displayed in the House Chamber at the Capitol building.

Heinlein was born in 1907 in Butler and raised in Kansas City. He launched his career in writing in 1939.

He won top science fiction awards for books including "Starship Troopers" and "Stranger in a Strange Land."

State Rep. T.J. Berry of the Kansas City area says Heinlein's writing also influenced the fields of science and space exploration.

Heinlein joins 45 other Missourians honored in the hall. Others include Mark Twain, Dred Scott and Ginger Rogers, as well as more controversial figures such as Rush Limbaugh.

 


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Man gets 3 years for crash that killed pregnant 15-year-old http://www.komu.com/news/man-gets-3-years-for-crash-that-killed-pregnant-15-year-old/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-gets-3-years-for-crash-that-killed-pregnant-15-year-old/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:18:36 PM AP Man gets 3 years for crash that killed pregnant 15-year-old

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to three years in prison for causing the accident that killed a pregnant 15-year-old passenger in his car.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 21-year-old Bryan Green pleaded guilty Monday to armed criminal action and second-degree manslaughter.

The accident happened March 6, 2014, when Green's 2007 Acura sped through a stop sign and struck a Ford Focus before hitting a tree. The car split in half, killing Jada Williams, who was in the backseat. She was a high school sophomore. A front-seat passenger was injured but survived.


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Judge sanctions advocacy group in Missouri clergy abuse suit http://www.komu.com/news/judge-sanctions-advocacy-group-in-missouri-clergy-abuse-suit/ http://www.komu.com/news/judge-sanctions-advocacy-group-in-missouri-clergy-abuse-suit/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:55:28 AM Jim Suhr, Associated Press Judge sanctions advocacy group in Missouri clergy abuse suit

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A federal judge is admonishing an advocacy group for clergy abuse victims for defying her orders to release personal information about people who accused a priest of sexual misconduct.

In a ruling Monday in St. Louis, U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson cited the "deliberate and willful refusal" by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests to turn over the information to the Rev. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang. Jiang is suing SNAP, St. Louis city, two police officers and the boy's mother for defamation.

Jackson says she'll direct that it has been established that SNAP plotted against Jiang.

St. Louis prosecutors accused Jiang in 2014 of sexually abusing a boy in a Catholic school bathroom but dropped the charges without explanation last year.

SNAP considers the information Jiang seeks privileged.


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Man's body found near Kansas water treatment facility http://www.komu.com/news/man-s-body-found-near-kansas-water-treatment-facility/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-s-body-found-near-kansas-water-treatment-facility/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:13:34 AM Associated Press Man's body found near Kansas water treatment facility

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities have identified a man whose body was found on the bank of the Missouri River behind a water treatment facility in Kansas City, Kansas.

Police said in a news release Tuesday that the victim was 41-year-old Shannon Porter, who may have been stabbed. The release said Kansas City, Missouri, police found the body Saturday near a makeshift house and notified Kansas City, Kansas, police.

Police are urging anyone with information to come forward. No other information was immediately released.


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Mowers find Missouri man's body in Kansas City, Kansas http://www.komu.com/news/mowers-find-missouri-man-s-body-in-kansas-city-kansas/ http://www.komu.com/news/mowers-find-missouri-man-s-body-in-kansas-city-kansas/ Continuous News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:25:01 AM Associated Press Mowers find Missouri man's body in Kansas City, Kansas

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say a street crew has found a man's body while mowing in Kansas City, Kansas.

Police said in a news release that officers were summoned Monday after the body of 38-year-old Joshua Bush, of Kansas City, Missouri, was found about 14 feet off a road. The release said he died from a gunshot wound and that the case is being investigated as a homicide.

Police are urging any with information to come forward. No other information was immediately available.

 


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