KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Continuous News Continuous News en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 19 Sep 2017 HH:09:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 County clerk reduces expenses to save money http://www.komu.com/news/county-clerk-reduces-expenses-to-save-money/ http://www.komu.com/news/county-clerk-reduces-expenses-to-save-money/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 7:27:29 PM Kristen Harris, KOMU 8 Reporter County clerk reduces expenses to save money

COLUMBIA - Taylor Burks took over as Boone County Clerk seven weeks ago and has since released his 2018 budget request.

He said he is reducing expenses and saving tax payers from a tax increase by making voluntary budget cuts to non-election activities.

He will cut the activities budget by thousands of dollars.

"So in submitting my budget for 2018, I looked at non-election services. I went line by line through that, and after doing that, I determined that we would be able to cut about 8 percent of non election services. So it comes up to about $70,000 for next year," Burks said.

The money will be cut from traveling, supplying and equipment expenses.

Since this isn't a presidential election year, but instead a midterm election year, the clerk's office predicts it won't have the same number of people turn out. Because of this, the office will not open as many polling locations and will save money.

Burks plans to consolidate in 2018 to save some election judge costs, rental costs and equipment costs, so they can use some of that money in 2020 when they will need it.

The county commission will determine how the money is spent.

"So we're going to save $70,000 this year and $70,000 next year as well. All of that goes back to the county commission, and the county commission can determine at the end of the year what to do with leftover funds and it gives them more flexibility next year to decide how they could better allocate that $70,000," Burks said.

The county clerk, records management and election and registration departments are where the the 8 percent savings came from. The county will still pay the election activities. Election services, the federal HAVA election fund, election reform payments grant, voting access for disabled grant and election equipment replacement are all funded by grants or election funding.

Comparing this budget to the budget from two years ago, the total request for 2018 will save more than $500,000 from 2016 fiscal year expenses.

In running next year's general election, the target savings is $112,000, compared to the 2016 election numbers.

Burks said although he doesn't control where the funds go, he has some ideas.

"My suggestion, things like law enforcement, development in infrastructure, we're going to have large equipment expenses in 2019 that we'll need to deal with, so my goal, my whole purpose was, 'What can we cut now so that we are planning efficiently for the future?'" Burks said.

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A dry summer could impact crops set for harvest http://www.komu.com/news/a-dry-summer-could-impact-crops-set-for-harvest/ http://www.komu.com/news/a-dry-summer-could-impact-crops-set-for-harvest/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 7:27:01 PM Daniel Esteve, KOMU 8 Reporter A dry summer could impact crops set for harvest

COLUMBIA – With fall just days away, farmers preparing to harvest have been met with an uncommonly dry period of weather.

Columbia experienced its driest summer in three years, amassing a total of 11.21 inches, according to the National Weather Service’s website. MU South Farms Director of Field Operations Tim Reinbott said the summer’s dry spells have raised some concerns for a portion of his soybean crop.

“When we have a dry spell, this is when we can lose a lot of yield,” Reinbott said. “We may still have the number of seeds, but they would be like little-bitty bb’s.”

However, potential remnants of Hurricane Irma and isolated storms could impact Missouri this week, and the rain could help the upcoming harvest, according to Reinbott.

“The late planted soy beans… [Rain] can actually help a little bit,” Reinbott added. “My big worry on the heavy rain is the winds.”

Winds are a particular concern moving forward for a delicate corn crop, which was already affected by dry spells this summer, according to Reinbott.

“If we have thunderstorms, our corn is in danger,” Reinbott said. “[Corn] is the most brittle of the year, now, if we have a big storm, it can break the corn over.”

Nevertheless, Reinbott is still set to harvest some of his crop within the week, barring any significant rain or wind damage from storms, and thus far, he said the crop is looking manageable.

“This is going to be overall an excellent year for soybeans.” Reinbott said. “Corn, I think it’s going to fool us and not be as good as we think it is. We had those dry spells in June, and at the very tail end of the filling it got dry on us.”

A dry summer is bringing in a wet finish, and the future of the harvest at South Farms depends on just how severe this weather will be.

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New facility offers more support to veterans http://www.komu.com/news/new-facility-offers-more-support-to-veterans/ http://www.komu.com/news/new-facility-offers-more-support-to-veterans/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 5:12:58 PM Char’Nese Turner, KOMU 8 Reporter New facility offers more support to veterans

COLUMBIA – A new facility for veterans will allow access to more supportive services. 

On Tuesday the non-profit Welcome Home will move from its current location, 1206 Rangeline Street, to a new facility located at 2120 Business Loop 70 E.

Welcome Home provides a bridge to community for those who have served the country.

The move will accommodate more veterans and their families. 

Tim Rich, Welcome Home executive director, said, “This new transitional housing facility allows us to serve up to 34 Veterans, male and female, as well as veterans with children or who are wheelchair bound.”

Veterans who are a part of Welcome Home can stay at the facility for up to six months before transitioning to independent housing.

Sophia Swyers, Welcome Home transitional housing director, said the larger facility has more dining and office space, a bigger computer lab, laundry services and overall better access to individualized services. 

“So being able to increase those numbers from really 12 spaces or really only 10 beds to 32 rooms is huge,” Swyers said. “We now have the space to do the things that we need to do.”

Swyers said the move is necessary for veterans and the organization.

“We’ve done a lot with a little and now we’re going to be able to do even more with a little bit more,” Swyers said. 

Last year Welcome Home housed more than 160 veterans.


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Bernie Sanders coming to Westminster College http://www.komu.com/news/bernie-sanders-coming-to-westminster-college/ http://www.komu.com/news/bernie-sanders-coming-to-westminster-college/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 4:38:40 PM Amber Sipe, KOMU 8 Reporter Bernie Sanders coming to Westminster College

FULTON – Former presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is coming to Fulton for Westminster College’s Hancock Symposium. 

Sanders will deliver The John Findley Green Foundation Lecture. The lecture is scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. to wrap up the symposium.

Westminster College Director of Media and Public Relations Rob Crouse said Sanders will talk about his foreign policy views. 

The Hancock Symposium is an annual event with kick-off events Tuesday. 

This is the 12th Hancock Symposium. The topic is “Advocacy and Activism: Leading from Where You Are.”

Mark Boulton, Hancock Symposium committee chair, said, “It’s a fantastic gift, it’s a chance for us to give something back to the students and the community.”

The topics of conversations are focused around leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and compassion.

Boulton said those speaking on leadership were chosen because they have “identified a social or political problem in society and they’ve really stepped up and tried to address it.”

He said instead of having large organizations come in, the committee looked for people who have started organizations through their own endeavors. 

“We want people that are speaking out for groups that are underrepresented,” Boulton said. 

Boulton said it was important to the committee that they brought people in from all political viewpoints.

“It’s really part of our DNA to bring in high impact people that are world changers,” Boulton said.

Kick-off events will start Tuesday at noon with speaker Kassy Dillon, a college student who Boulton said will get the dialogue going.

Events on Wednesday start at 9 a.m. and on Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

Plenary sessions kick off each day and they are the big speakers of the day. Executive events follow and will have multiple speakers. Attendees can choose which one they want to attend at that time. Then, there will be breakout sessions. 

There will also be panel discussions and presentations on subjects of global interest.

This year the symposium was done on a ticketed basis, with students and faculty getting first priority. Boulton said they are already out of tickets, but the event will be live-streamed online.

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Columbia City Council takes next steps in Mill Creek substation delay http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-city-council-takes-next-steps-in-mill-creek-substation-delay/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-city-council-takes-next-steps-in-mill-creek-substation-delay/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 3:37:56 PM Sarah Trott, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia City Council takes next steps in Mill Creek substation delay

COLUMBIA - As the City of Columbia expands, so does the need for electric power. But the issue on how to better serve the energy demand in the southwest region of the city doesn’t come without growing pains.

Monday the city council will meet to authorize private research company Quanta Technology, LLC to conduct an engineering study in the southern portions of Columbia’s electric distribution system.

The authorization of Quanta will further the years-long process of finding stable energy solutions for the future of Columbia. The study will evaluate power flow, load growth, safety concerns and determine the future needs and reliability of Columbia’s power.

In January 2016, city council decided to halt the Mill Creek substation and associated 161kV transmission line that would connect the Mill Creek substation on Peach Tree Dr. with existing substations. The 4 to 3 vote to stop the project in a special session decision came after residents expressed safety concerns for transmission lines being built overhead Mill Creek Elementary School.

The controversial debate to install transmission lines in the southern part of Columbia dates back to more than 10 years ago when the city identified potential overload problems in the quickly-growing region of southwest Columbia.

Fifth Ward City Council Member Matt Pitzer said it's unusual the city suggested to bring lines through residential areas. 

"I don't think these transmission lines should be brought through existing neighborhoods and developed areas, just because of the impact they can have on our homes and schools and hospitals. I think there are significant negatives to all of those and we really need to look for other options," he said. 

Findings from the city show demand for electric power have remained stable since then, but new proposals to meet North America Electric Reliability Corp. standards remain highly contested.

Through this process to find a long term energy solution, Columbia Water & Light has held various interested party meetings for resident feedback. The city sent surveys to customers to weigh in on the route placement.

In July 2013, the council voted to approve Option A, one of many routes to connect transmission lines from substations to distribute power across the city. In April 2015, Columbia voters approved to fund the project with a $36.1 million bond issue. However, in September 2015, Columbia residents expressed health and safety concerns as well as lowered property values at public input meeting.

Later in 2015, parents of Mill Creek Elementary cited health concerns for the electromagnetic fields that would run near the school if Option A moved forward. A petition of 1,200 signatures asked the city to reconsider the project.

The American Cancer Society has researched electromagnetic fields for decades and has found no serious links to cause adverse health effects. The findings also say areas directly under power lines emit an electromagnetic field at roughly the same exposure as using household appliances.

After a five and a half hour special meeting in January 2016, the motion to move forward with Option A failed 4 to 3. By this point, the city already spent more than $7 million in land acquistion, research, engineering design and equipment for Option A, though these funds wouldn’t be totally lost if the city takes on Mayor Brian Treece’s proposal, called Option E.

This slightly more expensive proposal would connect Perche Creek to the Mill Creek substation but would run a line farther north.

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Ex-IRS employee in Missouri admits filing false tax returns http://www.komu.com/news/ex-irs-employee-in-missouri-admits-filing-false-tax-returns/ http://www.komu.com/news/ex-irs-employee-in-missouri-admits-filing-false-tax-returns/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 3:47:10 PM The Associated Press Ex-IRS employee in Missouri admits filing false tax returns

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Prosecutors say a former Internal Revenue Service employee has admitted filing false tax returns.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri said in a news release that 49-year-old Carla Lachelle Mitchell of Kansas City pleaded guilty Monday to charge.

Mitchell worked at the IRS Service Center in Kansas City, Missouri, from 2006 to 2015.

She admitted to preparing false federal income tax returns for 2011, 2012 and 2013 for herself as well as for 13 of her friends and family.

The total tax loss for the 27 fraudulent returns linked to her is about $118,012.

She faces up to three years in federal prison.

A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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Columbia expected to approve 2018 budget after $1 million in cuts http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-expected-to-approve-2018-budget-after-1-million-in-cuts/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-expected-to-approve-2018-budget-after-1-million-in-cuts/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 3:33:35 PM Danielle Katz, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia expected to approve 2018 budget after $1 million in cuts

COLUMBIA - The city council will vote on Columbia's 2018 fiscal year budget Monday night after a work session and public hearing. In order to increase general fund revenue, the city will make departmental budget cuts worth $1.1 million.

City Manager Mike Matthes submitted the budget to the city council in July. The Columbia City Council held four public hearings on the budget.

“We are looking at lean years ahead. We will have to change how we have always done things if we want to thrive as an organization dedicated to the service of others," Matthes said in his budget message.

The city council is facing reductions in Columbia's general fund because of less revenue but also is planning for less spending. 

The city council voted not to raise utility rates as planned. It wanted to increase the electric rate by 1 percent and the water rate by 4 percent, but expressed some concerns with the Columbia Water and Light Advisory Board. 

Third Ward council member Karl Skala said there was controversy over whether the board turned in financial reports on time. 

“We’ve all been in this boat because of the switch over to a very expensive but comprehensive new software system for billing," Skala said.

Second Ward council member Michael Trapp said he supported the electric utility increase because it was necessary to pay for operational expenses and needed capital investments.

"Delaying them will require steeper rate increases in the future and risk the city's bond rating. Even with the rate increase we are projected to fall short of our financial targets for reserves," Trapp said.

The city council has also made cuts in the IT and custodial departments and will continue a hiring freeze for the city's fire and police departments. One of the city's goals for 2018 is to avoid laying off full-time employees.

Matthes said the city's biggest challenges are low sales tax growth, rising health care and pension costs and high transit costs.

The city planned to raise paratransit costs per ride and eliminate three public bus routes since current transportation costs are exceeding revenue by $600,000.

Columbia's sales tax growth has also steadily declined since the 2011 fiscal year, when it was 5.8 percent, to a projected 1 percent for 2018. Skala said this is due to a large increase in online sales. 

Skala said a use tax voted on in November could recover up to $1 million per year.

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Bar fire suspect accused of posting photos to Facebook http://www.komu.com/news/bar-fire-suspect-accused-of-posting-photos-to-facebook/ http://www.komu.com/news/bar-fire-suspect-accused-of-posting-photos-to-facebook/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 3:28:54 PM The Associated Press Bar fire suspect accused of posting photos to Facebook

DELTA (AP) — Court records say a man charged with setting fire to a southeast Missouri bar posted eight pictures of the blaze on Facebook.

Thirty-four-year-old Kevin Coomer, of Burfordville, was arraigned Monday on felony charges of arson and burglary. He's jailed on $50,000 bond. The public defender's office handling his case didn't immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

No one was injured in the weekend fire that destroyed the Jax Bar and Grill in Delta, a small town about 100 miles south of St. Louis.

The probable cause statement says Coomer wrote "burn in hell JAX bar!!" in a Facebook post and used an obscenity to describe the owner. The statement says he also told a deputy that "everyone" knew he set the fire because of his Facebook posts.

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Weekly Wellness: Make Your Smoothies Golden http://www.komu.com/news/weekly-wellness-make-your-smoothies-golden/ http://www.komu.com/news/weekly-wellness-make-your-smoothies-golden/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 2:19:24 PM Amanda Barnes, KOMU 8 Wellness Coach Weekly Wellness: Make Your Smoothies Golden

COLUMBIA - We’ve talked about the magic of turmeric before (and I’m sure we will again). This wonderful smoothie-enhancer is pure gold!

Turmeric milk has been used as a medicinal drink in India for centuries. The basic recipe of milk, turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, and pepper can help with inflammation, bloating, and weight loss. Creating your smoothie with the base of golden milk can lead to fantastic health benefits such as:

Better digestion: Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries because of its ability to help the body in major ways. Multiple studies have shown turmeric to help fight gas, bloat, and indigestion. (Germany has even gone so far as recommending turmeric as a safe herbal treatment for digestion.)

Happier muscles: As a natural anti-inflammatory, turmeric can relieve joint and muscle pain and even help with headaches. In some studies, turmeric offered similar relief to ibuprofen. It also may be the perfect drink to have after an intense gym session; in a small 2015 study, turmeric helped in combating delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

Weight-loss support: While more research has to be done in this area, turmeric does show some promise when it comes to encouraging weight loss. In two separate studies, the spice was shown to reduce the growth of fat cells in mice and also increase metabolism.

Creating a golden smoothie can aid in digestion, muscle recovery and (possibly) help you lose weight. And taste delicious!

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IBM training for veterans begins in Columbia http://www.komu.com/news/ibm-training-for-veterans-begins-in-columbia/ http://www.komu.com/news/ibm-training-for-veterans-begins-in-columbia/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 2:14:14 PM Ally Wallenta, KOMU 8 Reporter IBM training for veterans begins in Columbia

COLUMBIA - A nationwide training initiative began Monday at Columbia’s IBM building that certifies veterans in the use of IBM software. 

The initiative, called Veterans Employment Accelerator Initiative, began after IBM leaders paired up with Corporate America Supports You, a nonprofit that works to find jobs for veterans.  

The initiative offers former service members a week-long class of training, free certification and employment assistance.

Columbia’s class had close to 15 veterans from all over the world attend it. 

One veteran named Clarence Howard said the veterans have the right experience to learn the new skills the program is providing. 

"We’re taught to analyze a lot of data and sometimes we have to do that without the help of software. We have to think broad and in a big spectrum of a lot of information going on in a fast paced environment," Howard said. 

According to a press release, the training program is designed to build in-demand technology skills to prepare veterans for “new collar” careers in the US-skill positions, such as data analysts that do not always require four-year college degrees.”

“I think a lot of people forget how hard it is for the veterans to transition to jobs, especially if it's something that doesn’t transition well into civilian world," said IBM instructor Megan McCollum. "They struggle when they get out because one, maybe their job doesn’t transition, but also they really don’t know how the civilian world will operate as far as the HR process.”

The veterans will be learning more about software is used by law enforcement, cyber security and national security agencies.

Monday's event was held at the IBM Columbia Client Innovation Center. Columbia has long been known for supporting its local veterans and veterans around Missouri.

Another instructor, Frank Johnson, said he is leading the program because of his own personal experience.

“I think it’s important because I am personally invested, as a veteran, when I got out after eight years in the Air Force, I was unemployed for about eight months. I had a degree, I had a BA, I had a masters, I had 12 years of experience, and I couldn’t translate what I did to the military to the civilian side," said Johnson. 

"But here, after going through that, I know what these people are going through. I am here to make sure all the individuals here don’t go through the hardships that I did.”  

In 2013, Governor Jay Nixon awarded IBM with the Governor’s Flag of Freedom Award. The award recognized the work the business had done with the “Show-Me-Heroes” program, which encourages employers in Missouri to hire veterans.

The program will expand its training throughout Missouri in response to IBM’s plan to hire 2,000 veterans in the United States over the next four years. 

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Columbia to construct sidewalks at Clark Lane West/Hinkson Creek Connector http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-to-construct-sidewalks-at-clark-lane-west-hinkson-creek-connector/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-to-construct-sidewalks-at-clark-lane-west-hinkson-creek-connector/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 1:45:43 PM Jacob Seus, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia to construct sidewalks at Clark Lane West/Hinkson Creek Connector

COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia has approved a plan to build sidewalks along the Clark Lane West/Hinkson Creek connector.

The project will include a six-foot-wide sidewalk along the north side of Clark Lane starting at route B and continuing just east of the highway 63 connector.

Construction will also incorporate a ten-foot-wide trail that passes under I-70 along the west of Hinkson Creek to connect the sidewalk and East Boulevard.

At Monday night's city council meeting, the city manager will be given authorization to execute a license agreement with the Missouri Highway and Transportation Committee. After that, the city will finalize construction plans and get to work.

Without sidewalks, Clark Lane poses a threat to walkers and bikers.

Kelly Woods,a resident at Pine Grove Village, said, “You see the people driving down this street at a high rate of speed and a lot of people walk and use their bikes and we need something safe for those people.”

Woods has lived in the area for the past six years and thinks a sidewalk is the start of making the area more a more attractive to live.

“People now are going to have the access where they won’t have to worry about people driving so fast," she said.

Deborah Eger, a mother who also lives in the are, said the sidewalks will make it much safer for the bus to pick up children going to school.

“There’s nowhere for us to stand when we wait for the bus,” Eger said. “I’m excited that the city is finally realizing this is dangerous and I hope they finish construction quickly.”

The city has laid out project details on its website with a map of where the new sidewalks will be put in.

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No FluMist vaccines again this flu season http://www.komu.com/news/no-flumist-vaccines-again-this-flu-season/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-flumist-vaccines-again-this-flu-season/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:09:21 PM Anthony Holtschlag No FluMist vaccines again this flu season

COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) will not be offering nasal sprays as a part of their flu vaccine lineup this flu season.

In a study from the Centers for Disease Control the nasal spray FluMist was found to be almost useless in preventing the flu in the time it has been used.

According to a release by the CDC, LAIV vaccinations like FluMist only proved to have a 3% effectiveness rating for flu prevention. A regular flu shot scored a rating of 63% effectiveness in comparison.

Nasal vaccines had previously been used as an alternative to intravenous shots using needles. It appealed greatly to those looking for a less painful alternative to vaccinations. In their earlier trials and uses, the nasal sprays performed better than the shots, but the reasons for the spray's recent decrease in performance is still unknown.

"We are following the CDC's recommendations," PHHS Community Relations Specialist Eric Stann said.

Through donations from the MU Children's Hospital and the David B. Lichtenstein Foundation, the PHHS will continue to offer free flu vaccines to all children ages 18 and under. All vaccines will be distributed via needle.

The PHHS advises for everyone to get a vaccine, regardless of age, and suggests planning to receive them before the end of October.

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KOMU 8 general manager retires after nearly two decades http://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-general-manager-retires-after-nearly-two-decades/ http://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-general-manager-retires-after-nearly-two-decades/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:08:14 AM Annie Hammock, KOMU Interactive Director KOMU 8 general manager retires after nearly two decades

COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 General Manager Marty Siddall is retiring after leading the station's operations for 18 years.

“I have cherished the opportunity to be part of the history and legacy of the station," Siddall said.

Throughout his time at KOMU 8, Siddall has repeatedly emphasized the importance of blending an academic mission with commercial success. Students from the Missouri School of Journalism work in many positions, including reporters, producers and digital producers.

"I have had the good fortune to work alongside a talented staff at a station nationally recognized for broadcast excellence. It has been very rewarding to see so many of our staff and student journalists grow and launch their careers at KOMU 8.”

Gary Ward, Chief Operating Officer of the University of Missouri, said KOMU 8 has seen "unprecedented success" under Siddall's guidance.

“Marty’s commitment to broadcast excellence, commercial success and public service and his belief in the Missouri Method deepen KOMU 8’s support of the unique academic mission it provides at the world-renowned Missouri School of Journalism," Ward said. "He has navigated KOMU 8 through many changes in the broadcast industry over the past two decades, and he has overseen the successful implementation of many tools and technologies that have enhanced the experiences that only the University of Missouri can offer to future broadcast journalists.”

Under Siddall’s leadership, KOMU 8 was recognized nationally by the Radio Television Digital News Association with multiple national Edward R. Murrow Awards for broadcast and digital excellence, the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation’s Service to Community Award for Radio and TV, and most recently the Missouri Broadcasters Association as Station of the Year.

During his tenure, Siddall continued KOMU 8’s rich legacy of community involvement and outreach. He led the rollout of KOMU 8’s Fan Club; launched the station’s Poverty in Plain Sight initiative; served as chairman of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, president of the Fair Missouri Foundation, and president and campaign chairman of the Heart of Missouri United Way; and served on the boards of directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri, Columbia CrimeStoppers, the Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America and numerous other civic organizations.

Siddall joined KOMU 8 in 1999 after serving in leadership positions with Ziff-Davis and McGraw-Hill broadcast groups.

KOMU 8’s Director of Audience Development Matt Garrett will serve as interim general manager after Siddall’s retirement.

KOMU 8 is an auxiliary enterprise of the University of Missouri and is expected to generate all revenues for station operations. Its operations and investments in broadcast technology are funded entirely by advertising and retransmission revenues. The station receives no funding from the university or state.


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Jefferson City police make second arrest in Halloween 2016 homicide http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-police-make-second-arrest-in-halloween-2016-homicide/ http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-police-make-second-arrest-in-halloween-2016-homicide/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 9:57:08 AM Matt Weller, KOMU 8 News Jefferson City police make second arrest in Halloween 2016 homicide

JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City police arrested a second suspect in the Halloween 2016 shooting death of Terrance Davis.

Capt. Doug Shoemaker identified the suspect as Travion Jefferson, arrested on suspicion of murder, robbery and armed criminal action. The Cole County prosecutor's office had not filed formal charges as of late Monday morning. Shoemaker said he is expecting charges to be filed against Jefferson this week.

The Cole County Prosecutor's Office declined comment.

Davis was shot twice early in the morning of October 31 on Michigan Street. The shooting was captured on video by a security camera from River City Pawn and Gun Store. The store's owner, Jason Travis, turned the video over to police, which showed two suspects.

"[The video] was certainly crucial," Shoemaker said.  "We talk with a lot of businesses in town about having video and how it can make or break a case. Certainly, we had a lot of video beforehand but the video helps solidify that information."

Terrance Wynn already faces charges for the homicide. He was arrested last fall and was charged with murder, armed criminal action, robbery, and assault. He has a hearing on Wednesday in this case and another shooting case from 2016.

Shoemaker said this case is an example of the value of tips from the public. 

"Sometimes people are hesitant to call in, because they think the information is trivial and not worth it," Shoemaker said. "Even if it seems like it's not important, we would rather have the phone call and deal with it, and be able to address it to see how accurate it could be. It could make or break a case."

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Veterans head to IBM for security training http://www.komu.com/news/veterans-head-to-ibm-for-security-training/ http://www.komu.com/news/veterans-head-to-ibm-for-security-training/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 8:01:58 AM Kevin Levine, KOMU 8 News Reporter Veterans head to IBM for security training

COLUMBIA - IBM is working in conjunction with Corporate America Supports You, or CASY, to host a week long training for veterans. The class starts Monday afternoon and will teach the veterans skills to use data in a security workplace.

"This I-2 notebook class is an intense one-week training from a cyber security standpoint," IBM's Columbia Center Leader Pat Lynch said. "It will allow these veterans to gain a certification at the end of the week, improve their resume, and ability to find work in the public and or private sectors."

The class will host 15-20 veterans from Columbia. CASY has worked with companies like Citibank, Chase and American Express to train about 500 veterans in 30 locations across the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

"We would hope to hire some of [the veterans]," Lynch said. "But the really nice thing about this program is that we're working it with multiple companies, it's not just with IBM."

IBM has hired around 200 people since February, with veterans accounting for more than 30 of those positions. Lynch said the veterans they already have working there have had outstanding characteristics.

"The traits that they bring to the table are very strong: very disciplined, team oriented, dedicated, come into work every day and have an aptitude to continue to learn," Lynch said.

At completion of the course, the veterans will receive a certificate verifying their success in the cyber security class.

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Latest: Mixed crowd joins 4th day of St. Louis protests http://www.komu.com/news/latest-mixed-crowd-joins-4th-day-of-st-louis-protests/ http://www.komu.com/news/latest-mixed-crowd-joins-4th-day-of-st-louis-protests/ Continuous News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 1:16:06 AM The Associated Press Latest: Mixed crowd joins 4th day of St. Louis protests

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on protests over the acquittal of a white former St. Louis police officer in the killing of a black suspect (all times local):

7:45 a.m.

More than 150 people are blocking a busy St. Louis street as a fourth day of protests begins over the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.

The racially mixed crowd held up signs and locked arms Monday morning on the western edge of downtown. Demonstrations started Friday, after a judge cleared Jason Stockley of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.

Thousands have gathered every day since then to decry the judge's ruling and to call for racial equality.

While demonstrations have been nonviolent during the day, some small groups who remain at night have broken windows and thrown rocks and other objects at police for the past three nights. Protest organizers say those people are not affiliated with their peaceful efforts.

6:25 a.m.

Authorities say police made more than 80 arrests after violence erupted during the third day of protests over the acquittal of a white police officer charged with killing a black suspect.

Hundreds have gathered every day since Friday, when a judge cleared ex-officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 shooting death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Mayor Lyda Krewson told reporters early Monday that "the days have been calm and the nights have been destructive" for three straight days. Krewson says that is "unacceptable" and that "destruction cannot be tolerated."

During the protests Sunday night, several windows were broken at a Marriott hotel and at other nearby businesses. Concrete planters were knocked over and trash cans tossed into the street.


12:50 a.m.

St. Louis police arrested dozens of people as protests over the acquittal of a white former police officer charged with killing a black suspect went from nonviolent demonstrations to vandalism for the third consecutive night.

More protests are expected Monday, three days after a judge cleared ex-officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 shooting death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.

Hundreds have gathered every day since the announcement to decry the judge's ruling and call for racial equity.

While demonstrations have been nonviolent during the day, smaller groups that remain at night have broken windows and thrown objects at police for the past three nights.

Buses carrying police officers in full riot gear and shields arrived Sunday night near the downtown location where police said significant property damage was reported. One officer sustained a leg injury.

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2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 5 http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-5/ http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-5/ Continuous News Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:44:41 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer 2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 5

COLUMBIA - Vote now for the Friday Night Fever Week Three Play of the Week! This week's candidates are from Rock Bridge High School, Osage High School and Westran High School. Voting is now open, and will conclude Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced live from our Game of the Week during the 6 p.m. newscast and online.

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Missouri looks for answers after blowout loss http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-looks-for-answers-after-blowout-loss/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-looks-for-answers-after-blowout-loss/ Continuous News Sun, 17 Sep 2017 6:38:52 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Missouri looks for answers after blowout loss

COLUMBIA - The result blindsided the Missouri Tigers.

"To be honest, we had our best week of preparation this week," said redshirt senior linebacker Eric Beisel. "It just kind of shocked us."

What Beisel is referring to is the Tigers' 35-3 loss at the hands of the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday, which came in front of an announced crowd of 53,262 that thinned to a mere fraction of that by halftime.

"Everything felt and looked and smelled right," said Missouri Head Coach Barry Odom about his team's optimism before the game. "We obviously didn't execute very good early on on either side of the ball."

Purdue dominated from the opening possession, scoring touchdowns on its first three drives to open up a 21-0 lead on Missouri before the Tigers even managed a first down. That deficit left the Mizzou offense in a hole it could not climb out of.

"I don't even know if it's what they're doing," said junior quarterback Drew Lock. "As an offense and as a quarterback, you're going to think it was on us today. It's not what they're doing, it's us, and I truly do think that."

No matter the reason, Missouri's offense clearly struggled moving the ball against Purdue, advancing across midfield only three times in the game. The Tigers' lone score came on a 29-yard Tucker McCann field goal near the end of the first half.

"When you lose in that fashion, you're not really excited about the way you played in any aspect, in any area," Odom said.

Missouri's loss Saturday was its 16th in 19 tries against "Power Five" conference opponents in the Drew Lock era. The road only gets tougher for the Tigers with No. 15 Auburn coming to Faurot Field next week looking to hand Missouri its third loss in a row.

"I'm kind of at a loss for words," Beisel said. "But we'll be back in there early tomorrow and get back to work. You know we got a problem so the next step is just fixing it."

After Auburn, the Tigers play five of their final eight games away from home, including a non-conference trip to Connecticut. The only remaining non-SEC opponent on Missouri's home schedule comes in its homecoming game against Idaho.

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Sedalia gets $4.5 million police department building http://www.komu.com/news/sedalia-gets-4-5-million-police-department-building/ http://www.komu.com/news/sedalia-gets-4-5-million-police-department-building/ Continuous News Sun, 17 Sep 2017 5:56:53 PM Zara McDowell, KOMU 8 Reporter Sedalia gets $4.5 million police department building

SEDALIA - The Sedalia Police Department is getting a new building to replace the current one, which is more than 40 years old.

"It's a much needed expansion and it's finally getting around, so we'll start later on this year with the groundbreaking I think at the end of the month," Sedalia Mayor Stephen Galliher said. "Then we'll start construction, and about a year and a half later, they said it should be done by late 2018."

The building itself costs 4.5 million dollars, but Galliher said with the city's plans to renovate the current building the whole project will cost closer to $5.5 million.

"Here in the last year we were able to come up with the funding, with absolutely no tax increase, we did extend some things out another 15 years and refinance some things, paid some stuff out so we get a lower debt," he said.

"They'll have a weight room, locker room, different things they haven't had before," Galliher said. "They will also have more improved interrogation rooms, interview rooms and storage will be better."

The city plans to renovate the old police department in the city building, make room for the IT department and expand the city's workspace.

The new building will be two stories. The top floor will hold the command staff, the bottom floor will hold records and be open to the public, and the rest of the area will be for the patrol officers. 

"It will be in the downtown area and centrally located and it's going to be a nice facility and it will serve the public well," Galliher said.

"We're looking forward to having some more space to do our work in. We've been making do with the space that we've had since 1973 and obviously policing has changed, theres a lot more demands upon policing, more staffing, things in and of that nature," said Sgt. Joshua Howell of Sedalia Police Department said. "We definitely could use some extra space."

"Everybody had an input, and everybody seems to be happy with it," Galliher said. "It's been a long time coming, three years ago we built the new fire station."

Currently, the department is housed in the Municipal Building. When this project is done, the police department will be right across the street.

The mayor said the plans now include round shaped outdoor light fixtures.

"They put those in just to make me happy," Galliher said, adding they remind him of old movies where the detective goes up the steps into a building with the police crew.

"Kind of like New York," Howell laughed back to Galliher.

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Worley Street Roundtable brings together educators and parents http://www.komu.com/news/worley-street-roundtable-brings-together-educators-and-parents/ http://www.komu.com/news/worley-street-roundtable-brings-together-educators-and-parents/ Continuous News Sun, 17 Sep 2017 5:38:24 PM Caroline Peterson, KOMU 8 Reporter Worley Street Roundtable brings together educators and parents

COLUMBIA - The Worley Street Roundtable met Sunday afternoon to share ideas on how to better the Columbia community.

Parents and educators alike showed up to share a meal and talk about issues facing the school system and more. 

"Our whole idea is getting back to the heart of Columbia. Columbia is at the heart of Missouri and the heart of the U.S. What we are here for is our children. We want to see what ways we can solve issues with our famililes, our community and within our schools," Dr. Adrian Clifton, co-founder and executive director of the Worley Street Roundtable, said. 

Everyone at the meeting had the chance to write down issues they wanted to address. Some topics of conversation included how to bridge the gap between schools and parents, how to build up students of color, affordable housing for the homeless and more. 

"Columbia Public Schools has been a major partner with us," Clifton said. 

Hickman High School Principle, Tony Gragnani, was one of the attendees. He said one of the main reasons he came to the roundtable was to see how he can provide more resources and support for his students. 

"We are looking for opportunities to build up students of color. We are especially looking to build people up through AVID," Gragnani said. 

He said it is important to reduce the barriers between the school and parents by knowing how to connect families to the right resources and programs. 

"I like the message of family and networking resources. It makes the community stronger," Gragnani said. 

Clifton said the reason they have a family meal is she wants the meeting to feel like a family reunion.

"Just like the family table we are going to pick an issue and talk about it today. Then we see who we can use as a resource and connect you to solve whatever problem that is," Clifton said. 

Clifton said the roundable does many things behind the scenes to help the community including tutoring, offering people transportation and more to make sure the community feels loved.

"When you come and break bread with us, we consider you part of the family," Clifton said. 

The Rountable has met for three years now. Clifton said she encourages anyone to come and be a part of the monthly gathering. 

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