KOMU.com https://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. () () Tue, 17 Jul 2018 HH:07:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Greitens' campaign spent $610K on legal fees in final months https://www.komu.com/news/greitens-campaign-spent-610k-on-legal-fees-in-final-months/ https://www.komu.com/news/greitens-campaign-spent-610k-on-legal-fees-in-final-months/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jul 2018 7:03:27 PM The Associated Press Greitens' campaign spent $610K on legal fees in final months

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Former Gov. Eric Greitens' campaign spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal fees in his final months in office before he resigned amid scandals.

Campaign finance reports filed Monday show Greitens' campaign spent about $610,000 for legal help between April and the end of June.

That doesn't include any personal legal fees Greitens paid as he worked to fend off multiple criminal charges and potential impeachment by the Republican-led Legislature. A felony invasion-of-privacy charge against him was later dropped.

Greitens, a Republican, resigned June 1.

His departure has not brought an end to his troubles. A Republican lawmaker this month filed an ethics complaint that accused Greitens' gubernatorial campaign of multiple campaign finance violations. An attorney for the campaign has said no laws were broken.

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House passes bill to rename Columbia post office in memory of fallen soldier https://www.komu.com/news/house-passes-bill-to-rename-columbia-post-office-in-memory-of-fallen-soldier/ https://www.komu.com/news/house-passes-bill-to-rename-columbia-post-office-in-memory-of-fallen-soldier/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jul 2018 6:51:43 PM Leo Rocha, KOMU 8 Digital Producer House passes bill to rename Columbia post office in memory of fallen soldier

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to rename the Columbia post office located on Walnut Street after fallen soldier Spc. Sterling William Wyatt.

Wyatt was born and raised in Columbia and graduated from Battle High School in 2009. Shortly after, he joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 20th Infantry Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington. On July 11, 2012, 21-year-old Wyatt was killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

H.R. 4960 was introduced by Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Missouri's 4th District representative, after receiving letters about Wyatt from her constituents last fall.

“I am deeply moved and humbled by Sterling’s willingness to serve his country and, sadly, pay the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the freedoms we cherish," Hartzler said in a press release. "It is my hope that by naming the downtown Columbia Post Office in his memory we will forever honor his life of selfless service and inspire future generations to serve others, as well."

The bill will now head to the Senate for further voting.

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Sens. Blunt, McCaskill back finding of Russian interference https://www.komu.com/news/sens-blunt-mccaskill-back-finding-of-russian-interference/ https://www.komu.com/news/sens-blunt-mccaskill-back-finding-of-russian-interference/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jul 2018 5:10:30 PM The Associated Press Sens. Blunt, McCaskill back finding of Russian interference

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's U.S. senators are standing by the intelligence community's conclusion that the Russians interfered in the 2016 elections after President Donald Trump questioned that.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt in a Monday statement said there's "no doubt" Russia tried to interfere in the elections. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said Trump's comments "fly in the face of the consensus of the intelligence community." She says Trump's actions will "embolden the enemies of our country and erode the support of our allies."

Trump during a Monday press conference in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin said he didn't see "any reason" why Russia would have meddled in the 2016 elections. Trump said Putin was "extremely strong and powerful" in denying Russian involvement.

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Ongoing split between East Campus groups could be resolved Monday https://www.komu.com/news/ongoing-split-between-east-campus-groups-could-be-resolved-monday/ https://www.komu.com/news/ongoing-split-between-east-campus-groups-could-be-resolved-monday/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jul 2018 2:10:04 PM Mercedes Mackay, KOMU 8 News Reporter Ongoing split between East Campus groups could be resolved Monday

COLUMBIA - A dialogue that began in October 2017 among the East Campus community could finally have an answer Monday. 

City council members are scheduled to make a decision on whether the East Campus Traditional Neighborhood Association (ECTNA) should be able to split from the East Campus Neighborhood Association (ECNA).

"What we do have in common is geography, but what we do not have in common is ideology," said Tim Waid, a non-resident property owner in East Campus who wants to form the new association. 

He said the ECTNA's primary mission is to advocate for students and he does not believe the ECNA prioritizes students' issues. 

Waid said this is the main reason the group wants to "prune away."

Some people who live in the area don't think a split is the best idea.

"I think it's not really healthy for the future of the neighborhood," said Betty Wilson, an active member of the ECNA and a resident of East Campus for 50 years. "I think we are better off, both as the absentee landlords and as the resident neighbors, of being integrated and working together toward the strength and future of this neighborhood." 

Wilson said the dispute between property owners and landlords has been going on since she and her husband moved into their house years ago, but the tension has grown more recently. 

"Living in a neighborhood is more than just owning property. It's keeping it up as if you lived in it, it's being concerned about how the property looks," she said.

Wilson believes the split would perpetuate division for the university, students and residential neighbors. 

The by-laws proposed by the ECTNA lay out the boundaries the group is proposing and member guidelines. 

"We think that the East Campus community will flourish rather than suffer," Waid said. 

He said he is hopeful for Monday's vote. 

"We've been enriched by having contact with the student community and I'd like to see that perpetuated," Wilson said. 

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Adidas joins the fight against plastic https://www.komu.com/news/adidas-joins-the-fight-against-plastic/ https://www.komu.com/news/adidas-joins-the-fight-against-plastic/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jul 2018 1:18:32 PM Ivana Kottasová, CNN Adidas joins the fight against plastic

(CNN Money) -- Adidas is racing to make its products more sustainable.

The global sportswear maker said Monday that it has committed to using only recycled plastic by 2024.

The pledge to eliminate the use of "virgin" plastic, which was first reported by the Financial Times, includes polyester. Used in everything from t-shirts to sports bras, the material is popular in sportswear because it dries quickly and weighs little.

Adidas also said it would stop using virgin plastic in its offices, retail outlets, warehouses and distribution centers, a move that would save an estimated 40 tons of plastic per year, starting in 2018.

Adidas is the latest in a series of global companies that have pledged to reduce plastic use.

Starbucks plans to eliminate plastic straws from its stores, and McDonald's is trialing a similar program in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Ikea is phasing out single use plastic from its stores and restaurants.

Related: How companies change packaging without alienating customers

Adidas said its apparel line for the spring and summer of 2019 will contain around 41% recycled polyester.

The German company is also expecting a sharp increase in sales of its Parley shoes, which are made with plastic waste that has been intercepted before it reaches the ocean. While still a small share of its global sales, Adidas expects purchases to jump to 5 million pairs this year compared to 1 million in 2017.

Related: Europe plans ban on plastic cutlery, straws and more

Global use of plastic has increased 20-fold over the past 50 years and is expected to double again in the next 20 years. The material is cheap and versatile, but governments and consumers are increasingly aware of its huge environmental costs.

Research shows there will be more plastic than fish by weight in the world's oceans by 2050.

On a global basis, only 14% of plastic is collected for recycling. The reuse rate is terrible compared to other materials — 58% of paper and up to 90% of iron and steel is recycled.

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FDA joins 22 countries' recall of common heart drug https://www.komu.com/news/fda-joins-22-countries-recall-of-common-heart-drug/ https://www.komu.com/news/fda-joins-22-countries-recall-of-common-heart-drug/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jul 2018 1:05:02 PM Jen Christensen, CNN FDA joins 22 countries' recall of common heart drug

    (CNN) -- A common drug used to control blood pressure and help prevent heart failure was announced by the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday, a week after 22 other countries recalled it because the drug contains a chemical that poses a potential cancer risk.

Valsartan is off patent and is used as a component of other generic medicines, but not all medicines containing the ingredient are involved, according to the FDA. The US recall includes the the versions of valsartan that are made by Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. as well as valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) sold by Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.

"We have carefully assessed the valsartan-containing medications sold in the United States, and we've found that the valsartan sold by these specific companies does not meet our safety standards. This is why we've asked these companies to take immediate action to protect patients," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

In Europe and Asia, Novartis, the company that originally developed the drug, said Sandoz valsartan and valsartan/HCT film-coated tablets are being recalled because they "do not meet our high quality standards." Pharmacies in the UK are advised to recall valsartan batches containing medicines made by Dexcel Pharma Ltd and Accord Healthcare.

The recall is due to the presence of the impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which was found in the recalled products, according to an FDA statement.

NDMA is an organic chemical that is in a family of potent carcinogens. It has been used to make liquid rocket fuel, softeners and lubricants, among other products. It can also be unintentionally produced through certain chemical reactions and is a byproduct from some pesticide manufacturing, the making of rubber tires or fish processing.

Animal studies have shown that NDMA can be toxic and cause tumors in the liver, kidney and respiratory tract. It can also be potentially harmful to humans in certain quantities. Exposure to high levels can cause liver damage and is a probable human carcinogen, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Novartis spokesman Eric Althoff said after the initial recall last week that products sold in the US were not affected by this recall, but the FDA's ongoing review and laboratory tests found otherwise. "The presence of of NDMA was unexpected and is thought to be related to changes in the way the active substance was manufactured," the FDA release said.

"The amounts of NDMA found in Valsartan API are much lower than the cumulative endogenous production and usual external exposure of NDMA," Althoff wrote in an email July 6. "There is no certainty as to how much this contaminant may potentially increase cancer risk in humans. Thus, the amount of NDMA found in the Valsartan API would not represent a significantly increased risk to the patients taking of Sandoz Valsartan and Sandoz Valsartan HCT Film coated tablets."

The FDA's investigation into the drug will continue.

"The FDA is committed to maintaining our gold standard for safety and efficacy. That includes our efforts to ensure the quality of drugs and the safe manner in which they're manufactured," Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Friday. "When we identify lapses in the quality of drugs and problems with their manufacturing that have the potential to create risks to patients, we're committed to taking swift action to alert the public and help facilitate the removal of the products from the market. As we seek the removal of certain drug products today, our drug shortages team is also working hard to ensure patients' therapeutic needs are met in the United States with an adequate supply of unaffected medications."

Patients are advised to talk to their doctor if they are taking the medication. They should not discontinue taking medication without a doctor's permission. Going off their medication without supervision could be dangerous, according to the American Heart Association.

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Trump says 'we're all to blame' for poor US-Russia relationship, Putin denies interference https://www.komu.com/news/trump-says-we-re-all-to-blame-for-poor-us-russia-relationship-putin-denies-interference/ https://www.komu.com/news/trump-says-we-re-all-to-blame-for-poor-us-russia-relationship-putin-denies-interference/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:08:27 AM Jeremy Diamond, CNN Trump says 'we're all to blame' for poor US-Russia relationship, Putin denies interference

    (CNN) -- US President Donald Trump said Monday he holds both the United States and Russia responsible for the breakdown in the relationship between the two countries and railed against the special counsel's Russia investigation.

"I hold both countries responsible. I think that the United States has been foolish. We've all been foolish," Trump said during a joint news conference alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

"We should have, frankly, had this dialogue a long time ago. I think that we're all to blame. I think that the United States has now stepped forward along with Russia," Trump said, adding that he feels that the US and Russia have "both made some mistakes."

Trump and Putin blew past the 90 minutes they were scheduled to spend with only interpreters at their sides on Monday, just hours after the US President blamed US policy for the dismal state of relations between the two countries.

After their initial meeting, the two leaders brought in their top aides for an expanded bilateral meeting, the next step in their first official summit, and then concluded with a joint news conference.

Speaking to reporters, Trump again lambasted the special counsel's investigation stemming from Russian interference in the 2016 election as "a disaster for our country."

"I think that the probe is a disaster for our country. I think it's kept us (the US and Russia) apart. I think it's kept us separated," Trump said.

The US President proclaimed in front of Putin that "there was no collusion" during the 2016 campaign and said he "beat Hillary Clinton easily."

He added the Mueller probe has "had a negative impact on the relationship between the two nuclear powers."

While Trump dove into specifics on US missteps, he did not list any malignant Russian activities responsible for the low point in the US-Russia relationship.

Putin, meanwhile, denied any Russian election interference.

Gathered at the Finnish presidential palace, a historic venue where previous US presidents have also gathered with their Russian and Soviet counterparts to tackle the complex bilateral relationship, Trump made clear at the outset that he hopes the meeting can help transform the relationship into an "extraordinary" one.

"I think we have great opportunities together as two countries that, frankly, we have not been getting along very well for the last number of years," said Trump, who is hoping his personal touch can reverse the steep decline. "I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship."

But the highly anticipated meetings that had been minutely planned began with a sluggish start after the Russian President arrived late, setting the summit about 45 minutes back.

Putin is known for arriving late to important events -- considered a power play by some observers -- but this time his late arrival offered a role reversal for the US President, who has recently walked in late to meetings at the G7 and NATO summits.

In 2009 and 2012, Putin showed up about 40 and 45 minutes late for his meetings with then-President Barack Obama. But he kept German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych waiting about four hours each in 2014 and 2012, respectively. Even the Pope waited more than an hour for Putin to show up at the Vatican in 2015.

The two men walked into the palace's Gothic Hall together, offering brief remarks and shaking hands for the cameras before the two men were left alone -- save for a pair of interpreters -- for the first meeting of the day.

Trump and Putin had set aside 90 minutes of solo time -- just as Trump did with Kim Jong Un last month. But the two men spilled into overtime, inviting reporters for the start of their expanded bilateral meeting with top aides 2 hours and 11 minutes after their one-on-one meeting began. Trump was joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton, White House chief of staff John Kelly, Fiona Hill, the top Russia expert at the National Security Council, and interpreter Marina Gross.

The lengthy tête-à-tête made Trump's remarks ahead of the meeting all the more notable -- and concerning to some.

US officials have stressed the path to improving US-Russia ties runs through a clear-eyed understanding of Russian aggression and the root causes of discord in the relationship, but Trump is signaling a different course. He is holding previous US administrations and the Justice Department's investigation stemming from Russian meddling in the 2016 election responsible.

"Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" Trump tweeted Monday morning ahead of the summit.

Trump was eager to have time alone with Putin to better personally assess him and develop a personal relationship, according to a US official, but he has also expressed anger at leaks from his meetings with foreign leaders and told aides he wanted to ensure his sensitive discussions with Putin remained secret.

The official also said that Trump doesn't want aides -- who may take a harder line on Russia -- undercutting or interrupting him during his talks with Putin.

Just days earlier, Trump pointed to the "pure stupidity" and a "political problem" in the United States for making it "very hard to do something with Russia."

"Anything you do, it's always going to be, 'Oh, Russia, he loves Russia,' " Trump said during a joint news conference with his British counterpart.

Trump's Monday morning tweet and his words and actions in the last week have only amplified concerns about his approach to Russia among US allies and lawmakers of both parties in Washington. During his swing through Brussels and the United Kingdom, Trump has repeatedly criticized US allies, called the European Union a "foe" and criticized the Obama administration rather than Russia in the wake of the Justice Department's indictment of 12 Russian agents who allegedly worked to hack Democrats' emails and computer networks during the 2016 election.

Ahead of his meeting with Putin -- who is alleged to be behind the assassination of journalists and political dissidents -- the US President also lashed out again at the news media on Sunday by branding journalists "the enemy of the people."

Trump again -- as he has repeatedly done -- pointed the finger at his predecessor President Barack Obama and characterized the investigation stemming from Russian election interference as a "witch hunt."

"President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn't happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it," Trump tweeted. "When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by Strzok!"

Everything from Russian meddling in the 2016 election to the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine are expected to be on the agenda for their summit here in Helsinki, but Trump has signaled he is most eager to jumpstart talks to "substantially reduce" the two countries' nuclear weapons arsenals and generally improve US-Russia relations.

Trump is not, however, expected to offer to halt military exercises in the Baltics as part of his discussions with Putin, with a US official telling CNN's Jeff Zeleny "at least that's the plan going in."

The question of the Baltics exercises has hung over the summit, particularly after Trump abruptly decided last month to agree to stop joint US-South Korean military exercises during his meeting with Kim.

Trump had said he intended to once again ask Putin about Russian efforts to sway the results of the 2016 election, but signaled he would not press the issue.

"I know you'll ask, will we be talking about meddling. I will absolutely bring that up. I don't think you'll have any, 'Gee, I did it. I did it. You got me.' There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think, but you never know what happens, right? But I will absolutely, firmly ask the question," Trump said.

Trump has sought to cool expectations in the last days leading up to the summit, saying in an interview Saturday that he planned to arrive in Helsinki "with very low expectations."

"I think that getting along with Russia is a good thing, but it's possible we won't," Trump said.

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Five pin oaks to be removed from MU Quad due to poor health https://www.komu.com/news/five-pin-oaks-to-be-removed-from-mu-quad-due-to-poor-health/ https://www.komu.com/news/five-pin-oaks-to-be-removed-from-mu-quad-due-to-poor-health/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:17:53 AM Alayna Chapie, KOMU 8 Reporter and Siena DeBolt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Five pin oaks to be removed from MU Quad due to poor health

COLUMBIA - Work to remove several large pin oaks from Mizzou's Francis Quadrangle began Monday after a recent study showed the trees' health is declining.

Mizzou officials said five of the twenty pin oaks required urgent attention, and while arborists will try to keep the other fifteen alive as long as possible, they will likely need removal in the future.

"What will be happening over the next several years is that they will begin moving all of the pin oaks from the quad with a plan that we will be replacing all of them with another type of oak trees," Christian Basi, spokesman for MU, said. 

According to a news release, the trees were planted in the 1950s, but have had declining health "due in part to not being in their native habitat and the addition of irrigation to the Francis Quadrangle in the 1990s, which changed the composition of the soil."

"The soil in the area of the quad is not the most ideal circumstances for the pin oaks so they have aged a little quicker than they would have if they were out in a another part of the area," Basi said. 

The compacted clay soil "causes stress and that shortens the life span of pin oak trees significantly," according to an email sent by Vice Chancellor for Operations Gary Ward on Monday. 

One concern surrounding the trees is over the potential for falling limbs and causing injuries to people walking near the trees.

Native white oak trees will replace the pin oaks being removed Monday. Basi said the trees won't be replaced immediately. 

"We will have replacement trees within the next year to two years on the quad," Basi said. "What we are doing is actually, we had several dozen trees donated to the university. We are going to be planting them in our nursery making sure that when we select a tree to put on the quad that it is consistent with the look that we want the quad to be in the next serval decades." 

One Mizzou student said she is happy they are taking the trees down for safety reasons, but she did enjoy relaxing under the trees. 

"During the school year, and when it's not so hot, I enjoyed eating my lunch and doing my homework out on the quad. It was just a nice way to relax and without all that shade, I'm not sure how much I will be out there this year," said Mary Downes, MU student. 

A study by the Mizzou Botanic Garden Friends Advisory Board's Tree Commission found that white oak trees fit the environment and soil of the Quad. 

Basi said the native white oaks are expected to live as long as 200 years. 

A fundraising campaign The Legacy Oaks of the Francis Quadrangle is being held to help replace the pin oak trees. 

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China files WTO challenge to US $200B tariff plan https://www.komu.com/news/china-files-wto-challenge-to-us-200b-tariff-plan/ https://www.komu.com/news/china-files-wto-challenge-to-us-200b-tariff-plan/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jul 2018 9:52:57 AM The Associated Press China files WTO challenge to US $200B tariff plan

BEIJING (AP) — China announced it filed a World Trade Organization challenge Monday to President Donald Trump's latest tariff threat, stepping up its diplomatic efforts to counter U.S. pressure in a spiraling technology dispute.

The Trump administration has criticized the WTO as unable to deal with the problems posed by China, suggesting a challenge there might have little impact in Washington. But it might help Beijing rally support from governments that criticized Trump for going outside the WTO to impose tariffs on Chinese and other imports.

The move is unusually swift, coming less than one week after the U.S. Trade Representative proposed 10 percent tariffs on a $200 billion list of Chinese goods. Those wouldn't take effect until at least September.

China's lopsided trade balance means it will run out of U.S. imports for penalty tariffs before Washington does. Beijing is trying to recruit support, so far in vain, from Europe, South Korea and other governments.

"We are unable to fight equally," said Tu Xingquan, director of the China Institute for WTO Studies at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

Monday's move "indicates that we value the role of the WTO rules," said Tu.

Washington imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. Beijing responded immediately by imposing identical penalties on a similar amount of American imports.

It has criticized the latest tariff threat but has only about $80 billion of annual imports left for penalties.

As for why Beijing hasn't retaliated, "there might be some adjustment in China's approach to countermeasures," said Tu.

Economists and business groups have suggested Beijing might try to disrupt operations of American companies, especially service industries, in which the United States runs a surplus. But Chinese officials have tried to appeal to American companies as allies.

A Commerce Ministry spokesman said last week Beijing hoped they would lobby Washington to protect their own interests.

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Trump: summit with Putin off to a 'very, very good start' https://www.komu.com/news/trump-summit-with-putin-off-to-a-very-very-good-start-/ https://www.komu.com/news/trump-summit-with-putin-off-to-a-very-very-good-start-/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jul 2018 9:37:36 AM The Associated Press Trump: summit with Putin off to a 'very, very good start'

HELSINKI (AP) — President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin opened their long-awaited summit Monday with a wink and slouch, respectively, then talked one on one behind closed doors for two-plus hours before the American leader declared their meeting was off to a "very, very good start for everybody."

Neither leader revealed what was discussed. But in advance of the talks, Trump listed a series of topics that did not include Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

"We have not been getting along well for the last number of years," Trump said after arriving at the Presidential Palace in Finland's capital, where the leaders are meeting. "But I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship. ... I really think the world wants to see us get along."

Putin, for his part, said he and Trump have maintained regular contact through phone calls and meetings at international events but "the time has come to have a thorough discussion on various international problems and sensitive issues." He added: "There are quite a few of them for us to pay attention to."

Their opening one-on-one session had been scheduled to run 90 minutes. The Russians said it lasted two hours and 10 minutes. The White House wouldn't immediately confirm the timing.

The summit, which is being closely watched around the world, was not the first time Trump and Putin have held talks. They met on the sidelines of world leader meetings in Germany and Vietnam last year. But Monday's session was condemned in advance by members of Congress from both parties after the U.S. indictment last week of 12 Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking Democrats in the 2016 election to help Trump's presidential campaign.

Trump said last week that he would raise the meddling issue again with Putin, but questions have been swirling about whether Trump will sharply and publicly rebuke his Russian counterpart for the interference that prompted a special investigation probe that Trump has repeatedly labeled a "witch hunt."

Addressing reporters before the one-on-one meeting, Putin struck a casual pose during Trump's remarks, slouching in his chair with his legs wide and eyes low. He nodded along to some of Trump's remarks before they were translated, showcasing his fluency in English. Trump leaned forward in his chair, his hands tented in front of him and frequently glanced over at the Russian president. At one point, he shot Putin a wink. After Trump concluded his remarks, American reporters shouted several questions about whether he would bring up election meddling during his discussions with Putin.

Trump did not respond; Putin appeared to smirk.

With that, the leaders gave a quick handshake and their private meeting in the opulent Gothic Hall was under way. Just the two of them, each with a translator.

They continued the discussion with an expanded group of aides and over lunch in the Hall of Mirrors, once the emperor's throne room. They'll conclude the summit by taking questions at a joint news conference.

Out on the streets, the summit attracted a grab-bag of protesters, with abortion-rights activists wearing artificially bulging bellies and Trump masks, anti-fascist protesters bearing signs with expletive-laden insults, and free traders, anti-war Ukrainians and gay rights supporters making their voices heard.

The summit began just hours after Trump blamed the United States — and not Russian election meddling or its annexation of Crimea — for a low-point in U.S.-Russia relations. The drama was playing out against a backdrop of fraying Western alliances, a new peak in the Russia investigation and fears that Moscow's aggression may go unchallenged.

"Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse," Trump tweeted Monday morning, blaming "many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"

The Russian foreign ministry responded by liking Trump's tweet and then replying: "We agree."

The summit started late because Putin arrived in Helsinki about a half hour behind schedule in another display of the Russian's leader famous lack of punctuality. Trump seemed to return the favor by waiting until Putin had arrived at the palace before leaving his hotel. Putin has been late for past meetings with the pope and British queen, among many others.

Several dozen Trump supporters, many waving American flags and sporting "Make America Great Again" caps, cheered Trump near his waterfront hotel in Helsinki. Two held up a handwritten banner that read "God Bless D & M Trump."

Trump and his aides have repeatedly tried to lower expectations about what the summit will achieve. He told CBS News that he didn't "expect anything" from Putin, while his national security adviser said the U.S. wasn't looking for any "concrete deliverables." Trump told reporters during a breakfast Monday with Finland's president that he thought the summit would go "fine."

Observers have raised concerns about the fact that the leaders met alone during their first meeting, but for a pair of interpreters, meaning there will be no corroborating witnesses to accurately represent what was said during the conversation.

Trump said he and Putin would discuss a range of issues, from trade to the military, along with missiles and China. Not mentioned: Election meddling or Syria.

The Russian Foreign Ministry rejected last week's indictment as part of a "shameful comedy" they claim has been staged to prevent the normalization of Russia-U.S. ties.

In tweets Monday, Trump continued to undermine the investigation and blamed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for failing to stop Russia's efforts to sway the 2016 election in Trump's favor. He claimed Obama "was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn't happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it."

The Obama administration did, in fact, take action, including confronting Putin in person as well as expelling nearly three dozen Russian diplomats the U.S. said were actually intelligence operatives and imposing new sanctions.

While Trump was eager for a made-for-TV moment that will dominate headlines like his sit-down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month, Putin hopes the meeting, mere hours after he presided over the World Cup finals, will help him forge good personal ties with Trump and focus on areas where Moscow and Washington may be able to find common ground, such as Syria.

Putin will likely not be shooting for official recognition of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea or the easing of crippling U.S. sanctions, aware that the U.S. Congress would never allow such action. But he would welcome a symbolic end to Western protests over Crimea and Moscow's attempts to destabilize elections and traditional Western alliances and norms.

On Syria, a possible deal could see Moscow helping mediate the withdrawal of Iranian forces and their Hezbollah proxies from the areas alongside Syria's border with Israel — a diplomatic coup that would reflect Russia's carefully cultivated ties with both Israel and Iran.


Associated Press writers Zeke Miller, Ken Thomas and Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.


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Jefferson City man dies after police car chase in Iowa https://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-man-dies-after-police-car-chase-in-iowa/ https://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-man-dies-after-police-car-chase-in-iowa/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jul 2018 8:20:52 AM Monica Harkins, KOMU 8 News Jefferson City man dies after police car chase in Iowa

JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City man died in Iowa Saturday morning during police pursuit.

A Fayette County Sheriff's deputy was chasing Jared Hill, when Hill crossed over into the line of on-coming traffic and hit an unoccupied, parked pick-up truck. 

28-year-old Hill was pronounced dead on the scene. 

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Boone County deputies confirm death, on-going investigation https://www.komu.com/news/boone-county-deputies-confirm-death-on-going-investigation/ https://www.komu.com/news/boone-county-deputies-confirm-death-on-going-investigation/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jul 2018 7:15:57 AM Monica Harkins, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Boone County deputies confirm death, on-going investigation

BOONE COUNTY - Boone County deputies investigate a death at North Lakewood Drive and East St. Charles Road. 

Deputies responded to a call at 9:40 p.m. Sunday night. Deputies said there is "no apparent danger" in the area at this time.

(Editor's Note: This story will continue to be updated as more information is available.)

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Ragtag Cinema hosts World Cup watch party for free https://www.komu.com/news/ragtag-cinema-hosts-world-cup-watch-party-for-free/ https://www.komu.com/news/ragtag-cinema-hosts-world-cup-watch-party-for-free/ Continuous News Sun, 15 Jul 2018 7:53:20 PM Matt Schmittdiel, KOMU 8 News Reporter Ragtag Cinema hosts World Cup watch party for free

COLUMBIA- Ragtag Cinema showed the World Cup Final against France and Croatia Sunday on its movie screens free of charge.

Ragtag has been showing World Cup games in its theatres since 2010 and said it has just been growing since then.

The theatre said it is great to see people of all nationalities supporting their teams.

“It’s great to see Mexican fans come out, Brazilian fans, Spanish fans, and Korean fans. It’s kind of this melting pot we have here. It’s a lot of fun people are really enjoying it,” Ragtag Operations Director Cory McCarter said.

McCarter said they have had some really good turnouts and there was only sitting and standing room left Sunday in the two theatres for the match

The showing is free of charge, but the theatre asks for donations to help pay for maintenance cost: specifically a new bulb.

Ragtag tag had shows Sunday so could only promise to have one theatre showing the soccer match the entire time.

“Hope it doesn’t go into overtime because we have movies to show in the small theatre, we might have a riot if you want to stick around,” McCarter said.

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Why Prime Day is important to Amazon https://www.komu.com/news/why-prime-day-is-important-to-amazon/ https://www.komu.com/news/why-prime-day-is-important-to-amazon/ Continuous News Sun, 15 Jul 2018 5:19:44 PM Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Why Prime Day is important to Amazon

    (CNN Money) -- Amazon has successfully invented a new shopping holiday, and it's set to capitalize on the rewards.

The fourth Prime Day (and a half) will begin noon PT (3 p.m. ET) Monday, extending for 36 hours. The savings event this year is running longer than prior years, available for shoppers in more countries, and Amazon is promising a million deals — the most yet — for Prime members.

It's also the first Prime Day with Whole Foods, Amazon's most expensive acquisition, integrated under the Jeff Bezos umbrella.

E-Commerce Guide by CNN Underscored: What's the deal with Amazon Prime Day

Prime Day means far more to Amazon than a one-day annual marketing play. Sure, Amazon gets to flex its muscles over the retail industry and juice sales numbers. But, more importantly, Amazon uses the savings event to spotlight its own products and hook new members on a subscription program that more than 100 million people around the world count as an indispensable part of their shopping lives.

Priming the pump

Amazon doesn't disclose revenue from previous Prime Days, but it's predicted to reach $3.4 billion this year, according to retail think tank Coresight Research.

Sales for the event are projected to shatter last year's total by 40% and become Amazon's new single day record, breaking its 2017 Cyber Monday haul.

But Monday will be trivial to Amazon's financial picture, noted Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities. Sales are projected to be only six times a normal day, or around 2% of Amazon's annual retail revenue, he said. The company brought in a total of $177.9 billion in sales last year across its retail and web services division.

Prime Day serves a longer-term importance to Amazon by driving new members to its $119 annual free-shipping program and tightening existing customer relationships to the company's ecosystem. More than half of Americans said they lived in a household with Prime, according to a Cowen survey in December.

Prime is the "most critical driver" for Amazon's e-commerce business in the long run, argued Cowen analyst John Blackledge.

Prime has added around 10 million new subscribers a year for the past three years, and Blackledge believes Amazon has even more room to convert non-members who shop on Amazon into loyalists. The Prime model adds monthly and annual fees into Amazon's coffers, and Prime members spend more on the site than shoppers without the subscription.

Members spend $1,400 a year, compared to about $600 a year for non-members, according to market research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

"From Amazon's perspective, Amazon Prime members improve with age," said the firm's co-founder Mike Levin. "As more Prime members reach their third, fourth or even longer anniversary, average spending should increase."

'Step Aside Black Friday'

Amazon tested out its inaugural Prime Day in July of 2015 to celebrate the company's 20th anniversary. It designed the day to replicate Black Friday for Amazon die-hards, but boasted more deals than the November shopping tradition.

"Step Aside Black Friday - Meet Prime Day," Amazon said in a news statement unveiling the event.

Amazon recorded $900 million in sales its first year, according to Coresight. Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky called it "Christmas in July."

The company decided to bring it back for a second year with more deals. Sales hit $1.5 billion, according to Coresight's estimate.

In 2017, Prime Day "really got a lot more traction...in particular internationally," Olsavsky told analysts last October. The company had a record number of free Prime trial sign-ups, and its Echo Dot smart speaker was the best-selling product.

"Amazon is betting long term on voice-enabled commerce," Magid retail analyst Matt Sargent said last year.

Prime Day has forced Amazon's rivals to adjust to the frenzy.

"The day creates a short-term urgency," said Barbara Khan, a marketing professor at Wharton who studies retail. "People get engaged just to make a purchase, to take advantage of the deal."

It has become the firing gun for the start of back-to-school shopping, the second busiest shopping time of the year.

"Prime Day has changed the terrain of the summer for retailers," said Adobe Digital Insights director Taylor Schreiner. "Retailers need an effective strategy to address it. The only guaranteed losing play is to ignore it."

Rivals aren't sitting on their heels: Walmart, for example, debuted new apps and online tools for back-to-school shopping, including a 3D virtual experience called "Buy the Room," and deals on school supplies. Target also announced a one-day sale to rival Amazon on Tuesday for "everyone—no membership required."

Whole Foods' debut

Amazon again will again offer deals on Alexa-enabled devices such as Echo, Echo Show, Fire TV and Fire tablets this year.

It's highlighting discounts on its growing lineup of private label brands such as Stone & Beam, Rivet, Presto!, Wickedly Prime, and Goodthreads.

Despite the heavy promotions, selling its own products on Prime Day should help the company's profit margins because it can cut out first and third-party sellers.

Whole Foods will be the biggest change to the 2018 show.

Amazon is offering Prime members a $10 credit when they spend $10 or more at Whole Foods between July 11 through 17. Whole Foods is also offering deals on grocery items like boneless chicken breasts, and doubling the cash back bonus to 10% from 5% for Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card holders.

Related: Whole Foods announces its Prime Day deal

"This year seems a bit more ambitious, as they have fully integrated Whole Foods into the mix," said Wedbush's Pachter.

Whole Foods has recorded nine straight months of 2% to 3% same-store sales growth since the acquisition last year, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney. Amazon is driving traffic to Whole Foods by lowering prices and increasing Prime discount benefits.

Monday will be the biggest opportunity yet for Amazon to lock more Whole Foods shoppers into Prime members.

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UPDATE: Suspect in homicide, officers' shooting identified https://www.komu.com/news/update-suspect-in-homicide-officers-shooting-identified/ https://www.komu.com/news/update-suspect-in-homicide-officers-shooting-identified/ Continuous News Sun, 15 Jul 2018 1:34:11 PM The Associated Press UPDATE: Suspect in homicide, officers' shooting identified

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A man who was fatally shot after wounding three Kansas City police officers during a gunfight had not drawn law enforcement's attention before he became a person of interest this month in the death of a college student from India, police said Monday.

Investigators believe 25-year-old Marlin Mack opened fire on officers Sunday with a high-powered semi-automatic rifle during a confrontation that began outside a motel before moving to a nearby home, Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith said.

Smith, who didn't say where Mack was from, declined to say what preceded the confrontations. But he said one of the injured officers was expected to be released Monday and would need ongoing medical attention. The other two will remain hospitalized but are in stable condition, Smith said.

Mack was wanted for questioning in the slaying of 25-year-old Sharath Koppu, who was fatally shot during an armed robbery on July 6 at a fast-food restaurant. Relatives said Koppu was studying for a master's degree in computer engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Investigators believe Koppu, who was helping a friend at the restaurant, was the random victim of a robbery, police spokesman Sgt. Jake Becchina said Monday. Video from the restaurant prompted up to 40 tips, which Smith said was vital to finding Mack.

"I can't thank those people enough for having the courage to call our tips hotline and being willing to reach out to us," Smith said.

Officers found Mack on Sunday at a motel in eastern Kansas City. Investigators said he fired at officers, hitting two of them. Mack then fled to a nearby home where more gunfire was exchanged. He eventually came out of the house firing and was shot by officers, police said.

A juvenile who fled the scene of the first shooting was taken into custody but isn't expected to face charges, Becchina said Monday.

Smith said police were not aware of Mack before Koppu's shooting. Prison officials in Missouri and Kansas have no record of any prior violations, and online court records show no criminal history for Mack.

Koppu was a software engineer who came to the United States from India in January, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his family. His cousin, Raghu Chowdavaram, told WDAF-TV on Monday that Koppu was chasing his dream of earning a graduate degree in computer engineering.

"He was determined to do something very big," Chowdavaram said.

University Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal expressed thanks in a statement Sunday to the officers who were wounded while investigating Koppu's death, saying they "risked their lives to pursue justice."

Jagdeesh Subramanian, president of the India Association of Kansas City, said the robbery and fatal shooting of Koppu appeared random and unfortunately "could have happened to anybody."

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Chicago police: Video shows fatal officer involved shooting https://www.komu.com/news/chicago-police-video-shows-fatal-officer-involved-shooting/ https://www.komu.com/news/chicago-police-video-shows-fatal-officer-involved-shooting/ Continuous News Sun, 15 Jul 2018 11:07:56 AM The Associated Press Chicago police: Video shows fatal officer involved shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — Footage from body cameras and surveillance cameras shows that a man who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer was armed with what appears to be a handgun, a department spokesman said Sunday.

The shooting Saturday evening in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the city's South Side sparked a clash between angry residents and baton-wielding officers. Four protesters were arrested and some police officers suffered minor injuries from thrown rock and bottles, some of which were filled with urine. Two squad cars were also damaged.

Authorities haven't released the name of the man who was killed, but police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said he was in his 30s, wasn't a known gang member and had no recent arrest history.

Police found a handgun and two magazines of bullets at the shooting site and sent them for testing, Guglielmi said.

The shooting happened after officers patrolling on foot tried to question the man over a "bulge around his waistband" that suggested he was armed, patrol chief Fred Waller told reporters. The man broke free and ran from the officers, who believed "he appeared to be reaching for a weapon" and shot him, he said.

During the protest that followed the shooting, officers pulled people to the ground and struck them with batons.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which investigates officer-involved shootings, said it was analyzing the video and asking anyone who may have captured cellphone footage of it to share the footage with the agency. The agency will release the video to the public within 60 days, unless ordered not to by a court, said agency spokesman Ephraim Eaddy.

It was at least the third time in the last two weeks that a Chicago police officer shot someone.

Chicago has a troubled history of police shootings. The city erupted in protest in 2015 after the release of a video showing a white police officer shoot a black 17-year-old, Laquan McDonald 16 times a year earlier. The officer, Jason Van Dyke, was charged with murder. McDonald's death led to the ouster of the police chief and a series of reforms meant to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable.

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Missouri groups clash over proposed redistricting plan https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-groups-clash-over-proposed-redistricting-plan/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-groups-clash-over-proposed-redistricting-plan/ Continuous News Sun, 15 Jul 2018 10:46:43 AM The Associated Press Missouri groups clash over proposed redistricting plan

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A proposed ballot initiative aims to replace Missouri's system for drawing state legislative districts with a model designed to have the number of seats won by each party more closely reflect its statewide vote.

If election officials validate enough signatures collected by Clean Missouri, the group sponsoring the proposal, voters will have the final say Nov. 6.

Many Republicans have expressed concern that the proposal is a partisan effort to help Democrats gain ground against GOP supermajorities in the state House and Senate.

Clean Missouri supporters, including some Republicans, say the changes will increase competitiveness in elections and lead to a General Assembly more representative of voters' wishes.

Clean Missouri's measure would also ban most lobbyist gifts, among other measures.

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Water levels increased in Missouri River https://www.komu.com/news/water-levels-increased-in-missouri-river/ https://www.komu.com/news/water-levels-increased-in-missouri-river/ Continuous News Sun, 15 Jul 2018 10:27:27 AM The Associated Press Water levels increased in Missouri River

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River will likely remain above normal throughout the summer and fall to reduce the amount of water held in reservoirs along the river.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased the amount of water being released from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border in late June because more spring rain and more snow fell in the mountains.

Officials expect the amount of water in the Missouri River this year will be 157 percent of normal.

The releases are expected to remain near 60,000 cubic feet per second through the summer, but they may be adjusted in response to downstream flood concerns.

Roughly 25 percent of the flood storage space in the river's reservoirs remains available.

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37-year-old Tennessee man drowns in Lick Branch Cove https://www.komu.com/news/37-year-old-tennessee-man-drowns-in-lick-branch-cove/ https://www.komu.com/news/37-year-old-tennessee-man-drowns-in-lick-branch-cove/ Continuous News Sun, 15 Jul 2018 9:53:33 AM 37-year-old Tennessee man drowns in Lick Branch Cove

MORGAN COUNTY - 37-year-old Brett Davidson of Clarksville, Tennessee was pronounced dead after drowning in the Lake of the Ozarks, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

Davidson was last seen on a dock before reported as missing on Friday.

After a search was conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, his body was found near the 5.2 mile mark in Lick Branch Cove on Saturday. 

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McCaskill and Hawley promote campaigns in Columbia https://www.komu.com/news/mccaskill-and-hawley-promote-campaigns-in-columbia/ https://www.komu.com/news/mccaskill-and-hawley-promote-campaigns-in-columbia/ Continuous News Sat, 14 Jul 2018 10:43:25 PM Matt Schmittdiel, KOMU 8 News Reporter McCaskill and Hawley promote campaigns in Columbia

COLUMBIA- Senator Claire McCaskill and Attorney General Josh Hawley both met with supporters and volunteers Saturday at each of their individual field offices in Columbia.

Both candidates encouraged volunteers to go door knocking and tell local community members why the should vote for each candidate. 

Hawley said this election is one of the most important of our lives.

"We have right now at stake in this next few months and this election, the whole future direction of our country,” Hawley said.

McCaskill and Hawley both spoke on a number of issues concerning the people of mid-Missouri, but McCaskill said the most important issue at hand is healthcare.

"It doesn’t matter if you are a democrat or a republican, if you think people with pre-existing conditions should be protected there’s only one choice for the US senate," McCaskill said.

McCaskill said she does not believe Hawley with work to keep protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

When asked, Halwey said he does believe insurance companies should be required to cover pre-existing conditions.

"Yes they should...we have to go reform our healthcare system to bring down cost," Hawley said.

However, McCaskill said there is no way that he will keep his promise.

Well he wouldn’t have filed the lawsuit to do away with them, he knows that if in fact his lawsuit is successful there is no protection there," McCaskill said. 

Early Friday Hawley demanded McCaskill to answer to reporters and her constituents on her stance over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Later in the afternoon McCaskill responded and said she looks at each nominee individually.

"There is a lot to look at here. He’s been on the bench for a number of years, there’s a lot of decisions to read and speeches he’s given," McCaskill said. "So it will take me a few weeks before I am even close to prepared to sit down and visit with him."

Hawley said he fully supports Kavanaugh's nomination. He said the nomination of a judge can only be looked at in two ways.

"Do you want a judge who will apply the constitution the way the people wrote it or are you going to have a judge who will impose his own value preferences," Hawley said. "It’s one or the other."

Hawley also renewed his challenge to McCaskill for a debate between the two candidates.

"I’ve challenge her to a debate, I renew that challenge today. It’s time to face your constituents Senator," Hawley said. 

McCaskill responded and said she does want a debate.

"I think what people want to see is a contrast, how we differ face to face. We are going to be stressing debate not forum," she said.

Both said they think people really do care about what is going on in this election.

"I am blessed that all these people want to help and its going on all over the state, we’ve had thousands and thousands of people to show up and knock on doors...if these people are working this hard I won’t rest," McCaskill said.

The kind of enthusiasm you saw today is what we are seeing all over the state," Hawley said. "People are really really energized by this election, they are really energized by this supreme court nomination and what it means for the future."

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