KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Continuous News Continuous News en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 31 May 2016 17:05:37 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Woman sentenced for posting teen's nude photos on Facebook http://www.komu.com/news/woman-sentenced-for-posting-teen-s-nude-photos-on-facebook/ http://www.komu.com/news/woman-sentenced-for-posting-teen-s-nude-photos-on-facebook/ Continuous News Tue, 31 May 2016 12:30:13 PM The Associated Press Woman sentenced for posting teen's nude photos on Facebook

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman who posted nude photos of a 15-year-old girl on Facebook has been sentenced to a year in federal prison.

The Kansas City Star reports 49-year-old Michelle Renee McCoy, of Carl Junction, was sentenced Tuesday for possession of child pornography.

Prosecutors say McCoy, an acquaintance of the girl, found the pictures on the girl's phone. McCoy sent them to her own phone then posted them on the girl's Facebook page. She also changed the password so the victim couldn't remove the pictures.

McCoy's attorney said his client posted the pictures to shame the victim and teach her a lesson. He asked that she receive probation because she was not a typical child pornographer.

Prosecutors asked for a three-year prison sentence, saying the victim was humiliated

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Casino provides millions in revenue to Cape Girardeau http://www.komu.com/news/casino-provides-millions-in-revenue-to-cape-girardeau/ http://www.komu.com/news/casino-provides-millions-in-revenue-to-cape-girardeau/ Continuous News Tue, 31 May 2016 9:47:50 AM The Associated Press Casino provides millions in revenue to Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Cape Girardeau apparently hit the jackpot when it bet on opening a casino.

City officials say the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau has brought in $11.5 million in revenue into the southeast Missouri community since it opened in October of 2012.

The Southeast Missourian reports the money has helped pay for street improvements, retired airport bonds and built up the city's emergency reserve fund.

And Mayor Harry Rediger says development of the casino site has eliminated blight and reduced crime, as well as adding 400 to 500 jobs to the city.

And under the development agreement, 3 percent of the revenue is divided between Cape Girardeau County, the city of Jackson and Scott City.

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Weekly Wellness: Mental Health Month focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder http://www.komu.com/news/weekly-wellness-mental-health-month-focus-on-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/ http://www.komu.com/news/weekly-wellness-mental-health-month-focus-on-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/ Continuous News Tue, 31 May 2016 8:15:14 AM Amanda Barnes, KOMU 8 Wellness Coach Weekly Wellness: Mental Health Month focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

COLUMBIA - I think many of us immediately think of the military when we hear someone referring to PTSD. We have heard this term used with so many returning from war (and understandably so). However, it's not just our soldiers who can experience PTSD.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event. A traumatic event is a life-threatening event such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood.

Anyone who was a victim, witnessed or has been exposed to a life-threatening situation and/or survivors of violent acts, such as domestic violence, rape, sexual, physical and/or verbal abuse or physical attacks can experience PTSD.

Survivors of unexpected dangerous events, such as a car accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack can experience PTSD.

Combat veterans or civilians exposed to war and/or emergency responders who help victims during traumatic events can experience PTSD.

Children who are neglected and/or abused (physically, sexually or verbally) can experience PTSD.

PTSD is a real problem and affects over 8.5 million American adults (3.5% of the adult population) in any given year.

For many people, symptoms begin almost immediately following the trauma that was experienced. For others, the symptoms may not begin or may not become a problem until years later. Symptoms of PTSD may include:

  • Repeatedly thinking about the trauma (i.e. nightmares or flashbacks)
  • Being constantly alert or on guard (i.e. easily startled or angered, irritable or anxious and preoccupied with staying safe)
  • Difficulty concentrating or sleeping
  • Physical problems (i.e. constipation, diarrhea, rapid breathing, muscle tension or, headaches, rapid heart rate)
  • Avoiding reminders of the trauma (i.e. avoiding the people, places associated with the experience)
  • Feeling emotionally numb, detached from friends and family, and lose interest in activities
  • Panic attacks
  • Feelings of mistrust
  • Problems in daily living (i.e. problems functioning on the job, at school, or in social situations)
  • Substance abuse
  • Relationship problems (i.e.problems with intimacy, or feeling detached from family and friends)
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts

PTSD can be treated with success.  Treatment and support are critical to recovery. The following treatments are used to successfully treat PTSD:

Psychotherapy with a mental health professional can help immensely. There are different types of therapy that can be used:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: helps you change the thought patterns that keep you from overcoming your anxiety.

Exposure Therapy: helps you to confront the memories and situations that cause your distress.

Cognitive Processing Therapy: helps you process your emotions about the traumatic event and learn how to challenge your thinking patterns.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: focuses on identifying current life situations that set off traumatic memories and worsen PTSD symptoms.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: your mental health professional will lead you through an activity where you think about the trauma while the therapist waves a hand or baton in front of you.  You follow the movements with your eyes. This helps your brain process your memories and reduce your negative feelings about the memories.

Couples Counseling & Family Therapy: helps couples and family members understand each other.

Other forms of treatment include medications (under the supervision of a physician) and support groups.

If you are concerned that you or a loved one might be experiencing PTSD, you are not alone. Please contact a physician or mental health professional for assistance.

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Some people choose the ER for non-emergencies despite the costs http://www.komu.com/news/some-people-choose-the-er-for-non-emergencies-despite-the-costs/ http://www.komu.com/news/some-people-choose-the-er-for-non-emergencies-despite-the-costs/ Continuous News Tue, 31 May 2016 7:53:14 AM Rachel Leigh, KOMU 8 Reporter Some people choose the ER for non-emergencies despite the costs

COLUMBIA – Convenience may outweigh the cost of expensive hospital bills when choosing care at an emergency room for non-emergencies.

In an assessment in 2015, Truven Health Analytics found a quarter of emergency room visits didn’t require immediate attention and 41 percent received care that could have been done in the doctor's office.

Physician Scott Schultz said he noticed similar trend when we was working as an EMT in Columbia. 

He realized people were going to the ER because sometimes they didn’t have any options available if it was past regular business hours or the primary physician was out of town. That’s when he changed jobs to urgent care.

He said urgent care has helped ease the burden of non-emergencies at the ER. 

“Its amazing in seven years to see how that has changed where a lot of people didn’t even know what urgent care was to a large percentage of the population using urgent cares for their acute care needs,” Schultz said.

Schultz said urgent care has lessened the need for unnecessary visits to the ER because of longer business hours, lower costs and shorter wait times. He said a visit to the ER for a minor problem like allergies could take a hit to your pocketbook.

“I imagine emergency departments are one thousand dollars now between one hundred $150. The economics are pretty impressive,” Schultz said.

Schultz said parents are more likely to take their children with an illness like pink eye to the ER, even if they have to pay more. 

“Say you’re a working parent your kid is in daycare your kid has pink eye. You cant get them into a pediatrician the day care will not allow them back in until they’re treated," Schultz said.  "It is more cost effective to go to the emergency department so you can get back to work instead of staying home with your child."

Schultz said in the future health care will be looking to “on demand” health care, and soon some doctor appointments could be done via the Internet.

Schultz said emergency departments are still needed and important.

“It’s there it’s always busy. There’s a reason there’s a wait there but those are for life and limb threatening illnesses, Schultz said. “Urgent cares are more for the things that need to be taken care of in life but aren’t life or limb threatening.”  

Schultz said urgent care is high functioning but isn’t equal to an emergency room.


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Repairs to Highway 63 underway http://www.komu.com/news/repairs-to-highway-63-underway/ http://www.komu.com/news/repairs-to-highway-63-underway/ Continuous News Tue, 31 May 2016 12:06:44 AM Meg Hilling, KOMU 8 Reporter Repairs to Highway 63 underway

BOONE COUNTY - Repairs to U.S. Highway 63 were expected to be underway Tuesday night in Prathersville.

The repairs come as part of a mass project by MoDOT to repair and resurface Highway 63 and the Interstate 70 connector this summer.

The project will stretch from Missouri Route 763 (Range Line Street) north of Columbia to Route WW/Broadway. The construction will run from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, with completion scheduled for the fall.

MoDOT plans to begin on the north end of the stretch and work in the southbound lanes.

KOMU 8 News reached out to multiple drivers in the Columbia and Prathersville area Monday, none of whom expressed concern over the construction.

According to MoDOT at least one lane of Highway 63 and I-70 the connector will be open in each direction during the work.

While the work is not expected to cause traffic, drivers are advise to prepare accordingly.

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Missouri River flooding means problems for Glasgow http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-river-flooding-means-problems-for-glasgow/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-river-flooding-means-problems-for-glasgow/ Continuous News Mon, 30 May 2016 7:37:36 PM Abby Breidenbach, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri River flooding means problems for Glasgow

GLASGOW- The Missouri River was more than six feet above flood stage levels in Glasgow Monday afternoon.

The entire Missouri River was above flood stage levels, but Glasgow and Jefferson City were the highest, experiencing moderate flooding. The National Weather Service defines moderate flooding as “some inundation of structures and roads near stream. Some evacuations of people and/or transfer of property to higher elevations.”

A few dirt roads were completely underwater.

One resident, Amber Elliott, said she was forced to change her route to work due to road closures.

Stump Island, a local park just south of the Missouri River Bridge, was almost totally immersed. A park groundskeeper, Estill Tindall, was fishing in the flood on Monday.

Tindall said on a long weekend like Memorial Day the park would usually be full of campers, but there were none in sight. He added the flooding hurt business for the Stump Island park area and other local businesses this holiday.

KOMU 8 Weathercaster Kenton Gewecke forecast said by Wednesday the Missouri River will be below flood stage.

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Water patrol tests new safety strategies at Lake of the Ozarks http://www.komu.com/news/water-patrol-tests-new-safety-strategies-at-lake-of-the-ozarks/ http://www.komu.com/news/water-patrol-tests-new-safety-strategies-at-lake-of-the-ozarks/ Continuous News Mon, 30 May 2016 7:01:08 PM Lauren Barnas, KOMU 8 Reporter Water patrol tests new safety strategies at Lake of the Ozarks

LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The Missouri State Highway Patrol tested new extended Water Patrol shifts this Memorial Day weekend.

Water Patrol Captain Matt Walz said troopers with previous water patrol experience have been added to lake staff this year as well. Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to boating season, meaning these new staffing strategies were tested full-force for the holiday.

"Our people work all the time anyway, but our shifts are extended to cover the extra people that we get," MSHP Corporal Stacey Mosher said.

The new approach comes after one legislator pushed to separate the water patrol from the highway patrol earlier this year.

The water patrol joined forces with the highway patrol in 2011, in an effort to save the state $3 million per year. Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) proposed a demerger bill in January, suggesting a split from the MSHP would give the water patrol the money and resources necessary to be effective.

Her proposal came after the water patrol was criticized for its ability to keep the lake safe. She dropped the proposal because more troopers have been trained to police the lake this summer.

"It's traditionally a very safe lake. People tend to come down here and have a lot of fun, we just try to keep those injuries to a minimum," Mosher said.

Walz said he's excited about the new training and what's to come for water patrol this season. 

Boaters also play a huge role in keeping waterways safe.

"I think that something that people have a tendency to overlook on the water, is they tend to focus on having fun more than being safe," Mosher said.

Mike Cross, Marina Manager at Four Seasons Marina, said boaters should check a few things before hitting the water this summer.

“Walk around their boat before they get in it and make sure if anything's missing, contact water patrol," he said. "Be weary of their surroundings. Sometimes people come down and they forget where they're at on the lake."     

Last year on Memorial Day weekend, there were eight boating crashes and 15 people were arrested for boating while intoxicated on Missouri waterways. The final boating incident numbers for the 2016 weekend have not been released yet, but will be available on the MSHP's website.


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St. Louis police chief questions judges' accountability http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-police-chief-questions-judges-accountability/ http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-police-chief-questions-judges-accountability/ Continuous News Mon, 30 May 2016 5:25:04 PM The Associated Press St. Louis police chief questions judges' accountability

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis' police chief is calling the city's judges too lenient with defendants in alleged gun crimes, insisting those on the bench "are accountable to virtually no one."

Chief Sam Dotson offered that criticism in his official blog in a posting Monday titled "A Sane Rant for a Crazy System: Part I."

Dotson writes that "when you combine a runaway gun culture with a lack of judicial accountability, it seems like anything is possible." He adds that judges "make the decisions and we get stuck living with the consequences. And no matter how bad those decisions turn out to be, they hold on to their jobs and their power."

And he says another societal truth is that "guns are ridiculously easy to get."

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Missouri man accused of arson bid during domestic dispute http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-man-accused-of-arson-bid-during-domestic-dispute/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-man-accused-of-arson-bid-during-domestic-dispute/ Continuous News Mon, 30 May 2016 4:29:29 PM The Associated Press Missouri man accused of arson bid during domestic dispute

ZALMA (AP) — A southeastern Missouri man is charged with assault after authorities say he tried to set his house on fire while his girlfriend was inside.

The (Cape Girardeau) Southeast Missourian reports that 35-year-old Mark Rohan of tiny Zalma in Bollinger County is charged with second-degree domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

An investigator says in a probable-cause statement that after the couple argued, the girlfriend was packing a duffel bag with plans to leave the house when Rohan doused the inside of the house with gasoline and tried to ignite it.

When the woman was trying to flee, Rohan allegedly grabbed her before she broke away and went to her parent's house.

Online court records don't show whether Rohan has an attorney.

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Southwestern Missouri jailer injured during assault http://www.komu.com/news/southwestern-missouri-jailer-injured-during-assault/ http://www.komu.com/news/southwestern-missouri-jailer-injured-during-assault/ Continuous News Mon, 30 May 2016 4:24:53 PM The Associated Press Southwestern Missouri jailer injured during assault

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Missouri's Greene County say a jailer is recovering after being seriously injured during an alleged assault by an inmate.

Sheriff Jim Arnott says the unidentified deputy serving as a corrections officer during the Saturday altercation sustained a broken nose, fractured jaw, a concussion and cuts that required staples on his head to stop the bleeding.

The sheriff's department's statement did not identify the inmate or offer details about what prompted the reported assault that Arnott called "a horrendous event."

Arnott says the matter remains under investigation, and no charges were filed as of late afternoon Monday.

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Community celebrates Memorial Day with 40th annual turtle race http://www.komu.com/news/community-celebrates-memorial-day-with-40th-annual-turtle-race/ http://www.komu.com/news/community-celebrates-memorial-day-with-40th-annual-turtle-race/ Continuous News Mon, 30 May 2016 3:59:15 PM Melissa Zygowicz, KOMU 8 News Community celebrates Memorial Day with 40th annual turtle race

LONE ELM - Some people barbecue or head down to the lake to celebrate Memorial Day, but one community celebrates with turtles.

This year marked the 40th annual Lone Elm Memorial Day Turtle Race. 304 turtles raced to the finish line outside Zion Lutheran School, while onlookers cheered them on, making this their biggest year ever.

Dusty Rhodes helped start the race forty years ago with Art Siedenburg.

"[Siedenburg] owned the Lone Elm store and I worked for him at the time and we decided to have a Memorial Day race and turtles are what we decided on," Rhodes said.

The race started in 1976, with just 39 turtles competing. 

"A lot of these people have children who were little kids when we started the race. Over the years, the little kids are big kids. It's just a community event that has grown and everybody is having fun with now," Rhodes said.

Rhodes said people begin finding turtles about a week before the race takes place.

"People usually find them on the road, in the early morning is when they're off traveling. You don't want to keep them that long, though," Rhodes said.

The turtles race in heats, with about five to ten turtles racing per heat.

Julie Greer of Bunceton helps get the event going every year.

"My sister Janet and I, we register the turtles, and my two other sisters gather the turtles in a circle to get them racing," Greer said.

There are multiple winners for the race. Winners win either a medal or ceramic trophy.

"Everybody comes in a good mood, they are happy to be here and congregate together with their own family. It's just a really fun time for the kids because they really feel like they are doing something even if they don't win," Greer said.

The proceeds from the event go towards building a multi-purpose building soon to constructed at Zion Lutheran School. The building will include a gymnasium and commons area adjacent to the school.






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Mid-Missourian honor fallen service members at memorial services http://www.komu.com/news/mid-missourian-honor-fallen-service-members-at-memorial-services/ http://www.komu.com/news/mid-missourian-honor-fallen-service-members-at-memorial-services/ Continuous News Mon, 30 May 2016 2:53:40 PM Sheila Wang, KOMU 8 Reporter Mid-Missourian honor fallen service members at memorial services

BOONE COUNTY - Mid-missourians honored their fallen service members at memorial services across Boone County on Monday afternoon.

Boone County held a dedication ceremony to mark the relocation of the Desert Storm Memorial.

The Boone County Commission moved the monument to the Columbia Cemetery earlier this year in March. The memorial lists the names of two Boone County men killed in Operation Desert Storm,  Patrick Kelly Connor and Steven Paul Farnen.

The memorial had been sittinging at the courthouse plaza for almost 25 years before the commission decided to move it due to the controversial religious symbol a "Jesus fish",  on the the monument.

"We're going to have the highway signs and memorial signs put on Highway 63 for both those men, and I think that's very important," said Chuck Basye, Missouri State Representative for District 47.

He said the signs are scheduled to be put in place this fall.

Late Monday afternoon, the city of Centralia honored service members at the Centralia Missouri Cemetery.

Representative Stephen Webber of the 46th district and Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler were among the guest speakers.

Webber, who is also a marine veteran, said this is his first time to address the services in Centralia.

"Centralia takes more pride in flying our national flags than any other community in central Missouri. It's absolutely unbelievable here, American flags everywhere. They have a very good turnout. They really respect and appreciate the sacrifice of all the troops. I'm really honored to be a speaker today," Webber said.

More than 100 people, including veterans and families, attended the annual event.




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Senior service member reflects on Memorial Day http://www.komu.com/news/senior-service-member-reflects-on-memorial-day/ http://www.komu.com/news/senior-service-member-reflects-on-memorial-day/ Continuous News Mon, 30 May 2016 2:43:04 PM Adam Pressler, KOMU 8 Reporter Senior service member reflects on Memorial Day

JEFFERSON CITY – A 21-gun salute and triple bell service honored veterans Monday at the Jefferson City National Cemetery. 

One veteran in attendance at the memorial service was, retired Master Sargent Frank M. Livingston. He is the senior officer of the Central Missouri Samuel F. Gearheart Detachment. Livingston says he enjoys serving with his detachment.

“The main thing that brings us out to the local ceremonies is pride, honor and respect. Pride in ourselves, honor for what we have done for country and respect for our fallen comrades.” Livingston said.

The memorial service was centered around the three bell service as names of service members who have passed in the last year are read allowed followed by ringing the bell. Upon conclusion of the service, Livingston and his detachment completed the 21 gun salute to conclude the memorial service.

Matt Jorgenson, Commandant of the Central Missouri Detachment says serving with Livingston is an honor.

“He is a veteran and served our country when it wasn’t necessarily the most popular thing to do but he sets the example and is a man who truly gives back in his entirety. He is an outstanding gentleman and sets the tone for the organization I’m apart of.” Jorgenson said.

Master Sargent Livingston enrolled during 1964 and completed two tours in Vietnam during his 23 years of service. Livingston says he is grateful for the community welcoming home veterans.

“Today, there is more and more being done for the returning veterans. Not only by the organizations but the communities are getting involved too. It means a lot to the veterans that it’s the community and not just the organization.”

“We notice how there are more, and more, people recognizing the veterans. We have noticed that has increased and people show more and more respect towards the veterans. It means a lot to us.” Livingston said.

Livingston said he enjoyed the memorial service and will use today to remember his friends and service members.

“To me its an honor that I can stop and take time to honor my fellow service members today,” Livingston said.

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Community mourns the loss of Tipton teenager http://www.komu.com/news/community-mourns-the-loss-of-tipton-teenager/ http://www.komu.com/news/community-mourns-the-loss-of-tipton-teenager/ Continuous News Mon, 30 May 2016 2:32:58 PM Melissa Zygowicz, KOMU 8 Reporter Community mourns the loss of Tipton teenager

TIPTON - Members of the community in Tipton are mourning the loss of a 18-year-old Robert Ashbaugh who was shot and killed during horseplay Saturday night. The Highway Patrol initially reported Ashbaugh was 19.

The Tipton Police Department responded to a residence on Railroad Avenue around 11:20 p.m. Saturday after receiving a phone call someone was shot. That was when officers found Ashbaugh dead from a gunshot wound.

KOMU 8 News spoke with many members of the community Monday, and many said they too were in shock by what happened.

Many said Ashbaugh was a talented athlete at Calvary Lutheran High School in Jefferson City. According to the National Collegiate Scouting Association, Ashbaugh ran track and field for the school.

Robert Ashbaugh's uncle Joshua Ashbaugh spoke with KOMU 8 News over the phone Monday night:

"Robert was well liked by everyone that knew him. He was well respected... He was looking forward to his senior year. He worked hard academically to make sure he was eligible for the upcoming track and field season. He was just a very talented young quarterback in the making.

"He wasn't an angel any more than any teenager is an angel. He had his troubles. He had his struggles like every teenager. But everyone I know liked him.

"We are as a family devastated. This is as you would expect completely surreal. And we are cligning to each other and grieving deeply. And we are grateful for the thoughts and prayers of many communities that have already poured out to us."

Travis Clark, a good friend of Ashbaugh, said just last week he was hanging out with Ashbaugh.

"We had a very good close friendship and did a lot of stuff together. We always hung out when we got the chance and when I needed him he was there for me," Clark said.

Clark said the community of more than 2,000 people is also shaken up by it.

"I say they were all sad and kind of depressed about it, but this is just something that happened and we kinda got to move on about it because he wouldn't want us to be depressed all of our life and live sad all the time,' Clark said.

Clark said he was a true and hard-working friend.

"He was always joyful, always trying to get people to laugh. I mean he was always there for somebody when you needed him," Clark said.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Ashbaugh's body was taken to University Hospital Saturday night and is awaiting an autopsy.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control is investigating.

[Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect comments from Ashbaugh's family. It has also been updated to correct Ashbaugh's age.] 

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What annual Memorial Day parade means to some http://www.komu.com/news/what-annual-memorial-day-parade-means-to-some/ http://www.komu.com/news/what-annual-memorial-day-parade-means-to-some/ Continuous News Mon, 30 May 2016 2:15:45 PM Amina Petonjic, KOMU 8 Reporter What annual Memorial Day parade means to some

COLUMBIA -  The 28th annual Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Parade has some remembering what this day means to them.

Richard Hardiman, Air Force Veteran, said that he comes back because there's history between many of the retired Veterans and is a good way to remain connected after so many years.

"Getting to come out and be apart of our country. Everybody that's here has served and you know, it's a long history of, you know, everybody serving and I'd just like to come out and be apart and share some memories I have with some of the veterans and some of the older veterans," Hardiman said."

Jennifer Ellison, who watched the parade, said it's important for people to remember what the veterans have done for us and continue to do so we can continue to live comfortably. 

"Without our soldiers fighting for our freedom, we wouldn't have those freedoms. We would have to do what everybody else tells us to do and we couldn't just make our own choices and you know, live the way we want and where we want," Ellison said.

The parade had several local schools and marching bands, retired veterans from different wars and fire districts from Columbia.

Following the parade, the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights and the Canadian Forces Parachute Team,  the SkyHawks, landed on the soccer field at Columbia College before saluting in the ceremony.

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Authorities probe central Missouri shooting death http://www.komu.com/news/authorities-probe-central-missouri-shooting-death/ http://www.komu.com/news/authorities-probe-central-missouri-shooting-death/ Continuous News Mon, 30 May 2016 2:14:38 PM The Associated Press Authorities probe central Missouri shooting death

TIPTON (AP) — Missouri state authorities say they are investigating a weekend shooting death involving a 19-year-old man in central Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Robert Ashbaugh was pronounced dead Saturday night at a house in Tipton in Moniteau County.

The patrol believes Ashbaugh was shot during another person's horseplay with a gun.

There was no immediate report Monday of any charges or arrests.

The patrol is investigating at the request of Tipton police.

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Viewer photos: Air show celebrates armed forces http://www.komu.com/news/viewer-photos-air-show-celebrates-armed-forces/ http://www.komu.com/news/viewer-photos-air-show-celebrates-armed-forces/ Continuous News Mon, 30 May 2016 1:19:52 PM Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director Viewer photos: Air show celebrates armed forces

COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 News viewer Sheila Baker said her family was awed at the Salute to Veterans Celebration and Air Show held over the Memorial Day weekend at Columbia Regional Airport.

She shared many photos of the event (see gallery captions for details), and said she was impressed by how well the older aircraft performed.

"We really enjoyed seeing all of the flyovers and planes on the ground," she said.

Baker said she was glad to see a big turnout for the event.

"We were very happy in the ways they celebrated our armed forces and those whose lives were lost for our country," she said.





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Uber, Lyft: Failure of Missouri bill makes growth unlikely http://www.komu.com/news/uber-lyft-failure-of-missouri-bill-makes-growth-unlikely/ http://www.komu.com/news/uber-lyft-failure-of-missouri-bill-makes-growth-unlikely/ Continuous News Mon, 30 May 2016 12:41:15 PM The Associated Press Uber, Lyft: Failure of Missouri bill makes growth unlikely

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Regulations aimed at helping companies such as Uber and Lyft expand in Missouri died in the legislature this year.

At issue is whether the ride-hailing companies are governed by uniform statewide rules or by varying rules from city to city. The companies say differing rules make it hard for them to do business.

The legislation faced pushback from those who wanted drivers to submit to fingerprint background checks, which Uber and Lyft oppose.

Uber said the legislation could have allowed the company to hire as many as 10,000 drivers and expand to cities such as Springfield and St. Joseph.

Lyft left Missouri after the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission sued in 2014. Uber now is operating in Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis.

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Cuba accepts shipment of Missouri rice at entrepreneurial forum http://www.komu.com/news/cuba-accepts-shipment-of-missouri-rice-at-entrepreneurial-forum/ http://www.komu.com/news/cuba-accepts-shipment-of-missouri-rice-at-entrepreneurial-forum/ Continuous News Mon, 30 May 2016 12:21:21 PM Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Cuba accepts shipment of Missouri rice at entrepreneurial forum

HAVANA - Cuba formally accepted a 20-ton shipment of rice processed in southeast Missouri Monday. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the shipment during an address to an entrepreneurial forum for Missouri and Cuban businesses. 

Cuba was once a leading export market for Missouri rice, although U.S. rice has not been sold in Cuba since 2008.

The rice was delivered by the Martin Rice Company of Bernie, at no cost to Cuba, and arrived at the Port of Mariel last week. 

Martin Rice owners David Martin, Mike Martin and Tim Martin, along with Nixon, distributed small bags of the rice to attendees at the entrepreneurial forum to commemorate the shipment. The Martins were also part of the March 2015 Missouri trade delegation that was the first U.S. state trade mission to Cuba after President Barack Obama announced plans to normalize relations. 

"Missouri farmers and workers produce the highest-quality products in the world and we are here to expand opportunities to get Missouri goods to Cuban consumers," Nixon said

Nixon has made creating opportunities for Missouri businesses to sell their products around the global, as well as promoting the state as an ideal location for investment by foreign companies a top economic priority. 

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Veteran's run is raising money for homeless veterans community http://www.komu.com/news/veteran-s-run-is-raising-money-for-homeless-veterans-community/ http://www.komu.com/news/veteran-s-run-is-raising-money-for-homeless-veterans-community/ Continuous News Mon, 30 May 2016 3:01:23 AM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Reporter Veteran's run is raising money for homeless veterans community

COLUMBIA - As an event promoter for Off Track Events, Colin LaVaute has planned plenty of races in his work career. This year, he wanted to plan a race that gave back to the community. 

"I realized there wasn't a Memorial Day run that benefited a local veteran's charity. I felt like there was a void there that needed to be filled," LaVaute said. 

As a result, the "Memorial Day Run for the Veterans 5K/10K" will be in Columbia at Flat Branch Park for the first time Monday with all proceeds of the race going to Welcome Home, Inc, a community supporting homeless veterans. 

"Colin basically contacted us a couple months ago about the 5K run and was interested in hosting a run specifically for veterans charities in the area. He asked if we would be interested in joining forces with him to run a race for veterans," Welcome Home Inc, CEO Sarah Grim said. 

Welcome Home, Inc plans on spending the money raised from this event to build temporary housing for homeless veterans. Grim said the exposure this event gives to Welcome Home, Inc is also very important. 

"There's approximately 700 homeless veterans at any one point in time in this service area and any organization such as Off Track and Colin's 5K run, any activity that puts us in the news, puts our organization up front not only to talk about homelessness among the veteran population, but also to raise awareness for our capital campaign is really important," Grim said. 

LaVaute hopes not only this race, but his partnership with Welcome Home, Inc continues for years ahead. 

"I hope to see people come out and if we get a good turnout, hopefully we can make this event an annual event and have this Memorial Day run that benefits Welcome Home, Inc for years to come," LaVaute said.

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