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BOONE COUNTY - Customers are not happy with their trash service, some saying it’s been three weeks since their trash has been picked up. 

AAA Waste Management, a company based out of Fulton, was sold to Advanced Disposal on July 14, according to Mark Nighbor, the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Advanced Disposal. 

One customer from just outside of the Columbia city limits, said she started noticing after her trash was not picked up the Monday it was scheduled. She said she never received a notice about AAA Waste Management being sold to Advanced Disposal.

“So, we’re a family of five and the trash has now been mounting for 3 weeks in 100 degree weather,” Sarah Norden said. “So, the situation is getting urgent.”

Norden said she called Advanced disposal three times.

“They have me reiterate all of my information as if I’m not even in their system and I’ve never once called me to tell me we’re changing your pick up time or this is when you’re trash will be picked up,” Norden. “They just say they will let dispatch know that we need to be picked up.”

Norden said she is switching to a different company. She said, before this, AAA was a great company. 

“AAA was amazing. They were a great company. They were timely. They didn’t leave trash scattered on the ground. They would pick up additional items if you needed them to. They were phenomenal.” 

Norden said she pays $82 quarterly and is completely paid up until August. She said she wants her money back. 

“If you look at not just me, but all of the other homes that have not been picked up, that have paid their bill for an entire quarter and already they’re probably sitting in the same position that we’re sitting in, three weeks of no trash pickup, you’re talking thousands of dollars that this company has that belongs to us for a service that we haven’t received,” Norden said. 

Nighbor said it’s taking them some time to transition. 

"When I define that covenant, the drivers when they perform that route then all the information about the customers has to be translated into our systems," Nighbor said. "The drivers, the trucks. All the things are transitioned from AAA waste management to Advanced disposal. So, that’s what typically occurs in an acquisition.”

Nighbor said when they took over the company, they were only able to hire some of the drivers. 

“Unfortunately with the AAA drivers, we tried but could only retain 2 out of their 7 drivers,” Nighbor said.  

Nighbor said when they “acquire a company there’s relatively minimal impact on the customers on the company” that they acquire. 

“We tried to get those drivers to come on board but unfortunately we were short and we’re redeploying resources in the form of drivers, trucks, customer care reps to answer the phones and so we once again want to apologize for the impact and the disruption, but it’s gonna be temporary and we’re asking for their patience as we resolve the issues,” Nighbor said.  

Nighbor said they hope to start getting caught up within the next few weeks. 

“And then sustain that with permanent drivers will take a little additional time cause then we have to train them,” Nighbor said. “We have to make sure they know how to operate those vehicles safety. And so it may take a few more weeks for those permanent resources to provide the level of stability that we want.”

Nighbor said they apologize for the disruption and are asking for people to be patience as they resolve the issues. 

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Equal Rights activists react to military transgender ban http://www.komu.com/news/equal-rights-activists-react-to-military-transgender-ban/ http://www.komu.com/news/equal-rights-activists-react-to-military-transgender-ban/ Continuous News Wed, 26 Jul 2017 3:32:54 PM Michael Rizzo, KOMU 8 Reporter Equal Rights activists react to military transgender ban

COLUMBIA - President Trump sent out three tweets today effectively banning transgender individuals from serving in the military in any capacity.

"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," he tweeted. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you."

This ban comes a little more than a year after the Obama administration announced that transgender individuals could serve openly.

Equal Rights activist and transgender veteran Cathy Serino, who served from 1986 through 1998, said this reversal will hurt a lot of people.

"Transgender veterans have been able to openly serve now for over a year, thousands of thousands came out where they legally could, and now, all those people that came out are going to get thrown out of the military," she said.

"Your gender identity does not affect your ability to fire a weapon, to drive a truck, to fly a plane," Serino said. "Transgender people have served in the military forever, obviously, they had to serve closeted, but they’ve been in there forever.”

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R - MO, released a statement today backing Trumps decision.

"President Trump's decision today to rescind Obama's transgender military policy has the best interest of the military in mind, and I thank him for taking this decisive action," she said. "Our military is the most effective, efficient and well-funded fighting force in the world, and as the president notes, we cannot burden our armed forces with the tremendous costs and disruptions that transgender in the military would entail."

Transgender veteran Michelle Daytona, who served from 1997 through 2005, said she does not understand why this ban would happen.

"We’re not monsters. We’re not animals. We’re not things to be feared. We’re regular human beings just like you," she said.  

Daytona recited something her commander once said to her.

"We were in formation, and he said to us, 'look to the left, look to the right, front, back, there is no black, there is no white, there is no brown, there is no yellow, there is no red, all I see is Army Green,'” she said.

Serino had a message for current members of the transgender community that are serving in the military.

"Don’t give up, I mean, this obviously will be fought, and you just have to hold strong and keep fighting, no matter what," she said.

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Housing leaders gather to discuss proposed federal budget cuts http://www.komu.com/news/housing-leaders-gather-to-discuss-proposed-federal-budget-cuts/ http://www.komu.com/news/housing-leaders-gather-to-discuss-proposed-federal-budget-cuts/ Continuous News Wed, 26 Jul 2017 3:30:42 PM Alexis Reese, KOMU 8 Reporter Housing leaders gather to discuss proposed federal budget cuts

COLUMBIA – Leaders from around Missouri in affordable housing and homelessness services gathered to discuss concerns about proposed federal budget cuts that could affect affordable housing in Missouri.

This conference by these leaders is in participation with the Our Homes, Our Voices: National Housing Week.

In May, the White House released its 2018 fiscal budget with cuts to Housing and Urban Development programs.

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, more than 11.4 million extremely low-income (ELI) renters in the U.S. are having a hard time finding affordable housing.

There are less than 40 available and affordable homes per 100 ELI households in Boone County.

Jeanette Mott Oxford, the executive director of Empower Missouri, said they are concerned about recently proposed cuts by the House Budget Committee.

“We are really worried about what that would do to what’s in place now,” she said. “And our ability to stretch what’s there now because we do need to stretch it and we need to reach more people than we’ve been able to reach in the past.”

Oxford said she and other leaders spoke with a representative from Senator Roy Blunt, who is on the Transportation Housing and Urban Development committee.

“We hope that Senator Blunt will use his very favorable position and that he’s on the right committee to influence this situation,” she said.

Brad Bryan, the pastor at the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church, said these budget cuts could greatly impact their Turning Point ministry. Bryan said much of the area for Turning Point in the church is partially funded by state and federal grants.

“Anything that we need to do to improve our services in a physical way, our physical building, that takes the possibility of those grants away from us,” he said.

Bryan said he hopes this issue is on the forefront of leaders minds.

“I hope that this work that we’re doing makes that a part of the decision making process,” he said. “It’s not all dollars and cents. It’s not all bottom line and it’s not all politics. We’re talking about Americans, we’re talking about human beings.”

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President Trump bans transgender people from the military http://www.komu.com/news/president-trump-bans-transgender-people-from-the-military/ http://www.komu.com/news/president-trump-bans-transgender-people-from-the-military/ Continuous News Wed, 26 Jul 2017 2:43:21 PM The Associated Press President Trump bans transgender people from the military

WASHINGTON D.C. - President Donald Trump is barring transgender people from serving in the military "in any capacity." He's citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption."

Trump's announcement Wednesday morning on Twitter did not say what would happen to transgender people already in the military.

The president tweeted that after consulting with "Generals and military experts," the government "will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military."

A spokesperson for the national LGBTQ advocacy group, The Human Rights Campaign described President Trump's decision as an "all-out assault" on transgender soldiers.

A Rand Corp. study estimated that there are between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender service members on active duty and an additional 1,500 to 4,000 in the reserves.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a double amputee veteran of the Iraq War, is slamming President Donald Trump's ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.

Duckworth said in a statement Wednesday that when her Black Hawk helicopter was shot down, she didn't care "if the American troops risking their lives to help save me were gay, straight, transgender or anything else. All that mattered was they didn't leave me behind."

The Illinois senator said anyone willing to risk their lives for their country should be able to serve no matter gender or sexual orientation or race.

Transgender service members have been able to serve openly in the military since last year, when former Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the ban.


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2 die, 5 escape fire in suburban Kansas City home http://www.komu.com/news/2-die-5-escape-fire-in-suburban-kansas-city-home/ http://www.komu.com/news/2-die-5-escape-fire-in-suburban-kansas-city-home/ Continuous News Wed, 26 Jul 2017 2:17:51 PM The Associated Press 2 die, 5 escape fire in suburban Kansas City home

RAYTOWN (AP) — Two men died and five other people escaped injury in a suburban Kansas City house fire.

Raytown fire officials say the fire was reported early Wednesday and the home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

Raytown Fire Battalion Chief Ty Helphrey says firefighters had to stop family members from going back into the home to try and save others.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.


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Appeals court lets suit by Michael Brown's friend press on http://www.komu.com/news/appeals-court-lets-suit-by-michael-brown-s-friend-press-on/ http://www.komu.com/news/appeals-court-lets-suit-by-michael-brown-s-friend-press-on/ Continuous News Wed, 26 Jul 2017 2:13:31 PM The Associated Press Appeals court lets suit by Michael Brown's friend press on

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's refusal to throw out a lawsuit against Ferguson by the man who was with Michael Brown when a police officer shot him to death in 2014.

Tuesday's ruling by an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel sided with Dorian Johnson in concluding that former officer Darren Wilson and ex-chief Thomas Jackson aren't immune from such litigation.

Johnson argues that as he walked with Brown on a Ferguson street, Wilson illegally detained him by using his police vehicle to block their path. Moments later Wilson shot and killed Brown. Johnson fled.

Johnson also insists Wilson "acted with deliberate indifference or reckless disregard" for Johnson's rights.

A grand jury and the Justice Department cleared Wilson of criminal wrongdoing.

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Doctors focused on vaccinations and cyber bullying for new school year http://www.komu.com/news/doctors-focused-on-vaccinations-bullying-ahead-new-school-year/ http://www.komu.com/news/doctors-focused-on-vaccinations-bullying-ahead-new-school-year/ Continuous News Wed, 26 Jul 2017 1:18:51 PM Nick Allen, KOMU 8 Reporter Doctors focused on vaccinations and cyber bullying for new school year

COLUMBIA- Medical health professionals try to make students of all ages as healthy as possible going into a new school year. 

Pediatric Infectious Diseases physician Christelle Ilboudo said parents should plan on not only giving their children the regular cold and flu vaccines this fall. 

She expects to see the influenza virus in large quantities this year, particularly for toddlers age two to five.

"We see so many kids getting viruses because they have never been exposed to them before, they don't have the immunity. And, as people get older, their hand hygiene improves and then get sick less," Ilboudo said.

Ilboudo recommends that everyone treat themselves with the influenza vaccine when it becomes available in October. 

She said many people can miss the forest for the trees when it comes to infectious diseases. 

"Living in the global world that we do, a lot of people focus on the big diseases they see in the news, like the Zika virus. We should spend more time focused on the things that actually affect us us in Missouri, like Influenza," Ilboudo said. 

Back to school health involves not just physical, but mental well-being. 

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Garima Singh said cyber-bullying should be a chief concern for parents of children of all ages. 

"Bullying has exponentially grown, in fact, I think we're having a bullying epidemic right now," Singh said. 

With approximatley 20-25% of children on the receiving end of bullying through social media, she believes parents should take a more active role in monitoring the web activity of their kids. 

She listed the following tips for parents who are looking to help their kids use the Internet safely. 

  • Have conversations with kids about what cyber-bullying is, and what it looks like
  • Keep the computer kids are using in a common area that can be monitored by a parent
  • Teach kids how to use the privacy settings on the social media sites they are using
  • Know the username and passwords for kid's social media sites. 
  • Don't take away kid's phones, but rather make sure they are using it safely. 


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Police: Man accused of stalking laid down in front of woman's truck http://www.komu.com/news/police-man-accused-of-stalking-laid-down-in-front-of-woman-s-truck/ http://www.komu.com/news/police-man-accused-of-stalking-laid-down-in-front-of-woman-s-truck/ Continuous News Wed, 26 Jul 2017 9:27:55 AM Steve Lambson, News Content Manager Police: Man accused of stalking laid down in front of woman's truck

COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man Tuesday evening on suspicion of stalking, after the victim reported finding him in her kitchen.

Shortly after 6 p.m., officers arrived at a home on Lynnwood Drive for a report of a protection order violation. The victim said she had received numerous text messages from Rudi Weis earlier in the day, and when she returned home, she found her garage door disabled.

When the victim went to a glass door on the side of the home, she said she saw Weis, 36, standing in her kitchen. When he apparently started walking toward the door, the victim ran to her truck and tried to drive away. As she turned in a cul de sac, however, Weis allegedly laid down in the street in front of her truck. When she tried to drive around, she said he walked in front of her.

Police found Weis in the road near a neighbor's house and arrested him for stalking.

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Bikers drive through Columbia to honor fallen soldiers http://www.komu.com/news/bikers-drive-through-columbia-to-honor-fallen-soldiers/ http://www.komu.com/news/bikers-drive-through-columbia-to-honor-fallen-soldiers/ Continuous News Wed, 26 Jul 2017 7:41:06 AM Lydia Nusbaum, KOMU 8 Reporter Bikers drive through Columbia to honor fallen soldiers

COLUMBIA - Motorcycle riders are leaving Wednesday morning after meeting Columbia families to help honor their fallen heroes.

Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest, a non-profit that honors those who died in military service, met with two families to remember the sacrifice their family member made. Members from the American Legion joined in the visit on their motorcycles as well.
Warren Williamson is the executive director of Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest. He said this is the eighth year the organization has done the cross country motorcycle ride. 
“We do it for one reason only, and that’s to make sure the families are reminded their fallen soldier hasn’t been forgotten,” Williamson said. 
This year they are riding through 15 different states for 17 days. They start in Oregon to visit 53 families and finish in Washington D.C. The riders lit a torch in Oregon and will keep it lit until they get to the Arlington National Cemetery on August 2nd. Once they reach the cemetery they will extinguish the flame in memory of all fallen soldiers. 
Ron McMillan is the commander of the American Legion Post 202, based in Columbia, and opened up the post for the group to eat dinner and stay the night. 
“We just have to remember those that gave their lives before us and this is one way to honor everybody,” McMillan said. 
The riders visited one family at Bass Pro Shops and the other at Columbia Orthopedic Group. They gave the family members a plaque of distinguished service and a painted portrait of the fallen hero. 
“These items don’t bring back family members, but it gives them something to hold onto that they can hang on a wall and know that these strangers came along to know that we’re loving their fallen soldier and honoring them,” Williamson said.
He said there is a common thread between all of the families he meets on these rides. 
“They are so scared that people would forget their fallen soldier no matter if it’s been a year or 13 years,” Williamson said. “They're scared that after they lay their fallen hero to rest that people are simply going to go on with their lives and forget, and we’re not going to let that happen.”
The riders leave the American Legion Wednesday morning at around 8:30 a.m. They encourage anyone to come out and cheer on the riders as they go to St. Louis. 

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2 bodies in Missouri pond were those of a husband, wife http://www.komu.com/news/2-bodies-in-missouri-pond-were-those-of-a-husband-wife/ http://www.komu.com/news/2-bodies-in-missouri-pond-were-those-of-a-husband-wife/ Continuous News Wed, 26 Jul 2017 7:28:27 AM The Associated Press 2 bodies in Missouri pond were those of a husband, wife

OWENSVILLE (AP) — Two bodies found in March in a small Missouri pond have been identified as those of a husband and a wife.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that authorities said Tuesday that DNA tests had confirmed that the female victim was 44-year-old Crystal McGee. The male remains were identified months earlier as those of her husband, 62-year-old James "Charlie" Holt Jr.

The Gasconade County Sheriff's Office began investigating in March when relatives of Holt reported him missing. Divers searched a pond near the small town of Owensville and found the remains of a person later identified as McGee. Holt was identified at the time as a person of interest in a murder case. His body was found the next day.

The investigation into the deaths is ongoing.

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Empowerment center to open in Ferguson at burned store site http://www.komu.com/news/empowerment-center-to-open-in-ferguson-at-burned-store-site/ http://www.komu.com/news/empowerment-center-to-open-in-ferguson-at-burned-store-site/ Continuous News Wed, 26 Jul 2017 5:42:58 AM The Associated Press Empowerment center to open in Ferguson at burned store site

FERGUSON (AP) — The president of the National Urban League says he's seen "steps in the right direction" in Ferguson, Missouri, in the three years since Michael Brown's death, and he's hopeful the new Ferguson Community Empowerment Center will help even more.

The $3 million center was built on property where a QuikTrip convenience store was burned during rioting after the 18-year-old Brown, who was black and unarmed, was killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, 2014. The center that will house a job training and placement service opens Wednesday — the same day the Urban League starts its national conference in St. Louis.

National Urban League President Michael Morial says the events in Ferguson after Brown's death highlighted challenges many communities face, including poverty and disparities in education and health.

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South Callaway County school district installs new bus cameras http://www.komu.com/news/south-callaway-county-school-district-installs-new-bus-cameras/ http://www.komu.com/news/south-callaway-county-school-district-installs-new-bus-cameras/ Continuous News Tue, 25 Jul 2017 7:22:03 PM Lindsay Hornecker, KOMU 8 Reporter South Callaway County school district installs new bus cameras

CALLAWAY COUNTY - The South Callaway County School district transportation department installed new cameras on its buses to help crack down drivers who ignore the bus stop signs. The new cameras are a few feet under the stop signs, and can turn to face forwards or backwards.

“This new camera we’ve added simply tells me about a stop sign violation, and that is a vehicle passing our school bus as we’re stopped loading or unloading students,” said director of transportation Donnie DeBrodie.

The school district is working with the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department to better identify and ticket violators.

Sheriff Clay Chism said, “That’s just not your routine traffic offense. That’s not doing five miles over the speed limit. Going around a school bus with a stop arm activated, stop lights activated, especially while children are entering or discharging, that’s a serious manner.”

The new camera installation comes after several reports of stop sign violations over the past few years.

“We’ve had incidences to where we’ve had buses stopped loading or unloading students and a vehicle will come around it, we had a couple of those last year, so we’re looking into these camera systems as a way to help stop that,” DeBrodie said.

While the violation may not be seen very often, the sheriff’s department does still see it each school year.

"It does happen more than you think. In a given year, we probably average five to ten complaints county wide from all of the school districts put together,” Chism said.

South Callaway County schools start Aug. 10, meaning buses will be out traveling the 189 square miles of the district in the mornings and afternoons.

“We recommend everyone be cognizant of the fact school is going to be starting, there’s going to be many buses out running the rural roads, and many of those rural roads have hills and curves, and if you're going too fast, if you go over a hill or around a curve you may not have time to get stopped adequately for a bus that is stopped at a child’s residence,” Chism said.

All of South Callaway County’s school buses have four cameras inside of the bus already, along with a tracking system.

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Eye safety a big concern during the solar eclipse http://www.komu.com/news/eye-safety-a-big-concern-during-the-solar-eclipse/ http://www.komu.com/news/eye-safety-a-big-concern-during-the-solar-eclipse/ Continuous News Tue, 25 Jul 2017 7:13:29 PM Kenton Gewecke, KOMU 8 Chief Meteorologist Eye safety a big concern during the solar eclipse

COLUMBIA - The views you will experience during the total solar eclipse might take your breath away, but in order to see the solar corona safely you must have proper eye protection. If you don’t wear approved solar eyewear, Dr. Frederick Fraunfelder, the Director of Ophthalmology at MU Health, said you could do serious damage to your eyes.

“The sun burns the very important layer of the retina called the macula," explained Fraunfelder. "Damaging the cones in your macula can permanently damage your vision by burning them with direct light from the sun."

Fraunfelder says eclipse glasses have a solar film that will block out many light waves regular sunglasses will not. “They will block out UVA, UVB, infrared light, and also intense visual light."

It’s important to block this light out so you can safely look directly into the sun for the partial eclipse before and after totality.

During totality, when the sun’s light is completely blocked out for up to 2:40 in mid-Missouri, you will need to take the glasses off in order to see the spectacle that is night during the day. You will see stars, a few planets and the solar corona, the sun's atmosphere. Read our Deep Dive into the eclipse for the answers to common questions about this event.

However, be sure you don’t take the glasses off too soon. If you do, you may miss out on totality altogether. Your eyes might not be able to adjust to the darkness if you catch a glimpse of the sun’s light prior to totality.

“We call that an after image,” says Fraunfelder, “and that is neural signals to your brain still firing after the lights already stimulated the rods and the cones and after images is a good way to explain you sorta see purple or red after you've stared into a bright light."

Be sure your glasses are approved and safe! NASA released a statement saying glasses are being passed around that do not meet adequate safety guidelines. Glasses must have "ISO 12312-2" printed on them. Only four companies have been approved as manufacturing safe solar eclipse glasses: American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17. Check your glasses to be sure you're protected.

Using a magnifying system such as binoculars? You must have a solar filter on the front of the binoculars or telescope. If you look through non-filtered magnification of the Sun's light through solar glasses positioned over your eyes there will be considerable damage to your eyes. Again, the sun's light and energy is being magnified and solar glasses are not made to withstand that.

You can read more about safe solar eclipse viewing on NASA’s website.

Pick up your free KOMU 8 Show Me Eclipse glasses at Dollar General Stores in Columbia, Jefferson City, Fulton and Mexico while supplies last. The Mizzou Store is also selling eclipse glasses for $1 with some proceeds going back to the Astronomy Department.

If you’re wondering what the night sky may look like in the early afternoon on August 21st during totality, you can see the image above.

You can read all our Show Me Eclipse coverage, continuously updating with new content, at KOMU.com/eclipse.

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Conservation Department invites people to watch eclipse in nature http://www.komu.com/news/conservation-department-invites-people-to-watch-eclipse-in-nature/ http://www.komu.com/news/conservation-department-invites-people-to-watch-eclipse-in-nature/ Continuous News Tue, 25 Jul 2017 6:45:13 PM Eva Cheng, KOMU 8 Reporter Conservation Department invites people to watch eclipse in nature

COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Conservation is encouraging eclipse viewers to visit the state’s conservation areas Aug. 21 to get “an escape from crowded cities and light pollution,” according to a news release.

The department’s website says there are nearly 1,000 conservation areas across Missouri, and 54 of them lie in the solar eclipse’s primary path.

The media specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, Robert Hemmelgarn, said all areas are free and open to the public. 

“They offer a great opportunity for Missourians to get out and enjoy, experience the eclipse in a more wild environment than you can get in town,”  he said.

Hemmelgarn said people would have a rare chance to see how wildlife reacts to eclipse. 

“For a lot of animals, some bird species, for instance, when it gets dark outside, that’s a cue to them that the day, it’s over and it’s time to go back to roost,” he said. “There may be interesting things to watch in wildlife to see how they react to this nighttime in the middle of a day for a couple of minutes.”

Hemmelgarn said, when it comes to preparing for the once-in-a-lifetime experience, there’s still a sense of mystery.

“The last total eclipse to occur in the state of Missouri was in 1869,” he said. “So there’s still a lot of things that we don’t know. We’re not exactly sure what to expect with this eclipse. It’s been a long time since we’ve had one here.” 

The department says some conservation areas may require visitors to obtain special-use permits for group camping.


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Family: Man in Missouri interstate shootout 'tortured soul' http://www.komu.com/news/family-man-in-missouri-interstate-shootout-tortured-soul-/ http://www.komu.com/news/family-man-in-missouri-interstate-shootout-tortured-soul-/ Continuous News Tue, 25 Jul 2017 5:23:14 PM The Associated Press Family: Man in Missouri interstate shootout 'tortured soul'

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Relatives of the man who died during a shootout with police along a Missouri interstate say he was a "tortured soul" who finally cracked.

Jerrod Kershaw's aunt and grandmother told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he hadn't been the same since returning from military service. They say he spent most of 2010 serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq.

Investigators say Kershaw threatened to kill a relative and co-workers before carjacking a vehicle Monday and fleeing down Interstate 55 near St. Louis.

Police chased and stopped the vehicle, and a shootout ensued. Police say Kershaw was later found dead in the car wearing a bulletproof vest and with several weapons.

Relatives say Kershaw was on antidepressants but stopped taking the medication. He also was recently diagnosed with diabetes and had other health issues.

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Columbia Parking Utility warns of parking ticket payment scam http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-parking-utility-warns-of-parking-ticket-payment-scam/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-parking-utility-warns-of-parking-ticket-payment-scam/ Continuous News Tue, 25 Jul 2017 4:29:31 PM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Columbia Parking Utility warns of parking ticket payment scam

COLUMBIA - Some residents have received an email from a phony city traffic collections department, the City of Columbia Parking Utility said.

The city said the email states the recipient has a past due parking ticket and demands payment of a delinquent parking fine. The email also says the recipient can pay by credit card or by calling an automated system.

The city said it never demands a payment of any kind via email and the Parking Utility does not have a collections department.

Municipal Court handles parking tickets.

The city said anyone receiving the scam email should report it to the Columbia Police Department by calling 311. 

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Tragic accident reminds people of the dangers of carbon monoxide http://www.komu.com/news/tragic-accident-reminds-people-of-the-dangers-of-carbon-monoxide/ http://www.komu.com/news/tragic-accident-reminds-people-of-the-dangers-of-carbon-monoxide/ Continuous News Tue, 25 Jul 2017 4:06:52 PM Stephanie Lorenc, KOMU 8 Reporter Tragic accident reminds people of the dangers of carbon monoxide

JEFFERSON CITY - After a tragic accident that took the lives of two Jefferson City residents this past weekend people need to be reminded of the dangers of carbon monoxide.  

"The issue with carbon monoxide is it’s known as the silent killer because there’s no smell, there’s no taste, and there’s no color to it, so it’s a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas," Boone County Fire District Assistant Chief Gale Blomekamp said.  

As a result, Blomenkamp said it's crucial homes have carbon monoxide detectors because it is the only way someone would know if carbon monoxide is present in their home. 

"It weighs about the same amount as air, so it neither rises nor falls so really it’s all a matter of early detection and warning to you and notification that there is a carbon monoxide issue,” said Blomenkamp. “Every home should be equipped with a carbon monoxide detector, you can buy them where you mount them on the ceiling you can buy them where they plug into an outlet near the floor, so again carbon monoxide is about the same weight as air so it doesn’t matter you should juts have one present on every level on the home."

Although Jefferson City police have not announced how the car was left on in the garage, Blomenkamp said there have been countless examples of people across the country that have left their car running in the garage because they got distracted. 

"People may have gone out to start their car and they forgot something inside so they go back in and get distracted, they then forgot what they were going to do so that vehicle remains running inside the garage producing carbon monoxide," Blomenkamp said.  

According to OSHA the permissible exposure limit to carbon monoxide a person is able to take in is 35 parts per million over an 8 hour period. That level was reduced from 50 parts per million per 8 hour period.

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COMO Connect may close three bus routes http://www.komu.com/news/como-connect-may-close-three-bus-routes/ http://www.komu.com/news/como-connect-may-close-three-bus-routes/ Continuous News Tue, 25 Jul 2017 4:04:18 PM Michael Rizzo, KOMU 8 Reporter COMO Connect may close three bus routes

COLUMBIA - COMO Connect will propose budget cuts to the city council headlined by the possible cancellation to three different routes. Route 6, Route 7, and Route 8 are the three that will be canceled as soon as October 30th if the cuts are approved.

COMO Connect Marketing Specialist Shay Jasper said a lack of ridership is why these three routes were selected.

"In looking at transit propensity, which is basically factoring in reasons why folks use transportation, whether they have one or no cars, they have low income, and other factors, those are the areas that have some of the lowest transit propensities in the entire transit system in Columbia," she said. 

"It just made sense to focus on the system as a whole and to eliminate the routes that were underutilized," Jasper said.

Jasper said the low ridership numbers show flaws in the current system.

"Our system works on a coverage need, so we work to cover as much of Columbia as we can, and when we see those low ridership numbers that tells us that the service isn’t as great as it could be," she said.

Jasper said that there is no current plan to pick up these routes in other ways if they are canceled.

“At this time we have no other service to offer if those areas were to be eliminated thus far," she said.

“We do recognize that folks losing their transit system, they are people and we understand that. We encourage them to come to those public hearings and to be heard, but we also had to focus on the health of the entire system," Jasper said.

COMO Connect is currently working with Olsson Associates to try to figure out how to make the bus service the best it can be.

"We do have our Olsson report coming out to council soon and so those would present some other alternatives for those areas," Jasper said. '

COMO Connect also proposed changing the fee for para transit rides, its door to door service, from $2 to $3.

The city council will look at the proposal in August.





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UPDATE: MU clarifies misappropriation investigation http://www.komu.com/news/update-mu-clarifies-misappropriation-investigation/ http://www.komu.com/news/update-mu-clarifies-misappropriation-investigation/ Continuous News Tue, 25 Jul 2017 3:37:37 PM Daniel Perreault and Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producers UPDATE: MU clarifies misappropriation investigation

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri referred a case of possible misappropriation of funds by a former staff member from student organization accounts affiliated with Greek Life to the MU Police Department for further investigation. The news came in an email to students, faculty and staff.

According to a Q and A released by the MU News Bureau, the former staff member was fired after it was confirmed that they violated university policies. The potential misappropriation was brought to the university's attention in mid-July. Internal auditors were brought in to review the case and recommended the case be turned over to MUPD.

The accounts are external to the university, not university accounts, the email said. The university is cooperating with the MU Police Department as it begins its investigation to determine whether a crime occurred.

MU was not able to release any information about the organization or individuals involved since the investigation is ongoing.

"The university takes this possible misappropriation of funds seriously," the email said. "If police determine misappropriation of funds by a former staff member occurred, the university will encourage prosecution of these crimes to the fullest extent possible and will work with affected groups to address the situation appropriately."

The university said it is making immediate changes to how external accounts affiliated with student organizations are handled.

Any university employee who holds authority on an external student organization must now receive approval from their supervisor and the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs for all expenditures from that account, the email said.

MU is also reviewing the policies and practices for proper management and oversight of external accounts. 

Final recommendations will be based on the results of an internal review.

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UPDATE: Missouri Senate passes new abortion regulations http://www.komu.com/news/update-missouri-senate-passes-new-abortion-regulations/ http://www.komu.com/news/update-missouri-senate-passes-new-abortion-regulations/ Continuous News Tue, 25 Jul 2017 2:33:01 PM The Associated Press, Alexis Reese and Kevin Ko, KOMU 8 Reporters UPDATE: Missouri Senate passes new abortion regulations

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation to impose new regulations on abortion and give the attorney general the authority to prosecute violations of abortion laws.

Senators on Tuesday voted 22-9 in favor of the measure, which includes stricter requirements passed by the House more than a month ago.

If signed by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, the bill will require annual inspections of abortion clinics by the state health department and make it a crime for abortion clinic staff to ask ambulances to respond to the clinics without lights or sirens.

Earlier in the session, Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, offered a motion to hold a conference with the House. In an exchange with Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, Holsman voiced concerns.

"All we are asking is, the things you've previously supported, give us a chance to discuss it in a conference with the House," he said.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, said he is happy with the final vote. 

"This bill will protect the health and safety of women across the state," he said. "Common sense measures, annual inspection, 72-hour waiting period requiring the doctor to then form consent, is something that’s common medical practice."

Abortion rights supporters disagree.

"This special session has been a costly, irresponsible and unnecessary exercise in legislating abortion restrictions," said Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, the Communications Director for Planned Parenthood Great Plains. "This bill only aims to restrict access to safe, legal abortions. It has nothing to do with patient health and safety, adds medically unnecessary restrictions, and it politicizes the enforcement of abortion laws."

Greitens has indicated he supports the version that's now headed to his desk.

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