KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Continuous News Continuous News en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:01:15 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Obamacare vote prompts Missouri activists to protest repeal Tuesday http://www.komu.com/news/obamacare-vote-prompts-missouri-activists-to-protest-repeal-tuesday/ http://www.komu.com/news/obamacare-vote-prompts-missouri-activists-to-protest-repeal-tuesday/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jan 2017 2:50:57 PM Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Obamacare vote prompts Missouri activists to protest repeal Tuesday

COLUMBIA - After a budget resolution aimed at repealing Obamacare was reached Jan. 12, groups in Missouri plan to protest across the state against what they called a "reckless vote".

Missouri Healthcare for All said people will take to the streets Tuesday to call on Congress to take what they call "more responsible" steps on national healthcare. 

Among the locations activists plan to protest at 8 a.m.:

  • Arnold: Corner of 141 & Jeffco Blvd (Hwy 61)
  • Clayton: Sen. Blunt's Office: 7700 Bonhomme #315
  • Dexter: Intersection of N. One Mile Rd & Business 60
  • Joplin: SW corner of 32nd & Rangeline
  • Springfield: Intersection of National & Sunshine
  • St. Louis: Sen. McCaskill's Office: 5850 Delmar Blvd A

The group also said groups will protest at Ozarks Medical Center parking lot, 1100 Kentucky Ave. in West Plains at 11 a.m. Tuesday. 


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Democrats choose Skelton for Statehouse special election http://www.komu.com/news/democrats-choose-skelton-for-statehouse-special-election/ http://www.komu.com/news/democrats-choose-skelton-for-statehouse-special-election/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jan 2017 2:36:25 PM The Associated Press Democrats choose Skelton for Statehouse special election

CALIFORNIA - Central Missouri Democrats nominated an attorney who formerly worked for the Missouri Senate to run in a special election for the 50th House District seat.

Michela Skelton will run to replace Republican state Rep. Caleb Jones, of Columbia, who resigned from the Senate to become deputy chief of staff to Gov. Eric Greitens.

Skelton was nominated Monday by the 50th District Democratic Committee.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Republicans are expected to nominate Sara Walsh, a member of the Boone County Republican Central Committee, to run in the Aug. 8 election. The Republicans will meet Jan. 28 to nominate a candidate.

The district includes portions of Boone, Cole, Cooper and Moniteau counties.

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Man dies in ATV wreck; driver arrested on suspicion of DWI http://www.komu.com/news/man-dies-in-atv-wreck-driver-arrested-on-suspicion-of-dwi/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-dies-in-atv-wreck-driver-arrested-on-suspicion-of-dwi/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jan 2017 2:09:57 PM The Associated Press Man dies in ATV wreck; driver arrested on suspicion of DWI

HILLSBORO - The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 28-year-old man died after a four-wheeler he was riding on overturned.

The 52-year-old driver of the vehicle involved in the crash on Sunday was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, manslaughter and assault.

The patrol says Michael Phelps, of Hillsboro, was killed when the four-wheeler crashed on a Jefferson County road. The patrol says the vehicle ran off the road and the driver overcorrected. The vehicle slid on wet pavement and then ran off the road again and overturned.

Another man riding on the vehicle and the driver were taken to a hospital in serious condition.

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Oil pipeline leak reported in southwest Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/oil-pipeline-leak-reported-in-southwest-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/oil-pipeline-leak-reported-in-southwest-missouri/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jan 2017 2:02:07 PM The Associated Press Oil pipeline leak reported in southwest Missouri

NICKELVILLE - A southwest Missouri county highway is expected to be closed until Thursday as crews clean up an oil pipeline spill.

Enbridge Energy said Sunday that nearly 200 barrels of oil leaked from a pipeline at its pump station near Nickeville in Lawrence County.

KYTV-TV reports a detection alarm alerted workers of the leak. The company says about 8,400 gallons of oil leaked. Most of the oil stayed on the company's property but some reached a draining ditch. That oil will be vacuumed out.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says Lawrence County Highway M is closed between Halltown and Everton.

A company spokesman says an investigation is trying to determine what caused the leak.

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Blue Springs man arrested after crash in Boone County http://www.komu.com/news/blue-springs-man-arrested-after-crash-in-boone-county/ http://www.komu.com/news/blue-springs-man-arrested-after-crash-in-boone-county/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:33:48 PM DJ Pointer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Blue Springs man arrested after crash in Boone County

COLUMBIA- A Blue Springs man was arrested Monday following a early car crash on I-70 just before 1:00 a.m.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that 29-year-old Delante J. Hamilton was traveling eastbound on I-70 at the 119 marker when he attempted to overtake another vehicle. The report then says Hamilton lost control and traveled of the left side of the road impacting the median cables. Hamilton's car entered the westbound side before traveling back off the right side into the median.

Hamilton was wearing a seat belt during the crash and was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Hamilton on driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain in the right hand lane.


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Man found dead outside St. Louis County hospital http://www.komu.com/news/man-found-dead-outside-st-louis-county-hospital/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-found-dead-outside-st-louis-county-hospital/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:51:26 AM The Associated Press Man found dead outside St. Louis County hospital

ST. LOUIS (AP)-Police are investigating after a 34- year-old man was found dead outside a hospital in north St. Louis County.

Police said in a news release the man was found unresponsive Sunday night on pavement outside Christian Hospital in an unincorporated area of the county. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Investigators say no obvious signs for trauma were found on the body but the case is being investigated as a suspicious death.

The man's name hasn't been released.

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Following vandalism and break-in, Cafe Berlin reopens http://www.komu.com/news/following-vandalism-and-break-in-cafe-berlin-reopens/ http://www.komu.com/news/following-vandalism-and-break-in-cafe-berlin-reopens/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:05:27 AM Lauren Donovan, KOMU 8 News Following vandalism and break-in, Cafe Berlin reopens

COLUMBIA - Cafe Berlin reopened Monday for brunch, after being closed following a destructive break-in. The break-in on Saturday night had kitchen supplies strewn across the floor, damage to the soundboard used for concerts, and a fridge's glass shattered.

Other local businesses like Pizza Tree, Logboat Brewing Company and Fretboard Coffee offered to help out. They offered cleanup services, pizza, space to continue to conduct business in and coffee. 

Manager, Elliot Gay was the one who arrived first and saw the scale of the damage. Gay said he was touched by the outpouring of community support.  "Its been overwhelming the response, its been out of this world, I've been hearing from people all over the world, Japan, Ireland." 

Over 639 people on Facebook shared the post about the restaurant being closed on Sunday. 

Gay said despite people saying it could have been a former angry employee on Facebook, he said he thinks that is not the case. "Everybody that works here has worked here for years and years and we treat each other like family," he said.

Gay said police do not have any leads yet on who it was but they are hoping someone will come forward and take responsibility.

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After long decline, St. Louis tries to rebuild with startups http://www.komu.com/news/after-long-decline-st-louis-tries-to-rebuild-with-startups/ http://www.komu.com/news/after-long-decline-st-louis-tries-to-rebuild-with-startups/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jan 2017 9:41:41 AM The Associated Press After long decline, St. Louis tries to rebuild with startups

ST. LOUIS (AP)- St. Louis' fortunes may be looking up, thanks to a surprising surge in business startups.

St. Louis was the nation's fourth-largest city in 1904, the year it hosted the World's Fair. Today, the population ranks 60th.

It's tough to rebuild a city's image when the national perception is that it peaked a century ago. Images of rioting after police shooting in nearby Ferguson fed impressions of racial turmoil.

Yet Forbes recently cited St. Louis as the fastest-growing city for startups. The region is now home to more than 700 bioscience companies, many new ventures linked to the city's universities and medical institutions.

Unclear, though, is how much the improving business climate will help the city's minority community, where 36 percent of black residents live below the poverty line.

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Fire damages home on Highway Y in Cooper County http://www.komu.com/news/fire-damages-home-on-highway-y-in-cooper-county/ http://www.komu.com/news/fire-damages-home-on-highway-y-in-cooper-county/ Continuous News Mon, 16 Jan 2017 8:29:14 AM Charles Nichelson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Fire damages home on Highway Y in Cooper County

COOPER COUNTY - Just before 5 a.m. Monday morning, the Cooper County Fire Protection District responded to a structure fire on Highway Y. The house was ruled to be a total loss.

The home was engulfed in flames when the crew arrived on scene, according to Cooper County Fire officials, but the family was able to make it out. 

Cooper County Fire Chief David Gehm said a vehicle parked outside somehow caught fire and spread to the house. The fire then spread to the attic.

Prairie Home Fire, Pilot Grove Fire and Jamestown Rural fire also responded to the fire with aid. It took about 24 fire fighters to put out the blaze.

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the most recent information.]


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Highway 63 northbound reopened after vehicle fire http://www.komu.com/news/highway-63-northbound-reopened-after-vehicle-fire/ http://www.komu.com/news/highway-63-northbound-reopened-after-vehicle-fire/ Continuous News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 9:49:07 PM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Highway 63 northbound reopened after vehicle fire

BOONE COUNTY - The northbound lanes of Highway 63 near Hinton Road were closed after the engine compartment of a vehicle was fully engulfed in flames around 7:45 p.m. Sunday evening. No one was injured.

Boone County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Gale Blomenkamp said a sheriff's deputy driving southbound turned around and made contact with the four-door sedan before fire crews extinguished the fire.

Blomenkamp said the northbound lanes were closed for approximately 20 minutes. 


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Rideshare regulations speed through Missouri House http://www.komu.com/news/rideshare-regulations-speed-through-missouri-house/ http://www.komu.com/news/rideshare-regulations-speed-through-missouri-house/ Continuous News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 7:50:33 PM The Associated Press Rideshare regulations speed through Missouri House

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are hoping to expand services to Missouri customers under proposed statewide regulations for the app-based companies.

The proposal requires background checks for drivers, vehicle inspections and includes a rider nondiscrimination policy.

The bill has largely drawn bipartisan support, but some are concerned that the statewide regulations don't go far enough to ensure safety. The proposal also includes a provision saying drivers don't have to pay local taxes.

Two House committees have approved the bill. A similar measure proposed last year stalled when it reached the Senate.

Uber currently operates in St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield.


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Another Missouri school district considers 4-day week http://www.komu.com/news/another-missouri-school-district-considers-4-day-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/another-missouri-school-district-considers-4-day-week/ Continuous News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 7:46:03 PM The Associated Press Another Missouri school district considers 4-day week

GRANBY (AP) — Another Missouri school district is considering whether to join 18 others that have adopted a four-day school week.

East Newton Superintendent Todd McCrackin says the district is considering the change because of an expected drop of about $350,000 in next year's budget. He says the decrease would come from less state funding and declining enrollment.

The Joplin Globe reports that nine of the 18 districts using a four-day week adopted it for this year, when the state saw a $398 million gap between what a school funding formula called for and the money allocated to schools.

McCrackin said the plan would eliminate Monday classes and add 30 minutes to an hour of classes to each school day. After gathering public response, the district hopes to decide by February.

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UPDATE: Suspect in triple stabbing taken into custody http://www.komu.com/news/update-suspect-in-triple-stabbing-taken-into-custody/ http://www.komu.com/news/update-suspect-in-triple-stabbing-taken-into-custody/ Continuous News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 6:40:19 PM DJ Pointer and Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producers UPDATE: Suspect in triple stabbing taken into custody

CAMDEN COUNTY - Deputies took a suspect who stabbed three people Sunday into custody without incident. The suspect is awaiting formal charges.

The incident happened around 3:50 p.m. in Lake Ozark at the 1400 block of Carol Road, which is off of Horseshoe Bend Parkway. 

The Camden County Sheriff's Office reported that the suspect, a 24-year-old white male, fled the residence after the stabbing. One female victim refused treatment at the scene, and two male victims were taken to Lake Regional Hospital by Ambulance.

The Camden County Sheriff's Office described the suspect as 5'10", 160 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He was possibly wearing a dark long sleeve shirt.

The sheriff's office advised people to lock their doors and to refrain from picking up hitchhikers.

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to clarify the location of the incident and to reveal the suspect has been taken into custody.) 

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Man sought after alleged shooting involving Missouri trooper http://www.komu.com/news/man-sought-after-alleged-shooting-involving-missouri-trooper/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-sought-after-alleged-shooting-involving-missouri-trooper/ Continuous News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 4:27:55 PM The Associated Press Man sought after alleged shooting involving Missouri trooper

MARSHALL (AP) - Missouri authorities are searching for a suspected parole violator they say exchanged gunfire with a state trooper after a chase.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the trooper escaped injury during the alleged confrontation with 35-year-old Troy Bateman of Marshall.

The patrol says that the trooper began pursuing a vehicle for alleged traffic charges Friday night in Saline County before the suspect's vehicle crashed at an intersection. After trading gunfire with the trooper, the patrol says, the suspect fled into a field.

The patrol says Bateman has an active warrant for a burglary-related parole violation, and he's wanted in connection with the Friday night encounter with the trooper.

The patrol cautions residents that Bateman is believed to be armed with a handgun.

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Cafe Berlin closes after break in http://www.komu.com/news/cafe-berlin-closes-after-break-in/ http://www.komu.com/news/cafe-berlin-closes-after-break-in/ Continuous News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 2:19:55 PM DJ Pointer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Cafe Berlin closes after break in

COLUMBIA - A break in at popular downtown restaurant Cafe Berlin forced the restaurant to close Sunday, according to a Facebook post.

"We had a bad break-in last night and the restaurant hs been destroyed. This is serious," the post said.

The restaurant posted three pictures that showed the conditions of the restaurant and many customers have responded to this recent event.

Cafe Berlin's post says that they we'll keep everyone updated as they know more information.

The restaurant recently posted this message on Facebook following the break in post. 

"To those responsible for last night's destruction, for those grieving, angered, and scared by this action, and for those who already know what it's like to be targets of violence, we respond as we always have AS A COMMUNITY with LOVE, PERSEVERANCE and SOLIDARITY. This event has reminded us once again how important spaces of community organization and togetherness are and the work it takes to protect and maintain them. We will not be intimidated or discouraged. The outcry of support and care has filled us with love and motivation to continue to practice nurturance, creativity, and quick effective responses to hate and violence. Thank you to everyone who has offered support in all their forms: words, pizzas, tears, coffee, hugs, full trash bags and full hearts-WE LOVE AND APPRECIATE YOU!"

The restaurant announced Sunday afternoon that it plans to open for the 8 p.m. music festival as well as for brunch Monday morning.

To see more of Cafe Berlin's post visit link below.


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Mid-Missourians react to ice storm http://www.komu.com/news/mid-missourians-react-to-ice-storm/ http://www.komu.com/news/mid-missourians-react-to-ice-storm/ Continuous News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:07:44 PM Meg Hilling, KOMU 8 News Reporter & Shanna Grove, KOMU 8 News Reporter Mid-Missourians react to ice storm

COLUMBIA - Mixed reactions came out of mid-Missouri Sunday as the weekend ice storm began to wind down.

While MoDOT and road crews worked all weekend throughout the state, some Missourians were still finding difficult  road conditions in some areas.

Eldon resident Betty Scroggins said gravel roads have proven especially difficult to navigate.

"They've been keeping the main roads pretty clear," Scroggins said. "But the back roads, they don't."

Overall, Scroggins said the ice storm proved to be "pretty bad."

Sections of the state were hit harder than others, prompting some Mid-Missourians to question whether the anticipated scale of the storm was over-estimated.

Live Doppler Eight First Alert Weather Meteorologist Kenton Gewecke said, "The moisture didn't trend exactly where we had thought at times, but overall mid-Missouri did see the ice-accumulation we were expecting, with about one-quarter of an inch minimum throughout mid-Missouri and more than that south of I-70 through the three-day event."

Gewecke also explained, "Ice and freezing rain is extremely difficult to forecast because there are multiple variables depending on only a few degrees difference. If temperatures would have been even two or three degrees colder at the surface at times, it would have been a different story."

Joseph Morris is the owner of J-N-J Liquor & More in Brazito, Missouri. Morris said he thinks the storm was overestimated to some extent, but thought road crews getting out early prevented issues.

"I think this time here they anticipated it being worse than what it is," he said. "They got out right off the bat, before it ever hit, got a layer of salt down." 

Morris said he was not upset about the amount of advisories put out both before and during the storm.

"It's always better to be safe, than sorry. Don't wait 'til it happens and then decide to try to react," he said.

MoDOT was still advising Missourians Sunday to be cautious and mindful of the weather conditions as the storm wrapped up.

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Lake Ozark prepares for next stage of storm http://www.komu.com/news/lake-ozark-prepares-for-next-stage-of-storm/ http://www.komu.com/news/lake-ozark-prepares-for-next-stage-of-storm/ Continuous News Sun, 15 Jan 2017 5:42:22 AM Shanna Grove and Meg Hilling, KOMU 8 Reporters Lake Ozark prepares for next stage of storm

LAKE OZARK - After being stuck indoors waiting for this ice storm to end, some people might be getting a little restless.

Many people have been venturing out despite MoDOT's continued recommendations to stay off the roads as much as possible. 

Tommy Tobin took to the roads and spent the afternoon in the city's outlet malls. 

“We were getting a little stir crazy in the motel, so we decided to come out and do some shopping,” Tobin said.

Lake Ozark Fire Protection District Chief Mark Amsinger is still asking residents to remain cautious because the ice storm is not finished yet.

"Up to this point it's been minimal calls, normal calls we've had. However, we're right in the middle of the system, so don't let that fool everyone," Amsinger said. "They are still expecting more dangerous weather, more icing and that. Again try to stay home. Heed the advisories, heed the warnings."

Chief Amsinger also mentioned residents are not the only ones put in danger when storms like this are rolling through. By venturing out despite warnings to stay inside, residents run the risk of putting first responders in danger as well.

As of Saturday evening, MoDOT Area Engineer Bob Lynch said conditions on the major roads in the area are clear, and MoDOT will have full crews in Saturday night.

According to Lynch, "Supplies and equipment are in good shape." 

MoDOT will have full crews working around the clock well into the early hours of Sunday morning, in an effort to address the weather conditions of the next wave of the ice storm. 



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UPDATE: Driver ejected from vehicle, dies in car crash http://www.komu.com/news/update-driver-ejected-from-vehicle-dies-in-car-crash/ http://www.komu.com/news/update-driver-ejected-from-vehicle-dies-in-car-crash/ Continuous News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 9:45:18 PM Katie Pylipow, KOMU 8 Digital Producer UPDATE: Driver ejected from vehicle, dies in car crash

MONTGOMERY COUNTY - A man died at the hospital after a car crash on I-70 Saturday night, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report.

Around 7 p.m., 34-year-old David Risberg was driving East near mile marker 169 when he drove off the left side of the road and hit a median cable. His car overturned and he was ejected from the vehicle, the report said.

Risberg was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries where he was pronounced dead around midnight, according to the report. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

According to MoDOT, the left lane of I-70 eastbound near the 169 mile marker was closed temporarily due to the crash, but it was reopend around 8 p.m.

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Woman, 74, killed in southeastern Missouri house fire http://www.komu.com/news/woman-74-killed-in-southeastern-missouri-house-fire/ http://www.komu.com/news/woman-74-killed-in-southeastern-missouri-house-fire/ Continuous News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 4:22:55 PM The Associated Press Woman, 74, killed in southeastern Missouri house fire

FREDERICKTOWN (AP) — Authorities say a 74-year-old woman was killed in a house fire in southeastern Missouri's Madison County.

KFVS-TV says Lucille Francis' body was found after the fire that was reported after 11 p.m. Friday.

Cherokee Pass Fire Chief Bill Starke said two relatives who were visiting Francis managed to escape after breaking out a bedroom window.

State fire investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.

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Kansas man dies when van wrecks on Missouri freeway http://www.komu.com/news/kansas-man-dies-when-van-wrecks-on-missouri-freeway-84306/ http://www.komu.com/news/kansas-man-dies-when-van-wrecks-on-missouri-freeway-84306/ Continuous News Sat, 14 Jan 2017 3:29:00 PM Associated Press Kansas man dies when van wrecks on Missouri freeway

PLATTE CITY (AP) — Missouri authorities say one of 13 occupants of a van was killed when the vehicle crashed north of Kansas City.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 35-year-old Maung Hnin of Kansas City, Kansas, was ejected from the van during the crash early Saturday on Interstate 29 in Platte County and was hit by another vehicle. He died at the scene.

The patrol says three other occupants of the van were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries. Others in the van declined treatment.


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