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, 27 Feb 2017 18:02:03 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Elderly couple killed in accident near St. James http://www.komu.com/news/elderly-couple-killed-in-accident-near-st-james/ http://www.komu.com/news/elderly-couple-killed-in-accident-near-st-james/ Continuous News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 9:46:22 AM The Associated Press Elderly couple killed in accident near St. James

ST. JAMES (AP) — An elderly husband and wife are dead after a head-on crash in central Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened Sunday on Highway BB near St. James when a pickup truck driven by a 19-year-old man from Fort Knox, Kentucky, crossed the center line. An oncoming car driven by 85-year-old William Peterman crossed the center line, too, to try and avoid the pickup truck.

Peterman and his 80-year-old wife, Faith Peterman, died within an hour of each other at separate hospitals after the crash. The pickup driver was not hurt. An investigation continues.

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St. Louis native now a key player in the White House http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-native-now-a-key-player-in-the-white-house/ http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-native-now-a-key-player-in-the-white-house/ Continuous News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 9:43:50 AM The Associated Press St. Louis native now a key player in the White House

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 32-year-old St. Louis native is a key player in President Donald Trump's White House.

Katie Walsh is deputy chief of staff to the president. She told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in Monday's edition that her biggest surprise so far has been that anyone else is surprised that Trump actually is following through on the promises he made during the 2016 campaign.

Friends and co-workers describe Walsh as the model of political multitasking.

She is both one of the top women in the White House and one of the youngest. She is one of three deputies to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and works closely with key officials like chief strategist Stephen Bannon, counselor Kellyanne Conway and senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law.

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Kansas City police say 1 victim of double shooting has died http://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-police-say-1-victim-of-double-shooting-has-died/ http://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-police-say-1-victim-of-double-shooting-has-died/ Continuous News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 7:07:34 AM The Associated Press Kansas City police say 1 victim of double shooting has died

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police say one of the victims of a double shooting has died.

Police say officers found the two victims wounded in the front room of a home Friday night while responding to a reported shooting. The victims were unresponsive and unable to provide any statements. They were taken to a local hospital.

Police announced Sunday that one of the victims had died. No other details were immediately released.

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Missouri Republicans go head-to-head over Real ID Act http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-republicans-go-head-to-head-over-real-id-act/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-republicans-go-head-to-head-over-real-id-act/ Continuous News Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:30:50 PM Lauren Donovan, KOMU 8 News Missouri Republicans go head-to-head over Real ID Act

JEFFERSON CITY- Republican lawmakers continue at odds over the Real ID Act. One side of the argument seeks to allow Missourians to have a "choice" in complying, the other argues Missouri should stand up to the federal government. 

The measure passed in 2005, as part of an effort to curb homegrown terrorism, requires states to collect private information from its citizens and send it to the federal government. The federal government compiles that information in a data base. Missouri is one of five states that have not complied. 

Republican Senator Will Kraus says he is concerned by the level of federal overreach in data collection. "Different organizations have been hacked, the IRS has been hacked, the Department of Justice was hacked," Kraus said.

If members of the Missouri chamber and senate follow Kraus' lead and go against the federal government, by January 22, 2017 Missourians will have to bring a higher form of document with them to places like the airport, federal buildings and military bases. An example of this is a passport and this document would be needed even for domestic flights. 

In opposition, Republican Senator Caleb Rowden says, "Me as a 34-year-old guy that does a lot of stuff online, I’ve come to the reality that most of my data is already out there in one way or another." 

Rowden says he will allow Missourians to decide for themselves if they want to opt-in or out. If they chose to comply, they will be sending in their personal information to a government data base, but can continue to use their drivers license to get into these secured locations. If they chose to opt-out they will not have to send in that personal information but will have to bring the higher form of identification with them to those stated locations. 



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Former Mizzou football head coach battles with Alzheimer's http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-football-head-coach-battles-with-alzheimer-s/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-football-head-coach-battles-with-alzheimer-s/ Continuous News Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:09:16 PM Amanda Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter Former Mizzou football head coach battles with Alzheimer's

COLUMBIA – A former University of Missouri head football coach is fighting an off-the-field opponent far greater than any he faced on the field: Alzheimer's.

Warren Powers was in charge years before Barry Odom was head coach, Powers took over job in 1978 and coached until 1984.

Before coming to Mizzou, he played college football at Nebraska and then professionally with the Oakland Raiders.

His wife, Linda Powers, said they were wonderful memories.

"We were very fortunate,” she said.

While coach, Warren Powers famously lead the Tigers to a victory over then No. 2 Nebraska and four straight bowl appearances.

He didn’t just care about the game of football, however. He cared about his players and the well-being of their careers after they left the gridiron for the final time.

“It was a tremendous relationship and we’ve continued it over the years,” former Mizzou football player Howard Richards said.

Eight years ago, Powers’ life began to slowly change.

“It goes back to 2009, when I first realized something was wrong with Warren,” Linda Powers said..

Warren Powers was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and officially went public with his diagnosis in 2015.

His wife said, “It’s very difficult to explain to people. But it took me two years to convince a doctor that this was more than just aging. They diagnosed him with as having mild dementia and fearful of early onset of Alzheimer's."

One in nine people over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Warren Powers' diagnosis shocked some of his former players.

“It was so sad because this guy had given so much of himself to working with young men on the football field and done such a great job, to be suffering with a disease that has no cure,” Richards said.

Earlier this year, he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

“I’ve got to pinch myself and make sure it’s a reality,” he said.

While he struggles with his memories, there are reminders everywhere. Players have gifted him with memorabilia and other gifts to honor those days.

Richards said, “There’s been so many years removed since he’s been the head coach. But to have guys that still look at him and revere him, not only as a wonderful person but a really good football coach and someone that really kind of changed the course of Missouri football.”

As Powers continues to fight for the rest of his life, he will continue to inspire those he comes across everyday.

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Planned Parenthood opponents planning month of demonstrations http://www.komu.com/news/planned-parenthood-opponents-planning-month-of-demonstrations/ http://www.komu.com/news/planned-parenthood-opponents-planning-month-of-demonstrations/ Continuous News Sun, 26 Feb 2017 5:57:18 PM Nora Faris, KOMU 8 Reporter Planned Parenthood opponents planning month of demonstrations

COLUMBIA - Planned Parenthood opponents are planning a month of protests after a march that drew between 50 and 100 participants on Sunday.

Kathy Forck, a Planned Parenthood opponent, says the "Jericho March" brought together people of different faiths calling for an end to abortion and government support of Planned Parenthood. 

"We're praying for the end of abortion," Forck said. "We are a peaceful prayer vigil."

Forck said the march is a kick-off for the 40 Days for Life campaign. During this campaign, which begins March 1 and ends April 9, Planned Parenthood opponents will spend 10 hours a day demonstrating at Planned Parenthood's Columbia facility on Providence Street. 

About 20 counterprotesters added their voices to Sunday's event.

One of them, Patrick Finney, said he supports Planned Parenthood and will continue to join in counterprotests defending the healthcare provider.

"It seems so obvious to me that it's an important issue. Women need access to healthcare," Finney said. "Planned Parenthood provides affordable, safe, comprehensive women's healthcare, and that's what I support."

Forck said Planned Parenthood isn't the only organization that serves women's healthcare needs, and participants in the 40 Days for Life campaign will help connect women with other resources for health and prenatal care.

"We'll also be out here offering help to women who may be seeking an abortion, telling them where free resources are where they can seek alternatives and help," Forck said.

According to the event's national website, 40 Days for Life aims to achieve the "beginning of the end of abortion" through "prayer and fasting", "peaceful vigil" and "community outreach."  

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Mom pleads guilty to neglect after son died near space heater http://www.komu.com/news/mom-pleads-guilty-to-neglect-after-son-died-near-space-heater/ http://www.komu.com/news/mom-pleads-guilty-to-neglect-after-son-died-near-space-heater/ Continuous News Sun, 26 Feb 2017 5:30:30 PM The Associated Press Mom pleads guilty to neglect after son died near space heater

ST. CHARLES (AP) — A Missouri woman has pleaded guilty to neglect after authorities say she left her 2-year-old boy near a space heater while using methamphetamine.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Kathleen Marie Peacock of St. Charles pleaded guilty on Friday to child neglect and making methamphetamine.

Prosecutors say the 23-year-old's 2-year-old son died of overheating in December 2015. Authorities say Peacock and the boy's father left the boy in the back room of their mobile home for 38 hours.

The space heater that was near the boy didn't have a thermostat to shut it off when it got too hot.

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Suspect arrested in connection with House Springs shooting http://www.komu.com/news/suspect-arrested-in-connection-with-house-springs-shooting/ http://www.komu.com/news/suspect-arrested-in-connection-with-house-springs-shooting/ Continuous News Sun, 26 Feb 2017 9:37:49 AM The Associated Press Suspect arrested in connection with House Springs shooting

HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a suspect in connection with a weekend shooting death south of St. Louis.

Jefferson County sheriff's Lt. Gary Higginbotham tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2lnGgpv ) that authorities responding to reports of shots fired found an unidentified victim's body about 2:30 p.m. Saturday outside his home in the Sycamore Springs Mobile Home Park in House Springs.

Higginbotham says the victim had been shot multiple times.

The suspect was arrested hours later at another location and was taken into custody. There was no immediate word Sunday about charges.

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Columbia homeowners eligible for free lead testing http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-homeowners-eligible-for-free-lead-testing/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-homeowners-eligible-for-free-lead-testing/ Continuous News Sun, 26 Feb 2017 8:58:27 AM Nora Faris, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia homeowners eligible for free lead testing

COLUMBIA - Residents of older homes in Columbia could be eligible for free water testing for lead.

The My Water/My Community project provides water testing supplies to homeowners, collects test kits and analyzes samples for lead content, free of charge.

The program has distributed and collected an initial round of 50 testing kits. These kits will undergo analysis at Virginia Tech in the same lab where researchers analyzed the lead content of water samples from Flint, Michigan—the city that rose to national prominence when its public water supply was found to contain elevated lead levels.

"The water crisis in Flint really made everyone realize that lead in drinking water is still a big concern," said Sara Shipley Hiles, assistant professor of journalism at the University of Missouri and a leader of the testing program.

The risk of lead-contaminated drinking water is highest in homes built before 1986, when amendments to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act outlawed the use of lead pipes in public water systems.

"We're really interested in homes that are a bit on the older side in Columbia, and we're also very interested in working with lower-income households in Columbia, where homeowners perhaps haven't been able to replace their pipes and are at risk from lead contamination," Shipley Hiles said.

Shipley Hiles said homeowners interested in testing their water can sign up on the program's waitlist. 

When lead plumbing fixtures or pipes become corroded, the lead can contaminate drinking water. Lead can leach into water that sits in the corroded pipes before being dispensed.

Lead contamination cannot be detected by sight, smell or taste, so testing is the only way to determine drinking water's lead content.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, children are particularly vulnerable to lead contaminants in drinking water. Lead exposure can cause mental and nervous system impairment, hearing difficulties and anemia. 

Lead exposure can come from a variety of sources, including lead-based paints or contaminated air, soil or food. However, EPA studies suggest up to 20 percent of a person's total lead exposure comes from contaminated drinking water. For babies on a diet of mixed formula, 40 to 60 percent of lead exposure may come from lead presence in water.

In adults, elevated levels of lead in the bloodstream can cause cardiovascular, kidney and reproductive problems.

A 2015 report by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources monitored the lead levels of more than 1,600 water systems in the state. Of those water systems, fewer than 2 percent exhibited concerning lead levels.

According to DNR, most Missouri well water is hard, meaning it is saturated with minerals and less likely to absorb lead from water systems. Surface water is often treated, making it less corrosive to pipes and plumbing systems.

"We don't expect that Columbia's water is of terrible quality at all. That's not what we're expecting to find," Shipley Hiles said. "We're just hoping that people will get more information about the importance of clean water and learn how to protect themselves from lead exposure."

Maria Kalaitzandonakes, a program volunteer, said owners of homes built before 1940 and homes built before 1986 were targeted for the program.

"This program is really a great act of public service," Kalaitzandonakes said. "A lot of the people whose homes we tested said they'd wondered about their water for years, and now, they'll have clear answers."

For homeowners interested in being put on the waiting list to receive a free lead testing kit, visit My Water/My Community's sign-up site. 

Shipley Hiles said the program may be extended beyond the initial 50 test kits, and homeowners on the waitlist will be the first ones contacted to receive testing services.


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United Airlines appears ready to come to Columbia http://www.komu.com/news/united-airlines-appears-ready-to-come-to-columbia/ http://www.komu.com/news/united-airlines-appears-ready-to-come-to-columbia/ Continuous News Sat, 25 Feb 2017 9:48:23 PM James Packard and Sarah Trott, KOMU 8 Reporters United Airlines appears ready to come to Columbia

COLUMBIA — United Airlines flight schedules posted to its website Saturday night showed two new flights out of Columbia Regional Airport.

Passengers can book United Airlines service to Chicago O'Hare Airport beginning Aug 1. Passengers can also book flights to Denver starting Aug. 2.

Neither United Airlines nor Columbia Regional Airport have confirmed that United Airlines will begin service to Columbia.

KOMU 8 News reached out to both United Airlines and interim Airport Manager Mike Parks Saturday evening, but neither had responded Saturday night. 

The city of Columbia has a news conference scheduled for Monday morning to "make an announcement regarding" the airport.

United Airlines would be a new airline for Columbia, which has operated exclusively with American Airlines since Frontier Airlines left in May 2013.

United flights to and from Columbia would appear to include morning departures to Chicago O'Hare and Denver, and a second, afternoon departure to Chicago.

American Airlines currently operates flights to Chicago and Dallas. Chicago would be the only route out of Columbia where two airlines directly compete.

Passenger traffic at Columbia Regional Airport has trended steadily upward since 2007. 

KOMU 8 News spoke with Parks Wednesday for a story about the airport's planned improvements.

When asked about the possibility of a new airline starting service to Columbia, he said, "The airport is always looking at other air carriers, looking at other destinations, and additional routes which people submit and request."

The city's news conference about the airport is expected to start at 10 a.m. Monday.


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Trial set for man accused of child sodomy http://www.komu.com/news/trial-set-for-man-accused-of-child-sodomy/ http://www.komu.com/news/trial-set-for-man-accused-of-child-sodomy/ Continuous News Sat, 25 Feb 2017 9:31:32 PM Zachary Reger, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Trial set for man accused of child sodomy

LACLEDE COUNTY — A man accused of assaulting and sexually abusing his 5-month-old daughter nearly eight years ago finally has a trial date, kicking an unusually long-lasting case into high gear.

Aaron Fisher, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to two counts of forcible sodomy, but later recanted, is scheduled for a jury trial in Laclede County on April 10, according to court documents.

In 2009, Fisher's daughter was admitted to an emergency room in a southern Missouri hospital with signs of abuse. Medical staff transferred her to University Hospital due to internal injuries stemming from sexual assault. The girl had an apparent skull fracture and broken bones.

In 2015, a Cole County judge dismissed charges in the case, leading a state lawmaker to call for an investigation of the decision. The judge believed Fisher had not been granted a fair and speedy trial — Rep. Rocky Miller, R-Lake Ozark, didn't buy it, questioning the judge's logic.

The case has lasted for so long that in 2014, Fisher had to get a new public defender. After five years on the job, his previous counsel had retired. 

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Sen. Blunt relocates Columbia office http://www.komu.com/news/sen-blunt-relocates-columbia-office/ http://www.komu.com/news/sen-blunt-relocates-columbia-office/ Continuous News Sat, 25 Feb 2017 9:11:50 PM Zachary Reger, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Sen. Blunt relocates Columbia office

COLUMBIA — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., announced Saturday that his local office space will be relocated from its current downtown premises to a new location near Business Loop 70.

According to a news release, the move will take effect beginning Monday, when the new location will open under normal business hours.

The new office will be located at 1123 Wilkes Blvd., Suite 320 — near the intersection of College Avenue and Business Loop 70.

Blunt and his staff operate six regional offices throughout Missouri and in Washington, D.C.

The release says constituents are encouraged to visit the office in person for help dealing with federal agencies, questions regarding specific bills or to seek information on grant applications.

Missourians can also call the Columbia office at (573) 442-8151.

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Community comes together for Loos family home makeover http://www.komu.com/news/community-comes-together-for-loos-family-home-makeover/ http://www.komu.com/news/community-comes-together-for-loos-family-home-makeover/ Continuous News Sat, 25 Feb 2017 7:21:23 PM Amber Sipe, KOMU 8 Reporter Community comes together for Loos family home makeover

COLUMBIA — This weekend Missourians came together to give the Loos family a home makeover.

Rhyan Loos, 7, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2015.

Rhyan, her siblings Brady and Charli, and parents Brad and Jennifer live in Columbia. Brad Loos is the assistant coach of the Missouri Tigers men's basketball team.

Family friend Amy Dirks and HGTV Design Star winner Jennifer Bertrand organized the makeover. They received donations from places like Flooring America and Sporting Kansas City to make the project happen.

The Loos family lived in the house for about six months before Rhyan's diagnosis, so Dirks said some projects went unfinished as they began treatment. Rhyan regularly travels to New York for treatment.

Volunteers from Kansas City to Columbia joined Dirks and Bertrand to paint, decorate, build and reorganize the Loos house. 

They caught the attention of many Missourians through their Facebook page: "Installing Happiness for Loos Family."

The project will be finished on Sunday and revealed to the Loos family at 6 p.m. 

As they move through the project, Dirks and Bertrand need many different things to help this family. If you are interested in donating in any way, email Amy Dirks at amydirks@gmail.com or message the Facebook page. 

Amy Dirks and Jennifer Bertrand would like to thank those who came to help or donated items to the project: Dave Griggs from Flooring America, artist Teresa Dirks, Victory Project Sporting KC, Ryan Comment from Bootlace Design and Build, Elisa Williamson, Laura and John Wiegel, Donna Johnson, At Home in St. Louis, Play it Again Sports, Mara Cohara, Shannon Crim, Jamie Redeker Sieland, Nancy Lane, Dawn McMullin Classen, Megan Evans Schoeck, Cindy Ellis, Annemarie Daiker and family, Melissa Anderson, Kim Hotchkiss, Kelli Johnson, Gayle Dugdale from Main Street Goods Liberty, Tood Maxwell from Embassy, Ashley Cross Footer and Rick Footer, Mari-Lynn Schritter Poskin, Amanda Thomas, Lisa Nicholson, Lisa Rope, Amy Andruska, Amanda Allen, Nicole Bell, Holly and Tyler, Amy Epple, Dan Gauvin, Jake and Mami Chambers, Deanna Brown-Hood, Keith Henry Caldwell from Caldwell Painting and More, James Krajsa, Brian Fleming, Xochilt Galindo-Salas from J and L Cleaning, Lacy Preismeyer, Hayley Russell, Carol Karle, Karl and Kim Jarrell, Brandon Byer, Nick Healy, Sarah Seegal, Emily Brown, Katie Peacock, Holley Dow, Steve Long and Kaylynn Hood.

Dirks said the people that helped and showed their support are the most important part of this project.

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Toys for Tots hosts first charity concert http://www.komu.com/news/toys-for-tots-hosts-first-charity-concert/ http://www.komu.com/news/toys-for-tots-hosts-first-charity-concert/ Continuous News Sat, 25 Feb 2017 4:00:10 PM Desiree' Evans, KOMU 8 Reporter Toys for Tots hosts first charity concert

JEFFERSON CITY — People from all over mid-Missouri gathered at the Miller Performing Arts Center Saturday to listen to local musicians and raise money for Toys for Tots. 

This is the event's first year.

The Event Coordinator Harold Faughn said for every ticket bought, it's helping three children receive a toy for Christmas. 

He said the Toys for Tots season is normally in October, November and December, but they are getting a head start on raising money so more children are able to receive gifts during the 2017 holiday season. 

Noren Access, Sweet Adelines, David Baker and Sylvia Ferguson were some of the acts scheduled to perform for the charity event. Each of the acts are local and volunteered to perform for the event.

Ferguson said performing on behalf of Toys for Tots is something she couldn't have turned down. 

"There are so many kids out there that actually need love and support," she said. "One way to show a child love is to give them a toy to hold on to." 

Another major group scheduled to perform is an acapella group called Six. The group, composed of six brothers, headlines the charity concert. 

Faughn said all the proceeds made from ticket sales for the charity concert will go directly to Toys for Tots. 

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Crash involving an ammonia trailer kills one in Jefferson City http://www.komu.com/news/crash-involving-an-ammonia-trailer-kills-one-in-jefferson-city/ http://www.komu.com/news/crash-involving-an-ammonia-trailer-kills-one-in-jefferson-city/ Continuous News Sat, 25 Feb 2017 3:44:54 PM Lauren Petterson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Crash involving an ammonia trailer kills one in Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY — A crash involving an anhydrous ammonia trailer killed one person in Jefferson City Saturday morning. 

According to the Jefferson City Police Department, around 8:15 a.m. a Chrysler PT Cruiser and a Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck towing an anhydrous ammonia trailer were involved in a crash on westbound US 50/63 at the Moreau River Bridge. The PT Cruiser hit the rear tire of the trailer, went off the right side of the road, hit a guardrail and overturned. 

The driver of the PT Cruiser, Joshua D. Harmon, 44, was thrown from the car. He suffered fatal injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured. No chemicals were spilled, and the trailer only had damage to the rear wheel.

The Jefferson City Fire Department and the Jefferson City Police Department responded to the crash. JCPD's Traffic Unit is investigating the crash.

[Editor's note: The original version of this story incorrectly said Harmon was wearing a seatbelt. According to JCPD, he was not wearing a seatbelt.]

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East Campus associations clash at zoning meeting http://www.komu.com/news/east-campus-associations-clash-at-zoning-meeting/ http://www.komu.com/news/east-campus-associations-clash-at-zoning-meeting/ Continuous News Sat, 25 Feb 2017 1:36:33 PM Chris Joseph, KOMU 8 Reporter East Campus associations clash at zoning meeting

COLUMBIA — Representatives from two East Campus housing associations spoke at the Unified Development Code public forum Saturday and found themselves at odds over the proposed zoning.  

"We've been concerned over the years with the change of character in the neighborhood," Betty Wilson, a member of the East Campus Neighborhood Association said.

Wilson has lived in the East Campus Neighborhood for the last 50 years and said the increase in student population in the neighborhood has made it a "dormitory area." She said the increase of students has brought an increase in parking issues and loud parties.

Bonnie Zelenak, a member of the East Campus Majority Housing Association, has been a property owner in East Campus for 30 years and said the current zoning is good for the environment and traffic.

"It's good housing for students, it's right across the street from campus. It does lower the carbon footprint of those students who don't have to drive to and from the school," she said.

Zelenak said the East Campus Majority Housing Association wants to maintain the current zoning of the neighborhood.

Wilson said the East Campus Neighborhood Association wants to see zoning laws that would incorporate more family-oriented living properties in the Unified Development Codes. 

Both Zelenak and Wilson agreed increased community policing in East Campus would be a positive change but there has been a lack of communication between the two groups.  

The East Campus Majority Housing Association was presented to the Columbia City Council in January and created due to a rift between landlords and the original association. 

The proposed Unified Development Codes are still under debate and any amendments are yet to be made. 

Under the proposed codes, any new construction or re-construction in East Campus would be subject to new regulations including height and width of the building.

Betsy Peters, the Ward 6 City Councilwoman and the representative for East Campus, was not available to comment prior to this story's publication. 

The two associations will continue to voice their positions at both the Monday, March 6 city council meeting and the Monday, March 20 city council meeting where two hours have been allotted to public comment on zoning. 

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Woman accused in stabbing at Missouri GM plant http://www.komu.com/news/woman-accused-in-stabbing-at-missouri-gm-plant/ http://www.komu.com/news/woman-accused-in-stabbing-at-missouri-gm-plant/ Continuous News Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:27:08 AM The Associated Press Woman accused in stabbing at Missouri GM plant

ST. CHARLES (AP) — A woman has been accused of stabbing a worker at a General Motors plant near St. Louis over what authorities say was an extramarital affair.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said St. Charles County prosecutors charged 27-year-old Alicia Turner of Florissant with assault, armed criminal action and burglary.

Police said in court documents that Turner is the wife of a GM worker and used her husband's identification to enter the Wentzville factory Wednesday. Authorities alleged Turner found the victim driving a forklift, shocked her with a stun gun and stabbed her five times.

Police said in court records the victim was having an affair with Turner's husband.

The victim was treated at a hospital for injuries police said weren't life-threatening.

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

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St. Louis airport could soon get booze-to-go policy http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-airport-could-soon-get-booze-to-go-policy/ http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-airport-could-soon-get-booze-to-go-policy/ Continuous News Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:04:05 AM The Associated Press St. Louis airport could soon get booze-to-go policy

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — It could soon be legal for travelers to take their booze from the bar to their gate at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis.

The House on Thursday passed a bill that changes liquor laws in airports, allowing people to order alcoholic beverages "to go" from a bar and carry them to their gates in a branded plastic cup. Travelers would not be able to take drinks onto the plane or through security.

The bill garnered bipartisan support in the House, with only 16 of 162 members voting against it. Supporters say the law would encourage more business at airports and enhance customer satisfaction. Some worry it could encourage unruly, drunken passengers.

Kansas City International Airport is unlikely to see changes because many bars at KCI are outside security checkpoints.

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Camden County Sheriff's Department searches for missing man http://www.komu.com/news/camden-county-sheriff-s-department-searches-for-missing-man/ http://www.komu.com/news/camden-county-sheriff-s-department-searches-for-missing-man/ Continuous News Sat, 25 Feb 2017 4:41:58 AM Matthew Judy, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Camden County Sheriff's Department searches for missing man

CAMDEN COUNTY — The Camden County Sheriff's Department has issued a Missing Endangered Person Report for Chad Hawk. Hawk was last seen at his home at Shady Slope Circle, State Road KK, Osage Beach, Missouri. Hawk is believed to have left his residence between 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2017 in an unknown direction.

Hawk, 43, is 5 feet 5 inches tall, 190 pounds and believed to have a firearm. Hawk suffers from a seizure disorder and is diabetic.

Law enforcement encourages anyone with information regarding Hawk's whereabouts to call 911 or the Sheriff's Department at 573-346-2243.



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Fitness for a Cure event aims to help people battling cancer http://www.komu.com/news/fitness-for-a-cure-event-aims-to-help-people-battling-cancer/ http://www.komu.com/news/fitness-for-a-cure-event-aims-to-help-people-battling-cancer/ Continuous News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 8:18:12 PM Shanna Grove, KOMU 8 Reporter Fitness for a Cure event aims to help people battling cancer

COLUMBIA — Hundreds of mid-Missourians attended the 6th Annual Fitness for a Cure event Saturday, an event that benefitted the American Cancer Society.

Wilson’s Fitness Centers hosted the event, which included eight different fitness classes people could participate in that began at 7:15 a.m. at The Crossing church.

During the event there were also vendors, a silent auction and for the first time sponsors donated free food.

Event organizer Kelie Morgan said the event is growing each year, and this year feels especially important to her.

“In this past year my sister-in-law passed away from breast cancer, so this year has felt more passionate to me than ever,” Morgan said. “And every bit of late nights and hard work and early mornings that get put into this, I'm always just thinking of her and how hard she fought." 

Anyone could attend, and there is a suggested donation of $10 to participate in the event.

All of the donations and proceeds from the event go directly to the American Cancer Society.

"I've lost a mother to cancer and currently my husband has cancer," participant Cindy Brodhacker said. "And I've had a number of friends who have cancer and I've lost a few friends to cancer. So again, it's an unfortunate disease and I think we all need to be more aware of it and keep fighting for a cure."

For $1, people could also decorate luminaries in support of or in memory of someone who cancer has impacted.

The luminaries were lit with candles and placed around the room during the last class.

Between classes, community members spoke about how cancer has personally affected their lives.

"I spoke to tell everyone my cancer story and how fitness affected my journey," speaker Nancy Morris said. "And I wanted to make sure to make everyone aware of how this affects people right here in our community, in our circle, and that detection, early detection is key in survival and fitness is just as important."

Amanda Bruns, a participating fitness instructor, said this part of the event is unique and magical.

“It's kind of like this cool motivational inspirational moment, and then you go and challenge your body every, you know, 30 minutes,” Bruns said. “And it's just kind of like, it's a push for you mentally and physically and also just a way to connect. I don't know, it's kind of hard to explain but it's pretty awesome." 

Children 2 years old and older could spend time in the playcenter child care, and children who were 10 years and older could participate in children’s classes.

Morgan said she expected as many as 500 people to attend.

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