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. () () Sun, 19 Nov 2017 HH:11:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Police investigate home invasion robbery at MU fraternity's annex http://www.komu.com/news/police-investigate-home-invasion-robbery-at-mu-fraternity-s-annex/ http://www.komu.com/news/police-investigate-home-invasion-robbery-at-mu-fraternity-s-annex/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:45:09 PM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Police investigate home invasion robbery at MU fraternity's annex

COLUMBIA - A suspect struck a victim, and suspects fired multiple rounds, brandished at least one firearm and took property from the Delta Kappa Epsilon annex Saturday night, police said.

Three suspects entered through an unlocked door when two victims were inside, Columbia police said in a news release.

Police responded to the Delta Kappa Epsilon annex, 912 S. Providence Road, at 9:51 p.m.

A suspect "forcefully struck" a victim and the victim was injured, police said.

The three suspects were wearing dark colored clothing.

Anyone with information was asked to call CPD at 573-874-7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573-875-8477 to remain anonymous.

Permalink| Comments

Group says it needs $500K to start St. Louis trolley http://www.komu.com/news/group-says-it-needs-500k-to-start-st-louis-trolley/ http://www.komu.com/news/group-says-it-needs-500k-to-start-st-louis-trolley/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 8:41:50 PM The Associated Press Group says it needs $500K to start St. Louis trolley

ST. LOUIS (AP) The nonprofit group behind the long-delayed streetcar set to operate in St. Louis' Loop area and University City says operation won't begin unless it gets $500,000.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reportsthat Loop Trolley Co. recently notified local officials that it must have the money to cover startup costs and operating deficits. Loop Trolley President Les Sterman said in the Oct. 19 letter that the nonprofit firm will be insolvent by January because of recurring delays in construction, testing and regulatory approvals.

Several public officials, including St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, expressed reservations about providing more funding.

The $51 million trolley was originally supposed to start running in 2016, but has been pushed back several times.

Permalink| Comments

Man driving car full of fire extinguishers sees car fire, jumps into action http://www.komu.com/news/man-driving-car-full-of-fire-extinguishers-sees-car-fire-jumps-into-action/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-driving-car-full-of-fire-extinguishers-sees-car-fire-jumps-into-action/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 7:15:28 PM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Reporter Man driving car full of fire extinguishers sees car fire, jumps into action

BOONE COUNTY - A 19-year-old college freshman was driving home for Thanksgiving break Saturday when a tire on his car caught fire. A man driving a Cintas car full of fire extinguishers was behind the college student and his family.

Stephen Yates and his family were heading to Kingston from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla when the tire caught fire around 3 p.m. on Highway 63 near Old Millers Road in Boone County.

"There were no signs when suddenly white smoke started coming out of the air conditioner," Yates said. "And it just got more thick and more thick."

Matt Senevey, who was taking his Cintas fire protection car to get a tire changed, was behind the Yates family's car and saw what happened.

"He just happened to be right behind us," Yates said. "He was off duty and was getting his tire fixed. He happened to be behind us, and his truck is just full of fire extinguishers."

Seveney had 50 to 60 fire extinguishers in his car.

"I just jumped out and used my fire extinguishers to help put out the fire," said Seveney.

Seveney used two to three fire extinguishers to put out the fire.

"I saw this car smoking, and I just pulled up behind it and they were jumping out of the car," Seveney said. "It wouldn't be right if I didn't stop, and so I just jumped out and just used my fire extinguishers to help put out the fire."

A tow truck later towed the car away. Yates said no one in his family was injured. He said he was not sure what caused the fire.

Permalink| Comments

Missouri artists showcase work at Fall into art http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-artists-showcase-work-at-fall-into-art/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-artists-showcase-work-at-fall-into-art/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 5:19:39 PM Jasmyn Willis, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri artists showcase work at Fall into art
COLUMBIA - Dozens of people came out Saturday for the eighth annual Fall Into Art show at Parkade Plaza.
Attendees enjoyed and purchased woven baskets, pottery, ceramics, jewelry, hats, ornaments, paintings and other forms of art. 
The art show was started by three local artists. One of the organizers, artist Melyna Lotven, said the show has grown a lot of the past eight years.
"For a few years it was like pushing a boulder up a hill," Lotven said. "But the it finally took off, we've had our kinks here and there but it's become a very good show."
The artists started the show because there wasn't any other art show around this time of year. The first show eight years ago had 20 artists. Now artists have to apply to be selected by a judge.
Farah Nieuwenhuizen was an art teacher at Hickman High School for 20 years and is now one of the organizers for Fall Into Art. She creates paintings and jewelry.
"I think this art show is a fabulous art show," Nieuwenhuizen said. "The people who are here, the artists they are very good. We have the jewelry. The judge picked them. We have 72 and we have 55 so the judge had to cut a few people."
This year's artists came from around Missouri as well as Arkansas. 
Fall Into Art also has a silent auction for the past three years.
"We decided to do a fundraiser to benefit the food bank," Foley said. "So we asked artists to donate pieces. It's voluntary, whoever wants to can do it. The patrols can bid on them and the highest bid gets the piece, and all the money goes to the Central and Northeastern Food Bank."
The art show is free to attend. The show will continue on Sunday from 10 a.m-4 p.m.

Permalink| Comments

American Dream comes true for African migrant http://www.komu.com/news/american-dream-comes-true-for-african-migrant/ http://www.komu.com/news/american-dream-comes-true-for-african-migrant/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 3:36:00 PM Abby Dodge, KOMU 8 Reporter American Dream comes true for African migrant

COLUMBIA – While in Chad, Haby Naya learned how to braid hair by doing her friend’s, sister’s and even her doll's hair.

Naya moved to Columbia, Missouri, in 2004 to get her master’s degree at MU upon advice from her father, but it was not her passion.

With the help of family and a few friend,s Naya opened her own salon, Haby Hair Braiding, in her home on Saturday and realized her dream.

“I am achieving my dream, it’s my big dream that I’ve been waiting for,” Naya said. “I’m so happy with it.”

One patron said she met Naya through a mutual friend and has been coming to get her hair done by her ever since.

“I’ve watched this whole transformation of this space and every time I came here it would be something new that Haby has added to her space,” Keisha Edwards said.

She said going to see Naya is more than just hair.  

“It’s not just about getting my hair done; it’s about the friendship that you develop with your beautician,” Edwards said. “It’s about being able to relate to someone and be comfortable in the environment that they’re in.”

Edwards said she is not planning on changing beauticians anytime soon.

“Every time I come here it’s always a smile from Haby or a good conversation from her that keeps me coming back,” Edwards said.

Naya is not stopping with just this salon. She only has nine credits left to earn her master's in business and she plans on going back to school next year.

Permalink| Comments

Two dead following single-car crash in Camden County http://www.komu.com/news/two-dead-following-single-car-crash-in-camden-county/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-dead-following-single-car-crash-in-camden-county/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 2:54:26 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Two dead following single-car crash in Camden County

CAMDEN COUNTY - Two Osage Beach residents were pronounced dead early Saturday morning following a single-car crash late Friday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cheryl Riegerix was driving her 1999 Pontiac Firebird westbound on Route KK when she crossed the center line, fell into an embankment and hit a tree.

Riegerix was taken to Lake Regional Hospital with her passenger, where she was pronounced dead. Her passenger was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. 

MSHP says this was the first fatal accident for Troop F this November. Troop F has reported 50 traffic deaths in 2017.

Permalink| Comments

Macon man hospitalized while trying to assist car crash http://www.komu.com/news/macon-man-hospitalized-while-trying-to-assist-car-crash/ http://www.komu.com/news/macon-man-hospitalized-while-trying-to-assist-car-crash/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 2:24:29 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Macon man hospitalized while trying to assist car crash

JEFFERSON CITY - A Macon man and two others were hospitalized Saturday morning in one of two crashes that occurred at the 1300 block of U.S. 54.

The first crash around 9:40 a.m. involved a single car in the eastbound lanes, leaving no one injured, police said.

The second happened in the westbound lanes. Gary Prenger, 67, stopped his car in the passing lane to help the driver of the first crash when his 2008 Buick Enclave was rear-ended by a 2012 Ford Focus. 

Prenger was taken to a local hospital for his injuries.

The driver of the 2012 Ford Focus and her passenger were taken to a local hospital as well. 

Police said all three injured wore seat belts at the time of the crash. 

Eastbound lanes were briefly blocked to one lane while the crash was being investigated.  Both of the westbound lanes were blocked for about 45 minutes while emergency crews were on scene and traffic was diverted to Jefferson Street. 

Permalink| Comments

New blood pressure guidelines means more Americans with hypertension http://www.komu.com/news/new-blood-pressure-guidelines-means-more-americans-with-hypertension/ http://www.komu.com/news/new-blood-pressure-guidelines-means-more-americans-with-hypertension/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 2:12:17 PM Amber Sipe, KOMU 8 Reporter New blood pressure guidelines means more Americans with hypertension

COLUMBIA – New blood pressure guidelines mean nearly half of adults in the U.S. that did not have high blood pressure, will now be considered to have high blood pressure, according to Missouri Heart Center Cardiologist Dr. Mozow Zuidema.

The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released new joint guidelines stating 130/80 will now be considered stage one hypertension, instead of the old guideline of 140/90. 

Stage two hypertension is now 140/90. If blood pressure numbers are over 180/120, the patient will be considered in hypertensive crisis – this means they will need immediate treatment or hospitalization. 

Anything under 120/80 is still considered normal, but when blood pressure numbers rise above that they are considered elevated.

Zuidema said the guideline change was needed because early intervention with elevated or high blood pressure is important.


After looking at two sets of blood pressure numbers on two separate occasions, a doctor can make a diagnoses of elevated or high blood pressure.

Zuidema said the new guidelines mean a lot of younger people will fall into the category of elevated or high blood pressure, but the earlier a person acts on this the better for their overall health.

If a patient did not previously have elevated or high blood pressure, but does now, the first step would be looking at lifestyle changes, according to Zuidema. These changes include changes to a person’s exercise, diet, weight, stress, alcohol intake and stimulant use. 

Once a patient gets into stage one hypertension, or the lifestyle changes do not work, medication is considered. Other illnesses could also be screened for as a cause of the elevated or high blood pressure. 

“The trend that we will likely see is that more physicians or doctors will be prescribing more medication because we prescribe guidelines-based therapies,” Zuidema said.

Once a patient gets their blood pressure numbers down below 120/80, that will decrease complications overall from high blood pressure.


Zuidema said under these new guidelines, doctors are checking blood pressure a lot more to be sure the elevated or high blood pressure does not go unnoticed.

“If you have elevated blood pressure when you go into a doctor’s office, the guidelines specifically want us to look at that,” Zuidema said. “We’ve always called it white-coat hypertension.”

Zuidema said the new guidelines are stricter for doctors and require more check-ups for patients with hypertension – potentially as often as once a month. She said now cardiologists will look closer at those at-home numbers. This could require patients to get blood pressure monitoring equipment for the home.

“The more frequent we check our blood pressures, the more likely we will be able to determine if we do have elevated blood pressure and then make, initially, lifestyle changes,” Zuidema said.


The American Heart Association’s guidelines stated that a multi-ethnic study found the odds of developing hypertension over a person’s lifetime was higher for African Americans and Hispanics.

A study mentioned in the guidelines also found about 90 percent of adults who did not have hypertension at age 55 or 65 developed hypertension in their lifetime.

For adults age 45 without hypertension, the 40-year-risk for developing it ranged from 84 to 93 percent, depending on ethnic groups.

The American Heart Association said these estimates were based off of the old 140/90 guideline and would have been higher if the studies were done based off of the 130/80 guideline.

Permalink| Comments

Tests checking for asbestos in charred St. Louis warehouse http://www.komu.com/news/tests-checking-for-asbestos-in-charred-st-louis-warehouse/ http://www.komu.com/news/tests-checking-for-asbestos-in-charred-st-louis-warehouse/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 1:17:47 PM The Associated Press Tests checking for asbestos in charred St. Louis warehouse

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Officials are testing for asbestos among the debris left from a massive St. Louis warehouse fire.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that federal Environmental Protection Agency personnel and contractors gathered samples Friday in areas around the collapsed remains of Park Warehouse Service.

EPA on-scene coordinator Heath Smith says test results would be available by Monday.

Smith says the charred debris does not necessarily present a hazard, but advised nearby residents not to touch it until further notice.

The agency was prompted to look into asbestos concerns after requests for testing were relayed through the St. Louis Department of Health and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The fire broke out Wednesday, with smoke visible for miles. It took fire crews until Thursday to extinguish the flames.

Permalink| Comments

Prosecutor declines to charge pilot accused of having gun http://www.komu.com/news/prosecutor-declines-to-charge-pilot-accused-of-having-gun-91245/ http://www.komu.com/news/prosecutor-declines-to-charge-pilot-accused-of-having-gun-91245/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 1:07:54 PM The Associated Press Prosecutor declines to charge pilot accused of having gun

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri prosecutor will not file criminal charges against a Southwest Airlines pilot arrested after Transportation Security Administration agents found a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage before his flight left St. Louis Lambert Airport.

Ed Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch, said Friday that the pilot will not be charged because there is no proof that he knowingly carried the firearm into the secure area of the airport.

The 51-year-old pilot's name has not been released. The TSA says he was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon. Local police were alerted around 4:45 a.m. and took possession of a 9 mm Smith & Wesson M&P Shield that was loaded with seven rounds of ammunition.

Permalink| Comments

St. Louis mechanic shot in dispute over car repair http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-mechanic-shot-in-dispute-over-car-repair/ http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-mechanic-shot-in-dispute-over-car-repair/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:59:16 PM The Associated Press St. Louis mechanic shot in dispute over car repair

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man is facing charges for allegedly shooting a mechanic in a dispute over repairs to his vehicle.

KTVI-TV reports that 34-year-old Shaun Lewis was charged Thursday with assault and armed criminal action. The victim is recovering in a hospital after having his spleen removed.

Court documents say Lewis went to Complete Automotive Repair on Nov. 8 and shot the owner.

Permalink| Comments

Holiday season set to begin at Kansas City's Union Station http://www.komu.com/news/holiday-season-set-to-begin-at-kansas-city-s-union-station/ http://www.komu.com/news/holiday-season-set-to-begin-at-kansas-city-s-union-station/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:55:19 PM The Associated Press Holiday season set to begin at Kansas City's Union Station

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Christmas holiday begins this weekend at Union Station in Kansas City.

The station will offer a day full of family activities Saturday, ending with a holiday lighting ceremony.

The program will include activities such as arts activities and music, while Aerialists, silk dancers, 8-feet tall reindeer and huge inflatable ornaments decorate the hall.

The holiday kickoff will culminate at 6:30 p.m., when the station will be illuminated with colorful lights. And a holiday favorite, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, will be running in the Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre throughout the day.

For the first time, the station will provide an Astro Botanical Garden, an inflatable sculpture garden in the Haverty Family Yards. It will include eight inflatable sculptures between 8 and 15 feet tall that will "grow" as they inflate.

Permalink| Comments

Missouri seeks input on how to spend $41M from Volkswagen http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-seeks-input-on-how-to-spend-41m-from-volkswagen/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-seeks-input-on-how-to-spend-41m-from-volkswagen/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:41:16 PM The Associated Press Missouri seeks input on how to spend $41M from Volkswagen

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The state of Missouri is looking for input on how to spend $41 million from a national settlement with Volkswagen over the automaker's emissions cheating scandal.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that options include buying electric vehicles and electric charging stations for the state.

Missouri got the money after it was discovered that Volkswagen violated federal clean air laws by equipping diesel vehicles with devices to cheat emissions tests. The German company settled with the U.S. Department of Justice for $14 billion in 2016.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources now is holding public hearings across the state to gather residents' input on what to do with the state's share of the settlement money. 

Upcoming hearings are scheduled for Nov. 30 in Springfield and Dec. 7 in Jefferson City.

Permalink| Comments

Granny Basketball League tips off against Missouri State Highway Patrol http://www.komu.com/news/granny-basketball-league-tips-off-against-missouri-state-highway-patrol/ http://www.komu.com/news/granny-basketball-league-tips-off-against-missouri-state-highway-patrol/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:14:22 PM Kevin Ko, KOMU 8 Reporter Granny Basketball League tips off against Missouri State Highway Patrol

COLUMBIA - If experience is important for success in sports, basketball players worldwide have much to learn from the Granny Basketball League.

On Saturday, the league (consisting of 28 teams throughout the Midwest, including 3 from Missouri) came together for a Granny Basketball game against the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Smithton Middle School.

All proceeds from the event went directly to 'Child Care Aware for Missouri,' which organizers said was "around $4,000." The event also included a silent auction and a raffle for hundreds in cash, which a trooper won and immediately donated towards the game's cause.

It was the second game of Granny Basketball played between the two organizations. In the previous and inaugural against the highway patrol, the Granny Basketball League won.

Capt. Roger Whittler, the director of the Career Recruitment Division at the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said his team looked forward to the grudge match.

"We've got a couple people that we feel are going to be more instrumental this time as compared to last time. Those folks are prepared to give them a good match," Whittler said. "Hopefully we'll come out on top for the first time."

Whittler said troopers were unprepared for the Granny Basketball League's unique rules, including no jumping or running, only two dribbles allowed for each player per possession and all underhand shots -- commonly-known as "granny shots" resulting in 3 points.

The highway patrol also plays with a few restrictions, including only being allowed to use their non-dominant hand while their dominant hand is covered with an oven mitt.

Whittler also said while the highway patrol looked forward to redemption, the troopers' participation went beyond wins or losses.

"Child Care Aware [of Missouri] invited us to play Granny Basketball in their league, and we see it as an outstanding opportunity to engage with the community - to show that troopers are actually members of the community and that we enjoy interacting with the community on a regular basis," Whittler said.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol did what it couldn't do in the last game against the grannies: win. The final score of 28-24 tied the series up at 1-1. Players on both teams said they're looking forward to the next game, which determines the leading-team in the series.

"I'd really like to thank the highway patrol (they're super good sports about this), I want to thank the grannies who have been willing to come out and raise money for children, and I want to thank the staff of Child Care Aware [of Missouri] for everything they've done," Carter said.

To see Granny Basketball in action, click here for the Granny Basketball League calendar.

Permalink| Comments

Holiday festival promotes local vendors and supports charities http://www.komu.com/news/holiday-festival-promotes-local-vendors-and-supports-charities/ http://www.komu.com/news/holiday-festival-promotes-local-vendors-and-supports-charities/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:42:11 AM Matt Schmittdiel, KOMU 8 Reporter Holiday festival promotes local vendors and supports charities

COLUMBIA- The Columbia Holiday Festival is giving local vendors a platform to support mid-Missouri charities this weekend.

The Holiday Inn is hosting the event at its Executive Center expo venue. All ages are welcome.

Kathy Baker, co-owner of the Holiday Inn, said they couldn't let this festival go after the first host of the event decided to move on.

"For many years we had the King’s daughter holiday festival," Baker said." They moved on to other ventures after 20 years, and we decided the festival was too important to let it die. We struck out on our own and have some wonderful vendors here today."

The classic Christmas essentials can be found around the venue along with tasty treats, the latest fashion trends and other decorations.

Food and a bar can be found in the expo center if anyone wants to fill an empty stomach. The festival encourages kids to come and meet Santa Claus and take pictures in a photo booth.

The tickets for Saturday and Sunday cost five dollars at the door. However, the festival isn't just about selling food and goods.

"We are giving half of all the proceeds of the ticket sales for all days to each of our charities and you can designate which charity you would like to receive the funds," Baker said.

The charities partnered with the festival are Missouri Honor Flight, Central Missouri Humane Society, Pascale's Pals and The Boys and Girls Club of Columbia.

It is a great way to kick off the holidays, start you Christmas shopping," Baker said. "I know lots of people shop all year long, but the real season of it can begin with this festival. It is a great tradition for Columbia and lots of great Christmas music will be on. It’ll just be a fun time."

The festival is open on Saturday until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Permalink| Comments

Columbia Police investigating early morning car accident http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-police-investigating-early-morning-car-accident/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-police-investigating-early-morning-car-accident/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 7:53:34 AM Daniel Perreault, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia Police investigating early morning car accident

COLUMBIA - Columbia police and fire department units responded to reports of an overturned car at Grayson Cottages early Saturday morning.

The units were dispatched to Nifong Blvd. just before 3:30 a.m.

According to Columbia Police officers on the scene, no one was seriously injured in the crash and one person was detained.

Police said their investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Permalink| Comments

Shots fired at Ninth and Cherry Streets in downtown Columbia http://www.komu.com/news/shots-fired-at-ninth-and-cherry-streets-in-downtown-columbia/ http://www.komu.com/news/shots-fired-at-ninth-and-cherry-streets-in-downtown-columbia/ Continuous News Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:49:50 AM Spencer Humphrey, KOMU 8 Reporter and Annie Hammock, KOMU Interactive Director Shots fired at Ninth and Cherry Streets in downtown Columbia

COLUMBIA - Shots were fired in downtown Columbia early Saturday morning in an area typically packed with late night celebrants.

Witnesses said they saw a small group of people arguing, with shots ringing out shortly after.

“I was just outside of Silverball. We were standing there, and then we heard POP POP POP POP POP, like six or seven gunshots,” witness Nick Dulak said.

Columbia Police responded just after midnight. Officers taped off Ninth Street between Broadway and Cherry Street, where they found shell casings.

Blood was also visible at the scene, but officers could not confirm it it was related to the shots fired call.

“We have not found any victims, nobody has identified themself as a victim at this point,” Sgt. Clint Sinclair said. “We don’t know if the blood is from someone being shot or if it’s something else”

The tweets below were sent by our reporter shortly after he arriving downtown and show the heavy police presence in photos and video.

Columbia Police are responding to a shooting on 9th street in Downtown Columbia. 9th Street is closed between Broadway and Cherry Street. @KOMUnews pic.twitter.com/KrPKlHZ9RS

— Spencer Humphrey (@theSpencerJH) November 18, 2017

Permalink| Comments

Crash on Stadium sends one to hospital http://www.komu.com/news/crash-on-stadium-sends-one-to-hospital/ http://www.komu.com/news/crash-on-stadium-sends-one-to-hospital/ Continuous News Fri, 17 Nov 2017 9:12:13 PM Matt Schmittdiel, KOMU 8 Reporter Crash on Stadium sends one to hospital

COLUMBIA - One person was hurt in a crash on Stadium Boulevard at the intersections of East Pointe Road and Audubon Drive.

Two vehicles were involved and each had to be towed from the scene.

The crash closed down one lane of westbound Stadium Boulevard for about 20 minutes, before tow trucks arrived and cleared the scene.

Columbia Police officers said they believed one car ran through a red light, but are still investigating.

The condition of the injured driver was unknown as of 9 p.m. Friday night.

Permalink| Comments

Fire burns roof at research center on MU campus http://www.komu.com/news/fire-burns-roof-at-research-center-on-mu-campus/ http://www.komu.com/news/fire-burns-roof-at-research-center-on-mu-campus/ Continuous News Fri, 17 Nov 2017 8:19:52 PM MacKenzie Huck, KOMU 8 Reporter Fire burns roof at research center on MU campus

COLUMBIA - The Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center off Providence Road caught fire Friday night.

A division chief said crews found flames in an attic space under the roof. They were able to get it completely put out.

A witness on the scene said this was the second time this week that alarms have gone off in the building. She said she smelled smoke Friday morning, but had not when the alarms went off earlier this week.

At one point Friday evening people were let into the building to get their keys, but seconds later the fire chief said they needed to come back out.

One fireman said there was a haze of smoke in the building. He said crews spent much of their time focusing on the second and third floor.

No word yet on the cause of the fire.

Permalink| Comments

MU Extension's county councils now accepting nominations http://www.komu.com/news/mu-extension-s-county-councils-now-accepting-nominations/ http://www.komu.com/news/mu-extension-s-county-councils-now-accepting-nominations/ Continuous News Fri, 17 Nov 2017 6:52:24 PM Claire Kopsky, KOMU 8 News Reporter MU Extension's county councils now accepting nominations

COLUMBIA - Each of Missouri’s counties are slating new council members for their MU Extension County Council.

The councils comprises ten to twenty members over the age of 18 who live in the county.

MU Extension County Program Director for Boone County, Kent Shannon, said nominees should “have a passion about the University of Missouri, have a passion about the community as a whole and want to serve the citizens of the state by putting out educational resources to try and help folks in the community.” 

Councils work in conjunction with the county commission and then the county commission appropriates some funding to the county Extension office. 

The goal of the councils are to listen to community concerns, implement educational opportunities to address those issues and also raise concerns to Missouri lawmakers. 

Extension programming has been active in Missouri since 1914. The councils began in 1955.

Roger Morrison, who is on the Boone County council, said he has enjoyed his service.

“I’ve learned much more about the agriculture across Boone County," he said. "The depth and breadth of subject matter that’s involved is great.”

Morrison spoke about the Extension legislative day, which occurs every February.

“A number of extension council members will discuss items of business as well as make contacts for throughout the year," he said. "We feel it is a beneficial conversation.”

Nominations for council members are being accepted by each county’s MU Extension office during the next few weeks. Boone County’s deadline is Dec. 1, but every county is different.

People in each county will have the opportunity to vote on the slated members for the 2018-2020 term through an online system in January.

Permalink| Comments