KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com News News en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:12:25 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Police say DNA links man to 2011 Springfield rape http://www.komu.com/news/police-say-dna-links-man-to-2011-springfield-rape/ http://www.komu.com/news/police-say-dna-links-man-to-2011-springfield-rape/ News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:05:10 PM Associated Press Police say DNA links man to 2011 Springfield rape

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Southwest Missouri authorities have charged a man with raping a woman nearly a year after he was ordered deported from the U.S.

Thirty-year-old David Baquedano-Martinez, of Honduras, was charged Thursday in Greene County with raping a Springfield woman in February 2011.

The Springfield News-Leader reported a federal judge issued an order for removal for Baquedano-Martnez in March 2010, but he was not removed until August 2011.

Documents said Baquedano-Martinez had re-entered the country after being deported. He was in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service in New York earlier this year when a DNA sample was taken. Authorities said the sample matched a rape kit swab taken after the woman was raped.

Online court records don't list a lawyer for Baquedano-Martinez, who's being held on a $250,000 bond.

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Runners wear jingle bells to fight Arthritis http://www.komu.com/news/runners-wear-jingle-bells-to-fight-arthritis/ http://www.komu.com/news/runners-wear-jingle-bells-to-fight-arthritis/ News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:05:05 PM KOMU 8 Reporter, Claire Kopsky Runners wear jingle bells to fight Arthritis
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Arthritis Foundation in Missouri is set to raise $40,000.
Since August, supporters have signed up to run in the annual Jingle Bell run in December. 500 runners came out to Stephens College on Saturday to run the 5K in below freezing temperatures. Some participants ran on a team to support a specific family or friend, while others were there to support the foundation as a whole.
New Executive Director Cheri Fitts said, "Many of the teams usually have a loved one, a family or friend that they’re running for. Some even have a sticker on them that say who they’re running for and they’re very passionate about finding a cure someday for Arthritis.”
Fitts said the foundation found Arthritis affects one out of every five people in America and is the number one cause of disability in the United States.
Runners were encouraged to deck out in Christmas spirit and especially jingle bells to show their support. Fitts shared why this run is more than dressing up.
"We want to not only fund research to help find a cure, hope for a cure, for those suffering from arthritis right now but then we want to support the services that we provide to people that have arthritis and help with those challenges that they have every day right now as well,” Fitts said.
To help the Arthritis Foundation reach their $40,000 goal, visit their website. 

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Columbia plant would have little environmental impact http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-plant-would-have-little-environmental-impact/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-plant-would-have-little-environmental-impact/ News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:09:26 AM Associated Press Columbia plant would have little environmental impact

COLUMBIA (AP) — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said a proposed medical radioactive isotope plant in Columbia would have little environmental impact.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported the plant, which would be operated by Northwest Medical Isotopes, would partner with the University of Missouri Research Reactor. They would produce an element known as Molybdenum-99 that is used in nuclear medicine to diagnose life-threatening diseases.

The commission's environmental impact statement concedes the plant could present a "small threat" to the area watershed by increasing runoff by changing fields to surfaces such as rooftops and paved roads.

But the report said the site of the plant is far enough away from Gans Creek and other bodies of water that a significant impact to water quality is unlikely.

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Outgoing Missouri governor grants 15 pardons http://www.komu.com/news/outgoing-missouri-governor-grants-15-pardons/ http://www.komu.com/news/outgoing-missouri-governor-grants-15-pardons/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 8:50:05 PM The Associated Press Outgoing Missouri governor grants 15 pardons

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's outgoing Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is giving clemency to 15 people convicted of drug-related crimes or theft.

Nixon on Friday announced the pardons. Those granted clemency were convicted of crimes including selling marijuana, stealing and burglary. Many went on to work or attend school. Those granted clemency also include Vietnam veterans, a pastor and retirees.

Nixon during his nearly eight years in office has granted a total of 76 pardons. He's commuted the sentences of three incarcerated offenders.

Granting a pardon restores rights but doesn't expunge criminal records. Commutations shorten sentences.

Nixon's most recent round of pardons came during his final weeks in office before Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens takes over in January. Nixon has granted 62 pardons this year.

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Missouri to pay $2 million to settle discrimination lawsuit http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-to-pay-2-million-to-settle-discrimination-lawsuit/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-to-pay-2-million-to-settle-discrimination-lawsuit/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 8:36:46 PM The Associated Press Missouri to pay $2 million to settle discrimination lawsuit

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A former director of Missouri's unemployment benefits agency has agreed to a $2 million settlement to drop a discrimination lawsuit against Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

Settlement documents provided Friday under open-records laws show the state is to pay $1.2 million to Gracia Backer and an additional $800,000 to her attorneys at Roger Brown and Associates.

Backer claimed she was fired in March 2013 as director of the Employment Security Division in retaliation for complaining to the governor's office about her boss, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Larry Rebman. Backer had alleged that Rebman was creating a hostile work environment and discriminating against older female employees.

Rebman denied the allegations.

The settlement includes no admission of wrongdoing and says Backer cannot reapply for a state job.

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Victim of deadly 1982 attack lobbies for inmate's freedom http://www.komu.com/news/victim-of-deadly-1982-attack-lobbies-for-inmate-s-freedom-83733/ http://www.komu.com/news/victim-of-deadly-1982-attack-lobbies-for-inmate-s-freedom-83733/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 8:27:25 PM The Associated Press Victim of deadly 1982 attack lobbies for inmate's freedom

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A woman assaulted as a girl during a 1982 attack that killed her mother wants Missouri's governor to free the man imprisoned the past three decades for the crimes, insisting he's innocent.

Melissa Neal DeBoer, now 42, wrote in an application for executive commutation to Gov. Jay Nixon this week that she's "heartbroken" that her now-recanted testimony helped convict Rodney Lincoln.

Seventy-two-year-old Lincoln has served 33 years of a life sentence since being convicted of manslaughter in the 1982 death of 35-year-old JoAnn Tate, who was killed in her home. Her two young daughters, including DeBoer at the age of 7, were assaulted.

Lincoln, originally was charged with capital murder, consistently has professed his innocence.

A Nixon spokesman, Scott Holste, said any commutation applications Nixon gets are reviewed.


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Christmas festival gets people prepared for parade http://www.komu.com/news/christmas-festival-gets-people-prepared-for-parade/ http://www.komu.com/news/christmas-festival-gets-people-prepared-for-parade/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 8:20:10 PM Emma Frazier, KOMU 8 Reporter Christmas festival gets people prepared for parade

HOLTS SUMMIT - The Holts Summit Lions Club is hosting the second annual Christmas Festival Saturday before the start of the city's Christmas Parade.

"We did this last year for the first time right before the Holts Summit Christmas Parade," said Melissa Anderson, secretary of the Holts Summit Lions Club. "We'll have free hot chocolate, coffee, cookies, crafts, Christmas music. The Holts Summit Girl Scouts will be here to help with things. It's just a lot of fun and up close parking at the beginning of the parade route."

Anderson said the festival is just one way the Lions Club stays involved in the community.

"The Lions are here to provide help and service in our community, and the more things that we can do to help involve our community and help involve our children and let them know that there's people out there that care and want them to succeed in life, even better," Anderson said.

The Lions Club is also holding a toy drive, so people can bring donations to the festival. The festival starts at 11:30 AM on Saturday, and the parade starts at 2 PM.

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Suits over alleged harassment in Missouri prisons spur audit http://www.komu.com/news/suits-over-alleged-harassment-in-missouri-prisons-spur-audit/ http://www.komu.com/news/suits-over-alleged-harassment-in-missouri-prisons-spur-audit/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 8:16:29 PM The Associated Press Suits over alleged harassment in Missouri prisons spur audit

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway said she's reviewing state legal payments following reports of harassment and employee lawsuits in the Department of Corrections.

Galloway on Friday announced the audit of the state's Legal Expense Fund, which is used to make settlement payments.

The Democrat said reports from The Pitch over sexual harassment and discrimination among prison employees spurred the review. But she said the audit will cover employee lawsuits throughout the state workforce.

The alternative weekly paper first reported that Missouri between 2012 and 2016 paid more than $7.5 million on settlements and judgments related to those alleging harassment and retaliation.

A Department of Corrections spokesman has said sexual harassment training is mandatory for employees and supervisors.

Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson earlier this week called for an investigation.

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Missouri Gov. Nixon to work as lawyer after term ends http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-gov-nixon-to-work-as-lawyer-after-term-ends/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-gov-nixon-to-work-as-lawyer-after-term-ends/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 7:58:34 PM The Associated Press Missouri Gov. Nixon to work as lawyer after term ends

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will work as a private attorney at a suburban St. Louis law firm when his term ends in January.

Nixon spokesman Scott Holste confirmed on Friday that the outgoing governor will work for the Dowd Bennett firm in Clayton.

Nixon's new job first was reported by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

The Democratic governor was barred by term limits from seeking re-election this year and will be succeeded Jan. 9 by Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens.

Nixon received his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

He practiced law in DeSoto before being elected in 1986 to the Missouri Senate and has been in public office since then. He served 16 years as attorney general before winning election as governor in 2008.


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Death of 19-year-old under investigation http://www.komu.com/news/death-of-19-year-old-under-investigation/ http://www.komu.com/news/death-of-19-year-old-under-investigation/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 7:52:30 PM The Associated Press Death of 19-year-old under investigation

SIKESTON (AP) — Police are investigating the shooting death of a high school student in southeast Missouri.

KFVS-TV reports that the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Cole Kirkpatrick of Scott County was reported as an accident. Kirkpatrick died Thursday night after being shot in the head with a shotgun.

No further details about the shooting or the investigation have been released.

All schools in in the Scott County Central School District closed at noon Friday in the wake of Kirkpatrick's death. Kirkpatrick was a senior at Scott County Central High School.

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Boone County house fire forces family from home http://www.komu.com/news/boone-county-house-fire-forces-family-from-home/ http://www.komu.com/news/boone-county-house-fire-forces-family-from-home/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 5:17:42 PM Katie Pylipow, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Boone County house fire forces family from home

BOONE COUNTY - A fire forced a family to evacuate its Boone County home Friday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to the house fire at 4951 Wolfe Road West around 3:30 p.m. As of 5 p.m., the home was still smoking.

Officials said the fire started in the kitchen and then grew heavily, damaging the roof. 

Firefighters said no one was hurt in the incident.

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Holts Summit man charged with multiple felonies in domestic dispute http://www.komu.com/news/holts-summit-man-charged-with-multiple-felonies-in-domestic-dispute/ http://www.komu.com/news/holts-summit-man-charged-with-multiple-felonies-in-domestic-dispute/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 4:52:36 PM Katie Pylipow, KOMU 8 Digital Prodcuer Holts Summit man charged with multiple felonies in domestic dispute

CALLAWAY COUNTY - Prosecutors charged a Holts Summit man with multiple felonies Friday in connection to a domestic dispute.

The Callaway County prosecuting attorney charged 33-year-old James P. Harrison with armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, burglary and domestic assault.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance in the 1700 block of Lee Street Thursday night. When they arrived, they said Harrison fled the scene. They later found him in Jefferson City and took him into custody.

Investigators said Harrison was unlawfully staying at a family member's home. He also threatened people with a firearm and assaulted a family member, according to officials.



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Congress aims to hold campus sexual assault offenders accountable http://www.komu.com/news/congress-aims-to-hold-campus-sexual-assault-offenders-accountable/ http://www.komu.com/news/congress-aims-to-hold-campus-sexual-assault-offenders-accountable/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 3:25:22 PM Abby Breidenbach, KOMU 8 Reporter Congress aims to hold campus sexual assault offenders accountable

COLUMBIA - Many students worry their peers won't pay appropriately for a sexual misconduct offense. A bill being introduced to Congress might calm their nerves.

Right now, if a student is expelled for sexual misconduct, in every state, apart from Virginia and New York, there is nothing requiring documentation of the discipline on a transcript. 

"The act itself is appalling, but what I think is more appalling is what happens afterward," said an MU student, Katie Goodwin.

She doesn't think sexual attackers are being punished as severely as they should for their actions.

"If a new school or a new job has to know that a student cheats on his tests, they should know that he has a history of violating his peers," Goodwin said.

Her fear is a recurring theme in which one attacker moves from school to school after expulsion, committing the same offenses everywhere. She said she thinks this bill could stop those people in their tracks before harming multiple victims.

This bill, introduced by a California representative, would make it so a student's transcript had to state if he or she was expelled because of sexual misconduct. This way the student could not have a clean slate when looking to apply to a new school or for entry-level jobs. 

Kate Marxkors is a volunteer at True North, a local women's shelter. She said that victims are often more comfortable going to a campus official than to law enforcement, and this bill could punish those who were not brought in court.

One student, Thomas Martin, addressed the possible negative impacts on an attacker's future. 

"This could possible ruin their lives. It might make people less likely to hire them down the road, but they decided to ruin somebody else's life already," said Martin.

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After record tourism, Missouri boosts funding for 2017 http://www.komu.com/news/after-record-tourism-missouri-boosts-funding-for-2017/ http://www.komu.com/news/after-record-tourism-missouri-boosts-funding-for-2017/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 2:35:25 PM Ming Ma, KOMU 8 Reporter After record tourism, Missouri boosts funding for 2017

COLUMBIA - Gov. Jay Nixon announced recently visitors to the state and tourism spending are at an all-time high for fiscal year 2016.  

According to a news release, the FY16 annual impact report by Tourism Economics, a division of Oxford Economics, showed Missouri had 41.7 million visitors, a 3.2 percent increase from the previous record of 40.4 million in Fiscal Year 2015.

"Each year, the Missouri Division of Tourism releases the information about the number of visitors to our state and also the economic impact that they have," Megan McConachie, the strategic communications manager of Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, said.

Based on the report, the tourism industry had a $16.5 billion economic impact on Missouri in FY16, a increase from the previous fiscal year of $15.9 billion. During Nixon's administration, tourism's total economic impact in Missouri state has increased by 34 percent. 

McConachie said she's glad to see the number of tourists is going up especially in Columbia. 

"Tourism is definitely growing in Columbia," McConachie said. "We measure a lot of our hotel tax revenues, those continue to go up; and all of our festivals and events, those keep seeing an increased attendance; and we're also seeing an increase of meetings, conventions, leisure travelers. So all of our tourism in Columbia is going up."

McConachie said those revenues from tourism will help local businesses and jobs as well as people's quality of life. 

Communications Manager of the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau Katherine Reed wrote in an email  that the city had more than 594,280 visitors in 2016 in Jefferson City, which is over 63,000 more than visited in 2015 and double the amount that visited in 2014. 

"I think the strengthening economy as well as low gas prices definitely play a part in the amount of visitation to Jefferson City," Reed wrote in the email. "We are a 'drive to' city, and these factors influence our visitors' decision to plan a trip to our community."

Looking at the big picture in Missouri, Reed said she believes the Missouri Division of Tourism focused much of its marketing efforts this year on the outdoors, which helped increase visitation to the many state parks and outdoor attractions including the Katy Trail.

"Sports tourism is also continuing to grow with new state-of-the art facilities popping in several cities, as well as the film industry taking off with productions such as Gone Girl filmed in Cape Girardeau," Reed wrote in the email. 

According to a news release, under Nixon’s administration, the Missouri Division of Tourism has awarded $25.6 million dollars in matching grants to local destination marketing organizations. The FY17 budget follows the governor’s recommendation to include an additional $3 million to expand the Division of Tourism’s marketing efforts to bring more visitors to Missouri. 

"We just always continue to try to find out what's new, so that we can make sure that we're promoting that to our potential visitors," McConachie said.

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Two men suffer serious injuries in head on crash http://www.komu.com/news/two-men-suffer-serious-injuries-in-head-on-crash/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-men-suffer-serious-injuries-in-head-on-crash/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 2:26:48 PM Katie Pylipow, KOMU 8 Digital Prodcuer Two men suffer serious injuries in head on crash

JEFFERSON CITY - Two men suffered serious injuries in a head-on crash on Highway 50 Friday morning, the Jefferson City Police Department said.

Officers said 21-year-old Kyle Edwards was traveling east when he tried to change lanes. He lost control of his car and hit a semi truck. Edwards then crossed the median where he was hit on head on by an SUV driven by 18-year-old Travis Henke, police said.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

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UM System releases report on savings http://www.komu.com/news/um-system-releases-report-on-savings/ http://www.komu.com/news/um-system-releases-report-on-savings/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 1:56:01 PM Zach Groppe, KOMU 8 Reporter UM System releases report on savings

COLUMBIA – The University of Missouri System came out with a report Thursday that shows how much the system saves on costs at the four schools and UM Health Care System.

The Efficiencies and Effectiveness report included an analysis that shows what the cost would be for the four universities to replicate services provided by the system to them.

“This report specifically had an analysis that showed that it would cost an additional 80 to 90 million dollars annually for the campuses collectively to replicate the services currently provided by the UM System,” University of Missouri System Assistant Director for Strategic Communications Kelly Wiemann said.

Other things the system provides to all schools are cooperative academic programs, serve as a unified voice for higher education in Missouri, and ensure that all 4 campuses and health system can meet corporate responsibilities through shared services.

“All the finance functions that are necessary to run a multi-billion-dollar enterprise, that includes budget and planning, accounting, facilities planning and development, management services, supply chain, treasury, by performing these treasury functions at the system level centrally that saves, right there, 10.1 million dollars a year,” Wiemann said.

Wiemann also said the system spends 39 percent less than other schools, which allows the system to focus on and put more money into the academics the system provides.

“With the cost savings that we’re able to generate from these proficiencies we’re able to allot more of our resources directly to our academic mission. Our teaching. Our research. Our service and our economic development,” Wiemann said.

She also said that even with this report the system will continue to look for more opportunities to reduce administrative costs.

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3 arrested in connection to threat at Cape Central High http://www.komu.com/news/3-arrested-in-connection-to-threat-at-cape-central-high/ http://www.komu.com/news/3-arrested-in-connection-to-threat-at-cape-central-high/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 1:32:20 PM The Associated Press 3 arrested in connection to threat at Cape Central High

CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — Three juveniles have been arrested in connection with a threat to a southeast Missouri high school.

Cape Girardeau police said in a release three students at Cape Girardeau Central High School were taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of making a violent threat at the school.

The Southeast Missourian reported an investigation into a possible threat of violence began late Tuesday.

School officials declined to comment on the nature of the threat.

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Under new federal guidelines, fewer stores might accept food stamps http://www.komu.com/news/under-new-federal-guidelines-fewer-stores-might-accept-food-stamps/ http://www.komu.com/news/under-new-federal-guidelines-fewer-stores-might-accept-food-stamps/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 1:03:54 PM Kristen Reesor, KOMU 8 Reporter Under new federal guidelines, fewer stores might accept food stamps

COLUMBIA - In an effort to increase access to healthy food choices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new standards for retailers in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, Thursday.

This change might affect more than 770,000 Missourians who use food stamps. 

The updated regulations increase the amount and variety of staple foods retailers must carry. Specifically, stores need to provide at least seven varieties of food in four categories: vegetable or fruits; dairy products; meat, poultry or fish; and bread or cereals.

The minimum number of items is 12, but starting in about a year, it jumps to 84. If a store doesn't increase its stock, customers can no longer use food stamps to buy products at the store. 

What might cause issues is how the regulations classify items. For example, apples, carrots and pears will be considered three separate items. But two different kinds of cereals will still be considered the same item, because they contain a similar main ingredient.

In addition to supermarkets, dozens of gas stations and convenience stores in Columbia accept food stamps. 

A Phillips 66 sales clerk, Cal Murray, said he thinks the store will adapt to the new requirements. "We have pretty much everything that they say," he said. "Everything but, like, meats and stuff like that, but I'm pretty sure we're just gonna get sliced meats."

Murray said he thinks offering more variety of SNAP-eligible foods will boost sales. He said, "A lot of times people don't really want to spend too much, so they kind of get a bare minimum of stuff and it's not, like, great, so if there's more variety of stuff to choose from, I feel like they're going to be more willing to buy other stuff."

But under the new regulations, many gas stations might not remain eligible. According to the USDA press release, "Changes to the definition of accessory foods ensure that stores are not able to participate in SNAP by selling primarily snack foods." The department lists desserts, spices, most beverages, seasonings and snacks as accessory food items. 

Deanne Stubblefield, the family development supervisor at Central Missouri Community Action, said the updated standards will have positive and negative consequences. "If they're not able to access more of what is considered unhealthy-type things, like chips and soda and whatnot, [that] could be a plus," she said.

But, she also said, "For those that potentially lack transportation or those types of things, maybe a convenience store or gas station is the closest that they're able to walk to or to get to, where they may not have a large selection of things." 

Accessing SNAP-eligible food could be a problem for people who live in food deserts, locations that don't have easy access to fresh or healthy foods.

"The concern is: Do those individuals have access to be able to get to a grocery store, or what we would consider a traditional grocery store, or is the only thing in their area or close for them to be able to get to what we would consider more of the convenience type store where you see more of the accessory type foods?," Stubblefield said.

Stubblefield said people might have to rely on friends to drive them to the store or pay for a taxi, but they might not have the funds to pay for gas or a taxi fare.

"The intention is always meant to be a good one, but there's always gonna be drawbacks," she said. 

The USDA does provide an exception for stores that do not meet the required criteria. If the store is in an isolated or underserved community, it might still be considered eligible. The final rule can be found here.

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Victim of deadly 1982 attack lobbies for inmate's freedom http://www.komu.com/news/victim-of-deadly-1982-attack-lobbies-for-inmate-s-freedom/ http://www.komu.com/news/victim-of-deadly-1982-attack-lobbies-for-inmate-s-freedom/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 12:28:38 PM The Associated Press Victim of deadly 1982 attack lobbies for inmate's freedom

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A woman assaulted as a girl during a 1982 attack that killed her mother wants Missouri's governor to free the man imprisoned the past three decades for the crimes, insisting he's innocent.

Melissa Neal DeBoer, now 42, wrote in an application for executive commutation to Gov. Jay Nixon she's "heartbroken" that her now-recanted testimony helped convict Rodney Lincoln.

Seventy-two-year-old Lincoln has served 33 years of a life sentence since being convicted of manslaughter in the 1982 death of 35-year-old JoAnn Tate, who was killed in her home. Her two young daughters, including DeBoer at the age of 7, were assaulted.

Lincoln, originally was charged with capital murder, consistently has professed his innocence.

A message left Friday with a Nixon spokesman was not immediately returned.

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Man convicted of shooting 2 officers during Ferguson protest http://www.komu.com/news/man-convicted-of-shooting-2-officers-during-ferguson-protest/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-convicted-of-shooting-2-officers-during-ferguson-protest/ News Fri, 9 Dec 2016 12:22:20 PM The Associated Press Man convicted of shooting 2 officers during Ferguson protest

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of shooting two police officers during a 2015 protest in Ferguson, Missouri.

The St. Louis County jury deliberated about two hours Thursday night before finding Jeffrey Williams guilty of two counts of assault, three counts of armed criminal action and one count of shooting from a vehicle. Sentencing was set for January.

Williams' attorney said Friday that an appeal is planned.

The shooting happened in March 2015 during one of many protests that followed the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August 2014. Bullets struck a Webster Groves officer in the face and a St. Louis County officer in the shoulder. Both survived, but the Webster Groves officer left the department due to his injury.

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