KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com News News en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:02:36 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 North Callaway moves to a four-day school week http://www.komu.com/news/north-callaway-moves-to-a-four-day-school-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/north-callaway-moves-to-a-four-day-school-week/ News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 4:39:59 PM Amber Sipe, KOMU 8 Reporter North Callaway moves to a four-day school week

KINGDOM CITY - The North Callaway R-1 School District decided to move to a four-day school week for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Superintendent Dr. Bryan Thomsen said the district looked at four factors throughout this process: the impact on student achievement, financial impact, the fit for the community and the impact on staff.

Thomsen said because of a decreased amount of state funding from the State of Missouri they need to make adjustments.

"Based on our situation and our research a combination of both a levy increase and a four-day school week would put us in the best position to provide the best educational experience for all our students and families,” said Thomsen.

According to a press release, the district asked parents how they felt about a four-day school week. Nearly 66 percent of parents supported the change, 21.3 percent were undecided and 13 percent were against it.

The district is currently working on all the details of how they will operate day to day.

According to the release, the district anticipates saving around one percent, $100,000, of its total yearly budget.

The next step in addressing the district’s financial needs is to start working on an operating levy to be placed on the ballot in the future. 


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3 arrested after LGBTQ rally in St. Louis http://www.komu.com/news/3-arrested-after-lgbtq-rally-in-st-louis/ http://www.komu.com/news/3-arrested-after-lgbtq-rally-in-st-louis/ News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 3:23:25 PM The Associated Press 3 arrested after LGBTQ rally in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) Three people are facing charges after being arrested at a St. Louis rally in support of LGBTQ issues.

Several hundred people rallied and marched Saturday. The arrests came after the rally as police tried to clear the street.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office says 19-year-old Edward Pingleton of Columbia and 21-year-old Aideen O'Brien of St. Louis are charged with fourth-degree assault and resisting/interfering with arrest. Twenty-two-year-old Amelia Maxwell of Wood River, Illinois, received city summonses for interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest.

Probable cause statements accuse Pingleton of trying to punch an officer, and O'Brien of jumping on top of another officer in an effort to stop an arrest.

A phone message Monday seeking comment from Pingleton went unanswered. O'Brien and Maxwell do not have listed numbers.

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Program shows advanced practice registered nurses better for nursing homes http://www.komu.com/news/program-shows-advanced-practice-registered-nurses-better-for-nursing-homes/ http://www.komu.com/news/program-shows-advanced-practice-registered-nurses-better-for-nursing-homes/ News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 1:52:06 PM Lexi Larson, KOMU 8 Reporter Program shows advanced practice registered nurses better for nursing homes

COLUMBIA - Results from the Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes (MOQI), show that advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs, in nursing homes might help improve the health of nursing home residents with heart disease. 

MOQI is a partnership between the University of Missouri and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and provides full-time APRNs to work in participating nursing homes. 

An APRN is a nurse with advanced qualifications, oftentimes a doctorate, and is good at managing chronic illnesses, according to Dr. Marilyn Rantz, a curators professor at the Sinclair School of Nursing. 

"Anytime you add additional education, one becomes better prepared to learn the skills that are necessary to more advanced practice," Rantz said. "And be able to better manage people with complex chronic illnesses."

Rantz said that in the first three years of the program, potentially avoidable hospitalizations have decreased by over 30 percent. 

"Through early illness recognition we can manage people very well in the nursing homes and help reduce avoidable hospitalizations and those costs." Rantz said. 

Rantz said heart disease is very common among older adults.

"APRNs and the nursing homes staff are particularly good at managing congestive heart failure and managing other heart problems that people in nursing homes have." Rantz said. 

Rantz said ARPNs can also help other staff in nursing homes learn how to detect changes in condition very early.

"Little, subtle things that happen with older adults," Rantz said. "You can detect those things early, and treat those problems when the problems are small."

 Rantz said anytime extra education is added, a person becomes better prepared to learn the skills that are necessary to more advanced practice. 

Rantz said she thinks APRNs should be in every nursing home. 

"It would go a long way to improving the quality of care," Rantz said. "As well as reducing the cost." 

Rantz said APRNs help reduce the number of avoidable hospitalizations, which would cover the cost of the APRN.

Rantz said the program will continue for four more years so the payment methods associated with bringing in APRNs to nursing homes can be studied.

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COU expands flight services to Denver, adds Chicago flights http://www.komu.com/news/cou-expands-flight-services-to-denver-adds-chicago-flights/ http://www.komu.com/news/cou-expands-flight-services-to-denver-adds-chicago-flights/ News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 1:01:12 PM Nora Faris, KOMU 8 Reporter COU expands flight services to Denver, adds Chicago flights

COLUMBIA - Passengers at Columbia Regional Airport (COU) will soon have more flight options.

United Airlines confirmed it will begin offering daily flights to Denver International Airport and twice-daily service to Chicago O'Hare International Airport starting Aug. 1, 2017.

Airline travelers can reserve seats on COU's new United flights immediately at United.com.

In a recent Passenger Demand Analysis, COU found that Denver was one of the most requested destination cities for mid-Missouri airline passengers. 

"I think that this is exactly what passengers want, and we're excited to be making that opportunity available to them," said airport manager Michael Parks.

Since 2010, COU's passenger counts have increased by 85 percent; last month's passenger counts set new records for both departures and arrivals. The addition of services to Denver is expected to increase COU passengers' access to connecting flights.

"Connectivity is one of the most important factors for travelers," said Columbia Mayor Brian Treece in a press conference on Monday. "Increasing connectivity means you can get anywhere in the world from COU with fewer connections and the convenience of not having to drive to Kansas City or St. Louis."

United's flight offerings will join American Airlines' current services from COU to Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Columbia and airport leaders said the addition of the flights to Denver might help Columbia's economy take off by helping the area land new businesses. 

"Service from Denver to Columbia provides opportunities for people from the western U.S. to travel to Columbia and mid-Missouri to conduct business, to go to college, to receive world-class healthcare and life-saving treatment, as well as enjoy our premier cultural activities," Treece said.

Aurora Organic Dairy of Boulder, Colorado, which plans to develop a dairy products plant in the Columbia area, is one example of a business that could benefit from the increased connectivity to Denver.

"It sends a clear message that Columbia, and Boone County and mid-Missouri is a great place to expand and relocate and grow and invest," Treece said.

Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin said the state capital embraces the new flight offerings as a way to further enhance mid-Missouri's attractiveness as a tourist destination.

"Any time we can expand access and transportation and flights into the mid-Missouri area, it really benefits our entire community," Tergin said.

Treece said there will be a public hearing and final vote on the business agreement with United on March 20. 

During Monday's press conference, Treece also announced the expansion of COU's 50-year-old crosswind runway. Emery Sapp & Son will begin construction work on the runway next Wednesday, lengthening the runway by 1,000 feet and expanding it by 25 feet to accomodate additional commercial aircraft.









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Weekly Wellness: Burn 200 calories quick http://www.komu.com/news/weekly-wellness-burn-200-calories-quick/ http://www.komu.com/news/weekly-wellness-burn-200-calories-quick/ News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:59:47 PM Amanda Barnes, KOMU 8 Wellness Coach Weekly Wellness: Burn 200 calories quick

COLUMBIA - "Not enough time" is one of the most frequently-used reasons to not exercise. What if I told you that you could burn 200 calories in 20 minutes or less...?

In a recent study, five healthy men performed sprint interval training on a stationary bicycle (five 30-second intense intervals with four minutes of easy cycling in between). Although the men were sedentary the rest of the day, they ended up burning 200 more calories during the days they did the short bout of exercise than the days they didn't exercise at all.

Even though this was a small study, the results are reason enough to add intense intervals into your workout routine. Here are 10 intense exercises you can do anywhere for 2.5 minutes so you too can reap the after-burn benefits. Perform these at maximum intensity; you can break them into 30-second or one-minute intervals.

Burpees: Swiftly moving from standing to squatting to push-up position challenges all your muscles.

Jumping jacks: These do-anywhere moves pump up your heart rate in no time.

Mountain climbers: This cardio move helps strengthen legs and core muscles as well.

Frogger: This plank-to-squat move seems simple, but you'll feel it as you do your 30-second bursts. Begin in a plank position. Jump your feet to the outside of your hands, coming into a deep squat and keeping your hands on the floor, then jump back to plank. Repeat in a quick succession.

Running stairs: Run up and down the stairs at home or at your office.

Walking lunges: These lunges help you develop balance while strengthening your core and lower body.

High knees: Run in place while engaging your core and pumping your arms. The goal should be to keep your knees high and maintain an upright posture as you do your speed bursts.

Lateral hops: Make small jumps side to side as if you are jumping over an invisible line.

Jump squat: Start by doing a regular squat, then engage your core and jump up explosively. When you land, lower your body back into the squat position to complete one rep. Land as quietly as possible, which requires control.

Box step: Find a step, stool, or box and lightly tap your left toes to the box, then jump to switch feet, bringing the right toes up

If you’re feeling really motivated, create a workout involving ALL of the above… I promise you’ll definitely feel the burn.

(Source: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Short-Exercises-Burn-200-Calories-25455818#photo-25455818)

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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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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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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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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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