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. () () Wed, 25 May 2016 20:05:11 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Missouri says Aetna takeover of Humana anti-competitive http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-says-aetna-takeover-of-humana-anti-competitive/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-says-aetna-takeover-of-humana-anti-competitive/ News Wed, 25 May 2016 3:25:45 PM The Associated Press Missouri says Aetna takeover of Humana anti-competitive

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's insurance department has dealt a setback to a proposal by the nation's third-largest health insurer to buy another insurance company.

State Insurance Director John Huff says Aetna's planned purchase of Humana would sap competition from an already concentrated market.

Huff issued a preliminary order Tuesday that would bar the companies from selling three types of insurance across the state after the acquisition, and prohibit sales of another insurance product in most areas.

The companies have 30 days to submit a new plan to Missouri's insurance department.

Aetna's purchase of Humana is still awaiting approval by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Aetna says the preliminary order in Missouri should not affect the Justice Department's approval process, and the company will continue working with Missouri regulators to address the concerns.

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Audit: 'Serious mismanagement' by ex-school administrator http://www.komu.com/news/audit-serious-mismanagement-by-ex-school-administrator/ http://www.komu.com/news/audit-serious-mismanagement-by-ex-school-administrator/ News Wed, 25 May 2016 2:56:24 PM The Associated Press Audit: 'Serious mismanagement' by ex-school administrator

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A state audit released Wednesday cites "serious mismanagement" by the former superintendent of the Fox School District in suburban St. Louis, alleging she spent nearly $100,000 on questionable expenses with little oversight from the school board.

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway was critical of the administration under Dianne Critchlow. She retired as superintendent in 2014, soon after suspicious activity on district credit cards prompted the board to ask for a state audit.

Galloway cited several questionable expenses, including $9,000 for a car bought without board approval. The audit found that Critchlow and other administrators, including a man she later married, received salary increases not approved by the board.

Fox Superintendent Jim Wipke says the district will seek restitution.

Critchlow does not have a listed phone number.

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Oklahoma, Kansas-Missouri Planned Parenthood groups to merge http://www.komu.com/news/oklahoma-kansas-missouri-planned-parenthood-groups-to-merge/ http://www.komu.com/news/oklahoma-kansas-missouri-planned-parenthood-groups-to-merge/ News Wed, 25 May 2016 2:43:21 PM The Associated Press Oklahoma, Kansas-Missouri Planned Parenthood groups to merge

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri plans to merge with the abortion provider's central Oklahoma affiliate in July.

The Kansas and Mid-Missouri affiliate announced the merger Wednesday. President and CEO Laura McQuade has been the central Oklahoma affiliate's interim CEO since January.

The new, larger affiliate will be Planned Parenthood Great Plains. It will continue to operate eight existing clinics in the three states and announced plans to open a new one in July in northwest Oklahoma City.

The merger comes with all three states looking to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.

But McQuade said those actions against Planned Parenthood had nothing to do with the merger. She said the two affiliates have been in merger talks for a year and no staff will be laid off.

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Top small business opportunities in Columbia http://www.komu.com/news/top-small-business-opportunities-in-columbia/ http://www.komu.com/news/top-small-business-opportunities-in-columbia/ News Wed, 25 May 2016 2:41:01 PM Hli Yang, KOMU 8 Reporter Top small business opportunities in Columbia

COLUMBIA – Columbia's Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) hosts an entrepreneur event, 1 Million Cup, every Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. According to 1 Million Cups, "1 Million Cup is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs". 

Entrepreneurs in Columbia looking for new business opportunities have an easier way of trying to find the right type and location for their new business. 

According to LaunchScore, the top three small business opportunities in Columbia are data processing services, microbrewery and e-commerce consultants.

LaunchScore, a small business in Michigan ran by Andre Laplume, started their business to help entrepreneurs find the right place and the right type of business.

“We’re professors at Michigan Tech and we realized that we could use the methods we were using – to predict what would be needed in a given city,” Laplume said.

Brittany Huhn and her husband, Scott Huhn, opened their data processing business in middle March. Their company, Informed Solutions, offers computer repair, software installation and courses to help residents learn how to use computers or smart phones.

“Our main goal is to be out in the community and working with the community,” Huhn said. “We want them to use their technologies to the fullest.”

Huhn chose Columbia as the location for her business because she said there is a demand for her business.

“There’s just so much opportunity here,” Huhn said. “It’s hard not to pick Columbia.”

According to LaunchScore, they use machine learning algorithms on small business and city data to estimate the value of entrepreneurial opportunities across the United States. Laplume said they compared Columbia to similar cities.

“We compare Columbia to similar cities and their population and income,” Laplume said. “So if Davenport, Iowa, has X amount of microbreweries, we find that cities like Columbia should have X number of microbreweries too. But Columbia only has X amount, so it should have more.”
City of Columbia Business Services Manager Janice Finley said there has been an increase in the number of businesses.

“It increases every year,” Finley said. “We have about 700 new business licenses during the past license year and approximately 490 of those are located inside the city.”
Finely said they have seen a lot of Internet based businesses, massage therapies, microbreweries, restaurants, and assisted living businesses.

LaunchScore ranked the top ten small business opportunities as:

  • Data processing services
  • Microbrewery
  • E-commerce consultants
  • Corporate fitness consultant
  • Apparel-natural fiber clothing
  • Vegetarian restaurants
  • Energy conservation dealers
  • Fish and seafood markets
  • Solar energy systems dealers
  • Internet cafes

LaunchScore updates the list every three months.

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11 states sue over federal transgender directive http://www.komu.com/news/11-states-sue-over-federal-transgender-directive/ http://www.komu.com/news/11-states-sue-over-federal-transgender-directive/ News Wed, 25 May 2016 2:31:51 PM The Associated Press 11 states sue over federal transgender directive

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools.

The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

Conservative states had vowed defiance since the Justice Department handed down the guidance. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said "there is no room in our schools for discrimination."

The lawsuit accuses the Obama administration of "running roughshod over commonsense policies" that protect children. It asks a judge to declare the directive unlawful.

Missouri is not one of the states in the lawsuit and KOMU 8 is seeking more information from the state's attorney general.

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County officials ask Springfield for $3M for jail facility http://www.komu.com/news/county-officials-ask-springfield-for-3m-for-jail-facility/ http://www.komu.com/news/county-officials-ask-springfield-for-3m-for-jail-facility/ News Wed, 25 May 2016 2:13:17 PM The Associated Press County officials ask Springfield for $3M for jail facility

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Greene County officials say they'll be able to hold Springfield municipal inmates at the county jail once again if the city contributes $3 million to build and lease a temporary facility.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that presiding commissioner Bob Cirtin asked the city to pay $1 million a year for three years Tuesday.

The facility would be able to hold up to 150 inmates. At least 20 beds each day would be held for offenders arrested on Springfield municipal charges.

Cirtin said the county would plan to use the temporary structure for up to five years as a short-term solution to an ongoing overcrowding problem at the Greene County Jail.

In the meantime, he said officials would find ways to increase the current jail's capacity and more efficiently move prisoners through the justice system.

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Missouri woman accused of embezzling $1.2M from Garmin http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-woman-accused-of-embezzling-1-2m-from-garmin/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-woman-accused-of-embezzling-1-2m-from-garmin/ News Wed, 25 May 2016 1:55:09 PM The Associated Press Missouri woman accused of embezzling $1.2M from Garmin

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman already accused of embezzling more than $300,000 from engineering firm Black & Veatch is now charged with stealing $1.2 million while on the job at Garmin International.

A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Missouri, on Tuesday indicted 43-year-old Patricia Webb of Lee's Summit on 23 counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Webb already was charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Black & Veatch while working there as a global payroll manager.

The new indictment also accuses her of stealing more than $1.2 million while previously working as a senior payroll specialist for the Olathe, Kansas-based Garmin between early 2012 and May 2014.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday with her attorney.

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High speed chase leads to wreck on South Providence Road http://www.komu.com/news/high-speed-chase-leads-to-wreck-on-south-providence-road/ http://www.komu.com/news/high-speed-chase-leads-to-wreck-on-south-providence-road/ News Wed, 25 May 2016 11:38:17 AM Jordan McGhee, KOMU Reporter High speed chase leads to wreck on South Providence Road

COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a vehicle speeding through Columbia led to a "nearly head-on" collision on southbound Providence Road. 

Corporal Scott Ballard said the chase began around 10 a.m. after a plane observed the green truck traveling over the speed limit.

Highway Patrol pursued the vehicle, but momentarily stopped the chase as it was getting too dangerous. Instead, Highway Patrol allowed the aircraft to keep track of the vehicle.

An effort was made to stop the green truck with spike strips at Route K and Providence.

Highway Patrol began the chase again after the driver avoided the spikes and continued driving.

"The vehicle went around the spikes and continued northbound, after South Hampton, the vehicle continued driving north in the southbound lanes on providence road and the truck was being pursued, the truck driving the wrong way struck another vehicle that was traveling south in the correct lanes on Highway 163 or Providence Road," Ballard said.

There were three people involved in the wreck, two in the green truck, and one person in the other car involved.

"Right now, I would classify them as moderate to serious injuries," Ballard said.

Ballard said the driver has been identified, but the Highway Patrol is still conducting an investigation before any names or motives are released.

All three people involved in the wreck were transported to University Hospital.

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Animal Welfare Act complaint filed against University of Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/animal-welfare-act-complaint-filed-against-university-of-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/animal-welfare-act-complaint-filed-against-university-of-missouri/ News Wed, 25 May 2016 10:43:38 AM Amber Sipe, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Animal Welfare Act complaint filed against University of Missouri

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri - Columbia is under fire by the group Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, or SAEN, for the death of a puppy and a pig and suggested illegal surgical procedures. 

SAEN filed an official complaint against the university on Friday, May 20, 2016. The complaint cites three incidents that it says are clear violations of the Animal Welfare Act, relating to faulty enclosures and improper animal handling.

SAEN's official complaint said it is seeking a federal investigation and the maximum fine allowable under the Animal Welfare Act, $10,000 per infraction, per animal.

According to a report dated March 7, 2016, two adult boars were housed in adjacent pens. During early morning hours, a veterinarian found the boars in one pen. Both pigs showed signs of fighting and one boar was dead.

According to another report dated June 3, 2015, three adult male dachshunds were in a run adjoined to a run of recently weaned puppies. During the night the transfer door was opened and one of the adults killed one of the puppies.

In a letter of response to the complaints, the university acknowledges the incidents and says the penning used for the boars is used throughout the facility, and there have been "no similar events in the 6 years this facility has been open."

In another letter of response, the facility manager writes that the transfer doors between runs were examined and the latching of the doors were replaced with latches that can only be opened by personnel standing within the run.

In a statment to KOMU 8 News, MU spokesperson Christian Basi said, “We immediately took corrective action and self-reported both events to the office of laboratory animal welfare which is the federal office overseeing animal laboratory care. They responded and agreed with our assessment and along with the corrective actions that we had taken and told us no further action was necessary. The care and welfare of the animals that we use in research is very important to us as these animals are helping us make discoveries that can benefit animal and human health.”

SAEN also addressed a report dated May 28, 2015 stating a review of surgery sheets for two dogs revealed that the university had approval to perform surgeries on the dogs. The two procedures performed, however, were from two different approved protocols. 

The university responded with a letter stating they met with the principal investigator to reinforce proper protocol and research approval. They now consider that issue resolved.

According to the news release, SAEN monitors U.S. research laboratories for illegal activities and animal abuse and has successfully launched over 40 lab prosecutions by the USDA.

 [Editor's note: This story has been updated to include a statement from MU.]

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The Latest: Suspect in shooting of his infant son surrenders http://www.komu.com/news/the-latest-suspect-in-shooting-of-his-infant-son-surrenders/ http://www.komu.com/news/the-latest-suspect-in-shooting-of-his-infant-son-surrenders/ News Wed, 25 May 2016 9:16:24 AM The Associated Press The Latest: Suspect in shooting of his infant son surrenders


ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the shooting death of an 8-month-old boy in St. Louis (all times local):

11 a.m.

The man wanted in connection with the shooting death of his 8-month-old son in St. Louis has surrendered.

Police say 34-year-old Diata Crockett turned himself in to his lawyer Wednesday morning and is now in custody. Police offered no further details about the surrender.

The shooting happened Tuesday. Police say Crockett forced his wife and three young children into a rental car at gunpoint. As the car was slowing in an industrial area of north St. Louis, the woman tried to get out. Crockett fired a shot that police believe was aimed at her, but instead struck the couple's infant son.

He fled with the couple's two other sons, ages 2 and 3. They were later found safe at a relative's home, and the car was found abandoned Tuesday evening in nearby Ferguson.

10 a.m.

The mother of a St. Louis-area man accused of fatally shooting his 8-month-old son and driving off with his two other young children is urging him to surrender.

Police say Diata Crockett, 34, was likely aiming for the infant's mother when he shot the boy in her arms Tuesday in north St. Louis. Police resumed their search for Crockett Wednesday, and warned that the suspect with a long criminal record should be considered armed and dangerous.

Crockett fled with the couple's other two children, ages 2 and 3, but they were found safe at a home in the St. Louis County town of Bellefontaine Neighbors later Tuesday. By that evening, the rented Hyundai Sonata he had been driving was found in Ferguson, in the same Canfield Green apartment complex where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in 2014.

Diata Crockett's mother, Casetta Crockett, speaking to KMOV-TV, said he must stop running for the sake of his surviving children.

"You need to turn yourself in," she said. "Talk to your attorney and come in ASAP. You have to set the record straight. We know you love your kids and you would never hurt them, so we know this was a horrible accident. You have to come in, if nothing else, you have to come in for your other kids."

Neighbors told police that Crockett and his wife, whose name was not released, were involved in a domestic dispute Tuesday at their home in Bellefontaine Neighbors. They said he forced the woman and three of their six children into the car at gunpoint.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the woman tried to get out of the car with the baby, Reign, in her arms as it slowed near an Interstate 270 exit ramp. Police believe Crockett shot at his wife but instead hit the infant.

She flagged down a passing motorist who drove her and the baby to a hospital with Crockett in pursuit. In an 11-minute 911 call, the unidentified Good Samaritan and the boy's mother can be heard saying: "He's trying to run us off the road. He's trying to cause an accident. He's following us," Dotson said.

Crockett's criminal record includes convictions for burglary, assault, drug-related charges, resisting arrest and forgery, online court records show. The Missouri Department of Corrections said he was imprisoned in June 2011 and given parole in December 2011. He violated that parole and has had a warrant for his arrest since January 2013, according to Corrections Department records.

Dotson said Crockett has threatened suicide and violence against his family in the past.


[Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include more information.]

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Mid-Missouri graduate prepares for West Point http://www.komu.com/news/mid-missouri-graduate-prepares-for-west-point/ http://www.komu.com/news/mid-missouri-graduate-prepares-for-west-point/ News Wed, 25 May 2016 7:40:40 AM Adam Pressler, KOMU 8 Reporter Mid-Missouri graduate prepares for West Point

JEFFERSON CITY – Most recently graduated high school seniors have a whole summer off before they must prepare for their next step in life, but one mid-Missouri teen has to face her reality much sooner.

Jefferson City High School graduate Haley Watson is waiting to start basic training.

“One of the reasons I want to serve our country is because every day, we wake up and go to work or school and we aren’t worried about terrorism and it’s not at the front of our mind," she said. "We take for granted how safe we are and we get to pray in or homes or not pray in our homes. I think its important for people to continue to take that for granted and that is one the reasons why I want to join the military."

Watson is a highly motivated individual as she boasts an impressive résumé in academics and athletics. She earned 21 college credits while obtaining a perfect GPA and graduating as salutatorian at Jefferson City High School.

She was alsostudent body president and a member of the varsity track team.

Julie and Jon Watson, Haley’s mother and father, say that leadership has always come naturally for their daughter.

“She has been committed to leadership throughout her entire life, so moving on to college was going to be a natural step and it just worked out that West Point was that next step,” her parents said.

Haley’s sisters say they are proud her but will miss Haley while she is gone.

“Selfishly we are sad that she is going away, but way beyond that, selflessly, we could not be more proud of her and her goals," Hope Watson said.

While at West Point, Haley said she will either pursue a degree in American politics or environmental science.

Basic training starts at the end of June. She then plans to complete her degree in four years and serve in active duty for another five after graduating.

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1 suspect in shooting death of woman turns himself in http://www.komu.com/news/1-suspect-in-shooting-death-of-woman-turns-himself-in/ http://www.komu.com/news/1-suspect-in-shooting-death-of-woman-turns-himself-in/ News Wed, 25 May 2016 7:18:01 AM The Associated Press 1 suspect in shooting death of woman turns himself in

ST. LOUIS (AP) - One man suspected of killing a woman in downtown St. Louis carjacking before throwing her 9-month-old baby out of the car has turned himself in.

Police are still searching for a second suspect. 

The 19-year-old suspect who surrendered Tuesday is from Belleville, Illinois. His name has not been released.

Twenty-one-year-old Brandi Hill of O'Fallon, Missouri, was fatally shot Sunday night on Washington Avenue. A pregnant passenger was dragged from the vehicle. The two suspects drove away in Hill's car and drove into north St. Louis, where the baby was thrown out of the car. She was not hurt. The car was later recovered by police. 

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Two face federal indictment, alleging drug-related killing http://www.komu.com/news/two-face-federal-indictment-alleging-drug-related-killing/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-face-federal-indictment-alleging-drug-related-killing/ News Wed, 25 May 2016 6:16:08 AM The Associated Press Two face federal indictment, alleging drug-related killing

KANSAS CITY (AP) - Two Kansas City, Missouri, men are accused in federal court of carrying out a killing as part of a drug-related plot. 

A federal grand jury in Kansas City returned the indictment Tuesday against 25-year-old Marcell Shavers and 24-year-old James P. Roberts. They are charged with using a firearm to commit murder during a drug-trafficking offense. It's punishable by up to life in prison.

The indictment alleges that Shavers and Roberts schemed to possess methamphetamine with plans to deal it on New Year's Day 2014. Shavers, with Roberts' help, allegedly fatally shot 40-year-old Jose Medellin that day during the drug-trafficking plot.

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Garth Avenue Bridge construction finishes up http://www.komu.com/news/garth-avenue-bridge-construction-finishes-up/ http://www.komu.com/news/garth-avenue-bridge-construction-finishes-up/ News Wed, 25 May 2016 2:44:50 AM Courtney Lewis, KOMU 8 News Reporter Garth Avenue Bridge construction finishes up

COLUMBIA – Workers striped the new Garth Avenue Bridge Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Danny Roeger is the construction inspector, and he said workers had to close off two lanes, one going in each direction of the bridge, to shift traffic to the westbound bridge.

“This improvement will extend the providence on-ramp to the west as well as the off-ramp onto Providence in the eastbound direction, those lanes will be lengthened,” Roeger said.

The traffic was originally scheduled to be rerouted on to the new bridge on Monday evening but it was moved back due to rain in the forecast.

Roeger said the striping was the final work for that specific location that should impact traffic.

“As you drive I-70 in the westbound direction you will be on the new bridge,” Roeger said.

Range Line Street and Interstate 70 also opened Monday morning with a new “dogbone” interchange cars travel through.

There has already been a two-car crash accident in that specific “dogbone” interchange. Roeger said MoDOT wants to encourage drivers to slow down as they enter the roundabout”

“As you enter the roundabout you are to yield to the traffic already in the roundabout, ”Roeger said

Rogers said construction in all three locations will be completed by this September.

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Lightning strike damages Pulaski County 911 system http://www.komu.com/news/lightning-strike-damages-pulaski-county-911-system/ http://www.komu.com/news/lightning-strike-damages-pulaski-county-911-system/ News Tue, 24 May 2016 10:12:14 PM Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Lightning strike damages Pulaski County 911 system

PULASKI - Only one 911 line is operational at the Pulaski County Call Center after a lightning strike damaged the 911 communications system. 

No 911 calls placed in Pulaski County have been lost, as all calls automatically rollover to a neighboring county, in the event the 911 communications system is damaged. 

The ambulance district and the water treatment lines have also been affected, but it is unknown at this time to what degree. 

Pulaski County is working to restore the damaged 911 lines. 


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MU research shows extreme belief could lead to acts of violence http://www.komu.com/news/mu-research-shows-extreme-belief-could-lead-to-acts-of-violence/ http://www.komu.com/news/mu-research-shows-extreme-belief-could-lead-to-acts-of-violence/ News Tue, 24 May 2016 8:11:49 PM Lishan Guo, KOMU 8 Reporter MU research shows extreme belief could lead to acts of violence

COLUMBIA - MU School of Medicine research revealed that factors other than mental illness could lead to criminal acts of violence. After analyzing the case of Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik, MU Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Tahir Rahman and his two colleagues found out Breivik had no psychological illness, and his team came up a new concept of "extreme overvalued belief." 

Rahman defines “extreme overvalued belief” as "a belief that is shared by others and often relished, amplified and defended by the accused. The individual has an intense emotional commitment to the belief and may act violently as a result of that belief. Although the individual may suffer from other forms of mental illness, the belief and the actions associated with it are not the result of insanity."

"I think it's important for the legal system to understand the difference between cases where insanity is raised as defense and where personality disorders happening in a person who actually does understand right from wrong for instance, but still committing act which appears to be psychotic," Rahman said.

Breivik killed 77 people in a 2011 car bombing in Oslo and a mass shooting at a youth camp on the island of Utøya in Norway. Breivik stated that the purpose of the attacks was to save Europe from multiculturalism. Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

"When the big mass shooting happens, the first thing we all jump to crazy, psychotic, delusional, and that's not the case," Rahman said.

Rahman said no one is immune from developing extreme beliefs, and those extreme beliefs could include politics, religion, the environment, or abortion.

"They can take on many different forms, but the belief is not something that is psychotic or delusional. It's actually more of a product of an amplified belief system," Rahman said. 

One opponent of abortion said she would still show respect to those people who make their own choices and committing violent actions is not the way to handling people who make their own choices.

"It's certainly not taking action of any kind against those who are making their choices for their own lives. We do have choices, I will never harm anyone who has gone into Planned Parenthood or abortion clinic," the opponent said.

A coordinator of Korean Catholic group in Columbia, Eun Sook Kim, said she completely disagrees with those violent belief-based actions, and those people who have "extreme overvalued belief" might misunderstand their beliefs.

"Every religion has the same point - love. Love is not kill each other or hurting each other," Kim said.

Rahman also said the first step to prevent this is making people aware of the concept of "extreme overvalued belief."

"We tell people to be careful about drinking and driving, we tell people to be careful about teen pregnancy and drug use and HIV prevention. In a similar way, I think that people need to know that extreme beliefs can develop in almost any society and any culture," Rahman said.

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Probe: Missteps factor in 2 Kansas City firefighters' deaths http://www.komu.com/news/probe-missteps-factor-in-2-kansas-city-firefighters-deaths/ http://www.komu.com/news/probe-missteps-factor-in-2-kansas-city-firefighters-deaths/ News Tue, 24 May 2016 7:37:35 PM The Associated Press Probe: Missteps factor in 2 Kansas City firefighters' deaths

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City Fire Department investigation attributes the deaths of two firefighters at least partly on the department's culture of aggressive fire suppression.

The Kansas City Star reports that an internal report released Tuesday also cites a loose management style as possible factors in the October 2015 deaths of firefighter John Mesh and apparatus operator Larry Leggio.

The 71-page report says the firefighters were in an alley to protect a fire engine when a wall collapsed, killing the two.

Federal investigators are independently looking into the fire.

Thu Hong Nguyen operated a nail salon in the building and is charged with arson and two counts of second-degree murder in the case. She has pleaded not guilty.

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Charges recommended after police chase in Jefferson City http://www.komu.com/news/charges-recommended-after-police-chase-in-jefferson-city/ http://www.komu.com/news/charges-recommended-after-police-chase-in-jefferson-city/ News Tue, 24 May 2016 6:57:39 PM Lauren Petterson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Charges recommended after police chase in Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY - Charges were recommended against a driver in relation to a police chase in Jefferson City Tuesday.

According to a news release, a Jefferson City patrol officer stopped a GMC pickup truck for a license plate violation on Eastland Drive. The officer identified the occupants and determined that Christopher Franklin, the driver, and Rachel Burks, the passenger, had felony warrants.

When another police unit arrived, Franklin drove away. Officers deployed spike strips, and the driver turned onto Lafayette Street. Franklin then turned onto E. Miller Street and collided with another vehicle at the Clark Avenue intersection. People inside the other vehicle were not injured.

Franklin faces potential charges of felony resisting arrest, felony while revoked, careless and reckless driving, felony eluding and the outstanding warrant. Burks was arrested for her outstanding warrants as well. Franklin’s warrant was for leaving the scene of an injury accident, and Burks’ warrants were listed as for dangerous drugs and felony stealing.

[Editor's note: This story has been edited to clarify information regarding possible charges against the accused.]

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Boone named fastest-growing county in Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/boone-named-fastest-growing-county-in-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/boone-named-fastest-growing-county-in-missouri/ News Tue, 24 May 2016 5:56:57 PM Rachel Leigh & Felesha Lee KOMU 8 Reporters Boone named fastest-growing county in Missouri

COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Economic Development (MDED) named Boone County the fastest-growing county in the state of Missouri from 2010 to 2015. 

Boone County's population has increased by 11,774 from 2010 to 2015, according to the the U.S. Census Bureau. 

KOMU 8 News reported last week Columbia has become the fourth largest city in Missouri, just surpassing Independence. Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield are the three most populated. 

Presiding Commissioner of Boone County Daniel Atwill said the boost in Boone County's population has been a trend in the past decade. 

"Boone County and Columbia have continued to grow at a rate of 2,000 people per year," Atwill said. "That's been going on for more than 10 years, so it's a steady upward trend in population." 

Although Boone County's population continues to grow, Atwill didn't think Columbia's population will surpass Springfield's any time soon.

"It'll be a long time before Boone County grows that much," Atwill said.

Atwill attributed part of the population growth to college students making Columbia their home after getting their education.

"If you look to the northern tier of the state in terms of counties, a lot of those counties are having trouble keeping young people," Atwill said. "[Young people] want to go to larger communities. Some of those [northern] counties are actually losing population. We've been fortunate, very fortunate to have the growth of citizenship here in Boone County."

He said other reasons for attraction are Columbia's family atmosphere and the city's parks and trails.






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Sign on Grindstone warns drivers of high crash area http://www.komu.com/news/sign-on-grindstone-warns-drivers-of-high-crash-area/ http://www.komu.com/news/sign-on-grindstone-warns-drivers-of-high-crash-area/ News Tue, 24 May 2016 5:39:47 PM Melissa Zygowicz, KOMU 8 Reporter Sign on Grindstone warns drivers of high crash area

COLUMBIA - The next time drivers head down Grindstone Parkway in Columbia, they may notice a sign telling them to slow down.

The sign is at the intersection of Bearfield Road and Grindstone Parkway. The Columbia Police Department placed the sign telling drivers to reduce their speed due to a high number of crashes in the area.

According to the Columbia police dispatch, there have been 66 traffic accidents on Grindstone Parkway over the past three months. 

Columbia resident Stanley Dorst said he tries to avoid the area as much as possible.

"I don't drive there everyday. I used to when I worked in Jefferson City, but I was nervous every time I did drive down it," Dorst said.

The speed limit near the intersection is 50 mph. Dorst said he wishes people would slow down and pay better attention.

"There's a lot of traffic, and there are people pushing to get through. They do things that aren't very smart and there are accidents there all the time," Dorst said.

KOMU 8 News reached out to the Columbia Police Department, but it was unavailable to comment on how long the department plans on keeping the sign up.





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