KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com News News en-us Copyright 2018, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 25 Sep 2018 HH:09:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Dunkin' Donuts is officially dropping 'Donuts' https://www.komu.com/news/dunkin-donuts-is-officially-dropping-donuts-/ https://www.komu.com/news/dunkin-donuts-is-officially-dropping-donuts-/ News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 5:39:03 PM CNN Dunkin' Donuts is officially dropping 'Donuts'

CANTON, MA (CNN) - Starting in January, Dunkin' Donuts will drop the "Donuts" from ads, packages and signage at new and remodeled stores, as well as its social media accounts.

The makeover is part of Dunkin' Brand's efforts to relabel itself as a "beverage-led" company that focuses on coffees, teas, speedy service and to-go food including -— but not limited to — doughnuts.

Dunkin' says that beverages, especially coffee, make up 60% of the company's US sales.

"Our new branding is one of many things we are doing as part of our blueprint for growth to modernize the Dunkin' experience for our customer," said Dunkin' Brands CEO David Hoffmann in a statement Tuesday.

The company said last year that it was considering the change. It tested out a store in Pasadena, California, that used the shorter name.

The company later unveiled another store in Massachusetts that adopted the "Dunkin'" moniker as well. That store also included digital kiosks, an expanded Grab & Go section and a drive-thru that let customers cut the line if they ordered ahead on the app.

Dunkin' also has plans to get bigger. Executives reiterated on a conference call Tuesday that the company plans to open 1,000 new US stores by the end of 2020.

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Officer injured while perusing suspect who pulled gun https://www.komu.com/news/officer-injured-while-perusing-suspect-who-pulled-gun/ https://www.komu.com/news/officer-injured-while-perusing-suspect-who-pulled-gun/ News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 5:31:30 PM Michael Boyer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Officer injured while perusing suspect who pulled gun

JEFFERSON CITY - A police officer hurt his leg while trying to stop a man he caught breaking into a trailer, according to the Jefferson City Police Department. The suspect pulled a gun on the officer during a foot chase, a press release said.

The officer was patrolling a construction area at the new Capital City High School and noticed the suspect trying to burglarize a trailer, the department said. The officer was in pursuit when the man showed the gun.

Police said the officer's non-life threatening injury was "due to the active construction site." When the officer was hurt, the man was able to get away, the press release said.

The department is asking for the public's help finding the suspect. There is no picture available.

Anyone with information is asked to contact JCPD at (573) 634-6400 or anonymously through CrimeStoppers at 659-8477.

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Screenshots show Greitens' staff used Confide https://www.komu.com/news/screenshots-show-greitens-staff-used-confide/ https://www.komu.com/news/screenshots-show-greitens-staff-used-confide/ News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 4:33:45 PM The Associated Press Screenshots show Greitens' staff used Confide

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Screenshots of text messages show former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' staff used a message-deleting app on their state-issued phones to discuss government business with each other and people outside the governor's office, according to a published report.

The Kansas City Star reported Tuesday that it obtained copies of screenshots that Greitens' legal team turned over to a Cole County court as part of a lawsuit over Greitens' staff's use of the Confide app. The lawsuit claims the governor's staff used Confide to circumvent the state's open records laws. Although Greitens resigned June 1, his legal team continues to try to get the lawsuit dismissed.

Greitens and his staff have acknowledged using Confide but have said it was only for logistics such as scheduling.

David Steelman, a member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators whose wife was in Greitens' cabinet, told The Star last week that he remembers venting to a friend at a dinner about Grietens, who had been governor for less than a year at the time.

"I think I said to (his friend), 'Who's (Greitens) listening to?'" Steelman recalled in an interview. "And he said 'just get on Confide and you'll see. if you want to know who is running government, there they are right there.'"

As part of the lawsuit, the governor's office earlier this year turned over screenshots of text messages Greitens' staff sent on Confide, which destroyed messages after they are read. The attorneys for the plaintiffs argue Missouri residents deserve to know what happened during Greitens' tenure to prevent a similar problem in the future.

One exchange documented in the screenshots occurred last November between Steelman and Greitens' former deputy chief of staff, Nick Maddux. Steelman sent Maddux a text message asking for a phone call and Maddux replied, "I'm jammed up until four. Just shot you a message on Confide."

Earlier this year, The Star reported on another screenshot showing three Greitens' staffers discussing using Confide to share talking points on one of the governor's policy priorities. Other screenshots show numerous staffers texting colleagues to notify them that they had sent a message using Confide, or inviting them to download the app.

"Evidence continues to pour in demonstrating the use of Confide to conduct public business in the Greitens administration," said Mark Pedroli, one of two attorneys who filed the lawsuit. "Based on comments of others in and around government, I'm wondering if any public business was conducted on the record."

In May, the governor's office acknowledged that 20 staffers had Confide accounts during Greitens' tenure, including Greitens. The former governor said he used Confide only to communicate with his staff about scheduling. Some of his campaign staff, Greitens' political allies and people Greitens appointed to boards and commissions also had Confide accounts.

At a June hearing, the ex-governor's attorneys — who were hired when Greitens was still in office — argued that text messages on Confide couldn't be made public because they were automatically deleted.

"The Sunshine Law is designed to allow access to documents that exist," Barbara Smith, an attorney who represents the governor's office, said at the hearing.

Pedroli called that a dangerous legal argument that would reward Greitens for "destroying the evidence."

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Latest tariffs could affect price of home renovation https://www.komu.com/news/latest-tariffs-could-affect-price-of-home-renovation/ https://www.komu.com/news/latest-tariffs-could-affect-price-of-home-renovation/ News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 3:44:26 PM Nikki Ogle, KOMU 8 News Latest tariffs could affect price of home renovation

COLUMBIA - Taxes on Chinese imported goods could make home building and renovating more expensive. 

According to CNBC, the tariff could hit nearly $10 billion worth of Chinese products. It will start at 10% but could increase to 25% by the end of the year, resulting in a $2.5 billion tax increase on home materials. 

The taxable items includes walls, floorboards, light fixtures, cabinets, tile and heating and cooling.

Phil Steinhaus, CEO of the Columbia Housing Authority, said those things are vital to a home. 

"That's going to increase the cost of development considerably," he said. 

Steinhaus said the City of Columbia created the Columbia Housing Authority to expand affordable housing options.

He said the agency has several projects planned throughout the city, including renovation of all 717 public housing units. He said some of the units are more than 50 years old. 

"If we didn't do this, we would've lost all that affordable housing. You want to build new but you need to preserve your existing stock as well," he said. 

Steinhaus said there is a demand for low-income housing in Columbia. There are 502 families on the waiting list. 

"There's a real need. There's really kind of a tale of two cities here sometimes, where we have folks with higher incomes and we have a growing population of lower income families," he said. 

Steinhaus said the tariffs will make low income housing development cost more, but will also affect median-priced homes. 

"If we want to have a vibrant economy, we have to have housing options available for people all across the economic spectrum," he said. 

Doug Muzzy, president of the Columbia Home Builders Association, said the latest tariffs will undoubtedly affect those at all income levels. 

"We've had specific tariffs that have targeted home construction," Muzzy said. "This last round is just, everything will go up a little bit." 

He said the tariffs will affect home construction. 

"There's no doubt that all the components that go into a home are going to go up in price, we just don't know how much at this point," Muzzy said. 

Steinhaus said a small price increase could affect affordable housing across Missouri. 

"If you see even a 10% increase in price of materials, you could see a 10% decrease in the amount of projects that are funded," he said. 

He said this has to do with the state's tax credits for low income housing. 

"We know the state has chosen not to allocate their state low income housing tax credits. Those could be reinstated and that could help soften some of that blow," Steinhaus said. 

Gov. Parson appointed two members to the Missouri Housing Development Commission Monday, stating lawmakers need to revamp the tax credit system before reinstating it. 

Steinhaus said housing is the first step toward self-sufficiency for low income families. 

"Our purpose is not to warehouse people in poverty, but to help people move up and out of poverty," he said. 

The Columbia Housing Authority plans to have 596 units renovated by next summer. 

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Court documents: Miller County murder resulted from tri-state drug operation https://www.komu.com/news/court-documents-miller-county-murder-resulted-from-tri-state-drug-operation/ https://www.komu.com/news/court-documents-miller-county-murder-resulted-from-tri-state-drug-operation/ News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 3:09:26 PM Monica Harkins and Sarai Vega, KOMU 8 Reporters Court documents: Miller County murder resulted from tri-state drug operation

MILLER COUNTY - A tri-state drug deal operation led to a murder in Miller County in June, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Court documents said the suspect, Joseph McKenna, was working with the victim, Tyler Worthington, to distribute marijuana oil disguised in vapor pen cartridges.

Worthington, from the state of California,  was found shot in the head. His remains had been dragged into a wooded area.

McKenna, from Chicago, was arrested yesterday in connection to the murder.

A probable cause statement said Worthington and McKenna were partners in the plan to bring the marijuana oil into Missouri.

Worthington flew from Sacramento, California, to Chicago on June 2, to meet McKenna, the statement said. Toll records show Worthington and McKenna left from Chicago together two days later in separate cars, the document said.

The two delivered their product to two locations in Missouri, the statement said. There are records of McKenna's truck passing through northbound tolls to Chicago without Worthington.  

Investigators said they got a break in the case during a phone call to one of Worthington's "close associates." While the conversation was happening, McKenna called the associate on another line. The associate put McKenna on speaker, investigators said, and McKenna revealed information about drug transactions.

Police said McKenna told the associate the money from the transactions was to be dropped off and loaded onto a tractor trailer in Chenoa, Illinois.

McKenna then said he was supposed to fly to Sacramento, California, with Worthington on June 5, but flew without him on that same day, according to investigators.

The rental car Worthington used to drive to Missouri, is still missing.

McKenna was being held on $750,000 bond in the Cook County Jail in Chicago. He is expected to be extradited to Missouri.

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Jefferson City building continues to collapse, city wants action https://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-building-continues-to-collapse-city-wants-action/ https://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-building-continues-to-collapse-city-wants-action/ News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 2:42:00 PM Alex Arger, KOMU 8 Reporter Jefferson City building continues to collapse, city wants action

JEFFERSON CITY - A historic building in Jefferson City continues to collapse, with another piece breaking off Monday morning. 

The newest piece to come down is from above the already large hole in the building at 200 E. High Street. The wall facing Madison Street initially collapsed in June, but there has been no progress in any demolition or restoration plans.

The owner of 200 E. High St. planned to demolish the building, but now, he and the owners of the adjacent buildings are in negotiations. The three buildings share walls, so if one person decides to demolish, the others will mostly like have to, too.

"The longer it's open, the more it will deteriorate," Larry Burkhardt, Jefferson City's Building Official, said. "Buildings aren't designed to be open to the elements like that."

Burkhardt said the city doesn't make buildings like this anymore because of updated code. He said the buildings all used a "very water-soluble mortar" that doesn't hold well. Because these buildings are more than 100 years old, the mortar can't hold, making it dangerous in the future for the other two structures, according to Burkhardt.

He added if the three owners come to an agreement sooner rather than later, the buildings could possibly still stand if necessary structural work is done.

The area is currently blocked off by a barricade and construction fence. Burkhardt said the area is very dangerous, and the public should not go near it.

"People will do foolish things because they don't fully understand the seriousness of this," Burkhardt said. "If it falls, it's brittle. It won't give any warning that it's just going to go."

Madison St. is also under construction. That, plus the building barricade, has caused a nuisance for some residents.

"They need to do something," Tyler Young said. "Either control it and let it fall, or fix it. It's blocking off half the street and making the construction harder."

Young said he saw a piece of the building fall last month. He said though it seems dangerous, he would like to see the city keep the building's historic look.

Another resident said the crumbling building was in the way, and it's causing a nuisance to get around town. Rhonda Johnson said the city should work to repair it now so that the city can keep another part of its history.

Burkhardt said he hopes the city gets a verdict from the owners soon.

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Plaintiff in Missouri voter ID trial presents witness and expert testimony https://www.komu.com/news/plaintiff-in-missouri-voter-id-trial-presents-witness-and-expert-testimony/ https://www.komu.com/news/plaintiff-in-missouri-voter-id-trial-presents-witness-and-expert-testimony/ News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 2:25:02 PM Caitlin McCarthy, KOMU 8 Reporter Plaintiff in Missouri voter ID trial presents witness and expert testimony

JEFFERSON CITY - The plaintiff in the Missouri voter ID case presented a witness and expert Tuesday who said the current voter laws in the state are confusing and prohibit voters from getting to the polls.

In Priorities USA v Missouri, the plaintiff is suing the state of Missouri over the current voter identification requirements. The current voter ID requirements are Missouri issued drivers license, a state issued ID card, U.S. Passport or Military ID. If someone does not have these they can present a second form such as a paycheck or bank statement and sign a statement confirming their identity.

David King, an active community member in the St. Louis area, has been helping bring people to the polls to vote for the last eight years. When he was on the stand, he recalled issues that he had at the polls with his voter identification.

King said he presented his voter card, but did not have a photo ID at the time, so he could not cast his vote until he came back with a valid photo ID.

King said his photo identification should not have held him back from being able to vote when he presented a valid voter identification card.

“This is my right to vote,” King said as he held up his voter card in court.

The expert called was Dr. Kenneth Mayer, a political science professor from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, who has expertise in voter turn out. He said Missouri's voter ID laws can keep minorities and lower income voters from being able to cast a ballot. 

“This will reduce turn out,” said Mayer. “Especially in minorities and poorer populations.”

Mayer also said the current requirements for a valid photo identification card can be confusing. He said people might not get out to the polls because they do not know if they have the proper requirements for voting.

“Administrative practices can cause hurdles.” Mayer said.

When the defense asked if presenting a valid photo ID is could be considered “deadweight,” Mayer said “not necessarily.”

The trial is set to finish Tuesday or Wednesday. 

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Teen convicted in connection to 2016 homicide, murder charge dropped https://www.komu.com/news/teen-convicted-in-connection-to-2016-homicide-murder-charge-dropped/ https://www.komu.com/news/teen-convicted-in-connection-to-2016-homicide-murder-charge-dropped/ News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:52:51 AM Steve Lambson, News Content Manager Teen convicted in connection to 2016 homicide, murder charge dropped

COLUMBIA - A teenager pleaded guilty in connection with a 2016 homicide on Claudell Lane, but prosecutors dropped a murder charge against him.

Dariel Reid, 19, pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled substance on Monday, and will be sentenced on November 13.

He and two other teenagers were arrested for the shooting death of Keith Chambers, which police said happened during a drug deal. The other two teenagers, Brian Smith and Navarro Scott, pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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Callaway County woman convicted of husband's murder dies in prison https://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-woman-convicted-of-husband-s-murder-dies-in-prison/ https://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-woman-convicted-of-husband-s-murder-dies-in-prison/ News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:36:59 AM Steve Lambson, News Content Manager Callaway County woman convicted of husband's murder dies in prison

CHILICOTHE - A Holts Summit woman convicted of murdering her husband died in prison, according to an obituary published by an Osage County funeral chapel.

Sandra Plunkett was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the 2011 murder of her husband, Paul. In her trial, prosecutors argued Sandra killed Paul to get his life insurance money to pay for drugs. The defense said the killing happened in self-defense after years of marital abuse.

KOMU 8 has reached out to the Department of Corrections for information on how Plunkett died.

Visitation for Plunkett will be Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sassman's Chapel in Bland. The funeral will be Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the chapel, with the burial to follow at Countryside Memorial Gardens.

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Trump emphasizes US accomplishments in UN speech https://www.komu.com/news/trump-emphasizes-us-accomplishments-in-un-speech/ https://www.komu.com/news/trump-emphasizes-us-accomplishments-in-un-speech/ News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:17:14 AM Jeremy Diamond, CNN Trump emphasizes US accomplishments in UN speech

(CNN) -- President Donald Trump stepped up to the iconic dais at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday on the heels of a year during which his presidency has shaped and shaken the world.

"Today, I stand before the United Nations General Assembly to share the extraordinary progress we've made," he began. "In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country."

There was some muted laughter from the room.

"So true," Trump said.

"I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK," he said, prompting louder laughter.

In the year since he made his first appearance at the UN as president, Trump has sparked trade wars with allies and adversaries alike, delivered a stunning diplomatic détente with North Korea and withdrawn the United States from yet more multilateral agreements and commitments.

Those efforts will all be on display as Trump addressed the gathering of world leaders, delivering a speech that -- like last year -- touted the President's "foreign policy successes.

Ahead of the speech, officials said Trump will emphasize US commitment to its sovereignty above all international organizations and multilateral agreements on the heels of several moves that have put that effort on display, including most recently a decision to cut funding for the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees and a speech by his national security adviser John Bolton undercutting the International Criminal Court.

Bolton, a longtime and fiercely ideological critic of the UN and the former US ambassador to the body, is certain to leave his imprint on Tuesday through Trump's speech.

"We, the people, are sovereign in America, so that infringements on our sovereignty are not infringements on abstractions or infringements on the government. They're an infringement on the people themselves," Bolton said on Monday. "And it's why we believe -- and of course, I'm speaking in secular terms here -- that the Constitution is the highest authority that we recognize. So in a number of different ways, the President's going to address this issue."

Addressing the sovereignty theme, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said Monday Trump will deliver "a recap about his call for every nation to do its part has paid dividends for the United States and the world over this past year."

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has also said Trump will "lay down a marker" on foreign aid, remaining generous, but only "to those that share our values ... that want to work with us."

Trump's speech also comes amid an undercurrent of global unease as Trump continues to up the ante in his trade war with China, after Trump slapped tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports with promises to punch up if China retaliates, threatening to roil the global economy. Trump is expected to address the US's posture on trade -- including toward China -- and defend the tariff actions he has taken with increasing verve over the last year.

Speaking a year after he threatened to "totally destroy North Korea" if it endangered the US or its allies and dubbed the country's leader Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man," Trump will spotlight how radically circumstances have changed since then, touting his diplomatic efforts that were buttressed by international sanctions passed at the UN.

Already on Monday, Trump was quick to address the state of diplomacy with North Korea as he arrived at UN headquarters.

"This is a different world. That was a very dangerous time," Trump said. "This is one year later, a much different time."

CNN's Betsy Klein contributed to this report.

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Parson calls for change to low-income housing tax credits https://www.komu.com/news/parson-calls-for-change-to-low-income-housing-tax-credits/ https://www.komu.com/news/parson-calls-for-change-to-low-income-housing-tax-credits/ News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:36:44 AM The Associated Press Parson calls for change to low-income housing tax credits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says state tax credits for low-income housing won't be issued until lawmakers revamp the program.

Parson on Monday said in the meantime, he will still consider voting for federal low-income housing tax credits but won't support state tax credits.

Parson is among Missouri Housing Development Commission members who vote on how much, if any, low-income housing tax credits are awarded to subsidize affordable housing.

Critics, including former Gov. Eric Greitens, have said the tax credits are inefficient. But Greitens and his housing commission appointees faced pushback for voting against state tax credits last year. Greitens' appointees later resigned.

Parson on Monday named the Carthage Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director Mark Elliff and Lee's Summit Economic Development Council President and CEO Rick McDowell to the board.

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German abuse survivors say Church's $5,900 'recognition fee' is not justice https://www.komu.com/news/german-abuse-survivors-say-church-s-5-900-recognition-fee-is-not-justice/ https://www.komu.com/news/german-abuse-survivors-say-church-s-5-900-recognition-fee-is-not-justice/ News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:29:43 AM Atika Shubert, CNN German abuse survivors say Church's $5,900 'recognition fee' is not justice

(CNN) -- Matthias Katsch says he was 13 years old when a priest at his Jesuit school in Berlin first molested him. His grades suffered and the priest pushed him to have extra tutoring with his teaching colleague, another priest.

This man, Katsch says, stripped him naked in the school music room, bent him over the piano bench and beat him in a sadistic ritual that was repeated multiple times over the next year.

"I thought there might be more boys like me but I always thought I was the only one with a second abuser. It was a terrible shame for me," says Katsch, now 55 and a campaigner seeking justice for victims of abuse in the Catholic Church.

"But I was shocked to find out that I was not the only one. There were many victims that experienced exactly the same grooming. That's when I realized this was systematic."

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In 2010, Katsch went public with his story, triggering an outpouring of testimony from dozens, then hundreds of other survivors.

On Tuesday, the German Bishops' Conference released the results of its own report into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church over the past seven decades.

The numbers are staggering: "at least" 3,677 people have been abused at the hands of more than 1,600 priests and other members of the clergy.

More than half the victims were under 14, as Katsch was at the time, and most of them were boys.

Speaking during the first day of the German Bishops' Conference in Fulda, central Germany, on Tuesday, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, its chairman, described the findings as "shameful."

"We are always shocked and deeply shaken that this happened inside our Church -- and is still possible today -- committed by priests and clergy, the people of God. Those who were given the task to watch over people. We must look at this again and again. We have addressed this before. But we must do more."

But Katsch is doubtful that this report truly reveals the full scale of the crimes committed. The report covers the "absolute bare minimum" of cases voluntarily reported by individual parishes, Katsch says, adding that he believes the real number of victims may be 10 times that many.

"For the survivors, the urgency is we want to know the truth now. We have waited for such a long time, we want it now," Katsch says.

He also believes the Church must address the issue of what the German Bishops' Conference calls "material benefits for recognition of suffering."

"The average payment to a survivor is 3,000 euros ($3,500). And yet the German Church is the richest Church in the world. It's ridiculous. And they know it."

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While it is unclear exactly where the German Church ranks on the global Catholic rich list, it is undeniably extremely wealthy -- far more so than the Vatican.

Last year, Germany's Catholic Church raked in $7.5 billion thanks to its 19th-century "church tax" alone, and it's expected to surpass that number this year.

In 2016, the wealthiest dioceses of Paderborn, Munich and Cologne together declared more than $13 billion in assets, from real estate to stocks, far more than the Vatican's estimated $8 billion.

Germany isn't the only country to impose a church tax -- Austria, Denmark and Sweden do as well -- but it does charge the highest rate.

If you are a registered Catholic, 8% to 9% of your income goes to the Catholic Church, according to German law. The same applies to other denominations, including the Protestant Lutheran Church. In the last census, 30% of Germans were registered as Catholic -- that's nearly 24 million people, far more than any other faith or denomination.

The only way under the law to avoid the tax is by officially renouncing your faith, effectively barring you from receiving any religious service such as weddings or baptisms.

The German's Bishops' Conference estimates that only one-third of German Catholics actually pay the tax but that still accounts for more than 80% of the Church's vast income.

While the Church spends considerable sums on charitable endeavors -- from education to care for the elderly -- and, taken together with the Protestant Church, is the second largest employer in Germany after the government, a number of flagrant examples of overspending has shaken trust in the institution.

In 2014, Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg was removed from his post after an inquiry revealed he had spent more than $40 million on a renovation of his official residence, complete with walk-in closets and designer bathtubs.

The scandal earned him the nickname "Bishop Bling Bling" and he was swiftly recalled to the Vatican by Pope Francis.

Since then, the German Bishops' Conference has made a concerted effort to increase transparency, publishing annual financial statements for each diocese. But that is not enough for some critics of the Church.

"It's not transparent whatsoever," says Christian Weisner, of the Catholic reform group "Wir sind Kirche" ("We are church").

"The church appears transparent because it publishes financial information online. But these figures are very general and vague. When you look closely, you can't see exactly how the money is spent."

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CNN asked the German Bishops' Conference how it calculates how much an abuse survivor should receive in "recognition of suffering" and was referred to their website, which states that a victim of sexual abuse could receive "up to 5,000 euros" with exceptional arrangements for "particularly serious cases."

Katsch is frustrated by the amount and the unrepentant language used to describe the payments.

"The Church paid me a recognition fee of 5,000 euros ($5,900)," he says. "They don't call it compensation. And I don't call it compensation either."

For many survivors like Katsch, what matters most is discovering the truth. He says he received a "recognition" payment of 5,000 euros from the German Catholic Church only after one of his alleged attackers confessed to abusing multiple children.

"They call it a recognition fee? Well, thank you very much, but that's not what I want," Katsch says. "I want justice."

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Maries County K-9 unit finds large amount of drugs during traffic stop https://www.komu.com/news/maries-county-k-9-unit-finds-large-amount-of-drugs-during-traffic-stop/ https://www.komu.com/news/maries-county-k-9-unit-finds-large-amount-of-drugs-during-traffic-stop/ News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 9:35:46 AM Joshua Tyler, KOMU 8 Digital Reporter Maries County K-9 unit finds large amount of drugs during traffic stop

MARIES COUNTY - A K-9 unit found a large amount of drugs in a truck caught speeding in Vichy, the Maries County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Deputies stopped Brandon Williams, 31, for speeding, failing to maintain the right half of the road and having no tail lights working on his trailer.

While searching Williams' vehicle, K-9 Rico found a large amount of methamphetamines, prescription medication, marijuana, items related to the distribution and use of controlled substances.

Williams is a convicted felon and is on parole for abuse or neglect of a child and distribution of a controlled substance.

He is being held at the Maries County Jail and charges are pending.

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Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival switching it up this year https://www.komu.com/news/roots-n-blues-n-bbq-festival-switching-it-up-this-year/ https://www.komu.com/news/roots-n-blues-n-bbq-festival-switching-it-up-this-year/ News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 7:32:09 AM Kara Strickland, KOMU 8 Reporter Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival switching it up this year

COLUMBIA - In the past the the Roots N Blues N BBQ festival has consisted of three days of music, food and family fun, but this year is different. 

"This is our first year to really do a festival week, and it is the first of many," said director of marketing and development for Thumper Productions, Jamie Varvaro. 

Thumper Productions, the company who puts on the festival, is hosting multiple free events throughout the week before the official kick off on Thursday. 

Varvaro said the pre-festival event additions could become traditions. 

"This is the first of many, because it's been really embraced and people are excited about it," Varvaro said. 

Guitar player Jim Valley is set to perform at Flat Branch Park Tuesday as part of the pre-festival kick off events. 

"Jim was a former lead guitar player of Paul Revere and the Raiders, back in the 60s they were huge," he said. 

The Flat Branch Park concert is ahead of other events, which will feature a comedian-juggler, The Burney Sisters, and a documentary screening. 

Varvaro said he hopes the extra events throughout the week draw in people who originally planned to come just for the weekend. 

A representative from the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Megan McConachie, said drawing the festival out throughout the week could be good for tourism. 

"If people are coming in early to get that full festival experience, that's all the better for tourism here in Columbia," she said. 

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JEFFTRAN holding open house to discuss proposed changes https://www.komu.com/news/jefftran-holding-open-house-to-discuss-proposed-changes/ https://www.komu.com/news/jefftran-holding-open-house-to-discuss-proposed-changes/ News Tue, 25 Sep 2018 2:03:37 AM Matthew Judy, KOMU 8 Reporter JEFFTRAN holding open house to discuss proposed changes

COLUMBIA - JEFFTRAN will host an open house Tuesday to discuss proposed changes to the city’s existing bus routes.

The open house will take place at 2:30 on Tuesday afternoon at Jefferson City Hall. This will be the city’s second and final open house. Transit Director Mark Mehmert said the first one in August was productive.

"We had quite a response. We had a lot of folks come through and give us some good input so we're looking forward to this one," he said.

Despite mostly positive reviews, Mehmert said the city is mindful of the effect the changes could have.

"There's also some give and take in a route reconfiguration that's part of the deal," he said.

The proposed changes did receive some negative reviews during the first open house, but Mehmert said people negatively affected by the changes would still be able to easily access bus stops.

"We believe that the areas that we are proposing are not as prevalent of coverage currently. It will still be easy to do some walking to and from," he said. "It's just around the edges moving resources from one point to another. It's not serving a certain area of the city. That's not the case at all. We will still be serving all areas of the city."

Jefferson City resident Patricia Washington, who said she rides the buses every day, is not concerned as long as the busses continue to work properly.

"They do okay," she said. "As long they get us from point A to point B that's all that matters," she said.

After the open houses, a finalized proposal will be sent to the Jefferson City Council

"We are hoping to get more public input and hear what folks have to say. More reaction and that way we have good information for the council to make a decision," Mehmert said.

If the route reconfiguration is approved and passed, Mehmert said the transition could begin in December.

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Instagram co-founders resign from social media company https://www.komu.com/news/instagram-co-founders-resign-from-social-media-company/ https://www.komu.com/news/instagram-co-founders-resign-from-social-media-company/ News Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:02:42 PM The Associated Press Instagram co-founders resign from social media company

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company without explanation.

Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a statement late Monday that he and Mike Krieger, Instagram's chief technical officer, plan to leave the company in the next few weeks and take time off "to explore our curiosity and creativity again."

"Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team," Systrom said. "We've grown from 13 people to over a thousand with offices around the world, all while building products used and loved by a community of over one billion. We're now ready for our next chapter."

"Building new things requires that we step back, understand what inspires us and match that with what the world needs; that's what we plan to do," Systrom said. "We remain excited for the future of Instagram and Facebook in the coming years as we transition from leaders to two users in a billion."

No explanation was given for their sudden departure from the photo-sharing network they founded in 2010.

Facebook bought Instagram in 2012, just before going public, at a price that seemed inconceivable at the time — $1 billion — especially for a little-known startup with no profit. At the time Instagram was ad-free, with a loyal following of 31 million users who were all on mobile devices — still a somewhat elusive bunch for the web-born Facebook back then. Since then, the service has grown to more than 1 billion users and has of course added plenty of advertisements.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Systrom and Krieger "extraordinary product leaders" and said he was looking forward "to seeing what they build next."

The departures are a challenge for Facebook. Instagram has been a bright spot for company not just because it's seen as a more uplifting place than Facebook itself, but because it is popular with teens and young people — a group Facebook has had trouble keeping around.

Instagram has largely escaped Facebook's high-profile problems over user privacy, foreign elections interference and fake news, even though it is not immune to any of these things (Facebook recently disclosed it has deleted hundreds of pages on its namesake site as well as Instagram that were linked to global misinformation campaigns intended to disrupt elections).

Though Systrom, in the early days of Instagram ads, famously checked each one personally to ensure it aligned with the app's aesthetics, he was not as loudly anti-ads as the founder of another popular Facebook-acquired mobile app, WhatsApp.

WhatsApp's CEO Jan Koum resigned in April.

Koum had signaled years earlier that he would take a stand against Facebook if the company's push to increase profits demanded radical changes in the way WhatsApp operates. In a blog post written when Facebook announced the biggest acquisition in its history, Koum wrote that the deal wouldn't have happened if WhatsApp "had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product."

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Army veteran receives "gift of transportation" to develop art business https://www.komu.com/news/army-veteran-receives-gift-of-transportation-to-develop-art-business/ https://www.komu.com/news/army-veteran-receives-gift-of-transportation-to-develop-art-business/ News Mon, 24 Sep 2018 9:05:40 PM David Estrada, KOMU 8 Reporter Army veteran receives

COLUMBIA - 'Welcome Home' and 'Cars4Heroes' gave a new car to an Army veteran who now makes a living out of his passion for art.

"My job right now and what I've decided to do with my life is to create art," Robert Scott Gardner said. "I had a small, compact vehicle and I paint often large. So, when I would be asked to bring paintings to a show or to exhibit some place I can't get them there myself."

He's recently gotten a lot of attention, including here on KOMU.com, and said he is not used to being well-known.

 "A month of two ago I was headed to the grocery store, 9:30 at night, and I came home and a woman sent me a message on Facebook saying, I just saw you I think at the grocery store. Aren't you the artist?" he said.

Gardner said for years he hid secrets he didn't want to tell (including his IV cocaine addiction), so it's "unusual" but "gratifying" to be recognized.

He said he felt honored when people, who might not even know him personally, helped him get a new car. 

"It's very humbling. I guess it's the best word to say because most of my life I haven't felt like I deserve that," he said.  

Gardner went into the Army in 1976 and said he excelled. He got a good-conduct medal and left the service with an honorable discharge.

After getting out of the military, Gardener said, he struggled with drug abuse but got sober for a while. He got married and studied art at Maryville University in St. Louis, then things took a downward turn.

"At the time, I was doing very, very well,” Gardner said."I was selling art, back in the 80s, to people that knew me. My wife at the time kept wanting me to put it into a gallery but I didn't have the confidence to do that yet.”

Before finishing his degree, Gardner said, he got divorced and his wife took almost all of his work and sold it to a gallery in St. Louis because he owed her some money.

"A couple of years ago I was watching TV and there was a show on the 'Starz,' the movie channel, and I'm 99% sure that as I was watching this show, a piece of my art was sitting hanging on wall in the set of this show, in a mansion and I'm like, that's my painting," he said.

Gardner began struggling to cope with trauma stemming from his time in the military. He began abusing drugs and came close to being on the streets. He reached out to the veterans' support group Welcome Home, which helped him get back on track. 

That's where the new car comes in. The Founder of Cars 4 Heroes, Terry Franz, said every year the organization helps between 200 and 300 people with a car. 

"I've been giving cars away to help people in need for 23 years," he said. "Cars 4 Heroes is all about helping our veterans, active-duty military and first responders and/or their families."

The organization, based out of Kansas City, gets cars to give away through donations

Franz described his partnership with Welcome Homes as a "perfect mix."

"Somebody gets into Welcome Home because they need a place to stay, the VA takes over, then they get into HUD-VASH housing and we're kind of that last link," he said. "If we can get them a car, they can get to a job, they can get to the VA. In Scott's case, it's part of how he's going to make it a living, it's get his paintings around."

Welcome Home Development Director Megan Sievers said the group's goal is to honor veterans and restore lives. 

"Part of that process in helping a veteran transition and get back to a greater quality of life that they deserve is to have reliable transportation, to get to and from work, to get to and from the store, things that we might take for granted on a daily basis with our vehicle,” she said.

Sievers said she is confident the new car will help Gardner develop his business even further. 

"For Scott, since he has gotten back on his feet and is doing phenomenal, this will provide him that one extra step up and order to even do more and go beyond probably what he thought he could do before,” she said. 

Gardner said his new car represents an opportunity of growth for him. 

"Maybe I'd be able to eat better next month," he said. "I survive, I have found ways to get by, people say I'm resilient. I eat okay, and I've got a roof over my head, but this will open up some new doorways for me, I believe."

Gardner now plans to donate his old vehicle to Welcome Homes, so someone can fix it and give it to another person in need. 

His art can be seen on his Facebook page. Gardner created the Facebook hashtag #LookForTheBeauty, and shares some of his photographs that way.

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Loved ones mourn the loss of MU student https://www.komu.com/news/loved-ones-mourn-the-loss-of-mu-student/ https://www.komu.com/news/loved-ones-mourn-the-loss-of-mu-student/ News Mon, 24 Sep 2018 8:14:34 PM Evan Dodson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Sydney Kalich, KOMU 8 Reporter, Juliana Tornabene, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Loved ones mourn the loss of MU student

COLUMBIA - Friends and loved ones of MU student Perri A. Jones mourned the loss of Jones at a vigil Monday. The event was held at MU's Black Culture Center. 

The vigil was described as a healing circle for those who loved her. Jones' friends told KOMU 8 Jones was a psychology major who wanted to be a teacher. They also said Jones was the life of every party. Jones was active on campus and involved in organizations like Best Foot Forward and Mizzou's chapter of NAACP. 

Jones' mother, Glynis Owens, said her daughter is already missed. 

"[She's] always volunteering, always just always into something, or someone, I miss her already," Owens said. 

This was one of two vigils held for the Jones. The first was held at the scene of the crash Sunday night. 

“You can cry for so long but she was here for a reason," Jones' cousin, Marquise White, said. "She was here to show love. She embodied love."

Jones, 21, was killed in a car crash on Old Highway 63 in Columbia early Sunday morning.  

Another MU student, Destiny Hardin, 19, was also in the car. She was taken to the hospital with injuries. 

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Missouri church volunteers aid in hurricane disaster relief https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-church-volunteers-aid-in-hurricane-disaster-relief/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-church-volunteers-aid-in-hurricane-disaster-relief/ News Mon, 24 Sep 2018 6:50:28 PM Kasia Kerridge, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri church volunteers aid in hurricane disaster relief

JEFFERSON CITY - More church volunteers are heading to North Carolina Monday night to help communities deal with Hurricane Florence. 

The Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief had 64 people and one therapy dog go to Wallace, North Carolina last Sunday. They now have 87 Missourians there, with 31 more going tonight.

One disaster relief volunteer said the group is helping people get through the initial impact of the storm and the devastation that was caused. 

The volunteers are helping prepare hot food, install tarps on roofing systems that have been destroyed and chain saw trees that have fallen. 

"One of our first priorities, of course, is speed," said one volunteer of the disaster relief, Wesley Hammond, who is in Wallace right now.

Hammond told KOMU 8 News that they have served over 33,000 meals since they arrived over a week ago. 

"One of the first things that we see is relief because there is someone here to help," said Hammond. "When something like this happens, your life is turned upside down and you really don't know what to do first."

Hammond said the drive from Wallace to Wilmington, the nearest large city, is usually a 45-minute drive. It took them four hours through the damage of the hurricane. 

According to the Wallace police chief, 500-600 homes are still underwater within the 16 mile long area. 

Gaylon Moss, director of the Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief, said the group is providing chaplaincy services for spiritual and emotional care.

"We are people of faith and we feel like this is the best way for us to express that faith and to share God's love in a tangible way," said Moss. 

Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief has also helped in Colorado flooding, Iowa tornado and the Branson duck boat accident. 

Moss said they plan to stay in North Carolina for at least two to three more weeks, but is still unsure when they will come home to Missouri. 

Hammond said that the most rewarding thing is how gracious the people of Missouri have been, as well as how grateful the volunteers feel. 

"Not only are we there to support them and encourage them, but actually to equip them to get through it and do the things that they can't do themselves," said Hammond. 

Video footage courtesy of Sean McMackins.

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Missouri high court lets voters decide redistricting measure https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-high-court-lets-voters-decide-redistricting-measure/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-high-court-lets-voters-decide-redistricting-measure/ News Mon, 24 Sep 2018 5:33:41 PM The Associated Press Missouri high court lets voters decide redistricting measure

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court won't reconsider a ruling allowing voters to decide on a ballot measure changing the way state legislative districts are drawn.

The decision Monday reaffirms a ruling last week by a state appeals court panel letting the so-called Clean Missouri initiative appear on the Nov. 6 ballot as Constitutional Amendment 1. Opponents had claimed the initiative violates the state constitution by addressing too many topics.

The proposal would create a new position of nonpartisan demographer to draw state House and Senate boundaries based on the 2020 Census using criteria intended to achieve "partisan fairness." The maps would be submitted for approval to bipartisan commissions, which would have less leeway than in the past to draft their own plans.

The initiative also would limit lobbyist gifts to lawmakers.

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