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. () () Thu, 19 Oct 2017 HH:10:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Multi-county car chase ends with two in custody http://www.komu.com/news/multi-county-car-chase-ends-with-two-in-custody/ http://www.komu.com/news/multi-county-car-chase-ends-with-two-in-custody/ News Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:09:37 AM Samantha Kummerer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Multi-county car chase ends with two in custody

BOONEVILLE - Police took two into custody after a car chase late Wednesday night. 

Police said the chase began on I-70 near Rangeline Road. It ended at mile marker 99 in Booneville. 

Cooper County deputies, MO State Highway Patrol and Boone County deputies assisted in the chase. 

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Airline's first all-female crew takes off from Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/airline-s-first-all-female-crew-takes-off-from-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/airline-s-first-all-female-crew-takes-off-from-missouri/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:07:13 PM Samantha Kummerer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Airline's first all-female crew takes off from Missouri

ST. LOUIS - Southwest's first all-female crew took off from Missouri on Wednesday. 

The flight traveled from St. Louis to San Francisco. 

The airline celebrated by tweeting photos of the crew before take-off. 

The flight is historic for Southwest but isn't unprecedented. 

In March, Air India became the first airline to fly a round-the-world flight with an all-female crew.

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Jaden Schwartz has hat trick, Blues beat Blackhawks 5-2 http://www.komu.com/news/jaden-schwartz-has-hat-trick-blues-beat-blackhawks-5-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/jaden-schwartz-has-hat-trick-blues-beat-blackhawks-5-2/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:06:59 PM The Associated Press Jaden Schwartz has hat trick, Blues beat Blackhawks 5-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz had his third career hat trick to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Schwartz has four goals and six assists this season and has at least one point in six of the Blues' first seven games. It was his 51st career multi-point game and fourth this season.

Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist, Kyle Brodziak also scored, and Jake Allen made 22 saves. The Blues snapped a two-game losing streak.

Duncan Keith and Ryan Hartman had late goals for the Blackhawks, and Corey Crawford made 28 saves.

Schwartz opened the scoring at 4:46 of the first period, tucking in a backhander off Tarasenko's feed.

Schwartz left the game eight minutes later after going awkwardly head-first into the boards after getting tangled with Richard Panik on a partial short-handed break.

Schwartz returned in the second period, and gave the Blues a 2-0 lead at 5:59. Allen's outlet pass off the boards created a 2-on-1 with Schwartz and Sammy Blais. It was Allen's fourth career assist.

Tarasenko made it 3-0 two minutes later, scoring his fifth of the season by stripping Artem Anisimov in front of the Chicago net.

St. Louis outshot Chicago 26-8 in the first two periods, including 17-4 in the second. The four shots in each of the first two periods were a season low for the Blackhawks in a period.

Brodziak scored at 7:01 of the third. It was the first time this season the Blues' third or fourth line scored.

After Keith and Hartman scored for Chicago, Schwartz completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal.

NOTES: Blackhawks television analyst Eddie Olczyk, who is battling colon cancer, received a standing ovation from the crowd of 18,752 after being recognized late in the first period. Olczyk was back in the booth for the first time since his diagnosis in August. ... Blues F Alexander Steen (broken left hand) was activated from injured reserve and made his season debut. To make room, the Blues waived F Wade Megan. ... Blues F Paul Stastny is one point shy of 600 for his career. ... Blackhawks C Nick Schmaltz (upper body) returned after missing four games.


Blackhawks: Host Edmonton on Thursday night.

Blues: Travel to Colorado on Thursday night.

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Police investigating death on 2700 block of Summit Road http://www.komu.com/news/police-investigating-death-on-2700-block-of-summit-road/ http://www.komu.com/news/police-investigating-death-on-2700-block-of-summit-road/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 7:39:04 PM Jenna Puritz, KOMU Reporter Police investigating death on 2700 block of Summit Road

COLUMBIA - Columbia Police Department responded to a call at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in West Columbia.

They are investigating a death that has not yet been verified as foul play or not. CPD is currently waiting on the investigative team to be granted a search warrant. 

"The death was discovered by a family member and they called in at 4:12 p.m.," Sergeant Mike Youtsey said. 

CPD arrived on the scene three minutes later, but in order to continue with a proper investigation a search warrant is necessary. According to Sgt. Youtsey, requesting a search warrant is typical procedure in death investigations.

CPD is staying at the house to keep crime scene integrity, and are waiting for detectives and the warrant. 

The forensic and detective teams arrived at 10 p.m., the investigation is still ongoing.

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From kids to adults: People get to know Hartzler at Youth Town Hall http://www.komu.com/news/from-kids-to-adults-people-get-to-know-hartzler-at-youth-town-hall/ http://www.komu.com/news/from-kids-to-adults-people-get-to-know-hartzler-at-youth-town-hall/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 7:14:56 PM Stephanie Sandoval, KOMU 8 Reporter From kids to adults: People get to know Hartzler at Youth Town Hall

ASHLAND - Children, parents and politicians attended a Youth Town Hall featuring Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, Wednesday evening at the Ashland Optimist Club building. 

Three middle school students, two of which are home-schooled, put together the Youth Town Hall. Jacob Schelp, the 11-year-old behind the idea, became interested in history when he was just 5 years old. As he aged, his love for history expanded into politics. 

“History has a lot to do with politics,” Schelp said.  

He said he wanted to create a Youth Town Hall that’s more geared toward his age group. Schelp said he attended several forums, but noticed there weren't any children there his age. 

“So, I thought to myself, ‘Why don't I make a Youth Town Hall so kids can have a Youth Town Hall that’s based on them,’” Schelp said.  

Zack Sample and Claire Thurnau also helped organize the event. Thurnau said she thought it went really well, despite a low head count. Around 4 to 5 rows were filled.

“Even if we do have a smaller audience, we’re still getting questions asked and still getting answers to it,” Thurnau said. 

Rep. Sara Walsh, R-Ashland, Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, made an appearance.  

Although Hartzler is a Republican, Schelp said the event was non-partisan. However, Jordan Narrol, a Hickman High School freshmen, said he didn't like the setup of the questions for Hartzler.

“When I tried to ask her questions she would answer with like ‘Oh wow that’s really nice that you're asking this’ and then not really answering the question to the fullest degree,” Narrol said.  

He said he didn't like the fact that people had to submit their questions in beforehand. 

“You couldn't have political questions, but she can have political answers, so it’s just a 30 minute advertisement for Vicky Hartzler," Narrol said. 

Schelp said he’s thinking about making a club so people around his age can join. He said it could be a conservative club or just a non-partisan club. 

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MU's active threat alerts raise concern on campus http://www.komu.com/news/mu-s-active-threat-alerts-raise-concern-on-campus/ http://www.komu.com/news/mu-s-active-threat-alerts-raise-concern-on-campus/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 6:51:42 PM Daytona Everett, KOMU 8 Reporter MU's active threat alerts raise concern on campus

COLUMBIA - After an active threat on MU’s campus, some are disappointed with the MU Alert system and question its ability to get details out in a timely manner.

MU Alert sent out its first tweet Wednesday at 11:23.

MU student Ethan Phillips said he felt like the alerts were coming after the information was spreading around campus.

MU Spokesperson Christian Basi said, “Obviously we always tell folks to be very careful about hearing things through other means other than official channels.”

A stream of tweets followed the initial MU alert outlining the appearance and location of the subject.

There were eleven tweets in all, but students like Phillips said people on campus still felt “out-of-the-loop.”

“We have fifty-thousand people on campus and that’s a lot of people who are going to make different decisions based on their own specific situation,” Basi said.

One of the updates went out a few minutes later.

“Different locations took the situation more seriously,” Phillips said.

He was at the Student Center lobby surrounded by around 200-250 people. An alarm sounded and everyone thought someone was stealing from the Student Center, he said.

Some people received text alerts while others did not. To receive text alerts, you must be registered.

“Everybody was kind of like sitting around like 'oh well, she ain’t coming in here,’” Phillips said. He did receive an alert.

Basi said, after the events Wednesday, MU Alert is discussing several new initiatives such as providing additional texts, being more specific when identifying certain locations on campus and providing specific directions to people.

Phillips suggests MU Alert use text alerts and tweet more often; preferably every two to three minutes.

As of right now, text alerts are only available to MU faculty, staff and students. Basi said he hopes to extend that to the rest of the local community in the near future.

He also recommends people utilize the MU Alert website for updates and other tools.

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Leaders to decide use of funds for downtown spots disrupted by construction http://www.komu.com/news/leaders-to-decide-use-of-funds-for-downtown-spots-disrupted-by-construction/ http://www.komu.com/news/leaders-to-decide-use-of-funds-for-downtown-spots-disrupted-by-construction/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 5:33:27 PM Char'Nese Turner, KOMU 8 Reporter Leaders to decide use of funds for downtown spots disrupted by construction

COLUMBIA - The Downtown Leadership Council met Tuesday to decide how to spend fees paid by developers to compensate businesses for the inconvenience caused by construction.

"The funds will also provide signage to let customers know that the business is still open," council chair Scott Wilson said.

The public inconvenience fee allows the city to charge construction companies when they build downtown. When developers apply for a permit to close a city street or to block off a sidewalk they must estimate the length of time they will use the street. 

"So right now they've collected about $15,000 in the last 10 months," Wilson said. "That should go up a lot more because a lot of the development downtown was grandfathered in before the public inconvenience fee came into affect." 

The Downtown Leadership Council hopes the fee can be used to notify the public of street closures and to alert them, not only the length of time, but also how to get around downtown and get to the businesses. 

Brian Coley, owner of Coley's American Bistro, said the city should be more proactive and do more than reimburse businesses. 

"I think the fee shouldn't directly reimburse businesses," he said. "The fee should help businesses prepare for these large construction projects and give them some supplementing funds for promotion to get customers back in." 

Wilson said the goal of the fee is to minimize the effect of construction on businesses downtown. 

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Man sentenced for bomb threats against Missouri courthouse http://www.komu.com/news/man-sentenced-for-bomb-threats-against-missouri-courthouse/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-sentenced-for-bomb-threats-against-missouri-courthouse/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 4:31:48 PM The Associated Press Man sentenced for bomb threats against Missouri courthouse

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Arkansas man who made bomb threats to a county courthouse in Missouri so his court hearing would be canceled has been sentenced to 2.5 years in federal prison without parole.

Federal prosecutors said 36-year-old Phillip Ray Robison Jr., of Hartford, Arkansas, was sentenced Wednesday for making the threats against the Cedar County Courthouse because he didn't want to go to jail for a case in that county.

He admitted that he made three separate bomb threats on Jan. 11, 2016, which caused two evacuations of the courthouse in Stockton. He called another bomb threat into the courthouse on Jan. 25, 2016.

Prosecutors said Robison was afraid of being sent to state prison for 120 days for violating probation after a prior conviction for distribution of illegal narcotics.

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Five MU teams awarded Coulter Grants http://www.komu.com/news/five-mu-teams-awarded-coulter-grants/ http://www.komu.com/news/five-mu-teams-awarded-coulter-grants/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 3:14:24 PM Kevin Levine, KOMU 8 News Reporter Five MU teams awarded Coulter Grants

COLUMBIA - Six years after being one of the first 16 schools to incorporate the Coulter Awards, MU has become the first school in the nation to fully fund the awards internally. 

The Coulter Award is a grant given to projects at the University designed to accelerate academic health care innovations by helping biomedical researchers turn their projects into real products and services that can improve patient care. 

"What's really unique about the Coulter award is that it's directly applicable to getting the technology to the market to help patients," Coulter Award winner Dr. James Cook said. 

Dr. Cook, along with partner Dr. Trent Guess, won two of the five Coulter awards this year, one for a simpler solution to fix stiff knees and another for an easy-to-use tool for accurate screening, diagnosis and treatment of knee ligament injuries.

"Understanding that we're going for a practical solution in real life, that's a unique thing that drives [the project] forward faster, and makes it to the ultimate fruition that it's after," Dr. Cook said. 

Coulter Award winners receive a grant this year to help their project, but the Coulter program keeps with the projects all the way until they reach market or research is discontinued.

"Once a Coulter project, always a Coulter project," MU Coulter Program Director Cynthia Helphingstine said. "Even projects that were funded in the first year, we're still working with those people until either we get that technology licensed to a company, a startup that can raise money, or until we get it into the hands of an industry partner that can continue the commercialization."

This was the first year MU involved students in the decision process of selecting Coulter Award winners as part of a marketing class. One of the students, William Galvin, said the class was extremely valuable preparing him for a job like this in the future.

"This class has been of the upmost value to me because it's really given me a comprehensive view on the medical industry as a whole," Galvin said. "It's really laid the foundation and given me the inspiration to keep working towards this goal of getting my dream career and my dream job."

The grants total $409,000 to be distributed to the five awarded projects. 

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Individuals with alcoholism can find help more easily with new tool http://www.komu.com/news/individuals-with-alcoholism-can-find-help-more-easily-with-new-tool/ http://www.komu.com/news/individuals-with-alcoholism-can-find-help-more-easily-with-new-tool/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 3:12:43 PM Jasmine Ramirez, KOMU 8 Reporter Individuals with alcoholism can find help more easily with new tool

COLUMBIA – People struggling with alcoholism can find help more easily with a new online navigator tool released by the National Institutes of Health.

Many people think their options are limited when looking for treatment, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse. The online tool offers a directory of providers for alcohol treatment across the United States.

The navigator is designed to increase a person’s chances at success by providing them with more choices. Therapist Candice Kundert said the tool is helpful for people suffering with alcoholism. 

“Not everyone has access or the ability to go to a treatment center. Often they are constricted by money issues or insurance, so at least they can maybe get into therapy or counseling," Kundert said. 

People with alcoholism can attend group or individual counseling sessions, getting medication from a doctor or psychiatrist to help lessen alcohol cravings and family therapy options to support recovery.

Guides are available for the person, their family and friends to explain treatment options. Kundert said family members are important to offer as much love and support as they can. 

She said helping a person overcome alcoholism takes understanding.

"It is a disease. The choice mechanism in the brain gets very messed up during alcoholism or drug abuse," Kundert said. "People are unable to make decisions that are good for themselves until they are able to get over it."

The navigator has sources listed for more specific cases like adolescent treatment and even information to help clinicians treat their patients.

The navigator gives contact information for support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, LifeRing and SMART Recovery.

It also gives a list of recommended questions for people to ask a potential treatment providers to make sure they are a good match.

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Judge fines Missouri prosecutor for denying public records http://www.komu.com/news/judge-fines-missouri-prosecutor-for-denying-public-records/ http://www.komu.com/news/judge-fines-missouri-prosecutor-for-denying-public-records/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 2:52:14 PM The Associated Press Judge fines Missouri prosecutor for denying public records

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A judge has fined a central Missouri prosecutor more than $12,000 for failing to provide records to a man doing research for the marijuana activist group Show-Me Cannabis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the fine stems from records Aaron Malin sought from Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson in 2015 in an effort to show how the drug war is fought in the state.

Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled that Richardson "knowingly and purposefully" violated the state's open-records laws by denying Malin's requests. Malin asked for communication between Richardson and the area's drug task force.

Malin told the newspaper he hopes the case sends a signal to other government officials about complying with the state's Sunshine Law.

Richardson didn't immediately return an Associated Press request for comment Wednesday.

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Missouri ranks 10th in the country for women killed by men http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-ranks-10th-in-the-country-for-women-killed-by-men/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-ranks-10th-in-the-country-for-women-killed-by-men/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 2:36:05 PM Dallas Parker and Kyreon Lee, KOMU 8 Reporters Missouri ranks 10th in the country for women killed by men

MEXICO-- As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, a report by the Violence Policy Center shows that Missouri ranks 10th in female homicide rates. 

New Mexico tied with Missouri for the number 10 spot. 

According to the report, the homicide rate among females murdered by men was 1.52 per 100,000 in 2015. In Missouri, 47 women were killed.

(Data from Violence Policy Center)

Executive Director for Audrain County Crisis Intervention Services, Janelle Williams, said rural communities are more likely to have cases of domestic violence.

"Rural communities really have it bad because there are a lack of resources, there's lack of transportation, you tend to have more poverty issues and so domestic violence issues tend to be a bigger issue in rural communities."

In Missouri, 95 percent of women killed were killed by someone they knew, and 65 percent died at the hands of someone they were intimately involved with.

Guns were the cause of death among 71 percent of identifiable females intimates in 2015.

Matthew Huffman, the prevention director of Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, said there hasn't been an urge to close the gap in the Missouri state law that allows domestic abusers to carry guns.

"Our state laws provide that gap. Many of those are created because there hasn't been a strong push," Huffman said.

"The presence of a gun in a domestic violence household increases risk of homicide by 500 percent," Williams said. 

Victims of domestic violence can seek help through the following local services:

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Rep. Vicky Hartzler wants to make it easier to work at VA hospitals http://www.komu.com/news/rep-vicky-hartzler-wants-to-make-it-easier-to-work-at-va-hospitals/ http://www.komu.com/news/rep-vicky-hartzler-wants-to-make-it-easier-to-work-at-va-hospitals/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 2:24:13 PM Alexis Reese, KOMU 8 Reporter Rep. Vicky Hartzler wants to make it easier to work at VA hospitals

COLUMBIA – Rep. Vicky Hartzler, (R)-Missouri, presented a new piece of legislation she says is aimed at getting more people working at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

The VA Fairness in Hiring Act (HR 4037) would provide some relief to the VA by exempting medical professionals who seek employment at the VA from entering into non-compete agreements in private practices.

“We want to level the playing field by allowing our local VA hospitals to talk to the physicians out the community who may have a non-compete agreement right now and allow them to come to the VA,” Hartzler said.

Right now, medical professionals who work at private practice hospitals are not able to work at VA hospitals because of their private practice's non-compete clauses.

Truman VA Deputy Chief of Staff Aaron Zuidema said the non-compete agreements have been a problem for the VA.

“That’s always been a disadvantage for us because if they go to the community and they’re interested, a lot of times that puts a little bit of a barrier, a complication on things,” Zuidema said.

Hartzler also mentioned her VHA Recruitment, Hiring and Retention Act of 2017, which she proposed in September. She said this legislation would help local Veterans’ Hospitals to hire and keep more qualified health professionals.

“We want to see that demand, we want to see more veterans want to get their care here,” Zuidema said. “But we want to make sure that we can keep up with that demand with high quality providers and nursing staff and other staff members.”

Zuidema said the VA saw an increase in veterans in the last few years and are doing everything they can do to recruit quality health professionals.

Hartzler said she is looking to the future and has specific goals in mind.

“I’m going to be working now with the VA Committee in the House to get this passed,” she said. “They are working on a major piece of legislation and if my bill doesn’t go as a standalone, I think there’s a good opportunity that maybe we could roll this in a larger veterans bill later on in the year.”

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Report details Missouri hospital's handling of patients http://www.komu.com/news/report-details-missouri-hospital-s-handling-of-patients/ http://www.komu.com/news/report-details-missouri-hospital-s-handling-of-patients/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 2:13:07 PM The Associated Press Report details Missouri hospital's handling of patients

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A new report sheds light physical confrontations between a Missouri hospital's staff and patients that put the facility at risk of losing Medicare funding.

A spokeswoman for Mercy Hospital Springfield tells the Springfield News-Leader that the August report resulted in the firing of a dozen employees and the threat of losing funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The federal agency investigated following a complaint regarding patient care. The agency found instances of staff neglecting patients' request for medical help and employees being physically forceful with patients.

The report flagged four occurrences of "abuse and/or neglect" between April and August.

An agency spokeswoman said that as of last month, the hospital was still out of compliance on two conditions needed to participate in Medicare. The agency will revisit Mercy this month.

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Remains found in March identified as Missouri woman http://www.komu.com/news/remains-found-in-march-identified-as-missouri-woman/ http://www.komu.com/news/remains-found-in-march-identified-as-missouri-woman/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 2:08:27 PM The Associated Press Remains found in March identified as Missouri woman

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Authorities have confirmed that remains found in March in southern Missouri are a woman who has been missing since September 2015.

The remains were identified as Elisabeth Hornbeck of Mountain View, Missouri. The remains were found about two miles west of Mountain View by a person searching for scrap metal.

The West Plains Daily Quill reported Hornbeck's mother, Lisa, was notified Monday that the remains were her daughter's.

Howell County authorities said Elisabeth Hornbeck was last seen by her mother on September 2015 at a home in Mountain View. Witnesses said they saw Elisabeth arguing with two men at a park. Police said she was forced into a car and disappeared.

No one has been arrested in the case. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the investigation is continuing.

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MU begins search for new Civil Rights official http://www.komu.com/news/mu-begins-search-for-new-civil-rights-official/ http://www.komu.com/news/mu-begins-search-for-new-civil-rights-official/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 1:20:11 PM Daniel Litwin, KOMU 8 Reporter MU begins search for new Civil Rights official

COLUMBIA- The MU community made its voice heard Wednesday, laying out the characteristics, qualities and experiences it's looking for in a new Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights, Title IX and ADA.

The search committee for the position, comprised of 16 people representing several groups on campus, held an open forum to seek input from all university stakeholders, including administrators, professors and students.

"This is a position that works with faculty, staff and students, which is unique in some administrator roles," said Emily Love, Title IX coordinator. "This person plays a huge role in prevention, education, and ultimately remedying the effects of any form of discrimination, sexual misconduct."

Love and Tina Bloom, associate professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing, are co-chairing the committee, and wanted to make sure whomever they hire fits the criteria set by the MU community.

"It's a position that's really important to a lot of people on campus," said Bloom.

The committee broke the forum down into the three main areas that will determine the new administrator: demonstrated experience, leadership characteristics and desired qualities.

Members of the audience had plenty to say on each topic.

Demonstrated Experience

"This person needs to have an understanding and experience working with transgender, gender-queer and nonconforming populations," said Sean Olmstead, LGBTQ Resource Center coordinator.

Olmstead also said 18 percent of those students come to college expecting discrimination, which makes the incoming coordinator's experience even more crucial.

"It cannot be overstated that this individual has to have done work not only on the Title IX but on the civil rights side. They have to be willing to challenge an institution where we don't always feel comfortable looking at our own biases," said Liz Zufall, executive assistant for the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX. "I think it would be difficult for someone from within this institution to do that."

Ryan Gavin, strategic communications manager for the Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, said it's important to find somebody who understands the new digital landscape that students participate in.

"With the more time that people spend online and using social media, that a lot of these things that might have taken place traditionally in a classroom setting or a one on one situation, now happen online," Gavin said.

"I would like to see someone who has a strong sense of intersectionality. How students within marginalized communities may be experiencing further marginalization within those communities," said Sterling Waldman, an undergraduate student at MU.

Leadership Characteristics

"You need someone who is unbossed and unbought. Someone who can do what's fair and what's just. Even when her or his reputation may be on the line in terms of people liking them," said Rhodesia McMillian, associate director for K-12 Access, Programming and Engagement. "I'd rather him or her say no to a dean because it's fair and it's just, than to say yes just to be embraced."

Frankie Minor, a former MU employee, said he wants to see someone with a strong sense of advocacy.

"I think what this person needs is not somebody who's just going to respond to issues or concerns brought to them, but raise this discussion on the campus with the people that they need to do that," Minor said. "This person has to be critically involved with the rapidly changing environment and willing to advocate and educate the campus and campus leaders."

Desired Qualities

Alejandra Gudino, an Inclusion and Diversity Educator, said she needs someone in the position who can foster new traditions and is easy to collaborate with.

"Higher education is all about traditions. Look what's about to happen this weekend, and look who's not. It's a lot of people who's not there, and there's a reason. There's fear, there's a lot of students who don't want to walk in the parade, there's a lot of staff that doesn't feel they're welcome. That needs to change," Gudino said.

The committee will meet for the first time Wednesday evening to discuss opinions gathered at the forum.

It plans to have someone hired for the position by March 2018, with another open forum and stakeholder interviews on the schedule once it selects a pool of finalists.

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Rep. Hartzler meets with farmers ahead of 2018 Farm Bill discussion http://www.komu.com/news/rep-hartzler-meets-with-farmers-ahead-of-2018-farm-bill-discussion/ http://www.komu.com/news/rep-hartzler-meets-with-farmers-ahead-of-2018-farm-bill-discussion/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:16:34 PM Carolina Brigagao, KOMU 8 Reporter Rep. Hartzler meets with farmers ahead of 2018 Farm Bill discussion

BOONE COUNTY -As the U.S. House starts working on the 2018 Farm Bill, mid-Missouri's congressional representative talked with agricultural producers and farmers to get their thoughts on what it should include.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, talked with farmers as part of a summit held by MU.

Hartzler is on the House Agricultural Committee, and will help craft the 2018 Farm Bill, as the 2014 bill is set to expire.

The 2014 Farm Bill addressed policies such as: 

  • Conservation
  • Nutrition
  • Rural Development
  • Research, Extension and Related Matters 
  • Crop insurance 
  • Trade
  • Credit
  • Forestry
  • Energy
  • Horticulture

"Today's summit is to make sure that Missouri gets a chance to talk about what needs in terms of what worked in the previous farm bill, what changes we would like to see in the next farm bill," said Scott Brown, state extension specialist in agriculture economics for the University of Missouri.

The greater focus of the summit's discussion was on research and crop insurance. Vice Chancellor of extension engagement Marshal Stewart said both the university and the state benefit from federal funds provided by the bill.

"We were very fortunate because we saw our funding in terms of extension and research rank pretty much the same. Which allows us to not only create better resources but also push that research out across the state of Missouri and other places," he said.

Brown said crop insurance should also stay as a priority in the 2018 bill.

"When you look at some particular policies that we are discussing with the 2018 Farm Bill, number one is crop insurance. It's a chance for producers to buy insurance related to the crop they produce and the revenue that crop produces," Brown said. "When we have dry weather, producers aren't going to have the crop. Yet, they still have the same amount of costs getting that crop in the ground."

The first version of the bill should be out in a few weeks, with a full version going to the Senate in early 2018.

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Local group addresses need for volunteers at Welcome Home http://www.komu.com/news/local-group-addresses-need-for-volunteers-at-welcome-home/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-group-addresses-need-for-volunteers-at-welcome-home/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:06:58 PM Local group addresses need for volunteers at Welcome Home

COLUMBIA - VALOR pulled into the parking lot at Welcome Home on Wednesday, ready to fill the organization's need for volunteers. 

VALOR is a group of volunteers who work for U.S. Cellular in Columbia. The name stands for "Veteran Associates Leading Organizational Results."

Mike Burwell is the director of sales at U.S. Cellular. He said the group works to be a support system to people and organizations in need. 

"We really try to support any cause but we mainly do a lot in the community to support veterans specifically," Burwell said. 

In the past, the group's work has included cleaning the headstones of veterans, placing flags on them and working to find out what the veteran community needs. 

"It's a community we all work in, thrive in and so it's important to give back to the community that gives so much to us," Burwell said.

Welcome Home is a non-profit community organization that seeks to help and house homeless veterans as they re-enter society. 

Development director Megan Sievers said while the new facility is great, the need for volunteers is crucial to the program's work. 

"We are a community organization and so it's important for us to get help to make the kitchen run, tend to our community garden and to ensure our landscaping is together," Sievers said. 

While the Valor Group was helpful in terms of landscaping, Sievers said the real need is in the kitchen.

"This is the first time we've had a kitchen and we need volunteers to make that work. We now have what we call Kitchen Patrol Duty and we're hoping people become a part of that."

If you're interested in volunteering for Welcome Home, you can visit their website or call them at (573) 443-8001.

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UPDATE: MU officials say person in custody, no further threat to campus http://www.komu.com/news/update-mu-officials-say-person-in-custody-no-further-threat-to-campus/ http://www.komu.com/news/update-mu-officials-say-person-in-custody-no-further-threat-to-campus/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:02:23 PM Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 News Content Manager UPDATE: MU officials say person in custody, no further threat to campus

COLUMBIA - Police have found the person connected to the alert at MU, and have taken that person into custody. MU officials said the person was found off campus, and there is no further threat to campus.

At around 11:30 on Wednesday, MU Alert sent notification about a possible threat on or near campus. Columbia police later clarified to say they were investigating reports of a possibly suicidal woman who may have had a gun. 

Initial information indicated a female was traveling in a vehicle in the 300 block of Hitt Street. She then abandoned her vehicle near Hitt Street and Elm Street and started walking, according to a press release from the Columbia Police Department. 

At one point police narrowed their search to the eastern section of the MU campus, an area including Memorial Union and known colloquially as the White Campus. Officials also advised people on campus to shelter in place, and people not on campus to avoid the area.

Columbia Police officers, including patrol officers, K-9 Unit officers, detectives with the Street Crimes Unit, Community Outreach officers, and officers from the Crisis Negotiation Team, along with MU Police officers all were actively searching for the subject. 

Columbia Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark confirmed Lee Elementary School, which is just north of Mizzou, was put on modified lockdown, meaning classes would continue but no one is allowed to enter or leave.

Just before 1 p.m., officers located the female on the 400 block of Park Avenue and took her into custody.

She was not in possession of the reported firearm at the time of being detained and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. 

At approximately 1:22 p.m., officers located a firearm on the 1000 block of University Avenue, and it is believed she discarded her weapon at that location. 

At no time throughout the investigation was there an indication that she intended to harm anyone else, according to the Columbia Police Department. 

[Editor's note: This story has been updated with the latest information.]

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Moberly police arrest man on suspicion of numerous sex crimes http://www.komu.com/news/moberly-police-arrest-man-on-suspicion-of-numerous-sex-crimes/ http://www.komu.com/news/moberly-police-arrest-man-on-suspicion-of-numerous-sex-crimes/ News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 9:49:21 AM Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 News Content Manager & Lindsey Fafoglia, KOMU 8 Reporter Moberly police arrest man on suspicion of numerous sex crimes

MOBERLY - Police arrested a man Tuesday on suspicion of more than a dozen crimes, including rape, statutory rape, sodomy, and incest.

The Randolph County Prosecutor's Office filed charges against Carl Sheets, 38, whose bond has been set at $500,000.

The charges against Sheets include:

  • Sodomy
  • Statutory sodomy 
  • Three counts of incest
  • Rape or attempted rape
  • Statutory Rape
  • Four counts of endangering the welfare of a child
  • Abuse or neglect of a child
  • Three counts of domestic assault
  • Unlawful use of a weapon

The probable cause statement reports Sheets forced his victims to have oral sex with him.

Moberly Police Chief Troy Link said he cannot give any more information than what is on the probable cause statement about these "horrendous accounts," adding he doesn't want to impact the case or give away any information prematurely.

Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Fusselman said the Moberly Police Department arrested Sheets at his place of work.

Fusselman said they have worked with a number of counties and services on the investigation to put together a timeline and gather all of the information.

"We finally got it to a point this year where we were finally able to get the charges filed and move forward with the case," Fusselman said. "A couple of years ago the Moberly Police Department started an investigation into this case...as with a lot of abuse cases, there were a lot of places where this particular family resided."

Fusselman said child abuse cases are difficult for various reasons.

"In child abuse cases sometimes kids can't take the stand because they can't testify in the personal presence of the defendant." He said children sometimes have a difficult time remembering exact instances of abuse, especially if it is something they have always lived with.

According to court records, Sheets' arraignment is scheduled for Monday, October 23.

[Editor's note: This story has been updated with the latest information.]

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