KOMU.com http://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, 19 Jun 2018 HH:06:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force' http://www.komu.com/news/trump-announces-plans-for-pentagon-to-create-space-force-/ http://www.komu.com/news/trump-announces-plans-for-pentagon-to-create-space-force-/ News Mon, 18 Jun 2018 7:08:51 PM The Associated Press Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force" as an independent military service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space — though he may have limited power to develop a new military command.

While Trump has previously talked about his desire for a space unit, he seemed to take those musings one step further, specifically ordering the Pentagon to begin the creation of a sixth branch of the American armed forces.

"When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space," Trump said during remarks at the White House. "We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal."

Turning to seek out Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Trump said, "General Dunford, if you would carry that assignment out, I would be very greatly honored also ...Where's General Dunford? General? Got it?"

Dunford appeared to acknowledge the order, responding, "we got it." But the directive seemed to take defense officials by surprise. Creating a new joint military command is largely the purview of Congress, which would have to provide the authority and any funding or shifting of money to a new unit.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said that the department understands the president's guidance, and is working on the matter while taking into consideration the implications for intelligence operations for the other services. "Working with Congress, this will be a deliberate process with a great deal of input from multiple stakeholders," she said.

A senior congressional aide said that Trump's order is consistent with efforts by members of Congress over the past two years to find a way to dedicate additional resources to the country's warfighting in space. But the issue has been contested, and even Defense Secretary Jim Mattis expressed some early reluctance to creating a new military service citing the expense and broader effort to integrate warfighting.

The Defense Department is already in the middle of a congressionally-mandated review of the space force issue. The study began in March, with an interim review due in August and a final report due December 31. It's not clear if the president's comments Monday were meant to override or influence that study.

Decades ago, the military deemed space a critical war-fighting domain, creating the Colorado-based Air Force Space Command in 1982. It includes more than 36,000 personnel around the world that provide space and cyber capabilities for the Defense Department. And the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in California, designs and buys most of the Pentagon's space systems, while also overseeing satellite and other aircraft launches.

In addition, a number of federal defense agencies control portions of the space program, including NASA and the National Reconnaissance Office, which develops and operates surveillance spacecraft and satellites for intelligence gathering.

In a March document outlining the review, the Pentagon said it has already made organizational changes to beef up the stature of the space force, but is reviewing others. The document sent to Congress said the review will look at research, capabilities, acquisition and joint warfighting needs, and will assess "whether the Space Corps concept should be implemented."

The establishment of an independent space force was mentioned by Trump in a March speech to service members in California, but it has faced opposition since it could create an expensive new headquarters bureaucracy and trigger complex and divisive battles between the agencies that currently control part of the space mission. So far, the Pentagon doesn't have any cost estimates for the development of a new command, or any description of how it would be set up or its impact on other defense and intelligence agencies.

Ever since the Space Age started with the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik, there has been a military and national security aspect to space, even though there are treaties and a United Nations committee that explicitly talk about keeping space a place of peace. In the 1950s, President Dwight Eisenhower established two separate space programs — a civilian one that became NASA, and a military one.

Trump more broadly envisioned a bright future for the U.S. space program, pledging to revive the country's flagging efforts, return to the moon and eventually send a human mission that would reach Mars. The president framed space as a national security issue, saying he does not want "China and Russia and other countries leading us." While the U.S. has dominated in space since the 1969 moon landing, China is making strong headway, while Russia is in decline.

"My administration is reclaiming America's heritage as the world's greatest spacefaring nation," Trump said in the East Room, joined by members of his space council. "The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers."

The president also used the White House event to establish a new policy for reducing satellite clutter in space. The policy calls for providing a safe and secure environment up in orbit, as satellite traffic increases. It also sets up new guidelines for satellite design and operation, to avoid collisions and spacecraft breakups.

The council's executive secretary, Scott Pace, told reporters before the meeting that space is becoming increasingly congested and current guidelines are inadequate to address the challenge.

Trump also encouraged SpaceX, Blue Origin and other nontraditional aerospace companies led by wealthy U.S. entrepreneurs to beat NASA to Mars.

"Just go ahead, if you beat us to Mars, we'll be very happy, and you'll be even more famous," he said. "As long as it's an American rich person, that's good, OK? They can beat us. We'll save a little money, and they can beat us, and we're taking full credit for it, don't worry about it."

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Democrats call on Governor Parson to fire COO, cancel "shady" contract http://www.komu.com/news/democrats-call-on-governor-parson-to-fire-coo-cancel-shady-contract/ http://www.komu.com/news/democrats-call-on-governor-parson-to-fire-coo-cancel-shady-contract/ News Mon, 18 Jun 2018 6:49:17 PM Brittany Mobley, KOMU 8 Reporter Democrats call on Governor Parson to fire COO, cancel

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri democrats want Governor Mike Parson fire his chief operating officer and cancel a contract awarded to the COO's former employer. 

Former Governor Eric Greitens created a COO position early in his administration and hired Andrew Erdmann.

Earlier this month, the state awarded a $2.7 million contract to Erdmann's former employer McKinsey & Co. to look into medicaid spending and fraud.

Minority Floor Leader Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City, released a statement Monday morning describing the COO as an "excessively paid staffer with an empty title" and calling the contract with his former employer "shady." Beatty said no other governor has had this position in their administration. Both Beatty and Rep. Chuck Bayse, R-Rocheport, said they are unsure of what the position is for. 

In the statement sent the governor's office, Beatty said the contract with McKinsey & Co is "bloated." She said there were three other bids for the contract that were significantly lower.

"The next closest bid was a little over $900,000. When we talk about being responsible for taxpayer dollars its very concerning to me  that we overlooked three bids that were under $1 million," she said.

Beatty argued that if the next highest bid was considered, the $1.7 million saved could have been put to better use.

"When we have been incredibly conservative with tax payers’ dollars and we’re having to cut programs, an additional $1.7 million could have been used for mental health. We could’ve used $1.7 million for k-12 transportation," said Beatty.

However, Bayse said the price price of the contract is not something that he's concerned about. 

"Often times you get what you pay for. Sometimes the lowest bid isn’t always the best bid so you have to weights factors in as well," said Bayse.

Bayse said he believes the contract needs to stay in place in order to look further into medicaid fraud. He said he also finds it interesting that the position was created before Greitens' stepped down as governor but this is the first time he is hearing about a complaint with both the contract and the COO position.

"In the past certain members of the democratic party are very very skillful at manufacturing crisis and I don’t know if that’s the case now but I don’t think they have anything to run on," Bayse said. "They don’t have any issues that they stand for that has worked in the past. Maybe they’re just trying to find something they can gain attraction on."

Beatty said she hopes Governor Parson will at least revisit the contract and COO position. 

"The statement was put out and I’m asking for the governor to respond and review that contract and how it was awarded," she said.

KOMU 8 called Governor Parson's office to get a response to the statement. A member of Parson's staff said the governor would need more time to review the statement before responding. 

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Intense heat creates a rush for air conditioning repair shops http://www.komu.com/news/intense-heat-creates-a-rush-for-air-conditioning-repair-shops/ http://www.komu.com/news/intense-heat-creates-a-rush-for-air-conditioning-repair-shops/ News Mon, 18 Jun 2018 5:16:18 PM Andrew Carlson, KOMU 8 Reporter Intense heat creates a rush for air conditioning repair shops

COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri air conditioning companies are facing the busiest time of year amid a four-day heat advisory.

Craig Nieder, who manages a local heating and cooling store and repair service, said overtime for workers is necessary at this time of year.

"The guys pretty much run full-time on the weekends," he said.

Nieder said it just "doesn't stop."

"We typically have one person on call, and we'll have other people helping him out to make it all happen," he said.

Missouri experienced its hottest May on record this year by average statewide temperature. The heat advisory started on Friday and was extended to Tuesday.

The trend of high heat and humidity has Nieder's company spread thin.

"We have a lot of service guys," he said. "But they're scheduled out so far because there's only so much we can do."

KOMU 8 weathercaster Tim Schmidt said early summer weather patterns can preview what is in store for the rest of the season.

"This isn't going to be our only heat advisory for the year," he said. "The thing to look for during a long stretch is if it's a heat advisory because it's just hot, or because it's humid."

A heat advisory is issued when there is a max heat index of 105 degrees for one day, or more than 100 degrees for four days.

Nieder said the sudden heat is one of the causes for an increase in the demand for repairs.

"We never had a ramp up to summer," he said. "It was snowing one Sunday, then the next thing you know it's 85 degrees and then in the 90s."

There are eight cooling centers located in Boone County for people who need to find shelter from the heat.

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Judge asked to dismiss security guard from suit in Anthony Warren killing http://www.komu.com/news/judge-asked-to-dismiss-security-guard-from-suit-in-anthony-warren-killing/ http://www.komu.com/news/judge-asked-to-dismiss-security-guard-from-suit-in-anthony-warren-killing/ News Mon, 18 Jun 2018 3:12:46 PM David Estrada, KOMU 8 Reporter Judge asked to dismiss security guard from suit in Anthony Warren killing

COLUMBIA – The attorney representing the security guard who shot Anthony Warren at a Waffle House on New Year's Day has asked a  judge to dismiss her client from a wrongful death lawsuit. At hearing Monday, attorneys for members of Warren's family said the judge should refuse.

Defense attorney Patricia Keck said security guard Robert Moses acted in self-defense while doing his job and Missouri statute requires he not be included in the suit.

"In this situation he was justified in the shooting, and therefore he should be dismissed from the case," Keck said.

Attorney Matt Woods representing Mary Warren, Anthony Warren’s mother, said he disagrees with Keck’s interpretation

"If somebody claim self-defense, then that, under her theory, means that the case goes away against them. That just can’t be what the legislature meant," he said.

Kip Robertson, who is representing Warren's minor children said it should be up to a jury to decide.

"We believe we have good, solid reason for the court to deny the motion, specifically the question of whether this shooting was justified," he said. "It’s going to be a question of facts that needs to be decided by a jury, and not a judge before any discovery has taken place."

A dramatic series of events lead to the shooting. Two men at the Waffle House were arguing, when one pulled out a gun which was followed by a struggle. The gun went off, injuring one of the men in the leg. Court documents said Moses stepped in to intervene. Those documents quote Moses as saying he felt threatened by an agitated crowd that gathered, Warren in particular.

Woods believes the case should go forward. 

"Discovery would be had, and a jury would decide the fact issues of the case," he said. 

Keck told the court none of the pleadings presented by the plaintiffs said Moses was not justifed in his action.

However, Robertson said "even a cursory review of our pleading would suggest something contrary to her position."

Keck said she recognizes the judge may not sustain her motion because "the procedure in Missouri is not fully set out."

"We may have to go through discovery before the jury gets to hear this defense," she said.

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Collapsing retaining wall in Jefferson City prompts road closures http://www.komu.com/news/collapsing-retaining-wall-in-jefferson-city-prompts-road-closures/ http://www.komu.com/news/collapsing-retaining-wall-in-jefferson-city-prompts-road-closures/ News Mon, 18 Jun 2018 2:20:28 PM Alayna Chapie, KOMU 8 Reporter Collapsing retaining wall in Jefferson City prompts road closures

JEFFERSON CITY - The 600 block of Monroe Street will be closed until Friday. Construction crews are removing a retaining wall along Monroe Street.

The Jefferson City Operations Director for Public Works, Britt Smith, said they have been evaluating the leaning retaining wall for a number of months. 

"We noticed that it had just a little bit of movement over the last six months. And for an abundance of caution we decided it was best to go ahead and take that wall down," Smith said. 

City officials and construction crews plan to evaluate the wall once it is completely removed and then they will decide if they should rebuild it. 

The owner of The Blue Skillet restaurant located on Monroe Street said this week's closure will affect her business. 

"You get to the restaurant straight up from Monroe Street and most people don't see the building unless they come up Monroe Street," Fefe Rome said. 

Rome said in the past she has noticed crumbling rocks on the wall especially when there is rain or heavy wind. 

Smith said he wants people to be patient while crews remove the wall because they are trying to keep everyone safe. 

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GOP state senator appointed Missouri lieutenant governor http://www.komu.com/news/gop-state-senator-appointed-missouri-lieutenant-governor/ http://www.komu.com/news/gop-state-senator-appointed-missouri-lieutenant-governor/ News Mon, 18 Jun 2018 1:15:06 PM Blake Nelson, The Associated Press GOP state senator appointed Missouri lieutenant governor

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson appointed state Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe to be the new lieutenant governor on Monday, despite some legal uncertainty about whether he has the authority to fill the position.

Missouri's constitution isn't clear on whether a governor has the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor, which is the state's second-ranking executive position. Historically, some governors have claimed the right to do so, but legislators have argued that the position must be filled by voters, since the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately.

The lieutenant governor's office has been vacant since June 1, when former Gov. Eric Greitens resigned and Parson ascended to the top spot.

Both Parson and Kehoe are Republicans.

The constitution provides no details about how a lieutenant governor should be replaced, but it does give governors the power to fill vacancies, "unless otherwise provided by law." Missouri law, meanwhile, stipulates that the governor has the power to fill empty elected offices, but it lists a few exceptions, including the role of lieutenant governor. Another law says the governor and lieutenant governor should remain in office "until their successors are elected and qualified."

Joe Bednar, a Democrat who served as legal counsel for three governors, and Lowell Pearson, a Republican and former chief counsel to Gov. Matt Blunt, told The Associated Press that they believed the appointment was legal.

The fact that state law concerning appointments excluded the office of lieutenant governor didn't mean that one couldn't be appointed, each argued. It just meant there was no special process to follow, and since the constitution noted that the state "shall" have a lieutenant governor Parson was obligated to fill the vacancy.

"It just simply is not clear enough to remove the constitutional appointment power that the governor has, in my judgment," Pearson said about state law.

Bednar said: "The constitution always trumps state statute. ... I feel like it's straight-forward."

That was the same advice Bednar gave almost 20 years ago when he was chief legal counsel for former Democratic Gov. Mel Carnahan, who was killed in a plane crash in October 2000 and succeeded by Lt. Gov. Roger Wilson. Bednar told Wilson that the Missouri Constitution gave him the power to appoint a replacement, and Wilson subsequently appointed Sen. Joe Maxwell to the No. 2 post.

Maxwell, however, had already been elected lieutenant governor and was simply starting his term early.

Conversely, former Senate President Pro Tem and Republican Tom Dempsey cited the same statute in 2013 when arguing against a governor's ability to appoint a lieutenant governor.

Stephen Webber, chair of the Missouri Democratic Party, said they were considering challenging the appointment in court.

"Our belief is that the voters should have a right to vote for who their lieutenant governor is," Webber said.

A legislative effort to clarify the process failed in May.

As state senators in 2013, both Parson and Kehoe voted for a bill that would have directed the governor to call a special election for a new lieutenant governor. The bill passed both chambers but was vetoed by then-Gov. Jay Nixon.

Kehoe was first elected to the state Senate in 2010 after years as a car dealership owner. He is not able to run for re-election in the Senate because of term limits.

A lieutenant governor presides over the Senate and votes when there is a tie. That last happened in 2017. State law also dictates that the governor-in-waiting sit on several boards and commissions.

The position pays more than $86,000 a year.

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Boonville airport renovations up in the air http://www.komu.com/news/boonville-airport-renovations-up-in-the-air/ http://www.komu.com/news/boonville-airport-renovations-up-in-the-air/ News Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:42:02 PM Lindsey Wilkerson, KOMU 8 Reporter Boonville airport renovations up in the air

BOONVILLE - Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport may reach new heights after the city council accepted a bid and authorized a grant for a renovation project at Monday night's meeting.

The renovations are expected to cost around $3.7 million, using money given to the state from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The runway at the airport has been paved multiple times, most recently in 2007.  An airport official said the renovations are overdue, based on MoDOT requirements to pave runways every seven years.

City Administrator Irl Tessendorf said the state of Missouri is active in the maintenance of airports so fixing the airport to meet regulation is important.

He said the renovations are needed because of general "wear and tear" and because there are cracks in the runway that need attention.

John Taylor, the airport manager, said it would be cheaper in the long run for the city to completely demolish the runway and build a new one. This would allow repairs to the lighting and stormwater run-off at the airport as well.

If the runway is overlaid instead of demolished, it would need to be redone again in another seven years. If the runaway is destroyed and completely renovated, then it would last approximately 20 years, but it would be out of operation for about 150 days during construction.

"We're going to work closely with our pilots and let everybody know when they get a start date. What they'll do is they'll probably be in contact with other airports in the area to see if they can get their plane over there," Taylor said.

Taylor believes pilots will be happy with the changes, despite the inconvenience.

"I would say 99 percent of the people who fly out of here, they own their own airplane, and so to go through the expense of owning an airplane and coming out and flying, there has to be some passion," he said.

One pilot visiting the airport on Monday said there are not very many areas near Columbia that allow people to fly private planes so maintaining the Boonville airport is important.

The city council will likely vote on the proposal during its next meeting, July 2.

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include the latest information.)

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Lanes to close on Providence for repairs http://www.komu.com/news/lanes-to-close-on-providence-for-repairs/ http://www.komu.com/news/lanes-to-close-on-providence-for-repairs/ News Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:39:30 AM Leo Rocha, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Lanes to close on Providence for repairs

COLUMBIA - City public works crews will be repairing a road buckle on Providence Road between Blue Ridge Road and Big Bear Boulevard from June 18 to June 20.

Crews will close one lane at a time for the repairs. Signs have already been posted.

Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to be cautious when passing through the area.

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Bear sighting causes caution warning in suburban St. Louis http://www.komu.com/news/bear-sighting-causes-caution-warning-in-suburban-st-louis/ http://www.komu.com/news/bear-sighting-causes-caution-warning-in-suburban-st-louis/ News Mon, 18 Jun 2018 9:45:39 AM The Associated Press Bear sighting causes caution warning in suburban St. Louis

BALLWIN (AP) — Another bear sighting has people concerned in part of Missouri, but this time, it's deep into the St. Louis suburbs.

Police in Ballwin on Sunday night posted a warning on Facebook urging residents to keep animals and trash inside, after a large bear was seen in a common ground area around 8:30 p.m.

Police contacted the Missouri Department of Conservation.

At least three bears have died on southwestern Missouri roadways recently. Last week, a bear was found dead in the Current River in southern Missouri, and a baby bear was spotted in a Pevely mobile home park.

Experts say male bears are moving about during mating season.

Still, most of the few hundred bears in Missouri are south of Interstate 44, and away from urban areas.

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300 bicyclists ride across Missouri this week on Katy Trail http://www.komu.com/news/300-bicyclists-ride-across-missouri-this-week-on-katy-trail/ http://www.komu.com/news/300-bicyclists-ride-across-missouri-this-week-on-katy-trail/ News Mon, 18 Jun 2018 7:33:46 AM Evan Dodson, KOMU 8 Reporter 300 bicyclists ride across Missouri this week on Katy Trail

BOONE COUNTY – The Katy Trail will see more bike traffic than usual this week with the 2018 Katy Trail Ride.

The 232-mile journey begins Monday in St. Charles. The five-day trip will end Friday in Clinton. People from all over the country and Canada are expected to participate.

Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Parks Foundation sponsor the event. Missouri State Parks Katy Trail Coordinator, Melanie Robinson-Smith, said the ride is a great way to show off the show-me state.

“We are exposing a lot of people from out of state to each of those little towns, and they often come back to go to their favorite towns and spend extra time, so it’s a unique opportunity to expose them to Missouri,” Robinson-Smith said.

Riders will camp in four cities during the trip, including stops in Hermann, Jefferson City, Boonville and Sedalia. Event coordinators will provide riders with snacks and drinks for the duration of the trip, according to Robinson-Smith.

She also said completing this ride is a goal of many bicyclists.

“It’s amazing, but a lot of folks have riding the entire Katy Trail as one of their bucket list items, and so this is a really safe way to do this,” she said.

Mike Bower rides on the Katy Trail at least once a week. He said he hopes to one day participate in the Katy Trail Ride.

“It’s a goal of mine. One day I’ll get around to doing it,” Bower said.

Bicyclists will ride through Boone County Tuesday and Wednesday.


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Columbia health officials offer safety tips in hot weather http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-health-officials-offer-safety-tips-in-hot-weather/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-health-officials-offer-safety-tips-in-hot-weather/ News Sun, 17 Jun 2018 9:29:48 PM Sierra Morris, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia health officials offer safety tips in hot weather

COLUMBIA - Columbia is under a heat advisory until Monday evening.

The National Weather Service issued the advisory on Friday. The heat index is expected to reach 105. City health officials are advising people take extra precaution when going outside.

Assistant Fire Chief Brad Frazier said staying hydrated is very important.

“Water or sports drinks are good. You want to avoid caffeinated or carbon beverages. The most important thing aside from hydration is limiting your time outside,” he said.  

Frazier recommends people go outside early in the morning and later in the evening when temperatures cool down. He said to keep a close eye out for these symptoms of heat stroke.

“If someone is experiencing heat stroke that’s extreme irritability hallucinations seizures, unconsciousness then you want to call 911 and get them in a cool place," Frazier said. "Don’t give them anything to drink and wait until the emergency services arrive."

Frazier also advised against giving liquids to anyone that is throwing up due to heat related illnesses.

Columbia Boone County Public Health & Human Services’ department community relations specialist, Eric Stann advised looking after family members and those close to you during the heat advisory.

“During times of high temperatures you want to make sure that you check on your elderly family members and potentially neighbors because they are more susceptible to high temperatures,” Stann said.   

Stann mentioned the importance of  animal safety during the heat advisory. He said owners should limit the length of their walks and consider the temperature of the ground.

“Make sure that you put your hand down on the sidewalk or like the concrete, or the asphalt to make sure that it’s cool enough to your touch because if it's hot to your hand it will potentially burn your pet’s paws,” Stann said.

Columbia Boone County and Public Health will update its social media with heat maps and cooling center information.

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iCan Bike camp teaches those with disabilities how to ride http://www.komu.com/news/ican-bike-camp-teaches-those-with-disabilities-how-to-ride/ http://www.komu.com/news/ican-bike-camp-teaches-those-with-disabilities-how-to-ride/ News Sun, 17 Jun 2018 9:18:06 PM Obehi Imarenezor, KOMU 8 Reporter iCan Bike camp teaches those with disabilities how to ride

FULTON - Forty people with disabilities will learn how to ride a two-wheel bicycle at the iCan Bike camp this week. 

iCan Bike is a program under iCan Shine, a non-profit organization that provides learning opportunities for people with disabilities to maximize their strengths while participate in recreational activities.

Nancy Hansen is a Fulton mother whose youngest daughter, Shelby, suffers from a rare genetic disorder and is hard of hearing.

Hansen and her husband were having some difficulties trying to teach Shelby how to ride a bike at home and that's when she discovered the iCan Bike camp in Saint Louis and decided to travel two hours back and forth for a week, for Shelby to attend.

"It was the first time I saw Shelby really ride a bike and she was so proud of herself and she was so happy," Hansen said. 

The iCan Bike experience influenced Hansen to become a host and bring the camp to mid-Missouri.

"It changed me as a parent because I saw her succeed and I saw her do something. So, I wanted her to try more and I wanted her to do a lot more.  After experiencing that and how amazing it was for our family, I just decided that Fulton need an iCan Bike," Hansen said.

iCan Bike is always looking to spread the word, and local volunteers to come out and assist with the camp.

Alexandra Higgins is a 16-year-old who enjoys giving back to her community. She will be working at the camp as a volunteer spotter. 

"You get out of it what you put in. The joy from seeing somebody be able to do something that they previously couldn't is pretty cool," Higgins said. 

iCan Bike camp is June 18 through June 22.

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Survey: 3/4 of Columbia residents satisfied with city and services http://www.komu.com/news/survey-most-columbia-residents-satisfied-with-city-and-services/ http://www.komu.com/news/survey-most-columbia-residents-satisfied-with-city-and-services/ News Sun, 17 Jun 2018 4:06:37 PM Blake Sammann, KOMU 8 Reporter Survey: 3/4 of Columbia residents satisfied with city and services

COLUMBIA - The city will discuss the results of the 2017 Community Survey at Monday's city council meeting.

Used to track resident satisfaction and city performance, the survey got 850 responses. 

It found 74 percent had a positive view of the city, while only 10 percent said they were dissatisfied. It also found 73 percent were satisfied with city services, while only 9 percent were dissatisfied.

Columbia resident Mickey Dean-Mize said the city does a particularly good job of taking care of its green spaces.
"Their parks and recreation department is fantastic. I love Columbia parks," he said.

The survey also found the city is doing an "equitable" job providing services around the city. It also found Columbia's customer service satisfaction was 15 percent higher than the Missouri/Kansas average and 21 percent higher than the national average.

But the survey also noted the need for improvement. It found the top priorities for improvement were the condition of city streets, public safety and sewer, electrical and water services.

Olguin said the city has definitely made an effort to improve on its roads.

"I think the city of Columbia is doing great. I love how they're doing construction on the roads because there have been parts and places where they need replacement on certain asphalt and they're doing good on spreading the roads too," he said. 
Mize said he only sees growth in Columbia's future.
"Columbia is still a growing community. It's been really good to me for 7 years and I expect it to continue and get better," he said.

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Horses and riders showing off to raise funds http://www.komu.com/news/horses-and-riders-showing-off-to-raise-funds/ http://www.komu.com/news/horses-and-riders-showing-off-to-raise-funds/ News Sun, 17 Jun 2018 3:36:36 PM Eric Graves, KOMU 8 Reporter Horses and riders showing off to raise funds

ROCHEPORT - The Sunny Oaks Charity Horse Show brought about 20 riders out Sunday afternoon to compete for ribbons and raise money for Sunny Oak Farm.

The money raised at the show will go toward Sunny Oaks’ therapeautic riding program and the summer horse riding camps that are hosted on the farm.

Sunny Oak Equine Assisted Activities is a non-profit that uses a horses natural healing ability to help those mentally or physically disabled.

Owner and executive director of Sunny Oaks, Rosie Erganian, said those with disabilities can experience riding a horse with just a little help from a volunteer.

“They have some extra help so they can enjoy riding the horses as well as learn from them,” Erganian said.

Erganian says riding a horse can be therapeutic in many different ways for the disabled.

For a person who struggles with walking, the motion of the horse can help them.

“The movement of the horse mimics that movement with their body and really will improve their balance and coordination and strength,” Erganian said.

Erganian said there are a lot of reasons for the riders to come out and participate in the show.

“They come out because they are certainly enjoying riding in the horse show, but I think it makes them feel good knowing the money they spend at the horse show will trickle down and help our disabled riders,” she said.

Erganian credits the volunteers as a big part of the process as well.

“This does not happen with just one person, it’s everybody that chips in and helps out,” Egranian said. “So, the volunteer help is really another big aspect of drawing the community together and having a lot of people working together for the same goal.”

Erganian said as the owner a lot of work goes into this farm, but there is one main reason why she does it.

“To watch these kids learn, whether it’s an easy time or a hard time, watching them learn how to deal with failure and success and the horses that help us so much,” Erganian said.

Egranian said she loves that aspect of the farm, but realizes the many benefits the farm has for kids.

“Young people today, none of these people here are sitting in from of their computer on the air conditioning right now,’ Erganian said. “They’re doing something real with an animal.”

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Boone County kicks off Relay for Life events http://www.komu.com/news/boone-county-kicks-off-relay-for-life-events/ http://www.komu.com/news/boone-county-kicks-off-relay-for-life-events/ News Sat, 16 Jun 2018 7:39:13 PM Brittany Mobley, KOMU 8 Reporter Boone County kicks off Relay for Life events

COLUMBIA - Hundreds of people impacted by cancer gathered together on a track Saturday in support of cancer fighters and survivors. 

The Boone County chapter hosted a Relay for Life event at Hickman High School. The team fundraiser helps raise money for the American Cancer Society. The seven-hour event started with a speech given from a girl impacted by cancer. 

Ten-year-old Jazzmin Pallikkathayil spoke about how cancer impacted her family. Jazzmin's mother was terminally ill with cancer and died about a year ago. Jazzmin said events like this help her to remember how hard of a fighter her mother was. 

"It feels great to be around family and friends," Jazzmin said. "Family and friends are people who are going through the same thing you are going through. Some of these people are fighting like my mom fought."

Cancer survivors and caretakers took a victory lap around the track to celebrate their fight against cancer. Volunteers also set up several activities for people to participate in. They had a frozen t-shirt contest, performances from dance teams and bands, and food trucks for participants to enjoy. 

Near the end of the event, there was a luminaria ceremony. During the ceremony, candles were lit inside paper bags surrounding the track that symbolize those lost to cancer. Boone County chapter volunteer Sara Reindel said this part of the event means the most to her.

"It's just really emotional and for me that's what it all about that's why we do it. I even get a little emotional just talking about it," Reindel said. "When I see my grandma's name on a bag  or my friend who is my age who just beat cancer, it reminds me of what we really do this for."

The funds raised at this event go toward research and medicine for those battling cancer. 

The event will closed at midnight on Saturday.

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Doctor helps Missourians get back on their feet with new bunion procedure http://www.komu.com/news/doctor-helps-missourians-get-back-on-their-feet-with-new-bunion-procedure/ http://www.komu.com/news/doctor-helps-missourians-get-back-on-their-feet-with-new-bunion-procedure/ News Sat, 16 Jun 2018 6:42:45 PM Monica Madden, KOMU 8 Reporter Doctor helps Missourians get back on their feet with new bunion procedure

JEFFERSON CITY - A podiatrist with the Jefferson City Medical Group is the first doctor in Missouri to use a "game-changing" procedure to correct bunions. 

Dr. J.P. McAleer has been using the Lapiplastly correction procedure for about a year and is working to bring the procedure to other podiatrists throughout the state and country.

Traditional bunion surgery has a 70 percent rate of reoccurrence, and McAleer said out of the 100 plus patients the group has treated, none of them have had reoccurring bunions. 

"It's amazing, we are very happy about it," he said. "It's important because bunion deformities in general cause patients a significant amount of pain." 

McAleer said bunions cause several other forefront arthritis issues, which can lead to problems with balance, falls or even knee and hip injuries. 

"When you're family is traveling to a water park or theme park for a weekend and you don't want to go because your foot hurts because you can't walk for very long, it definitely puts a drag on your social calendar," he said. 

McAleer has been traveling throughout Missouri and to other states to teach other doctors how to perform this surgery. He is one of the first doctors in the United States to adopt Lapiplasty. 

He said one of the benefits of the procedure is that it is reproducible, whereas traditional bunion correction varies case-to-case. 

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Skaters get free helmets at "Shred Fest" http://www.komu.com/news/skaters-get-free-helmets-at-shred-fest-/ http://www.komu.com/news/skaters-get-free-helmets-at-shred-fest-/ News Sat, 16 Jun 2018 6:18:22 PM Lindsey Wilkerson, KOMU 8 Reporter Skaters get free helmets at

COLUMBIA - At "Shred Fest," a local skateboarding competition, keeping participants safe was a top concern. An organization provided free helmets to help.

Parks and Recreation held the 15th annual Shred Fest Saturday afternoon at Cosmo Park, and it was mandatory for all participants to wear helmets.

Cindy Frerking, a member of the Pilot Club of Blue Springs, said she helps with the cause for the participants' safety.

"It feels good because you know you're helping to keep them safe," she said.

The Pilot Club of Blue Springs has given out free helmets to participants in Columbia Parks and Recreation's "Shred Fest" almost every year for the last 13 years. This is the Pilot Club's last year to give back since the club is disbanding.

Without the club, no organization will be giving out helmets to the participants in Shred Fest next year, unless another organization steps up.

Leanna Clayton, another member of the Pilot Club of Blue Springs, said teaching the importance of wearing a helmet is important.

"We need to take all the steps that we can to protect our brains, so when you get my age, then you're not dealing with a lot of injuries," she said.

The Pilot Club also fit the helmets on each participant. Clayton said the helmets could be used for bicycling too.

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Trump suggests separation of families at border is a negotiating tool http://www.komu.com/news/trump-suggests-separation-of-families-at-border-is-a-negotiating-tool/ http://www.komu.com/news/trump-suggests-separation-of-families-at-border-is-a-negotiating-tool/ News Sat, 16 Jun 2018 3:14:34 PM Kate Sullivan, CNN Wire Trump suggests separation of families at border is a negotiating tool

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) - President Donald Trump suggested Saturday that he is using his administration's separation of families at the US border as a negotiating tool to get Democrats to cave on his immigration demands, which include funding for a border wall, curbing legal immigration into the US, and tightening the rules for border enforcement.

Trump again falsely blamed Democrats for his administration's actions, and said they could put a stop to the family separations by working with Republicans in Congress. Nearly 2,000 immigrant children were separated from parents over a period of about six weeks in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

"Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!" Trump wrote in a tweet.

According to reporting by The Washington Post, White House officials said President Donald Trump has calculated he will gain leverage in congressional negotiations by enforcing a policy he claims to hate.

"I hate the children being taken away," Trump said Friday morning. But Trump suggested Friday in an interview on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" he would not reverse his administration's policy unless Democrats agreed to his longstanding immigration priorities.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that she sees "no prospects" for a legislative fix.

The separations stem from a deliberate policy shift by the Trump administration, which it has the power to unilaterally reverse.

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Police: 2nd Kansas sheriff's deputy dies after shooting http://www.komu.com/news/police-2nd-kansas-sheriff-s-deputy-dies-after-shooting/ http://www.komu.com/news/police-2nd-kansas-sheriff-s-deputy-dies-after-shooting/ News Sat, 16 Jun 2018 6:45:18 AM The Associated Press and KSHB Police: 2nd Kansas sheriff's deputy dies after shooting

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A second sheriff's deputy died early Saturday from injuries suffered when an inmate who was being transported in Kansas City overpowered two officers and may have used one of their guns to shoot them.

Kansas City, Kansas, police confirmed on their Facebook page that Deputy Theresa King, 44, died just after midnight following the shooting on Friday. Officer Patrick Rohrer, 35, died earlier.

The inmate was also shot during the confrontation in a gated area near the Wyandotte County Courthouse and was taken to a hospital. His condition was not known. Investigators said the inmate may have grabbed a weapon from one of the deputies during a struggle after he got out of a van late Friday morning.

"It is very possible that with their own firearm, they were both shot," Wyandotte County sheriff's Maj. Kelli Bailiff said during a news conference Friday at the University of Kansas Hospital.

Rohrer had been with the department for seven years and King for 13 years.

Bailiff said the inmate was being taken across the street from the jail, to the services building, for a court hearing. The inmate was taken in a van to a gated area behind the building, and when he got out of the van, he somehow overpowered and shot the deputies, Bailiff said.

Sources tell 41 Action News the suspected shooter is Antoine Fielder. Booking info shows that Fielder has a jury trial for robbery charges coming up on July 30. He’s also been charged with murder, assault and armed criminal action in a December 2017 shooting in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Fielder has also been charged with two counts of tampering with a witness. Prosecutors alleged that threats to witnesses contributed to two hung juries in a 2015 murder case. 

Authorities have not confirmed Fielder as the suspect.

Bailiff said investigators do not believe the public is in any danger. Video from the scene showed the courthouse surrounded by yellow police tape, several police vehicles parked in the street and numerous uniformed law enforcement officers walking the grounds.

Kansas City, Kansas has dealt with other officer shootings in the recent years.

Two Kansas City officers were shot and killed within less than three months in 2016. Capt. Robert Melton was slain in July while searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting. Melton was part of the police honor guard for Det. Brad Lancaster, who was fatally shot earlier in 2016 near the Kansas Speedway.

In 2015, Wyandotte County Deputy Scott Wood was shot seven times but survived.

A candlelight vigil for the deputies will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday in front of City Hall.

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Heritage Festival in Jefferson City celebrates Juneteenth http://www.komu.com/news/heritage-festival-in-jefferson-city-celebrates-juneteenth/ http://www.komu.com/news/heritage-festival-in-jefferson-city-celebrates-juneteenth/ News Fri, 15 Jun 2018 9:57:56 PM Kamaria Braye, KOMU 8 News Heritage Festival in Jefferson City celebrates Juneteenth

JEFFERSON CITY - The Juneteenth Heritage Festival is keeping the history of Juneteenth alive in mid-Missouri.

Juneteenth is a national holiday that remembers the official emancipation of African American slaves in the United States.

"Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of slaves becoming free on June the nineteenth in 1865, which was about two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation," said Gwendolyn Edmonson, Juneteenth-Jefferson City Board Vice President.

The Heritage Festival is a free outdoor event. The community is invited to enjoy the festival's exhibits, vendors, food, music, prizes and entertainment.

Edmondson said the main focus of the event is education.

"It's family oriented and we hope that everybody can come out and enjoy the festival, but what we try to do is have that educational component in there, so that people can learn more about our history and about Juneteenth why we celebrate Juneteenth," she said.

Tammy Nobles, Juneteenth pageant director, said it is important for children to know this part of American History that is often overlooked.

"I believe if we start teaching what Juneteenth is and what it's all about at a young age then as they grow older they'll know, but then also began sharing it with their peers," she said.

The Juneteenth Heritage Festival is Saturday at 11 am. It will be held at Ellis Porter Riverside Park.

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